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Trl'lnsmlti.a1 of Histm:';.cal Re'")ort [,nel Conclusions.
TO : Cnmr ,and ing C'.renera1, F:i.rth Army, .A.r.O. /14h4. (Thru Com" ;.rd
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1. Ty' nflmit.:>ed herewith Historical Henon of the '76oth Tunk 3attelion
for the monP ; of ,Tanuary, 19/;1.10.
2. FrOfT1 the operation;') of this Battalion during the month of ,Te.nunry
thE'" followinp: conclusions 3.:'3
a. Due to the WctUI'C 0::' til:' UP. "8atl"18r corilitions in
this thpater durinr: the per-LOCI, t,1-:" (',' JO'Y.'('r 1 of ta.nk:s en m?Sf' waS not nraC
ticabJe. rovem8nt was rr ridr,e l:'nos Rnd cross-country
movempnt WHS impossible.
12. The most effective' o;;; n1 o:l1nDnt of tanks of this unit V"8,S in "p.:11
c:S ::-t-1l1G in. of .. lions A.110 reei
mpnts. In ::.uch emoloyment :.;;i:ou]cl bo t;CX! to 1500 ynros in re['r of n+.ry
formations where t},AY have th0 n:: inf'c'ntry 8EHin-:t ,"lm::,
v:h8rf' -:-he henvy concentrc,ti")11s CTti 1 c :2ir
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drawn tl-", tan;<:s do r,ot
the t:,c t. pl(f" Rre ':dtJ:in er:;;r curportinl'
distAnce whAn neecied lor c1iroct firA on 8.nerov 1':ea);0n
.. !JtD:'inp' the attacl: of L11" fjj'::Lsio!1 pcroes tr..e F:.n:ic1o, pffecUv0
tank sup10rt fr'lm e;'st ,),' t
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'8 ri'Jer We,S not dl,e to bne t};,
!luantity of smoke emplo:red. :;'-'rov; "!X)'lA'I"iences durinF periods of ':ood
visibilitv, it is belbver' that ,':i tl: c18Lr vifHilH;r :irps fr0P'. U.R )lOd
tions occuried would h... been involtwbll" in:f'entry in tU.:3 onel',' tion.
i. The presence of tank:; in S1.n.;lo:rl:. of infantry L; a '!ery r:-.n"',I:
fador to the infnntrynlAn 0:' not are flctU'i; J Y fivixy' '1 '"l

Tanks should not be Ouf tr} in frcnt C": tl.e in
fant.,..;! Ene l"ft overnirht. Under :::;uch cono.:.tj rns thei vF>.lue is '!P.I'/ 1imi '.'!', ,--.
t.o ';'1ab:llH:v to d81i'!cr ef:C;lctive (-',nu 7Je:r F.re vulnerable to i!ttI'oCV:
.... "n.kf1 .'ihould be withdrawn within 'C:'(' ... "n,rj 1 ositions or th<> il"'.i'ar,try
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HEADQUARTERS 760TH TANK BATTALION
OPERATIONS IN ITALY
Januar.r 1944
SECTII)N I Attack on Mt. Porehio
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SECTIOU II A":".trt'k on Cervaro
SECTION III
At tEll'.k r , . ~ rt. Trocchio
SECTION IV Attack on Rapido River
ANNroC A Roster of Officers Januar,y 1,
ANNEXB Battle Casualties
ANNEX C Citations
ANNEX D Roster of Officers Jauuar,r 51,
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,t.TTACK f1;Ol1N1' PORCHIA
1. December t:I. aeReage was received bY' the Commanding Officer Lieutenant
Colonel GIXlllGE M. DAVIS, at the b1YOU&c area at tugenta, ltal7 (N572786) from the
1st TaLk Group, attaching the group and attached unit. to Combat CoII'Jr.and B (CeB)
by Brigadier General FRANK A. ALLEN JR. Immediutely UpOil of
=tttaching orders, Lieut9llaJlt Colonel DAVIS ctitltacted the (Jo!llmen(i:'::l!S C. C.
]l-I"n orders 3tep9 were taken to prepare plans for an attacl: 1:pOll hlc.unt Porchia
,t B. ;;'jm,) to be
2. Jpl.:n.aI;}' : . .." the Battallons advance C. P. at 988104 ane
W&!1 rollowe,t ,-.-: by the renai:nd.. of the Batttl.lion. Imr.edb,tely after
arriving i:.Il th:; 4 (;!'" >j <.- tohn f':S1,;.alt Gt"Ll Plat('()n refLlelec: ane rloved into a
previously reconn.:-j ,,-:: 57128 t'l'OJll .,.,hich i +. l-1i.ce fire
on Mount Porchia aDel n,i. C,E6GO Janu-'"iry the BCittalion
!'iead Order Was ism:ecd-::,.l tile i()l:",""f'. 'J nipao:...
"760th Tank ..3Lt't.v... 'f'l. '... ('0 OJ.' to as:-;jgneo position
anc' support the "J';:: t.i.e B.:. (;+'1 ..ltmcrdcl by fire unc/c-r
fire and movement. "'he w:i.::,l 1'0'":' furth(;r arrensive uction to
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"H" hour was set at fa'" ':.'ha of'2 . .'J'. A. c'iCl not prop,ress as
plannecl, 'during the' ()f' con&equer, tl:- tl:.e Bat'.;alion not
move to the }jo!'l:!.hcn 1:;ut rf!l.Jl:il'.e
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sllbj ect to call anc' furthe'!" e":'n .
050800 J unuary 1944, vlt.:re racc:..vp.c from Cerr,manding General of
T. F. A. to alert five for A. ape.:itl:'. mif'3lor.. At. CJ9CO the first, Platoon of
C-:>mpcmy "A" commanded by Lieutenant FREDEhJCK L. NELSCN, l'loveo. to forward slope of
L-.m ,o (958l48). The Platoon firecl at tc.rgc.ts of its own of Mount
Porchia ',ith the possible claim of one high'vo10city gun and several IDE.chine guns.
After exhausting the BlID"Gnition supply, ill. rite tanks, the platoon withdrew and re
turned to the bivouad area. One tilnk the battle field because of a thrown
track but all or the crew returned. The 2nd platoon, Company "A" commanded by
Lieutenant DIlLE F. PRIDE, replaced the first platoon at, and took. up firing
oositions. This platoon remained in that position throughout the remainder of the
1ay, throughout the night - during wldch it suppliec' ammunition brought up
by light tanka or Company "D" -; ihe follcbwing morning the platoon ac.'lvanced about
LOGO yards forward in direct suppQrt of the IhfantrJ ane had one tank cisableo in
a mine field, gnd thdn rcjoinecl the reIB1:,ind*, of the Com.,cUlY late that afternoon
(the 7th) in the D,ttalion tortTarc. aMembly area. (966158)
During the entire of 5th the Assuelt Gun Platoon comman0&O by
;:'it.:utt;;nant Vlm'OR E. HIPKISS, and assi:1ted by Lieutf;llaut ROBERT H. T'IILSON, engaged
?ossib1e ane targets on Mount Porchia.
At 1600, on the: 5th, Companiefl "A", "E", ane' "C" receive0 orcerq to move
':r-om the bivouac are;;:. to a firing position, to be stl!ecterJ, on fire lJoulc1
)e pJ.ac__d on Hount Porchia. The three eompa.n1es movE,o c.own Highway 6 to l. pOAi tion
to thE;;: of the highway anc forwarc1 of tho Highway 6 - San Pietro roue
(9E3158). ouring the early hours of the night, the tankA placec cirect fire
,)11 dtsigliatccl ure.as of Mount Porchia and ,.,ero regulary RUppliec. with ammunition by
':ruckn from Service Company of the Battalion
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f_t 0521l\:; an \'12.E! i!,;f1UOO by HGucquurt(lrEJ T. F P.
ruth Ti:W.k tl:,ttGolion to the f,th .'I.rJDoroo Infantry Regiment mth d "\"ill
<.l.ttuck ::,t 17\.;0 hours E: Janue.l'Y to seize s(;cu-re UO'Wlt
4-. COMPANY "C". On the morn1ntJ of the 6th" Company "e"" by
FRANK J. lLDJ!lU{IN, Corwarc: on 6 froo itR night
t.o.t 9G5145,;.to:-J925lC. Here c:. brUgl.. further to'MlLll"C
lIll1v::mt;;nt irunpoI,9ible. LifJUtenant PAUL fiSH of the leacing platoon, \vhilt. un(.'er
artill:ry f1re" CiRl'lOuntH:; frolL hia tunk :nc
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reconnoiterce the creek bor' i!1 E.:ach
f'roLl tht. bri6ge Rite t'or p08'ilblt. crossings. coulc' bt.: louno
l)ut on inforuu...tion ho Crom the; Infantry it t7as for thE:! t..1l:ks,
i'roLI tnuir position on the highway, to kno8k out BbVertJ. machine. gun U(;;9ts holc'
lng up thb Infantrj' t:.dvance. From this positioD on the h1ghlle.y th(. compc..ny movee
,to 6 dt::;filli.6ed firing pos1tion off th& right ot the rO':lCl iJll(l fOr\fr-.rd of the
crossroad - San Vittore trom intense fire was plecec
upon Mount Porchia. At this time Lieutbnant DAVID O. GEBBIE vdth bis
rulO crew moved the left the road to StasDi Rocca, to position the
Express (Railroac" BE1C), unCI ge.vo sup'port to tht. infantry
throughout that day ane, night anci untill :10 and hiR cre:w to be on
the 7th from wounds by mortur iire tmile ctt(.mpting to cytrlcato
tunk from the IDUc1. At apprOJ:imutely lliUC tho ti:.nk cOulI!1e-ll{e(' by Sc,rgl;':'l1t
LouiE'! T"zclc?.LJ.r '.:an hit t.D.c1 pwetratb(' by e:nen!y fire. 2 of the cr<:;\'1
wounC'uf. Surgf.:an1S Tazelaa.r aiou(! wounced LlU!'.\bor(J of tht..: crt,;';1 to c"iR
,Jount Crom the tank, and though himf.1vlf' "oundee in the leg by :rVloll fragme::nt, he
IJad(; his; V/...y to firrst aiel ::.tat1on through heavy EJllc;.my are. !'nen hf.; unable
to got litttiT to t.)vacuc.te thfol '\I'!ounc(;c' m(;n he. rt..turnef to J':;tor
curk hb JUI'; way to the: atC' Rta.tion aIle guic" thE; lit
in E..v<..cuatine: th(;l V!ounc(J( mE;n. ,A,t about FISH
,raR ."o-..mc't;C by ut'tilltory firb we to bb bVc.cu,!tf.:d. A1AO E:\t ab()ut thE.: f:,'ml. tiJ:l(;
Li\,;ute:nt..nt CLIl-."I'ON F. DES JJ'.RDINS tWlk reoeiv(oe Et c-irl;;;ct hit which ',VOUllc.d him
Ji.C'u hi:i t;vt.\ctl.,.t1on nE::ces!IIfI.t"Y. At lWC CnptL.in FRANK J. ELDI'RKIN !;"vt..oI'ly
his u.l'Ul in the rueoil ml:chanism of hit:: UJlk gun. Tt.:!18.1nt" wi th
f tv.nk (li t't.:ctinG hiR omp&ny 6.C jUAtine art1l1(;ry fir' on t..'1clf(Y tHrp;c;ts
mtill about lA;':O wht.n his commt.U\c was hit MO bUI"nE..c killing mc,mbtor of th(;
crev; In tt.o nc..xt hour ane a hc.lf whilb unCi(or artiUu-y f1rt.; Captc.in FLDE1UUN
himRtllf to 4 cift't.r<:;nt tilllks in an tJt't'ort to fin,' tank from which
hl: caulc.' ll1.'.inta.in colJliIUnicatiOll with hiA cOJD.paDy. By about 1600 moRt of' hi! compe.ny
to the arua to r03upply nne Captain ELDERKIN
tb an aU station, at thb rear, tor troo.tment. Tho rt:flult of thf::l cayA
LCtion left Complll'lY "et: l'11thout un officer, end thoRe tenkA still op(;.r&t1ng rE..
tUnlE:.d to the Batta.llon for..-{ard asatllllbly Q.t 965155 O'r th: night.
COMPA!1Y "B". During th& morning of thlJ 6th bf*fora diJYlight, Company "n",
cODDrlMaed by Co.ptain JOHN E. KREBS. moved to a t1ef11adbo firing position back of
81c. Morella (95016'1) and rema1nbo there throughout the firing on Mount Porchia.
At ab)ut 1000, OD the 6th, GEORGE G. ZIJIII;RM!JT, mulE.; firing
-.:.t an ta.rget, recf.tivt.-d injury to his arm frolll the recoil of h1R tank pun,
and had to bo Staff Harolc f. took of the
ond s. _p to l'eeelYa the AMX'd ot 811....1'
star (AmlOX OCZ1f/Q1l7 "'- J'8tAm1eC to tile .. tol"WP\l'd 'r.sembl,. f.rO' , tt
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COMPAllY itA". Comp.lnY tlAn, b7 LiCll1tmant PAUL F. SCHOU1l,
the.. lRt Platoon to follow thE: advance of Company "C" (own 6 th thE.
of to the: loft enC' contacting Infmtry to b.:.. ut .:.bcut 928155.
this mov(;mE.:nt tht. becl!UIlE:: 90 lOIGovCirly bogr,et in thE:: muc'! th'lt it
.ulC"blt:: to its contuct ane thesE.. which it pO!lniblc to
t.hl;.; II".t t .... lion t1.'v8. In th", i:.rc
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Pl.;.to(.'ll comraanr V" by til.ut
c;n.;nt ROELl!.T J. !."LJ..NRDIGE, in ':!.1l forr.-c.-roc mO\Tt.ml::nt, <;n(;rl:r
')\.'rp.:e:i' th.t iUl'thl.i:' n:ovt::Jmbnt r;':!1-) Th{; ll'lt :;!'( Ple-toens ',:'0b'(,l'V(;('
Ol thd'r vf!:hiclLS night cu.l( ;,tt thl. ..f. ; Lmbly
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co;:PJ'lIT "D" !:ND EORTl-.R PLlTOON. ltD", by LitJllh;l1;.nt :\OBF.:rtT
:.'. ...DC th(;. tEort",r comr.:.... by LieutlinCl'lt l1:LBUR R. CRO'L:Y, jOillvC
Cu:n:X:.niu8 "I", IInU, ,n( "ell in th.;;. ,;.!'t.;O. on tht. night of the 6th. Ghortly
..fti:.lr "DII hud into tht: ur...c: ,<,ll ",!'tilll,'['Y I'Ih(;.ll in the. ",1' ..[.
;'!ounr:.ine both Lit:utunant tJOO?J: LiXln his [Xt;CutiVli Oi"i'ict.!' Lii.,;utt.n..mt LJMf:Jt M. '
PP.oSSER. Litoutunant HrlffiY P. took cOllllllanc of thto Comrn..ny.
Tht; Tank of Lit;;ut",nant Colonul G!:ORGr L DAVIS hac' to
during thf.: morning whl.;;n, "i{hili:l thu forvTo.rC! L.oV\:Im"nt of thd
,:.nO \1hilt; -undt;;r h\.;"i.vy fil"t:, thu t<::nk of! of Highwuy G i:Allc' turnl.o
QVE,;r 01:L its top. Colonbl Di.VIS thtdl Cepttin R. CHEEK"
kttulion 8-::', ,in tf.nk <.:nd t1irl;lctu0. furtht.r IIOVl;ffit:nt form tht:rt..
5. liB". On thb ruorililag ()f thu 7th Company "B" iorv:,:,rd on
6 to position back of OlE: Cicl.rulli (928168) to nupport infcntry
In the. north Count Porchia. by ("iruct on turpLts. Tho:. Compc:.ny,
)r }!irtn rl:1r.aint..c in the. t tion throughout thu mc.rning ':ri th thL. t<.lnk:=;
.'c..tu'!'ning to an'1bDlbly c.rUb 'when they ncecled acnun1t1on. Thlring th", morrLint"
Ji'.t.; COI1JIu-9.l1C' tURk of Captain KREBS bucuruu so l=It.lVVL'J.y boggv.' in thu - th<.,t it r,r..!':'
1(;c':..Mrt,ry to i..bf.'.rlc1on ttillk. Vyhile: abt.tlt:oning tht.. trcilk UllC't.;!, h"".1iY firb
'lnt. w..::mE.:r of' tht;; crt.'11 \7ilR ki11c.. Captfdn KnEES thuD took COJi1IDB..'lr1 (')f' alOthi.:.t'
it as hiA tCi11k. From herb hI;;. r:il'(:ct(;;c' thb movl;mcnt <"nc' :fir4
.1' i'lin ovm ene' <Lt't111t..t'y firl: d hin tcl1k I nr.
othL:r in hin compbl'ly hue' Fer hi:; c;OU!'i.'P:l,CU8
.. r:clI.:..nt1"'1 in Capto.1n KREBS thl; }fl,::rc' of Sil"l;.r St';,r
:i..l1nwr "Btl). IiI1r1ng this c1,1Y thtJ cOIr.IUUlle tc.nk of' L1E::utulll.nt GEORGI' E. COX
hit ,,'1,,( llut out of t.ction mo,king it Jlt;Ct;S'l['.,ry fot' him 'to trensfer to E\Ilot ier
tank. During this dB1 also, Sergeant Edwin W. Schroader, although't'!ounded
from the previous days fighting, moved his tenk forw('.rd and the atte.ck on
:tt. Porchio by tire 01 IIlOvement untU his t8llk becc.me stuck in the mud .After the
tank beccrne stuck he D.Dd his crew relllL'_ined in t.:e tl'nk firing on enell\Y peaitiona
till cnti-tcnk l'lld c:rtillel')" tire beCfJllEl '0 interaH thc.t tba tu-d to be
o.bcndoned. Hu then lod his crew to protoctivo Gover to the reC'.r. On thi, mO\Te
illont to the roc.rhe cS3ited in eve.curting 10i;lG woundod 1nfl'lltry R18n. 1:"illOn the
fire} became loiS lnton... he returned to t. tcnk to pull ;Jis tr.nk out of
tl1e mud. Hu than lJ'lt :lis tl'.nk into r.ction C'gcln c.t Co t111lO wbfm it W':'.s bc.dly DMClud.
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"DII. lit 0300, en the 7 t-h, of GO::Jv'ny liD" .ndL;d by
P. DIXG:-J, ;:I:('G : rLm ,ro::..nd rL-,'-.r of :It. Lungo tid Exp..-t'sS
to' tnu::,Infnitl"'J '.. 'I.'crc: up. Thct'.:o pl: toons L::r't .1::,.1'08;:;
Lt to nOSe of LLlngo (938147) ..nd :-.bout 1000 Jr.rds :.t
}Joint tllt.)y \iL!l":J Iold up by rcn enomy mine field, t;'1l;rc.:upon tnt:: knks Lt.urnod to
til..; cssu,]lily (;)65155)
co .P;1::':: "NI, 'tell ],lID LS: J',ULT GUN PL1.TOON. lIL" iiloved one pL.toon
into position r.t 9351S8 during tile dq to SU}.llJort t 3!, fire of Conp:-1JY "B". Comp
:r:y "Gil, by Li"utonr.nt Fr.EDRICK NELSON, l::iovud into position to till: rl.;:,r
jf CC'l.,;'ny "B"'nd cidt.:d ;;itll supporting firD. ThQ Lss[ult Gun Plc,toon continu(..-'<i
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llOut till) to vIr.Cll firCi on Lit. Porciri.o uld tht.)l1 uvon r:lt.Trocchio.
,',t 1050, on the 7th, c. lo10SSr-.gC. \7r.s roc,.ived from T.F.A. to cwes .. r.Ll f.J"e
on iIt. Porc .io. Tlh.. r0c ftl,T' t llt'oughout th"" rem... indor of the dc.y, the Bc.ttdion
diructed:,ll fire into the botween L1t. Porchio r.nd Mt. 'l'Trcb,6hio.
,t'.t 1400, on the 7th, ,. ffil:ssc.ge ";C.8 :"acciv0d fron 11 Corps Ifetdquc,rters r.tt
['ching f'. Conprn.:" of m0dium t/:nks to thtJ :54:.h Division. Lieutc:nf'.nt Colonel GEORGE
;'1. DiVIS irnmudi..-tely cont['ctcd tlJO Cl'nrr,lrnL
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::ng Gc;Ecrc.l of the Z4th Division for
ordors. The COHlPr.ny to be rtkcboo. to 135th Infcntry Regtimunt in direct
sup.,ort of tho infrntry in thc.dr r'.ttr.ck upon C<;rvrro.
On thG night of the 7th, t11 Comp: nius f'.ssembL.. d rt aec. 965155
for fJlL..unition su!'Vicing. Co,apr.n;y liD" end M ortnr Platoon returned to the
bivouac urec..
During tho r.ttc.ck on Mt. Porchio the trnks of tho bdtr.lion uxpunded
of 75 mm s ,.ell rnd oVur 650 rounds of 105 mm shell. TIi.: mortcrs did not go into n
firing position for firQ but did fire their rnti-r-.irornft guns from the
SSdJ1bly ,;hen toot position '-'-c.s strr.f'fed by enoll\Y r..ircrcft. Despite the
txt t,t one time of tho phC'se ('.!most 60% of the tr.nks ware inoperdive (bogg.ad
in t:le lC.ld, mochcnicc..l fr...ilure, or dist.bJ..oo by enoIt\Y fire) it we.6 to
VI.; only 8 t::-nks on t l-n be.tt1ofie1d to be ratrieved by Ord:'..nr.nce nod 6 of those
".lore tbr,ndoned by ordors of Highor lIoadquc.rWrs t,ben the Bc:.tt'lion moved to Mothflr
sector. Com,Pt.'ny rnd Llclntcmenco sections ratrieved r.11 other tc.nks both
during the: dry tnd B('.ttcl.ion Suppq flld TrCllsportr.tion kGpt <:.11 units supp
lioo .....t (.Ll tim",s by supplios f'onll'rd to the Trnk nssomby r.ron l;.1l.cil wcs
undor observr.tion of tho enomy rnd shellod l'.t fre'iuont inturvr:1s.
6. On tho 8th ComprlliEls "B" eM "C" r..unoo in the c.ssambly e.reC'. throughout
th" dry. IXlring thQ rftornoon t'. mossc.ga ot congrr.gul!'.tions ncs
lITo Com tnding T.F.A. - Congrr.gulc:.tions to you end all of the officen;
men of Tr.sk Forcl.; tor the tine job done in cr.pturing Porchio -
Lkjr KE'iES, CoDlilll'nding Gonerci, 11 Corpa".
l.t 1800 the 760th Te.nk Bc.ttc+ion rlc.s dutcehod frora T.F.J.. c-nd c.ttc:.choo to tho
74th Division. Onv plr.toon, "B" COJDllll".nde<i by Lieutont.nt GEORGE E. COX, rG
mrinod until 9th uit.! tho 6th J.rmored Infclltry Rogimunt to give protoctivG fire
pO\,<Jr until thu conso11de,tion of Mt. Porchio bed bOEm comploted.
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1. Er.r1:y on the Liorning of tho 8th, Co;Jprny "i", COrru'1:- ndod l:?r Cc.ptrin
;I'WRE.i H. CHEEK, 8-3, into position: t tho b.... so of LC'. Clur.il', to
rive direct su}J}-ort to thw of t:1..: Infrnt:r;' "l"
in th[t vlelnj ty throuGhout th", dry ['.PI=':Pll1f' ;.:;llart r: fiN into 'ruc
reriuented the inf,rlltry. of' -':,'1--; or:'::' r -cur -;:'11l; ru,u: irh.ter of
to t11l..: ;:-1t.h II,:;: "[,C lJ".rt.:d ir!tu lc.':::'tion on the
night. of the: 8t:_ rt 'J3E:'7S :nd CO'_:;Jr-!1} "L" !.OI.;(.. l' CO,,) J:.<.."C.
'lhroughoilt til<.- :',' '-J.' '0,11::10,-'" C'AboJ_ of
CHEEK ([rin suPlortcd t'l,.; ;.l,'Vd''';Y: u n{ '.Ll'UCt. :i-'i r,- Q; r
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n::'.tcd trrgcts. T,l", .i.sG:L\l t G'll '__ ". '!.' ::-'.;;1:- '::',1 X'. ir. firl.,e; ... 'osition r.t
to t:h.: : :C',':'.,
3. i.t cbout noon on the lOth Co:,:--:: "; II r nd "C" b-::g<"l1 fu"i," rd mOT<.'
r,!(.;nt to pl:-- co them i11 popitioD to ;CE'", ,;5. ip+,o 'l'.lc.!SU iJ" "itions
i:Or;, t:-l.. en off tho for.rrd nost:; of i '::'n -1:,'1(; I rt,;C hjTI.s
... 84) ['nd From tr., 1.C';.:.i :>ptr_in CIIF,U( suPl"ortc.!d lYJ the
1st ple.toon of rw ", II Ltt.onpl,cd [' .:: nl: l, 8[' nee of C... rvr.ro Tho follow
ing is cn "(:xtrt_ct of thu Bctklion acHinG th.-.t p,-,riod
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1400 To Crptr in CHEEK: If y'ou pos;::ij\\,- k h..: t\,o or u.nks into
CuI"Vcro for ... cio so - C,O.
1400 To C.O. - I donlt think it is from thG looks of the mrp
CHZEK.
1405 To Ccptdn CHEEK: - c.s clost: to C<.-rv.:: TO [S blue - if Lt dl
go in rark\.; L rUcon,); - C.O.
1410 Tv C.O. - There ere t\/O cr.-;vko bet',ioen h0r", nd thure - If I ern
c",t [,_cross I \':ill go in. - Crl't: .... n cmm\.
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140 To C.O. - ',\\..: C.l't,; cc.tching fire.. t'1'0j"J ro CHE1'-X.
1445 To C.O. - I c.--n mr.ke it into to.iIl ilith on", s\.!ction. - It is plonty bot
though - CHEEK.
1450 To C,ptr_in CHEEK: Tr.k__ one i,lrtoon L10und tho to'\'m keeping tho tOI.n on
your loft - C.O.
To lot P1r_toon, Comprny "J." - Covl,;r ;t1e dcn.n ror.d h:-:vl; t,;o tcnks vr_tch
ing the other t\lo. - in ClInX.
To C.O. - 1 receiving fire - I the O.P. is on Trocchio -
t.re me so 1: em moving - CHEEK.
1.551 To C.O. - I hr.vo retchod thu outskirts of Corvc':'o but th(; b:idgo been
bIm',n r.bout tv,'enty minutus t.go. - Crptr.in CHEEK. ( dust from the c:xplos
ion still hovered ,bovt: the bridge sitE' :'nd ',:hi1c. ltc.ving the sHre Ccpt<: in
CHEEK m:s fired by c stJlf propellod gun froLl Hithin l. tmm).
Upon the ro t'Jrn of Cr.ptcin r:HEEK to thu vicinity of tml suP. orting t, nlcs
two COl'up;nios ruturnod to their il,itic.l position rnd CC'.ptL in CliliEX to
t.ile Division Com;.C'nder of the 54th D:.vision tS
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Liwt!tt:nrnt FV YD C. JH. rs,"uIDl)d cor:.ro1f nO. of CO;,pcI\Y n:" during
the night COLli)1 nies ilL" ['.nd "C" v/ .. ro ro... l: cod 'htJ CU.. ll]('.n;r liB" '\ihich r:1cv... d into
r.t 937180 \:it . th\3 cost of onu 'tr:.nk to en rnti-trnk minco CO;,ll" ilil:.;S "':."
l nd "C" r'lOYud to tho B!'.ttclion bivou[c r l'uf. \.hich hrd moved to .... r
night of tho 10th.
4. Tht.. mor'n:lng oJ.: 11th COUJ.JCllY liD" into fiI':Lilg tion : t,
r.nd nnd . If. c.::d firC:'! UiJOl1 tilt; of rnd on !,:t. Trocchio. 1 lwn.l
Cc.pt.- in J01m E. {" Iso c.rtl.lL,;I"J fire '.t ,Jon xt. ';]'occhio u:ltil
.:wi<.; roceiv0d to el:: ::it.: ..' . ..L .)11 .i'!'uCC.l co' n'J rlJ. Co';-:p'n,:r liB" th811
ithdrov; to th", V_CiLlityc of 9371U') ,rn6 rL!m.. +.11o': ..... t118 ;1:;' of t!lt;)
roturnuQ to tiw B: ::t 0'-' G);.(. n':",::-l oi' thv
5. Throughout i:-" c1c:.:l'd nj.::;,.1' cf ,.rd n:d , .. ().i' tnt..: l:;ntirc:
rirs c.sD;:;mbluu iil thf1 b::iV0".lC'(; .ret.
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SECTION III
ATTACK ON i::OUNT TROCCR(JO
1. 141850 a Battalion Field Order was issued with this follm/ing mission:
"760th Tank Battalion \:ill move into position and SUPlJort attack of l35th Infantry
Regiment by fire arld will on orders move fOI'l'1ard supporting by fire and movement. II
Late in the 8.fternoon of the 14th the units of the Battalion moved from
the Bivouac Area. Com,ulW "A" to a position to the left of Highway 6 and forvard
.Ii' the Taverl1a-&Ltios Di Rocca Road (929160). CO.1lpar\y IIB" to a position to the
ight of Hight'lay 6 <lnd of the TayeI'lJa-San Road (931164). Comparv
'e" c.espersed on sidl'8 cf 'i.:ighnay 6 of t!:le Crossroad. Cor,1;_al1'!
'ID" and the Assualt Gun Plat.uo:"l v:ent into posi+,ia!1 at about 935170 belm. the tOim
of San VHtore.
2. During the night of 14th a foot reconnaissance made
up 6 to determine the of ove!' which the tanks would have
to pass the next morning. No Enginp(Lf' u mUe.hle to build a bridge
lot 912170 and plans were made to use tHC:': C$ soon as daylight came to
the task.
COMPANY "A". Shortly after 0700 on the 15th Comparu "A" moved fOX1mrd
lith the 1st Platoon taking a position to the right of Highmq 6 at 920168 and
liho 5rd Platoon to the left of High'Jay 6 919166. The 2nd Platoon of Comparv "A"
qy Lieutenant DALE F. PRIDE, moved back to the Crossroad (932162)
:.nd loaded Engineer Bridging material on th.:.: back platform of their tanks. With
Jhe 1st Platoon in a vocering position the tanks of the 2nd Platoon moved
tp, 'one at a time, to tho bridge sito at 912170 and unloaded thoir bridging
,rilU. Despite the fact that artillery fire \las fali-ing in tho v1cinttythe tank
then dismounted from their tanks and prepared a suitable crossing permitting
,anks to cross. Thcreaft.t:1" (at about 0950) tht:: 2nd Platoon followed by the 1st
.nd 5rd Platoon moved to a position back of Hill 109 (912175) in full defilade pre
ared to i'iro upon order. During this oporation thu tank of thu Commander
,iuutenant FLOYD C. JENNINGS JR., hit a mine and bocauso of intonst.:: artilll.lly firtJ
.ad to b(;;j abandoned. Lieut.l.:nant JENNINGS assumod commard of another tank and oon
,inued his command. "A" rl.lmainod at this point throughout the remaindQr
If the day and did not fire.
COMPANl "C". Comparv "C", cOln/landod Liuctenant FREDER!CK L. NELSON,
'omainod 1n its initial position aSSULled tho night bofore until Compal\Y "A" hsd
tho crossing am mo"ed forward. Thereaf'tur ComjJ8l:\Y' "C" moved forw4rd
nto the position vacated and deplayud in full dofilade. "C" romainod at
his position throughout tho of thu day and did not fire.
f'AN! DD". At 1400 On thu aftornoon of the 15th, tho Com}Jaru Command
r of Comparv "D", Litmttlnant HERMAN R. CROl:'DER, \ias ordEjrt:-'<i to roconnoitL-r, with
no Plutoon, forward assualt positions. The Platoon moved fon-/ard to thtJ vicini*iY
f 902186 and rc;connoitl.lro tho position and moved back to its.;initial position
.3 the situation dovl,}loped it provod to be unnocessc...ry to move aIW' tanks this far
Jrward.
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Company "B" and the Ass\U..lt Gun Platoon did not move from their position
throughout th0 dny and did not fir0.
Hithout the firing of a single round. by the tanks and very fiJr! rovnds
by t:1C Infuntry Mount Trocchio had fallen.
Thrcughout the night the tanks remain,)d in their assault positions pre
pared to repulse any counter attack. Shortly before mid-night an order rl.)
cdvcd the 760th Tank Battalion from the: 1st Tan}: Group and from the
34th Divisicn Ilnd attaching the Eattalion to t.he 53th Infantry Division.
On the 16t,h Compar.es "A", :'B", "G", "D", and t.hl.; ASSE'.ult Gun Platoon
Jure to t.hl) Bi AT'eCl. a( 9')91I.S. 'rho Eattali0i1 rem&incd assL'mbh.d
j,n tht: Bivouac Area t:u'ougL'1 ..::, [,:1':' 17 '\.:::, lE"i) .:l",d of Je,nuary.
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SECTION IV
ATTJ\CK ON RAPIOO
1. January 19th a Bo.ttalion Fiuld Order t,as iSGuod "lith tl1C follm,ing
mission: "760th Tank Battaliun by daylight 21 JanualY will be ljrUpart:.'<i to support
by direct fir..! the attc.ck of the 56th Division 6.nd \/ill bw pruparIJd for furthur
agrl:lssive action the river on ordors from Division".
2. 0115, on the 20th of January, tho Companies bugan to luavu thu 3attulion
Bivouac Ar00, to take position in prwparation for the attack of the 36th Divis
ion schedult-'<i for that oi glTt. Company "CII movEA to an assembly position in the
vicinity of 875157, in sU,:JlJort of the l4lst Infantry Regim(.;nt. The Assualt
Gun Platoon movud to u firing position in thl;l vicinity of 896155. COIllpany "B"
movt.'Cl to an assc:mby position in tho vicinivJ of 884152, in diruct SUJ.-lport of tho
143rd Infantry RegimLlnt. Compal'\Y' "A" r.loved from the aroa at 2100 in tht!
night of tho 20th prepared to go into assembly position and await thu COr.l
p1etion of an Engineer Bridge acrOS8 River at 371155. ThroughOut tho
night of the 20th-21st Campal'\Y' "A" :'CIr.?.:I'f-;,l no Express Highway (905154) and then
returned to the Battalion Bivouac A.ol:.;;u U:;Oll tlle failure of thu to build
tho bridge. On the night of the 20th CurnpartV "C" movod into defilade firing
position at 865156 in preparation to fira on observed target. At the same
time and with tho samu mission Company "B" moved into a dufilude position at
872146.
5. Throughout the. of the 21st Companies "B" and "C" rt;)mained in posit
ion but woro unablo to fire because of poor visibi1it,y. Tho Gntire aroa being
smoked to aid the Infantry crossing. On tho night of thu 21st Compal\'{ "A" again
moved from the Bivouac Aroa and this timo to an positiop at 883144.
Lioutenant HENRY fl. DIXON of CompaI:\Y "D" accompani..;d Comparv "A" with a light
tank and IlS intended bridgu (871155) and
Company "All. Again tho .J.!.nginowrs nero unablo to build tho bridgo bocaus(;I of in
tense firo.
4. on the morning of th(;l 22nd the 1st platoon of CompalV' "C", commanded b.Y
Lieutenant FILLIAM M REID, JR., moved. to 870175 and tram there to the river and
took up firing positions on known targuts. At noon on the 22nd three tanks, of
the 5rd platoon, CompQl\1 lie", Illl.de a demonstration on the road 868167 west to
872172. Two tanks of the sarno platoon performed the samo mission on the road 'be
tweon 872175 to 871178. One tank of the 1st platoon moved up am do\fO too road
866172 to 872173 to clear tho road of anti-personnel mines.
During the day of tho 22nd 11m tho night of the 22M - 23rd that portion
of the 56th Division which had crossed tho Rapido River, and was ablv to return,
returned to the East bank. CompaniEls A, B, and C thereupon assumed a defensive
position, the platoons of the companies rotating about in occupying a firing posi
tion and firing upon observed and infantr,y designated targets.
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On January 24th t!1(: tlmk of Staff Sergeant \?U11e.m C. of Company
frC", was firing into an enelII'J position c.. defective round of Ilmm1.ll:1ition jllITlIOOd
i'.is gun. Despite intenge Ilrtlll(;l"J, mortar and small arms firt), Staff' [k:::-geant
':'ralsh dismounted fror;; his tank and using a rumrod uttemptQd to ejoct t.hr, rotmd.
?ailing in this att.eL1pt he secUl"od a sludge hammer and with ramrod and SJJdgR
ha.mmer succeeded in dislod:;lng the round. This action took approximately 10 min
utes durine the ent.ire time of ,{hich St.aff Sergeant was to
concentrations of fire.
On the morning of 25th GQ:r1pany "e" coased all fire from 1045 to
'.345 during "lyhic;l time an c i;:;t,ed bC-l-,1iwun the 141s+, Regiment l1nd the
_'ermnn troops on the c:i.' 11-.:,p:bc, l.hring this period the Ut-dical
t.he J.r1:,-l H" ',':c','r,,:;:'c0. fj battlefield. On tho
of the 25th "E" I .t'::C.c'::'.D to 1'/00 as the 145rd Regiroont
lw.d made silr.ilar ..wt,F Ir/:.. ';'11<.": [l . ',"J:'I: ,'I-, '1110 (:n';my.
On the o.:"'"t,,;'Y:co:\ "j :' .' :::'!'. : L.'J ,.'"r !'.I:'n -':,'J9 pr-1.or to tho
ceasntion of fire, S(;r'Y' ani (!{'o;",-:" f; t., .. '.,' (, ':' ..tC 1::-1 a protoctvd area
beneath his tank Wh8I' .. () itt', .. <) "t '['" .. :' ill ."(;:;"', 1(,:._,.... , ..<:1 'iiUS subjoctod to a
heavy shelling. An ::;(")-'..:'.:\;: ',I,: L.. c; r"'\ .:! app).oximately 25
',raMs from Sergeant Lenk!) . I <, i C'.. ,;t " .. " 1:;:-' ,]:; I-.',n"':{ Gllc:l.ling Sergt.:ant Len
'.mlis \Tent to rescue t.ho , ;:\ ._:" of a shell which
Jxploded nearby mortally <1.:[' .':'.':' '. :.' ll .... 3 0',:n l.njuries, Scrguunt L;;nka
:,ls aided tho soldier to a PdS i.i" to,). ,:,' ... ';... 1', i1l..,;21iud fi:cst Aid treatment. Not
.mtil then did Sereosn-t-. .. ) }J" . ';", "0.:'10S 1-,0 be A few
linutes later Sergcrmt. 8
5. On the nigllt of tho C),J"pr,n/ 1\' (;r'j !,:lSC-1.:1t Gun PID.toon re
curncd to tho Batt"'lion D;VO'lllC lit'C" (,:.",,1 ,':\ ':"''',,,,,,,1.,.,,, .. +'1" ""oth and 07th
c;,A. \.. (,.. ," '_. ,_ " t .. .&. ..i. I.) l.f ,.k"'V ....... '1'.._
'ompany "B" remained in a defensiv" posi'cion 0. River nnd Company "A"
n reserve at 910155. At 2CJGCJ on tbe 27'\;.11'1 was rcc.:t:ivod froL, tho COIruaand:lng
ener0.1, 36th Division, dl;taclJing CO;;lper,y ff :l'''c:. one platoon of Company "Aft from
he 36th ;'ivision and attaching them to tIlt,; 34th Division, Compnny "C" to 00
to the 756th Tank Battalion. J30th units were to rema.in in the 760th
'anle Bo.ttulion Bivouac aroa on a t\10 hour alert.
6. On the mornin'?; of the 28th, t.lw P.nCl Plo.toon of Company "A",
-ry DALE F. :PR!DE, mov(xi tc tl', _ v:l.c::'nity of Le pastinctte (900195) to
'8 in direct support of the 135t:l Inf.J.l' {'::'J Htc([lli'mt.
7. The evening of the 28th C01:1puny "DII replaced the two platoons of Com
:any "A" in the reserve position at 91.0155. "A" ''lith one platoon of
ompany #D# moved fon.rnro to the 'licfonsive poclition ut 872146 previoucly occupied
f Company "B", and Company "B" rctu.:."'l100 to the :3o.ttalion Bivouac at 999108.
a.ter that same night Company "C" IDOvl;d from tho Battalion bivouac area to join
r:.(; 756th Tank Battalion to which it had been attached, in the vicinity of 900195
.,.
a. Luring tho day of the 29th thQ 2nd Platoon of Compuny "A", with the
. '55th Inftlntr:r Rogiment, assisted the infantry in thoir advt".nco by d6stroyiug
argets to them by the illfuntry. This platoon in direct
'lplJOrt of thl3 l35th Ini't..ntry Rugim,mt for the remaind0r of the month.
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manding Officer, 756th Tallk Battalion, moved to 3. position at about 870220 in pre
parat10n tor an attack. Late in the afternoon ComPa!7\Y "C", accompanied by 1nfantr,y,
forded the Rap1do R:'.ver and procEloc.ed to running trom Cairo to Cassino
at about 859224. on the mor:ti.ng of the accompanied by app!'oximately' e1ghteen
infantrymen, the 2nd P1.ntvcn of "G" cOT'l1'll.anded b'.r Lieutf3nant I.EO .J. 'I F. tl.HAN ,
proceeded to attack C'll.ro E.nl ej,ded cC.jY'lll"f3 (\f wo:.!
:lred prisoners. OlH) c.a!'lk cJ' :-;l.'l.t'cn \V8.B dcstrO\T'2C I)Y d:.rect
.Lire and one oan In:rile h'.l! &evere],y
:7ounded one other meIT;;:";)I "':::: t rl:) :;o:'!l''';!''!, r:' W" J
out the s . .ioO:>'r wd 1:i1.1erl 1/... '!1 t:1 t r l;:r' '':: ,'";',: :.......:::... 'I.1:' fnllm-ring
i the 51 t C
".... . .. ", t (:,p" ,..,.." r.rl t- ... ,.,t""T ...
t!, s, OTtP,;?,rlY 'v" ,.'.. ' : " ... :..L.:.", .J: ... "....J
the .;Jc:-::.:,r!. ,,: ...... "..-I. +,"1. rJ:: ')'-, (:,:',-r? t:xa !:!. \'111a
"C" destrcyca. f4 of Jm!' '/;:. ':>:,i"";;" J"jc.rK :1,/ E ':1: '. t;",O Self-propelled
;uns.
10. Throughout t.r..o 2.1':::'.. '., Qf Company "DII and two
)latoons of Comp9lV "AI: :1'1. ."';'. ddfonsiTe position
(872146) 1n readiness +,., pll'lce :.;..;."", '":flrije'.:. "llld to rp.-puJ,se any
attempted ea.. crJOsFir.o(;. ir. +.::1 9 ... . .i(';} :.. tJtj d3S:'ructi:>n ot three
self-propelled guns and I')ne li,_
U. Late in the dq, on the 5:::>t 'J! T,'.nar,;-s CU':lpa'-;r "13" moved from the
Jattal10n bivouac area to 0. aSSf.'.uJ.t ..'l1 '(..!,., 'ri:jr.:'ty of 872].75. The
tviO platoons of Com1lBllY "A" move:! to T:-w i;sq...ult r-....... "l [J.atoon moved to a
firing p05it1on at 895157 and COmpulT.f "D" m",,?ol "1.11 n&sc.ut-ly ftrea at 899154, all
in readiness for a propoeed attuck t:> tl1kc p>u:e Ott a !'ut'.na nnte.
12. '1'bus at the end of the t'onth of .:E'.m:o.Ei,:'7t . nl1 combat elemFmt/3 of tIE
i60th Tank Battalion had seen some form of ani 1;!;::oe in positions for'
,119 beg1nn1IW of February-. Considerable e:ne:".lY destroy9d only a
'ortion of which ms been recorded. Be.ttnl'bl. 'uJ i'H.'1,y-four casualties
nd had received eight Officer tmd thirty
At all times during llhich units of the B..::l;..tL:!.io:l ,",ore in combat, the
sattnlion Mt:dical Detacbment established forHD.rd uici 3 T,:-;,ti.;:nlS.
o.nd Maintenance Scctio!"r; \!0::-:"<O0 endlessly
;ho night and day retrieving and repuiring tD.:,ks anl ':'heir efforts made
the addition of only eleven new to ire oatt.r:'ion during the mQnth.
The Battalion Suppl,y and r.laintnj.ned a steady flow
'f all supplies to all un1ts, 't br: ':!;;'l1G ar lor ':0' ,oed, G.nd despite the
'net thnt during the first two and n rql:' 'iov:. h<) tr.l:Ks expended over
1,000 rounds of 75 mm shells.
After more thll.n two l1l1d a hRlf year;"; of tion the conduct of the
60th Tnnk Battalion in battle had justified its

