804th Tank Destroyer Battalion

Unit History:  Converted in January, 1942, from the 104th Infantry Antitank Battalion, 45th Infantry Division, at Camp San Luis Obispo, California.  Arrived Belfast, Ireland, on 17 August, 1942, and at Oran, Algeria, on 1 February, 1943.  Trained French troops on M10's in North Africa; only battalion observers went to front.  Arrived at Naples, Italy, on 8 February, 1944, and moved to Gustav Line along Garigliano River by 9 March.  Entered Rome on 4 June.  Carried doughs into Livorno on 18 July.  Crossed Arno River in September, then supported attack on Gothic Line through October.  Broke into Po River Valley in April 1945, crossed Po River on 27 April.  Company C was part of column that linked up with U.S. Seventh Army troops in Brenner Pass on 5 May.  Attached to: 34th, 85th, 88th, 91st Infantry divisions.  History text from the book The Tank Killers by Harry Yeide. Used by permission.

Combat Equipment:  3/44 - M10

Commanding Officers:  Lt. Col. Edward Purdy (Original CO, 1/41);  Lt. Col. Fred G. Rowell (3/44)

Code Name/s:  Unknown

Campaign Credits:   Rome Arno......................Jan. 22, to Sept. 9, 1944

                                North Apennines..............Sept. 10, 1944 to Apr. 4, 1945

                                Po Valley.........................Apr. 5, 1945 to May 8, 1945

Awards:  Croix De Guerre (French or Belgium "Cross of War")

Location August 1945:  Camp Hood, TX

Additional Information/Materials:

1.)   Photo Gallery

2.)   Eight Hundred and Fourth Tank Destroyer Battalion 1941-1945.  A history compiled and edited by Major Wallace Clement, Lt. Bruce A. Berlin, Lt. James D. Freed and Lt. John B. Gregg, Camp Hood, TX, 1945.  Includes an award listing in Part 2.  Courtesy of Laura Ishler.

             Part 1...........................11 Pages

             Part 2...........................10 Pages

3.)  Monthly History Reports - from the Combined Arms Research Library of the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

            Feb. 1 to 29, 1944..........1 Page (Organizational)

                March 1944....................2 Pages

            April 1944......................2 Pages

            May 1944.......................3 Pages

            July 1944.......................2 Pages (poor quality)

            August 1944...................1 Page

            September 1944..............2 Pages

            October 1944..................1 Page

            November 1944...............2 Pages (includes an award listing)

            December 1944...............2 Pages (second page poor quality)

            January 1945..................2 Pages

            February 1945.................2 Pages

            March 1945.....................3 Pages

            April 1945.......................7 Pages (includes awards listing)

            May 1945........................3 Pages (includes awards listing)

4.)  S-3 Reports for Aug. 20 to 31, 1944........9 Pages

5.)  Miscellaneous Documents - from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home, Abilene, Kansas.

       Organization of TD Battalions, Dec. 3, 1941..............4 Pages

       Organization of TD Battalions, Jan. 30, 1942.............1 Page

6.)   Group Photo in Italy - A mixed group of 51 soldiers in what seems to be a town in Italy.  Some from the 804th but possibly some from other units, including a few that look to be in British uniforms.  Samuel DeStephano of the 804th is standing in the back row, fourth from the right.  Photo courtesy of Laura Ishler.