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778th TANK BATTALION
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This page is dedicated to all who served with the 778th TBn ...
those that died in battle, those that died since, and those still with us ...
as well as to the men that served with the units they were attached to.
Guenter "Shorty" Kurtz
In 1945 C-Company took in Guenter "Shorty" Kurtz, a 15-year-old boy
"all alone in a destroyed country" after being separated from his family.
He worked as kitchen help & stayed with the men in Weiden, Germany
for 11/2 years. He is looking to contact surviving members or any family
members of the soldiers. He remembers the names Tedrow, Walter
Serzega, Willard Henderson, John Conley, & Jerry Malloy. He would
also like to get more information about C-Company during the time he
was with them. To contact Shorty send email to: StahlKurtz at t-online.de
To contact the webmaster email: piglt at comcast.net.
"Each of us has a story of an incident or happening that should be told.
Tank Battalion has no official history, no casualty list, or list
of decorations and
very little in the archives that houses military history.
We have members of the
778th Tank Battalion interred at Normandy
American Cemetery, Lorraine
American Cemetery and Luxembourg
American Cemetery, and yet there is no
published history of the
778th on file in the Military History Institute."
Formerly of The 778th Tank Battalion
Headquarters Company, Assault Gun Platoon
Third Army, Army Of The United States
What follows is my attempt to help alleviate this grievous wrong.
To let the world
know of the 778th Tank Battalion . . .
and men like George and my great-uncle
Men who fought so people like you and me could be free.
Marker dedicated at Fort Knox, Kentucky
September 24, 1999
778 TANK BATTALION
DEDICATED TO THE MEN OF
THE 778TH TANK BATTALION
WHO SERVED WITH HONOR AND
DIGNITY IN WORLD WAR II.
ENTERED COMBAT NOV. 5, 1944.
350 WOUNDED. 49 KIA AND
176 DAYS CONTINUOUS
CONTACT WITH THE ENEMY.
NORTHERN FRANCE ARDENNES-ALSACE
11TH AD 26 DIV 94 DIV
On September 20, 1943, the 778th Tank Battalion came into existence
reorganization plan of the 11th Armored Division.
On September 15, 1944 the 778th TBn arrived on the beaches of Cherbourg, France.
From there they went to join General George S. Patton's Third Army.
They entered combat on November 5, 1944
and engaged in 176 consecutive days on the front lines ...
the second highest number of days served in the European theater.
The 778th TBn were the spearhead for the famed
26th, 94th, and 95th Divisions of
the Third Army
in four out of five major European theater campaigns:
France, Ardennes-Alsace, Rhineland, Central Europe.
The 778th played a major role in the capture of Metz,
(Prior to this the city had fallen only once by
military attack -
to Atilla the Hun in 451 AD)
and paved the way for the Third Army to sweep the Rhine
by breaking through the Siegfried Switch Line.
778th TANK BATTALION
|Presidential Unit Citation||A-Co 3rd
|Presidential Unit Citation||B-Co 1st
|Third Army||General George S.
|20 Corps Citation||Lt. Gen. Walten H.
|94th Infantry Division||Maj. Gen. Harry J.
|95th Infantry Division||Maj. Gen. Harry L.
|Medaille||de la France Liberee|
|Medaille||de Metz, France|
The men of the 778th received the first two Distinguished Service Crosses
awarded by the 95th Infantry Division.
778th TANK BATTALION
MEN KILLED IN ACTION
|RANK||NAME|| SERIAL NO ||UNIT ||DATE
|PVT||Bashaw, Wallace P.
Jr.|| ||B-CO||11/30/44|| Saarlautern / Saarlouis
Leroy|| ||D-CO|| |
| ||Butler, Perone
N.|| || ||05/31/45|
|T/5||Chapelle, Charles. B.
|| ||SV-CO||12/14/44||Saarlautern / Saarlouis
|1st LT||Foy, George
E.|| ||C-CO||12/01/44||Saarlautern / Saarlouis
Ruben|| ||HD-CO||12/14/44||Saarlautern /
| ||Maec, George
| ||Magli, George H.
