Mid to late February 1945: When Germans blow their own dams to block Allies path, 7AD men are attached to engineers to rebuild roads at Stavelot and Elsenborn; headquarters of 7AD remains in Germany At that time, Gen. Kilburn, Commanding General of 11th Armored Division, asked for Goodwin's transfer to 11th Armored, since they had been together in 7th Armored's CCA at Camp Polk. Click here for a web page about the monument and the dedication. My first objective in doing the research, if I was able to locate enough of the fellows, was to organize some sort of reunion, but circumstances prevented that. The very deadly ambush destroyed seven half-tracks and a jeep and killed the men whose names are inscribed on the monument, which you can see in the Monuments section of the 7th Armored Division web page. Peter's web pages on his wartime experiences. Santin, Eric. Click here to see the book on Amazon.com. Germany (third time) May 45: Germany: meet the Russians; V-E Day 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 30 September 8 October 1944: Bitter combat with high casualties at Overloon 2-5 September 1944: Out of gas, except for feint toward Luxemoburg If you want to know more, read the many documents on the 7AD Document Repository page, and follow the links on that page to other 7AD pages. 7th Armored Division Association 7th armored division world war ii & korea history: The 7th Armored Division fought from August 1944 until V-E Day, coming ashore on the Normandy beaches and reaching all the way to the Baltic Sea. 20-28 January 1945: 7AD retakes St. Vith Altogether there are now about 55,000 pages of Morning Reports on this web site. 8 August 1944: Sailed for France, France 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. In October 1944, remains were found but he could not be identified and were buried as Andilly Unknown X-44. Click here for detailed information on these men's efforts there. 7AD page (computer-generated English translation). 27-29 October 1944: Bitter combat, with high casualties, defending against German attack at Meijel and nearby areas from Nederweert to Liesel Randall Klinger (D/40) died 7 Sep 1944 when his light tank was ambushed coming downhill east toward Maizieres-les-Metz, France. Click here They would like one of the veterans to be one who served in a tank. in't Veld. Many killed in tanks were destroyed beyond recoverability. 1-17 April 1945: Attack west to reduce the Ruhr Pocket In August 2014, the name of Earl D. Applegarth of CCB was added to the monument. Early February 1945: 7ADs 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 20-28 January 1945: 7AD retakes St. Vith The original St. Vith Training Range was remodeled in 1996, making it much larger. Elwyn Holdiman, Pvt. In all, he made 10 separate trips through the brutal fire, each time bringing out a man from the death trap. June - 1 July 45: Occupational duties in Dessau and Köthen by the Elbe River, in the future Soviet Zone of Occupation New Feb 2019 For their families, World War II will never really end until they know what happened to their soldier. 1-11 October 1945: Returned to United States and Inactivated, Belgium (third time) May 45: Germany: meet the Russians; V-E Day ABMC honors the services of overseas U.S. Armed Forces by maintaining and promoting America's overseas commemorative … Combat Interviews of the 7th Armored Division: Remagen Bridge and Breakout (March 1945). ), 23 Jul 2018 Update: 48th Armored Infantry Battalion is the first to be completely posted for all of these months. Organized in 1812 in Tennessee, Georgia, and the adjacent territories 3. It now seems almost certain that X-6010 is either Reamer or Pake. But after the war when he was stationed at Terneuzen, Netherlands, where a family there recognized John's surname as the Groningen family Hazenberg surname. He quickly recovered, killed the man who had fired at him and then jumped into waist-deep water under the second bridge to disconnect the demolition charges. So the link no longer works. Cpl. 40th Tank Battalion: May 1945 After the Munich Agreement, the division was formed in Egypt during 1938 as the Mobile Division and its first divisional commander was the tank theorist Major-General Sir Percy Hobart. 27 May 2019 Update: 203rd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion is completely posted for all combat months & July 1945. Altogether there are now about 55,000 pages of Morning Reports on this web site. 14th Cav Gp: 18 Dec 44-1 Jan 45: Engineer. (photo thanks to Henri Rogister) 25-31 March 1945: Cross the Rhine River and rapidly move to complete the inner southern envelopment of the Ruhr Pocket Disinterment of Solers X-43 has been approved. 