For 7th Armored Division readers, this book is especially relevant to 7th Armored Division's 17th Tank Battalion and 814th Tank Destroyer Battalion. Click here to see my latest posted health status. S/Sgt. If there is a link indicated for a name, click on the link to see the citation and a photograph of the soldier. Disinterment of Solers X-43 has been approved. 507th Counter-Intelligence Corps Detachment: Aug, Oct-Dec 1944, May 1945 March 45: Germany, area of Mehlem and Bad Godesburg on west bank of Rhine River 7th Armored Division Combat Interviews - The Ruhr Pocket: April 3-16, 1945 (Click here for information about this book.) They would like one of the veterans to be one who served in a tank. early May 45: Task force moves far to the east to meet the Russians 7th Armored Division Trains; 129th Ordnance Maintenance Battalion; 77th Armored Medical Battalion; Military Police Platoon; Band [page 482] ATTACHMENTS Antiaircraft Artillery. late April 45: Germany, north to the Baltic 22610 244th Ave S. E. Click here to see the web page on this action, including the map. Sillegny, France - 19 Sep 1944 Some may already be recovered but buried as Unknowns, since 1940's technology could not definitively identify them. May 19, 2020 - Explore Philip Barnett's board "U.S. 7th Armored Division", followed by 1071 people on Pinterest. But there is no comprehensive list. (Other units have some or most months, but these are the only ones thus far to have all months posted.) Early February 1945: 7AD’s Combat Command R attached to 78th Infantry Division for attacks on Strauch, Simmerath, Steckenborn, and other towns in the area of the Huertgen Forest; rest of the Division is out of combat These Shermans are waiting inspection near Seoul in October 1948. Click here for a web page about the dedication. early April 45: Germany, reduction of Ruhr Pocket 6 June 1944 - Boarded Queen Mary in New York harbor 17-23 December 1944: 7AD moves to Vielsalm-St. Vith area, to defend against German Ardennes Offensive (Battle of the Bulge); St. Vith is the most critical strategic point for German supplies in the entire front, and it is denied to them far beyond their timetable, effectively dooming their entire offensive and making possible the defense of Bastogne (Other units have some or most months, but these are the only ones thus far to have all months posted.) May 45: Germany: meet the Russians; V-E Day late April 1945: Move north to the Baltic Sea in the Ludwigslust area . The director at the time this was taken was CWO Robert Horton, although he was not marching with the band, as he always did when we paraded. 23 Jul 2018 Update: 48th Armored Infantry Battalion is the first to be completely posted for all of these months. Silvester, Lindsay McDonald (Div CG): "Stars Saves Bars!" late March 45: Germany, encirclement of Ruhr Pocket along south and east WARNING about Wikipedia and other one-page sources of 7AD "information": There is a web page about the US 7th Armored Division on Wikipedia. Entered the military service from Kingston, New York. Kathleen Kear, Editor Other Books Click here 6 Jul 2020 Update: Partial Additions: Tom Lutge, son of A/38 & B/48 veteran Albert Lutge, has created a memorial web site of grave/cemetery photos of 7AD men. 932 likes. Belgium (second time) - Overview of 7th Armored Division in the Battle of the Bulge 87th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron: Jan 1945 7AD and Anne Frank: 7AD made several crossings of Anne Frank’s path, though never near the same time. Belgium (third time) If you have any suggestions, I would be glad to do the research into the WW II activities of the 7th AD Band. New Oct 2020 He was there when, as supply sergeant, I helped close the unit out in the Fall of 1953 after the end of the Korean Conflict. Sadly Francis passed away shortly after doing this interview. ), 23 Jul 2018 Update: 48th Armored Infantry Battalion is the first to be completely posted for all of these months. It is not known if Rudolph Matus was in 3rd Platoon, but the locations shown are precisely those where remains of other soldiers have been found over the years. Dupuy, Trevor N, David L. Bongard, & Richard C. Anderson, Jr. Goldstein, Donald M., Katherine V. Dillon, & J. Michael Wenger. You can see all 10 sessions here. 14 July 1945: Large contingent of low-point men departs to train for invasion of Japan Casualties. Ordered to withdraw, Cpl. early April 45: Germany, reduction of Ruhr Pocket (Other units have some or most months, but 48 AIB is thus far the only one to have all months posted.). 1 May – Bergen, Germany – Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp: The British liberated the camp 15 Apr – just a few weeks too late for Anne and Margot Frank who had died there in March. So the camp had been liberated for about 2 weeks when 31st Tank Bn men visited there, taking photos and recording this brief note about the horrors that were all too obvious: “A number of officers and men during the remainder of the morning paid informal visits to the concentration camp at Belsen now under control of the British. the Individiual Deceased Personnel File of Leo W. Goers, web page about the US 7th Armored Division on Wikipedia. late March 45: Germany, encirclement of Ruhr Pocket along south and east 14th Cav Gp: 18 Dec 44-1 Jan 45: Engineer. March 45: Germany, area of Mehlem and Bad Godesburg on west bank of Rhine River Germany (second time) He was a squad leader when the task force to which his unit was attached encountered resistance in its advance on Kirchain, Germany. Germany (third time) Mid-April 1945: Move to Dransfeld, awaiting further orders South Korea filed to strengthen their cause in free elections held in May 1950. Click here for a web page about the memorial, including design drawings. Click here to see the web page on this action, including the map. 23-31 December 1944: 7AD defends Manhay and Grandmenil on the northern shoulder of the Bulge Click here to see the book on Amazon. Eighty-three 7AD men have never been found and identified. Click on his name for further information. 