Jr.|| ||SV-CO||11/01/44||Saarlautern / Saarlouis
L.|| ||SV-CO||12/15/45||Saarlautern / Saarlouis
| ||Mentz, Charles
Steve|| ||B-CO||11/30/44||Saarlautern /
Tovivo|| || ||12/15/44||Saarlautern /
E.|| || ||03/15/45|
J.|| ||C-CO|| ||Saarlautern / Saarlouis
C.|| || || ||Saarlautern / Saarlouis
|2nd LT||Tucker, James
|T/ 4||Warfel, Robert
J.|| ||B-CO||11/30/44||Saarlautern / Saarlouis
* Saarlouis was called Saarlautern from 1935 - 1945
change the French name to German)
INTERRED IN EUROPEAN
Bridges, John F.
Crandell, Ralph T.
Foy, George T.
Fulk, Bobby E.
Guttierrez, Gilbert A.
Krukowski, Henry S.
Lanahan, Charles K.
Maloney, William P.
Peterson, Robert C.
Race, Richard E.
LORRAINE, FRANCE - SAINT AVOID
Bashaw, Wallace P. Jr.
Cawthorn, Isaac N.
Hoerth, Harold N.
Hottenstein, William E.
Hudson, John F.
McMahon, Vivian L.
Richardson, Marion J.
Ryland, Willard C.
Tuski, Henry L.
Warfel, Robert L.
* awarded posthumously
|Silver Star *||1st LT||Araujo,
|Silver Star||1st LT||Leonhardt, Harry|
|Silver Star||1st LT||Phillips, Charles W. Jr.|
|Silver Star||1st LT||Schelin, Carl|
|Silver Star||2nd LT||Baresich, John|
|Silver Star||1st SGT||Riggio, Ricardo|
|Silver Star||S/SGT||Bell, James, N.|
|Silver Star||S/SGT||Stephens, William A.|
|Silver Star *||SGT||Fulk, Bobby
|Silver Star||SGT||Richard, Ralph|
|Silver Star||CPL||Brady, James|
|Silver Star *||CPL||Pearrin,
|Silver Star||T/5||Duffy, Harry|
|Silver Star *||T/5||Richardson,
|Bronze Star||LT COL||Bishop, Preston R.|
|Bronze Star||CAPT||Castle, Wesley W.|
|Bronze Star||CAPT||Goldman, Philip W.|
|Bronze Star||CAPT||Griffin, Gerald E.|
|Bronze Star||CAPT||Kendrick, Herbert E.|
|Bronze Star||CAPT||Larimer, Charles W.|
|Bronze Star||LT||Mottilla, Richard|
|Bronze Star||1st LT||Abernathy, Thomas J.|
|Bronze Star||1st LT|| Araujo, Alfred S.|
|Bronze Star||1st LT||Dalbey, William C.|
|Bronze Star||1st LT||Krob, Norbert|
|Bronze Star||1st LT||Leonhardt, Harry|
|Bronze Star||1st LT||Rieber, Harold M.|
|Bronze Star||1st LT||Silbaugh, Walter, R.|
|Bronze Star||2nd LT||Baresich, John|
|Bronze Star||2nd LT||Foster, William B.|
|Bronze Star||2nd LT||Jones, Alfred J.|
|Bronze Star||2nd LT||Thomas, Alfred F.|
|Bronze Star||M/SGT||Powell, Frank L.|
|Bronze Star||1st SGT||Murphy, Joseph H.|
|Bronze Star||1st SGT||Podbesek, John|
|Bronze Star||1st SGT||Richards, John T.|
|Bronze Star||1st SGT||Turner, Lawrence P.|
|Bronze Star||S/SGT||Burke, George W.|
|Bronze Star||S/SGT||Charlton, Robert|
|Bronze Star||S/SGT||Gaston, Harold V.|
|Bronze Star||S/SGT||Lonzy, Seymore W. Jr.|
|Bronze Star||S/SGT||Prasil, Charles J.|
|Bronze Star||S/SGT||Schuman, Donald W.|
|Bronze Star||S/SGT||Shimek, Tony R.|
|Bronze Star||S/SGT||West, J.W.|
|Bronze Star||S/SGT||Wood, Arthur E.|