TH O. FMESCHLE,
Captain, 760th TIlhk BD.ttaUon,
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The t'ollowing is tho Ofticur ..r1thin tho Br.tt:-.lion on 1 Jr:l1ucry
1944 a
B.:TT.: LIOl' :1&:
1_ND J&'.DQUlJg'EHS
Otficar - GEORGE U. DiVIS
ltcucutive Officer - Hcjor TJDIiL'i.S O. BL,'J\ENEY
5-1 - JOHH E. VISH&R
- Cnptcin HENRY ... ND
8-3 - Cc.ptt'.in i,NDiID! R. C.EZK
COIUi3l.lUcc.tions 8-5 JJ.r - CC'.ptc.1n LELl.mIl O.
Corumunicr.tions - DauEr. C.
s-4 - Cc.ptr.in PQtur ,i.
L11;1.&on Ofi'ioor - 'and Liautem:nt ROBERT .. MERRILL, JR.
CompM;Y COIUmrndor - Ccptr.in '".
Plr-.toon - l::;t Liet. ...tenc.nt \,1LLIiM H. REID, JR.
Hortr:-.r P1l'_toon - Lif;ut.cnant R. CRO\.LII
J.ssc.ult Ph.toon - VICTOR E. HIPKISS
J.ilsiatant !.sse.ult Plr,toon - LifJUtcnc.nt ROBERT H.
Uc.intonl:nce Pl'.toon - Li",,\ltwl:mt VICTOR R. RELURR
SERVICE coqr::NY
COllllnr.ndar - Cc.pt..".in E. PI,P..BR
Person..xtl Ofticar - 9.nd LiwtenC'Jlt iHLLli..M C.
Bc.ttcll.on Motor Off'1cQr - 1st JOHN T.
Compo.l\Y Ur.1ntonnnoe Officer - ?nd Lioutonant RlLPB l.f. lmilJm8
lootor Trcnapol1#, GanlirtU - CLE'tlENOE
TrNlsportc.tion Ott1oor - Liwtonmt LLOYD Ii. laLLD
Special Sc;rvico ott1cer - IJMuteJumt V. CROB
8-4 - :;QJG roBERT LI. SKINNiR
J. II COIII%l
1st Li"tencnt p;m. F. SCll)LIR
lat LiCNtec.nt FrJ!:DJtICIt L. NELSOlf
lat lLOYD C. JDUiINGS
P.nd LiGUttmcl'lt ROBEM' J. :.LLERDICI
SZd LiwtGDr.nt F. PRIDB
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Cr.ptt'in JOHlt E. KREBS
l.:.t R. CRQ',!DER, JR.
LiO'Utonnnt GroRGE E. COX
9.nd Li\.'\ltunnnt ELUER R. KELLY
Li\Altoncnt O. GEBBIE
Lioutoncnt GroOOE G. ZIr.iMER111lN
C::'-J:)tc..in FR:.!J'l( .r.
1st ED:;.RD Ii;' IXlNLRUE
1st ));,".11D GFu',TZ
?nti Li{ltl.tn!1,;"'''lt Ii'. DEST:.RDIWS
Liuut.onc..:.-, "fl;,ir,:.
1st Lieutoncl1t F.
1st Li(..'Utcnr.l't LJ,i.:.:a B. FHJSSER
Lioutcnc.nt f CRE."s
dl;RRY G. DE:,VER
Lioutonrnt a:::URY P.' DIXON
C:msrER H. ',;RIGHT
HEDIe,,\!. DET4'CHMENT
B",ttrlion &1rgoon - Cq)tC.in SII'INJr J. KjPUN.
Ccptt".in J01l1 M. UJ.LONE
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BAT'l'LE CASUALTI.m
Njlj:E ASN TIPE OF '\"lOUND OF HrSIDtI:CE
F.cwEtros, Lennie O. Opl i.l808;Jl45 6 Jan 1.4 Oti."1, ColorDoo
S!'iJlil COMPPF.I
NN;1F'
Stees, Ernest,S.
22 44 Penna.
Brown, Homer E. Tee 4. (")5 LH. G ,T';'I 14 M&.ud, Teyas
Eagan, John J. 3 -Tn:l .4 ll"idlhl'!cl, Y.e.ryl&nCl..

"1c('.ee, Thalea
Tee 4 6 :1' a.'1 4.1. Fairburn, Goorgia
R. P. (I. o. ) Tec 4:
.TeJ,n 44 Te.lco I TfJ7.d S
Baker,I;.rtbur E.
Cpl
6 .fan L1noen,
Crot,ley, Walter G.
T/5 562LCSEO
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6 J=..n Hamburg, \11sconsin
Bourque, Patrick G. Pvt 512U:e31
LT"/;.
5 Jan Lz.ine
Edwards; Gordon O. Pvt b7127890 J)JI 6 .::,,1
Lyons, South Dckota
McCartt, Rumbsy R. Pn OOy! 10 JE-n t..1.l
t d.rrior,
TYPE OF PLt CF OF Rl"SINNCr
GEBBlE, Di'VID O. ' Lt. 6 Jan ".J.: Lockport, N. Y.
ZItl,mPlLJ-!, GLORGE G. 2Dc' Lt. 0-1012(83 5 Jan 1;..4 New Yot'k, N. Y.
Lenkal1s, George (NMI) Sgt
Schroeder, Edwin 11. Sgt



LW-,.
25 Jan
26 Jan 4&:
P. Hazelton, !.lanne,.
T'ripo11, Iowa
Thomas, John T.
Cook, Leo R.
Sgt
Tee ,

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L" .tt
KIA
7 Jan ,1':
e Jan <1
Soper, OklahOma.
HUc1e-r, loaho
Kaul..fus, Otto B. Tee .; &ro75792 LWA 6 Jan Rooebuc; Texas
!tlehard. Robert H. Tee 4 7086171 LIlA 7 Jan Plain Dealing, La.
Daniel, O1ri8 R. Cpl 56165097 KI/. 7 Jan E.st Lcsns1ng, 'iioh.
Johnson, iLarcu8 (oI) Cpl 22 Jan .1>: Columbus, Georgia
Crawford, BenJamin .,.
F1cet1, Dante J.
Tee 5
Pfe
3.U76251
55511552

LVA
8 Jan
22 Jan
'1'u7-edo, N. C.
Niles, Ohio
HulRey, C'.uentin, (JIll) Pvt LIA 10 Jan .;... Gaineoville, Ga.
.)hoop, 1.iarnm L.
3treet, Harvey E.
Pvt
Pvt

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5 Jan
10 Jan
EApY, Penna.
tltlanta, Ga.
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EE.:,.C',:'n J Lo
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t;, ;.2Fl :..C"'L. U,. ?S .J..:n PeriL) i.r. Y.
John M. 'fc(,;
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Shelton, R. (10) T8C 5 .LI ' .. "'. " j' ,, CLrktcn, Mo.
Lamke, ,.-mole. Pfe ()7 . t) J"" 1 ? 01ton1 to,k .L
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\..0., . I ::;c J>:,}"\ St JehuR, IlUch.
Ghavez, Joe (!Thrr) Pvt .ilbuquerqut.:, N. Max.
Hobbs, I:l.vin F.
P"t lrk.
Benjumin C.Jr. Pvt Sh2.Inokin, Pt:..nna.
Tregre, J. Pvt
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I,T '" e J....11 ('l Vc.che.ir,-" Ld..
7Je11iver, P.1clw.rd C. Pvt LV:.\ E: Jh,n :
N,l:E
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"me:u, ROE1<:RT F. 19t Lt G J..n
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Lt u-1lJl1525 1"\ . 6 Jun . C.
::c,v2,ck, Jo:.:.11 (t.!lH) 6Gfl(L

S/Sgt L":'1. "J Jrt'. , Ohi0
G...t""C'cn,
G. Tee 5
11;'(, ;:'1 J:.-.n .. nich
1,E.!71Io1t:' I JC;hll 1'. pre L
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3C()"::.1 , G(;;o'("'tE: Pvt 121,7:.1

Jc,,!,\ Roell!;. .-;tt:'l:', . Y.
B. Pvt
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}ED! S.L DrT.
R,l-TK T'YPr. OF D. Ti PL.-.Cr rJi'
Tpc 5 L1.. ) Jc.-n Gree.ntielf C(;;l1ter,
NtM York.
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ANNEX..-Q
.Q!tATIONS
(1) Silver Star:
JOHN E. XF.EBS, 0-1010251, Captain, Infantr7, Compruv B, 760th Tank Batta
11on. For gallantl"Y in action on 6 January 1944, in the vicinity of Mt.
Porchio, Ite4". As Commanding Officer, Company B, 760th Tank Battalion,
Captain Krebs led bis Tank Company in the attack on 'f!t. Porchio, taking up an
advanced position vlhich exposed him to constant heavy art1llerJ and anti-tank
gun fire. From l-.ds position he directed the tire of his company,
a c:nmter-attack ffhich iTaB developing to the northsTest of Ute Porehia.
Despite the fact tl:w.t all but. two of his tanks were immobilized, due to fire
or !:lp.chan:i.cal failure., c:. ... d.'l.f!':icu1.t"1 of ten-ain, and all of Ms tank
ammunitj.on gone, C<:.pta:.n l:cobf' ':.onhtr.!ed to hold the position for more than
three hours until the jnffl.ntr:" up to positi.on. The courageous
leadership and gaJJ.6.n+..ry ,afl'Cbysd it':'eix typify the finest tradi
tions ot the milit.'1l7 Oc.esEa, .
HABOLD I. BRADFORD, S9rreant, Company fiB", '76Oth Tank
BattaUon, for gallantry 1n On \):... h ,... 7th .Jar:uary 1944, CompalV fiB"
'ft' eDlaced 111 operations against Nt.. Porch1o, Italy. WbaIl the Pla
toon Lalidel" of 111, Platoon ..s WOUDdod Sergeant Bradford 't'.oaC08illrd of t_
pla..aid IDO\'8d it forward with the rest or the Comp8l17 in the attack CD 1L
PonJdo. DIIriDC the operation OD 7 JanwJ.17, he sld.llf'ul.l.7 Jll8D8UVered b1e
platooo, br1Dg1Jw effective fire on enemy positions. As a reaNlt of th1s
acUoll two eDeJ!' mach1ne-cuns were dec;troyed and bea..",. tire 8S laid OIl aDt1
tank lUll poaitions. During this operation two tanks were stuck Dear Seqeant
Brnc1t0r4's taut. Although the area in which these tanka were atuck _a under
baa.". elJelF shell fire, with disrep.rd tor his own satev aDd at the risk or
hlI ute, be dismounted from b:ls tank and used" to pull these two taDk8 out.
B1s ooureceoua aDd ,allant act. made it possible to put the,e taW back loto
action at a time wben taDb 1fOre "1'1 much needed to protect lIIamat an e-1II7
oount.'r-attack lIb1ch \7U reported to be deYe10piq to the risht at lit. Porchio.
Se1'leant Brr:uIf'ord" pertOI'lDQDCe or these courSC80U8 acta _teriall7 a..isted
h1a 1D o.cOOllpl1ahiDc ita mission. His deVOUOD to duty am couraceOUl
leaderah1p 1. 1D lreeplac nth the t1D8,,.t trad1t1ou ot the 1lUit.17 Service.
so- addreSSI Dalalb, MUa1l11pp1

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(2) Purnle Heart
'the toll.ow1Dg IUUItId ottioera HDr-ere issued Purple
.1warda for am ,nce1ft4 1D aot1oD duriDg the' month ot January 1944.
CjNpE.. R&tI. lWg or roUND mra ADDRESS
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:'dwarda, Lennie o. Cpl S8C8Sl45 6 Jail 44 It. Porchio Otis, Colo.
;1" C.9!P-S!J:.a
.aark, Charles B. Bat 140S832B 11 Jan 44 lft. Trocchio St. Petersburg, Fla.
leLeDDan La\Jgbl.1n I. fJt 15 .Tnn 44 Trocch1o Thornton, Tex.
Jack RMI Tee 5 3907C619 o!an 44 'it.. hio Kingman, Ariz..
ter G. Tee 5 3630050 d ,'!atl 44 Sa.n Hamb-,,'Ig Wis.
'3ourque, Patr1ck G. S.1..2lI)S51 5 JR., 44- Mt. hlo '110.te!"'TUle , Me
'J:mIERMd, GlmGI G. 2m Lt
I f.11 FC'rch10 New York, N. I.
.farItball, VerDOD NIl Sgt b Per!! lUo Chicago, nl.
. Edwin W. Sg't. 37111153
J.;:.n
Me. Porchio 'l'r1po11
b
Iowa
..., Jom T. Sgt 7 .Tt:n 44 l)orchio
Soper, kla.
aulfu8. otto H. Tec 4 380'i579? e . .Tan 44 Mt. Pcrchio RoeelUi, Tex.
'om.on, Ikrcua J. Cpl 54195877 22 Jan 44 Rapido l\iver
Columbus, . Ga.
ieeti, Duate J. Ptc 3&514552 22 Jen 44 Rapid" River Niles, Om.o
'llae7, o-ntiD HIlI
Pvt 14047338 10 o!an,44 Mt. Porohio Ga1neav111e, Ga.
1"8et, JiJ.ntr I. Pvt 70135570 10 Jan 44 It. POJ"Chio Atlanta, Ga
I*- CoIDp!D[:
ajzath, Ian NIl Teo 4 S2l9S064 25 Jan 44 San Angelo BroDx,- N. I.
Uson, Thurn J. Tec 5 S4l76244 SO Jan 44 Ra.p:ido River Iron Station,N.C.
regre, Antoine J.
Pvt S8317158 6 Jan 44 It. Porch1o Vacherie, La.
9111ver,tlichard C. PVt 17175035 6 Jan 44 lit. Porcbio Wichita, laB.
on Comparr:
'ROWDER, HE1UWl R.JR. 1st Lt G-lQll515 8 Jan 44 lit. Pwch10 Iaz66 C1Vl.. MisS.
'u-r0!ltGeorge g. Tee 5 16043324 31 Jan 44 San ADgelo bkegon! II1ch.
}ynO.LQ8, John D. ftc 14Ol.9485 Jan 44 San Angelo Newman, ua.
'own, George W. Pvt 12O'l3142 ,). Jan 44 San Allgelo Rochester, N. Y.
Jssler, George B. Pvt S258282f tl Jan 44 San AlWelo East orance, N. J.
Compagr:
{INNER, ROBERT I. WOJr w-2lSlIl9 22 Jan 44 IIIpane Granite CU.-, ID.
'\gan, Jom J. Pvt 44 lit. Porchio
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FIRST CLUSTER
Compg:
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Tht: follwoing is the office'[' \'T.1th1n the t<.ltt::J..i.on en J l1f..L:'l'J .bl,
HLJ"I ULHTl ,::8
lJ'ID m..\D( J1\;:TS.S COl f' ..... NY
Officer - Colonel GrO.?CE r Df.VIS
ry.E:c:utive Officer - tri .l.jor O. ELIl'::m:c:::
- 2rid Lieutenant J!)!-[.; E VISL::1
8-2 - C....pt<;4in HI1T::Y EL,En
8-D - C"pt""in .'irD"'>.r T R. Cl:I'E.Y.
uno 8-;; - C,,, ta.in lULl UTI,: ).
Cor.!L,ll."lic[.1.tions - 'OJG C. G,',nCIP
8-4 - C.l.pte.in i'"7,SOCFI
Liason Office!' - let LiE:uten.:r.t P.tft l'. SCROUR
<A:tm:If'..!llY COLunt::'e'C' - C.'. JOHl'! li'. I?n:I8
Reconn.. Pl,,"toon - L:!.eut0nent iLL.:H P.
l.iorttLr PlHt('on - 211C Li<;.'UtE.n.;.llt . '!LI'J3. CRr" LTY
!,sfl",ult PV.l.toOl1 - Licilt -,r-:(:,;o,?
AAHault Pl.:..too!1 - Ii:,utr:n.... '1t 'l.OBFRT H I ..
b ...iHtGllCUlCe Pl-:.-tC'O"u - 2n" LiuuLc1;';L,;t
Com_J<',jlj" Commander - Ct.. tb.in 1Li..0 L p.JU(rR.
Personnel Officer - Lieutenant YJILLL'll Cy ILLV.MR
Buttalion Lotor Ot'llcer - 1st LieutenWlt JOlll-! T. J{()BBOROLTGH
CoLl:pany I:cintenance Otiicer - 2nd Lieutooc:.nt R;1.:'!:I L. lD.. J.t'S
l..otor TrclDSlJOrt, GenercJ. - ere CLELENC[
Transportc..tion Qt'ticer - 2nd L1eutGnt.llt LLOYD H. ! ILLLl.
Service Of1cer - 2nc Lieuten!.nt RoLI.ND V. a:lOur:)E'
p_sa1stant S-4 - 1"OJG ROBE..1T M. SKINNER
II A" COMPANY
1st Lieutenant FLOYD C. JrlmINGS
2.'1(: Lieutenant ROBERT J ALLIRDICr
2nc1 Lieutenant ROBrRT A.
2nc. Lieutenant D':LF F PRID!.
2nc' Lieutenant JOHN P. SHD1SY.l
'')3 II COMfMiX
CaptLdn JOHN E, IUUllS
2nc' L1eute:nF.l.llt GEORG! r. COY
::!nc1 Lieutw;.lllt J.AlI1ES ',;. DE RIGH'l'
L1 EfIl t6n8n t PAUL L. JONES
2110 LieutendJ1t EIJ.mR R. EELLY
?31l Lieutene:.nt GW:RGt G.
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lst lTILL!AM K. ?,Ur
2nd Lieutc:1c.nt JOhP h. BEQ1..i.
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Lieutenllnt EUGFJ.TE: }".
,;lld Lieutenrnt GlHAL:) H. j ;ULL/lIEY
2nd Lieutem.nt Lm J'. TRAHJ\ iJ
liD" COin?;NY
1st Lieutenant 1l\' R. eRQ'lDER JR.
2nd '=-UillJ .11 CRY'S
2nd I,j eU..,'2t:d'::-C '!1ili)Jl.Y G. DF1.VLTS
2!!d P. ()F
2nd CEES'.C:,j< , , .
Batth1ion ,- 2,'.:1 "r'il' J.
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Fcb-:uary 1944
SICTIaN I Cuiro - Cnft8ino kJ.ction
SICTION II &.illec' OUt
Roster of Ofiicurn 1, 1941
.tOOTLX B Battle
).Nl!FJ{ C Citationp.
Roster of Ofiicl!'s Februa-ry
It, ely- Sheet IGG I
8h<..et I6l'1 II
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SECTION I
CAIRO - CASC,INO ACTION
1. February 1, 1944 the desposition of troops of the 760th Tank Battal ion
was as follows:
Battalion Rear C. P. and Bivouac Area 999100
Assault Gun Platoon 895157
Compan;y "A" minus second Platoon 890155
Compan;y "A" Second Platoon 877215
Company "Bn 872175
Company "C" 878222
Compan;y I'D" 909154
Medical Detachment 891156
Company "C" and Second Platoon Company "A" were attached to the :34; h
Division. CompaIV "c" to the 756th Tank Battalion and the Second Platoon Company
"A" to the l55rd Infantry Regiment.
The ruIilflindt:r of the 760th Tank Battalion was attached to the 36th
Division and in position to fire up on Cassino and the approach to Cassino.
2. During the days and nights of the 29th, 30th and 51st of JaIlUB.I'1 Comp&I\Y
"C" commanded by Lieutenant FREDERICK L. NELSON, and attached to the 756th Tank
Battalion, had carried out an attuck upon hills 215 and 144, and upon tho toym of
Cairo, which formed a part of the "Gustav Line". The area between hills 213 am
144 had been heavily mined with anti-personnel mines and blockaded with barb-wire
entanglements. The tanks carried out a mission of detonating these mines and
crushing the wire. During the attack upon Cairo tho second platoon, commanded
by Lieutenant LEO J. TRAHAN, aided in the capture of some 150 to 200 prisoners.
A nmnber of rounds \lere also fired into the M. Villa area to silence un anti
Tank gun and snipers. Early the morning of January 51st the Compsl'\Y movl:ld to the
756th Tank Battalion bivouac area at approximately 878222.
CompaIV "c" remained in the bivouac &roo until the morning of February
:3rd. February ord the S(';cond Platoon commaooed by Lieutont TRAHAN, movoo into
Cassino from the direction of M. Villa. Tho tanks followed by about 50
men, had moved about 1/5 of the distance through the town, at which time they
Vlore oltierlll to witlliraw. During the withdrawal tho tank ,commarxiec by Lieutenant
TRA.ijAN was hit and burnod and the tank COlllllanded tv Sergeant Lestor D. Fenner
became immobilized, forcing the crew to abandon in order to le::uve thL: town. At
this time the order to withdraw was cancelled and the tanks \i0r(; instructed to
remain in Cassino. Of the three tanks in operating condition, two had started
towllrd the rl:ll.lr tl.nd could not turn around on the one wc.y road along which they
wore moving, thus, only one tank in mobile condition commandod by Sergeant
Pinckey D. Upchurch remained in Cassino. Observing that the tank abandoned by
Sergeant Fenner remained in firing position, Sergeant Upchurch sent men from
;li8 crew to man the gun in that tank. Throughout the night of the 5rd and day of
the 4th, and \lith very little infantry support, Surgeant Upchurch and his crew
rvmained in Cassino.
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2nd Platoon of CCl!l].J::.ny "A" commanded by Liuutonant D:LE F. PRIDE,
sup)ort-::d by firo tho mov..,;mt,.;nt of tho 133rd Infantry RL;gim-.;nt during th;:; 1st i'.l1d
2nd of Ii'c;bru:'.ry. On tho 2nd this Platoon was also att<.,chod to tho 756th Tn.nk
tnlion.
On the morning February 4th Lieutenant PRIDi movwd his first section in
to Cassino to join ScrgL;unt Upchurch. Thoy rL;lllD.int::d in Ccssino firing upon Infan
try design.:.Ltwd tnrg.;ts, until thu morning of 6th. At this time the 3rd
Pl;jtoon of CompaI\Y lie" cOllmundcd by LiL;utcmnt EUGSNE E. GLEISSNER, r\..liL; vud tho
section COIllL1:Andud by Lioutlml'l.l'!t ?FIDE carl Surt,l,r.nt Upchurch e.nd his cr,",,:.
During thtJ day of thL; 6th tho tank COllllll,.ndl;d by T(;chnician Fourth Gr ..de
\ilbort E. stoppenhugcn was firing at GC:!rmc.:n InfnntIY Men who could bi.: seen ocnss
ionally as thuy crosst..:d the strtxt about D. 100 YLrds from tank. A G<-rman
machine gun \I,LS loc,tt..:d in a building1.pproxin;(tdy 35 ynl'ds from Technician Four
th Grr-de stopponhr.g(;n's tank D.nd 't",s firing at his tank and br,,,aking the periscop
ic sights to cut off his vision. To dirL:ct fin: upon this m8chinc gun Technicicn
Fourth Gr.:"dc raised his h..,;cd O.bove th.., turrt;t <:.:.nd dLspite the fnct
that tho enemy placod fir,;.; upon hlm, picrcj ng his stoi.::l lwltJct, he suceedcd in
locating and d(;stroying the on(:my gun. A.f -.)\ minutes lc;.t(..r u round of aL1IIlunition
in his tc..nk gun, putting it out (,f cctiun. Wht3U it '."fC..:S dutcrmincd that the
j::unmed ro'\.md could not be frv::d from insidL the tc.nk, T"chniciF'.n Fuurth Gr ue
Stoppenhr,ngo directed .. that tho turret be rotated to point tho gun tow, rd the
re;ar. Ho thon climbc;d out of th" t ...,nk nnd, frOlJ n.nd (.;'Xposcd po 8ition on the; r(.:e.r
dock of tho used n. clon.ning rod to fro" the jemm(.;d round. Throe: timl;s, in
upl'roximatoly two hours, Tochnici.'.n fourth Grrde StoPl,cn.lu.gen left the to re
movo rounds. D-::spito the [:nti-tr.n1c firl; they Lioutcnunt GLErSNER
Plr'.toon rerJC'incd in Cassino until tl1C of F brtlLLry 7th t.t ,.hieh tir.l0 Lieut
enent PRIDE, 2nd Pln.toon Com'Y.ny "A" "ith four t;: nl:s, rClitNud GLEISSNER
Plc,toon. 1'.11ilo moving into C8.Cf.idO the COffiitK'nded by SorC(;D.nt Lm/
ronco G. StLnd(;:r l'occi'!t,;d u dir<;;lct hit from (,0 enemy Eel!, p:i.'opellod gun and burn.:::d.
SGrgdlnt Stc.nder, nho \JPS "ounded in both logs by flying ste<.;l fritgments, acendolled
the burning and thon observ,.;d that the nssistnnt gunnerhl'.d not left the
In spite 'of his \lOunds, tho burnin:; tt.nk, fire he r,_turncd to the
tank and attempted to reenter to givu ::.ss::'st nce to tho \/oundt.;d m,J.n. The flwnbS,
wore too high i:.end he W1.S finnny forced to lW{l.vQ the tank Hithout rescu
ing tht:: \/oundtJd limn. At dt.yb1'08.k, un thv morning of th;.; 8th}a Curr.un s...:1 propel
led gun or tank" nhich had rn)vL;d Up und"rt:1L; co......;r of'darkness, opJned firL:.' At
a 'from about 200 yards th0 cnomy gun sr.orc'Ci t.;o hits on tho tank commamL;d
by Libutenant [:.nd nlso on thl) tl'O r\;iflL'.ining tnnks.' TrIO l'10n \1L;ru killed
(not confini-.;d) nnd two Houndl;d.
'Following this action no corti.ct \72.8 111-,(0 the unumy by
COllllJ,-ny "C" or 2nd Plttocn Comp,:my "A". LLutcnc.nt PRIDr ruturr...:d to tht..: 7GOth
Bnttn.lion bivour::.c aron to reo:cgc.nizL; und l'_mc.invd tht..rc throughout the rc
ij)aind.:r of Febnl'.ry. Com}lruiy "C" rcmainud in 756th Tnnk Battalion ruBurve until
Februr,ry 20th at \:hich tiJOO th0ColO_,any \/:J.S reli(;;vc.<l from attncmllvnt and rc:tt<1'ncd
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:3. At the begining of February Company "A" (minus Second Platoon), CompnlV
"B", Compa.ny "D", and the Assault Gun Platoon (pos1tiDns all sho\"m in paragra.ph 1)
t:cre in position to place fire upon Cassino and v1cinity or to move into such fir
ing position. A plan to cross from these positions to Highway 6 and than procel.:d
through Cassino and up the L1r1 River Valley was also UDier discussionl.
During 'j; he phase Company ttA" moved one platoon forward on tho road
to positions in tho vicinity of 872187 to assume firing positions and also recon
noitered possible further routes to Highway 6. Compo.ny "B" remc.ined in its fOI"Via.rd
firing position continous1y and tired upon enL.lIV targets that appeured. Several
machine gun nests and a number ot the onemr dcstrqyed.
During this phase also, Company liD" maintcined one platoon in contioous
watch at 873146, in support of the 145rd Infantry to rope11 OI\Y enemy
cotint(:r-attack. At approximately 0030,':hours, on February 3rd, a tank 50
ytlrds from that of Sergeant Harvey E. Crews received a hit from an onemy white
phosphorous shell and bugan to burn. Sergeant Crews, this, climbed from
his tank with his first aid kit to remer aid to any of the crow membors who might
havo been wounded. Upon reaching thu tank and finiing it hac;. been abnnionod by
the crew, and despite heavy artillery fire thc.t had been attracted by the blaze,
Sergeant Crevls brushed some of the burning phosphorous from the tank, entered it
and drove it to a defila.cled pOsition, where ha the remn.ining flames,
Hu than returned to his own tank and ordered it to move to a defiladed position.
On the morning of FcbrtlD.ry 6th Companies "A" (-), "B", ltD", Assualt
Gun Platoon, and Ucdical Detachment returned to the Battalion Bivouac
On the night of P'ebruaI"j' 6th COllllJal!JY "En, commanded by Captain JOHN E.
KR'J:BS, moved to a forward assembly area S'l3197. Company "B" remained in this
position prepared to repel an enemy fran Cassino until the morning
February 14th, at which time it \las withdrawn to the Battalion bivouac area.
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SECTION II
"Rained Ollt"
1. Fith the of the nction against tho' as describoo in
Section I, the roJDD.inder or the month of February nns devoted to formulating
plans nm wniting for fnvorable l/eather.
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The ''Pignataro Plan" was a portion of the T.F.B. plan to cross the
Rapido River and seize strong points to permit T.F.A. to pass through Cassino
tlnd on up the L1ri RivE.)r Valley. The 760th Tank Batto.lion was assigned the
mission of seizing a.m holding 'tho vicinity of Pignataro (824148) and
the escape of forces to the west.
The "L1r1 Valley Plan- also was n portion c::c the T.F.B. plan to permit
T.F.A. to pass through Cassino a.m on up the Liri River Valley. The 760th Tank
Enttalion was assigned the mission of following the advance clements of T.F.B.
through Cnsslno to an assombly area at 855194. From this asst.:mb4r a.rea the
Battalion WllS to be prepared to move to prearranged positions to strengthen the
T.F.B. fornard element.
On February 15th the 760th Tank Battalion was dctD.tchod from the 56th
Division am ntta.ched to the 1st Tank Group. Compa.ny "C" wns releived from
atta.chment to the 54th Division und 756th Tunk Butta.llon on 20th tlnd
reverted to 760th Tank Battalion control.
From the 19th of February, and for the recnindur of the month, tho
Battalion ,inS nlternntulY on 2 hour and hour alerts anaiting favorable
But, February ended \lith all operations "Rained out".
2. The Battalion SUpply end transportation mnintained a stuud;y
flow of supplies to all units, regardless of tho dllngur involvtJd. On the night
of Fobruur,y 12th Lioutenant LLOYD H. MILLER, Battalion Transportation Officer, wns
killed by artillery fire, \ihile delivering supplies to forHard clements of the
Bnttalion.
5. Thus, at the end of the month of FobI'lU'.ry, 1944, 011 clements of the
760th Tnnk Battalion were in the bivouac aroa at 999108. During the month the
Battalion had suffered 17 casualtios and had received 15 onlisted roplac0ments.
Seven tanks had by enumy nction.
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HELMUTH O. Ff(OESCHLE,
Captain, 760th Tank Battalion,
Historian.
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The follol1Ting is the officer sdgnment \Iithin the Bt.ttalion on
Febru[ry l, 1944
BATTALIOlT I!r'AIX'UAffi'F'RS
]lND IriIXlUlRTTRS
Commanding Officer - Lieutennnt Colonel GrORGE r. D/;VIS
Fxecutive Officer - fiajor THm'.r..S O. BLAKFtTE'Y
8-1 - 2nd JOHN F. VISHFR
8-2 - Crpto.in W'NPY A. C(:PF'LP.ND
8-5 - Crpte.in .ANDRE"'" B. CHEEK
Bnd 8-3 Air - O. FRO'SCHLE
Assista.nt COlT'lT'unicEl.tions - wOJG DJNlfL C. GABCn
13-4 - Captc1 in PPITR j'. "YC:OCKI
Li['.ison Officer - 1st Lieutenant PAUL r. .sCHOLER
Company ComlT'Emder - CoptHin JOmT r. lfIJrt'FS
ReconnaissDnce Platoon - 2nd LieutenE'nt ].,LLn
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"ortar 'PIe.toon - 2nd t'ILBUR R. CRO"LFY
i\sfault - 2nd T,j, VICTOF. F. HIPKISS
Assistant Ar sault Phto'. - ::?"ld Lieutenflnt H. "ILSOH
P1Ettoon - 2LC: Ueutenant VICTOR P. M'FR
COIl'prny ComJnndel' - L1 n,/ 0 r. P.FJITR
pr rsonnel Officer - 211'';. Li E'utenc nt l"ILT Ii!' C. ;'p. n rs
Bcttalion 1'otor Gfficer - 1st Licutcncnt JOHN T. rOSBOR(;UGH
COF:pr.ny r cinten[',nce Gff::'cer - 2nd Lieuten[ nt Ri'LPH r. fD" 'J R:8,c:
p.'otor Trt'nsport, 1 - C"C CLTTH'FCE KOSCEUIKi\
Tr:'nsportc.tion Officer - 2nd Lieutemnt LLOYD H. FIU,ER
Specii.' 1 Sp,rvice Officer - 2r.d Lieuten,. nt RCLI'FD V. C:8CFST
8-4 - ROBT"?l' r. 3ni,W!,'R
J st LicutFm.:: nt Fr.GYIJ C. Jf:rnPGS Jft
i2nc. J.ieutcmnt 00E:::'RT J. IPJTDICF'
2nd I nt r.:('B '1"'T TT. n;-prIIL
2nd liet:terc:nt F. PRIDF
:r..d Lieuter.;nt JOE:'; 11. S,j!PSKY
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"A" Continuec
"B" COl'PANY
Captain JOHN F. JffiE13S
2nd Lieutenant GEORGE E. COX
2nd I,ieutenent JM.TS VT. DE P.IGHl'
2nd PlUL L. JONFS
R. KFLLY
2nd Lieutenvnt GFORGE G. zIrtT'IWf]-l
"C"
1st Lieutenant T'RFDFRICK 1.. NFT-"SON
1st Lieutenant "'IL!M{ M. FT'ID, JR.
2nd Li utenant JOHN H. BR01T'NB."CK
2nd Lieutenm!"t. T1!GENE E. GLFISSNFR
2nd Lieutem;:r:s GfRJl.i..D H. h'ULTANFY
2nd Lieutencnt LFO J. TR1Hf.N
1st Lieutenant HFlWfN R. CROr"I)FR, JR.
2nd Lieutemmt JOHN i:. CREPS
2nd Lieutenunt HIRRY G. DELVFRS
2nd Lieutenr:nt l{!]\mY P. DIXON
2nd Lieutenant CHFSI'rn n'RIGIn'
fEDICAL DFT:\CErFNT
Battalion Surgeon - SIDNFY J. KAPLIN
Captain JOHN ,;. t:/' LONI'
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ANNEX ''B''
HEADQUARTERS AND BEADQUARTmS COMPANY
.I6I!l _ 'l!fE OF Rm
Broughton, lb... 1;. Bet 89382799 LIA 3 Feb 44
SERVICE
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TYPE OF FOUND DATE
2nd Lt 0-1015694 Kll 12 Feb 44
Huett, Alberi O. ITt

