M-18 tank destroyers from the 637th TD Bn are driven around a driving course laid out in a coral pit on Espiritu Santo, NH, to familiarize the crews with the vehicles handling. August 22, 1944. Signal Corps Photo #198820 from the National Archives.
An M-18 tank destroyer of Co. B, 637th TD Bn firing it's 76mm gun on Jap positions in the hills between Banangan and Baguio, Luzon, P.I.. April 16, 1945. Signal Corps Photo #205898 from the National Archives.
As an M7 105mm self-propelled gun climbs the near bank after crossing the Magot River, Luzon, Philippines, heading for Crodon, Luzon, an M-18 of the 637th Tank Destroyer Battalion waits its turn behind an armored car on the far bank. Knocked out Japanese trucks litter the area. June 12, 1945. Signal Corps Photo #209765 from the National Archives.
Shown L to R is Carl McLain, Hugh Harstin and Floyd Dale who all shared a tent. Both McLain and Dale were from Indiana. The bottle is identified as being filled with beer. Photo courtesy of David Harstin.
Shown are the staff officers of the 637th in front of a thatch roof hut. This is the same type of quarters they occupied while stationed at Momi Bay in the Fiji Islands. Seated left to right are Cpt. Frank K. Dickson (Adjutant) from Louisville, KY; Maj. Floyd S. Dunning (Exec. Officer) from Columbus, OH; Lt. Col. Richard McNelly (Commanding Officer) from Cleveland, OH; Cpt. Morris L. Zimmerman ((Operations Officer) from Hackensack, NJ; Cpt. Vilas J. Lautzenheiser (Intelligence Officer) from Canton, OH.
Standing left to right is 2nd Lt. Harold D. Arnett (Personnel Officer) from Dayton, Ohio; 1st Lt. William B. Doolittle (Intelligence Officer) from Corydon, IN; Cpt. DeWitt T. Bond (Battalion Surgeon) from Danielsville, GA; Cpt. Robert L. Rosenberger (Supply Officer) from Fremont, OH; 1st Lt. Rufe S. Bynum Jr. (Assistant Operations Officer) from San Antonio, TX.
Its interesting that five of the men are from communities in Ohio.