|Bronze Star *||SGT||Bounds,
|Bronze Star||SGT||Chance, Glenn R.|
|Bronze Star||SGT||Craney, Paul|
|Bronze Star||SGT||Reynolds, Robert E.|
|Bronze Star||SGT||Shaffer, Arthur|
|Bronze Star||SGT||Szymt, Thadious|
|Bronze Star||SGT||Thomson, Herbert E.|
|Bronze Star||SGT||Tull, Harvey B.|
|Bronze Star||T/SGT||Black, Richard A.|
|Bronze Star||T/SGT||Leeper, Marion D.|
|Bronze Star||T/SGT||Tura, George L.|
|Bronze Star||T/SGT||Wazny, Floyd P.|
|Bronze Star||CPL||Atillio, Margarita|
|Bronze Star *||CPL||Barend,
|Bronze Star||T/5||Friedman, Raymond S.|
|Bronze Star||T/5||Huffman, Darrell L.|
|Bronze Star *||T/5||Nicholson,
|Bronze Star||T/4||Bednick, Emil|
|Bronze Star||T/4||Perry, Harry E.|
|Bronze Star||T/4||Sanford, Claude|
|Bronze Star||T/4||Thornberg, Thomas C.|
|Bronze Star||T/4||Winnebrenner, Ivan R.|
|Bronze Star||PFC||Bruun, Carl V.|
|Bronze Star||PFC||Fitzgerald, Richard C.|
|Bronze Star||PFC||Grover, Lorin A.|
|Bronze Star||PFC||Knoblock, Oniel L.|
|Bronze Star||PFC||Lans, Louis|
|Bronze Star||PFC||Lasco, John|
|Bronze Star||PFC||Lerro, Angelo|
|Bronze Star||PFC||Stump, Russell|
|Bronze Star||PFC||Suydam, Harry L.|
|Bronze Star||PVT||Smith, Wilbur B.|
|Bronze Star||PVT||Wolf, Marion W.|
|Bronze Star|| ||Tregre, Ben|
|DSC||S/SGT||Rhodes, Wilson B.|
|DSC||SGT||Semdarek, James T.|
|DSC||CPL||Smith, Crowell J.|
*Oak Leaf Cluster
* received 2 Oak Leaf Clusters (most decorated soldier in
Under the provisions of Army regulation 600-45
the Purple Heart was awarded to
the following men
for wounds received in action on the dates indicated.
* awarded posthumously
|1st LT||Abernathy, Thomas
|CPL||Andrews, Mason K.|| ||02/15/45|
|1st LT||Anderson, Arnold
|PFC||Argento, John L.||D-CO||11/18/44|
|CPL||Barend, Kenneth|| ||03/15/45|
|PVT||Bashaw, Wallace P. Jr.
|T/4||Belford, George G.|| ||02/22/45|
|S/SGT||Bell, James N.|| ||02/15/45|
|T/5||Bellenoit, Joseph R.|| ||12/15/44|
| ||Blessing, Leroy
|SGT||Bradley, Noel D.|| ||11/14/44|
|SGT||Bridges, John F.
|SGT||Bruno, Russell L.*||D-CO||05/04/45|
|S/SGT||Burke, George W.||B-CO||11/18/44|
|2nd LT||Butlep, Walter|| ||11/17/44|
| ||Butler, Perone W.
|SGT||Chance, Glenn R. *|| || |
|T/5||Chapelle, Charles B.
|CPL||Crain, Howard J.|| ||02/28/45|
|S/SGT||Crandell, Ralph T.
|SGT||Craney, Paul R.|| || |
|PFC||Cawthorn, Isaac N.
| ||Fennel, Edward
|T/5||Fox, Harry S.|| ||03/13/45|
|1st LT||Foy, George T.
|SGT||Fulk, Bobby E.
|CPL||Gates, Virgil V.
|PVT||Grindley, Howard B.||C-CO||11/18/44|
|2nd LT||Grubbs, Irvin A.||B-CO||12/01/44|
|CPL||Guttierrez, Gilbert A.
|T/5||Hanson, Julius H.|| ||02/22/45|
|PVT||Hellar, Morton I.|| ||01/02/45|
|PFC||Hoerth, Harold N.
|PVT||Hoffman, Darrel W.|| ||02/03/45|
|PFC||Horn, Maxwell, M.|| ||02/27/45|
|T/5||Hottenstein, William E.