1-19 January 1945: 7AD reorganizes and re-equips, primarily in the Verviers area So his new book is the culmination of decades of dedicated research on 7AD at St. Vith. Each Korean government was trying to topple the other through political and guerilla tactics. It will take years to organize and present the 2017 images, but progress does continue in spurts. 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. Early 1950's: 7AD reactivated during Korean War: at Camp Roberts, CA but never went overseas; Division again inactivated. This completely ignored (a) the 25-26 September move to the Netherlands and (b) the 30 September - 7 October attacks and bitter combat by the Division at Overloon -- not at all a defensive role. 7th Armored Division Association Historian Wesley Johnston digitized 34,000 pages of Morning Reports in 2017, completing the Division (organic and long-term attached: 203 AAA, 446 QM TrTr, 814 TD, 3976 QM Trk) MRs for all of the combat months (August 1944-May 1945) and for July 1945. Mid to late February 1945: When Germans blow their own dams to block Allies path, 7AD men are attached to engineers to rebuild roads at Stavelot and Elsenborn; headquarters of 7AD remains in Germany During the defense of St. Vith, he commanded an ad hoc CCB task force from a foxhole at the base of the Pruemerberg hillside at the crossroads just east of town and was captured when the positions were overrun by far larger forces after holding from 17-22 Dec. 7AD Association Historian Wesley Johnston wrote an introduction, provided annotation throughout the book and indexed the book, as well as writing an appendix to compare two different drafts of Boyer's account. Use this list to see what is known so far about which men died in which battles. - Deviltry), Headquarters (Wring) and Headquarters Battery (Wooly), Division Artillery, 434th Armored Field Artillery Battalion (Wooten, or Wotten), 440th Armored Field Artillery Battalion (Woven), Headquarters (Wobble) and Headquarters Company (Woman), Division Trains, 129th Armored Ordnance Battalion (Wopper), Military Police Platoon, 7th Armored Division (World), 203rd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion (Self-Propelled) (code name Highdeed), 507th Counter-Intelligence Corps (code name not yet known), 814th Tank Destroyer Battalion (code name Herald or Harold), 3967th Quartermaster Truck Company (code name not yet known), French, Belgian, Dutch and other nationals who fought for 7AD, 3rd Battalion of the 310th Infantry Regiment of the 78th Infantry Division, General Orders of the 7th Armored Division, Division Artillery, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Niece Trudy Fetters' book "Cpl John Peter Hazenberg Letters Home to Grand Rapids, Michigan World War II: 7th Armored Division, 40th Tank Battalion, Company B", World War II Stories ... Their Stories Told in Their Own Words", US Government Printing Office's online bookstore, American Battle Monuments Commission Policies on Overseas Memorials, Quicktime MPG file (1.4GB, not streaming). The Troopers did not know it, but Line Jamestown would be their last major combat of the Korean War. If you were there at the ambush, Pascal Bulois wants to hear from you to include your account in future editions of the book. 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. These letters give a sense of what life was like in the Netherlands during and after the war. Leo W. Goers (C/17) of Mendota, Minnesota, was one of four of the five crew members killed when their tank was hit 29 Oct 1944 just SE of Heusden, Netherlands. Units. We actively recruited from the ranks that came through Camp Roberts in basic training units, so you can imagine that the band had a mixture of about 65% drafted recruits with the rest regular army fellows. To order the book, send a money order for US $42 to ERIC SANTIN; 9 chemin Lacave; 65220 PUYDARRIEUX, FRANCE. But there is no comprehensive list. This was the 30-minute interview with Francis Chesko (B/33 AEB). 22610 244th Ave S. E. Late February 24 March 1945: move up to the Rhine River between Cologne and Remagen late March 45: Germany, encirclement of Ruhr Pocket along south and east This article supplements the 7th Armoured Division article by providing order of battle information for the division through various periods of the Second World War as the organization of an armoured division was changed by the War Office. The characteristics of Klinger and X-44 are nearly identical, so that it appears very likely that X-44 is Klinger. late April 45: Germany, north to the Baltic Gen. [promoted 6 Feb 1945 to Maj. Gen.] Robert W. Hasbrouck (November 1, 1944 - August, 1945), Claudio Michael Becker (email@example.com) reports: ", POW train with nearly 2,000 POW's, close to Wetzlar, High Personal Awards to Division Personnel, 446th Quartermaster Truck Company (code name not yet known), 9th Armored Group: Source of many CCR Replacements in January 1945, 1st Sgt. But then British ordnance troops, unware of the remains in the tank, loaded it onto a flat car and shipped it to Paris for salvage by the US Army. 932 likes. 