811th Tank Destroyer Battalion

Unit History:  Activated 10 April, 1942, at Camp Gordon, Georgia.  Arrived at Cherbourg, France, on 15 September, 1944, equipped with M18's.  Moved to Luxembourg in November and participated in the Battle of the Bulge in December.  The battalion was scattered widely and pieces attached to many divisions into January, 1945. Supported operations against the Siegfried Line in February and early March.  Advanced to the Rhine in late March and crossed river on 30 March.  Supported 80th Infantry Division in capture of Kassel and advance to Erfurt and Chemnitz in April.  Moved south and crossed Danube River to Regensburg.  Entered Austria on 5 May.  Attached to: 17th, 101st Airborne divisions; 4th, 9th, 11th Armored divisions; 28th, 78th, 80th, 87th, 89th Infantry divisions; 3d Cavalry Group.  History text from the book The Tank Killers by Harry Yeide.  Used by permission.

Combat Equipment: 11/44 - M18

Commanding Officers:  Lt. Col. Louis W. Haskell (4/23/42);  Capt. John Fliesch (7/13/42);  Lt. Col. E. A. O'Hair (7/22/42);  Lt. Col. Albert R. Brownfield Jr. (3/2/43)

Code Name/s:  Chimney

Campaign Credits:   Rhineland........................Sept. 15, 1944 to Mar. 21, 1945

                                 Ardennes-Alsace..............Dec. 16, 1944 to Jan 25, 1945

                                 Central Europe.................Mar. 22, to May 11, 1945

Awards:   Distinguished Unit Citation - 18-27 Dec 44, WD GO 17-45, Co C only

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

Location August 1945:  Beurig, Germany

Additional Information/Materials:

1.)  History of the 811th Tank Destroyer Battalion - Pages 1 to 41

2.)  History of the 811th Tank Destroyer Battalion - Pages 42 to 80

3.)  Unit Roster - This is an excerpt from the Unit History and includes both a list of men as they arrived in France and a list with addresses that was probably done at the end of the war.

4.)  Decorations List - This is an excerpt from the Unit History with all the awards given to particular soldiers.

5.)  Wounded List - This is an excerpt from the Unit History with all those that were wounded and received Purple Heart Medals.

6.)  Casualties List - This is an excerpt from the Unit History with all those that were KIA (Killed in Action), LWA (Lightly Wounded in Action), SWA (Seriously Wounded in Action), MIA (Missing in Action) and LIA (Lightly Injured in Action).

7.  Photo Gallery

8.  After Action Reports - from the Combined Arms Research Library of the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

              Nov. 23-30, 1944.............2 Pages

              Dec. 1-31, 1944.............10 Pages (Some areas difficult to read)

              Dec. 1-31, 1944...............3 Pages (Company A)

              Dec. 1-31, 1944...............4 Pages (Company C)

              Jan. 1-31, 1945..............16 Pages

              Feb. 1-28, 1945..............14 Pages

              Mar. 1-31, 1945..............15 Pages

              Apr. 1-30, 1945..............14 Pages (Some areas difficult to read)

              May 1-31, 1945..............13 Pages

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

              Troop Assignment #45, Oct. 13, 1944...........................4 Pages

10.)  34th Reunion Photo - Taken on August 6, 1988, at Richmond, IN.  The only person identified is Dunbar D. MacNemar who is sitting in the front row, sixth from the left.  Photo courtesy of Barbara MacNemar.