|CAPT||Howard, Willard F.||SERV||12/15/44|
|CPL||Hudak, Matthew Jr.|| ||03/15/45|
|PFC||Hudson, John E.
|PFC||Ingram, Alfred L.|| ||02/28/45|
|PFC||Jansen, George A.|| ||02/28/45|
|CPT||Jaszczor, Edward|| ||11/17/44|
|1st LT||Jones, Alfred H.||D-CO||12/22/44|
|1st LT||Krob, Norbert||A-CO|| |
|PVT||Krukowski, Henry S.
|PFC||Lanahan, Charles K.
|T/5||Lane, Louis E.|| ||04/22/45|
|PFC||Lanier, Elliott E.|| ||12/24/44|
|T/4||Lantis, Richard L.|| ||01/20/44|
|2nd LT||Ludes, Bernard
| ||Maec, George M.
| ||Magli, George W. Jr.
|PFC||Maloney, William P.
|SGT||Margarita, Attillio|| ||02/15/45|
| ||McComas, Fred
|SGT||McGriff, Curtis H.|| ||03/07/45|
|PVT||McMahon, Vivian L.
| ||Mentz, Charles A.
|S/SGT||Mentz, Charles F.|| ||04/18/45|
|T/4||Miller, Arthur D.|| ||12/15/44|
| ||Mitan, Steve
|PVT||Moore, Wallace D.||C-CO||11/27/44|
|1st LT||Mottilla, Richard||KOREA||1950|
|T/4||Musitano, Matale N.|| ||12/24/44|
|PVT||Palmer, Edward Ray
|T/5||Patterson, Joseph Jr.|| ||12/15/44|
|T/4||Perry, Harry R.|| ||12/18/44|
|PFC||Peterson, Robert C.
|SGT||Pollet, Delbert F.||D-CO||11/18/44|
|PFC||Poorto, John R.|| ||02/22/45|
|S/SGT||Prasil, Charles J.||A-CO||02/15/45|
|PVT||Presley, William|| || |
|S/SGT||Prieur, William T.
|1st LT||Quattromani, H.
|PVT||Race, Richard E.
|T/5||Richardson, Marion J.
|PFC||Ropwe, Alvin C.|| ||12/15/44|
|CPL||Rossi, James|| ||03/07/45|
|T/5||Ryland, Willard C.
*|| || |
|1st LT||Savage, Thomas||C-CO||12/03/44|
|1st LT||Schelin, Carl||HDQ-CO||03/07/45|
W.|| || |
|2nd LT||Singer, Milton||HDQ-CO
|S/SGT||Squires, Alfred F.|| ||03/20/45|
|1st LT||Strittmater, Carl E.|| || |
| ||Sutten, Gerald
|2nd LT||Thomas, Alfred F. || || |
| ||Tregre, Ben||A-CO|| |
|PFC||Tromer, Fred L. Jr.|| ||11/14/44|
|2nd LT||Tucker, James V.
|S/SGT||Tull, Harvey B.
|SGT||Tuski, Henry L.
|T/4||Ubl, Paul R.|| ||12/03/44|
|T/4||Warfel, Robert L.
|2nd LT||West, J.W.|| || |
| ||Wittingen, harvey J.
*Oak Leaf Cluster (award of second citation of same
SOME MEN OF THE 778th
Peter Sosenko, William Foster*,
Jesus Gomez, Bobby Fulk**, Raymond Kenderski
Harry Hoerth**, Raymond Friedman,
George Nicholson, Ralph Westrich
* Received Battlefield Commission
** Killed in Action
Photo taken around December 10, 1944
at Wadgassen, Germany on the Siegfried Line.
Tanks were used as Artillery pieces as the men fired
into Saarlouis (then Saarlautern), Germany on the Saar River.
THE FALL OF METZ
November 14th, 1944
The 778th Tank Battalion arrived at Briey, France, where most of the tanks
changed their tracks from steel to rubber and added flotation wedges to the
tracks. While doing this they were visited by General George S. Patton,
Commanding General of The Third Army - contact had been established
95th Infantry Division. Each tank platoon of every Company was
different Infantry Regiments and Battalions of the 95th Infantry.
This included the
Assault Gun, Mortar and Reconnaissance Platoons.
