13th Tank Destroyer Group

Unit History:  Unit was activated at Camp Bowie, TX on Mar. 6, 1943.  The unit moved to Camp Hood, TX on May 12, 1943.  Continued on to the Tennessee Maneuver Area on Aug. 25, 1943, as part of XII Corps.  Transferred to Camp Gordon, GA on Nov. 9, 1943, and attached to IX Corps on Jan. 20, 1944.  Moved to Fort Jackson, SC, on Mar. 27, 1944, and attached to XXIII Corps on Sep. 25, 1944.  Moved to Fort Lawton, WA, on Dec. 19, 1944, where they prepared for shipment.  The unit remained there until they departed from the Seattle, WA, Port of Embarkation on Dec. 28, 1944, and arrived in Hawaii on Jan. 5, 1944.  They then shipped in July of 1945, landing at Leyte, Philippine Islands on Jul. 9, 1945, only to move to Mindoro on Aug. 5, 1945.  The unit was deactivated there on Nov. 12, 1945.  Attached/Supported: XII, IX and XXIII Corps., Information gathered from WWII Order of Battle by Shelby L. Stanton.

Combat Equipment:  N/A

Commanding Officers:  Lt. Col. Clarence K. Darling

Code Name/s:  Unknown

Campaign Credits:   Pacific Theater (No specific campaign)

Awards:  None

Location August 1945:  Mindoro, Philippine Islands

Additional Information/Materials:

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

            Special Orders #105, May 1, 1943....................................1 Page

2.)  Personal Narratives - This was written by a former veteran of the 13th, during the 1980's, in response to questions he recieved from the author doing research for an upcoming book on U. S. tank destroyer forces.  Courtesy of the Tank Destroyer Association by L. L. Gill, TDA Historian.

                John M. Suardi, 2-9-1983................................................2 Pages

3.)  Photo Gallery