Friday, 18 September 2020 19:28 | Georgia
I am in the editing stage of a family memoir that began with letters from my uncle, Tech 5 Frank S. Wilson, who was in the 691st TD battalion. He was killed on December 13, 1944, just miles from the German border. The History of his battalion, as well as Frank's letters, form the core of the book, and I am so very thankful for this site, which has made that history available. My editor--the second to work on the book--following a lead from her predecessor, has just reminded me that they think the site is no longer active. My reply: "It pops up for me all the time. Maybe that's just because I go there such a lot. However, I think not. I think people are adding content all the time." THANK YOU--all of you--for this remarkable resource.
Tuesday, 15 September 2020 04:49 | Canada
Forgot to mention W R Lally was with the 644th T D Battalion HQ company Camp Hood Texas fortune favors the brave
Tuesday, 15 September 2020 04:31 | Canada
trying to find out about T/sgt William R Lally dose anybody have any info.
Monday, 14 September 2020 22:39 | Youngstown, Ohio
I was a good friend of Myron Brothers and worked with him hauling gasoline for the Lyden Oil Co. Myron was one hell of a man and I’m proud to have known him. He feared nothing and was a mentor to all that knew him. He was also a kind and caring person who would do anything for someone in need. I’m a better person for having known him and blessed to have called him a true friend.
David L. Lamica
Saturday, 05 September 2020 17:58 | Ilion, New York 13357
I discovered a picture that was taken by Jessie P. Richard of Louisiana kneeling in front of my oldest brother Lester O. Lamica .I would like to thank the person who posted it on the internet. Les was the driver of the tank ",Another Joker" Feel free to contact me via e-mail. Thank You. Dave
Hunter C Bristow
Saturday, 05 September 2020 13:46 | Williamsburg, VA
My father Schuyler Coral Bristow served in the 634th TDB. He was a mechanic and a wrecker driver. He had to recover tanks that were disabled or destroyed in battle. The job was gruesome with bodies in the tanks. He hardly ever spoke of it. My brother and I discovered much after in death in 2003. I have a min museum in his honor that includes a model of his recovery vehicle and M-10 tank. Dad was only 5'-3" but stood tall with his mechanical abilities. He didn't have to duck far to get under enemy fire!
Friday, 17 July 2020 21:42 | Hartsel Colorado
Ray was and is my uncle. There are things that I should have asked but didn’t. My thanks to carol for getting this story to print
Wednesday, 15 July 2020 16:51
Hi, this is in regards to a post from 2017 from Donna Ray., concerning the 654th tank destroyer battalion form WWII. My Uncle Albert "Red"Wright was a Sergeant in that battalion. From what I was told from my grandfather and dad the tank went to rescue some fellow soldiers and it ran over a land mine. All were killed except the soldier they rescued. I hope this helps.
Tuesday, 14 July 2020 10:48 | Echt- The Netherlands
@ Bernie Dobrzykowski
Normally there are no islands in the river. But at the end of winter, melting snow and heavy rainfall flooded a lot of land, creating islands in the river. The Germans also detonated dams to slow down the Allied advance. The river Maas (Meuse) flows where I live. In the attached newspaper article you can read a story about what your father must also have experienced. However, in this case it concerns British soldiers who have surrounded the island. The article is in Dutch, but with Google Translate it should work.
Sunday, 12 July 2020 12:23 | Granger, Indiana
Looking to find info on my Father (Bernard C. Dobrzykowski) 802 TD Co.A involvement with an assault on an Island in a River occupied by Mad German Col. who would not surrender. told to me by my Dad.
Friday, 03 July 2020 19:06 | Massachusetts
looking for information on the Reconno., 771St Tank Destroyer Bn.My husband's uncle,John Irvin, served in thid Bn . I have little info on it
Monday, 29 June 2020 14:17
My father, William Fell Jr., was ***gned to the 644th TDB, Lt. Ephraim Graham commanding. (Co. C) He was in the service from December 1942 until December 1945 and was involved in the battles of Brest France, Hurtgen Forest, Battle of the Bulge and occupation duty after the war.