8 May 1945: V-E Day From my search for former members of the 7th AD band, I can ID several of them in this picture. Click here to see the web page on this action, including the map. After crossing the Rhine, the combat commands of 7AD moved in parallel columns in the double-envelopment of the Ruhr Pocket. And it turns out that T/5 Lawrence D. Stephens of Headquarters Company of Division Headquarters was mis-identified on that list as being a member of 7th Armored Infantry Battalion of 8th Armored Division. Belgium (second time) - Overview of 7th Armored Division in the Battle of the Bulge 3967th Quartermaster Truck Company: Aug-Dec 1944, Apr-May 1845, Jul 1945 27 Mar Sinn, Germany multiple camps (900 POWs plus slave laborers): CCR Task Force Griffin, commanded by 38 AIB CO Lt. Col. Marcus S. Griffin, took Sinn and the crossing of the Dill River. late April 1945: Move north to the Baltic Sea in the Ludwigslust area 6 June 1944 - Boarded Queen Mary in New York harbor Maj. Donald P. Boyer was the S-3 (Operations) Officer of 38th Armored Infantry Battalion. 2 May 1944 - 6 June 1944: Camp Shanks, New York (9 May 1945 - 11 October 1945) Robert W. Norton (3/31 Tank), killed along a secondary road in a thickly wooded area near Saint-Denis-d'Orques, France, Two simultaneous deaths, killed in action approaching La Loupe, France, probably about 1.5 miles south of La Loupe, both from Troop "B", 87th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, Two killed in action at Senonches, France, 2nd Lt. James Earl Newberry, Jr. (Platoon Leader AT/A/48 AIB), 1st Lt. James O. Gomer (Platoon Leader Rcn/HQ Co/23 AIB), killed in action at Courville, France. 1-3 July 45: Move to the U.S. (Other units have some or most months, but these are the only ones thus far to have all months posted.) Greg first wrote about 7AD at St. Vith in 1985 in "The Lucky Seventh in the Bulge: A Case Study for the Airland Battle" -- his thesis in the U. S. Army Command and General Staff College for his Master's degree in Military Art and Science. NOTE: It has subsequently been learned that Joseph Guido was not killed at Marboué and in fact survived and was later injured in action on 21 Aug 44. The characteristics of Klinger and X-44 are nearly identical, so that it appears very likely that X-44 is Klinger. Br 4th Armd Brig (Br 7th Armd Div) 30 Oct 44-31 Oct 44: CC B (9th Armd Div) 22 Dec 44-7 Jan 45: Cavalry . Dedicated 27 August 2016 - Click here to see the web page on the ceremony. Winieska, Françoise. late April 45: Germany, north to the Baltic Pictures are courtesy of various veterans who served with 7ID on the Korean DMZ. (information thanks to Jan Bardoul of Heerlen, Netherlands, volunteer caretaker for Norbert Paul's grave at the Netherlands US Military at Margraten; street sign photo thanks to Lizabeth Gades of City of Appleton), Association Membership, Contacts, Memorabilia, Officers, Hall of Fame. There is much more yet to come. So he was buried as Unknown X-43 at the Solers, France, temporary US military cemetery. Moving forward with his men to protect engineers while they removed the minefield and the demolition charges attached to the bridges, S/Sgt. late March 45: Germany, encirclement of Ruhr Pocket along south and east Eighty-three 7AD men have never been found and identified. These figures WILL change as more information becomes available for all of the units. Workshop News It will take years to organize and present the 2017 images, but progress does continue in spurts. 10-12 August 1944: most of 7AD debarks at Utah and Omaha Beaches; 203 AAA Bn and 814 TD Bn attached to 7AD soon after, for the duration of the war (9 May 1945 - 11 October 1945) Mid-April 1945: Move to Dransfeld, awaiting further orders --DNA reference samples from Pake's family are needed. In February 2014, I researched more on this subject and wrote the following chronological list of camps encountered. 28 Sep 2020 Update: photo thanks to Damien André On his own initiative he advanced alone, scorning the bullets which struck all around him, until he was able to kill the bazooka team defending the first bridge. Thanks to Ron Charlton (son of Edward Charlton, HQ/CCR) for the core of the book lists. 