Colonel Robert L. Bacon was given the command of the 1st Battalion, 377th
Infantry Regiment, Second Battalion, 378th Infantry Regiment, two Companies
from the 807 Tank Destroyer Battalion, and D Company 778th Tank Battalion.
mission - to drive into the outskirts of Metz in three days, sweep south,
East bank of the Moselle, and attack.
November 15th, 1944
At 08:00 hours the First Battalion of the 378 Infantry Regiment and B Company
778th Tank Battalion moved forward to attack Fort le Feves (the northern most
fort line). At 10:00 hours the main effort was launched by the 95th Infantry
when the 377th Infantry Regiment drove south of Maizieres les Metz.
attack spearheaded by medium tanks of the 778th Tank Battalion
progress. By 11:00 hours the approaches to Metz from the
North and Northwest
were commanded by Americans. When night fell
the regimental objective had
At twilight the forces were fighting hard in the town of Woippy (less than three
miles from Metz). The battle for Woippy continued until the afternoon of the
following day when the last Germans were captured or driven from the town.
Corporal CJ Smith of C Company 778th Tank Battalion was awarded the
Distinguished Service Cross for his part in the fight at Woippy. Smith's tank
received a direct hit while inside the village. He continued to fire the tank gun
while his crew left the tank. He dismounted the 30-caliber machine gun
alone until help arrived.
November 19th, 1944
The 95th Infantry Division crossed the last barrier which lay between it
heart of Metz. The crossing was supported by the fires of two
artillery, a company of 778th Tanks, two platoons of
81MM mortars and three
platoons of heavy machine guns.
November 20th, 1944
The Assault Gun Platoon (led by First Lieutenant Walter Silbaugh) moved
from Maizieres-les-Metz to Su-La-Reviere. This city was at a heavy
bridge across from Chambiere Island and the Kaserine. Their flank
by Private Henry L. Tuski, a tank commander (he had been
reduced in rank at
Camp Miles Standish but was still the tank commander),
who had won this "least
hazardous" task by drawing straws.
After crossing river on the pontoon bridge they headed to the gates of the
Kaserine. They lined up along a heavy iron fence and proceeded to fire
barracks. Private Tuski's tank was parked in front of a shed in the
yard of the
barracks. In the shed was a 75MM Antitank gun and he was
hit three times. One
of the shells penetrated the turret. PFC John Hudson
and Pvt. Tuski were killed in
the turret. Pvt. Tuski was promoted to
Sergeant the next day. They were the first
Headquarters Company to be killed in action.
The Assault Gun Platoon lined up five Assault Gun Tanks with 105MM guns
fired a lasting barrage on the Kaserine. Their sixth tank was covering
and was knocked out by a pac-40 75MM anti tank gun.
After a short time a tank was requested for more action across the
help secure the upper part of the Kaserine. The crew of
this tank was Sgt. Bobby
E. Fulk, Cpl. Floyd Pearrin, Tech 5
George Nicholson, PFC Russell Stump and
PFC Ralph Westrich.
They moved in between the barracks and started firing -
every round of ammunition they had in the tank. When the
and dust cleared, the Germans decided to surrender. It was
in the next barracks
that General Kittle, Commander of Metz,
was captured later that same day.
November 21st, 1944
The Casein was assaulted with the help of Assault Gun Platoon of the
Battalion. Control was gained of the first floor, however,
the Germans resisted
stubbornly in the second and third floors.
A tank was brought up and its accurate
fire quickly destroyed the
upper part of the Kaserine - which led the defenders to
Company L 377th Infantry Regiment's initial objective for the day was to
church that the Germans were using as an observation post for
the artillery firing
on the bridges. They had little difficulty in capturing the
church - with the
assistance of the Assault Gun Platoon. Initially grenades
were thrown into the
open doorway. Then the door was slammed shut.
There was an S curve in the
street and a ten inch field of fire - Sgt. Fulk
sighted the gun through the breach to
the door of the church. Thanks to
10 rounds fired at point blank range the
Germans in the church
surrendered and the men rushed in to secure the church.
continued to clear the eastern part of Chambiere Island.
Stump and Cpl. Pearrin received the Bronze Star for their actions.
