653rd Tank Destroyer Battalion

Unit History:  Formed on Mar 20, 1943, at Camp Bowie, TX.  Disbanded on May 10, 1944, at Camp Van Dorn, MS.  Personnel transferred to the 144th Inf.

Combat Equipment:  N/A

Commanding Officers:  Lt. Col. Daniel W. Smith (died in hospital, 8/3/43)

Code Name/s:  N/A

Campaign Credits:   Continental U.S. Service Only

Awards:  None

Additional Information/Materials

1.)  Miscellaneous Documents

                         Special Order #67, March 20, 1943………..2 Pages (incomplete)

                                 – Courtesy of Tom Grannis

                         Special Order #105, May 1, 1943…………..1 Page

                                – from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and                                      Boyhood Home, Abilene, Kansas.

2.)  Group Photo Company A – Taken at an unknown location. Provided by Christine Sigfred whose uncle Conrad M. Sigfred served in the unit until it was disbanded and he was sent to Europe as an infantry replacement.