894th Tank Destroyer Battalion

Unit History:  The 94th Antitank Battalion was redesignated the 894th Tank Destroyer Battalion on 15 December, 1941.  Committed to battle 20 February, 1943, at Kasserine Pass in Tunisia.  Supported capture of Bizerte.  Landed in Italy in late October, 1943, located in vicinity of Pignataro in the Migniano sector as of December.  Transferred to Anzio beachhead on 25 January, 1944, where battalion supported mainly British troops.  Entered Rome in June. Crossed Arno River at Pisa in September.  Mired at Porretta Terme late 1944–early 1945.  Entered Genoa on 27 April. Attached to: 1st Armored Division; 34th, 45th, 85th, and 92d Infantry divisions; 10th Mountain Division; British 1st and 5th Infantry divisions; French Expeditionary Corps; Brazilian Expeditionary Force.  History text from the book The Tank Killers by Harry Yeide.  Used by permission.

Combat Equipment:  2/43 - M3 & M6; 12/43 - M10

Commanding Officers:  Lt. Col. Charley P. Eastburn; Lt. Col. Holmes H. Bevington (10/30/43); Maj. Paul A. Baldy

Code Name/s:  Unknown

Campaign Credits:   Tunisia...........................Nov. 17, to May 13, 1943

                                 Naples/Foggia.................Sept. 9, 1943 to Jan. 21, 1944

                                 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:   Distinguished Unit Citation - 1-16 Feb 44, WD GO 63-44, Co B only

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

Location August 1945:  Piacenza, Italy

Additional Information/Materials:

1.) Seek, Strike, Destroy - The History of the 894th Tank Destroyer Battalion in World War II.  This is a very well done unit history by Patrick J. Chase, son of SSgt. Fred Chase of B Company of the 894th.  The book is 165 pages and covers all aspects of the unit including a roster, articles from newspapers, photos, commendations, etc.  I have seen this book for sale on Ebay a number of times.  I assume there were a number of extra copies made of it so it may still be available from booksellers.  I have a copy of this book and would be happy to look at it more closely if you have a question about it.

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

      French Exp. Corps, General Orders #127, Croix De Guerre, July 22, 1944.....1 Page

        Various Documents, 1941-1945................................................................9 Pages

3.)  Group Photo A Company - Taken at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on July 3, 1942. Capt. R.D. Crosby is the Commanding Officer. Provided courtesy of Paul Stevens.

4.)  Group Photo HQ Company - Taken at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on July 3, 1942.  Capt. D.L. Ramsey is the Commanding Officer. Provided courtesy of Paul Stevens.

5.)  Group Photo Reconnaissance Company - Taken at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on June 25, 1942.  Capt. H.L. Harris is the Commanding Officer. Provided courtesy of Paul Stevens.

6.)  Group Photo C Company - Taken at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on July 3, 1942. Lt. Noble H. Abney is the Commanding Officer. Noble would briefly command the unit and retire at the rank of Colonel. Photo courtesy of Jerry Imperio and Ingrid Holzwarth.

7.)  Distinguished Unit Citation - Presented to B Company for their actions during period, February 1 to 16, 1944, near Carroceto, Italy. Courtesy of Adair Wood.

8.)  Photo Gallery