November 22nd, 1944
At 14:35 hours the Commanding Officer of the 377th Infantry Regiment
Division that the last resistance of the city was over come.
At 14:38 hours he
informed XX Corps that all resistance
in the City of Metz was at an end.
Ammunition expended by the Assault Gun Platoon in eight
105MM HE (High explosive) - 1700 rounds
105MM HEAT (High Explosive Anti Tank) - 300 rounds
Cal .30 - 20000 rounds
Cal .50 - 500 rounds
Fragmentary Grenades - 9 rounds
778th TANK BATTALION
|ORGANIZED||Camp Berkeley, Texas;
Sept 21, 1943|
|Camp Howze, Texas|
|EMBARKED||Boston, Mass; Sept 2, 1944
|DOCKED||Cherbourg, France; Sept 15,
|TRIED/FIRST BATTLE||Metz, France;
Nov 15, 1944|
|ATTACHED||26th, 94th, 95th
|CITED||95th Inf Div, XX Corps, Third
|RESTED||NEVER - |
|176 days of continuous contact with
|COMMANDED BY||Lieutenant Colonel
Reston R. Bishop|
THIRD STATES ARMY
9 MAY 1945
SOLDIERS OF THE THIRD ARMY PAST AND PRESENT
During the 281 days of incessant and victorious combat, your penetration
have advanced farther in less time than any other army in history. You have
fought your way across 24 major rivers and innumerable lesser streams. You
have liberated or conquered more than 80,000 square miles of territory, including
1500 cities and towns, and some 12,000 inhabited places. Prior to the termination
active hostilities, you had captured in battle 965,000 enemy soldiers and
or wounded at least 500,000 others. France, Belgium, Luxembourg,
Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia bear witness to your exploits.
All the men and women of the six corps and thirty-nine divisions that have at
different times been members of this Army have done their duty. Each deserves
credit. The enduring valor of the combat troops has been paralleled and made
possible by the often unpublished activities of the supply,administrative,
medical services of the Army and the Communication Zone troops
Nor should we forget our comrades of the other Armies and
the Air Force,
particularly of the XIX Tactical Air
by whose aide or under whose wings we have the honor to fight with.
In proudly contemplating our achievements, let us never forget our heroic dead
whose graves mark the course of our victorious advances, nor our wounded
whose sacrifices aided so much to our success.
I should be both ungrateful and wanting in candor if I failed to acknowledge the
debt we owe to our Chiefs of Staff, Generals Gaffey and Gay, and to the officers
and men of the General Staff Sections of the Army Headquarters.
The termination of fighting in Europe does not remove the opportunities for other
outstanding and equally difficult achievements in the days which are to come.
some ways the immediate future will demand of you more fortitude than has the
past because, without the inspiration of combat you must maintain - by your
deportment, and efficiency - not only the prestige of Third Army but also
of the United States. I have complete confidence that you will not fail.
During the course of this war I have received promotions and decorations
far above and beyond my individual merit. You won them; I as your representative
wear them. The one honor which is mine and mine alone is that of having
commanded such an incomparable group of Americans, the record of whose
forttitude, audacity, and valor will endure as long as history lasts.
/s/ G.S. Patton Jr.
/t/ G.S. Patton Jr.
Reproduced by Headquarters 26Th Infantry Division, 20 May 1945
Nuremberg, Germany in front of the Sportz Plaza.
Photo taken on July 25, 1945, after VEL day.
HEADQUARTERS 778TH TANK BATTALION
OFFICE OF THE BATTALION COMMANDER
CAMP BARKLEY, TEXAS
27 SEPTEMBER 1943
SPECIAL ORDER NUMBER 4
1. The following named Officers having been assigned to this Battalion, per Par. 39, 80
HEADQUARTERS 11TH ARMOURED DIVISION dated 20 September 1943
assigned to Companies indicated above their respective names effective 20
|LT COL||Frank J. Spettel||014613||INF|
|MAJ||Arthur I. Davenport||0234348||CAV|
|MAJ||Fredrick B. Judson||0301120||INF|
|CAPT||Philip W. Goldman||0456110||INF|
|CAPT||Robert C. Roffey||0296881||CAV|
|1ST LT||John M. Markel||01013167||INF|
|2ND LT||Anthony R.
