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  1. This information came out of American Knights: The Untold Story of the Men of the Legendary 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion. There might be more information in the book but I won’t know until I purchase it or if someone has it.
  2. Full Name: Alexander, William E Gender: Male Race: White (includes Mexican) Admission Age: 22 Admission Date: Apr 1945 Admission Type of Injury: InjuryType: Battle casualty; InjuryType2: All battle casualties, and all battle injuries not intentionally inflicted by self or another person Military Service Number: 19106215 Rank: Enlisted Man (includes Aviation Cadet or Student) Unit: 6 Branch: Field Artillery, Tank Destroyer Units, NEC Length of Service: 3-5 yr. Medical Diagnosis: Diagnosis: Wound(s), penetrating (point of entrance only: includes incised, puncture or stab wound) with no nerve or artery involvement; Location: Thoracic wall, generally; CausativeAgent: Land Mine, While Afoot Discharge Type: Duty (includes AWOL) Discharge Date: Apr 1945 Discharge Place: Portable Surgical, Evacuation, or T/O Convalescent Hospital Notes: None Description: 2817951 Pid: 5668179 Conflict Period: World War II Served for: United States of America
  3. I seen this set of tags the other day and I couldn’t pass them up. They belonged to a member of the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion. He was the driver of a M-10 tank and I’m not sure of when he became a member of the 601st but I did find information on him the Italian Campaign. He was wounded in 1945 somewhere in Germany. .
  4. Thanks for your response and I did a bunch of research on them when I first got them but nothing would turn up and so many years later more information is loaded and makes it possible to bring history to life. I also find the late war information very interesting because of the way our opponent maneuvered there military too try and slow us .., it even gets to the point of a few to stop a battalion.
  5. I picked these up years ago and knew he was in a Tank Destroyer Battalion but I couldn’t narrow it down. A couple of days ago I found his obituary and at the bottom it says 656th Tank. I started looking around and found the 656th Tank Destroyer Battalion web page with a good bit of personnel information. He is listed in the Good Conduct Medal Authorization listing for March 1944 in the Reconnaissance Co. but is not pictured in the Unit History and Yearbook. History covers April 3, 1943 - November 15, 1944. When I looked at the platoon photos the 2nd platoon is short a couple of guys so I’m assuming he’s part of the 2nd platoon and didn’t get his picture taken for some reason. The 656th seen several months of combat and accompanied armored infantry and infantry regiments through Germany to secure towns and cities as they moved along.
  6. If the MP and rank markings are done with a sharpie you can use rubbing alcohol to remove it. It works great at my park to remove all the tags kids leave behind.
  7. Here’s a little information I found on where Kinzel was wounded at.
  8. I traded for this tag a while back and finally ran out of things to do around the house. So I started digging through the collection and doing a little research. John D Young was 44th Field Artillery Battalion 4th Infantry Division and served all through the war with them. I found a couple of articles from his hometown. One is interesting in that he’s written as he was in the 4th Armored Division.
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