LWA 12 Feb 44
Williams, Clarence A. Pvt 55424259 L':iA 12 Feb 44
J!jg RANK TIPE OF .Qm
StaDder, Lawrence G.
egt 59676543 J.WA 7 Feb 44
Hare, Graham II. Cpl 34176194 LWA 8 Feb 44
Sh1pun, Farl Cp1 LWA 7 Feb 44
Buchholtz, Amra J. Tec 5 16()5054?> MIA 8 Feb 44
Bqrer, Harold G. Pvt 37400501 MIA 8 Feb 44
Cail, Maurice A. ITt 59112584 7 Feb 44
Vogel, Kenneth J. Pvt 57555741 lolA 9 Feb 44
COMPANY
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H,EISSNER, EUGENE E. 2nd Lt 0-1012868 LWA 6 Feb 44
i?RAHAN, Lm J. 2nd Lt 0-1-15949 LWA 5 Feb 44
Isabella, John P. Cp1 52195057

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Jbermire, Ralph E. Pvt 1c1 57474009 MU. 5 Feb 44
:'edder, Carl U. Pvt 14045209 LTIA :; Feb 44
:1lite, Kinnon R. Jr. Pvt 14053454 MIA 5 Feb 44
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PLACE OF RESIDENCE
Port Orchard, Wash.
PLACE OF RESIDENCE
No. Prairie, Wise.
st. Louis, Mo.
Mt. Vernon, Ohio
PLACE OF. RESIDENtjE
Promontory, Utah
Hemp, No. Carolina
Eau Claire, Hise.
La Crosse, Wise.
La Grazge, Mo.
Vallejo, Calif'.
Denver, COlo.
Mishawaka, IlXl.
New Orleans, La.
Schenectady, N. Y.
l1agner, So. Dakota
Pine Mt. Valley, Ga.
Pensacola, Fla.
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ANNEX C
(1) Silver Star:
EDWIN W. SCHROEDER, 37llll53, Sergeant, Compal\V' "B", 760th Tank Battalion,
for gallantry in action, in the vicinity of Mt. Porchia, Italy. On the 6th aD!
7th of January 1944, Compaq "B" was engaged in operations along lUghney 6 in the
viciniW of Mt. Porehio, Italy. On 6 :.'".'1'1UP.rv Sergeant Schroeder received shrapnel
lTOunds in the left shoulder and on the bat">1 ;)f head, but with disregard for his
:>wn well-being and with no aid that given to him by members of
m crew, he stayed in aeti.o:'lo ' . :nary; :!', though \10undea from the previous
jays' f1ghtir.g, Sergeant his fonfard and supported the attack
on Mt. Porchio l:v fire and 'l:+.. 1,.'"" became stuck. He am his crew
remained in the tank firing ell t3n3'i+i'" lJosi -' en0llV anti-tank and artillery
fire became so intense that ths - . ) l-, abandoned. He then led his crew
to protective cover to the rear, t. . ') '!T1Y,nt t(, the rear he assisted in evac
uating sane wounded infa.."1trymen. '!I,h.;:'. 'J l.: ',.Li..:?';r :ire became less intense he
returned to the tank with part of' c'c '.;,".mi!1di"..!l of the great dar.ger !:rom
flying shrapnel, he got another :,1 ,tl ...... l OLlt of tre mud. He then put
his tank into action a gain at a. ti'!',: ",-.S badly needed. His courageous
a nd inspiring action exemplifieE tb_ h'4;t.est -r::aditicns of the military service.
Entered military service from :'.163; IOVit.,
LOUIS (Nr'U) TAZELAAR, 18, Compc:.:v "C", 76<>th Tank
Battalion, for gallantry in action. On 6 J2.nu<.llY 1944, the tank commnded by
Sergeant Tazelaar lias hit and penetra [:<, l-':;:'! JIl'!Y' fire in an attack on Mt. Porchlo,
Italy. TtlO members of the creu were wounded. Sergeant tazelallr aided
'ounded members of the crew to dismount from the tank, and though himself \founded
the leg by a shell fragment, he made his wuy "to a fi:..'st aid station h
..Jeavy enemy fire. Phen unable to get litter to eVv.curLte t.he wounded men
1e returned to them, and after dark he again made his rmy to the aid station am
and assisted the litter bearers in evac1..'u.til\S the Hounded men. Sergeant
'azelrmr I s courage under fire and his exemplary behavior is in keeping nith the
trad1tions of the m lito.ry service. Home address: Chicago, nUnois.
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(2) purple Heart:
The tollow1lJg named ottiCtJr and enlisted men \1ere issued Purple &nrt
nnards tor wounds and injtr1es received in action turing the month ot Jcnun17 nnd
February, 1944.
~ GRAPE AI! .PAD PLACE OF t!OUNP II)ME ADDRESS
Company "A" :
Shipman, Earl ff. Cpl 36231076 7 Feb 44 Co.aa1no Etlu Claire, Fisc.
Hnre, Graham II. Cpl 54176194 8 Feb 44 Co.asino Hemp. No. Carolina
GLEISSNER, EUGENE E. 2nd Lt. 0-1012868 6 Feb 44 Cassino lismwolm., lnd.
Stevenson, Fred P. f:gt 16051224 6 Jan 44 Mt. Perchio Ottawa, D.l.
'lUze1aar, Louis NMI ~ t 36310548 6 Jan 44 tat. Porcbio Chicago, Ul.
Krock, John M.
Christian, Volnndy O.
Tee 4:
Cpl
35021)17 6 Jan 44
38080160 30 Jan 44
Itt. Porcb1o
CQ.8smo
Clevelam, Ohio.
Dublin, Texas.
Isabella, John P. Cp1 32195057 3 Feb 44 Cassino Schenectady, N. y,
Service CompanY:
Huett,Albert O. 57152168 12 Feb 44 Cervaro St. Louis, Mo.
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:llNEX "D"
The 1'ollovin[': is the officer \dthin the Battalion on Februa.ry 29,
BATTALION HELDCUf\RTERS
..:''.RT:::aS COl.'.PANY
Curumanoing Officer - Lieutenant Colonel GEORGL M. DAVIS
Offic:cr - I:lajor THOI.:AS O. BL1UCENLY
S-;., M ...j or ANDREI) R. CHEEK
C;olllpany COIlllllim{er - Captain JOEN H. HUlJES
COlTlI::uui cetion, anc' S-i:i Ai r - Captain HELi-..UTH O. FROESCHLI
Li[.50n Officer - PAUL F. SCEOr.L.l.
S-'1 - 1st Lieutenunt JOHU T. ROSBOROUGH
Assault Platoon - 1st Lieutenant VICTOR E. HIPKISS
Mortar P1atoon,and Reconnaiss2.r.ce Officer - 2nd Lt . LTY
8-1 - 2nd Lieutenant E. VISHER
Maintenance - 2nd Lieutenallt VICTOR R. REAt!IR
Assistant Cou..i1unications - Drl-!!EL C.
SLR.VI CE COi..P.'\NY
CompdIlY Commancler - Capt1iin :U.iO L Pl\RKER
Officer - 1st l.iE;!ltel1c.n: r Ht G:lJT::'
Special Service Officer - 2nd -L,icutvnc...nt ROL.JlD V. GROHSl.
fi,,-intenance Oi'fieer - Lieutenent KiLPH M.
Transportation Of'ficer - 2nc
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Lieutenant B. CONOVrn
P(;rRonne1 Officer - 20(1 LieutendIlt c.
il::si;:;tant I,I"dntenance Ot'ficer - CD! KOSCHUIKJI
JI.:'fli:;bnt .3-4 - :iOJG i:i. SKINNlli
"A" COLIT' P1TY
Ca.ptian HElEW L. COPEL:!ND
1st LiGutene.nt EDl;'ARD t!. DONAHUE
1st LieutenC1Ilt DilLE F. PRIDE
J. ALLERDICE
2nd Lieutenant JOI-flIl A. SHINSKY
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Captain JOHN E. KREBS
1st Lieuten611t GEORGE G.
2nd Lieu.tenarit GEORGE E. COX
2nCl Lie'.ltenant ELMER R. KELLEY
2nd Lieutenant PAUL L. JONES
"e" COMPANY
1st Lieutenant FRLDERIGK L. NfLOON
1st Lieutenant M. RLID JR.
211(1 Lieutemmt EUGENE E. GLEISSNFR
2m' Lieutenant H. l.."ULLl\NEY
2nc' Lieutenc:mt JOH..1\J H. EROWNBLCK, III
1st Lieutenan"" HE!\MJiN R. CRO'rIDER. JR.
2nc' Lieutenant CHESTER rJRIGHT
2nd Lieutenant G. DEJ',VER
2nd Lieutencmt JOHN i... CREVlS
2nc LieutentUl t J "'..PlIES Vi. DE RIGHT
MEDICAL DETACHMENT
Battalion Surgeon - Captain SIDNEY J. KAPLAN
Captain JOHN MALONE
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O'PERA'I':::O!JS IN ITALY
March 1944
SECTION I ML"lturno Sectlh17
SECTION II Cavalry Ride to Albaneta House
SECTION III Attack on Cassino
ANNEX A
ANNEX B
ANNEX C
ANNEX D
Roster of Officers March 1,
Battle CaRualties
Citations and Statements
Roster of Officers March 51,
1944
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Italy 1:25,000 Sheet 160 I - SU
1:25,000 Sheet 160 II - NU
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MINTURNO SECTOR
1. March 1, all elements o the 760th TCl.nk Battalion were i.i.flsemblec' in
the Battalion biYouac area at 999108. The Battalion was still .1Vlaiting orders to
.move out for an attack upon Cassino and a drive up the Liri River Valley.
2., On the morn:l.ng of March 1, orders ''lere received e.ttaching Company "A",
commanded by Captain FElIDY Ii, to the 88th Infantry Dlvision located in
r,he Minturno Sector. FolJJJv'''_!lg a racC';!'C:\aissance of positions to be as
sumed Company "A" moved to a biYOl.''lC (U'2'1 H--t
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=J910 near Sessa on March 5th and
on March 8th tool: over the defensive oacupied by the British
25rd Armored Brigade.
5. Company "A" establisheli it- i':Yr:'Wal'C ';'lear I\tinturno, at MS00952
dispersed its I Platoon in the po,qtions, three tanks 6rc Ph.toen,
by Lieutenant ROBERT J. ALLERDICE, at M7
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by Lieutenant DALE F. PRIDE at M788956, and three tanks 1st Pl[ltoon, commanaed by
Lieutenant M. OONAHUE at M820960. The platoons remaineti in these
positions, without firing, throughout the remainder of the month. One m<m
killed by artillery fire.
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CAVALRY RIDE 1'0 AlaBAmA II)tJSI
1. March 11, 1944, orders were r,eceived by the Battal.1on CoDwlder, Lieuten
mt Colonel GEORGE M. DAVIS, attaching "D", cc.ended by Lieutenant BIRMAN
l. CROWDER JR., and three gulls ot the Assault Owl cOlllDBDded by Lieutenant
lICTOR E. HIPKISS, to the 7th Brigade ot the 4th IDdian Division.
2. ])lring the night of March 11 - 12, Company: "D" and the Assault Guns moved
.'rom the Battalion bivouac area at 999108, to a forward bivouac area at 004217.
L'his area was occupied during the next S dqa and during which time the city of
JasBino, about 4000 yards to the Northwest was bollbec by th(: }liiof'. it FoL'CV,
no casualties were inflicted in the bivouac area although several bombs
rell nearb;". From this position the asaault guns fil"eC several of cirect
fire into Abbe di Montecassino at 845208 but were torced to cease fire by counter
battery fire.
The early morning of March 16, Company liD" anc'! the assaul! IUns, movec
:rom th6ir bivouac area, &ooross the Bapido River, anc to the vicinity of the town
"If' Cairo (846250). Here the 2nd Platoon, by Lieutenant JAMES W. DE RIGHT,
md the assault gun" remained. The main body of "D" JDQvec up Cavendish
load fro. Cairo, along It. Casstellone, to an assemb:q position on the root: at
CavaDcish Road had tormerl,y been a mule trail which the engineers haa
rldeoed into a treacherous tank trail. The 2nd and assault guns joined
,he Company at this position on the morning of the 17th. The tankA and assault
:una remained in col.wDD on c&v.ad1sb Road until the JDOming of larch 19th. The
.lssion to be accompU.hed was to move forward to\lard Albaneta House t'ir
.ng to dis1"llpt m.., poa1tions in the House area and the Rar slopes of hill 595
856215). Then to be prepared to move OIl forward toward Abbe Cli Montecassino.
n general the maaion was to "cause chaos and consternation 1n the ranks ot' the
fun". The attack was to be supported by 400 intantr,y un troa the Royal SUS8alt
'.egill8l1t.
4. At 0500 011 19th, orders to attack at 06&) were received. The ol"der
\t IIal'ch to the line of departure (858251) was 1st Platoon, b 14-4 tanks of the
lritish 7th Br1pde, 5l'd Platoon, Company liD" tanks, 2nd Platoon, ana as
ault guns. The previous at'temoon the mission had been alterec1 uith a aquadron
t aed1ua tanks trom the lew Zealand D:l.vision to carry out the or1ginal iD1asion.
he new mission called for CoIlplAlV "D" to move up CasstellODtI "feature", c'!estro3'iDg
Phantcm House" (850224), exploiting the &l\ea as thEfY went, over the "featul"e" (a
idge) itselt, GO Clown the forward slopes in the direct101l of' Villa San Lucia
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JOHN A. CRI!!IIS, bJ'-pa8d tbe l.t PlatoCD, ooaz ndecl. by Lieutenant CHFSTER M.
ifRIGB!, at 854224 ad pI'Oceeded. D a wterlJ directiOl1 towed: "Phantom House"
(81'..0224) SteepQ- tetraeed teft"a1D preveated a BUcC68Rf'ul forwarcl movemen t ana
tank threW a track at 8!5224. thi. t1ae, at about 0700, the 16 tanks
or the New Zealand SquaDI'CZ .,.ed' ltD- toWELr(! .Albaneta House. The
die DOt follow the taDke as 01"12..:117 planned and, ' the entire attack pro-
tJtt-ougbOllt &q- wltuat apport. The Platoon, accompanied
ry the lat Pla1;ooD, ... -.de 880ClDd at...,t to reach npbimtom House" and 10At
rr. 852223. the tanks lost in this attempt
,Ta. the cazcmc!l taDk or ems, 1IIbi. b. replaced with the Company re
plac..-t TaDk. At this Li-.ttmant __ W8l1t on foot to rec.ormoiter
a poea1ble rout. to "Phanto. Bouse" but oc;Ril\'l t1Dd DCIle aDd returned to his tank.
\b.1a actiOl1, 8Ild the del, the slopes 011 either aide ot tbeval
181, 111 wh1c1i the.. operated, were inteated 11:1th 811__ snipers and JDb,ohine
C\Z poa1t1OIl8. tile the aboYe act10n was in progress the 2nd natoon mved into
.. poattion at 836226 aDd the asS&Ult JWls to 8S6244. From this position
the pas leftled "Pbantoa Bouse": at 0830.
8. Pollow1ng the unaucceaatuJ. tank assfUll t upon IIPhantoDl. House", and because . .
.,t terra:1n dift'1oultieB f1nd1.nc the attack upon Villa San Lucia impossible, Company
:'D" .. ordered to moye to at 855220, cover the area, and await fu't"ther
.>rders. As the mol'lling progressed the New Zealand medium tanks found the terrain
I.n the vi.ein1ty ot .Alb8lleta House exceedingly dif"ficult for medium teMs. There
at about lbOO,. 00III.paD;r ltD" received ortlers to carry out the ortgin
Uly assigned. (Paragraph 4)
7. The first section of the 5rd Platoon moved torwarO,following 1st
?latoon firing into thEl reverse slop of Hill 595 end into Albaneta House. PORi
the Hill were discoYered by the movement of shelter halves covering
)uta _ a rounc of '67 mm H.E. followed by machine gun ti't"e p"t'oved effective.
It this time the New ZElaland mec1ium tanks to the rear through the advancing
"D". The forward movement Vias exceec'lngly slow because or bomb c't"at6:l"s,
lhell craters, small arms f1re, and artillery fire. At about 1400 th6: tenk com
maneed by Lieutenant CREr.S was disabled by anti-tank fire originating from the
Jiri Valle,y. !be second section of the 1st Platoon made an to move down
.he trail from Albeneta. HOUSEl to Abbe di Montecassino 2216; - 845208) at about
.530, but lias haltoo when tht: load tank, commcmded by Stlrgecnt Lawrence R. Custer,
, ita rock covored mine an.d was ant! ther(;by blocking th{;; trail. From
.is position (8u5215) Sereeant Cust(;r completely surpris{;;o concEintrations
the trc.i1 and firing t;a.t clost: rongc with the 57mm gu.n und th(: machim: guns
illed an (:sttmAt&d 50 mun, WEIll as supply mulea, and wound{;;o many other
.&n. Lieutenant CROWDER, commanding a Bri:Ush reconnaiss<'lllce tc.nk, movt.u up onc1
vacuated Sergeant Custer and OUoJother membt/r of his crt/w. Observing that there
as no infantry support in the attack Lieutenant CROWDER than ordered his tanks to
ithdraw to a position at 855220 and await orders.
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B. Fr'.OIil this position a tank muntl(;:d by Staff SE:rgl;ant JoJ:"1..n (NFI) KOYbCk,
'l'l'chnician Fortil Grade Mblvin L. Edwara.s, and Private GE:Orgb L. Tuck!;;r movbd 1'01'
ifard I;Lgain, an(l alongside thE: t&nk .:.t.bandont:d by S(;;rg(;;ant Gust!;;r, to th"
other two crCVi mE:mb.rs. Upon rl;uching th& disublE:d tunk tht:y w(:Jre cC'vt.r(;c: on thr(;:(;
siGOS by GE:rman Infantry and it to turn buck. Also ut this time
a British r",cormaissanct: tank and a tank command(;d by PrivatE: First Ch.ss PO.
Ll;hman with Private Patrick A. Manning and Tbchniciun FOllth Gr..,dl: JD.lison (UMI)
Ldwards E:v/;1.cuatud the CrE:VT me:mbers of LiE:ute.nunt dioablf.;d tank. P:dv.,tG
Lehman r s tank also bvacuated two crew mbubbrs of PrivatE: Harolc (Nt:I) I-Ii tl! I stank
had became stuck. Lieutenant l!1RIGHT vnth Technician Fifth GradG Richard H.
S:a:yidge as a driver t'IO men fron Sergt:ant Leon-fl.rd It:. ReeSE: 18 stuck tank
- the othe:r two crtJw :rembe.;rs Vl<:;rb ' ." -not :-evtWU-:l:;od>.... Li(;utEnant t.'n.IGHT I s
tank than became stuck and, Lieutenant DE RIGHT with Technician Forth Gri-'.d(; J .C. Byrd
as a driv(;;r camo to the n.lSCU(;. Lieutenc.l1t t'l'n.IGHT and on: of thl:.; ml;n hE.; h<..tc! rE;;SCUCC'
from S(;;rg(;;ant s cisa"!)le;d t.mk i:1 il1t') Lit.utt:nant DE ':RIGHT's
tank. Tuchnicip.n Fifth Grt!.6(;; Y/r.::"1G ILtt(;UDting to [tic' thi;; oth4:.r man
viously rl.scued from Sergbant RCE:,S8: f"l \. Y'.lS by snipLrs [<.s Was n.lso the
man ho; was aiding. Both men 2.:_'0 Llis:Jing i:1 :13't.:i.on,
9. position at ':'Ins untLl. 18CO ilt nhich timt..; tr!t.: COnli)<l..11Y
orco;r(;c to withdraw tom r,ss!::mbly: <1rLO at 8::'8200 for the. r:.ip,"ht. From this position
Lii;;ut(;nal1t CRE'i'lS again mov\.;c forr,rfJ.rl' with d tank to the L'Ilts thht hat' bl;t:;n CiSf.'.blLC
in tht.: atteruptcc. uttack npon "Ph.:!lltor:. Heuse" ,U1C
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thl; b1oclu; of thl.
::I7mm from tht; four tanl:s. ThE:r(;after t:i1", t<.,nk hE.. cor:1I!lWlc'inr ['.lso
thrt..w a track, It:avinr' i'ivc:: d t.:.mkf-l in th<.t t vi cini ty
10. Du:cing th<. night of March 19-2C, CompL.. "D" anri tl'lL u.8/jd1.1t runs !llvVL( to
the compcmy forward bivvuac arf::a a.t 904217. 3.tt::mpt to (;;",'c.,CULltu t)1L. five-
in th", vicirlity of Bbt!224 cont",mpla but Infantry Division it impos
siblc3 to furnish a sUj.Jl')orting f....:.trol sinc(;; at tht: timE;; such C;. I!lOv('Ll(;;nt
boen mr.jor opt.;r.n.. tiOIi. As ..1. r(;sult of th<.; opbrution CCr.:J.pany "D" anc1 thl.. j,sl1,:.ult
S(;ction 1,L.c at c<l3ualtius, 2 kl11I;Jc"l,. 8 missing ,-llle " lightly WUnc.'1LQ in [lction.
10 tanks wt:rt.' lost in thE: op(;ration. Th{.; Company Vle.s cr06i rri th furni '3hing ..t
valuablE;; c"i"v0rsioil anC! brt;;.king up a,n (;n4IlY counttiratte..ck. (S!::b C)
11. On A!J.rch 21, Corr.pru::y "D1I ane:. tlw Gss,,:ul t guns W4:.rE; rdif::vc.c from uttnchmbnt
to thE: 4th Indian Division end r&tu!'IlecI to thL Battlion bivuuac s.r(;r.t e.t 999l0B.
Company liD" remainE;d in the bivouac clrE:u. for the rem[J..nc'er of the month of Me.reh.
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ATTACK ON CASSINO
1. The beginning of March the Battalion was still attached to the 1st Tank
.:iroup and in turn to Combat Command B. The execution of the "Liri Valley Plan"
continued to be the assigned mission. According to this plan the 760th Tank Bat
Galion was assigned the mission of following the advance elements of T. F. B. (the
Tank Group force) through Cassino to an assembly area at 855194. From this
the Battalion wat- tJ De prep/ued to m0ve forward to prearranged positions
GO strengthen the T. F. B. foraard
2. At about 0950 on the Mar0h 15, the bonbing of Cassino began.
At the conclusion af the bombing: at 13
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ture the city and the in back'):' A":, 0500 on the 16th of March the
760th Tank Battalion recei,red orders tc i:mnediat.ely move it's forward C. P. to
the vicinity of the 1st Tank Group forward C. P. at 899198 and to move Companies
"B" and "c" and the remaining 5 assault guns to "Lying in Area" at 904174. In
the movement to the "Luring in Area" the Battalion Medical Detachment failed to turn
off of #6 at the proper place and continued to the newly built bridge at
the outskirts of Cassino. Upon questioning the guards where the tanks had gone
the doctors were informed that "Nothing has crossed the bridge". After a hasty
retreat the Medical Detachment joined Companies ''E'' and "C". The Companies di:sper
sed along a road in the in Area" awaiting the capture of Cassino arxl orders
to move forward. On 18 at 0915 the Battalion advance C. P. and the 1st Tank
Group C. P. were subjected to dive-bonbing. The Group C. P. was destroyed. The
9attalion C. P. moved to a position about 500 yards East of the bombed positi6n
then returned to tho Battalion Bivouac Area at 999108 on the 19th of March
.!hile in this despersed position Company "B" was credited with shooting down an
lyre-109 and one probable. COr.lpanies "B" and "C" and assault platoon remained in
their positions until the night of March 22nd at which time the,y were also bombed
and then OI'dered to r.eturn to the Battalion Bivouac Area at 999108. The, attack
Cassino had again failed.
3. On March 25th orders 'tare received alerting the Battalion to movo to a
rear bivouac area. On the night of March 26-27 the 760th Tank Ba'ctalion
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Compal\V "A", movod to N-172827J vicinity of Capua
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a:1.(1 r03ain(.'<i attachud to the 1st
rank Group which had boen redcsignatl:d 1st Armort.:l Group. Aftdr aLnost throe
nonths - January 5 to March 26 - the men of tho Battalion rl'cuiv0".l a nell earnod
:,:,ast.
4/'" {tr I,. .I',r ,r (/'\
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,H:O':'II;JTH o. FROESCHLE,
Captain# 760th Tank Battalion
J
Historian.
ANNEX IIAII
The i'olloTlinr is the officer d.!'Isignment \"i thin the B(;'.ttaliun on
1 tilL,rch 1944
BATTiLION
AND HEADQUARTEF.5 COMPANY
COlll!usnding Officer - Lieutenant Colonel GEORGE I... DP: VIS
EYecutive Officer - Lajor TH01i.AS O. BLP.KENEY
8-5 Major fNDREW R. C:lIEEK
Company CorunanCi.er - Captain JOHn 'v:. HUMES
COI:JI!lUIlication, S-2 and .'lir - Cuptdn HELl'UTH O. FROESCHLE
Lidson Officer - 1st Lieutenant PAUL F. SCHOLER
S-4 - 1st Lieutenant JOHN T. ROSBOROUGH
AS8.:!ul t Pl.::tuon - 1st Lieutenbllt VICTOR :E.. HIPI(ISS
l.':ortE r P1u.toon,d.nc
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Reconneis' ;2nce Officer - Lt VrrLSUR R. CROnLEY
S-1 - 211,-1 Lieutenant JOHN L VISHER
Luintene;.ncE; P1atvon - 2m' Lieutenant VICTOR F.
AssistJ?llt COIlllll1L'1ications - '''10JG DM-ITEL C.
SfoRVICE COMPANY
Compt.:.ny Communc6T' - Ca1Jtain ELMO F. PARKER
La.intencu1ce Oifice-r - 1st Li6utenar.t DIVID
Sp'cia1 Sa't'vi<':6 Officer - 2nr Lieutenr.:.nt ROLIND V. CRCUs:E
Company OfficE;, - 2n<' Lie:utE:m..nt Rf1FH L. i PloT;RDS
l't'r.U1HtJOctution Ofi'icer - 2r!ci Lieutf3ne.nt B. CONOVER
P(;!'<;onne1 Offic(;'t' - Lieutenc.nt Y;ILLL'M C. WILLli\l$
AssistF.nt l.:aintenance Officer - C1','O CLEtrNC:L. KOSCHUIK!',
S-4 - !!OJG ROBEnT M. SKINNER
Captain HENRY J... COPELAND
1st Lieutenant ED1,'l\RD 1' DOl'Y.HUE
}.st Lieutenant DALE J!'. PRIDE
1st Lieutenant ROBERT J. ALLERDICI
Lieutenent JOHN A. SliINSKY
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ANNEX "A" (CONTln)
Captain JOHN E. KREBS
1st Lieutenunt GEORGE G.
2nd Lieutenant E. COX
2nd Lieutenant R. KELLY
2nc Lieutenant PAUL L. JONES
1d Lieuteni.wt. L. NILSON'
1st Lieutem:nt M. RIID JR.
::::ncl L:'eutena,,:' Eo GLEISSr{lR
2m' 1i eut en&n t Ii.
2nc H. BROnlBACK, III
lieutenant HFRUN R. CRor'DfR JR.
2nc. Lieutenant CHESTER 1jTR.IGHT
2nr' Lieutenc'nt HI.RP.Y G. DI.!,V:LP.
2nc Lieutendnt A. cm:.;Ts
Li8Uten&nt J;:U:;S DE RIGHT
w.EDIC]IL DE'l';:C;:;U.::rT
Batt1:.1ion - SurgE::on - Captain SIDNEY J. K;.PLIN
Capt[Lin JOHN Ill. };IPLONI
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BATTLE CASUALTIES
HEADQUARTEns AJD HEADGDARTERS COI,1P IINY
DATE
19 Liar 44
19 Mar 44
19 Har 44
19 Mar 44
19 Mar 44
DATE
26 Ear 44
RPTE
19 r.;arr44
16 Mar 44
19 Mar 44
19 Mar 44
20 Mar 44
20 Mar 44
20 Mar 44
19 Mar 44
19 Mar 44
19 Ma r 44
19 Bar 44
19 Mar 44
19 Mar 44
19 Bar 44
3.9 Mar 44
19 L1ar 44
PLACE OF l1ESIDENCE
Lilesville, N. C.
V!iemar, Texas
Mich.
Pittsburgh, Pat
Osceola, Ark.
PLACE OF RESIDflICE
Hot Springs, N. M.
PLACE OF nESIDENCE
SanAntonio, Texas
Chicago, Ill.
Ripley, Tenn.
Tampa, Fla.
Herkimer, N. Y.
V!estminister, S. C.
Brooklyn, N. Y.
Rossville, Ga.
YJilliarosburg, Iowa
Garwood, N.J.
New York, N. Y.
Tekamah, Neb.
Bronx, N. Y.
Shingleton, I!ich.
Pittsburgh, Pat
Lauderdale Co., Tenn.
HAME RANK ASN
]utchinson, Graham P S/Sgt 14000927
lrandt, Edgar E Sgt 38073675
;ishop, Cla,rence R. Tee 5 361647:30
;u.lepa, Joseph A Pvt lel 7022767
Iil1irunson, Ira A Pvt lLt1[,; 1459

0arey, Daniel W. Pvt l8122019



,'RIGHT, CHESTER M 1st Lt 0-1011907
beBow, Ri chard J. Pvt ) 6070ffi 8
Robbins, Lenwood m(1I Sgt 34185110
Skinner, Robert R Pvt 14038727
Emanuel J Sgt 32292145
Curry, John T Tec 4 14047475
TYPE OF 1'omm
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LPA
KIA
LWA
LrIA
KIA
V;,TA
Itzkowwitz, David NMI Pvt lc1 32539837 SiVA
$31vidge, Richard H Tee 5
01wei1er, Cletus H. Tec 5
ths, 1'i1bur NiH Pvt
"J..te, Harold NIH Pvt
(JX, Doyle E Pvt
J'lster, Robert F Jr.Pvt
/'{Jnroe, Vurgel NYU Pvt
Leonard E Sgt
Wilcox, Odie B. Sgt
14012251
37111796
52259908
12181777
17041400
32344549
36419449
13039218
54185142
MIA
MIA
MIA
N.:IA
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Pu!J?le Heart
The following named enlisted men \:ere issued Purple Heart awards for wounds
'.nd injuries received in action 4uring the month of March, 1944.
GRADE A S N PLACE OF ';rOUND HOME ADDRESS
Company:
3randt, Edgar E Sgt 58075675 19 Mar 44 Cassino lIiemar, Texas
.la1epa, Joseph A
Jilliamson, Ira A
pvt lcl 7022767
Pvt 14161459
19 Mar 44
19 Mar 44
Cassino
Cassino
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Osceola, Ark.
Jompany "D":
.1i1cox, Odie B Sgt 54185142 19 Mar 44 Cassino Lauderdale Co., Tenn.
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:2) statements
MAIN HQ 4 IND DIV
NO. 1224/G
21 Mar 44
)ear Crowder:
I want to thank you ar"d your "Company for the part you took in the Cav
llry ride to ALBANETA HOUSE.
It great pi.l.,y "t,ha"':. the Main o1)eration did.'1.
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t go according to plan
.nd our infantry were not ablp. to take tht:: lACY:J.l.dtery and join up with you.
Hov:ever it ,'m.0 anti a great effort on your part
md a real contributi.-)r :::'0+''0 [" '")f .:,D..... Cl'l:.;.l.t:i.e::: inflicte1. on the enemy
md the fact that the ")[ I-.L,' '-i''''(,,,--,,u''. .t'speated wi.ll undoubtedly
,Jrevent the enemy from th:inn:'.;1i-S j ..<';: "!"."':C" 80 fiLd:
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.. 1;; reserves for the main
")attles.
Best of 11lc}: to y01.10
YU:.FS sincerely,
/s/ A. Galloway
A. GlliJi.,Q\!AY,
A:eut CROrIDER
Major General.
) Coy, 760 US Tk Bn.
COMPA1"Y "DlI
76:YI'H TAl'TX BATl'.4LION
A.P.O. #46t
24 March 1944
The morning we left to return to our area at MIGNJI.NO, Major Cruickshank came
o "D" Company '7ith the following mes sage:
"then I went to see the Brigadier, I went as a school boy who had
been in trouble and didn! t. kno,:'! just how I wO'.l.ld be received, but as I
entered 7th Brigade HeadquE.!"'t.ex-s I Vias received wj.th open arms. Upon
my arrival, Brigadier J..ovet.te ::aid to me: "I want. to tr.ank you ,for the
fine job you have done". Brigadier Lovette further stat.ed that our show
had been a good one and that vThat we was a fai.I...l.':"'e had broken up
a German counter-attack of possibly a troops" So, for the
Commanders of the Fifth and Eighth AY'l11:.c;s C.:':lG. Bcigad:.er LCovette, I would
like to express my thanks and npprecia [:",()!] -1:'.1:' t.ht) job ycur company did."
To the best of my knoHledge and be}ie:C, this is the mE'ssage given by Major
to my company assembled in the ax-ea at
/s/ Herman R. Crovder, Jr.
HERMAN R. JR.
1st Lt., CO$ liD", 760th Tank Battalion,
Commanding.
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The following is the officer assignLlent .1.thin the Ba.ttalion on 31 'March,