7th Armored Division. Sadly, Peter died June 22, 2000, and his web site was discontinued. 30 October 8 November: Liberation of Ospel area with significant casualties 25-31 March 1945: Cross the Rhine River and rapidly move to complete the inner southern envelopment of the Ruhr Pocket 446th Quartermaster Troop Transport Company: Oct-Dec 1944, May 1945 Click here for a web page about the monument and the dedication. Thanks to the late Carl Corbin (40th Tank, CCR, and 38 AIB) for the excellent reproduction of the Box Score. He continued ahead and had killed another bazooka team, bayoneted an enemy soldier armed with a panzerfaust and shot 2 Germans when he was knocked to the ground by another blast of another panzerfaust. However, I am leaving the original section mostly intact, following this new section, since the original section has the text of the original reports. Maj. Donald P. Boyer was the S-3 (Operations) Officer of 38th Armored Infantry Battalion. 1-17 April 1945: Attack west to reduce the Ruhr Pocket 3967th Quartermaster Truck Company: Aug-Dec 1944, Apr-May 1845, Jul 1945 Throughout most of its existence the 7th Armored Division was commanded by Major General Lindsay McDonald Silvester, an infantryman who had distinguished himself in World War I. early May 45: Task force moves far to the east to meet the Russians (1 March 1942-8 August 1944), United States The 7th Armored Division trained at Camp Coxcomb in California. That error has now been found and corrected in our own 7AD records. 40th Tank Battalion: May 1945 Dietz came under intense fire. 1-3 July 45: Move to the U.S. During the defense of St. Vith, he commanded an ad hoc CCB task force from a foxhole at the base of the Pruemerberg hillside at the crossroads just east of town and was captured when the positions were overrun by far larger forces after holding from 17-22 Dec. 7AD Association Historian Wesley Johnston wrote an introduction, provided annotation throughout the book and indexed the book, as well as writing an appendix to compare two different drafts of Boyer's account. You can contact him about contributing your information to the book or about obtaining a copy, via e-mail at PASCAL.BULOISMVAL@wanadoo.fr or by postal mail at Pascal Bulois; Boite Postal 44; 28160 BROU, France. German historian Claudio Michael Becker lives at Sinn and sent this information: For my hometown SINN, I found interesting information about POW and CW camps on the so-called Geheime Industriekarte (Secret Industry card), which includes information about the things, a factory produced, how many people worked there and how many and what kind of foreign people. S/Sgt. The city fell on 18 August. Actually only two, the 1st and 2d, were organized as armored, the others being principally training organizations, and only the 2d went overseas, going to Germany in 1951. New Aug 2019 DPAA Historians made a second visit with local historians in November 2015. Paul Street is named for T/4 Norbert W. Paul of 814th Tank Destroyer Battalion, who was killed 23 November 1944. Between the town's outlying buildings 300 yards distant, and the stalled armored column were a minefield and 2 bridges defended by German rocket-launching teams and riflemen. March 45: Germany, area of Mehlem and Bad Godesburg on west bank of Rhine River 23-31 December 1944: 7AD defends Manhay and Grandmenil on the northern shoulder of the Bulge July-September 1945: Many high-point men transferred to other units for earlier transport home; many new men transferred into Division Goodwin, Marden Ronald (with 7AD Combat Commands in training, 1942): "Of War and Women" Aug 2020 - Postponed to 2021: June - 1 July 45: Occupational duties in Dessau and Köthen by the Elbe River, in the future Soviet Zone of Occupation When 7AD moved east from the Rhine, the Division again crossed Anne;s earlier path just about the time that she was dieing at Bergen-Belsen, which is where the paths crossed for the final time. Here is the status of recent information about some of these men. 22-25 April 1944 - 2 May 1944: Camp Myles Standish, Massachusetts Not all of the books are yet available on Amazon, but they eventually will be. Contact the publisher at Minerva Publishing Company; 1001 Brickell Bay Dr., Suite 2310; Miami, FL 33131; Phone: (305) 358-1560; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. This housing complex was torn down, rebuilt, and renamed, since new Fort Knox housing areas are no longer named after heroes. 119, 17 December 1945 28 Sep 2020 Update: War Diaries. 