|2ND LT||John W. Holly||01016296||INF|
|1ST LT||Samuel J. Atkins, Jr.||01012803||INF|
|1ST LT||Carter B. Fuller, Jr.||01014324||INF|
|1ST LT||Thomas B. Savage||01012915||INF|
|2ND LT||J.M. Tucker||01017115||INF|
|2ND LT||Gustave Steiner||01017349||INF|
|2ND LT||Walter R.
|2ND LT||Charles W. Waddey,
|2ND LT||David Mittelman||01017656||INF|
|1ST LT||Wesley W. Castle||01013362||INF|
|1ST LT||Norbert F. Krob||01015298||CAV|
|2ND LT||John M. Besser||01015893||INF|
|2ND LT||Walter F. Baird||01015410||CAV|
|2ND LT||Harry A.
|2ND LT||Arnold V. Anderson||0518866||INF|
|2ND LT||Walter L.
|2ND LT||Selwyn Goodman||01017645||INF|
|CAPT||Gerald B. Griffin||0101283 ||CAV|
|1ST LT||Alex E. Roth||01015058||INF|
|1ST LT||Carl A. Schelin||01014320||INF|
|1ST LT||William O. Smith||0330363||CAV|
|2ND LT||Irvin A. Grubbs||01017872||INF|
|2ND LT||Marcus E.
|2ND LT||David J. Wolper||01018739||INF|
|2ND LT||Tony A. Pivato||01018830||CAV|
|CAPT||Charles Larimer||01010184 ||INF|
|1ST LT||Alfred S. Araujo||01013191||INF|
|1ST LT||Charles A.
|2ND LT||Eugene I. Kresh||01017827||INF|
|2ND LT||Richard A. Mottila||01017986||CAV|
|2ND LT||Harold M. Rieber||01018719||INF|
|2ND LT||Claude J. Smith||01018750||INF|
|CAPT||William S. Rice||0450348||INF|
|1ST LT||George T. Foy||01017552||INF|
|1ST LT||Herbert E. Kendrick||0446450||INF|
|2ND LT||Norman L. Fiero||01017444||INF|
|2ND LT||Ernest L. Howell||01011892||INF|
|2ND LT||Daniel J. Scott||01018823||CAV|
|1ST LT||Willard F. Howard||01012743||INF|
|1ST LT||John W. Kershner||01016227||INF|
|2ND LT||Henry P. Blaksney||01018764||INF|
|2ND LT||Richard B.
|2ND LT||Milton Singer||01017959||CAV|
|2ND LT||Carl E. Strittmater||01018771||CAV|
|WOJG||Max E. Campbell||W-2121148||USA|
2. Having been assigned to this BATTALION per Par. 19 S0 240 HEADQUARTERS
11TH ARMOURED DIVISION, dated 25 September 1943 1st. LT. THEODORE
N. ADAMS 0361740 MC is assigned to Med. Dst. effective 25 September
3. UP AR 605-115 leave of absence for fifteen (15) days effective as of 4 October
1943 is granted 2nd. Lt. Anthony Dambrauskas 01015022 Inf.
