23rd Tank Destroyer Group

Unit History:  Unit was activated at Camp Hood, Texas, on Jun. 12, 1943, and attached to XXIII Corps on Feb. 18, 1944.  The unit moved to Camp Myles Standish, Massachusetts, on Sep. 26, 1944, to prepare for shipment.  They shipped from the Boston Port of Embarkation on Oct. 11, 1944, and arrived in England on Oct. 18, 1944.  They then shipped to France, landing on Oct. 21, 1944.  The unit moved into Belgium on Nov. 26, 1944, and then into Germany on Mar. 10, 1945.  The unit shipped back to the U.S., arriving in New York on Jul. 1, 1945.  From there it was on to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on Jul. 4, 1945, where they were deactivated on Oct. 26, 1945.  Attached/Supported: First Army and XXIII Corps.  Information gathered from WWII Order of Battle by Shelby L. Stanton.

Combat Equipment:  N/A

Commanding Officers:  Lt. Col. Milo H. Matteson; Col. Chester E. Sargent (1/1/44); Major Baker;  Col. Paul M. Martin; Lt. Col. Thomas E. Williams

Code Name/s:  Cigarbox

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:  None

Location August 1945:  Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Additional Information/Materials:

 

1.)  Unit History - Aug 5, 1944 - May 31, 1945 - Covers the units time from initial alert for overseas movement through the end of combat in the ETO.  16 pages.  Courtesy of the Tank Destroyer Association by L. L. Gill, TDA Historian.  

2.) 1945 Unit History - A brief history of the unit's activities from Jan 1 - Oct. 26, 1945.  4 pages.  Courtesy of the Tank Destroyer Association by L. L. Gill, TDA Historian.

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

         Troop Assignment #147, June 12, 1945.......................................18 Pages