119, 17 December 1945 1 March 1942: 7th Armored Division activated at Camp Polk, Louisiana under command of Gen. Lindsay Silvester In any future war on the Korean Peninsula, U.S. and South Korean forces would encounter a familiar foe: the Korean People’s Army (KPA) 105th Armored Division. The French title is "Août 1944: La Libération de Rambouillet, France". However the U. S. Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) is still working on the case. But about 35 to 40 men may be recoverable and identifiied. I continue to have an interest in looking into activities of the 7th AD Band during World War II, since you have the band listed as a unit, with nothing further included. Disinterment of Solers X-43 has been approved. Contact Wesley Johnston for more information. Presented Distinguished Service Cross at Groot Haasdal, Holland on 4 Dec 44. -- Wesley Johnston Through the use of Switchboard software, I was able to locate, contact and confirm a total of 45 members, including individual addresses, phone numbers and life activities following their time spent with the 7th AD Band at Camp Roberts. So here are the camps that I have found, in chronological order, all in 1945. Date not yet set: A very large and impressive peace Memorial of the Seille near the Seille River at Sillegny, France, is being erected. late April 45: Germany, north to the Baltic 29 Oct 2018 Update: 129th Armored Ordnance Maintenance Battalion (except Med/129 for Sep-Oct 44) and 147th Armored Signal Company are completely posted for all of these months. 2nd Lt. Robert Moranda commanded the Heavy Machine Gun Platoon of Headquarters Company of the 38th Armored Infantry Battalion, until he was captured at St. Vith, Belgium in December 1944. Oflag XII-B was at Hadamar, just north of Limburg. (Other units have some or most months, but 48 AIB is thus far the only one to have all months posted.) 1-3 July 45: Move to the U.S. Maj. Donald P. Boyer was the S-3 (Operations) Officer of 38th Armored Infantry Battalion. The page was based on the Army's post-war one-page summary done of 7AD's actions in WWII that was woefully inaccurate, very clearly written by someone who knew very little about what 7AD had really done. Triplett, William S. (CO of CCA): "A Colonel in the Armored Divisions" Click here for the web page that presents the full evidence in this case. March 45: Germany, area of Mehlem and Bad Godesburg on west bank of Rhine River Click here to see the book on Amazon. In October 1944, remains were found but he could not be identified and were buried as Andilly Unknown X-44. The only attempt at such a list was made 30 Jun 1947 by the Adjutant General. 1-8 Jun 2020 Update: Partial Additions: Late February – 24 March 1945: move up to the Rhine River between Cologne and Remagen August 1944: The Liberation of Rambouillet, France. 25-31 March 1945: Cross the Rhine River and rapidly move to complete the inner southern envelopment of the Ruhr Pocket The invasion of South Korea on 25 June 1950 exposed a hollow Army. 26 Aug 2019 Update: 33rd Armored Engineer Battalion is completely posted for all combat months & July 1945. Nangis, France - 26 Aug 1944 Liberation 38th Armored Infantry Battalion: May 1945 7AD did not liberate any of the infamous death camps but did see Bergen-Belsen. Click on the "Morning Reports" link above (under the 7AD patch at the top of the page) to go to the page where the MRs are currently being organized and presented. ", Wallace Nolin notes: "a posed, publicity picture taken sometime during the summer of 1953. late March 45: Germany, encirclement of Ruhr Pocket along south and east It is now hoped that DPAA will recognize this powerful evidence that Solers X-43 is almost certainly Leo W. Goers and disinter the remains of X-43 (now buried at the Epinal, France, US Military Cemetery, Plot B, Row 4, Grave 21) for comparison with the DNA of family members of Leo Goers. 7th Infantry Division troops negotiate snow and ice during the battle on Attu in May 1943. Combat Interviews of the 7th Armored Division: France: August-September 1944. In all, he made 10 separate trips through the brutal fire, each time bringing out a man from the death trap. (Click here to see them all.) Dedicated 27 August 2016 - Click here to see the web page on the ceremony. They belonged to the 77th Tank Battalion of the US 7th Infantry Division which was part of the occupation forces in Korea since the end of WWII. Winieska, Françoise. His story "Of War and Women" is now published and available online. July-September 1945: Many high-point men transferred to other units for earlier transport home; many new men transferred into Division Contact Wesley Johnston for more information. Some may already be recovered but buried as Unknowns, since 1940's technology could not definitively identify them. Combat Interviews of