11-18 March 1943 - 12 August 1943 Camp Coxcomb; Desert Training Center, California Five of the 45 confirmed members that were on the band rosters above, had died, and I suspect, considering I am 78, that others have passed on since I was actively doing the research. Altogether there are now about 55,000 pages of Morning Reports on this web site. 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. late April 1945: Move north to the Baltic Sea in the Ludwigslust area Many killed in tanks were destroyed beyond recoverability. Wampers, Peter (Belgian Underground and D/17 Tank): "True Heroes, True Friends" So if you have any information on any temporary monuments, please contact me (see bottom of this web page for contact information link). If there is a link indicated for a name, click on the link to see the citation and a photograph of the soldier. number of shirts you are buying of each type, 1 March 1942 - 18 March 1943: Camp Polk, Louisiana, 1 March 1942: 7th Armored Division activated at Camp Polk, Louisiana under command of Gen. Lindsay Silvester, 15 September 1942 - 9 November 1942: Louisiana-Texas Maneuvers, 12 August 1943 - 25 April 1944: Fort Benning, Georgia, 20 September 1943: Reorganization of all armored divisions (except 1-3), 22-25 April 1944 - 2 May 1944: Camp Myles Standish, Massachusetts, 2 May 1944 - 6 June 1944: Camp Shanks, New York, 13-15 June 1944: Arrived in the Firth of Clyde; debarked at Grenoch, Scotland; moved by train to Tidorth Barracks, 15 June 1944 - 7 August 1944: Tidworth Barracks in Wiltshire, England, 7 August 1944 - 8 August 1944: Moved to Southampton, England; loaded and boarded landing craft, 10-12 August 1944: most of 7AD debarks at Utah and Omaha Beaches; 203 AAA Bn and 814 TD Bn attached to 7AD soon after, for the duration of the war, 15-18 August 1944: Liberation of Chartres, France and other nearby areas, including Rambouillet, 19-20 August 1944: 7AD moves to Dreux, France to enable 5AD to support first Seine crossing, 26 August-2 September 1944: Rapid dash to Reims and Verdun; Liberation of many places famous as WWI battle sites, 2-5 September 1944: Out of gas, except for feint toward Luxemoburg, 9-26 October 1944: Attack across Deurne Canal by Griendtsveen; canal defense and patrols from Meijel to Ell, 30 October 8 November: Liberation of Ospel area with significant casualties, 1 November 1944: Gen. Robert Hasbrouck assumes command from Gen. Lindsay Silvester, 9-22 November 1944: Reorganization and retraining of Division, 23-31 December 1944: 7AD defends Manhay and Grandmenil on the northern shoulder of the Bulge, 1-19 January 1945: 7AD reorganizes and re-equips, primarily in the Verviers area, Late February 24 March 1945: move up to the Rhine River between Cologne and Remagen, 25-31 March 1945: Cross the Rhine River and rapidly move to complete the inner southern envelopment of the Ruhr Pocket, 1-17 April 1945: Attack west to reduce the Ruhr Pocket, Mid-April 1945: Move to Dransfeld, awaiting further orders, late April 1945: Move north to the Baltic Sea in the Ludwigslust area, early May 45: Task force moves far to the east to meet the Russians, March 45: Germany, area of Mehlem and Bad Godesburg on west bank of Rhine River, late March 45: Germany, encirclement of Ruhr Pocket along south and east, early April 45: Germany, reduction of Ruhr Pocket, late April 45: Germany, north to the Baltic, May 45: Germany: meet the Russians; V-E Day, June - 1 July 45: Occupational duties in Dessau and Köthen by the Elbe River, in the future Soviet Zone of Occupation, 1-3 July 45: Move to the U.S. Marden Goodwin was drafted in July 1941 and cadréd from 3rd Armored Division to become one of the original members of the 7th Armored Division 1 March 1942. (Other units have some or most months, but these are the only ones thus far to have all months posted.) Ordered to withdraw, Cpl. Some may refer to it as a civil war. Constituted 11 January 1812 in the Regular Armyas the 8th Infantry 2. Click here to see the book on Amazon.com. Derniers Combats ("Final Battles: 1944 Eure-et-Loir: Chartres, Châteaudun, Nogent-le-Rotrou") -- NOTE: This book is in French. 1-3 July 45: Move to the U.S. Cpl Victor P Funk ASN 37 468 246 awarded Distinguished Service Cross per General Orders 54, Hq Ninth U.S. Army dtd 1 Dec 44. You can also watch the interview on YouTube. On 25 Mar 1946, remains were found and buried as St. Avold Unknown X-6010. Germany (third time) General Order No. The French title is "Août 1944: La Libération de Rambouillet, France". The invasion of South Korea on 25 June 1950 exposed a hollow Army. Click here for the dedication ceremonies web page. 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