Miss Betty Brittian of Pasadena, CA, hands Cpl William B. Brooks, Clayton, GA., inside the 609th TD Bn M-18, a cup of coffee and doughnuts. Oct 1, 1944. At the time, the 609th was attached to the 3rd Army as identified by the 3A609TD marking on the front of the tank destroyer. Signal Corps photo #195533 from the National Archives.
Shown is Company Commander, Cpt. Albert F. Ahrenholz of the 609th and two unknown soldiers. Provided courtesy John Ahrenholz.
Photo of Cpt. Albert F. Ahrenholz, second from right, with some men from B Company and a disabled German Tank. Photo courtesy of John Ahrenholz.
An M-18 from the 609th TD Bn, CCB, 10th AD, waits as long columns of armor and vehicles crowd the approaches to a treadway bridge across the Neckar River in Mannheim, Germany. March 30, 1945. Signal Corps Photo #205841 from the National Archives.
Shown is a 20 Reichsmark note brought home as a memento by T5 Roy G Colson. You can see that a number of his fellow members of the 609th, including at least two of the men that had joined the unit with him. Stanley Butler's name is in the upper left corner and Perry Blumstein's is shown predominantly centered along the bottom. Some of the other names include a Ralph, George, Fletcher, George, Virgil, Benj, Sidney, Eugene, Eugene, Edward, Richard, Albert, Duane, Wayne, Marvin, Henry, Michael and Ed. Hopefully at some point we will have a unit roster and can list the men's full names. Courtesy of Roy Colson.
Milton Thompson sits atop one of the unit's M18 Tank Destroyers. This photo was probably taken after the war had ended. Courtesy of Chad Tucker.