BATTALION HEADQUJ.RTE.RS
AND HEADQUARTERS
ComIllan(1ing Offi-cer - Lieutenant Colonel GEORGE M. DAVIS
Executive Officer - THOMAS O. Bi..!.KENEY
8-1 - lRt LieutenEnt JOHN E. VISHER
8-2 - 2nc' Lieutenant PAUL FI3H
S-D - 0:.
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CommunicationB lir - HIU?JTH O. FROESCHLI'
Assistant COTMaunications - WOJG DJJITrL C.
8-4 - JOHN T. ROSBORUJGH
Liason Officer - lAt LieutenL.nt PAUL F. SCHOLER
Company - Cb.ptdn JuHN F. HUMES
Reconn.dssance Platoon, Mortar F:i.atoon Le:acc.-r - 1st Lt. WILBUR R. CROWLEY
Assualt Platoon - 1st LieutenL.nt VICTOR E. HIPKISS
Company fl.lB.intenance Platoon - 1st LieutenWlt VIC'fOR R. RFJ'lrr'R
Attached for Training - 1st Lieutenant CHARLES C. BPJu\
Attachec'! for Training - l'st Lieutenant J lUlLS B. FULTON
SE.1TJ'I GS COMPANY
Company - Captain ELMO E.
Personnel Officer - 2nd Lieutenant WILLIJJvl C. VlILLIi'.MS
Battalion Hotor Officer - 1st Lieutenant DAVID GRATZ
Company t'Jaintenance Ot'ficer - 2nd Li:utenant R/,LPH lj. EDli!!RDS
Motor Gener&l - CTIO KOSCHUIKA
T','anl'lportation Officer - 2nc Lieutenant P.LLJiN B. CONOVER
Service Officer - 2nc' LieutenL'.nt ROLf'ND V. CROUSr
Assi"lt.:!.Ilt - WOJG ROBE?T
for Training - 2nc J. RICCA
Captc..in HENRY i'. COPU:'J.nD
1st Li:utc;nE'.nt fT1Y:.i(D
1st Lieutenant ROElBT J ..ALLL"qDICI.
1st Lieutcnunt DPLE F. PREll
2m' Li;utenant A. SEINSKY
1st LiE;utenunt i:L?I;.IT r. Y.LIEI: -
2no Lieutenant CL/I..RLES .4. NEELY - IttL.chc
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Ca.pttin Jo:m r. KRIBS
1st Lie:utenult GfO:::tGf G. ZIMMI'?..M)N
h:t Lieutenant v. COY
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OPERJ.TIOrB IN ITJ.LY
Lpri1 1944
SECTION I Reat J.re.c.
.sECTI()N II Miaturno S&ctor
l.NNEX J. Roster of Officers J.pri1 1, 1944
LNNEX B BettIe Cusuclties
INNa C Citctiona &stntemant
1.NNEX D Roster of Officers Mnrch 51,
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SECTION I
REST AREA ,
1. The beginning of April the 760th Tank Battalion minus Company
"A" was in a rest area at N172827 t vicinity of Capua. Company "A" re
mained attached to the 88th Infantry Division and in defensive positions
in the Minturno sector. On April 5rd Company "1'1." was detached from the
88th Division and during the night moved to join the Battalion in the
"rest area
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. In the movement out of Minturno two men became casualties
from enemy fire.
2. Time in the rest area was spent in maintenance and IIshow down"
inspections as well as rest. On April 6th Major General GOOFFERY KE.YES,
at a Battalion formation, awarded the Silver star decorations to Major
A N D ~ R. CHEEK, Staff Sergeant David C. Sechrist, Corporal Leo F. Scanlon,
Technician 5th Grade Thurn J. Wilson, and Private First Class George W.
McPeek.
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MINTURNO SECTOR
1. Effective April the 760th Tank Battalion was attached to
thB 88th Intantry Division. Illring the morning of April 8th the Battalion
moved to M97?890 in the vicinity of Casanova.
?. On the night of :April 9th Company. ''13'', commanded by Captain
JOHN E. KREDS, moved into forvrard defense positions. The Company "B",
command post liaa established at 14847958 with one platoon at M840954,
one section at M830975, and one section at M950985. The mission of ths
Company was to be prepared to repel any counter attack.
3. ,April lOth the Battalion wes inspected by the Inspector Genarci
end en inspection teem of th.! 88th Division. C). On the night of
./Lpl'il loth Compruv by Lieutenrnt FHEDERICK L. moved
to defensive position. The command post estcblishod
at with one plctoon ct rnd ono plctoon ct M880960.
On tho night of Jpril tho l.sscult gun plc:toon of 6 M7's moved into
a firing position ct became cttcched to the 338th Field
..f.rtillery Bcttt'.lion of the 88th Division. The J.ssl'.ult GunS remcinud in
this position for the remc:.inder of tl1e month of Jpril firing over
rounds of R.i., Smoke, end Shalls.
4. .:.pril 15th CompCl'lY "C" wC.s rolievod by r. ComprulY of the 756th
Tc.nk c:.nd returned to the l.rer.. On the night
of .lpril 17th .Compcny "1. ') comm.c.ndcd by Lieutonr.nt EDY;l.RD M. 00111 llE.J
replc.c(ld Compony liB" occupying the sc:.me position thc..t ''13''
occupied. On the night of J.pril Compc.ny "C" replr'.ced Compcny "1.",
occuP'.ring tho aClDQ position. Throughout tht;l c:;;ntirc month the tcnks did
not engc.ge en&ll\Y' with fire.
5. ThoSE! units of the not in fo:rw:'.l'd positionaspont the.:
month in intensive e.nd conditioning. tc.nk
infcntry probloms wore conducted frequently. Officer I a end Enlist&d Men
ettended school conducted by the 88th the 6th iJmored
lrtillery Group, end the Tcnk Bc.ttdion. The Comr.lt:'nding Officer end
his steff spent den! of time in reconnrisrnce cnd in plena for
future The prepr.red for future c.ction.
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760th Trl'lk Bn.,
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The follm:ing is thG officer asslgnment wi thu: the Battalion on Ijl.April,
BATTALIC'N
AND Hr::ADQUAP,TEP.S COrIPl\NY
Command:mg Officer - Lieuten3.nt Colonel GEORGE Iv!. DAVIS
Executi--.re Officer - M8.jor TE01'!AS O. BLAKENEY
8-1 - 1st Lie"..lteneut JOHN E. VISHER
S-2 - 2nd Lieutem,nt PAUL FISH
3-5 - or ANDRE\ R.
CO[llInunications ami 8-:3 Air - CaptC1_in HELimTH O. FROR8CHLE
ASslstant COGmunications - FOJ-G DilHEL C. GJ\f-tCIA
S-4 - Captain JOlIN T. ROSBonOUGH
Liason Officer - 1st Lieutenant PAUL F. SCHOLER
Company Commfmder - CalJte.in JOHN IV.
Reconmdssance Platoon, Mortar P10toon Leader - 1st Lt. r:TILBUR R. CROILEY
Assault Platoon - 1st VICTOR E. HIPKISS
Company j,jo-intenance Platoon - 1st Lieutenant VIC'OOR R. REAMER
Attached for Training - 1st Lieutenant CHARLES C. BARR
Attached for Training - 1st Lieutenant JAMES B. FULTON
SERVICE COMP/:,tIT
Company Commander - Captain EUvl0 E. PARKER
Personnel Officer - 2nd Lieutenant VlILLIAM C. v:rILLIAMS
Battalion Motor Officer - 1st Lieutenant DAVID GRATZ
Company Maintenance Officer - 2nd Lieutenont RALPH M. EDFARDS
f:iotor Transport, General - CWO CLlliENCE KOSCHUIKA
Transportation Officer - 2nd Lieutenant B. CONOVER
Special Service Officer - 2nd Lieutenant ROLAND V. CROUSE
M;sistant 8-4 - VOJG ROBERT U. SKINNER
Attached for Training - 2nd Lieutenant FRANK J. RICCA, JR.
II A" COMPANY
Captain HElmy A. COPELAND
1st Lieutenant ED\fARD M. OONAHUE
1st Lieutenant ROBERT J. ALLERDICE
1st Lieutenant DALE F. PRIDE
2nd Lieutenant JOHN A. SHINSKY
1st JA.eutenant KERMIT E. KLINE - Attached
2nd CHARLES A. NEELY - Attached
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"B" COMPANY
Captain JOHN E. KREBS
1st Lieutenant GmRGE G. ZIi:l IERMAN
1st Lieutenant GEORGE E. COX
1st Lieutenant EU1ER R. KELLY
2nd Lieutenant PAUL L. JONES
Lieutenant GRANVILLE O. BLACK w Attached
2nd Lieutenant GEDRGE B. EASTIJiIIN - Attached
"c" COMPANY
1st Lieutenant FREDElUCK L. NELSON
1st Lieutenant M. REID, JR.
2nd Lieutenant EUGENE E. GLEISSNER
2nd Lieutenant GERALD H. ilruLLAHEY
2nd Lieutenant JOHN H. BROl'NBbCK, III
2nd Lieutenant WALTER E. BRAZITIS -
liD" COHPANY
1st Lieutenant HEffiilAN R. CRO"'TDER, JR.
1st Lieutenant CHESTER M. " 'RIGHT
2nd Lieutenant HARRY G. VER
2nd Lieutenant JOHN A.
2nd Lieutenant J/JI1ES DE RIGHT
2nd Lieutenant DAVID O. GEBBIE
2nd Lieutenant RAY R. R.\DFORD - Attached
MEDICAL DETACHNENT
Captain SIDNEY J. KAPLi!l-) - Battalion Surgeon
Captain JOHN M. J'lALONE
SEC RET
SEC RET
Bj,TTLE CASUALTIES
CQI"iP ANY "AII
RANK ASH TYPE OF WOUND DATE PLACE OF RESIDENCE
l!Mlli
HcLennCl.n, Laughlin D. Sgt 58075787 D O ~ 11 ~ p r 44 Thornton, Texas
Koniecko, Louis (NiH) Pvt 51067285 LVlA 5 Apr 44 Norwich, Conn.
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PJUIEX C
(1) Silver star:
CITATIONS
AND STATEMENTS
ANDREW R. CHFEK, 0-565529, Major, Infantry, Stockdale, Texas.
LEO F. SCANLON, 5:3108298, Corporal, Orchard Beach, Curtis Bay, Maryland.
GfORGE \-!. UCPEEK, 59828155, Private First Class, Breckenridge, Missouri.
For gallantry in action on * * January 1944, in the viClllity of * * * ,
Ituly. operations in this sector a tank caught fire as a result of a hit
by an enemy shell, causing a serious truffic tie-up. Leaving their place of safe
ty, Cheek, Corporal Scanlon, and Private First Class McPeek rushed to the
burning tank, and in spite of the imminent danger of the fuel tank exploding, they
extinguished the fire. Their quick action saved t:le tank from almost certain des
truction and made it to move tanks along the highway at a time when their
employment was essential to the successful completion of the operation against * *.
The heroic action of Major Cheek, Corporal Scanlon, and Private First Class Mc
Peek was an inspiration to all who 1,litnessed it, ...ras in keeping with the high
est traditions of the military service.
DAVID C. SECHRIST, 6994894, Staff Sergeant, *:'* * Tank Battalion. For
gallantry in action on * * January 1944 in the vicinity of * * *, Italy. then an
enemy shell hit an ammunition pile near Staff Sergeant Sechrist's tank, he volun
tarily left his position of relative safety and ran with a fire extioguisher to the
blazing pile of Staff Sergeant Sechrist scattered the fire by kicking
the burning ammunition cases around, and by using the fire extinguisher succeeded
in putting out the fire. The quick and courageous actions of Staff Sergeant
3echrist not only saved valuable ammunition and government property, but also
lessened the danger of casualties to many men in the immediate vicinity. His out
standing courage exemplifies the highest traditions of the United States Army. En
tered military service from: Mt. Union, Pennsylvania.
LA1,'lRENCE G. STANDER, :39676543, Sergeant, * * * Tank Battalion. For gal
lantry in action on * * February 1944, in * *, Italy. l'ounded by flying shell
fragments, Sergeant Suender, tank commander, f',bandoned his tank when it received a
lirect hit from sn enemy self-propelled gun end ViaS set e.fire. Noticing that the
:lssistnnt gunner had not followed him, he attempted to re-enter the blazing tank,
Usregarding enemy small ams fire tind danger of a gasoline explosion. The flames
-,ere too high and he was forced to leave \Ii thout boing able to effect the rescue.
Jergeant Stander's heroism and detemination to assist his fellow soldier typifies
highest traditions of the military service. Home address: Promontory, Utah.
S E-C RET
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) Silver Sta.rdCont'd):
ROY W. DRAKE, JR., Corporal, * * Tank Battalion. For gnl
in in n tank battle on * * January 1944, near 4 * 4, Italy. A direct
.it penetrated the tank of which Corporal Drake was gunner, wounding another member
)f the crew und setting the tank afire. assisting the ;.'!ounded man to leave
burning tnnk, Corporal Drake wns himself Hounded by fire from a machine gun 75
'r...rds distant. Corporal Drake's unhesi tuting risk of his ovm life in helping his
njured comrade is in keeping '.-11 th the highest traditions of the mili t<:ry service.
:omc address: Caribou, Hassachusetts.
THURN J. FILSON, 34176244, Technicinn 5th Grade, * * "" Tank Bnttc:.lion.
'or gallantry in action near * 4, Italy. On the morning of * * January 1944, a
ierman shell penetrated the tlmk he VIUS driving, killing the assistant driver,
10unding the gun loader, and setting the on fire. t' few moments la.ter the
was wounded by enemy machine gun fire. In the midst of this intense action,
5th Grade helped ev::'.cuute both injured men to :first aid station.
:is courageous uct was an inspiration to all who were witnesses, end is in keeping
'i th the highost trndi tions of the mili tury service. Home uddress: Iron Station,
:orth Carolina.
C. WALSH, 38020978, Stnff Sergeant, *' * 4 Tank Battalion, for
;8llantry in nction on * * January 1944, in the vicinity of * * * Italy. Ser
eant commanded a tank firing into enemy positions on the 4 4 river. The
reo. rms subjected to terrific enemy artillery, nebelwerfer, mortar, and small
rIDS 'fire. A defective round of r.mmuni tion his gun during a particularly
envy concentration of enemy fire. the that artillery rounds were
'.lnding uithin tr/enty-five yards of his tank, Sergeant flalsh dismounted and using
rurnrod tried ejecting the defective round but fuiled in this attempt. He then
ot a sledge and b,y inserting the ramrod into the barrel and using the
,mmer he succeeded in ejecting the round. His gallant action reflects great cre
it upon himself nnd the Armed Forces of the UnitedStntes. Entered the "service
rom Rush Springs, Oklahoma.
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(2) Bronze star:
PINCKNEY D. UPCHURCH, 6834846, Stuff Sergeant, Compr.ny **, Tank
BQttalion, for heroic nction in Itn.1y, from ** to ** February 1944. 1\s
the commL.ndor of a t[,nk creVl he held an advanced and precarious position for more
than sixty hours until ruliEeved. Despi to the fuct thr..t his tank vms in constant
danger from enemy self-propelled guns, enemy Inf<,.ntry putrols and anti-tank
rockets, he held his pOGi tion and his crevT manned thoir o',m tank gun the gun
of a disabled tonk which VJas nearby. His outsto.nding leadership Qnd devotion to
duty \.'o.s [l.n inspirntion to those \lho \Jere in the ['.ttacking forces ".nd VI[,.S in
keeping '.Ii th the finest tr[,di tions of the nrmcd Forces of the United States.
Entered service from: Jalatia, Illinois.
EDWARD R. LIZ3NBY, 36072127, Corporo.l, Company *lH:* Tank B:1tt:.lion,
for me:ritorious service in action Italy, from ** to ** 19,14. De
spite the f,:.ct that tho t:mk \lhich he "e.s in \filS in constnnt dr..nger from enemy
self-propelled guns, enentY InfEmtry patrols ['cnd rmti-trillk rockets, he helped man
the guns of the tank for sixty hours until relieved, thus protecting tho tank a
co.pture by Germnn Inffl.ntry pntrols L.nd providing support for our Infnntry
troops in the nearby buildings. His courageous action in assisting in holding
the C'.dviUlCed and precurious position Has in keeping IIi th tho highest traditions
of the Armed Forces of the Unlted Stutes. Entered service from: Finchester, Ill.
LN:!RENCE J. CHAPMfJI, 17033103, Priv['te First Class, Company ****
Tcnk B:Ltt<,.lion, for exceptionnlly meritorious service in nction in ***, Itccly,
from ** to *"l!- February 1944. As a ere\! member of u t[;.nk he assisted in holding
m advcmced and precarious position against strong enemy opposi tior. for more
t,hn.n si-xty hours until relieved. Desj,Ji te the f['.ct th[;.t he IIt.S in eonstf'.nt dL'.n
frofJ solf-propelled guns, inf[mtr.f putrols anti-tank rockets, he
lssisteu in mnrming for eight hours tho gtUl on 1l disabled tf'.nk nhich was pre
tipped at the edge of e. shell crater. Ifhen this tank slipped dovID
into the crater soth(tt the gun could no longer be used he returned to his 0\1I1
t,ank and Clssisted in mn.nning the gun on it for another forty-eight hOllrs until
:elieved. His courngeous nction and devotion to duty reflects grent credit upon
1imself and vms in keeping with tho best truditions of the armed forces of the
Jni ted Stfttes. Entered service from: Bettendorf, Iowa.
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(2) Bronze Star (Cont1d):
D1WID IT. C.'.IL.'\NAN, 32285677, Private, Company **, Tank Battu.lion,
for meritorious service in rction in Italy, from *";(- to February 1914.
Despi te the thfl t tile t, 'nk which he was in wo.s in constant danger from enemy
self-propf;lled guns, enemy Infc.ntry ['.nd anti-tunk rockets, he helped man
tl1e guns of the tank for ,sixty hoors until relieved, thus protecting the tank
'l.gninst capture by Gerrnc.n Infantry patrols nnd providing support for our Infantry
troops in the nearby building::;. His courageous o.ction in assisting in holding
the advnnced and precarious pusition vms in keeping \With the best traditions of
the Armed Forces of the United str,tes. Entered service from: Auburn, Nell York.
FRANK J. COS'i'l'.NZA, :32529323, Private, Compu.ny -H, Tank Battalion,
for meritorious service in action in Itnly, from -1** to Februo.ry 1944.
As a crell member of a tank he assisted in holding un advanced and precarious
tJosi tion against strong enemy opposition for r::ore than sixty hours until relieved.
Despite thrj f"ct thrlt he rlllS in constnnt danger from enemy self-propelled guts,
Infantry patrols Hnd nnti-tr.mk rockets he assisted in manning for eight hours the
on a disabled tank Fhich \"/[l.S precariously tipped at the edge of ;-t shell
crnter. l'hen this tc.nk slipped do\'m into the crntcr so that the gun could no
longer be used he returned to his m;TI tank and assisted in marming the gun on it
'or another fort,y-eight hours until relieved. His cour'l.gcous action and devotion
':'0 duty reflects great credit upon himself and wn.s in keeping \lith the best
of the Armed Forces of the Entered service from: Bronx,
iew York.
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ANN2X C (COliT' D) SECRET
(5) Purple Henr'!:
, The folloi'ling named Ofi'ioar.J 0.11(1 onlisted men received Purple Heart
Aiwrdo Y:hile in the 0""- ,:Ot.u'.c1.s l'0oeiveil in action on the dates
given;
GRADE ASH PLACE OF \ rOUND HOLlE flDDRESS

Headquclrters and Headq1.mr:tcr.s Comp'l.ny:
Bishop, Clarence R. Tee 5 36164730 19 Mar 44
Cassino Battlecreck, Mich.
Company
"A":
Sknder, La\7renCe G. Sgt 39676313 7 Feb 44 Cassino Promontory, Utnh
ComEanl "B " :
GEBBIE, DAVID O. 2d Lt
Crawford, Benj['JJ)in F. Tec 5
Shoop,
11arren L.
Pvt
0-1014148
34176251
13047443
6 Jnn 44
8 Jan 14
5 Jan 44
Mt.
Mt.
Mt.
Porchio
Porchio
Porchio
Lockport, N. Y.
Texedo, li. c.
Espy, Penna.
ComELnl "C":
DESJdRDINS, CLINTON F.2d Lt.
FISH, PWL (NIH) 2d Lt.
Duhe, Lester A. Sgt
Rich[.rd, Robert H. Tee 4
Tedder, C'lr1 F. Pvt
0-1821691
0-1013404
14046446
7086171
14045209
6
J".n
44
6 J,'n 44
6 Jr.n 44
7 Jan 14
:3 Feb 44
PODchio
Porchio
P;!t. l
J
orchio
Mt. Porchio
Cassino
Spooner, Fisc.
Newark, N. J.
Reserve, Ln.
Plain Denling, w.
Pine Mt.Valley, Ga.
ComEr:nl "D":
Kovach, Jo1m (mU) S/Sgt
Robbins, Lenwood (NIlI) Sgt
6661013
34185110
6 Jan 44
19 Lbr 44
Mt. Porchio
Cassino
Cleveland, Ohio
Ripley, Tenn.
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(4) Statement:
HEA:JQUl\RTEflS 88TE UiF,\liTH.Y DIV 151m;
Ul!ITED STl\TES ARMY
APO 88
13 April 1944
MEMOEftNDUM FOE: Commandillg Officer, 760th Tank Battalion.
1. Attached hereto are copies of the i.1spection reports made by mel:ibers
of the division staff of your unit upon its c.ttL.chnent to the division. These
reports, as a whole, indicote to me that you maintain a high state of combat
efficiency in your com, land. This gives me plen.811re. I am glad to receive
your battalion as a part of the division and trust that you \Iill keep up the
high standard that these reports indicc.te that you have mcdntained in the past.
2. When a unit is attached to my division it is my desire that that unit
feel tlmt it h; just 1.13 much a part of the division as any org:mic tmit in the
division. It is my desire thrct you cedl on the division ::>taff for such assistance
as you may req11ire and you ('nd your officers feel free to consult \lith me
-:Ii th reference to any matter on '.Thich I r:1ay bl) of 2ssist::'.nce. I aspire to r:w.ke
thiG the most efficient fighting division in tbn Unitecl states flrmy and in the
word "division" I include all units c.scigned and attached. Your [1ssistc.nce in this
aspiration is sought.
:3. to your officers CJ.nd l:1on my v1erisure upon having your unit
attached to the division.
/s/ J. E. Sloan
J. E. SWAi.J,
Maj or General, t.T. S. Army,
COTllmanding.
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HELHUTH O. FRO::=SCHLE,
Capt., 760th Tank Battalion,
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TL,c: folloing '.t.3 ti-:.c officer ,.,;:igcn.Jent '.ntbD till: r .tLlion on 3ll :'v:c.l1
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T:X('C1.:ti Officer - r:l.'J or U. DL!'),
s-:) - ! LiJ or fJ tl.. C:L 1:
rOJ.;p.llY COLlIJl:n,[r-r dd COJ.:fil. Ufi. - CqJt<'.in LL:,U 'b O. F{(l:',C:'LF
- ,Jtc1L, ,1C:li'; T.
Ll"_isor, Office)' - L:t Li,l1te:n;wt 1'1['1 7. :3C10LI':\'
;",;:)f)8lI1t Gun I-'l::toon :.,('",)e1' - Lim:t"lwllt 'JlGi'O:-' LIPhIS:;
0-1 - 1st Li':1.'tcnc,nt - JUJC' i. VJ.'LY:
COl.;pullY 1:D.ill i-" Ufficcr - 1:.; t Lif'l) tr"rlC.n.t '} }<. 11! t,-'q
t:ort'T PICttOUl Lc"rler Off. - let Lt. '1L:-l:' C (11;1
- 1st Lleptccllt ;'1\',IL 1'1;.:
;'sistant COL:"n1rJ.ic<.tloll OfflC';l' - . 'O':'G i',I, Il'L C. G!,,,CI1I
J\tt, ched for rrClllullg - Lit Li';l'tCfL nt Cl.! PL C. 'l,R
i'.ttaclf'll forlT ljling - L,t, Licu1,'ll.lrlt Ji:,F: B.
<;or '. vi C. CUi 1', ]1Y
COL'r-i,_.n) COLJI.l,-.llCiCl' - t'LJ U 1.
ik.. ttallOl: ',.intcWllCl' Ofiicb' - L,t 1,J.. !)l\1!j,) GiUTZ
CU:. pL'lly Officer - Is"; L:LCut,:n:.lJt 1,CI.,/1.; V.
COJ,;,)' i Gfflcer - l:Jt LlCltCl1i,l:t KiLP1. 1 - 1; ',::J';
TrccnS}lOrtLtion Ofi'icLr - LiUltr,l1Imt ;\1L111: Cui '(IV;
pr;rsonm:l Officer - 2nd Lic-utf:ll".nt 'ILLI, t C. "IILI.'J
:'s:.i,,]to.nt Officc:r - C '0 (1 j
:3-4 - 'OJG ROBr,RT i: ..TI1Il'LR
Att:clled for T:::'1tining - r.:nd LicutenLmt FEj\Nl. .1. !lICCA
lst
1st
1st
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Lic1.1teLwnt
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COl1PANY "B"
Captain JUHN !. KIfuBS
1st Lieutemmt GEORGE; G. ZIll,2:RllAl'1
1st Lieuteuunt GEORG? E. COX
Int Lieutelllmt gU.;ER R. Kl';LLY
Lieutenant PAUL L. JOHES
2nd Lieutenant GnJilfVILLE O. BLl\CK - Attached
;2nd Lieutenant GIDrIGE B. ?JIJ'I?Lllll - Attached
COVPiNY "C"
Captain FHE L. llLLSON
1st Lieutenant'ILLI],,;, L. RFID, Jr.
1f:t Lieutenant j.'UGll:r: F.
2nd Lieutenant CLlllTON F. Dj'> Jj\HDlij!
Lieutemint GFR!'LD It. liULLT1FY
i::nd Lieutenant II. :rnu' III
.nd Lieutenant' 'I;LTFR F. BR.WITIS - J\ttached
COf1P!lNY "j) "
Captain HFJU;iJii; R. CRQI :DIR, Jr.
1st Lieutenant I':. :'TRIGHT
1st Lieutenant HilR.TlY G. DFP1ER
1st Lieutenant JOh1' A. CRE' 'S
1st Lieutonant D,WID O. GEBBIE
1st Lieutenant J N TC '. DF RIGHT
2nd Lieutenant RAY n. RADFORD - Attached
HEDICl\L D::;'l'AClil"WT
SIDNEY J.
Captain JOHN !:. I :i\LUNE
Captain J\BR.lltlPL ". DEUTSCH - Att8ched
Captain HENRY A. COPfLJUTD
ptnin JOIItl n. HUriES
Former COm}lf.ny COf!1lI!c nders of Co, :tJUIlY 11 und COllltJany respc>ct
ive1y, \rho had been 1iith this organiz;"tion sinc(' its (_ctivation; r..:turncd to
United St&tes under the Rotation P1on, during thf' month of April
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HE U)QUAI"tTERS 7GOTH TANK BATTALION
IN ITALY
r,lay 1944
TO ON OPEB.ATIONS
SECTION III Attack on Formin
IV l'ttllck on Ga.eta
Sr.CTION rjn It.ri
,C;E,C'l'ION VI .Attack on Fondi
SECTION VII Attuck on T'-Jrracina.
SECTIOi>1 VIII At+..:tc]: on PriVrJrno
SECTIOH IY. flttc:.ck en Lnriallo
:.mrr:x:c Cnsunltios
111}lITj::': C Gito.tioTIs, mmrlls and DecarLi.+,iuns
M:.rS: 1: 2GC) 7 GOe mt>'ri t l.U'no tu TnTacinu
Italy 1: 200',00..; Terracinn. to Cori
It<lly 1:2S,OOO Tor,-'c\c inn.
Ital.y 1:200,000 Ccl'i to
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INTRODUCTION TO REPOro' ON OPERATIONS
The history of tbe 760thTank Battalion for lIleith of Yq 1. one at whIch
the men and Officers of the BattalIon may well be proUd. It is'a tecord at
attack linked successful dr1ve of the n Corps.
aM 5th ArtII1 troope fro. M1nturno up Highway #7 1nto tlM .Co1l1 Lazlbli hID de
fensos 108S tban 20 milGS .m,tth at Rome. hom the of the at-tack on May 11,
1944 to the and of the am l,el1. At Santa Marin,
SpipO, Foraa. Gaeta, ItrtjFotdi,Terracina, Privet'no am Lariat) tanka of tlW
BatUllion gave closo 4D1 .rteet!ve support to' the troops ot 88th and 85th
Inf'antry Divisions. As the tank Battalion in the northWlll"d dr1veot the
II Corps attaok bey6m.ForaiD.; tanks ot the battalion were
fot' broo.king eneJDT resistance Whieh Wfl8 hol41ng up the advance of the infantry.
with the 3S8th P1e1d Artillery, 9Srd Armored F1eld ArtUlelY '
and the 59th Armored Field ArtUlery, the sa M-? assault g\Ul8 of the battalion
supported the attack ot the tanks aM the inranUy with artillery fire. Tanks of
the battalion were instrumentoJ. in capturing more than 250 prisoners and nore
responsible in capturing approx1mo.tel1 750 other prisoners. Six German
selt propelled guns aM three German Mark Four to.nka were destroyed by fire from
the tank guns azxl approximately 75 enemy mn.chine guns om five towed ant1-to.nk
guns were captured or wore put out of action by tire from tho tanks ot the
battalion.
Durina the months operation two officers om seven enlietod men of the
battalion were ldlled and sixteen otficers and 64 enlisted men wero woUD:1ed.
Sixteon medium tanka atxl two l1cht tanks wore disabled from tsl_s am cntl-tank
CUD tire. personnel atd tank replacements were obtained qu1ckl7 and tanks were
pUt back into action b.1 Battalion and Companr Ma1nteno.nce Sections 80 that the
tank strength ot the battalion was maintained at a high l.vel throughout the
operation. The 10SS08 ot the battalion wore light in number for the results
accomplished, however, in the qunlity am character of. the men who fell, tho
10s8ea of the battalion were great.
At the 01'14 ot the month the tanks ot the battalion wero atl'11dng into the
Coll1 Laz1all lim defense. a few mUes south ot Rome. Tho months operationa
had not brough" the tnll or Rome but both men and orticers ot the batte.llon were
confident that thQ ct. could t1Ot. be held for long against thf# troops of the
Allied Forces.
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MIN'.1'UFNO AllFA
The first oluvon Jays 01 the month of WUrfJ spent in bivoUll.c Cuen
Italy. The Compania!1 (;i' tho ba.ttalion trn.inod, ma.int.'lined dufcns1ve positions
in the Castelforto am. !4inturno aectors aId did reconnoisSllnce of tho &l.l1tu. Mnr:i.a.
PUlcherini areD. in the battalion zona of atwck. The a.ssc.ult guns of tho battnlian
firing '/ith tho 338th F.A., fro;l a position noar San Castrcso, rogistered in on
targots in thu zone of operation, fired harassing fire. The tank coopanies of
battalion trained with tho 349th, 350th nnd 551st Infantry Regiments of the 88th
Inf!l.ntry Division on infantry.- tank cooporation. Tho tank companies oleo did
i''.ght driving and pro.cticed steep hill climbing in preparation for the perrline op
erations.
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ATTACK OU SANTll M;illIA
On the nip.ht of Mo.y 10th one platoon of. "C" Coopany movod into position 1n
Nlnturno (786956). On May 11th at 2300 hours the full force of the 5th am 8th
Armifl8 was unleashed against tho onomy. .Aftor c. heavy artillery oorra.ee "A" am
''B" COl!1pan1os moved into firing positions on tho Tufo Ridge a.nd the third platoon
of "C" Compt11V startod down the road loo.Jing from Minturno to &'\llto. lmia. Tho
of "C" COl!1parv nm all of -DII Company wore in Bntta1ion reserve. Vibile
moving into position across the GargliO-no Rivor Technician Fourth Grade Robert T.
Claiborne, tunk driver, of "c" Comparv VlD.S killed by shrapool during onenellG" bar
rfl.ge laid down on tho Minturno Brideo. At abCJut 0300 hours 12 Mny L1outomnt
EUGENE E. GLEISSNER, loador of the "C" Company Platoon down the
Stlnta Marin Road v;us informecl. by tho Co.ptc.in of an Encineer COiJ}.>any that the minos
had not beun clonrod froD the road bocauso of the heavy machine gun and
snipor firo. First Lioutona.nt GLEISSNER moved his platoon down tho roaJ, neVdr
tho less, until his tank struck a Irlno and ,m,s dioablod. He wns considerably
sik'l.kon up by tho eXl,Jlosion,'lnd First Lioutonnnt PAUL F. SCHOLER, and First Lieut
oM.nt \TILBUR R. CROWLEY, Liason Officors iiith 55lst Inf.'lntry Regiment went
i'orvro.rd in a half trc.ck to try to Get tanks throueh the minofield. Tho ntlxt tank
that Vlent fCJI'fm,rd also struck n nino Liuutenant SCHOLER, Lieutenant CROLrtEY
and Staff SerCeant PicY..ney D. Upchurch ,;;,,:re wo\mled. In subsequent attenpts to gat
throueh the minefleld five more trulks wore Jisahlod. ltftcr the reI!l.:lining minos
were lifted by the Engineors a.t :tbout 1500 hours First LitJutemnt CLINTON F. DES
JARDDlES led a section of his pln.tocn down the roo.cl toward Santa Maria. With the
Ilssist.:.l.Ima of '.n infantry man whu pointed out the I:ltlchino gun positions o.1oll{; the
road, DEf JARDIN'F"s succoeded in knocking out approximntoly twen14J'ma.chine
gun an:!. sniI;or positions .llong the road. Fis tank engaeed in a duol with an
69lf propelled eun n ronp,o of about sixt,y ya.rds. Tho tun was seen to ox
IJlode n.nd burst into flcJ:1os. After movine ::l. fuw yn.rds furth<.:r down the rond to
ward Santa Marin, Lieutenant DES JARDINES Tank was hit qy nn A.P. Shell from another
Germnn Self prcI)olled eun. His tank started to burn immediately and the crew
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uvacuatc::1 it. lVc of thl; crew meTlbors by hkling in a lWarby well for moN
than 24 hcurs until our infunt:i.7 o.'::vo.nc(;j past their position. After this
tank was knocki}d out the remnining taJlks .wra pullod back and infantry attacked
to thu loft of tho road. and by-passed thl:} strong defvnsive positions which wore
ntill hd,1 tho Germans along tho;; road. Secorrl Lkutonant JOHN H. III,
nnd Technician Fifth Grado Paul J. 8Utter wore k1110d and Private Henry A. Volk
W1S severoly \/cUl'rl8d 'I,hi1e sorving as lhsen with thu assaulting infantry batt
alion of tho Infantry ]=lcJl?illlcnt.
In th0 mua.ntbo "B" hud b<.:comc mired in a marshy area to
.'ihe north of Tui"o. Tho ntt,ack with armor across the valley in the dirocticn of
,!CI.L1.t waft therefore jr..practica.ble a.nd encineer assistance vms rOQu0otcd
.lo,o freo thE) tonks which '.70rc in the t1Ud. CompalV nD" of tho 19th Engineers
was attached to tho Battulion-for ecneral support work. This CompaI\V of uneineers
skUl1'ully manourered bull dozerG 1).00 in 1IllI.kil1[: road on which '1}3"
Company' was able to move ba.ck to tho initial assonbly position (815795). During
the fo11owinc wock this compmry of ongin.:crs performed invalunbla
service in clearing mines from roads in constructine by-passos arouzxl blown
brideet3. On severel occasiuns this company of enginovrs proceeded tho infnntry,
sweoping tho roads for mines in fr('lnt of the to.nks, tm:l several timos con&tructed
by-passes urrler e:nomy artillery fire. 'rh(:lir cooperative spirit a.nd agGrossive
ru ",l1J.10r in preparine the way for tho L'IUVOlllont of armor is deserving of the hiehest
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On the 15th of MD.Y the.: enemy resistanoo in Santa Maria was broken nnd a
pla.toon of aA" Compnxv accompanied thG infantry in occupying tho town at about
2200 hours. By 1500 Mlsy 14th, "A" Comparw COIllP.la1'ldod by First Lieutenant WILLIAM
M. REID jR., with the assistance of engineers ha.d rl.l:lchod a position n()tlr 770987
('In thu road rwmine westward from 3nntn Maria tovmro the Spigno road. "B
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m11 "D" Compwes then movod dmm the Santa Mt;1.ria road and took up positions
1-WO yiUllla of Mourrtta Civita. J;. "D" te.Ms -eaptuil'ed. fty.
OIl move. At about 1800 hears two of "C" mO"led nth the
:iI'1fantl'Y acre-roe the ftlloy to th6 bllse of Mcunt IJl .. ba\W:ltost
ivo - Cll-,vrox1nn,toly 2000 yards oouth of Spicno. Staff Sorgoant Fred J. Schu.Dnker,
one of tho bntto.J.ione finC/st platotln Sergtlallts, WUS l'I'o\UDGd am ltltur dial trom
wou."Xle recl.;1vod an enomy artillt:;ry 'ban-age wh1c.h wail lJl.W down Oll the
"l-,anks on th1D movo. '-ut,l;Ir' our Ill,tillery guns put down Ii heavy barro.gEl c'n the
town of Sp:lgno ,.. the lD.OVllrj 1nt) tho town o.Dd. oCQUpW ;l..t wittwu"" Iittrol'l8
opposition. This operatiun cOlllp1eteJ tho thinl phaso of thf; 1nitinl operation.
afternoon, \";hilo moving forward in a hulf-track to mintuin radio
contact vdth tho tank5 :F1rEt LUlutenant ?OBERT A. MERRILL JR., l1a.son officer with
i;.he 549th Infantry was lc1l1cJ wht3n his half-track VIne hit by an
Tochnici.nn ?ifth Grode Richard H. Fuller thD racll0 op()rator
by thu rD.(lio am. opeM.tfld it QV(Jn thhugh t,he half-track Md huon hit.
()n !.!1lY 15th tho to.nk eompa.nien of the bntta.l.Jon woro o.esombled in tho genaral
vieinity of 768985. Durine the day tho tD.nk!5 woro rosupplied am wuro sorvicod
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})4ss around 1.\ blown n+, 7r.[915. ..\t n"10ut l7Z0 hours Major ANDREW R. CHEFlC,
Battalion 8-5 received a. mesRngo from 1st Tnnk ,G"oup Hoodquartes to proceed to the
vic1n1t,y o coordimte 950971 to con'tnct tho coJllll8.Diing officer of the adjacent
unit. Accompaniod by Lieutel'lll.nt Colonel GEORGE M. I1WIS, COllllJC.nling offioer ot
the battaliun, Major CHEEK, went in a } ton don the rond toward tho dtlsignatod
meetiDg pla.ce. Beoouse of smaU arms firo in the vic1n1V they puked the i ton
t!.nd proceoded on foot toward tho house which wns loca.tad at the coordinatf#s which
bat! boell' given to them. \'Vhon MQjor CHEEK
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was approxillntoq 75 )"ards trom the
house he observed tl German soldier who he d up his hnnds am 1ul1cnted thnt ho
,.,j.shed to ourrender himself. Uajor CHEEK who was unarmed nt tho time, borrowed
Colonel DAVIS'S pistol and went toward tho German Soldior who had, in
ti.e joi.."'led b7 SO"Tcn ot.'ler Germc.na who also wished to surronJor. bee
prisonors were crew mombers of a towod 76MM anti-tank gun which had an f:#XCullellt
field of fire covering tho rond uown which the tanka wore to O-ttnck la.ter in be
day. Tho gun WD.S well supplied with rumnunition. Major CHEEK lined thtJm up nM
marched ttl. btlck to the P.W. collocting point. The "ColDllUlndlng orf1cur" of the
"Ad3acent UDlt" had nicosed to tho p!'oposed plar. of attaok without otfering
oven a aucgestion.
At 2Sl.O hours the bo.ttalion was 4etnched tho 88th ITlf'o.ntry Division
wo.S o.tto.ched to tho 85th Infantry Division for future operations.
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ATTACK ON FORMIA
On May 16th the attack on Fomia - along Highwny #7, begnn. At approximatel7
1900 hours tl benv artillery barro.ge os lajd down by. our artill817. Tnnko or itAIt
and "B" CompO-nios led by' Yo.jor CHEEK atta.c):A(1' to the right tmi lett of Highway 1'1
down t.o nm across the crook at coordimte 718956. Tho at
time had strong pill box and snipor de!enses nlong tho road - QIld wore baok
ec up by' nnti-tar.k guns placed so thn.t they could fire directly down Highway #7.
'I'ne tanks met heavy anti-ttmk am artillery firo but were successful. in shooting
:::ne!l\1 sniper and 1'C1("lne positions along tho road. On several. occasiolls
Germtln troop.ere seen to run trom the houses which the to.nks firud into. Three
GerLllln selt propelled guns were hit and destroyod in this opero.tion. Onu IlJ3n
CO!lPlll'liY tank was put out of o.ction by' n mino llrxl o.nbthor"B" COL1pany tank was hit
by an A.P. shell am burnod. Corporal Konnoth J. Fox am Privnto Goorge E. Eberle
were killed and First Lieutenant GIDRGE G. ZIMUEmIAN, Scrgoant Alva Morgan Jr.,
and Fifth Grade Everett B. Cruwe were wounded" The tanks cuntimled to
. .., do,m n hoo.vy tank gun burrO-ge until it beoa.oe too dark to seo. They theu
;d.thdroVl to the battalion o.ssom1:J1y' o.rea. in the vicinity of coordi.n4to 76895. B,y
the next I'ilOrning the Nnzi hod withdrawn llpproPmately 1500 7arcis 1restwc.rd toward
Famia.. The i nflntry advanced through this soctor tho next morning with but
rcsist.o.ncc. "A" and "C" COL1panies tanks advanced with the Int'llDtry and re
.. henvy artillery fire from the vicinity o Fortda. The to.nks ware well
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cor..oealed in the orangn g:"c u:Otl{:. '.e : 0[1.{- 1\1:'hO.lgh th3Y were sholled very
there were no t'htl.e forward to the right of Hiehwny
}7 the "All am "(;! Colonel GEORGE M. DAVIS'S tank
n::::.s truught under hcuv.l- u-ti:tJ.ory f:..ro and was heavily scorod by shropnel and
Colonel !)[lVIS \TCS e1ieht,1y woundod. I:A" ruxl "C" CooPUll1 tanks rema.in
'ld in defensive posittors fo:..' the next two dnys am then adva.nced through Fomia
...,it."l Infantry troops 0:1: t'lle' Division without Deetine opposition. Before the
't.anas could proceed throuet. tho town it was necessary for the Er.ginecrs to con
struct several by pn.sses around blown bridges. On 18th tho six M-7 assOoul.t
gun;) the Batt'lli.:m r':lli0ved f:-:-on to the 338th F.A. <:'nc. ,rcro
:: :: .\ 1 ,,' t< thE:- :\, ...;,nD. .Pd;JSOJ. thrvugh
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AT'!'ACK r:T GilET.'I.
It isn't quite fair to call this operation an attack - it more closely ro
secbled a parade. Aside fran a tow reluctant Nazis and a considerable nuriber of
enthusiastic Italians ther'J was no opposition. "A" o.nd "C" Coopanies> tanks moved
down the coast road until they reached an unpassab1e crater in this road. They
then withdrew Forn!a and took the railroad track to anJ by using it,
'by-pnseed the eection of the road whichwa.s cratered. "All COOPrulY' proceeded on
across the Gaeta. penninsula and entered the sea-Coast resort center of serape.
Lieutenant VICTOR E. HIPKISS, took one platoon of "cn to the coast road
running into Gaeta while the other two platoons followed Captain FREDERICK IJ. NEL
SON into Gaeta.proper. CivUians oet the tnnks with arcfuls ot flowers and Juga>
of wine, and SODe of the tanks wero strewn th flowers as t.hey o.'\tlGuwrad through
the streets aDd over the piles of rubble in search of Onl1' a
tew wore encountored :md atter they were killed or taken prisoners the tanks were
uithdrown, by Il1d-aft3rnoon, to an Q.sscobly area nr. the Itr! road yards west
of For.:xJ.o.. For the next two days "Alf and "C" rested and reserviced in
-1Il'I9 l'9i:i'''JbJy area or. the rOadJo I'B" cnd I'D'! CODpuniGS carried on the

