PFC Charles C. Dike on right and his friend "Brownie" at Wadgassen, Germany, January, 1945. Brownie was a T/5 radio repairman. Not sure of Brownie's last name but a T/5 named Robert Brown is listed in the HQ Co. roster. The two were together during training in CA. Photo courtesy of Steve Dike.
Personnel from Recon Company at the Wadgassen sign. Brownie is standing second from left. Photo taken in January, 1945, while the 607th was attached to the 95th Inf. Div., during the battles around Saarlauten and against the Siegfried Line. Photo courtesy of Steve Dike.
Units of the 87th Infantry Division, including the 607th TD Bn and the 735th Tank Bn, cross the Rhine river at Boppard, Germany late in March of 1945. Two tanks of Co. B, 735th Tank Bn and two TD's from the 2nd platoon of Co. C, 607th, were the first armor working with the 87th to cross the Rhine. Photo courtesy of Steve Dike.
Rhine river crossing by the 87th Infantry Division taken from the east side at Boppard, Germany around 3/25/45. Note the tree on the west side of the bridge. Photo courtesy Steve Dike.
Same pontoon bridge shown in the previous photo but from the West side of the Rhine at Boppard. Note the weeping tree limbs on the left seen only faintly in the photo from the East side of the river. US Signal Corps photo - March 31, 1945.
Another image of the Rhine crossing at Boppard looking upstream with the west bank at lower left. Pontoon bridge is difficult to see but it does provide a good idea of the terrain. Vehicles are moving from right to left. Photo courtesy of Steve Dike.
An M36 on left and an M8 on right from the 607th TD Bn. Photo taken in late January or early February of 1945. Location possibly in the Houffalize area of Belgium. As you can see, the whitewash is beginning to wear off and some of the chains have been removed and are hanging on the front of the M8. Photo courtesy of Steve Dike.
Crew of the 607th TD Bn. with their whitewashed M36, applied as camouflage during the winter season. Photo courtesy of Steve Dike.
Reconnaissance Company personnel and vehicles of the 607th Tank Destroyer Battalion. Photo courtesy of Steve Dike.
Changing tracks on an M36 tank destroyer. Photo courtesy of Steve Dike.
Panther #212 of the 9th SS "Hohenstauffen" Panzer Division. Photo courtesy of Steve Dike.
This tank belonged to the 9th SS "Hohenstauffen" Panzer Division, a German Waffen-SS Armoured division. The tactical number 212 identifies it as the 2nd tank of the 1st platoon in the 2nd company. Photo courtesy Steve Dike.
Knocked-out Panther V, numbered 212, belonging to the 9th SS "Hohenstauffen" Panzer Division. Photo courtesy of Steve Dike
The 607th, originally equipped with 3" towed-guns was converted to the M-36 Gun Motor Carriage in mid-November 1944, prior to the final battle for Metz, France. This photo was probably taken shortly after the conversion since the unit looks so new. The 607th is credited with being the first unit to fire on Periers, France. On September 13, a C Company, 2nd Platoon gun fired 10 rounds at the church steeple in Perl, Germany. These were the first rounds fired by the 90th Inf. Div., first rounds by the XX Corps and believed to be the first rounds from the Third US Army into Germany. Photo courtesy of Steve Dike.
Five guys from the 607th's Recon Con. From left to right, unknown, unknown, George W. Wright Jr., Ralph W. McCray, unknown. Photo courtesy of Steve Dike.
Seeking some extra comfort from a warm fire. Steve's father, Charles Dike, told him that he didn't remember being cold and felt the clothes they were provided worked pretty well. Photo courtesy of Steve Dike.
On a bitter cold January 27th, the 95th Division (with the 607th attached) moved from the Saarlautern area to the vicinity of Houffalize, Belgium, a distance of about 150 miles. On February 2nd, they were relieved from the 95th and attached to the 87th Infantry Div. The unit then continued with efforts to push the Germans from the Ardennes bulge. Photo courtesy of Steve Dike.
Another view of Houffalize, Belgium. Houffalize is on the highway between Bastogne and Leige. In late Dec, 1944, the local American commander had the town bombed several times to destroy the strategic crossroads it represented. At least 189 civilians were killed. Photo courtesy of Steve Dike.
Recon. personnel standing with their jeeps. Note the addition of mud guards around the inside of the front fenders. That's Brownie in his sheepskin coat. Photo courtesy of Steve Dike.
Close-up of the Recon. personnel at the front of a jeep. The upright bar at the front of the jeep was used to cut wire/cable that the Germans would stretch across a road to decapitate unwary personnel. There was a standing order for windshields to be down on jeeps in forward battle zones. Also note the non-issue handgun on the soldier turning around. Looks like Charles Dike's friend Brownie on the right in his sheepskin coat. Photo courtesy of Steve Dike.
Robert E. “Bob” Lee, Monongah, West Virginia, at the Parc Palace Hotel. Photo courtesy of Ball State University.
Joseph M. Fisher standing at right with Kenneth C. Blacktail, Wolf Point, Montana, while in France. Photo courtesy of Ball State University.
Pfc. David C. Yaden, Liberty, Kentucky, & Joseph M. Fisher in Adorf, Germany, May 1945. Fisher comments on the back of the photo that he didn't have much of a tan. Photo courtesy of Ball State University.
Joseph M. Fisher, Robert E. Lee, and John Cattafesta, Kingmont, West Virginia, in Nice, France. Photo courtesy of Ball State University.
Entrance to the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany, June 1945. The sign says that press correspondents can get assistance from any of the prisoners. The main camp along with its sub-camps had been liberated in April 1945. Photo courtesy of Ball State University.
Cpl. Jack T. Wilson, Eminence, Kentucky, Joseph M. Fisher, and Pfc. Marvin M. Lutz, Portland, Oregon, in Wiesbaum, Germany, in March 1945 just before leaving to cross the Rhine River. The gun is in a very muddy front yard of a home. Photo courtesy of Ball State University.