9th Tank Destroyer Group

Unit History:  Unit was activated at Camp Hood, TX, on Oct. 13, 1942.  The unit moved to Camp Bowie, TX, on Dec. 4, 1942.  They then moved back to Camp Hood, TX, on Mar. 5, 1943, and then went to the Tennessee Maneuver Area on Jun. 18, 1943.  They then went to Camp Atterbury, IN, arriving on Aug. 29, 1943 as part of the IV Armored Corps and joined XX Corps on Oct. 9, 1943, later joining the XXII Corps on Jan. 25, 1944.  The unit moved to Camp Kilmer, NJ, on Mar. 31, 1944, to prepare for overseas shipment.  They shipped from the New York Port of Embarkation on May 3, 1944, and arrived in England on May 16, 1944.  They later shipped to France, landing on Jul. 31, 1944, where they acted as the XII Corps Advanced Information Center.  Moved into Luxembourg on Dec. 21, 1944, and then into Germany on Mar. 9, 1945.  The unit shipped back to the U.S., arriving in Hampton Roads, VA, on Aug. 9, 1945.  From there it was on to Camp Hood, TX, on Aug. 13, 1945, where there were eventually deactivated on Nov. 1, 1945.  Attached/Supported: XX, XXII and XII Corps.  Information gathered from WWII Order of Battle by Shelby L. Stanton.

Combat Equipment:  N/A

Commanding Officers:  Lt. Col. William M. Hutson (Orig. CO);  Col. Lansing McVicker (1/27/44);  Lt. Col. James W. Bidwell (9/24/44);  Col. Clarence K. Darling (10/29/44)

Code Name/s:  Halfmoon

Campaign Credits:   Northern France……………Jul. 25, to Sept. 14, 1944

                                 Rhineland……………………Sept. 15, 1944 to Mar. 21, 1945

                                 Ardennes-Alsace…………..Dec. 16, 1944 to Jan 25, 1945

                                 Central Europe……………..Mar. 22, to May 11, 1945

Awards:  None

Location August 1945:  Camp Patrick Henry, VA

Additional Information/Materials:

1.)  Unit History – Covers unit from activation through their arrival back in the U.S. in Sept. 1945.  Contains many names of personnel by awards, transfers in/out, injuries, etc.  23 pages.  Courtesy of the Tank Destroyer Association by L. L. Gill, TDA Historian.

2.)  Unit Roster – It is unknown when this roster was compiled, it could possibly be from a reunion.  2 pages.  Courtesy of the Tank Destroyer Association by L. L. Gill, TDA Historian.

3.)  Commendations to the 9th Tank Destroyer Group – Presented while part of the XII Corps and Third Army.

4.)  Photo Gallery