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ATTACK ON ITR!
!be aftoIobocD ot 19 ...11 COYod up to am aJ"OUII! tba ZDZ'tlI ot ltd
cheDd ot the Wuv". Two Mark IV tank. on the rood leo.cUng to the weat of IV!
knocked out b7 Corp:>ral Lost!)!' SehachDer, gunner ot Lleutenant DAVID O. GlBBD'S
J.:o.nk. A hea.vy en., artillery barrage \mS laid on the tanks at about 2lOO bDura
'lDd Ol'dere we!'o ginn to withdraw then. M they wore pulling backlnto It:r1, a
shrapD8l fragment piercad to.nk coCIllllldort Sergoont lUqIIloDl P. Ta710r '. be]",
!let o.Di ld.lled h1la inatantl7. The as" Campaa;?" tanks l'QQaiMd in Itri tor the ,....
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The next morning, May 20th, shortly o.fter dl.wn,. "Bit Cooptll\Y, as part at a.
tnsk torce, movod ur #7 toward Fondi . Little resistance was encounterod
on the road and "Bit COOlXUIY led tho attuck into Fondl. Snipers were still in town
and o.n 'enouy solt propelled GUll fired at the tanks as they enterod the town., Corp
oral Leonnrd W. GurltJ7, gunner ot First ROBERT F. MOORE'S, tank, SU(i(:ed
ed in destroying this gun with hie- first shot .. Othor "B
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COOpD.l\Y tanks shot up 0.
pill box und destroyed three or four JJll.chine guns., "B" CoopM1' speut the night in
Vtn:J resupplied thore by brought up by' tho Bo.tta.lion Tra.nsporto.
c.: 0 (1 Section.
Tnis sano da.y 0. platoon of "D" Coopun;y, led by First Lioutenant JOHN A CRIms.
went S.E. froIl Ivi to 0. point just outside Sperlonga on tho soa coo.st uhero thq
was stopped 1q 0.' blown bridge.. Aftor romaintng there tor two doys the platoon
COllltt ba.ck to Itri and rejoined the rest ot the COIll>UJ1Y at 0. bivo\Ul;c area two miles
south oost of Fondi.
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ATTACK ON TERRACINA
YArlJi on the llOrning of MAy 21st "Bit COIlpl\JV' moved out along Highway If? tor
tU1 attack on the toim of lJonte S. Bio.gis. Boco.uso of the nuoorou. blown bridges
alone the rtl'ld the "B" Coopo.n;y bu1ldozur led the tnnk coluon. The tanks fired at
sniper aDd gun positions while tho rnfantr,y attacked o.nd captured tho town
Qf llonto S. Bio.gis. In the vall()y to the rieht of thu town an strong point
held UI' our' InfD.Iltrr. Assistance vms roq\Wsted by the Infant17 CoLlmLUld",r in brook
ing up this strong Iloint . Sorgoant Ralph 11. Shaw took his tank up int&_+.tho vl.'.l101
and fir... (l 0. fow rounds into tho houses. Thc3 Gomons imlodintely surrend
erode Sixty throo prisoners were tnken frOtl the houses, and twelve G8ronns flore
killed qy tho tank gun fire. A total of npproxicately 250 priooners wore sub
sequontly captured in this valloy.
About dusk "B" Cocpa.n;y nttackQd down #7 to a point about 500 yards east
of Terra.cina where the road was blockud by a lareo erator in the road. This road
block WOos strongly backed up by 0. pill box with an Oonti-tnnk gun in it, an:! also
by nuDorous anil)er positions in tho rocks imocdiatoly above tho rood. The tanks
fired into tho pill box o.nd suceeoded in puttine this gun out of action.
tho snipers Vlere so nuooroUEl that th<.: Eneineors could not Vlork on filling the
Enoq,v II'.fantry patrols attacked the tanks with "Bazooka" anti-tank rockets
'\,rt. <lid not succoed in knockinc out any tit' theu. Uhlio this action WIlS to.kine place
m road outside of First Lioutenant ELMEll n. KELLEY'S plr-.tocn tms
.::.thdrc.wn to a defonsivo position at the oouth of the railroad tU11lWl, Gallenill Dol
front ,,;hich passes benea.th the hill c..'lSS behind Terracina.., OUr Infantry had
c ':,<;.(:. - trU;)ps cc.)uing fron" this tunnel :mel h..r:d requcstec. tank in
'up any of the enq- 'who might roooin inside. Captain JOHN E. JrnEBS re
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from the hospital uhile tho third pJ.n.toon m1S at this position nM his
tnnk fired fifty roums into the tunnel to "neutrnlize" th.:;.t llight be
there.
The next ooming, Kny 22, at about 0700 hours, "A" CompalV cOllnUldod by First
Lieutenant \1ILLIAM &I. REID JR., relieved "B" on the road into TerrnciM.
F1:rst Lieutenant ROBERT F. hOORE took coa:nnd of "l)" Coopony, in plJ:.ce ot Captain
H!RHAN R. enoM>ER, who let't to go to tho Rest Center at Sorrento for three
(JIlptain KRIBS resuned coIltllll'ld ot "B. Coa}4ny.
At about 1500 hours "A" Coupnny trulks DOVod dorm Highwny 11 townrd Terro.cim.
I::: cove, the lead tank, comnndod by Second J.ieutenant GJOORGE B. F..ASTMAN, was
hi. by an enec;y "anti-tank rocket" Clld Tochn1citln F1fthCGrodu ilUlio Groenheide,
c.ssistant driver was ldllod am Lieutenant. L\Sl'HAH, Private nal}Jh J. serra,
Private Eugone Mnncscnlchi and Technician Fourth Grade OOvin F. Elue Vloru wourxled.
Another anti-tonk rocket hit ruxl penetrctud the tir.nl drivo of the tank cowutlded
by Second Lioutenant LESLIE J. \jISE, All the crow EfYacuated tb4) to.nk
swr Sergeant Hilton E. Tuckerr s tank :lslc hit a. eorios ot o1Ma am tho tra.ck
suspension I51ste&!l Tins cooplotel,. destroyed on one side ot the tank. Lloutem.rit COl
onel SPIPT of the 48th Engineers: bad 10 the DOant1De beun reooDI101toring a aUe
trail which led up to the heights behinl Terraclna. ;lith tlwroxintltol four hours
work l1ith bulldozers (till dOtlOlitione tho Enginoors constructed a rood out 01 1;ut:l
DUle trn1l. The terrnin oo.p shoved this hUl ns iIIIpa,sat.le for ttlnks, but 760th
Tanks had prov1ouaq gono where tanks were DOt supposed to bo able to go. At
1600 hours tho light tanks of "D" CorliJ(1lV' tolluwocl by tho oodlw ta.nks
ot "B" CollpllZ\1 lett JJ1ghwny I/'l at coor11JlQto 403005 and uovod 1n tl SouthEasterly
direction up tho side ot the h1l1 toward the littlo town of IA Carilna. Major
CHEEX followed in a llght tank and directed thD nc.vooent ot the U1I1aCS troD a poa
1tion on tho h1ll 3ust above the town. Heavy 8nipor am oortnr tire WD.S oncounter
ed in this soction. A platoon ot -1>" CotJptm;Y tank8 couJlflDded by Fir8t IJ.outonnnt
CHESTER M. f!RIGflT DOvod to tho right of La. Ca.sina tlJXl tired into sD1per arxl oc.chino
ci illl positions in am around the Cenetc.r;y 10c11t.eC1 (1t coordimto 5819999.. 'IB "
CODpaI\V' tanks 1h the oeo.nt1oe tired into the houses (ll"ound to. C0;3inll. CDi then Doved
tmro.rd the cometary tm.i assisted tQ)" Cuoptm,y tanks in cleaning 0"" uoouy sniper
90eitions. A platoon ot "B" Conpa.I\Y tanks llovod to hUllSl QD1 t1rod tlt the rood
7.um1ng North trom Terracinn. Hea.",. eDOCT tlrtl1101'7 tire was encountered in this
troe.. 'iB" CODpmJ,y tnnks rOCt1ined in this aroa overnight whUa (1 pl.o.toon of "1)"
tD.nks cotDO.nded by First Lieutoaalrt JOHN A. CREflS, aoved to S. Angelo hlll
..;vcrlooking tho ci't)P ot Terraoinn. Infantry troop8 succeeded 1n co.pturinc this hill
\rithout enoountering re8i8tcnc. Tho second pL.'\toon of "D" Comptll\Y DOved dOTm the
;""000 into Torro.cillQ. aoo spent tho nieht on hill 100 the citQ.
rho noxt Z!!orniDc, 14.'17 ISrd, lID" ruxi fIB" CoLlt'anies noved down the rood into 'l'erracSz1a
by "A" Compa.ny tlM Ma.jor CHEEK, Tho third platoon ot ern" COIIIpQ,JV' we '
iispatenad teo l!I8k!J a ot the vtllley North :lest or Torrac:lDa. A tw
}.lrisonors were tnkon in this wiley but no strone resista.noo' Wtl8 encounterod. Lieut
...mnnt ':'RIG'RTS pln.toon proceeded down HiehwClY #7 towo.rd the pontlDa Itlrshes. Appro
imtely four miles trOD Tormc1no. he wa.s 8topped b,y a blown bridge. r1rst Lieuteno
Ilnt MOORE 'eook two pltltoollS up tho ro3d in the direction ot Priverno to roconooitar
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ior r :)ridge (lcross the canal. \Ihen his tank wac iiithin 500 yards of tho bridge
across tho canal a.t cocrdinate 321101 tho Germans blew the bridge up. Liouteno.nt
HOORE'S Tnnk fired along the roa.din un o.ttcmpt to hit the dc.:molition party, but
they remained hidden in the ditch und did not show themslevcs. A high velocity
gun fired 6ovor.:ll times at the light tanka from the hUls about tilO thousanl yards
_lest of the tanks am thoy were \iithdrawn to 0. bivouo.c area in the valluy approx
imately two miles west of Terracina. had in the meantime constructed a
crossing over tho blown bridgo on the coastal road running to the wost of tho Pon
Marshes. The race of the Engineors to join up \ilth the Beachholld forces was
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ATTACK ON rRIVERNO
The 26th of May "B" COnlJany a.gain moved northnnrd toward Priverm, First
Lieutenant GEBBIE took his platoon nearly Priverno but found tho reed iupo.ssnhle
at coordinate 326172 because of J. blovm bridge. mule the 1st platoon romained in
this position tho 2nd run 3rd platoons moved north along thu base of the hill
to the cross roo.ds town of Co.senuova at coordinate 255192" All First Lieutenant
GIDRGE E. COX sto.rted up the road tlith the second platoon an anemy solf pl'opelled
gun or Mark IV tank fired nt them and knocked out Sergeant Jack C. Skaggs tank and
wounded Private Marvin O. IIIcVey. Tho other to.nks fired bo.ck (it the onomy gun ruxl
scored hits on it but it 'JllCceoded in getting nwny. There was 0. conc'.m.trv.tion of
onemy infantry approximately 1000 yards to tho left of the road. The tanks ll.rOd
both 75MM and SO into this area o.nu killed quito til. number of infnntr,r.
FiJrst Lieutenant COX requested artillory fire and the 59th F.A. oovod up nm pl..o.ced
fire on tho enomy positions. Licutonnnt COX directod fire of a buttery
d' a.rt!.llory into tho onomy, infnntry positions. Both tho tanks and the artillery
"i;f'rQ then subjected to heavy mortar ani artillery fire. OUr artillery was
i'c'!'cl"d to withdraw and luffered a number of caoualtios. The "B" COIapany tanks
in position until they vlere relievod at about 1700 by "c" company. Mrljor
led "c" Company into position about tvo thousruxl yards in odw.nco of the
Troops.. A <lBrmnn tank about a thousam yards away hit Captain NEL
to.nk which was following Major CHEEKIS, and damaged the track
.lJstem., The crow escaped uninjured, o.nd Major <mEEK hit near his right eye by
0 sholl flongmont or a pivco of rock.. Inspite of his wound M:ljor CHEEX d:lr
-.'lis tank forward o.long the road in an attempt to locate the enontf tank. He
cne tank and \il\S firing at it ilhen his tank wa.s hit and penetrated by an A.P.
rht)Jl from llnothor tank about a thousand yards Clwny. Major CHEEX, Techn.ician
:'fourth Gr::Lae Leo F 0 S::anlon, Priv::Lte Jack Ho.lopo1Jf and Privo.te Samuel H. Skip'ilOrth
wounded em,: (Y/o.cun.t3d the tank immediately. Corporal Jehn Robertaun oscupod
without wounds but. wa.s Tlounded in tho leg 0. fow moments lo.ter by a sniper"as.
he started to the rear to get nssistnncr tor Rrivate, Halopoff, Privnto
Skipf/orth and Major CHEEK, all of whom wore bleeding rather froely. Mcljor CHEEX
in tho moantime gave morphine to Privnte Halopotf and to Private Skipworth and
put a tourniquet on HalolJotls leg. He co.rriod HnlolJoff to tho other side ot tho
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glB.ll.cing ort nearby rock:,'.. Lnrco onemy artillery shells started CO!ine in
atllbout this tine r.nd tno wn.S p:u1!lod dorm for Dore thn.n tv/o hours. n the
meantulG 0. tiC" tll.nit COr.llJllndcd by Se:..e;oo.nt Gc.ilnrd n. Ilr\.lml!lett wo.a hit a.rxi
the track \;0.3 knocked off. 'The crow evac\VI.ted the tank successfully. fl.ter COl1l
oral. 1:.ob0rtson nas woundod by tht:l sniper Technician F'ourth Grade Sco.nlon followed
the road back until he conta.cted Lieutvnant BRAZITIS or "c" CocpaIGT \',ho cmae for
ward \'ilth bearers to evacuate men. In the mcant1J:le Major CHB:c:K
had carried Hulopofr Several hurdrod ya.rds until he became too weak to carry him
further. He then got soma It.:.'llio.ns to curry him to a house where he ,,:u.s put into
'lcd. CHEEK then proceedod down tho road until he contacted Captain NELSON.
".c'.lnd:)d men were then evaCUAted on the: buck of thL: tv.nk to the Infantry a:ld
aO:1. CHE.!-;:J{, althouGh \iourded nIl in shock from t.ho of blood from
duop wounds in his aY'1ns and l:ijs, \lent buck to the Battll.lion aid station
where :aE: gave Lieutenant Colonel DAVIS a full report on tho situntion before bc.ing
to the hospito.l. In the wholo of tho operctions of this from
the fall of Santa Maria until he was Vlounded, l1.'l.jor CHEI!lC had taken active
ship In all the major fights o-! the o1C'!:".s:nts of the Buttn1ion. Always at the front
of the att:.lck, he raade numcroun rl:ccnnaisE.>a.nccs on foot to trout linE.) infantry unite
and beyolXl, se1ect1ne routes for the. :,md and naking plans with
Infantry Battalion COlIlmaoocrs for the of tul1ks. He enea(;od in aorioJ.
roconnaisstlllcos over enemy torritory \'then other moans werE; impossible. his o.C
eresivo spirit, gront physical sound JudGoment and coqplete
disregard of his ovm so.futy vias an i:nlnca.suruble contribution to thl3 successful op
eration of this Battalion n..'1d to tbe 8pedd of advanco of the; II Corps.
On the 26th of May the i3attalion rear echelon plus "A", liB" and "D"tank
companies caved to a bivouac area in the cork iorost Dour coordillllte 295145.
On the ot the 27th ''D" adva!lced vdth tho 85th Infantry Div
ision nnd assisted in the hieh Ground in the vicinity of La Putura
2000 yt1.rds north ,rest of Pri"lcrno. Tho town of I'rivcrno \Vao thus
encircled by" tanks and wos later occupied by the infa.ntry without resistance.
N;uin tho of the hud succeeded In reaching their At
this tn.nks of the 752 Tank Bcttulion came up-.:am relieved "B" COLlpar.w, which
to the battolion bivouac aroa near coordinate 295145.
"11111.:) t."1e Dattnlion uas at thiD bivouac several now assigme'1ts ?lere givon to
of t,he Battalion: CF.l.pta1n HITLMUTH O. FROr... WC'.8 assiP,Ilod as Battalion
Orficer; FlrElt Lioutenant PAUL (m!I) FImr as "3o.ttalion Firat Lieu.
t,(;.l".nt j,TI,LIII.M T!. :lEI!) JR", as Batte.lion Corm:runications Officer and air; Fir:3t
J"Vli::S B. Fti'IJTON :18 :0o.ttalion First Lieutvnant LMiIAR i.:. PROSSEr..
rirst Lieutenant ?OBElT F. o.s COLll,JarlY Comuam..:r of rAI
and Firot Lieutenant JOHN t:. VISHER as CompuIV COIll!!landElr of Headqunrters
.: cnptain f:. ,T';'1. , returl1eu from the root anl rosumr.l9Ci
COi'! o.n,! of "D".
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May ?8th, 29th and 50th were spent in this bivouac urea. Tnnks am other
vehicles of the Battalion were serviced ani maintenance work was done. Mr.V 31st
the Battalion was called back into action. The entire Battalion moved on the morn
ing of the 51st to the vicinity ot Cori, coordinate 079400.
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ATTACK ON LARIANO
Immedin.tely upon arrived at this area. "A" and woro alertod for
fonlard to support the cttack.of tho 85th Infantry Division on tho town
of Larinno, point on the rond running betwevn Velletri and Vnlmontone. At
about 1700 hours the "A" and "B" Compmv tanks mCJving on congested
reads towards the front. By 19BO "A" Company tanks l ... 'ld mnde contact witn the enemy
and were drawing considerable artillery fire from tho dirocticn of Velletri. Ihen
it became toolxiark for furthor movement the tanks withdrew to a dofensive position
near the ra.ilroo.d stntion approximately 500 yards Vlest of Lo.rimlo. 1'8 n Coopany in
the meantime had advanced to a position approximately 1000 to the north wast
of "A" CompatV am thoi"e spent the nieht.
As the month ended, "An apd "13" Companies were in positiun to the a.ttack
which /l. few later cUlminated in the. capture of Rome.
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1st Lt., 760th Tank Bn,
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The following is the officer assignment wi thin the Battalion on 1 May, 1944:
BATTALION HEADQUARTERS
AND HEADQUARTERS COMPANY
Commanding Officer - Lieutenant Colonel GEORGE M. DAVIS
Executive Officer - Major THOMAS O. BLAKENEY
S-3 - Maj or M1DREW R. CHEEK
Company Commander and Comm. Off. - Captain HELMUTH O. FOOESCHLE
8-4 - Captain JOHN T. ROSBOROUGH
- 1st Lieutenant PAUL F. SCHOLER
Assa'.llt Gun Platoon Leader - 1st Lieutenant VICTOR E. HIPKISS
&.). . 1st LieutenRnt - JOHN E. VISHER
Mnintennnce Officer - 1st Lieutenant VICTOR R. REJ\MER
Mortar Plo.toon and Recon. Off. - 1st Lieutenant mLBUR R. CROWLEY
s-2 - 1st J.,ieutonunt PAUL :ITSH
Assistant Communicntion Officer - HOJG DANIEL C. GARCIA
Attached for Training - 1st IJ.cutenant CHARLES C. BARR
Attached for Trnining - 1st Lieutenant JAMES B. FULTON
SERVICE COMPANY
Company Commnndor - Cnptnin ElMO E. PARKER
Battalion Maintenance Officer - 1st Lieutenant DAVID GRATZ
Company Officer - 1st IJ.eutennnt ROlu\ND V. CROUSE
Company Maintenance Officer .. 1st IJ.eutennnt RALPH M. EDWARDS
Transportation Officer - 2d Liouwnant IJLAN B. CONOVER
Personnel Officer - 2d Lieutenant WILLI1\M C. VlILLIAMS
Assistant Maintenance Officer - C\1O CLEMENCE KOSCHUlKA
Assistant s-4 - OOJG ROBERT M. SKINNER
Attached for Training - 2d IJ.eutcna.nt FRANK J. RICCA
COMPANY "A"
1st Lieutenant EDifJI..RD M. OONlUIUE
2st Licutonnnt ROBERT J. ALLERDICE
1st Lieutenant DALE F. PRIDE
2d Lieutenant JOHN A. SHINSKY
1st IJ.eutenant KERMIT E. KLINE - Attached
2d Lieutenant CHARLES A NEELY - Attached
2d Lieutenant LEIlIS C. SMI'm - Attached
2d Lieutenant LESLIE J. raSE - Attnched
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Captldn JOHN E. tRl!Bs
1st tJ.euteno.nt GmIDE G. ZIMIIERIlAN
1st 1J.outennnt GmBOE E. coi
let Lieuterumt EUlER R. IELLY
2d Lieutenant PAUL L. JONES
2<1 GRANVILLE O. BLACI - Attached
2d JAautenant G!X>HlE B. EAS'DIlJt - AttncbH
COMPANY
Cnptc.in FREDERICK L. NELSON
1st L!eutenont WILLI.\II II. REID, JR.
1st Lieut.enant EmmE E. GLEISSNER
2d Lieutenant CLINTON F. DES J ARDINS
2d !J.eutenant GERALD H. MULLANEY
2d Lieutenant JOHN H. Br.JWNBACK, ItI
2d Lieutenant UALTER E. BRAZITIS - Attnched
COMPANY "Dn
Captnin HERM.\N R. CROmlER, JR.
1st Lieutenant CHESTER M. f1RIGHT
1st Lieutenant HARRY G. DEAVER
lBt Lieutenllllt JOHN A. CRErlS
1st Lieutenant DAVID O. GmBIE
1st Lieutenant JAMES U. DE RIGHT
2d Lieutenant RAY R. R(U')roR'T) -
MEDICAL DETACHMENT
Cnptnin SIDNEY J. KAPLAN
Captnin JOHN M. MALONE
Cnptnin ABRAHAM W. DmTSCH - At:tached
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BATTLE CASUALTIES
BATTALION AND
HEADQUARTERS COMPANY
NAME ASN TYPE OF roUND DATE PLACE or RESIDENCE.
CRO\1LEY, mLBUR R. 1st Lt 0-1287486 LWA 12 May 44 Burden, Kan.
SCHOLER_ PAUL F. 1st Lt 0-1010490 LTIA 12 May 44 Burlington, Iowa
MERRILL, JR., ROBERT A. 1st Lt 0-1014565 .' KIA 14 May 44 Dickinson, Tems
Buckley, Timotl\Y J. Tee 5 52192678 LWA 14 May 44 Aibany, N. Y.
Boteler, E. prc 55108289 twA 16 MllY 44 Ferndale, Md.
Broughton, \1111iam K. Sgt 89582799 LWA 16 Mny 44 Port Orchard, Wa.sh.
Dours, M. Pvt 58575826 LUA 16 May 44 New Orleans, Ln.
Duke. James V. Pvt 54185065 LViA 16 May 44 Olive Hill, Tenn.
Mang1nv111ano,Phil1p R. Pvt 32598715 tWA 16 May 44 Newark, New Jerse,y
Mouser, H. Pvt 57374871 LflA 16 May 44 Cape Girardeau,Mo.
Groenhe1de, Willis Tec 5 56164798 KIA 22 May 44 Minneapolis, MiBB.
cam, ANDRErr R. Major 0-365529 LUA 26 May 44 Stockdale, TeXD.8
Halapoft, Jack .Pvt 59016541 SlA 26 May 44 Los lingeles, Calif.
Robertson, John W. Cpl 14041055 SWA 26 May 44 Atlanta J Ga.
Leo F. Tee 4 55108296 LWA 26 May 44 CUrtis Bay, Md.
elkipwortb, &tmue1 H. Pvt 37105816 LUA 26 May 44 Berryville, Art. .
SERVICE QQMPANY
AS N mE OF WOUND M'm PLACE or RESIPENCE
!(ral.ovieJ Steven Tec 4 36510551 14 May 44 Chicago, Ill.
g>MPANX ",A"
A i N mE OF HOUND M'm PLACE OF RESIDEBCji
Huber, Ei'ne"t C, Teo 4 88075794 tw. 12 Mn1' 44 Eddy', Texas
Seheline, Lester D. Tee 5 S9a80683 LWA 12 May 44 Donnelly, Idaho
PRIDE, F.
1st Lt twA 14 May 44 Mnryville, Mo.
McGee. Thalos H.
Sgt
54195788 OOW 15 Mq 44 Fairburn, Ga..
Serra, Rnl,ph J. PVt 31160505 UlA 22 May 44 Middleboro, Mo.se .
Manesealchi, Eugene J. Pvt LWA 22 May 44 Frontenac,Kon.
Elms. Cal.Vin F.
Tee 4
twA 22 Mll1' 44 Boise C1t,y, Okla.
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Unkc1bachj Clll"l G. Pvt
Cook, Marvin (NMI) Tee 4
James, Vonce (mil) Sgt
Crowe, Everott B. Tee 5
E2ler1e, George E. ne
Falletta, Salvatore L. Pvt
Fox, !1enneth J.
'Cpl
KRmS, JOHN E.
capt
Morgan, Alva, Jr, Sgt
ZIMMERMAN, GFDIOE G.
1st Lt
Kramer, Earl L. '
Cp1
Tqlor, P.
Sit
EAS'NAlf, GmlOE B. 2d Lt
B.tR
BflOlRBAClj JOHN 11. In 2d Lt
Cla1bome, Robert'. Tee 4
Duhe" Lener A. Be'
IUIlts Jr., J'",(IIKI) Pvt
I.oMJ', ftqIIcmd E. Cp1
1I00er, 1f11l1_ It. Jr. SIt
heel, W1l11_L. 'ree 5
Sutter, Paul. J.' 'fee 5
Upcburoh,. P1Dc:Imq D. S/SC"
folki;a HeDrJ' .A. Pvt
Wierok, Dale B. Pvt
'\dams, Floyd 1'. 5
ChapaSl1, LaureDOe J.D. pte
Grq, Kersan (lOll) Tee 5
SMITH, LEWIS C. 2d, Lt
Sohumaker, Pred :r. S/Sgt
Hucb P. pyt
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COMPANY lIB"
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F,LACE; OF RESIDma
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55390024 L\1A 12 May 44
Baltimore, Md.
56164713 LViA 13 May' 44
Ba.ttloCreek, Mich.
54176241 LilA 14 May 44 Nny, N. C.
52202188 LIA 16 Moy -44 DoKo.lb, N. Y.
6975220 VIA 16 May 44
Jersey City, N. J.
39545144 LIA
18 )lay 44
Los Angeles., eo.W,
52285669 KIA 16 May 44
Auburn, N. Y.
LWA 16 May 44 Odessa, Texas
14('43083 SWA 16 May 44
Sbupsburg, Ga.
0-1012483 LWA 17 MaJr 44 Ne. York, N'. Y.
53014755 LIA
2Otlay44
Orw1gsburg, Pa.
58020791 DOW 20 May 44
Ashland, Okla.
0-1016549 LWA 22 May 44 MinneapoUa, Minn.
COMPANY "C"
A SJ! . mE or 1IPPND 12m PLACE or RESIDmCl
0-1015948 KIA 12 IIq 44

34185068 KIA
12."" 44
B , Team.
l4046446 LWA 1211q44 aerve, La. . .
TOe2241 LWl 1211q44
Clementon, " J.
S6lSSOBS IIA 1211eiY44
St. Jobn''', lI1eb.
Ml8S008 SWA 12Yq44
rversburC. TeDD.
17OSS289 IlIA 1211q44
ron Dodae, loft
JCIA 12 Mq 44 Be .,.., Pa,.
68&4856 UtA 12 11&7 44 Galatia, Ill.
51Sl91M SWA 1211q44
Blue Earth, '1I1Jm.
5144551:5 )'wA
12 IIay 44
J'a1rbant, Iowa
.14041621 UVA 13 May 44
Cartersvillo, Ga.
17053103 LUA UIlEq44
Bettendorf, Iowa.
Ml85003 LilA lSMq44
Tiptaav1lle, Tezm.
o-101S812 UlA 1S 11&7 44 Amarillo, 'l'exaa.
S86Ol249 DOl 201Iq44
ActcJn,
S2U7157 LI!
21*1"
Passaic, N. J.
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NAME
CHEEK, ANDREt1 R.
Major
30gstad, A. Tee 4
Joseph A, Pte
Lt.Col.
Moore, Alvell A. Sgt
Kaminski, Edmond U, Tee 4
WISE, LESLIE J. 2d Lt
Tucker, W11ton E, s/sgt
Farrell, Jom, F. Tec 4
KELLY, EUAER R. 1st Lt
Helma, Ellis B. Tee 4
McVey, Marrin D. Pvt
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BRAZITIS, WALTER E, 2d Lt
DES J ARDINS, CLINTON F, 2d Lt
Oldham, Robert It. Pvt
or Reilly, Hugh p, Pvt
?avelka" Ji,e (NUl)
pyt
31emborn, Harve111. Cpl
Clnrence w. Ftc
.lay, LaIIlar O. Tee 4
':'?wleaQ. John H.
pte
;ohater,ll1ll1u P.
M
!ullas, LouU A.
pyt
.oatonsa Frank J, 'lac 5


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Capt
HPrdJ, So.IIue1 I, M
MOORE, ROBERT r. lit. Lt
Babw, Cb.a.r1ea, W. , T,c4
B:1'IT:-:Ji.,

BATT.'U.ION HEADQUARTERS AND
HEADquARTERS COMPANY
A S N mE OF mUND 12m OF RESIDENCE
12 May 44 Stockdale, Texas
15 May 44 Eau Claire, Vl1e.
16 May 44 Pittsburgh, Pa.
17 May 44 Pittsburgh, Pa,
17 May 44 Milford, Tems
16 May 44 t'loet Monroe, La.
17 May 44 \'layland, Mieh.
21 May 44 Des Moines, Iowa
23 Jq.nehburg, Va,
0-365329
36251170
7022767
0-14719
COMPANY
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5616<1749
0-1014515
6948415
COHfANY
56002850
0-1014442
M176258
2Q949698

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o-lOl55f1l
0..1821691
S6445299
S2257757
88221269
$'1231007
36230848
140lS726
86231064

161474'16
52529325



1559OH8
o-lOll291

LWA
IJIfA
LWA
LlA
LlA
"A"
LIA
LIA
LWA
LIA
nB"
LViA
iliA

LWA

WA
IlIA
LXA
LilA
UIA
LnA
twA
tRIA
lilA
LIA
triA
LWA
t.ilA
LIA
"J2t1
tnA
LtA
UlA
12 May 44
17 May 44
20 May 44
26 May 44
1211q44
12 Mq 44
12 Ma7 44
12 M8l' 44:
12 *144
IIq 44
15 May 44
lS JI9.y 44
15 44:
15 Mny 44
17 Mar 44
26 44
26 IIo:t 44
26 May 44
12=44
24 44
Loyal, Okla.
. Tenn.
High Point, N. C,
J1,mbel, So. Dak,

Spomer, iliso.
Altcrl, ru.
Passaic, N. Y,
ChUton, Texae
Antigo, i'l1sc.. , '
IlUwaukee, Wile.
'rrfmtoQ, Fla,
Tigerton, Wile,
Glalgow, 110.
Chicago, m t
Brons, Y.
Car1bO\1, lib.
Port Riohey, na.
Oambr1dc;u. Ohio
Aurora, .