By Order of Lt. Col. Frank J Spettel:
JOHN W. HOLLY
2ND.LT. 778TH TK. BN
/S/ JOHN W. HOLLY
/T/ JOHN W. HOLLY
2ND. LT. 778TH TANK BATTALION
SOME MEN OF HEADQUARTERS
Camp Barkley, Texas (September 1943)
Taken after separation from the 11th Armored Division
778th TANK BATTALION
|Left Camp Houze||August 25|
|Arrived Camp Myles Standish||August
|Arrived Boston Port||September
|Arrived Cherbourg, France||September
|Left for Front||November 6|
|Arrived Villedieu||November 6|
|Arrived La Ferte Mace||November
|Arrived La Ferte Vidame||November
|Through Paris||November 9|
|Arrived Clichy s. Bois||November
|Arrived La Ferte S S J||November
|Arrived Chalons s. Marne||November
|Arrived Briey||November 12|
|Arrived Cite d'Hagondange||November
|Arrived Metz||November 23|
|Arrived Glatigny||November 26|
|Arrived Boulay||November 28|
|Arrived Altforweiler, Germany||December
|Arrived Ober Perl||February 17|
|Arrived Trassem||February 26|
|Arrived Beurig||March 6|
|Arrived Tawern||March 9|
|Arrived Schillingen||March 16|
|Arrived Hermeskeil||March 17|
|Arrived Birkenfeld||March 18|
|Arrived Aussem||March 19|
|Arrived Molschbach||March 21|
|Arrived Gau Odernheim||March
|Crossed Rhine River||March 25|
|Arrived Erfelden||March 25|
|Arrived Darmstadt||March 26|
|Arrived Jugesheim||March 27|
|Arrived Wittgenborn||March 31|
|Arrived Fulda||April 3|
|Arrived Schleid||April 4|
|Arrived Rosa||April 5|
|Arrived Suhl||April 7|
|Arrived Schleusingen||April 10|
|Arrived Schalkau||April 12|
|Arrived Sonneberg||April 13|
|Arrived Helmbrechts||April 15|
|Arrived Streitau||April 19|
|Arrived Kemnath||April 20|
|Arrived Kaltenbrunn||April 22|
|Arrived Habburg||April 23|
|Arrived Bruck id Opf||April 24|
|Arrived Falkenstein||April 25|
|Arrived Schwarzach||April 26|
|Arrived Berg||April 28|
|Arrived Ob-Eging||April 29|
|Arrived Aicha v. W.||April 30|
|Arrived Bulchberg||May 1|
|Arrived Putzleinsdorf, Austria||May
|Arrived Ulrichsberg||May 6|
|V-E Day Ulrichsberg||May 8|
|Arrived Bahnhof Salnau,
Many questions have been posed about the 778th
. . .
Here are a few with answers:
WHAT WAS IT LIKE IN 1941 TO 1945 DURING
Most all able bodied men from 18 to 38 were in the service. There was very
dissension about going into the military,in fact a lot of young enlisted
18th birthday, and finished school when they returned. There was
a lot of
patriotism evident, even flag raising. Everyone was in the service,
even those who
had religious objections were there as cooks, medics, office
and other non-combat
rolls. The young men who were on the street were
all in uniform. It was against the
law to be in the service and out of uniform.
WHERE DID YOU SLEEP IN THE
When we were in France we slept outside.
If we slept in the barns the French
would charge the U.S. Government rent for each soldier.
When we were in Germany we occupied the houses that we captured.
When we were on the outskirts of the Seigfried Line we stayed in one house
for a month.
We fixed up the house with electricity, running water, & toilets.
We had beer on tap, Schnapps, real potatoes, beef from wounded cows, and hot
This was on the front lines.
HOW MANY TANKS IN THE
There were about 80 Tanks in the Battalion.
A-Co: 3 platoons of five 76mm M4 Sherman Tanks,
one 105mm M4a3
Assault Gun Sherman Tank, one 76mm M4 Sherman Tank
for the Company
Comander, 17 MediumTanks (30 Tons).
B-Co: Same as above but 75MM M4 Sherman Tanks and 1 Assault Gun. 17
C-Co: Same as above 75MM M4 Shermans and 1 Assault Gun. 17 Medium
D-Company: Same as above except they had a 37MM cannon in the turret. 17 Light
Tanks (18 Tons).
Service Co: Tank retrivers, Tanks with dozer blades spikes, (for hedge
rows and other obstacles),
Tanks with flails with chains (for land mines to
clear our paths.
Hdq- Co: One Platoon of 3 Assault guns with 105mm M4A3 Shermans
Shermand with 75mm Cannons. The assault guns
were for support and street
fighting - they had larger guns
and inflicted more damage that the 76mm & 75mm
There were three other tanks of Hdq-Co: one for the Battalion Commander,
for the Battalion Adjudicant, and one for the Artillary Observer.
They never used
these tanks and they were used as needed by other companies
or the men as
George Nicholson was an Assault gun driver in Headquarters Company.
Armored Division Association "778th Tank Battalion, the Route to Battle"
Written by George Nicholson
95th Infantry Division The Iron Men of
The Virtual Museum
A special thanks to George Nicholson (8/9/20-3/21/08),
unofficial unit historian and veteran of the 778th,
for sharing the above information with me -
and allowing me to share it with the world.
Without his efforts the story of these valiant
men may have remained untold.
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