the 7th Armored Division: Encircling and Reducing the Ruhr Pocket (April 1945). After the collapsing of the Ruhr Pocket, 7AD moved to the area north of Kassel for a rest. From the time I spent with the band at Camp Roberts, I do have formal pictures of the 7th AD Band, posed and marching along with several candid shots I personally took, or had taken of the band during parades and during concerts presented in various parts of California. For example, the Division was shown moving from France to the Netherlands on 8 October 1944 and going into a defensive role. (9 May 1945 - 11 October 1945) late April 45: Germany, north to the Baltic "Loss and Redemption at St. Vith: The 7th Armored Division in the Battle of the Bulge" by Gregory Fontenot, Col. U. S. Army, Retired. Click here for a web page about the monument and the dedication. The devastating successes of the German armored units in Poland and France underscored America's need for an effective armored force. He was with all of the Combat Commands at one time or another, until he was sent to Ft. Knox for radio school, leaving 7th Armored in August 1942. New Oct 2020 ): Many members were on all four lists and I was the supply sergeant as the band unit, along with the rest of the division, was closed down in the fall of 1953 as the truce in Korea took effect. Germany (third time) 2-5 September 1944: Out of gas, except for feint toward Luxemoburg After crossing the Rhine, the combat commands of 7AD moved in parallel columns in the double-envelopment of the Ruhr Pocket. The official US Army history books can be ordered from the US Government Printing Office's online bookstore: click on this link and scroll down to "United States Army in World War II Series". Click on the "Morning Reports" link above (under the 7AD patch at the top of the page) to go to the page where the MRs are currently being organized and presented. 446th Quartermaster Troop Transport Company: Oct-Dec 1944, May 1945 To buy the 2-volume set, please contact Cheryl Higley; 7th Armored Division Association Secretary; 292 Scott Swamp Road; Farmington, CT 06032 or phone 860-678-1018 or e-mail cmhig58@sbcglobal.net. For their families, World War II will never really end until they know what happened to their soldier. The Battle of the Bulge Association continues to have reunions. 17th Tank Battalion: now complete for Aug-Dec 1944, Jan-May, July 1945 This web site, from Camp Croft, SC recounts his experiences before and with the 7th Armored Division, as well as his experiences as a POW. The next day, on the 28th they were liberated by the 7th Armored Division.” In a 3 Apr 1945 interview, 7AD assistant G-4 officer, Maj. David Roberts said the POWs “were in a pitiful state of well-being”. The 7th Armoured Division was an armoured division of the British Army that saw distinguished active service during World War II, where its exploits in the Western Desert Campaign gained it the Desert Rats nickname. This was the 30-minute interview with Francis Chesko (B/33 AEB). But the research behind the text is just as valuable. Robert H. Dietz - Company "A", 38th Armored Infantry Battalion - Posthumously, for his actions March 29, 1945 at Kirchain, Germany 28 Sep 2020 Update: Niek is attempting to make some progress on finding the remains of Rudolph Matus. The tank battles of North Africa and Russia in early 1942 caused the US Army to recognized the need to drastically increase the number of its armored units. Mr. Horton went to Korea shortly after this picture was taken. Up until recently, these files have been out there for more than 70 years, but the fact that they both refer to the same tank has only recently been found. McCord, Howard "Mutt" (Mortar/HQ Co/38 AIB): Reminiscences 507th Counter-Intelligence Corps Detachment: Jan-Feb 1945 June - 1 July 45: Occupational duties in Dessau and Köthen by the Elbe River, in the future Soviet Zone of Occupation The deaths for each unit of the Division are on separate web pages, accessible from the unit web pages (see above). Plans for Ceremonies 25-31 March 1945: Cross the Rhine River and rapidly move to complete the inner southern envelopment of the Ruhr Pocket Early February 1945: 7AD’s Combat Command R attached to 78th Infantry Division for attacks on Strauch, Simmerath, Steckenborn, and other towns in the area of the Huertgen Forest; rest of the Division is out of combat Sadly Francis passed away shortly after doing this interview. Identification and Recoveryof Still Missing 7AD Men 40th Tank Battalion: May 1945 New Books on 7AD in the Bulge Cpl. The status of the case is not known, since DPAA does not provide any information until the identificationis confirmed -- which could take 2-3 years, based on experience with DPAA's handling of past cases. Click on the "Morning Reports" link above (under the 7AD patch at the top of the page) to go to the page where the MRs are currently being organized and presented. Workshop News The Souvenir Français Committee placed a new plaque on the monument with the names of the two men. Mid-April 1945: Move to Dransfeld, awaiting further orders 27 May 2019 Update: 203rd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion is completely posted for all combat months & July 1945. 8 May 1945: V-E Day Eighty-three 7AD men have never been found and identified. (Other units have some or most months, but these are the only ones thus far to have all months posted.) 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