Scottabur,. IDd.
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MAlDNE, JOHN II. ea.pt 0-414102 lS-.M Pol"tallaouth, a.I
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'SICRI!
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(1) Bronze
star:
Under the prov1s1ol1s or I.J:rtq tiCO--.15, &s amended, a Bron.e Star
L'edal 1& amu-ded to tbe tol.'.ovdDg officer per GenerAl. Order No. 28, Headquarters,
88th Jnf'antr,y Division, A.PaO. 88, dated 9 June 1944,
]"crr LT JOHN A. CREWS, (then 2d 1;i;.), 01014488, Infantry, 760th Tank Bo.ttalion,
For exceptionnlly meritorious in support of combat oporo.tions, noar Cassino,
1toly. On 19 March 1944, First Lieutenant CREWS (then 2d Lt.), Platoon Deador of
the Third Pl4:.toon of Compnny "D", 760th Tonk was in an attack on the
Albonet Houso Area, Cnssino. When his taIlk re:ceived a hit by an anti-tonk projec
tile nnd vias disabled Lieutbnt1llt CREHS ordered too driver and' gunner to evacuate
to a rescue tnnk while he ,1lld tho assist!1llt driver inside the disabled
tank and manned the machine gun and 37mm gun w ./\.fter he Wo.s evacuated to the Madras
Circus Area he again went fN"\1Urd in another tonk and removed the breech blocks
trom the 37mm guns in the trunks nhich hnd been abandoned beco.use of thrown tranks.
This Wl!.S done at a time whon there WetS ,.'. heavy smull arms fire in the immediate
vicinity of the disabled tnnks c Throughout the doy, Lieutenunt CREWS displayed
his ability as a Platoon Leader ruld showed under fire with complete disregard
tor his persoIll\l safety. Entered service from Chicago, Illinois. .
Under the provisions of 600-45, as a Bronzo Star
Uednl is awtt.rdcd to the following enlisted mnn per General Order No. 2:l, Head
qu!lrters, 88th Infantry Division, A.P.0. 88, de-ted 6 June 1944.
PRIV.1TE FIRST CLASS JOHN 'J. SEDICUM, 15156521, Cocpuny D, 760th Tmlk Bo.ttalion,
For DeritorioUB in support of operations on 19
1944 near Ca.ssino, Italy. On the nftonloon of 19 Murch 1944, at nbout 1530 hours,
the tr.nk of \ihich Privnto First Class SEDICUM was a crow member was put out of
action by a direct hit from an m"L)or-piurcing profectilo. Tho trllk at the time was
on exposed position and wns under heavy small and nrtillory fire.
t.nk nlongsido his disabled tank to evacuate the crew members, Private
First Class SEDICUM volunteered to rerno.in in tho tank and mnn the .50 cC'.liber
tlo.chine gun. lie rctlnined in the tnnk for more thun 45 !Jinutos during which time
he fired upproximatelY 1500 rounds into nearby enemy pooitions. His cool manner
nnd aggressiveness typifies the finest traditic.,ns of tho Unitod Stated J\rrrty.
Entered the service froo Illtherville, Mn.ryltlnd.
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(2) Cito.t1ons:
Under the provisions of :'"rmy f:J,;l-55, nnd per G9neroJ. Order No. 28,
Headquartors, 88th C. ;.10 .. dn.tt1d 9 Ju.'rle 1944, the following
nomad officer is commend8J 'or hCl'O-:'t:: md oe1'i. c'J;i.'ious dllty beyond the ordinary in
action described below:
1ST LT JAMES U. DeRIGH'l' (then 2d Lt.), 01016188, Infantry, 760th T:mk
Bo.tta1ion. On 19 March 1944, near Cassino, Italy, Lieutenant DeRIGHT took a light
tank forwa.rd to eV!lcunte wounded men from n disabled tank which had become immo
bil:ized by the rocky terra:".n. He volu..l1tecred to go on this rescue mission although
the Dxen which he had to traverse in order to rea.ch the disablod tank was under
h;.;Jnvy a.rtillery, mortar and small ['.rms fire. By his courageous action Lieutenant
DeRIGHT succeeded in so.fely evacuating cembers of the tr.nk crew who had been
wounded. The unhositD.ting risk of his own life in going to the aid of his two
wounded fellow soldiers typifies the finest traditions of the Unitud Army.
Enterod service from Detroit,
Undor tho provisions of Army Regulations 600-55, and por General Ordor No. Zl,
88th Infantry Division, A.P.O. 88, dnted 6 June 1944, the following
named enlisted man is commonded for heroic and meritorious duty beyond tile
in the action described below:
TECHNICIAN FOURl'H GRADE J. C. (10) BYRD, 14019771, Company liD"" 760th Tnnk
Battalion. on 19 Mtlrch 1944, near Cassino" Itnly, nt about 1715 hours, Technicion
Fourth Grado BYRD, tank driver, volunteered to drive a to.nk on a mission to
ate wounded nen from n dist'.bled tank "lhieh he.d been inu:Jobilized by the roeky ter
rain. The f:hich he drovo his tank to the diso.bled tank vms rocky'
and Wtl.:3 filled with shell holes, :md Wo.s o.t the tiLlo under heavy Dortar fire,
urtilluT,1 and arms Sone enemy gun positions were within fifty yards
of the tank. Technicion Fourth Grade BYRD'S skillful driving ncross
trencherous terrnin made it possible for him to evacuate two men who "/ero wounded to
(I. place of His skillful driving nnd cour:J.ge under firo typifies too finest
trnditions of the United States Arnrr. Entered the militory service from Turley,
Tennessee.
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(3) Purplt Bean:
'!he foUowing lWDed otticerg 9:.Ui.steu. man received Purple Heart Awards
while in the hosp1tal for Wounds 19qeivej i=l .cuon on the dates given:
AND
BJADqJARpRS COJ.IfANY
SCII)LIR, PQJL F., let Lto, 0-1010490, wounded 12 Yq 1944 in the vicin1't7 of
Santallaria, ltal7. Awarded Purple Heart lS IIq 1944 at 8tb Evncuation Hospito.l
per General Order 85, Headquarters, 8th Evacuation Hospito.l, dated 115 IIDy 1964.
Bane address: Burlington, Mednl Number '
mlE, JAJI!S V., Private, 34185065, wounded J6 May 1944 in the vieinity of
Sontn Maria, Itaq. Awo.rded Heort 22 MDf 1944 llt l03rd Station Hosp1tal
per General Order Ho. 26, Heo.dquat"ters, 103l'd Hosp1tn1, da.ted 22 Mq 1944.
HaDe address: Olive Tenn. ' , '
SERVICE' cpPm
IlWDVIC, STEVEN (NMI), Teo 4 :56S10551, ,wounded 14 Mll7 1944 in the vicinity of
Ssnto. Mmo., Ite.l.y. Awarded Purpie Heort 15 1944 at 8th Evacuation Hospital
per General Order No. ffI, Heo.dqunrterll; 8th Evncuation Hospital, dated 15 )Iq 1944.
Home address: Chicago, IU. .
CQMPAlll nAil
EUlS. CALVIN F., Tee 4, 158021059, wOUl:l<led 22 May 1944 in the vicinity of Terra
ciDa, . " AwnrQ.ed Purple Heart 24 IIa7 1944 at 8th Evllcuation Hospi to.! per
erol. Order No. '9S, Headquarters, 8th Evo.cuntion Hospital, dated 24 May 1944. Home
addl'eas= Boise C1't)r, Oklahoma. Medal Numbor l57S76 '
MANESCALCHI, EDGEm; J.
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Printe, 375094415, wounded 22 Mny 1944 in too vic1laiilf
of Torraoino., Awo.rded Purple Heart 1944 a.t 3rd Convalescent
per General Order No. 54, Headquarters, Srd Convol.escent Hospitnl, dated 29 IIq
1944. Homo addross: Frontennc, Kanslls.
CQMPANY lIB II
lR!BS, JOHN E., Capt., 0-;1.010251, wounded 16 May 1944 in the vicinity of
s. C:roce, Anrded Purplo HeElI't 50 May 1944 at 95th Evacua.tion Hospital per
General order No. n, Headquarters, 95th Evucuation Hospi&o.l, <bted SO 1944.
Home address: Odessa, Texas.
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(3) Purple Heart (ContI d):
KRAMER, EARL t'
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Cpl., 33014755, injured 20 May 1944 in the vicinity of Fondi,
Italy. Awarded Purple Heart 26 May 1944 at 3rd Convalescent Hospitnl per General
Order 55, Headquarters, 5rd Convalescent dated 26 May 1944. Home
addross: ,Orwigsburg, Penna.
UNKELBACH, CARL G., Private, 35590024, wounded 12 May 1944 in the vicinity of
Tufo lu.ly. Awarded Purple Heart 18 May 1944 at 8th Evacuation Hospitel per
General Order No, 90, Headquarters, 8th Evacuation Hospital, dated 18 May 1944.
Home address: Maryland. Medal Number 500547.
COMPliNY "CII
SMITH, LEWIS C.: 2d Lt., 0-1015812, wounded 15 May 1944 in the vicinity of
Santa Maria, Italy. Awarded Purple Heart 15 May 1944 at 8th Evacuetion Hospital
per General Order No. 87, Headquarters, 8th EvacuatiQn Hospital, dated 15 Mny 1944.
Home address: Amarillo, Texas.
GRAY, HERMAN (NMI), Tee 5, 54185005, wounded 13 May 1944 in the vicinity of
Santa Maria, Italy. Awarded Purple Henrt 14 May 1944 at 8th Evacuation Hospital
per General Order No. 86, Headquarters, 8th Evacuation Hospital, 14 1944.
Home address: Tiptonville, Tenn. Medal Number 217471
WIERCK, DALE H., Private, 37445575, wounded 12 May 1944 in the vicinity of
S nota Maria, Italy. Awarded Purple Heart 16 May 1944 at 8th Evacuation Hospital
per General Order No. 88, Headquarters, 8th Evacuation Hospital, dated 16 May 1944,
Home address: Fairbank, Iown. Medal Number 2CY7152.
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The following named officers nod enlisted men received Purple Henrt and Oak
Leaf Cluster Awards 10 June 1944 per General Order Noe,' 4, Headquarters, 760tb Tank
Batt(l.lion, da.ted 1 June 1944, for wounds und injuries received in action on the
dntes given,
HEADQUARTERS AND
HF.ADguARTERS COMPANY
CHEEK, ANDREW R., 0-365329, Major, f/ounded 12 May 1944 in the vicinity of Tufo,
Italy. Homo address; Stockdale, Texas. Medal Number 265339.
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BOGSTAD, SYLVESTER A., 36231170, Toe 4, wounded in action on 15 Mny 1944 in the
of Son Croce, Italy. Home address: Enu Claire, Wisconsin. Mednl Number
265525.
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(3) P<l::;ple Heart
HALOPOFF, JACK (NMI) , w,)U!lded in action 8 January in
the vicinity of Mt. Italy_ ;k,mf) ar'ldr;ss '.oS Angeles, California. Medal
Number 302310.
NALEPA, JOSEPH A., 7022767, Private, wounded in action 16 May 1944, in the
vicinity of santa Marin, Italy. AV'TllI"dcd Oak Leaf Cluster in addition to Purple
Hellrt jJrevious1y mvoxdod. H"mo adrires5 Pi Penna.
KX(... -r:? 1) JOSEPH A. 7W,':!;IC7 Privu:te, injured in (lction If May 1944, in the
of Sente Muria, Italy. second Oak Leaf Cluster in additibn to
Purple Heart and Oak Leaf Cluster awarded. Home address: Pittsburgh,
Penna,
SERVICE COMPl\NY
TALBOT, lmmEN A., 39501685, Staff Sergeant (then Tec 4), wounded in action
22 January 1944 in the vicinity of Mignano, Italy. Home address: lO.amath Falls,
Oregon. Medal Number 275708
.ALLnl, ERNEST S., 32CY71422, Tec 4, wounded in nction 22 Jnnun,1'1 1914, in the
Vicinity or )(1l1lrulO, Ita.:q. Home address: Bridgeton, New Jersey. Medal Number
3mS14.
COMPANY "A"
. WISE, LESLIE J., 0-1014513, 2d Lt" wounded in action 21 May 1944 in the vici
nity of Fondi, Home address: Dos Moines, Iowa. Jledo.l Number 266220..
MOORE, ARVELL A., 14042S23, Sgt., wounded in action 16 May 1944, in the vicinity
ot Santa Maria, Italy. Home address: West Monroe, Medal Number 265364,
KAMINSKI, EDMUND W., 36164749, Tec: 4, wOUDded in action 17 .y 1944 in the vici
nity of Santa Maria, Italy. HQIIe address: WQTland, Michigan. Modal Number 266210.
lEATON, RAY (HIlI). 14019664, Tec 4, wounded in nction 17 JDDUll1"7 '1944, 1n the
vicinity ot lit. '!'rocchio, I'\nl.y, Home address: TazeweU, Tezmeee. IIedal tn..bel'
266814.
Q)MPAl!% "In
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vieiQiV ot 8e&a CIa., X.". ac- addnMt LelaalKa, ,........ Iedal .....
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(5) ~ p l e Heart (Cont'd):
BRADFORD, HAROLD E., 6575564, 1st Sgt. (then Staff Sgte), wounded in action
8 Jcnuary 1944, in the vicinity of Mt. Porchia, Italy, Home address: Meridian,
Mississippi. Modal Number 265355.
SKAGGS, JACK C., 14010491, Staff Sgt., wotmded in action on 7 Junua.ry 1944,
in tho vicinity of Mt. Porchia, Italy. Homo address: Bronx, New York. Modal
Number 266295.
FARRELL, JOHN F., 58062850, Toc 4, i7oundod in action 12 May 1944, in the vici
nity of Tufo, Italy. Home address: Loyal, Oklahoma. Medal Number 266271.
lIEUM3, ELLIS B., 54176258, Tec 4, wounded in action on 20 May 1944, in the vi
cinity of Fondi, Italy. Home address: High POint, North Carolina, Medal ~ b e r
266298.
McVEY, MARVIN D., 20949696, Pvt., wounded in action 26 Muy 1944 in the vici
nity of St. Angelo, Italy. Home address: Kimbel, South Dakota. Medal Number
266270.
COMPANY "C"
NELSON, FREDERICK L., 0-1010507, Capt., wounded in action 26 May 1944 in the
vicinity of st. Angelo, Itnly. Home address: Port Richey, Florida. Medal Number
266294.
BRAZITIS, WALTER E., 0-1015507, 2d Lt., wounded in action on 12 May 1944, in
the vicinity of Santa Maria, Italy. Home address: Enst Springfield, Illinois.
Modal Number 266215.
DES JARDINS, CLINTON F., 0-1821691, 1st Lt., wounded in action 12 May 1944 in
the vicinity of Snnta. Mo.rio., Italy. Home town: Spooner, Wisconsin.
lwarded Oak Lont Cluster in addition to Purple Hoart previousls" awarded.
MAY, LAMAR 0., 14013726, Tee 4, ilounded in o.ction 15 Mo.y 1944 in the vicinity
Jf Santo. Maria., Ito.ly. Home address: Tronton, Florida. Modal Number 266261.
SCHAFER, WILLIAM P., 57132496, Cpl., wounded in o.ction 15 May 1944, in the vici
.1ity of Santo. Maria, Italy. Home o.ddress: Glasgow, Missouri. Medal Number 265385.
BEIMBORN, HARVEY M., 37231007, Cpl., wounded in action 13 May 1944, in the nei
lity of S!lIlta Mnria, Ito.ly. Hane address: Antigo, Wisconsin. Medal Number 265W.
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(3) Purple Hoart
J.'\NOlV, RAYMOND E., 14055572, Toe 5, ":lour..dod j.n action 8 FebI"..lo.ry 1944, in the
vicinity of Homo address: Spring City, T0nnoesee. Mudul Number
266266.
KRESSIN, ClM'"R]lICE W., Pfc) in o.c:'ion 15 May 194
L
1 in the vici
::1.ty of Sc.ntn Mnrin, It:uy. Home address: :.til\1aukoe, Modal Number
235820.
POi.'L.':SS, JOHN H., Pfe, nounded in 13 M o:y 19L14, in tho vicinity
of S:mto. Maria., Home Tigerton, Wisco!lsin. Modal Number 266267.
OLDHAM, ROBERT R., 5S.l:4S299, Pvt., nounued in action 12 1944, in tho vici
nity of Minturno, Italy. Harne ;'.cldress: Alton; Illi.nois. Medal Number 266195
OIREILLY, HUGH Pt, 52257757, Pvt. .. , wounded in on May 12,1944, in the
vicinity of Snnto. Mario., Italy. Homo address: P:tssuic, New Jersoy. Medal Number
265336.
PAVELKA, JIM (NMI), 58221269, Pvt., wounded in action in too Vicinity of Santo.
ItnlY, 12 Mny 1944. Home addross: Chilton, Texas. Medal Number 266211.
COST.UlZA, FRANK J., 52529523, Toe 5, (then Pvt.) wounded in action 31 Jnnuo.ry
in the Vicinity of Cassino, Italy. H'Jme address: Bronx, New York. Medal
'lumber 266295.
COSTANZA, J., 52539325, Tee 5, I?"ounded in action 26 194.1, in the
icinity of Mt. St. t'\ngelo, Italy. Awarded Oak Leaf' Cluster in addition Purplo
previously awnrded. Home address: Bronx, Now York.
DRJXE, ROY Y!, JRo , 51147566, Cl)l .. , wounuod in action 26 May 1944, in the vici
ity of Mt. St. Angolo, Ituly. Awarded Ouk Cluster in addition to Purple Heart
! eviously uwardocl. Home address: Cariboc, Mai.Tle 0
cm;pnn liD"
BABBS, CHARLES H., 55252603, Toc il, i'IClUndoJ in Ilctiun 26 May 1944:, in the Vici
i ty of Mt. sto .Angelo, ltctly. Homo address: Scottsburg, I:'-lJinno.. Medal Number
3
EDHARDS, MELVIN R., 59016011, Tee 4, wounded in ,,"etion 19 Murch in the vi
of Ca.ssino, Ita.ly. Homo address: Chula. VistC'., California. Meual Number
:,)338.
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(3) Pu!}?le Hom (cont ' ~ i ) :
GIROUARD, ADRIm (NMI); 31176124, Tac 5, wounded 1n nction 19 March 1944 1n the
vicinity of Cassino, Itnly. Homo nddroS8: Berlin, New Hampshire. Moda.l Numbor
285M1
PENDRAS, THADEUS L., 39383056, Tec 5, wounded in action 19 March 1944 in the vi
cinity of Cassino, Italy. Home address: Centralia, Washington. Modal NUDlber
265344.
LEHMAN, ARTHUR F., 36531096, Prc, \founded in action' 20 March 1944 in the vici
nity of Cassino, Ita.ly. 1Iomo address: Glenview, Illinois. Medal. Number 266212.
HARDY, S.'\MUEL E., 35590548, Pvt., wounded in nction 12 May 1944, in the vici
nity of Minturno, Italy. Homo addru3s: Crunbridge, Ohio. Modal Number 266226.
MEDIC:\!' DETACHMENT
Wl.WNE, JOHN 14., 0-474102, Capt., woundod in action 13 May 1944, in the vici
nity of M:1nturno, ltal. Home address: Portsmouth, Rhode Islond. Mednl Number
265326.
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(4) C0I.illJendations :
HE.\DQUARTERS II CORPS
Off ire the
APO ARMY
27 May 1944.
TO II CORPS:
;in an operation that will long be cited as an outstanding example of speed,
'l.Ud stamin"'. Vf..1 ho.vo as a team acco!1J!)lised in II little over two
weelcs ':'00 ju..'1.cture with t,he BEACHHEAD, tho of 472 square miles of
enen:.y lnlt:. torritory th0 c-.tpture over 20().i) 01 'i,'ur togcthur \"lith
much ormamont ll1d equipment.
You have operated and fought through tcrrnin unbelievably difficult, ond
broken tho enemyts strongly fortifiod positions. have nuurly 50
miles.
You have accomplished successfully tho missions assigned by the Army Comman
der. Tho foats nccomplishod and tho high standards set in your victorious battles
.v111 incite envy and ud.mirntion in your comrades and ',lill instill fear in I".nd ex
nct reopect from the enany.
You are /unerican soldiers and you should be proud of tbnttact and of the re
cord you hnve just made. But rome[iJber your reputation \lill enduro only it' jealous
ly guarded and nourished b.1 you.
I am proud of you and of tho privilego of having cooollnded you in this
,-:>poraticn.
lsi Geoffroy Keyes
ItI GEDFFREY KEYES,
D>.jor Genorul, U. S. A.,
Commanding
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AND HE;\DQUARTEBS COMPANY
Commanding Officer .. Lieutenant Colonel GJroRGE M. DAVIS
*
Major ANDREVl R. CHEEK
Executive Officer - Ca.ptain HWruTH O. FROESCHLE
s-4 - CRptain JOHN T. ROSBOROOOH
Linison Officer - 1st Lieutenant PAUL F,. SCHOLER
Assault Gun Platoon Leader - 1st Lieutenunt CHARLES C. BARR
S -1 - 1st Lieutenant LAMAR M. PROSSER
Communication Officer, 8-5 Air - 1st Lieutenant WILLIAM M. REID, JR.
S-2 - 1st Lieutenant JAMES B.. FULTON
Canpany Commander - 1st Lieutenant JOHN E. VISHER
Company Maintonance Officer - 1st Lieutenant VICTOR R. REAMER
S-3 - lot Lieutenant PAUL FISH
Company Officer .. 2d Lieutenant PAUL V. DAVIS
Assistant Communication Officer - HOJG DANIEL C. GARCIA
Attached tor Training - 2d Lieutenant GRANVILLE O. BLAtz
Attached for Training - 2d Lioutenant TOM B. MOBLEY
SERVICE COMPANY
Comp8Il7 Commander - Captain ELMO E. PARKER
Battnlion Maintenance Officer - 1st Lieutenant DAVID GRATZ
Special Service Officer .. 1st Lieuteno.nt ROLAND V. CROUSE
Company Maintenance Officer - 1st Lieutennnt RALPH M. EDWARDS
Transportation otficer - 1st Lieutenant ALL1\N B. CONOVER
Personnel Officer - 2d IJ.eutenant ilILLIAM C. ftILLIAMS
Assistant Battalion Maintenance Officer - CWO CLEMENCE KOSCBUIKA
Assistant s-4 - flJG roBERT M. SKINNER
COMPANY "AII
1st Lieutenant ROBERT F. MOORE
1st IJ.eutennnt EDVIARD M. OONAHUE
1st IJ.eutenant ROBEnT J. ALLERDICE
2d Lieutenanli JOHN A. SHINSKY
1st Lieutenont KERMIT E. KLINE - Attached
2d Lieutenant LEHIS C. SMITH
2d Lieutenant LESLIE J. WISE
2d Lieutenant CW\RLES A. NEELY
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Captain JOHN E. KREBS
1st L1eutennnt GEDOOE E. COX
lstLieutenant EUlER R. KELLY
1st LioutenOllt DAVID O. GEBBlE
2d Lieutennnt GIDRGE B. EAS'D4AN
2d Lioutonnnt PAUL L. JONES
2d Lieutenant FRANK J. RICCA - Attached
COMPANY "C"
Captnin FREDERICK L. NELSON
1st Lioutennnt VICTOn E. HIPKISS
1st Lieutent'.nt EUGENE E. GLEISSNER
1st Lieutenont CLINTON ~ ' . DES J ARDINS
2d Lieutenunt GERtU.D H. MUWlNEY
2d Lieutenant ilALT&l E. BRAZITIS - Attached
2d Lioutenllllt PAUL E. LASSEN - Attached
COMPANY "D"
,
Co.ptnin HERM1\N R. CRO\IDER, JR.
1st Lieutenant CHESTER M. \lRIGHT
1st Lieutenant HARRY G. DEAVER
. 1st Lieutenant JOHN fl. CREI1S
1st Lieutennnt JAMES "7. DE RIGHT
2d Lieutenant JOHN GRmOR - 'Attaohed
2d Lieutenant RAY R. RADFORD
MEDICAL DETACHMENT
Captain SIIllEY J. KAPLAN
Captain JOHN M. MAWNE
* Major TliOMAS o. BLAKENEY
Former Executive Officer, who had be(;n with this organization since
its nctivntion; returned to United Stutes under the Rotntion Plan, during
the month of May 1944.
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OPERATIONS IN ITllliY
.rUNE 1944
SECTION I In+,rocti.c+,ion to on Operations
SECTION II Attack on nome
SECTION III Drive Northward of Rome through Ranclel10ne
SECTION rv R8S-G Area nt Lako B!'ncciano
SECTION V Movement to Tnraquina
ANND'" A lloster (jf Officers June 1, 1944
B Battle CaSUl.1tiea
1to.tions, Awards am Decorations
D Roster ot Officers June 50, 1944
MAPS Itnl1 1:50,000 (Velletrl)
Italy 1:50,000 (Rom)
1: 50,000 (muapagnnno D1 Roma)
Itnly 1:50,000 (Ronciglione)
ItalY 1:50,000 (Vetra11a
Italy 1:50,000 (Tar9uinio.)
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INTRODUCTION TO REPORT ON OPERATIONS
HistoI7 was made in June by the capture of Rome by the troops of the A.rmy of
',e United States. The men and o!''icers of t:l<3 760th 'I'ank Battalion may justly
.::el proud of the ,Port that the ta.1ks of the battalion playec in smashing through
.. ,e Colli Laziali Hill defenses south of Rome and in the subsequent pursui t of thG
,:e:treating Nazis northward from Rome. In supPJrt of the 5b8th aM \
:nfantry Rt:giDlE:nts of thb 85th Infantry Division, and the M9th Infantry Regiment',
',f the 88th Ir.J'antry Division. Tanks of thE; ba:t":;a.1ion succt;ssfully pushud through'
oods and hills into the 11:art Co2.li Laziali hill ar:a and captured the
owns of Rocca Priora., rJntt; Conpa+;d, M0'Jte Porzio Catont.:, Frascati and assisted
.n cha.sing the Ge.rnutns from i'om(;. Cip(;rating through hilly terrain which the Nazi,
>.a.d seemingly consicJt:1'ed irn.;Lssl'.blo by tanks, thE; tDnk companios of thE: buttwcn
assisted in outflanking strong Nazi defonsive positions in the
-.ricin1ty ot Vcllctri on highway #7 O"1c1 Valmontono on highway #6. Tanks of the
uattalion were instrumental in more than 200 Nazi prison6rs and .ere
-'.ndircctl7 responsible for capturing approximately 250 other prisonors. Two Me.Ft
tanka, one sbl.f propolled gun, two half-track personnel carrios, thrft8 towed.
anti-tank guns and maohine guns were put out of nction by fir. from taftks
of the bnttnl1on. Hits Wbre scored on at least two other Mark IV's and on A Mark
VI taat.
Duria, the month. opel"t!.tions, one officer and w11sted mea ot the
Battalion were killed and ono officer and thirteen men were wounded. three enlist
ed aen are missing ta action and are believed to have taken prisoners. Five
111&d1um tanks werf.J disnbled by tonk or unti-tMk gunfire; :md one tllllk was disabled
t;y Co mine. and Bo.ttallcn maintononcG sections succoc.<!ed in I118king minor
on tGnks and the tank strength of the battalion at a high
r..J."oughGUt tho at\ack. !he trtlllsportation and supply sections of St:lrvicu
opt u..., tlJllltI supp11l1d ,rlth ammunition, gas and rations 'at all t1ae.. 011 June
: 1.th the bntital10n . rEllieved from atta.chment to the 85th J)1Y1aion and wns with
':'uwn to c. rtlst area OD the north of Lake Brocoia!'1o near 'frt)vigrJC.Do Romano.
,'1' the nt.xt two and n halt w(leks tht: battalion r"mained in WI aNa doing main ..
aanct: work, ritstinc up, end training. <>n June 29th tht: 1rll8 nttach..,d
; d 88th W=t17 Mvision fClr tuturtl oplrut1ons, am! ear17 OD til\: IIDndne ot
T-.,t1e I50th thL _\tal10ft 1Il0VE.'<i from the quiet shortts of Lake Bl'oeeiazao \0 \1(; 8Mh
bivwao in thti vicinity ot Tarquin1a.
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ATrACK ON RONE
(\\ the l.t of June, "A" and "B" medium tank companies or the 760th Tank
Battal10a attaeked in a north westerlY diroetion from Lariano on the Velletri
.nd Valuontonc road in support of the 338th and 557th Infantry Regiments
of tho 85th Infantry Division. "c" Company attackod in support of the 349th
Regiment of the a8th Infantry Division.
Eurly on the morning of thE; 1st of Juno the 2nd Platoon of "A" CompE.1ll1
with 2nd Lieutencnt CHARLFS A. NEELY ns Platoon Leader went into I..o.riono with
infc.ntry troops of the 557th Infm.r':"""'.r RogiJIlcnt. Artillery and unti-tank fire
was encountored nCf.r writ.Do and two "A" Cottpnny tonks woro disabled. Lieutenant
NEELY proceodod into town. 1.s his tank passing near n heavily shellod
building tho building collapsed and he pc.s slightly injured by the falling rmll.
7he 1st [md 3rd Plntoons of "11!! Compc.nY
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in the mell.."ltime, Vlent into the woods
Oeorth of LnriC'.no. 1st Lieutenant RO:aFR'j; F. ,rJORF, COll'mandir,g "A" Cou;pany; wont
::'orward on foot to contc.ct tho C.P. of the Infantry Battalion which his tc.l1kl
\Toro to support. When he arrived ('.t tho C.P. at c.bout 0800 hours ho round thAt
tho Germans hc.d infiltored into tho C.P. captured n number of the
Hcc.dqunrters Company personnel. There wore still Gcrm=ns in the croe. t".nd tI. firo
fight una going on between members of the German petrol end the C.P. guards.
let MOORE returned to tho tanks c.nd in the sent
plntoon of tnnke on a rcconueissance to the Vicinity of 020498 (Velletri).
2000 houri the tanka were to the vioinity of the railroad station near
Lariano cad were relUpplied with om-mSt1oD aDd gnBol1no
..If ec.pu" 1ft the b2.d attacked with the SS9th lntCDtZ7 in tho
4Iu-ec\loa flr'o. t.hc Vellot1-1 .. Volmontone roe.4. The tanka eDCOUD.tcred
l'IWIIeI'OU OlIOIV': 1nttllltl7 1ft tM v1clDi't1 of' the rnilrond track 1!IImcdiate17 to the
northwest ot the ronde !he tanks broke part of tho rcsistnnco in this settor
nnd proceedod 1rl a Dortherl1 direetion into the woods beyond too tracks. &1clll)'
infMtJ'1 positlona 'flOl"Q again cncour&torod and 1st Lieutonant DAVID O. GPBBIE,
PlatOOB Leeder ot tho leading platoon rounded up fourteen prisoneP8. OUr 1ntantr.r
did not COIllO toJ'WU'd and l'ellJaining in tho wooded fU"oa north of the 1"11.11
wacka tor- ltppros1mn.tc17 two hours, L1eutennnt O!8BI! broucht hi. tank
plntoon back to tho tracks to assist tho infnntry in driving Gormanl trom
their dugout poa1t10D1 along tho railroad trcek. Tho prisoner, which had be.
-ptured bJ tho ,_ platoou 91en wro.1k1Dc in flooDt ot t.be \cQb. .. \bv ea.
aent" the J'l1UrOl'.4 -'et uea mUp&J'S started .""ottAt &, thoII. U'*'-Mftt.
GmBlE iIarledinto17 took n TbompIOD Sub-machine gun ADd diSlDO\Dlted trOll his tnnk.
He l'.dvr..nccd on toot ift the dirE:ction of tho sniper fire, tiring fl.. he W6nt. into
the dugout p081tioftl OD either side or tho road. A eniper tired at L1euteDaDt
GEBBIE and killed him while he ",a, thus cnco.ged 111 ogl1"081.,e17 dr1v1q the
Germans trO!D their dugouts. other tMks ot "B. Colllpll.l)7 bad 11'1 tho meant1.
'ontactod Cicrman trmts to the East or the eree. 1n which Lioutenat amBlE'.
"llltoon hnd beon fighting. A tank COll!Jllandcd by 2nd Lieutenant FlUNK 3. RICCA,
I'., knocked out n IVnrk IV tank, and n tnnk COJlllll!lUdod b7 1st. Lieutenant GEORGE
. COX engaged in a duel with .. lark VI tank at a ranee of about 1500 7&1'd
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Although throe hits i!Oro scorod 01! ,: :,",i r tnnk, it. continued to fir(:
Lic;utcnCl'l.t COX ordered his ,., :".'.1' ,:','. JeRi-E. KPJ'B,S i.:] the
IIICfl.nt:3mc bud been shooting J.. shcU:s intn SOI!JC hoase;s -';hieh '-,(2:'(; by
the c"".cl!\f. t conBidcrnblc ntu)"bcr of ,:OJ:C killed by i.l1is !letion ''.,
nthnre corro out mlTrc,ndcrcd to thE. trll!:oTS or to the troops nhlc:1
nu:.rby. In ttll c;orc. :-56 \70J:O l.'r:LfJOllCrS unci n:t lcc.st 54
(' l.rens n'orc killed 'oy fire from "B r; CO:l::rwuy t.':nks. of the cornprcny used
!! .,'0 thw. 400 rOu.....l(l5 of . 75rnr.l e.rnr.unHion nrI 15, 000 rotmds of 50 en.l. rnr.chinc gull
-.nr:unition in t!lhooting up Gcrml"'.n positions during the dc.ys operations.
nc" Cor.pnny moved up to the north.:::c..st of "B!! Cor.prny during thE.: ,',ftcrnoon
rettc.cl:ori \lith the M9th Inf' ntry Pccimcnt of the 88th Division in
: northerly (2ircetj on frum the: Vollctri-Volrnc-ntol1c ro:::.u. Our infr-ntry ,.';'.s delc'.yed
by cnG!!Y snipers r.nd th8 trnks puuhc(:' on :into the cnenw line marl. thc.n
- ')00 to';lr.rd the high grotmc: 050517 (Vollctri),
) cncw..r :',)ositions r.s thlJl F'ncmy "'::re
unecuntcrccl j.n this sector cene: r: t[ml:' by Technicir-l": Fourth Gr::c'e
?!:l.l1iuT. 1''. Notz rms c1i::;eble:c', b:t GorJl1r.ll ; .P. shelL 'l'hc by 1st.
Licutol1t'..... "lt :r. H1PYIS:' .' J DO ":i t ,:'J1
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! pu:, out of :;.cticn by en r.hc=_l.
in ,.'hien the ';r;:; CCCUl':ic;(? by Gno:ry jnf:'ntry troops
".l1e' thr0C cf the Njr:bors l f tl:c t:'nk b\..:licv(/ h:'V( been C1:'.pturE;C:
rttunt.ing to return to our inf1'.ntry lim;. The 38th InLntry Divisicn
tr001)S FLich the tcnks ,:O'Y'C Sunx.,rting not !:.s f.:-.r :.s 'tho
.;,:c; trnks of IIC" COI:lPn.ny, r.n(: it (1.r,r1\ the k.nks nerc withc'r:'\7l1 to the
vicini ty of 043504 (V, 11(:. tri) v:hcrc they l.7crc rC3upplio('
.At ['bout 1720 he,urn on Jun0 1st !!D!! CufJ,}lt'ny ,ires c.:-,llc: upon to to the
of 052465 (Vcllctri) to forr' c.n Lrmvrod gur.rd fvr tbe 85th Dividon
Tr.l"l"; Ught of thu cuIrpr,ny r:')rc uS0cl li[',is,:n hct"()en the
.<iUIn k.n]s cGtr.[,r..nies of tho r:"giJ:'cnt;,.l post. This usc; uf light t:mks
to the effective.. \7f .y (.If cur.EUnic,"..tion het'.1cen the:
nks r:nc
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inf!'ntry rcgir'cntc.l Usc of the 300 scric:s rC'(io' s for
. bcb':oon the tc.nk5 infr:.ntry troops to be unsr.tisfcetory
,1 r:uch {'.s the: noise thu trnk lotcrs r.ould v;c[:.k vcrbel trc:ns-
I :-,s:Lns rcccivE:d on the 500 Gcrius r,lios i'!hilc curried in tho tnnks. Furth",r-,
'l' the 300 sorics not he.vo sufficient rtlngc to c"into.in contf>.ct v;ith
her.cl,qu."!.rtors. The 528 tlount(;d in the light tc,nks hc.d suffj.cicnt
,jO to l1'.'1.:1l1Vin good ec.mtr.ct ovor r. eonsidGrC'.ble r<.ngc. :.8 the ntto.ck progre:sEecl
cornmunicl'.t1on botvlocn for;';f'sd r.. rec..r cl(;r'cnts of tho infr.ntry",nr' tr:.nk
bocMe inerea.ahgJy c.iffit."Ult, the Infantry R.gir'cntr.1 f.n<.! Division
,r::v:'ndo?15 1:10rc !'orcotl tc :rol..v i'Jl.cre.:-zingly en the 500 TenY RI'dios in (.orCar
of tr.41tiQal ;:Si tloll".i;i@ of thoir fOl"':l:".l'd "lat:onta. ;, need WC.s
,'0 folt throughou,t the oporr.tiOflJ fo? botl'foon Jnfc.ntry
"ttd.ion /lJ9.d the t....nks ane! tc.llY. c!estroyc3tli\. lrkltl the In!rntry
J'C: J $'iuiped vd, th t. ,'. );'trwlt!l $6'ie{3 ..dio .;;i th tho
ilk I:";":', tti:Ut dcstl'oye*, the 4CeeIJlJary wtW'.l. bct>7ccn
trnJr.s ut tc-llk destroyors r;ou1cl have been irnprcved.
,:unc 2nd \It't! l!!Crkcc! by substtl.ntinl elong both the 85th r.n(1 88th
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sectors. By 0830 11o'..:.1's ;I" 1":1('" ..s:'1 the 3( ,'th I:lf.
r:t:'y Heg:i.ment (\f t}:e 85th D::'v heW :'ca;:ho',.:: 11 2.t the L:i.';r:t' of the
iF at OOG505 (Vel1etri).. 13y 1200 hour;:; to (, por:1.tion noar
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half tro.ck p(;r::lOnnel cllrrjo[3 arlC: tiD nnt:"-tunl: buns no:}r Carchitti, about
JO yard:] avmy. Firo from tanks of the corilpany nucc.u.-,;dl:d in knocking th;:;m out ani
;lled D. con:,dd-rflblo llumhGl' of tho en0111Y. IIA!I Compuny spunt tho r,- of tho dL.y
.n tho vicinity of Caraso o
ftB" CCJmpany 1'l:i..t'1 tr.t Inf:mtry l1egirrl2nt IH'octJldcd to tho n.og-,
.:mtu.l or;i0ctive n,t M, ::":'...o::,u, (Vulletri) witho'J.t encounter'ing much resi;]t
flc n C()nJP:' ny supportil".G thu 34Dth Illfrmtry Regiment of thu Beth Infantry Div
_sian cmcountcrod hath :J.rtillery fire o.nd Po gu...1S the 'l:i.cinity of 043504
Vollotri). nc" was relievod from to til(; cl 8th Divif',ion o.t 1530
, ,:)urs and. tho 756th Tank Batto.l:Lol1 movod up tu t<.,lw over the Hcrr Curapany positions
G about 2100 hours IiC rr .dtlldr\J'vi to u.n a.s,:<;r':; ly ;,!.TOeL n0r..r Ob0485 (Valletri).
On Juno 3rd' furthor rnpid wcru Ino.uo h. the 85th and. 88th Div
. .:dons Soctors.
A Plat(Yln of nAn COI:1pa:ry lod by 2nd Li,;utomnt LESLIE ,T. WISE, accompanied by
ifnntry troops of the 337th Info.ntry HogiJ.Jont, went. into the town of Collu di
\:cori at coordinato 006555 (Velletri). He thore trw.t tho Infantry troops,
'.d: the 88tfu Infantry Division had succoedod in cutUng HiGhwo.y /16. The missi.;m cf
thl:J 85th Division W:lS then chngod and th..: ItA" Company tanks procooded westward to
cut the rond loading from Monto Compo.trl t.u highwo.y IIG. Tho tmm of Monte Compo. tri
\'/D.S taken wj thout resistance. Tho ttmk:'l were rosuPI.licd in tho aftornoon on the
road near tho town. At 2000 hours tho tanks ruuvud Lon down tho ro['.J n,nd into tho
town or Munte Porzio Catono. Thoru wore Co. lo.rgo numbor of German f,c,ldier:..: in the
town and tho tank crt::w men took twenty-five prisonurs befol'\.! the 337th Infantry
troops camo up nearly tWQ hourG lo.tor. Sono rocket gun fl:cc WHC rece ivod by the
tanks"nt the "ttlge of thf,) tmm mri the tank which Liuutenant WISE command.od receivod
a 111'[j whicb porforatud one of tho tro.ck blocks but did not break Tho tank crmv
t:l'3n took the prioonoI's which they haQ taken l)C1.ck to tho Infn.ntry line through r.!.
con:.;iderable o.mount of cnipcr fire. When tho Infrmtry troops into the
town Inter in the evening approximntuly 150 addi tiunal \,.or<.: tuken. The
to.nks of flA" Company spent tbe rOIDo.indcr of the nil';ht in the vicir.ity of the town,
In the moantime "Bn Compo.ny had a"'::'v:lIiC\)d from their nieht u.ssombly
near Mt. Fiore toward Rocca Priora which captured withuut opposition. liB II Comp
tanks then proceedod westward from ROCCLl Priora on tho road It:nding to Frnscati.
1'hl'ee emoDY Mark III tanks were firin; from this r0acl. They withdrow cUtor buing
by the "B" Company Tanks. Throughout the move westward from Rocc3.
the tanks r()ceived heavy nrtillor.r firu. The t.anks wont to Mto 3alor.lone co(,rd
inattl 950556 and assisted the Infantry in to.Line their objective 'thoro. The tmks
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on moved to tht.: lL;ft of ;.!, ['.nc. f::' ".;c. the vc.lll'J c..t GornD.n
.nks in the vicinity of ITt. C:C_' c ; lli Tusculo c An A- P. [3h:-;11 from ono uf tho Ger
. n tanks hit Sorg0[:.nt R" SECOXI stank :,0['.:' this positic)!1 thrcu of tho
. -r:)'Vl mOrJbors,.. Corporal Louuf.;l D:.'Y) Joseph '\J b;-rrr, P!'ivuto AJc..m
iQL10wicz llOrl. killc.;c1. The ",UOLlY tr'.:rJ-::s \;ithclrl.Yl agn.in ,.ftcr beinG firucl ut by tho
B" Conpo.ny tf',nkS 8 Tho t.::Lulcs used approximatGly 500 rounds of 75l.1M c..mr;mnition and
:J,OOO rounds of SO caL o.[Sninst cmC:LlY positioDs in this [',1'00.. r.1;.,ny Gerunns ,Tero
:illed rmd !:loro than 200 prisoners vlore tc..kon in tlw vici::li ty vf i":!t. 'C::'occ; di
,:scclo. "B" Cocpllny tno i::. tho o.:oea no'"'.r coord'inata 943555 (Vcllctri).
"Cit COl:rpo.ny in tho o.sSOIJbly aroa near c00rdin[ltt) 050485 (Voll(;tri)
':jughout tho day>
Sunday Juno 4th the of tho battaliC''1 ente:::ood HOMe., The third pllJ.t<"ion
"A" Comp.:'..ny led by Lie.....,t(;.mal1t .T o.''.LL-:::B.D:!:C;S; 'J.11<1 ':110 thilyl plc.toon of liD"
,;onpO,ny led by Lieutenc:.nt JOIm .'''t. Hero "';0 ::l tLcsk force of the 558th
Info.ntry &:ginunt witn th.:; mission of po.SAing Ront; to secure tho bridl.!os
cwor the Tiber Rivor 0 Two personnel c[,rrior f 1'('41 HOIl(lquo.rtors Cor.:po.ny
',it;rO o.ssigneJ to anothor ta-sk force to cr,rry Info.nt:rJ into HO[1o. Tho M8th
Infantry i1uGiment to.sk force proc<')(;ucd dO\m Hie;h'.'my 6 until they wore
p(.;d at tho odee of RorJo by [lnti-temk 2,1lll firQ at o.bout L:iOO hours. After sovlro.l
hours dolay duing v;hich the IufD.ntry Troups Elove;d and outflr.mkod tho cnti
tnrJc gun pusitions, the; arDored po.rt of the task force I:lOvud on into Rome
:,t about 1830 hours. A G(.;rm'.u hhrk V to.n.. hold the task force up fur a short time "l\:
out by 2025 hours on Juno 4th, the light (.;f nDn Compauy had tho Col
iseu.r.1. Tho stroets which hr:.d been uusortod \101'(; soon filled vii th civil
inns the tanks c.:id not procue;d further. Tho rost of the tusk force took an
other street [md set up hoo.uqunrtt.:rs o.t the Plaza At about 0030 hours Juno
5th it wo.s reported that another tv.. sk force hD.u succeeded in reaching tho TibGr
River bridges nnd hud found thom ento'ct,
In the I..lUmtil..le the other t\!O f'la.tocllS of HA" Company proceeded dO;'m
<;3 to a po uition neo.r 827637 (RoGD.) aoo then took tho roo.d in ['. SOUthHO st
(;rly direction to HiGhi'lcy #7. The "A" Company tlmks ro:,chud #7 nl:lU' tho
r,cc tr[.:.ck at about 1400 hours and enccuntored onouy o.nti-tnnk fire. One I:'..nti
tank gun vms knocked out and 11 considerable nuuber of Goroan Info.ntry wore killed
by H.E. cnd machine cun fire froL1 tho t:mLs. Our in th0 day took
approx:ll!:ato1y 200 prisoners in this nrca. rrL.ile the "A" Conp[cny tanks were firing
H.E. at the Germr:.n Inft.ntry in this ar0G, tHO onarlY nark IV tanks .:.nd (.1 self
propelled cun cane scootine (lown Hic,hvmy #7 hOG-cleu t(mc.rds home::nd n1 though the
"A" Company tr.;.nks shot at them vii th H.E. a.t very close range they escaped in the
clinJction of Hor:le lec.ving only n few bogey Hhecls bohind, "A" Conp".ny spont t;le
n':';l1t "-nel. the noxt dD.Y 'in' tho vicinity of the aquoc.1u(;t ncar this pcsition.
"B" COIlli,)['.llY tanks, early in Dorning of Juno 4th, moved into tho town .)1'
-.Ihich W['S still occupied by Gornan troops" Fourteen prisoners wore t.'lkon
by tho tame crew nen, c..nd tho t[;.nks then puched on throu(:';h ibn the lIJ[!.in ren.d
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)2.;!;.ng from Fr'13cati to Rome. NEoa:' Cco!'(:ino..te 83'3GO'2 (r.0T1a) two
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):1. Tan};: Batt'clion were hit :'\.nd. b.....'r!10d [ibm:."':. OS,)() l101:'..(''S :;;re f:coll1i ":kU'l( v::'
Aft8r artillery fire Has directed on. thuso I\;ar)( v: tankc they i0.
.:,he diroction of Rom8. The liB" BC:;ipany tanks '-:oy T':l::-,k Dcstroyut's of the
776 T. D. Battalion thon movod on down tho ro:d to a pos';.tio!! Clliilr coordin:.1.te
301629 (Roma) tiy 1130 hours. Hoo.vy sniper n:::'e vias rcce:.i.vod fl'om snipers !.llong
cliff on the right side of :'oa'.3, The and tank dustroyors pulled off
;,hc roo.d to tho right at th:i.s po:_ntc 01'18 liB:' Corn::mny "t,=,.nk vms given orders an
I'1fantry Colonel to go 01'1 Qo;m rO'ld tor:o.rd 11.0::12 to lock for two Mc.rk VI tanks
;1:1ich wore reported to bE' tho t,mk cornmc.nd<.;d by Sorgr.;unt
"ffaynard J. Lucus Ylent into PCT!!(: to ::10 vicinity of coordj_nato 7?3648 (Roma). It
some anti-teeM b.l'!- d5.d not t>e Mu.rlc VI tanks" Mt-er
lout ::'.n hour this tc.nk WJ. am j 8imd tho vI the cOIni)o.ny vlhich h".d in
_.lEi meantime withdrm:n'b the; :::oJ.d lco.ding south frem tho Romo-F:rr;scati read at
coordin.''.to 813612 (Roml',.) IlB:, CO::l'X,L:cy tl:cis o.:1ca tho night of the
nnd 5th of June an:} i:'1 "the uarly I,lo!.':1ing h:J'l:::'3 of S J-:.:nc moved with "A", liB",
"C", mn "D" Company t:::,nks 0.8::"088 the T::..oer Ri,c;r 0
On tho Dorning of the 5-cb. of J-lnO tho Echelon} consisting of
Beadquarterr. and Service COL1pc.nies Liov<.;c1 frot.: tho 12.vul.','l.C nroa near coordinate,'
0'79400 (Cori), down HiGhvm.y (/6 to [" b::vomc area c'Iordin;:-;.tc 891607 (Romn).
::;;n.rly on tho norning of tho 6th of Junl.. tho Bat talJ.on renr ech(:lon o.gc..in moved ..
\'>l3 tiue through Rone to 0. bivouac area about four miles north of the Tibor Iliver
'1; 1 to tho loft of Highymy #2 j
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DRIVE NORTHVJARD OF ROME THROUGH RCiTCIGLIONE
Upon croscing tho Tiber Rivor on the morning of Juno 6th "A" and "c" Compan
L:sproceedcd em up Highway #2 in support of tho 337th urn 358th Infantry Roe;iments
of the 85th Infantry Divisions. Gormc..n anti-tank fire from and gun was en
countered t coordinn.to 655802 (Coupagnano <.1i ROlIB) and the tanks wi thdrow to a
defiladed position in that vicinity and. spent tho night there.. On June 7th "e"
Com:;Jany, supporting the 338th Inf::mtry Regiment doVI::! the rond in the direct
ion of Lake Bracciano and then went around to tte East of the lako and advanced
cross-country to a position near coordinate 590930 (ColIlr>agrw.no eli Roma) where they
spent the night. "A" Company in the neantir.:1e ndvancod on up Highway #2 without
meeting resistance until the tanks reu.chod the tovm oi' "here they en
counterod somo tD.nk and self propelled gun firo, A TDo from the 776 T. D. Bat
t:.:.lion succeeded in knockine; out a Gorman solf propellod gun and ,::U'tor the tanks
'1 i T.D.'s had shot up likely gun positions in the vicinity of thL: town, the tanks
. D. 's c.nd Infantry advanced on through tmm without further opposition. A short
,:;, stEtnce c.bove Monterosi "A" Conpany spent tho night On tho 8th of June 'IB" 0
(;of:1pany rolicvod "A" Company and' advanced to vlithin about 1500 yo.rds of Roncig
l ... clTIe to the north of Highway #2. "B" arrl "C" COI.lpanies wore uttc."..ched to Task
}'urce House which had the mission of taking Vitorbo. Tusk Force House did not need
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.'. :3 tanks and nfter HB" and "c" Companies had ndvonc('><i without opposition to '1
Jint nonr coordinatG 520160 (Vetrnlla) thoy wore relieved from assigment to the
'L.sk force and were vvithdrawn to an assembly position to the Enst of Highway #2
ncar coordinate 626965 (Cunpagnuno Rona) ",hero they spent the night of' tho 9th
of Juno. Or. loth or' June "A", "B", ani "C" Companies moved to n rest area bivouac
on Lake Brrtcciano, where Headquarters, Servico and "D" COI1panios were already biv
(;uacod.
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REST AREA AT LfiKE BR.ACCIANO
On Juno 11th the Battnlion wns from att'chrwnt to tho 85th Infantry
Division am reverted to 5th l'lrr:ry Control. On the srune day the was
attached to the 1st Division for training purposes. On 17th of June the
Battalion was c..ttached to the 2nd Armored Group ani within an hour VlaS detached '.
and again reverted to 5th Army Control.
On June 23rd Major ANDREW R. Battalion executive officer, retu-rn8c: to
the Battalion from the hospit..'1.l v1here he had been since being Vlounde<l near Priv
erno on tho 25th of May. Late in thoevoning of the seme day orders vere received
to provide 5th Amy Transportation Section with 25 trucks plus personnel to oper
ate am maintain them. The;se trucks were used day and night for the next vrook to
haul to 5th Army Troops pushing northnard.
On Junc 27th Sorgeant Lestor J. Fenner of "C:f Conpany VlnS conmissioncd as n
Lieutennnt in recognition of his ubility as a combat leader which he hnd
: nper .tocl1y domonstratod in the six r:lonths in which his company n..'\d bOE;)n in combat.
On the 29th of June orders were received attnching tho Brtttn.lion, less "D"
u',;pany minus 0. platoon, to the 88th Infantry Division for futuro operations
)11 Company, Linus a plutrJon, lias attachod to the Force S('hool, NATOUS,\,
plnceillunt Com;l[lnd located nOllr Eboli, Itn.ly t
1
10 lJill'pOSe: of tra:'ning porson
replacemonts for Aruorod
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SECTION V
MOVEMENT TO T,\ l1QF2);,T',
On the 29th of June orders were rcccl\red f:ron she 80S Division to
:'.' the Datt['.lion, minus two pla.toons of.: liD" :'0 .Lho 887,h bivouac
.,"Xl in the vicinity of Tarquinu. At 0300 houTs on of the 39th th
::nin'.ls two platoons of "D" Compo.ny, lc;:L the bivouac area on Lake Brnc
c.L:lno 0.00 moved wostwn.rd thrOUGh Brac.ciuno o.nd Toli', .. to #1 at Civito.v
c -::: .... hia. Tho Batt,'.lion then procuodeJ to tho vi:::inity of TnrClUiniL'..
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'A", ''13", o.nd "c" Companies tnnks Vlent directly to the bivoWl.c nreo.s or the 549th,
,50th, and 351st Info.ntry Rogiments which the tanks were to support in future op
':oations. Hondqunrters and Service Companies moved to n bivOUlC nren in tho vicin
_ty of coordino.te 213085 .All the compo.nies h".d closcd in the ne\1
<lreas by 0830 hours. Tho remnltxier of the day was spent on mnintonnnce work um
in planning for tnnk lUll Infantr,y training problems with thu Infantry regiments ot
the 88th Division.
(I I ,)1,.'
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a--tlftl t.. \ ",U//..-
JOHN E. VISHER,
1.....1st Lt., 760th Tnnk Bn,
Historirm.
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The followili.rr is the officer au,i[:l'Jent:'ithin the Batt/ellon on 1 1944.
BX".<iLION HEAve!J Ii R'lETlJ
AN D illADC,:] J'J\'I'EH3 cel'"ANY
CO! !;:nding Officer - Lieutenant GI;:0RGE M.
r.l':lj or E. CHEEK
Executive Officer - Gar)tr.in lIFUfll:H O. FROESCHLE
8-4 - JOHN ':'. ROSB0110UGH
I,H.ison Officer - 1st PI;UL F. SCEOLFR
,;J,;(.l"lt Glm Plate-un LeC).oer - 1st Lieutenant CHlmLES C. BARR
S-l - 1st Lie11 ,enant LAMilR M. PR()SC',ER
Comr.mnication OffieGr, :3-3 f.ir - 1st Lieutenant r'lLl.I.U1 R. REID, JR.
S-2 - 1st Lieut(;!:'nt JAMES B. FULTON
Compw..y COl1lPlEli1der - 1st Lieutenant JOHN E. VIS}E'R
Company Maintenr>nce Officer - 1st Lieutf;nanc VICTOR R. REAMER
S-3 - 1st Lieutenant PAUL FISH
Company Officer - 2d Lieutenant PAUL V. DAVIS
Assistant Cor.lIlIlmication O!'icer - ViOJG DAIUEL C. GARCI,\
for Training - Lieutenant Gn.,NVn.LE O. BLJ1Glt
i1ttached for 'IT...ining - Licutfmnnt TOM J3. !IX)BLEY
S RVICE COivTI' ANY
Company Comm&nder - E. :)ARKER
Battalion MailitenarlCp. Offic8l' - 1st Lieut(want GT?ATZ
Special rJervicG Officer - 1st Lieutenant ROLAND V. CRDUSE
L:aintenance "fficer - lst uiou':-el1c.nt rULPH M. EDVJilRDS
Trc,l1sportation Offic.;r - lJt Lieutenant ALLAN B. CONOVER
P,:csonnel, Officer - 2d LiGutGnant r,'ILLl/'M C. WILL lAMS
As sistr-l.nt Battalion ML.inteno.ncc Offico!' - C'!O CLEMENCE KOGCW,I1K:,
.\asidtant S-4 '.OJG 1:10B-:R'f r!. SKINNER
COn'Jnfi "A"
1st Lit)ut0n:.lllt F. r,I!()OFE
1st Liv';,l,,;nant ED1.:.YD j,'i. ::-Di'i.'11Ur
Let Lh:l; trmant J. [,LL::IWrC
2.d Lii.:utr.nf.1nt JOHN L.
1st Li,ul""nant K?: E. KL11:F - ,\tbcilcJ
;-:d Lil.:ut".':l:nt L;",:I::: C. c::aTil
;:2d Li.,utcllr:nt J. JSE
2d Licutowmt Cll, fi.!;;S m:"Tr
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COMPANY IIBII
captain JOHN E. KREBS
1st LieutLna.nt GEORGE Eo COX
1st Lieutenant FLMER R. KELLY
1st Lioutcnnnt DiWID O. GEBBIE
2d LiGutono.nt GEORGE B. E,'STMil.N
2d P,',UL L. JONFS
2d Lieutenant FRf..NK J. RICCA - Attachod
Cn.ptllin F.REDFRICK L. NELSON
1st Licutenc.nt VICTOR E. HIP KISS
1st Lieutenant 1UGENE E. GLEISSNF.R
1st Lieutenant CLINTOli F. DES JARDINS
2d Licut-.;na.nt GER;,LD H. MULLIINEY
;2d Li0utcna.nt Wi.LTER E. BRiZITIS - Attv.ched
2d Lieutenant E. LhSSEN - Attached
.Q.OMPANY liD"
Captain HERMAN R. CROWDER, JR.
1st Lieutenant' CHESTER M. i,11RIGHT
1st Lieutonant HARRY G. DEJWER
1st Lioutemmt JOHN A. CREWS
1st J;JmS 'if. DE RIGHT
2d Licutenrtnt JOHN GRIDOR - .!ttnched
2d Lic.;ut\jnant R. RbDFORD
liEDICAL DETl.CHMENT
SIDNEY J. K/iPLAN
CLptuin JOHN M. M;,LONE
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":.rtin, Roland M.
;mes, Ha.rvey L.
GEBBIE, DAVID O.
Cohen, Nathan (NMI)
, {.emue1 ( NrllI )
Ml'rr, Joseph I
;,r:,:,{JJowicz, Adam S.
Robert H.
stone, Kenneth
Jack L.
tbtz, V!illiD.JD E.
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CASUALTIES
HJSPITALIZED
COMP l'J'1Y "A"
&1NK A S N TYPE OF WOUND
Cpl
Pvt
54121751
54603880
tIA
LWA
COMf fillY "B If
]} S N TYPE OF WOUND
1st Lt 0-10141
t
8 KIA
Pfe 36310437 LIt.
Cpl 36164929 KIA
Cpl 34099815 KIA
pyt 32481416 KI:l.
COMPfJU "e"
RANK A S N TYPE OF WOUND
Tec 4 7086171 MIll
Pvt 35245100 MIA
Pvt 38558779 KIA
Tec 4 36250904 LIlA
DATE PLACE OF RESIDENCE
2 June 44 Gresham, S.C.
6 June 44 Lexington, N.C.
DATE PLACE OF RESIDENCE
1 June 44 lJ:>ckport, N.Y.
2 June 44 Chicago, Ill.
4 June 44 Pullm1:m, Mich.
4 June 44 Greenville, S.C.
4 June 44 Wilmington, Del.
DATE OF RESIDENCE
1 June 44 Plain Dealing)
LIl.
1 June 14 Loysvilae, Pa.
1 June 44 Attica, Kan.
2 June 44 Oconto,
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tll.'.CL PLACE OF RESIDENCE
L,rrowI John .\.
)ORE, ROBERT F.
39322125
0-1011991
Pvt
1st Lt.
L1.1
LWA
1 J'me 44
4 June 44
Portland, Oregon
Aurora, Ind.
COliPANY liB II
ASH 'l'YPE or WOUND
x1dreo1i, Geno (NMI) 34176268
1019. L. 20847'725
Tee 4
I'vt
LIA
LIA
2 June 44
:3 June 44
Pinotown, N.C.
Roswell, N.Mex.
Peterson, Vernon R. 37160533 Cpl Lli\ 6 Jtme 44 Princeton, Minn.
Thomas, John T. 58020924 Sgt LlA 4 Juno 44 Manchester, Tex.
COMPANY tiC"
ASN TYPE OF WOUND 12m PLACE OF RESIDENCE
Jom. w.
;:. 'ylor, Cbnrl1e V.
38243214
14020253
Pvt
Pvt
WI.
LUA
1 June 44
1 June 44
Sprucor, Tex.
Ga.
cnosk1, George J. 36398318 Pte LWA 7 June 44 ClU.eo.go, Ill.
"'ss, Calvin C. 16151511 Pvt U1A 9 June 44 Jackson, M1ch.
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Distinguished-Serv:Lc3
Under the provisions nf }\rmy R9gU:!..c,t:...onr. as w;!ended, a Dist.:\.nguished
Cross is awarded, t,11": 8E:,:L3"t-sll ;-.1d.:: prr
,10ral Order No. 72, Headq'larte:,.'s., ?j.f'th Army, dated 5
GEOPJrE LENKALIS, (10046935), Sorgc,an+', Infc.ntry, United states Army. For
traordinary herolsm in nction) on 25 .T:;,m13.ry 194.4. Se:rgcant LENKALIS' cOllUDurded
tl.nk cre\'r f)ngr,ged in a flring Gorrns.n gun pOSl tions on the west
rnk of tho Rn.pido River, h:'s b:1.d bef.:'1 dug in to pro
ide p:C'otection }'r!st '-I,nb-t.::':"k i.,' 1"1JJ(;?'=" :'.'C'" l'rn].'.'; lli8 tcwk was firing
. this protected posi':'i()!l, the C',!:Ci::' vms sUb.ioctoo. to e:lf'my EJholling. Dur
this burrc"'-ge Sergerclt nct:Lcecl th:xs an infi.,n-'-.:cVl";,-Yl ncar his position
buell hit by enemy /U::l'ol'.gh sh')118 Hero fhllL'1.g J::,he il:1; IOd:'.clt.o area,
,e hastened to r.ssist soldi8r. As ho reached -I;,r.o st:r'icken JlD.!l, [1. shell
explodod nearby, and Sergour.t LElf.iIALIS was struck by fragments and mortully wounded.
Disregtl.rding his o,m injuries, Sergeant LENKALIS assisted in cl:':.rrying the wounded
i"lf'antry soldier to a protected place beneath the tan.."It. He gave the soldier first
,:..d treatment, and not until the infnntry:nan had receive nIl posl3ible aid did he
:":1Dit bis own wounds to be exo.mined. Sergeant LENKALIS diod n fOiT moments later
.tom his injuries. His heroic nssistance of n wounded fello'W soldier nt the stlcri
{'lee of !WI own lito typifies the finest trnditions of the Anr! of the Unitod States.
military service from nest Hnzelton, Pennsylvruuo.. Next of k1n: Mrs. El1zo.
,th Lambert (Mother), 19 Jackson Avenue, West Haselton,
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illJNEX "C" (CONT'D)
(2) Silver star:
Under the provisions of Army Regulations 600-45, as amended, a star is
awarded to the following named offiCer per Genernl Order No. 14, Headquarters, 88th
Infantry Division, dated 2 May 1944,
CHESTER M. WRIGHT, 01011907, 1st Lieutenant, Infllntry, "DIt, 760th Tank
&t.ttnlion, for gllllantry in action on 19 Mareh 1944 near Albanet House in the vici
ni ty of Cllssino, Italy. On the morni.ng of Mllrch 19th at 1050, Lt. WRIGHT took the
first section of his pllltoon forward in the fnce of heavy artillery and small arms
and eVllcuated four membors of the crew of a tank which WIlS stuck. At 1450
hours the same duy he led ros platoon in an attr>.ck on the tUbnnet House area in the
face of hellVY enemy fire. He his attack toward the objective until all
possible further advance wns blocked by another tank which bad been knocked out of
nction. After returning from this forward nrea while under hettv;y nrtillery nod
small arms fire, Lt. WRIGHT ngllin went forward !DOre than 800 yards u.hand of the
tr1eDdlJ' Wantrrl1De nnd made au atteapt to evacuate SDeD who were 11l
The mozmeJ' 10 .Mob Lt_ BIGHT w1t.hI:Mt reprd tor hi. pebGl1A1
.n1'et7, was tUl inspirntion to his men, grea't17 increnli1ng the ot his
platoon and exemplifies the highest tradition of the Armed Forces. Entered the ser
vice from 8nn. Ilntonio, Texus_
Under the provisions of Army Regulations 690-45, as nmended, a Sllver Star is
to the named enlisted man per Order 72, Headquarters,
Fifth dated 5 MAY 1944:
CARLEY W. BILES, (14009501), Staff Sergeant, Infnntr,y, United States ll:rmy.. For
>;nllantry in action, on 30 Jc.nunry 1944, near Cairo, Italy. Stnff Sergeant BILES
;ommnnded lus tank in destroying tl'TO enemy tanks. During this action a third Ger
.1U tank scored n direct hit on his own vehicle, killing one crew member and llound
. g Mother. While subjected to heavy enemy fire, Stllf'f Sergeant BILES rendered
aid to the vlounded man end o.ssJ.stod by his gunner, sturted to remove tho
to safety. A hostile machine gun opened fire, wounding the gunner. Staff
-)rgoQnt BILES assistud in both wounded men to cover und then went severnl
_:ndred yards through ooavy onemy fire und across mined ground to secure medical
'.Gsistance. Finding no 1itter bearers available, ho returned to the wounded men,
'/.n.cec1 thorn on the rear dock of nnotMr tllnk, and returned \"1i th them to a.n ald
Stllf'f Sorgennt BILES' heroic and selfless reflects the high
.. o.dLtions of the military service. Entered military servico from Polkton, North
' ... ,V)linll.
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(5) Purple Honrt:
The following nomed und enlisted men received purple Heart Awards for
w01mdes received in nction on the dates given:
HEADClJARTERS ,UID
HEADQUARTERS COM!')
DAVIS, G:mroE M., Lt. Co).., 0-147:\.9, wounded in nction 17 Mny 1944 in the vici
1ity of S. Croce, Italy. ill;mrded Purple Heart per General Order No.6, Hendqu.artors
First Armored Group, dated 11 June 191
L
l. Home address: Milford, Texas.
MANGIAVILLANO, PHILIP R., Pvt., 52598715, \'lcu"'1cled in <,_ction 16 May 1944 in the
vicinity of Santa Maria, Italy. Purplo Heart 24 May at 45th General
Hospitnlper General Order No. 39, Headquarters, 45th General Hospitnl, dated 24
May 1944. Home addross: Newark, New Jersey.
COMP.iINY "A "
PRIDE, DALE F., 1st Lt., 0-1012976, wounded in action 11 1944 in the vici
nity of Minturno, Italy. Auurded Purple Heart 15 May 1944 at 8th Evacuation Hospi
tnl., per Genera.l Order No. 87, Heo.dqunrtcrs, 8th Evacuation Hospit('.l, dated lli May
1944. Homo address: Maryville, Mo.
VOOEL, KENNETH J., Pvt., 57333741, \10unded ill action 8 February in the
\icinity of Cassino, Italy. Awarded Purple Her.rt per General Order No.5, Head
quarters, 760th Tank dated 50 June 1944. Home address: Denver, Colorado.
M1\NESCALCHI, EUGENE J., Pvt., 57509443, wounded in nction 31 Januo.ry 1944 in the
vicinity of Mt. Trocchio, Itclly. il.vm.rded Purple Heart per General Order No.5,
Headqu:l.rtors, '760th Tank Bnttalion, datod 50 June 19(11. Homo f'.ddress: Frontenao,
K::>.nsns .
COMl) ANY liB II
J.flMES, VANCE (NMI), Sgt., 34176241, 'lounded in C!.ction 14 Iw1<":lY 1944 in the vici
nity of Santo. Marin, Italy. l1r/[lrded Purple Hoart at 8th Hoapitr..l 15 May
1914, per General Order No. 87, Headquarters, 8th Ev[,_cuf'.t:'on Hospi kl, eluted 15 May
1044. Home address: Amy, N. Co
CROWE, EVERETT B., .Toe 5, 32292188, \7ounded. in action 16 Mo;y 19
L
11 in the vici
nity of S. Croce, Italy. Awarded Purple Heart at 45th General Hospit[tl 31 May 1944,
per General Order No. 45, Hendquarters, 45th Genoro.1 Hospitr..l, dated 51 May 1944.
home address: DeKulb, New York.
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(5) Purple Hoart - Cont1d: COMPANY tIC II
NOTZ, Tec 36230904, nounded in nction 2 June 19,14 in the vi,ci
nity of Lurianoi Awarded Purple Heart 3 J, ne 19'l ['..t 15th Evacuation Hos
per General ardor No. 85, Headquarters, lS"h 1"vacuation Hospital, dated
:3 June 1944. Homo address: Oconto, \/iscon8in.
UPCHURCH, PINCKNEY D., S/Sgt., 68548[, vlound;d in action 12 May 1944 in t.he
vicinity of Sc.ntn Maria, Italy. iiVlurded Purple H. :art 15 May 19<14 at 8th Evactmtion
Hospital per G,m,_ra1 Ordor Ho. 85, Her.dquartors, ith Hospital, dat:d
13 May 1944. Home; addross: Galatia, Illinois.
CH.I\P.Ml\N, J. D., Pfc., 17053103, r10un in action 13 May 1944 in the
vicinity of Snnta Maria, Ito,ly. {lwardod Purple Hart 58 Jrule 1944 per General
Order No.5, Headquarters, 760th Tnllit Batt""lion, (uted 30 June 1944. Home address:
Bottendorf, 10HU.
MlILLAS, LOUIS 1"..., Pvt., :6147476, Hounded in t 17 May 1944 in the vicinity
0;' Gaeta., Italy. Awurded Purple Heart 50 June 1941 por Gunoral Order No.5, Head
quarters, 760th Trulk Battalion, dated 50 June 1944. Home address: Chicago, Ill.
CQl;tPANY liD"
CRENS, JOHN A., 1st Lt., 0-1014488, wounded in action 21 March 1944 in thel
. vicinity Albnnot House, Italy. Purple H 30 .tune 1944 por
Order No.5, Hcr;.dqua.rters; 760th Tank Bnttn.lion, d, .ted 50 June 1944. Home nddress:
Chicr.go, Illinois.
SKINNER, ROBERT R., , Pvt., 14038727, Hounued in nction 19 March 19'i4 in the
; vicinity of J\lbanet HoUSEl, Awarded Heart 50 June 1944 por General
Order No.5, !1c:tdquttrtors; 760th Tank Br.ttcl1ion, dated 30 June 1944. Home address
Tampa, Florida. '
(3a) Oak Leur Cluster:
Tho following officer received the OukLeaf Cluster in addition to a Purple
Heart previously for wounded received in action on date given:
fll)()RE, ROBERT F., 0-1011291, Captnin (then 1st Liout(;nant), Comp!l!lY "A", 760th
Tank Battn1ion, wounded in action 4 June 1944. Awarded Oak Loaf 50 JtU1e
1944 per General Order No.5, Headquarters, 760th Tank Battalion" dated 30 Jurle 1944 (
Home address: Aurora, Indiana.
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The following is the offic0r ,.ssigmont \,i thin tho Battr.11on 50 Juno 1944.
/
BATTALIOH HEADQUARTERS
AND HEADC,ul:RTFRS COM)ANY
Commt;,nding Officer - Lic.:uttcmlllt Colond M. VIS
E"t:(;cutivc Officer .. M!\jor R. CHEEK
8-5 - Cap't!\1n HELMUTH O. FROESCHLE
8-4 - JOilN T. ROSBOROUGH
Lin.ison Officer .. 1st Lieut<..n .nt PXUL F. SCHOLER
Gun plntoon LeO/lor - 1st Lieuton,'!.nt CH/;'lLES C. BAru.\
S - 1 - 1st Licutt."mmt L;',MAH rfl. PROSSfR
Communication OfficLr:, ;3-3 Air - 1st Lii.'uteno.nt YITLLI:,M M. REID, JR.
Morto.r Platoon Lt,;:dQr - 1st Li(uton;nt J,llffiS B. FULTON
8-2 - lot I.icut()ll,'i.nt PAUL FISH
(!om'p[;.ny Commander - 1st Licutc':'ut E. VI2BIH
Cotnpony Maintenance Officer-1st LiQutcno.ni VIC':20R H.. Hj,:,MEH
M;sbtant COCIIJ1.lnicr>tion Officer - WOJ'G DANIEL C. GAHClil
Attachr;d for Trdning - Major S.
Att::ched for Training - 2d Lioutcr.unt GRANVILLE O. BL.\CK
SERVICE
CompLny Comrnnnder - Captain ELM) E. PARKER
Maintenance Officer - Captain DAVIDtGRATZ
Speciel Service Officer - 1st Lieutenant ROLAND V. CROm:;E
Company J/aintfnnnce Officer - 1st Lieutenant RALPH M. EDWARDS
Transportution Officer - 1st Lioutonllllt ALLAN B. CONOVFR
Personnel Officer -1st Lioutcnnnt C. WILLIMv'S
Assistant Battalion Officor - cyro CLFUFNCF KOSCHUIKA
Assistant 5-4 - WOJG ROBERT Y. SKINNER
:ttnched for Training - 2d Licutcnnnt PAUL F:. Ll.8SEN

