893rd Tank Destroyer Battalion

Unit History:  The 93d Infantry Division Antitank Battalion was redesignated on 15 December, 1941, at Fort Benning, Georgia.  Arrived at Liverpool, England, on 20 January, 1944.  Landed at Omaha beachhead on 1 July equipped with M10's.  Committed to battle in the vicinity of St. Jean de Daye.  Advanced to Paris by 25 August and thence to the Siegfried Line in the Schnee Eifel.  Fought in the Hürtgen Forest in November, supporting the 28th Infantry Division’s disastrous assault on Schmidt and remained there when the division was replaced.  Held defensive positions in January 1945.  Supported 78th Infantry Division capture of the Roer River dams in February, 1945, then participated an offensive across the Roer toward the Rhine River.  Crossed the Rhine at Remagen on 7 March and supported attack northward to Sieg River and subsequent operations against the Ruhr Pocket in April.  Attached to: 2d, 4th, 8th, 28th, 78th, 80th, 90th Infantry divisions; 14th, 102d Cavalry groups.  History text from the book The Tank Killers by Harry Yeide.  Used by permission.

Combat Equipment: 7/44 - M10

Commanding Officers:  Lt. Col. Samuel E. Mays;  Maj. Henry C. Kerlin (11/23/44)

Code Name/s:  Vicar

Campaign Credits:    Normandy.......................Jun. 6, to Jul. 24, 1944

                                   Northern France...............Jul. 25, to Sept. 14, 1944

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

Location August 1945:  Altendorf, Germany

Additional Information/Materials:

1.)  Unit History - This 54 page document was probably done right after the war and includes a brief introduction from the Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. Henry C. Kerlin, lists of those injured or killed, awards, and a roster.  Provided courtesy of Eric Allegrucci.

2.)  Operations of 893rd TD Bn at Vossenack, Germany - This Advanced Infantry Officers Course document was written by Maj. John J. Lavin (S-3 Officer) and pulls from his personal experience during the action which took place from November 2-9, 1944, while supporting the 28th Infantry Division.

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

             Jul. 1-31, 1944............1 Page

             Aug. 1-31, 1944..........1 Page

             Sep. 1-30, 1944...........2 Pages

             Oct. 1-31, 1944...........2 Pages

             Nov. 1-30, 1944..........3 Pages

             Dec. 1-31, 1944...........3 Pages

             Jan. 1-31, 1945............2 Pages

             Feb. 1-28, 1945............3 Pages

             Mar. 1-31, 1945............4 Pages

             Apr. 1-30, 1945............3 Pages

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

            Report of Operations, May 8-Sept. 30, 1945...................7 Pages

            Guard Assignments, 1945.............................................4 Pages

            Various Documents, 1941-1945...................................29 Pages

            Meritorious Actions by Co. C..........................................2 Pages

            Radio retrevial notes.....................................................2 Pages

5.)  Group Photo A Company - Taken at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, in October of 1943.  Provided courtesy of Paul Stevens.

6.)  Group Photo B Company - Taken at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, in  November of 1943.  Provided courtesy of Paul Stevens.

7.)  Group Photo Reconnaissance Company - Taken at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, in October of 1943.  Provided courtesy of Paul Stevens.

8.)  Photo Gallery