Lewis G Allen Sr
Monday, 29 June 2020 01:56 | Kentucky
My dad John Wesley Allen was attached to the 811th tank battalion as a black soldier and I’m a retired veteran trying to get information on his service , any help would do , I salute you for your service.
Saturday, 27 June 2020 12:18 | Milford, OH 45150
I'm pleased this information was made available on your site since we too found a copy of the Muster program in my father-0in-laws war papers. Inside the program opposite the list of guests is a note similar to the one you mention except the Honor Guest is S/Sgt. Don Bush (my wife's father). I believe the members of the Army Brass present were allowed to select someone from their unit to bring as an "honored guest." My father-in-law worked closely with Major General Gillem, and was awarded a Bronze Star by him. A week after this meeting, he was promoted to Master Sergeant by Gillem.
Friday, 26 June 2020 13:02 | w. WINFIELD, ny
My dad Alberta Waddell was in this group, I have his dog tags 20 242 328 HQ CO 813 TD BN and I would love more information.
Tuesday, 09 June 2020 23:14 | Toledo ohio usa
Awesome found my grandpa cpl emil olwick listed in one of the books you have. He was in one of the hellcats. I found he was in company B. I know he went though africa maybe france to rome trying to find more where he was. He got blown up in a tank outside berlin somewhere but lived.
Sunday, 07 June 2020 15:21
My father Jerry McCoy served in World War II I am trying to locate records.
His records were destroyed in the 1974 fire in St Louis.
Elaine Terri Svetich
Sunday, 07 June 2020 01:02 | Reno, NV
My father, Marvin Gilbert Hall, served as a mechanic at Ft. Hood. I know very little about his time in the Army other than that. I was recently going through some family materials and found a pin and banner with the tank destroyer emblem. This website is fascinating.
Saturday, 06 June 2020 15:54
My father, Milton R. Becker served with the 899th TD Battalion Company B. Wondering if anyone is left from that unit that can give me any information. Thanks in advance.
This is a very nice site and much appreciated.
Robert B. Armstrong
Thursday, 28 May 2020 19:52 | Suffolk, Va.
I was looking for the person I was named after in 1945. I found him here on your Tank Destroyers website. I had previously found some photos of him and my father among some old letters of my mother’s.
My namesake was Robert T. Pyle who died of a gunshot to the head during the Battle of the Bulge.
My father and he were best friends throughout the war.
His name was Howard Turner Armstrong from Newport News, Virginia. I will dig out the old letters about Bobby Pyle written by his mother and sent to my grandmother.I will communicate more later.
Friday, 15 May 2020 13:56 | Waynesboro VA
Very nice site. I was researching a postcard dated 15 Nov 1943 from Pvt Herman Price 33648851 at Camp Hood TX, Co. B 661 T/D BN, mailed to Schoolfield VA. Hoping to create a Tank Destroyer display in my War Room.
Sunday, 10 May 2020 04:38 | California
My Dad, Ltd James E Leahy, was picked up by reconn patrol from the 813th TD Battalion on 30 August 1944 as the patrol moved into the town of Mouy, France. Dad's P-38 Lightning went down behind German lines on 25 August 1944, following a mid air collision with a BF109. He was hidden by a French family for 5 days until picked up by the 813th TDB.
It wasn't until 6 September that transportation was available to return him to the 474th FG, 429 FS. At one point during that that time, he was involved hand to hand combat with a German soldier.
After Dad passed away in 1987 I found a letter from the commander of the 813th to the commander of the 474th FG and the 813TH TDB black and orange Patch.
Tuesday, 28 April 2020 20:03 | Columbus, MS
I was Gen. B's aircraft commander in Vietnam. He was a true warrior and didn't hesitate to fly into hot situations. He will always hold a special place in my heart. My deepest condolences go out to the family.
