812th Tank Destroyer Battalion

Unit History:  Formed on April 10, 1942, at Camp Gordon, GA, as a Heavy Self-Propelled unit.  Deactivated on Nov. 28. 1944, at Fort Jackson, SC, and redesignated as 812th Tank Battalion.

Combat Equipment:  N/A

Commanding Officers:  Lt. Col. Henry B. Margeson (1/1/43);  Major Frank L. Allen (2/8/43);  Lt. Col. William V. Martz (6/7/43);  Capt. H. M. Byorum (6/19/43);  Major L. M. Etherton (6/28/43)

Code Name/s:  N/A

Campaign Credits:   Continental U.S. Service Only

Awards:  None

Additional Information/Materials:

The following documents are from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home, Abilene, Kansas.

1.)  Unit History, 1943..............................................2 Pages

2.)  The Observation Post-a small newletter published while the unit was stationed at Camp Bowie, Texas.

      Jan. 23, 1943....................................................4 Pages

      Jan. 30, 1943....................................................4 Pages

      Feb. 6, 1943......................................................4 Pages

3.) Service Company Group Photo - Taken on October 5, 1945, which was eleven months after the unit had been redesignated as a tank battalion.  As of August, 1945, the unit was still at Fort Jackson so they were probably there for this photo also.  Courtesy of Donald E. Gardner.

4.) Photo Gallery