Captain ROBERT F. IDORE
1st Lioutcnnnt M. DONLHUE
1st Lieutenant Dl.LE F. PRIDE
1st Lieutenant ROBERT J. :.LY.,EIWICE
2d Licuton.:cnt JOHN 11. SHINS;:Y
2d Lieutenant LEPTS C. SrvT!'H
2d Licuteucmt LESLIE J. WISE
2d I.:icutentlnt CHi.RLES A. NEELY
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CO MPANY ''B''
Captain JOHN F. KREBS
1st Lieutencnt GEORGE E. COX
1st EU/ER R. KELLY
1st Lieutenant JtMES V
r
r: EIGHT
2d Lieu.tenant PLUL V. DAVIS
2d Lieutenant PAUL L. JONES
2d Lieutrmr.nt TCm B. MOBLEY
Cnptdn FRED:rnCY L. NELSON
1st Lieutc:1El.:1t VICTOR E. HIi'KISS
1st Lioutemmt EUGENE E,
1st Lieutenant CLINTON F. DES Ji.RD!NS
2d Lieutenant GERLLD H. nIJLLA.. "1EY
2d Liouton[:nt E. BRAZITIS
2d Lieutenant LESTER n. FENNER
Cn.ptain R. CROvrDER, JR.
1st Lieutenant CHESTER V. WRIGHT
1st LiE..utonant IWlnY G. DEAVRR
1st T..Jieutenont JOHn A. cnFW8
2d JUHN GREGOR
2d Lieutenant R.t\Y n. R:.DFORD
DETl.CHMFNT
Captain SIDNEY J. KJI.PL/.N
Captain .TOHN M.
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HEADQUARTERS
760Tij hANK BATTALION
A.P.O. 464, U.S.A.lUfi
OPERATIONS IN IT!LY
AUGUST 1944
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HEADQUARTERS, 760Ti:l TArK BATTALION
OPEllATIO::lS TIr ITAirY
AUGUST 1944
SECTION I Volterra IJea
SECTION II Florence Sector
ANNEX "All Roster of Officers 1 Aur-.lst 1944
ANNEX "B" Battle Casualties
MmEX "C" Jwurds, Ci to.tions and Commendations
ANNEX "D" Roster of Officers 51 August 1944.
MAPS ItalY Road Map 1:200,000 Sheet13
SOOTION I
VOLTERRA AREA
The month of August was an uneventful one for the battalion. At the
beginning of the monVh, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Service,
"All, and "C" Companies were in bivouac in the vicini1: of Spedaletto,
ten miles northwest of Volterra. On the second of August,
"Bit Company was relieVed from attachment to the 562d Infantry Regiment of
the 9lst Infantry Division and moved from defensive positions along the
Arno River to the battalion bivouac area. "D" Compsny minus one platoon
remained througrout the month in Eboli, Italy, assisting the NATOUSA
Replacement Command in the training of personnel replacements for armored
units. Until the 20th of August the medium tank companies trained with
the 349th, 350th and 551st Infantry Regiments of the 88th Infantry Division.
Four tanks of "AII Company were outfitted with rocket launchers wi'th a
twenty-rooket capacity. The six assault guns remained m tho. bo.ttaliim....
bivouac area until August 14th and thon moved to the bivouac area of the
5S1th Field Artillery Battalion of the 88th Infantr,y Division for additional
training. .
SEX:TION II
noRENCE Bm'1'OR
During the night of August 20th the battalion moved to the vicinity of
Florence to support the 442d Regimental Combat Team which was attached to
the 88th Jntantry Division. Tanks of lIB If CompalJY' took up positions near
Granatieri, plscetto and Casellina on Highway No. 67 west of Florence;
Tanks of "e" CompBllT took up positions near S. Lorenzo and Qu1rieo, tuld
Scandicc1 and tanks of IfA" Company remained in reserve in the vicinity of
S. Paolo. The .ix assault guns moved into firing positions in the 557th
Field Artillery area near Scandicci, while Headquarters and Service Companies
bivouaced near Pian del Cerri. The remainder of the month was spent in
preparations for pending operations.
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. I JOHN E. VISHER
1st Lt., 760th Tonk Bn.
Historian.
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'rhe following is the officer assignment within the Battalion 1 JlJgust 1944.
BATTAYON HEADCJJARTERS
AND HEADClJARTERB COMPANY
CQJDmanding Officer - Lieutenant Colonel GliDlIJ.E M. DAVIS
Executive Officer - Major ANDREW R. CHEEK
8-3 .... kjor CLAIRE S. CURTIS
Communication Officer &8-3 Air - Captain HELMUTH O. FHOESCHLE
s-l - Captain JOHN T. ROSBOROUGH
g..2 - 1st Lieutenant LAMAR M. PROSSER
g...l - 1st Lieutenant WILLIAM C. WILLIAMS
Liaison Officer - 1st Lieutenant P.AU'L F. SCIDLER
Company Commander - 1st Lieutenant JOHN E. VISHER
Assault Gun Platoon Leader - 1st Lieutenant CHARLES C. BARR
Mortar Platoon Leader - 1st Lieutenant JAMES B. FULTON
Reconnaissance Officer - 1st Lieutenant nI.J3UR R. CROWLEY
Company Officer - 2d Lieutenant GERALD H. MULLANEY
Attached for Training - 2d Lieutenant GRANVILLE o. BLACK:
SERVICE COMPANY
Company COmmander - Captain ELMO E. P.ARKER
Battalion Maintenance Officer - Captain DAVID GRATZ
Special Service Officer - 1st Lieutenant ROLAND V. CroUSE
Company Maintenance Officer - 1st Lieutenant RALPH II. EDWARDS
Transportation Officer - 1st Lieutenant ALLAN B. CONOvm
Assistant Battalion Maintenance Officer - CWO CLEMENCE IOSCHOIIA
Assistant ~ - 1I)JG ROBERT M. SKINNER
Attached tor Tl"aining - 2d Lieutenant PAUL E. LASSEN
COMPANY "A"
Captain ROBERT F. MOORE
1st Lieutenant DALE F. PRIDE
1st Lieutenant ROBERT J. ALLERDICE
2d Lieutenant JOHN A. SHINSKY
2d Lieutenant LESTER D. FENNER
2d Lieutenant LEWIS C. &!ITH - Attached
2d Lieutenant LESLIE J. mSE - Attached
2d Lieutenant CHARLES A. NEELY - Attached
2d Lieutenant RAY R. RADFORD - Attached
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COMPANY "B"
Captain
JOHN E. 9KRES
1 t Lieutenant
GEORGE
E. COX
'1st Lieutenant
ELMER
H. KEIAZ
2d Lieutenant
PAUL V. DAVIS
2d Lieutenant
GEOGE
B. EASTMAN
2d lleutenant
PAUL L. JONES
2d Lieutenant
TOM B. EOBLEY
Attached
OO)APANYl
"C"
Captain
FREDERICK
L. NELSON
it Lieutenant
VICTOR
E. HIPKISS
lot Lieutenant
VICTOR
U. REAMER
let Lieutenant
PAUL FISH
2d Lieutenant
JOHN GRBOR
Attached
2d Lieutenant
WALTER
E. BRAZITIS
Attached
COMPAN
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claptain HEIUAN
let Lieutenant
1st Lieutenant
let Lieutenant
ist Lieutenant
R. CROWDER, JR.
CHESTER
m. WRIGHT
HARRY
G. DEAVER
JO A. CREWS
CLIWION
F. DES JARDINS
Capt SIUEy J. KAPLAN
Captai
n JO1 m. MALONE
Pd Lieutenant
JAMES J. CARElJ
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RANK A S N TYPE OF 1l>UND ~ fueE OF RESIDEICE
Kaulfus, otto H. Sgt. 380'13792 LIA 20 August 44 Boeebud, '!'eXD.S
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(1) Distinguished-Service Cross:
Under the proVisions of ArmY Regulations 600-45, as amended, a Distin
guished-Bervice Cross is aW8%ded to the following named officer per
General Orqer No. 153, Headquarters, Fifth ArmY, dated 8 August 1944.
ANDREW R. (0365529), Major, Infantry, United states Army. For
extraordinary heroism in action, from 14 to 26 May 1944. During operations
from the fall of Santa Maria, Italy, until he was wounded, Major CHEEX took
active leadership in all the major fights of elements of his battalion.
Always at the front of the attack, he made numerous reconnaissances on foot
to tront line inuntr,y units and beyond, selecting routes of advance and
making plana for the emplqyment of armor. On several occasions he directed
the use of artiller,r and the movement of tanks from exposed positions well
in advance of the infantry. In the viciniV of Privemo, Ituly, o.ltbough
woUDded and tempornrilY blinded b,y a rock propelled by a shell burst, he
continued to direct fire at an enemf and suspected enemy tank positions
. Later, he was wounded again when his tonk was hit and penetrated. Assisting
one of the crew members from the disabled tank, Major CHm, 0.1though
bleeding treelf from his wounds, rendered first aid to two soldiers and
carried one them to a spot protected from enemy sniper fire. Assisted
by one of his tank crew members, Major CHEEK carried the more seriously
wounded soldier more than one-quarter mile, but bucame too weak to trans
port his burden further. Proctleding alone, he obtained the assistance of
a civilian who aided in removing the seriouslY wounded soldier to a house.
Despite growing severity of his own wounds, Major CHmC returned to
friendly linea. Contacting his own unit, he dispatched a party to evac
uate one of the casualties while he returned in a tank to evacuate tvro
others to an infontry aid station. Major CHEEK, although suffering shock
from lOBS of blood, continued to the rear to report the situation before
receiving treatment himseli'. Receiving plasma to alleviate the shock, he in
sisted on giving a complete report to the battalion commander before per
mitting himself to be evacuated to a hospital. Major CHEEK1S dauntless
courage and indomitable devotion to reflect the finest traditions of the
Armed Forces of the United states. Entered military service from Stoekdale,
Texas.
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(2) Silver Star!
Under the provisions of AR 600-45, as amended, star is awarded
to the following named enlisted man per General Order No. 29, Headquarters,
34th Infantry Division, dated 21 April 1944.
WIlBERT E. STOPpmHAGEN (39230n69), Technician Fourth Grade, Infantry
(Armored Force), United States For in action on 6 Febrllar,y
1944, in the of Cassino, Italy. During an engagement in Cassino,
which at the time was strongly held by forces, the tonk of whicb
Tee 4 stoppenhagen wa.s in commond WllS firing at German infnntrymen woo
were to be seen crossing the streets about 100 yards trom the
tank. Tee 4 Stoppenhagen, on one occasion, raised his head out of the turret
in the face of comparo.tive:q close enemy fire and although his helmet Wo.s
pierced by' an enemy bullet, he loco.ting ond destroying on enemy
machine gun which had been breoking the periscopic sights on the tank. On
severnl ooco.sions, Tee 4 Stoppenhoggn emerged completely from the tank to
dislodge rounds jammed in the tank gun, each time exposing himself' to close
ronge sniper and machine gun fire for approximntelf five minutes. Tee 4
Stoppenhagen1s courageous and inspiring actions exemplify the higbest tradi
tions of the millto.r;y service . Entered "servi.ce" froe Decatur, Indiana.
(3) Bronze star:
Under the provisiolis of ArJr.r:! Regulations 600-45, as amended, a Broilse Star
tJedal is awarded to the following enlisted man per General Order No. 153,
Headquarters, Fifth Army, dated 8 August 1944.
LID F. SCANLONJ (35108298), Technician Fourth Grade, Infantry, United
For heroic achievement in action, on 26 1944, near Prlverno,
Italy. Entered militar,y service from
Under the provisions of Regulations 600-45, as amended, a Bronze Star
Medal is awarded to the following enlisted man per General Order No. 129,
Headquarters, Fifth Army, dated 30 July 1944.
RALPH W. SHAW, (6565498), staff Sergeant, Inf'an'tr7, United states Anv.
For meritorious service in combat, on 21 May 1944, in the vicinity of Monte
S. Biagio, Italy. Entered military service from Bisbee, Arizona
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(5) Bronze Star (Cont'd):
Under the provisions of Army Regulation 600-45, as amended a Bronze star
Medal is awarded to the following named enlisted man per General Order No. 55,
Headquarters, II Corps, dated 21 August 1944.
DALE E. TISDALE, 57192550, Technician Fourth Grade, Infantry, United
States Army. For meritoriouB service in support of combat operations in Italy,
from 11 May' 1944 to 8 June 1944. Home address: Zearing, Iowa.
Under the provisions of Arm,y Regulation 600-45, as amended a Bronze Star
Medal is awarded to the following named enlisted man per General Order No. 49,
Headquarters, II Corps, dated 50 July 1944.
HARRY R. LILL, 56511014, Technician Fifth Grade, Infantr.y, United States
For meritorious achievement in in Italy from 5 Januar,y 1944
to 10 June 1944. Home address: Evanston, Illinois.
(4) PU,l'ple Heffi:
Under the provisions of ArmY Regulution 600-45 and per General Order
No. 14, Headquarters, 6th General Hospitul (US), a Durple Heart is awarded
to the following nomed individual.
BnlNIE M. MERRITT, 54467095, Tee 5, Inf, Company "C", for wounds recei1fed
in nction on 25 1944 in Italy. Entered service from lXu'ham, North
Carolina.
Under the provisions 6f Army Regulution 600-45 and per General Order
No. 28, Headquarters, 57th General Hospital (US), a Purple Heart is awarded
to the following named individual.
JOHN W. ROBERTSON,. 14Q41035, Cpl., Inf, Headquarters Company, for wounds
received in action on 26 May 1944 in Italy. service from Atlanta,
@6orgia.
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:5) Commendation:
HEADQUARTERS II CORPS
APO 19 U. S. ARMY
In the Field
15 August 1944
3:33.1 (G4)
SUBJECT: 1st and 2nd Echelon Inspection of Vehicles.
THRU :. Commanding Officer, II Corps Artil.lery.
TO : Commanding Officer, 760th Tank Battalion.
The recent 1st and 2nd Echelon vehicle inspection of your unit by both
ArmY and Corps Ordnance personnel revealed that your motor transportation
is being maintained in excellent condition. This shows good supervision
and initiative which is so important at this time in view of the shortage
of major assemblies and spare parts. You and your unit are to be commended
for a maintenance program which bas produced such excellent results.
By command of Major General KE'iES:
/s/ T. F. King
T. F. KING,
Captain, A. G. D.,
A TRUE COPY: Asst. Adjutant General.
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AJJj)/t!'f/' L/, If
WILLIAM C. WILLIAMS,
1st Lt., 760th Tank Bn.,
Adjutant.
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The following is the officer assignment within the Battalion August 1944.
BATTALION HEADQUARTERS
AND HEADCI}ARTERS COMPANY
Commanding Officer - Lieutenant Colonel GEORGE M. DAVIS
Executive Officer - Major ANDREW R. CHEEK
8-3 - Hajor CLAIRE S. CURTIS
Communication Officer and S-5 Air - Captain HELMUTH O. FROESCHLE
s-4 - Captain JOHN T. ROSBOROUGH
S-2 - 1st Lieutenant LAMAR H. PROSSER
8-1 - 1st Lieutenant WILLIAM C. WILLIAMS
Liaison Officer - 1st Lieuter.a.nt PAUL F. SCHOLER
CompBllY' Commander - 1st Lieutenant JOliN E. VISHER
Assaul.t Gun Platoon Leader - lst Lieut:enant CHARLES C. BARR
Reconnaissance Officer - 1st Lieutennnt WIU3UR R. CROWLEY
Atta.ched for Training - 2d Lieutenant GRANVILLE O. BLACK
SERVICE COMPANY
Company Commander - Captain WID E. PARXER
Battalion Mnintenonce Officer - DAVID GRATZ
Special Service Officer - 1st Lieutenant ROLAND V. CROUSE
ComptUlY' Maintenance Officer - 1st Lieutenont RALPH M. EDWARDS
Battnlion Transportation Officer - 1st ALLAN B. CONOVER
Assistant Battalion Mnintenance Officer - CWO CLEMENCE IOSCHUIKA
Assistnnt 8-4 - It)JG ROBERT M. SKINNER
COMj>ANY IIA"
Captain ROBERT F. MOORE
1st LieutenRnt DALE F. PRIDE
2d Lieutenant JOHN A. SHINSKY
2d Lieutenant LESTER D. FENNER
2d Lieutenant CHARLES A. NEELY - Attached
2d Lieutenant RAY R. R.AIm>RD