Wednesday, 15 April 2020 21:22
Testing the guestbook.
Thomas W Bray
Thursday, 09 April 2020 16:49
I wish to express my thanks to Rob Haldeman for his assistance in organizing and compiling my father Merle W Bray’s story in the Honoree section. He was a proud Army veteran who was awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
Saturday, 04 April 2020 21:44
Uncle Burt wasn’t my uncle but my first cousin Earl Zanoya’s uncle. I can remember Christmas’ at the Zanoya farm outside Madison. I can remember Uncle Burt giving me rides on his motorcycle. I thought he was the most handsome guy I knew!
Saturday, 04 April 2020 06:25
Looking forward Edward Haider record pictures anything or anyone relevant
Thanks for this site
God Bless America
Greg Goldsmith Ret. CW4
Sunday, 22 March 2020 23:10
PFC McAtee, Milton G. was my Grandfather and PVT McAtee, Mervin E. "Buddy" E., his brother, was my Great Uncle. They were from Centralia and KIA in the 803rd BN, Company C. I appreciate this sight. It was an honor to read the many documents. Thank you. Please contact me if anyone has additional pictures.
Friday, 13 March 2020 02:40
My grandfather Sgt. Leon Wardlow was in B co 629th unit. I have many pictures from the was as well as an article currently not on the website. If anyone knows him, or has additional photos of his unit please contact me.
Tuesday, 10 March 2020 10:24
Passing of a 656th member
A long time family friend and WW II Vet RET CSM Bernard E. Bentfield passed away 7 Marach 2020 in Columbus GA. Ben was a member of the Recon Plt 656th TD BN and crossed the Rhine River at the Ludendorff/Remagen Bridge on 8 Mar 1945. RIP CSM Bentfield
SSG Peter Bordelon
Wednesday, 19 February 2020 10:58
My grandfather was 2lt. Wesley J. Schmidt I’ve read some excerpts from this site per my mother does anyone have pictures of my grandfather and kinda of pathway leading to how he was injured and replaced and when was brought back in he died of cancer 1986 not sure when he entered service he started in the Louisiana guard as an E5 in artillery bn that I actually served in and he went active duty and was commissioned as a LT but not knowing my mother said he was field promoted if there is anything out there I’m a soldier my self and would like to put his history of events together
Saturday, 15 February 2020 13:28
My Dad,PFC Albert E. Johnson, was a radioman assigned to the 771tank destroyer unit Company C. He was wounded on or about November 20, 1944 near Apweiler, Germany. He was sent to a hospital in Belgium for a few months and them reassigned to the Army Air Corps, still in radio communications.
Saturday, 01 February 2020 21:17
My uncle Glenn A Granquist of Wayne, Nebraska served with the 636th Tank Destroyer Battalion. According to his obituary, he drove the lead tank into Rome. Thanks to the information I discovered at this site, I now know that would have been in June 1944. Fortunately Uncle Glenn survived the war and returned home to raise a family and to farm.
Saturday, 11 January 2020 13:53
My Dad, Corporal Clarence Timinelli, was a member of the 806th Tank Destroyer Battalion, Company C. He said that he had been ready to deploy on numerous occasions, but all were cancelled. As per the presented documents, and my Dad’s own words, the 806th was deployed to invade Japan, and the war ended while the men were at sea en route to Pearl Harbor. Dad always stated how lucky he was. He finished his service as an MP in the Philippines. Dad passed on May 3, 2018.
Tuesday, 07 January 2020 22:58
My great uncles, Adolph & Albert Haschke served in the 692nd TD Battalion "B" Company. Albert Haschke was on Jack Myers tank crew and, unfortunately didn't make it home. He was a casualty of the Rhineland Campaign in early March of 1945. The pictures and information provided here on tankdestroyer.net has been a great help in learning more about my uncles and the great men they served with.