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COHPANY "B"
Captain JOHN E. KREBS
1st Lieutenant GEDRGE E. COX
1st Lieutenant ELUER R. KELLY
2d Lieutenant PAUL V. DAVIS
2d Lieutenant GEDRGE B. EASTMAN
2d Lieutenant PAUL L. JONES
2d Lieutenant TO!.! B. MOBLEY - Attached
CaMP jim "C"
Captain Frederick L. Nelson
1st Lieutenant J AUES B. FULTON
1st Lieutenant VICTOR R. REAHER
1st Lieutenant ElJGnrE E. GLEISSNER
1st Lieutenant PAUL FISH
2d Lieutenant JOHN GREGOR
2d Lieutenant WALTER E. BRWTIS - Attached
COMPANY liD"
HERMAN R. CROWDER, JR.
1st Lieutenant CHESTER M. WRIGHT
1st Lieutenant HARRY G. DEAVER
1st JOHN A. CREWS
1st Lieutenant CLINTON F. DES JARDINS
MEDICAL DETACBLlENT
Captain SIDNEY J. KAPLAN
2d Lieutenant J1MES J. CARELL
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u4areh 1944
(Reort by Col. 0.3. toveD at)
AttackS4 ar senral cements by vawious offleers of
Tank BatWlin, Tank Destroyer Battlion * and Tank "Compies
whioh relate to vIrous types a0t louont, ey aettn
and to - a oquipment.
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Gomnts b Lieut. Col. orge . DavisanCant
t1e 7th Tak Batta.Llon, rerardirg the support of tkifth,
Division difr J 1944.
Due to the naturn of the terrain and th weather
sonitions during the poriod the emplormnt of t&aks in ms
newmt possible or practicable* The movomont of tanks was
rest'riOted to roads end ridge lines ari cross country fl
smnt Was sot possible.
Rest Of the employment of tanks in this unit waS x "
Inam, op and they were used as accompanyain guns in
55esttInantry Bat taflons aS&egisents. In such emplt
shUo'e-At-e from 500 to 2500 yards itre rofthetN
I f wtios hen the tanks oan have the protectlen f /ef
of theis mtwy aganst enemyantietank guns, where heavy
conestraisa of enemy artillertai by the tanks do net
nunl csualties!a$mng the itantry, and where the tanks are)
with*inprting
dittano when needed for direot i
on esml autosatU weapons.
Daing the attack of the flth Division urns the
RAPIDO Rdvetotfotive tank support from position Bast of
the rim me set possible due to tho fog and to the great
qusntityoft mats which was omnloyed, Pros later experionces
during of od visibilit, it is believed that with
good viit the tank fIes twos the positions occupi*d
would haVn beesaofLnvaluableasss
to the infantry in
thisa operatic.o T)~
the pesea of tanks in tho support of infantrfyie
a 5great mel aetor whether or not the tanks areatual
5 taks should not be pushed out into position in
I te tatntry and leftIn such positions at nighto ,
oenditiocs the value of the tanks is very l/mted
do to the libAlity to deliver effeetIve Lrs en alo thoy
are The tank b ag ~ln~l.to eneomy action. Asoulm
witwitn Ifantry postions or te ifantr b~o~ld
tanih emity for the tanks.
D~ltm~p 1ttlonmu ataeho tothen attr Division
lsmd AS!i1 inthe establishmet of the ASZIO
assisted
beachead ~ attaionoperated In close support of the
ifantry units to.uhih attaohed, engage eneyS ite autry
flhibeegun nes., an-Jtank gn. arowred vehiles atn k
,at every
0
portuity. bdireot tire,r sons wore c0et d/
/)with excelet re aits WI- iJiMI-ji with the ord Divs1i0
/Artillery.
Our landingoDG~~ay was mopposed by any si.scab3.
for e and we ptoosoded inlet for foulr l es on Dw4q oncount'
4 S+ A --A r ...
iwy tfones. It wa#s 21f5Jp-t~ 4 thtbap
ofa 10 &Me k sun& and r.orn mw
Afttr several days We GOrman plan of defense .oams
boues, rins and natural cover provided
Sdent
It used
by stream beds, canals and draws * poitions for strong pints.
r he strong points often constet e- aW or TM .ant-tank
.Uns eoxplwnlby=" n 'f-Ja rquently y%
sod lo
r ft
the 3ocohe would permit nr twos to penerate throuh thel
setwerk Of st"on points &t then flO upenour t ts
the :ear# At nght 170mm and Snns guns were brougt up cloe
tor trtJ lan to haras installations in the rear areai
The ,pnewhas sniped at our 1l.0's on many occasions
The GrIS In the w11O's operating in several ants bad to..keep
well laeSM their vehlcb s at ll tims to avoiL boing hit by
eum ri14W flre. Two men were wounded by sniper fino wbon
they "is tslv up in the turret to observe.
flr 510's were able to redue Genan strong pOits
by fJ S ia APC and fl delay into the Muose and ton the
Onoi attnpted to fle he was cut dovn by 3 inch XE at wia
fuse* e4" atd with .60 caliber xaclme pafin.*
a the I18 scout eAS are not suited te
0e 804neOanatssance
on the baOhad due to the pe3
flotatio n l" ground.
f11S Inch AGeBDF profee4xcellent results.
310's are not suitable for close support of infatry
while under sa arms fire due to the lack of vision slits in
the twnt for the tank comtnder. Recommend a turet porioopo
*i.ef-h rubbor block tracks of the 110 has preyd
uanttef..tory for any type of cross-country movement. *oeAomeS
'U issue Of steel trcks or the rubber heovron type.
lo4MeSa immediato
p r for all 31.10'. On sovoral occasions we have asliet
W*lt Vpo1iS through enemy action after battery failue, 4dospito
entaat motor carging daring radio oeoration.
R tei issue of *tiny Tim" ate
IT t destroye are to be neod as assault gums,
ne e a soeetal oaliber .50 machine gun be mounted in tme
flnt feelg tbs front.
@emmt t
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Lt. Col. Van w. lflaM, Goanding. Sl41th tan
oa rela tire to the+employmnut of tank teetror
Ba~tliouin t suepport of river eossiags.
: 5the S S~ gun selfe-popeflet tat Destryer Battalion
in the support tt&.river crossing probate an interesting
problem in esployset.* First the US ton vehiole sn wait for
the een~tnetien et the Armod Force brip dge or the Bailey
Wildse, so the pro-cossing eaplopant of the tan destroyer
Il be onsidered to heay. beautifully accurate S inch gKun
meo n bases nar the crossing in vieh enow stpore amd
n hi gmnners lurk. contrary to genera opinion tin gun ar
with fl"sh de d and with minis= oloaW74 -4 oseal torfi
enga e lose in targets. All U guns of the Battalien mast
be carofully registenod on a comma baso point ana points eoveral c0ek
in the tarot
area.
Eorward
Oserv
rs placod
wel
up
nf atry+ 4gm
witia _go.. fltnous 5a the river line in theacne of ,
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the ai~pajrj.fl "dt In'uk ,Ut aasse4 tires Of tile Lattalion to
bear on .targot. of epportunity and on leate*d enemy strong points.
These obiservors can also bf "tire to beer on any ono armor
which may be used In the i a agea of the crossin.
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s note: The above eoaents were made af r the
ombat inoident e ing of RIt
h. 0ao the RAPIDO by the N$th
fantry Division during the period ,Jan 20th2lst, whioh was
supported by the OlGth Tat Destroyer Qattalion.)
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The tollowiL{ennents by It. Col. Van 4. Pyland, Cmm
manding, 636 TD Battalion, reltlve to the Dual Mission of
Pank Destroyer organIzations are forwvrde] as beint of" n
terest.
HEAJVL'NES $Z6th 17W" LSROYEI AtTALIOW
Office of tlie Batt,.llon Commander
APO 464, . S. Army
7 March 1944
j Missio- or tlCe fl Destroyer
The primary :-isson or tre tank Cestroyer is arparent
by its r=D that is erense a ainst enemy arvnor. In ears
tpfls out this primary mlsion even in in ovfensive situe
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TO 0Ath tank destro..r seeks ty the exploitation of ter
rats and O r to maintain an advantae..e over Its heavier
armoed nn, h tabnk. peed in the occupation of noslmw
tionA fil-ds of fire coverin probable averues of tnproach,
conealed and dug in 'oviti-ns have become. a tr!e d ,
e:pe tactfs of' succeszfrl "tak killers".
..m.a .ritinlyne~~cInw "elcd or the tenk destroyer has
ben tried and proven in. tLe campai6n In Italy. Thot is
its sen ary role as artillery. In that this role is
playd by the tank .. Oostro-er a nuch rester percentaee of
its time in this thetter
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I tIs well to conrler the chara
ettriaties of' the Wcanon rid how it can be mrade to 'it
both ita primary and ,econrrry rissione,
fte greatest dani-er o: the tanl,: cestroyere erploy
flfntlas afl r is that it will not be post-oned and
in"tbe
ao1nttl
path o1' the eemy a,-:44ored
a Sf...l~t,
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at Laa s tank de and rightlyreconized
troyer taetie*. Yet-to place the tank destroyer in this
'direct tire position pronaturely is to expose it to unI
neecessary casualties from enemy tire and to ssci"_tice its
trenendous filre power in its seondary role as artillery.
Bore is how the dual mission snm be aooo~pllshe! sue
ceasfully. The flat trscetory, hig.h velocity cvn on ... 5'
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1,~,.,
the M-10 mount must be positioned behind very little mask
so that the minimum elevation will enable it to fire at
close-in targets. The usual artillery piece will ocoupy
a position behind a mask from which a destroyer can only
be fired at its maximum ranges. This means that positions
suitable for artillery are not usually suitable for the
tank destroyer.
On the other hand the destroyer's primary mission
demands that it be further forward near good routes and
close to its previously selected direct fire anti-tank
positions. So it is believed that if careful considera
ton is given the tank destroyer in the selection of its
indirect firing position, that it can perform its second
ary role without danger to the successful accomplishment
of its primary one. These Are the fundamental rules:
(1) That the indirect position be well
foward and as near the probable avenue of approach of
enemy arumor as the terrain permits.
(2> That this position afford at least
flash; defilade or concealment, but a very low mask in or
der to exploit the close as well as maximum rnges of the
gun.:
(3) That good routes lead from the indir
ect position to the direct position.
(4) That the ammunition requirements of
the direct and primary mission be constantly in mind.
(5) That the capabilities of the 3 Inch
gn fired indirectly by forward observer methods, at. tair
ly close ranges, using delayed fuse, at enemy pill boxes,
bnmkrs, and stone houses be thoroughly understood.
If these rules are known anr] Practiced the tank des
troyer cn accomplish its dual mission and completely justi
fyts existence and its extremely high cost to our govern
ment.
In rule five (5) above the registering of one gun of
nceh platoon of the battalion on a common bsse point and
closing .the eheafs, enables the battalion commander to fire
one gun or mass the fires of thirty-six in a very small
area with terrific effect.
YAN W. PYLAND
Lt Colonel, Infantry
Command ing
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AO 2E, ..- Army
4 February 1944
Action or let Battalion, lot Armored Regiment on Jan 31,1944
MAP RiivhbLt~ 0.5., 0.8., IDALY 4229, i/50000 1t iV
First Battalion, First Armored Re6nment (-Co 'A'- "B") moved at
09380hJanuary
31, 1944 to recnnoiter in a northeasterly
Ciroct
ian x-n F671385 to 75995 vicinity of Station Oampoleona to find
routes of advae and type or" oposition. Company "0" Ist Ar-iored
Resi6ment, Saptala Wiklham#.Ca-.rter,
CoumanCin.,- went into posi&%on
alomBridtYeP75iat-145
bra prepared to advance on miSsion
ItBritish) Th-Otn Divieirn forward unit, Duke atftWellinMton fleg4
ment was contacted at thl point, their advaneo elements were then
holdi-6 small il at F874V77. birst Bn. let Art Regt forward OP
at 7P M, Oeeny 'C" let Arm Re
4
,t moved forward and innediate
- .. noived act arms tire trom ride runnin t hrog 10639. After
4kltng o ,*tothese
to the west, Cim
s
infantrymen anK driviniy them
pany U0Ue t the northwest eneounteri n more infantry and mortar
fire. T*hs wag nducea, and a crozc% o the ravine rumnir throuLh
F88 378 WAS nt'toum until Company "C estled 1870 578. Nort of' this
point thrO ( oshiucs were made. Durn,- this time artillery and
air.bursts were oncentrated on Owpany "C". Company "C" advanced to
hill 78 3 .dr1vinc Gorman infantry off, time was then about 1430
hra Mdvanoe was made to F368388 tut was eto ped by anti-tank fire.
Compatp0, stayod this hill until dark, uner heavy artillery and
Small arsi n,. Adnco to north and northwest was stopoed by anti
tank fr utwi
tank destrOyed, by thin fire,
1fl"f3and P879390, one was
and Oeriis asisia. Company "C" Cettroyed one Cerman tank, type un-w
aknown, Company
battalion at 1545 hrc but was
at;08390.
"U' Joined
notGositod as nd Battalion, Ist Amc. egt was advancing at this time
7 " 'a l arep and as it was known that the whole torce would e withdrawn
at abot 700 bra. First Datalion was ordered to witheraw to bivouac
at ltK bra. This was accomplisheO and Eattallon clooed In bivoute
at- 000 h"
4C" an Nri, this .Operation OQpany. killed estim,-ted seventy .
five (78) Gera Zntatrymn destroyed German tanks and about
the ktr 9Cf 1, I Mtietank cun (7bn1, gr
.. mon~t, an two.unidentitied wheel vehiceos. .
i Lt Olin Dyer and his crew a missin; in action as a result or
itheir tank being knoeked Qut by Gema fltt-4a* fire.
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4 February 10)4
Company Bi1story, Company "A", let En., let Armored Regiment
The.followinZ is a history of the combat activities or o00A,
let Ar Regt coverincs the period from 1230 hreJan. 29, 1944 to0
hours an. 31, 19441
On tMe mornin of Jan. 29, 1944 the Company was well established
in a bivoue area approximately six miles inland rrom the town of An
zio, Italy'. Preparations havlnL been completed for an anticipated
combat misten-azainet theGerman forces who were attempti to attack
the Ameriea .th Army beachhead around Antio, the Company was orienta
ted on the situatlon and alerted to move on a forty rive minute notice.
At I235 bra on that day, Maj. William H. Tuck, Battalion Cwria&
dew, st En., called the Company Coi:lznder to Lie Command POSt, and
issued the ofoving orders:
"At 1240 your Co pany Is to be detached trot the En. and attach,
0 =t .&irst Armored Division, under comand of
ommd "A",
COl. K 1 abert You are to work with Co. "i" 81st Ron Bn., and are
to sunport with tire their forward patrols on a Hen mission. You
are to push on Ln an ageressive
manner and are t o reconnoiteor
the area
nor.thoeast as far as Is posaible. Move out immeditely anc make con
tact with Co. 'L9"81st Ron at 1300 hr, Good Luck".
The entire Company, under Com and of Capt. Gerald g. Dailey@
moved out in the followin, order at 1240 hours. Second platoon, acts
ing as *noint", under the command of lot Lt Wayne B. Yale, First
platoon under om--an or Und Lt Ralph K. Rethwell, Third platoan un-.
der command or fBd Lt John Watkins, and tb ompany maintenance and
cemmand section under lot Lt James Corte , the B assault gun platoon
conuistln ot three 38. h how, and tbeLr half-track mmnition caw
riers, under ocimnand of 1st Lt Freeland Laubin were at the tail of
the column to be used to support our tire on call from the Co. Coma
mander.
At 1300 hr's the Company halted at t he prearraed place and con-
tact was made by its CO with Capt. Dix, 00, Qanpany " 1" Slit Ron.
Ar'ranemcnts f~or inter-ccmnunicatlon and the plans for, the mission
wore laid and discussed. The plan involved workinj, norta or our pres
ent area, strikin
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into the German lines, determinn their omposi
tion, stre~ljt and etrn8 points, making a detailed situdy or their
defences, and renortiwo this infonnation to the Combat Gemnatd.
\ At about IZ5Q hrs th, entire force moved out. It consisted of
CCo. ' 8'1st Ron bn., with attached platoon oL
+
the lth Ergr En.,
and thiJs campany. Anproxtmately three miles tro our jinp off' posi
tion, onemy dery upon in form o
art.lle ncended us the air bursts and
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n"2otin 4o.0nrFIa dneided togru
g the tnnks in a.la&rce fiold, oveeari all dnettow,.to place a n"
tine 6un outpost 26 yd in front of evory tVo tanks, do what main
tensace was necessary and &et some mouch needed sleep. Th* 00. and
Platoon Leaders made a dismounte, study of the round and picked their
positims. owevor we were soon in for a rorrowful lesson, for as
soon as the Company sreae out to takc up their positions, the sort
ground .ave way under the weight oZ"the tanks. About three-feurths
of the tanks were mIred down and it wau not until 4sWQ the next moIre
inc that the last tank was pulled on to sate gjround. The teat was
accomplished with the aid of two T-2 recovery vehicles, one or .which
alSo.1bo*ed down, and. with the added &lCo feach o:r the seventeen
tow cables, tled end on end to the dusalled vehicles. feedless to
few if any, recelved eithier food or sleep since the Jumip oll time.
Lurlncav ls time enmy tielt Art. batueries kept a constant bsrraj,,e
around our area, The Lrttitb 'orces ct t o nsame tine were Makin
an attack not Law tram our positions, on our rijht riank. The noise
o.: their attack, plus the counter-battery and the firing o' our own
nwa terrific. All durin,. the night the sky was ablaze wibh
wrious colored Very Pistols, both on the Gerwn side and on our own.
for the SstOr part ox" the i..nt some lone enemy planes Vlew over
(o awn, 4ropping flares behind us, and over in the British seetor.
Many a ftpesoMel tabs were dronoed and a row small bots. ior
tunately they.w no t so interezted in our little group, and so no
damagoe Was dose.
At-0 400 re. nJan. 0 i WasO ,Ca to re ort to Col. LTert
at 0"A" iq. Upon arr vin t.ere we le-rneI thLt tLe cmpany vas no
longer aask:noad on the reconissance m5.Es.0;, .ut would woAk ;tL te
fl S#,,. st A mdRet In a cooralnaLed attac' ainst theopositions
we had encountored the previous day. t that!m we were told that
we WouiA work on the let Vlin1 o! the.14 .n., ,t protect that tlanc
while they advanced.
Upon arriviu
4
bach t area, about (UtG,the company were
alerted and Jven the plan with oreosrs tlwL We world proceed at cawn
and rsach-the cross roadc about 500 f..s Vron otur positiln ndf ewait
the arrival of "U' Co, Lnd "I" Uo. At dawn we advrnced, took up posi
tions and waited and walted.. t aout (710 ir.s the sky bec&me
full with MortarOF&Ae which soereod to shoot up 5nto the air t a.
terrl opoed like a rocket, burst at albout 200 rt and filled the
a
ai with dne smoke. b7"073)3 l:rs it was mpos itie to mckc out
vehicle ten yds away. With littie ease of mind we hey our positions
..to see what would happen next. jtgq M tri 0.0., L* Col Cole, was con
tacted and we learned that i"flhl Co. was bog;ed diown much the soe way
as we had Leen-. Rowever about 0t300 hr3 the Co. arrived andl .ontact
was made. Tho% took. up tteir posttions, and Capt hilszornyer, tras
"".7..., Lb run,ert tho C.Q. of""I" Co., ndCapt Dailey or WAN Co ~ot
tojether to plan our next move, 4 this time tize smoke ,,screen wag
so thick thr:t we haO troutle seeiln6 each. other, It became slightly
out w-ns0 tanks were where or where they were. It was decided thamt
"1" Go. wal advance In line over the sucoesnive ridces, tollowed
by "N
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Coo &n ",at "A" Co. w vozld protect their lett flank from anmy
tanI.atIack would the
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tho enemy Lad been
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were holdt.#
Now that.the
nuber
or
tanks
increased
ti.o enemyV
po,'urei
more shells
lute: the area.
Damage
sitght
and no oasualtle
was
on our pert.
The attaok
started
- but nit no sooner
beun
than LL oalled
on iLn
the radc!o
to hol our positionr
ns report
Col Cole
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to t:4 pers
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t:on on our rlht
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Thnt
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Lnstcr'
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on
lPnned as
attack
anJOdestroy
tV-ese
tanks.
plan was
it. t ee ta
,iThe
for "H co.
to
r or the front,
"I" Co.
ri.ht
flank,
andtr
"" aCo.
to sw .< arounI
their
to ta&k tie left Clank,
mnd also
tect thx etreme
lert
pro
'lank
from enemy
comter-at
tack.
OfL we went ejiinl
Pollowo
T tc :i"e "1i" Co. pushed
out cauiousy,
by 'I" C., awd with
o. on the
,otner
stcrted
left Plank,
We no
to untanle
0 f
tAl
take uo positions
than the enemy laid
dobn a tc.<-,ic artillery
barra.e
directly
on our nostions.
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fth rotter
part airm-burst,
with
"DuG"
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icro' foun
in toe
U&M
nd tre heavier.
nreaj which
proved
to be of the
type.
As cle
attack
PtOc-'rested
170m
a point where
the Art,tntmreased
until
it reached
oth txo sh ' an. t.c ro ;n. were Co+,,eC witb bursts.
Ior a tine it ws extremely
:! c:ult oo trans:'It,
Cue to
andC the rooking
,of
the noise
the tan from too clone
Xitt,
Watkins
tank was thrown
un almost
on
in one instance
Lt
its rear idlers
- and looked
like a bucktn
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"A" Co. seenec
to take
ling
on te rerot
ridge,
the Gerian
the w orst of the shel
o'Lservers
'I
spotted
of
Companiles
Comin
over It anc
savin.
a
then adjusting
in on tmt ridge
that lust as we
so
it they lad it
"eached
well firec
in. When
the first
doeon
shells
landed
ir our area we quickly
backed
until
It stopped
and just as quickly
retook
out ot'it-, waited
our positions,
Just
we retook
thes the shellk
as
landeC
behind
us whore
they Started
we hd been.
Acain
to 6et us end aain
we nlayeri
into
the .,ame.
This developed
a contest
between
the Genutn
otsorvers
and L-unners
and
Tut the tanks
won out
the tanks.
ror the Gemnans
placed
hind us#
shell
after
shell
be-
In tront
o us, on either
side,
enCirectly
overhead.
Pren
all thlefire
no men were hurt.
As the ltuation
developed
the
next r1dge,
It was here that
O mpany
moved
forward
to the
we sot a view or our enemy
L*nIn
Up
rire,
all
orders
tanks on
groups
a rtdgs,
in turret
opened
fire
on
of
ai'lade
we
inf'antry,.
entire
enemy
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sector
Co.
tigw houses
where
inld
seen,,-
had
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wr
run..tn..
int-. n ou
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at.
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so en.rse
front
that
unni
n ; aosne, t Ourl~
they completelye
forcot
about
the
sod
h oactrton
Of
air-bursts
bein
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laid down upon us. The use or the Leld JIaeOn
rae.hlyl
styressed,
and~they proved
invaluable
f"or spottin
move
ment.
Only dur~lnz.
particular
heavy
Art. concentrations
dP~ car
nanders
o~n
close
their turrets.
We found
it feflssary
to keep tl~cfl
open 90 01 the time-a
and to observe.
The
Jective
of
comneny roached what was cleterrrned as their f'inal ob
edvajes:e
and took
rocitions up
to protect
tle fink
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our tw07cez on our r Proressc wIth .them s.eeiem be partisu-
Itrly claw - ni t ier plans were disrupted when they couldn
t
t find
t:Vc eiomy tanks. Vor the rendir evathe day the campany tired
upon targets or opportunity, all of a, dlnotatod nature, and des
tnnited enoNYG*..s - or pozsihle 0.p.ts to the redium tvnkn who
could roach them with their tire.
As a whole thc entire ecrnpany kept as co0l as ice durin. tte
operatons. ?hiis a e1yknticant point e tfow it has been rany months
since any battle action hat talen olace tor the*, and nany t
battle experenee
o e
men are newly traine4
taniers
via ave Ad xo
Again, the Art, concentrations encountered were of a hI.eavier nature
than those encountered in the Ttislan ca,-oaian. control or the
platoons no excellent. In this respect partieular er(dlt ;,ust be
,
civen to Lt Yale ror the handlirL hofis platoon, -since it was the
torward element e$cktng its nose into enemy held territory. Lt
Rothwell and Lt Watkins, both new at h.. game, dir. themselves credit
and established themselves well. At no time did either of the three
Lts. tail to carry out ris assignment and each worked perectly to
protect the advance of eai other by rite and movement. The radio
ccmimteation and radio clscinline were excellent.
r Nrlng tbe entlre days operation a niper-cub plane, of a dark-
or color O.D. than either ours or the British, bearin. no idonti
ficatlon arhngs whatsoever, was observoe. Thi plane would circle
fly pttione three or four times, then take off. Within a r"ew min
utes a heavy barra ox enemy Art, would fall unon us. It was not
noted until about 1600 hrs tmt thin was possibly an enemy 0.P. plane.
An order to bring this plane down .'7.re was issued by Capt Dailey
*-but no sooner was the messa e tru.nsmittoc
* than the olane dovo
low over the trees to our t'ront ant disaopear3d behind theo (Xnera
inos. There is no doubt but that tils was an enemy olane -P direct-
in ftire upon us. A very clever Hun trick-, that worked|
Along about 1700 hre the order to witnctraw under cover of.ciark
nes, but firet to protoct the witd.rawal ot tie Nediwn tanks wee
ieued. The Company was to i'all-Cackn thm tne.6th Int. linest
had eoe up.lat , in the afternoon-t, coneolidate the poattosw
At 10 uhrs the third platoon r.,ithdrew with the ear eowdr
181frootat '102 hro, tl.e rirst platoon w t r
fl"tr._ihb a t second
AU
A""he platoon withtrcw.
three plaAtoons.went into niJt Coeonae in a prear ran(ed p ce along
witri the Assault QUnz platoon, and the..Ooepsny Eq. The olato~ns wore.
put into position by Lt,. Cortes, who throvtfh~ut this entire operation
carritted out Uis duties as executive officer and maintenance olfio4Ix
Isi a superior manner. Time and time a,amn he relieved the ompany
Ccrmaier a' tedious time taktn details, and it was reetly, t hisMA
* est"rts that all tanks eotnlett the 0epentins.
VWhile returniw : to the tivouac+area,+iLt Rotbwoll, leadnc hi~s
own niatoon on foot, unavoidably waked larte a plarviously Ianc hrit
ish "haety" mnine rield. Lt Rothwells tank wee tlown up, wounding
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'rottttle within 24 tire with
a c~..onlete nor niaension
t;zev and track.
Upon reachig bivou c tan>1, CEWS cArsed up, cleaned arms , re
plenished
their experde6 a.nuniUt qon and outposted the area tar night
defense.
Alon .&bout 23v0 nr, the tirot member retired tor slep,
Th's night wa spent on Coir. muon needed mintenance, which the
a bLy hnted.
maintenane
setlon
The company was u
t
t 'n ell rerrestheo
(roi thei lirat
few hours, *3n0p since aua
O
-t
&
, nc6 rtcdy to :.itt acain. However
US !lttltOn chanjed, vnd, t was cecidea thrt the COpany would
hold its poitions ad remarI tn reserve. Fere we stayed the en
tire ay bii06-eubjnted
to oi fnterttant
Art tfire. The men
rereshe&themselves
with V.o,,d, sleep and all cleaned up, shaved,
an once again presented th(u presentable
appearance
for which th*
l8 Armd DIV. is noted.
At 19M h Phat aiUht orOersawere received to return to ou
original birouac in the forert andc Stay On the alert ror*ruture open
tioa. Th nreb in was uneve.Int'ul
and was carried oftl.L in aL oN.crly
anner. Pwstc alon the road, Vbe main a . c, advance and or supply
was heavy. But the olu'n "ematnod intact ant closec in U vouao area,
10,ith all members t4C all ven
t
cles present or accounted ror alout 2200'
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At 0815 hurs January
$1-, U44, I received
an order trom Bn.
0.0. to rove my company
as the losd-in,..
element
of a force which was
to make a reconnaissance
in torce o" rn area in thu vicinity
or Stazi
di Camipoleone,
Italy, tor:o te clve-r,4les
north of Atnzio.
Thwecolumn
moved without incident to a Ant aoproxitately
one hair tile short
o" the IP. (879-ob).
ier:. ,.. rre sucetec
rther heavy enemy ar
tUllery
rife fro.r
A.cL we ore nevor free r'or more than a few min
utes at a time durin& the es:ttre day. As Wt pcssed the 14P. and be
ganto fan out to take u prodest ,nated pozitons
to aw:it further
or lers, ti ere wa a bit of nervous
chatter
over the rtadio, indicating
prles,ame
jitters.
iT, however,
..ieted down by the timt; we had
advanced
some one ttousrid
r.i6
"
a one into position
Just south
of the read at 866-36.
As we went into por.teon
eInd the A0,e crest on our rUrst
cheek point, the leain.1
.1 toc.n (Urn),
covmrandea
by Lt
oiened fIre on a droup or e. y infantrymen
In anr around,
Olin L. Dyer,
a rall
tarzo 1:ouso on thcs opposite r1e i the road. A!nerently,
these Gennan
troops were completely
surnriseQ
I ecause there vzas ueneral
confusion
as they raced taxdly Into then ."'.3eC to escape the Mactine
gun tire
bo~rh
0
poured on them ,oit 5nto Lo house was a grave mistake for
the Jerries,
txouh;
iUecauro
t tank unners
iecan to terar rown the
house with 37 Armn3or ?lerc.
00olls,
4
'he horse had to be evacuated
anC sa.e oi the enemy cucceed0er.
rerchin-
a o.ed draw a counle
ot-urIred yard ra. (9C4-uw!4 9). tven.Glen, Cur-rc.m
wouldnIt
Just as the oreer t ..ve .n cane over We rac'o, m cine-uns
openee ur on un Tro- r .. i
hilltop
(3b4-1?)
.Thislll
%21r1:"r
- -w 0fl.
utmost
it, jo.:t u..s ....
: .
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. e
2
otf tie tan. Uted y'ovr r"z< I>.. :o;.'c.s. oj_"
sOmett1..cs .. w,,
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A tor
,en,,, he .,lushes a
J'ss+
I .n t
raL. it--"c-ll
Lth.'n:.
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iUg 'Lz
-!t e
ccra
t
ress
..
t>.:: to~'Ttatton".
Icicn'
try tu:o V... rtop th~en becauze
.had my rezerve
platoon under my
rK to
thrn'S an! huc , ;', oT. Oervatin
oi the whole terrain.
'Hi-ey worked
tho plt:c orr thorotjhly
a&.,- le.ter reporto
jtnners styed wit1r their curs unti they were
tO Vh't: the eneny maclhine
literolly
knocked Ot
them.
At L.iz podfn,'. I wa or"erod
to r(:connoiter
a wooded ravine,
Prom UC- O to Q7ZnSS4,
f'or ruitabLle
croso1.ngs.
1-or th~e teosLt
La chosen Qv op....osite
.: for h1,i main line of relstane,
Travel
ing along our oc1.e o' ti. ravine,
we ty- a'-ed
n!"ny o the enemy on
the om.
i two hundred
ya r' s way, rho merely Clc ec' Into
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V1itjtr-Athea
w
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h M STa Fi turaP
thie time
e 'I; 7Ae -0_lVin1
a terrilic
crnount o-n artillery
anu morter tire, as
well as
will cun lolme tire; but it didn't meem to bothor anyone
ru0n In roct, rowevn
fl7 , 3 tilo tanks ever closed the turret llds
tutr. , the entire day. ?ost o
bursts
te air
were too 4niI.q e
f~Ta~ys. then a crori.w.s ThwW at CC%?8 at anoter 2 yet
3-. wo platoone
were quickly
a."roas and on thc hifi rovnC on the
opposite
tide. The thir had ecn iert to cover the cronrinss
Ac
I reahed the hLi-h ground the i "latoon z( alrecd4 oned
tin. The Seond Platoon
:clowea
rnt, Burnt left to to n6a2:t ridge
an! olmied the party. pposred ttfne to te aceneal Uere. at th
Gexmn retreat,
for they sban ,inec .uns, musette
base, coats, hats,
tlanketa,
an everythin.
Te company
at this time war in noeition
slows_ a i1 e tnS
r 431Wt!),74 to kt-378.
en the enemy troops
Jz"-ina alom tao line &5Qz*
t ,35 M$.were
comin.:; out ot Ix halos
and w1th"draWing
to tterever
se slone.
An wder to move-to
tn.e northeast
to reconnoiter
rmo normil-.le
*oVsin
ot the railoaI
I the vicinity
of 871-48
was re6olved.
In the
4to advane
th1
over-ran
loctcn
rO
morttr e- nilace~rents
con
tainic, ,three
(3)aboadoned
1.tvy mortars
ac much Squirnent,
At
thlehouse
Just south
:I'-'7, Irmntry was 'encoxmtered
in 1az, e nit
hrr e4 fl abandoned
an Lv.nL un, esirated
7 was castroyed.
i-i2if4 taet*.:At2on
which .'olowed
in the ta rrom 371-37,
rttcast
Co tP& ratme
bridi e, it <jer
t
s tar& wias cc.le'
by & e lt-rronele
lJ anti-tank
u whic: was l .'iaie1y "'it an. s:t on tIre b s/L-Yt
Erayns C.. Zrmn,
Platoon
cerL-ant
oi :irst Pltuoon.UtLrl..enrzn
made a most gallant
effort to rotch Lt Dyer, who alow. w .th vt forcr
inter, we seen. t get out of the tnk, but enemy tank and anti-tank
fror rove im off.
retire,
placed
Th'en -fsi .orced
to r ,.tL.rnna
nspoiio !~tak
we
teenmy 5ni1 ritry mon swt rr'-e:
o isabled
the
was
tank until
7. ,) any
ordered(WKanwto rit
at darke
Lt DonaIG I,.Bonawits'
cuvmor, 18 EBvere.e
B. Perrien,
des
t. two ,.:.,a
IV ,,l. 7 onc ;
.... (2).-aXr
a&,,: - ,
3ob i'ell urnee,
to t Jae-A.
Gitloa.ic'm
jnnc,
Pvt finely .. .atson, dclrtroyed
two unidetIiod
whnlee
vele,
oth of waic41hLurnei
on the road
A ut n y- .Uve ' r r, . lt L r ro n Oe w creLl i n i e t e t
on the
,.-test81
vh:icc oc'urrea
ix: ti,: .
*
o"
enoral v -1L'ty :t~ftase
t' en toz'ced! to withdraw,
to t7 c hiji, ,rounr at 38-375 because
of it ense crossfIre
tr'n tanks m d anti-tank
au!18, nu._ .ire
wore ired by the *ne y, arid irrndiately
we were ant Jeted t o the
heaviest
barrvace or air-burat
I have ever. seen, Followlrn, this bar'
ng4 enemy infantry
attaeiptet
t e. attack our position
at OCC-Z75
but. never Succeeded
in coming cloerP than 36S-378.
wi;er.e they wae
nannec cown b machine &un rire trom our tanks. t my cirection the
Eno Assault
Gun Plazoon,
under It Dcut in, placed an c>ooallent
cone
centration
on this. inr'antry.
Th counter-attack
was promptly finished.
The oomtpany
then withdrew
along the axis of advance
under the cover
of darkness.
quots -- British MOST SUCREi
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17n1a
of
Ca pooleone, from two '1hunared M cstnc! oertinaro
be a tank brrier, touhslihtly sunken In places.
La ", inrt4%;i ry- ""t Lvzy l o L t apo% U 414,a
6. Tank3 can operate in the atea covered by this recorltlspnce
7. sasecd on present e ey strenj4and C soston vnuti c' the Th(
th a t1
Seno~y iner In the sector w th catmar--tIve ease.
i te1ve t reinforeed tanV httal co0, Irea !bro:h the
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