Tuesday, 31 December 2019 20:07
My father, John F. Kukitz was a Hellcat. He passed many years ago and I don’t have much information about his time in the military. Any help / suggestions as to where I could find some of his history would be greatly appreciated.
Saturday, 21 December 2019 16:12
My Great Uncle is Eugene Carr, who served in Co. A, 702nd in Jan/Feb 45 until the end of the war. Any information about his service?
Friday, 22 November 2019 09:11
My grandfather served in 817 company c. He is in the photos close to the flag. Mustache and ears.
Pedro Vigil Martinez
Wednesday, 20 November 2019 10:36
My grandfather Pedro L. Martinez served with the 90th Inf.Div. At some point he was assigned to the 807th Tank Destroyer Bn.
Pedro Vigil Martinez
Monday, 18 November 2019 00:16
My uncle, Paul Burgess, of Texas was a crewman of an M-18 in the 704th. He received the Bronze Star in Germany for an action in which his vehicle was destroyed. He suffered severe shell shock in that action.
Sunday, 17 November 2019 22:07
My grandfather Emmitt ‘Red’ Rideout was in the 705 TD battalion c company, 3rd platoon. He was apart of the tanks that came to help in Bastogne. My family doesn’t know a lot about my grandfathers time during Ww2.. or even photos. He must have missed picture day for his platoon photos at fort Lewis (1944). If anyone has any info or if anyone knows any vets still alive who may have knew him, please email. Its really important to me to know. ANYTHING will help
Saturday, 16 November 2019 11:57
My father, Arthur J Carlin served with the 605 Tank Destroyer Battalion Company 'A' same as Joseph P. Helm. I see no other information on the site about my father. But I did find Joseph P. Helm posting. Seems he and my father left for Europe and arrived on the same day. Wonder if they knew each other.
Sunday, 10 November 2019 13:31
My son was doing a Veterans Day paper about a family member. He choose my Grandfather Richard Timm. He was asking questions what A-817 meant. So I googled it for him and the the pictures and information. Would love to get copy of the full Battalion pic.
John A. Doerner
Monday, 04 November 2019 20:49
My cousin Leo J. Davis, Company I, 801 TD BN was KIA at Percy France 1 August 1944 while conducting reconnaissance. He was a radioman in a Jeep when killed. He was from Minot, ND and buried at Rosehill Cemetery Veteran Section. He was well liked and had a baseball field named after him in France.
Fred M Pohl
Monday, 28 October 2019 12:46
My Father Fred J Pohl was with CO He othrn told me some war store A 672nd AMTRAC Bn I knew onoe of his friends Mr Robert J Heichel He also meintioned another of his friends Norman Llloyd and LyT Charkles G Kaigler who was his platoon officer he told me some cool war stories back in the day I only found out on The HIstory Channke My fathers Unit was invilved on The Los Banos Raid he nev er told me about it
Saturday, 19 October 2019 22:46
My name is John Broersma. My father was John A Broersma and was a 1st Lt. and all I know is what is on his headstone - HQ Company, 1st TD GP. He was a Bronze Star Medal holder. He passed away when I was a very young boy. If anyone has any information, I would be very grateful.
Friday, 18 October 2019 11:24
My dad Richard C. Schuck was with the 805th T.D. Battalion, he was stationed at Fort Fix, Co Croft, Meade, Hood, England Africa & Italy. He was a Corporal. This is all the information I have on him. He never shared anything stories about his time serving in the war. I would love to know more about his time there. If anyone knew him please contact me.
Monday, 07 October 2019 09:39
My Dad, Donald P. Steele, was a 1st Lieutenant and was in the 601st tank destroyer battalion.
Friday, 04 October 2019 12:34
My father Henry Rohrer was a SSgt in the 643 TD. Nice to see some info about the tank destroyers.
Thursday, 03 October 2019 02:28
I believe my grandfather was in the 899th tank destroyer battalion. Couldn’t find his name. Was wondering if you had any information on him? I know he talked about Herschel Briles when I was little. They both were from Colfax, IA. Thank you