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Very nice patch, Jim!
German-made or?

I got a few items from that TD grouping; Sergeant Joseph Sowinski - 631st Tank Destroyer Battalion. It was turned into a towed TD Bn (they had M10s before the reconversion).

4 wheeler TD patch
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TD collar discs
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Two photos; one taken in France, the other in Germany
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V-mail
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Unfortunately, I lost on several others as it ended at 0200 hours my time and I needed to get up to go to work at 0500 hours.

Erwin

704th Tank Destroyer Battalion

 

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Hey guys,

 

I'm glad to see you got some of that grouping. Here is something I just got off of eBay. It's a 4 wheel patch minus the cannon barrel. The listing didn't mention this. I think the seller might have gotten more if he had realised it.

 

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Collecting WWII Armor and Tank Destroyer Items

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Most of what I read points to Ft. Hood as the main TD base/training camp. One photo and book of Dad's show that he was in the 631ST TD Company A Camp Shelby, MS. Photo is dated and shows their company flag/penant. The book also shows that the 631ST was part of the 114TH Field Artillery. Just wondering as I have not done much research on the matter.

Also do any of you know what specifically the marksmanship bar ( small bore ) applies to??

 

thanks

PHILIP

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Maybe the 631st had its origine in the 114th FA?

I know some of the TD units used to be artillery units.

 

Small bore .... the weapons of the crew (pistol, Thompson, grease gun)?

 

Sowinski was in C Company according to the V-mail I have of that grouping.

 

Erwin

704th Tank Destroyer Battalion

 

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Maybe the 631st had its origine in the 114th FA?

I know some of the TD units used to be artillery units.

 

Small bore .... the weapons of the crew (pistol, Thompson, grease gun)?

 

Sowinski was in C Company according to the V-mail I have of that grouping.

 

Erwin

 

 

Smallbore normally refers to .22 caliber. The other weapons you mention have their own Q Bar available.

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Your always one step ahead of me Erwin!!

On a side note: I did some searching and found my Great Uncle was in the 811th TD Battalion. He was medically discharged

before going overseas. This is the only info I could find.

"Activated 10 April 1942 at Camp Gordon, Georgia. Arrived at Cherbourg, France, on 15 September 1944 equipped with M18s. Moved to Luxembourg in November and participated in the Battle of the Bulge in December. The battalion was scattered widely and pieces attached to many divisions into January 1945. Supported operations against the Siegfried Line in February and early March. Advanced to the Rhine in late March and crossed river on 30 March. Supported 80th Infantry Division in capture of Kassel and advance to Erfurt and Chemnitz in April. Moved south and crossed Danube River to Regensburg. Entered Austria on 5 May. Attached to: 17th, 101st Airborne divisions; 4th, 9th, 11th Armored divisions; 28th, 78th, 80th, 87th, 89th Infantry divisions; 3d Cavalry Group."

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I wonder if he knew Earl S. Peacock.

He was a Major - Battalion Executive Offcier - and was in Waldbillig, Luxembourg on December 16, 1944.

 

Erwin

 

I would ask him but he passed away 4-5 years ago.

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there are no markings inside. it has a very bright gold gilt finish.

I am not a TD collector, just a WWII collector in general. I originally decided to pick it up to go along with my WWII black crackle zippo display. Now I think I am going to start seeking out TD items.

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there are no markings inside. it has a very bright gold gilt finish.

I am not a TD collector, just a WWII collector in general. I originally decided to pick it up to go along with my WWII black crackle zippo display. Now I think I am going to start seeking out TD items.

 

I completely understand your new found enthusiasm for TD!!! A relative was in the 811th TD Battalion but was

medically discharged before going overseas. His stuff got me started and now military shows and Ebay take care

of the rest. I enjoy collecting patch variants. You shouldn't have much trouble starting your TD collection. Good luck!!

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No seriously, these are great patches. thumbsup.gif

Thanks so much for showing them to us TD buffs.

 

If I ever get my hands on one like those I would be so happy.

 

I do wonder if the exists a scroll for the 704th TD Bn.

 

Erwin

 

Erwin

Had a close friend who was with the 704th TD. his uniform has a 704th stiched into the top of the patch.He died this past January and I don't know what has happen to all his "stuff" He is mentioned in the book about the 704th, SGT Joe Schedivy

 

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Hi Bruce,

 

I had the honor of having the following Veterans as my close friends; Richard Bowman (Medic), Harry Traynor (M-18 driver) and Walter Righton (fuel truck driver) of the 704th TD Bn.

 

I would have loved seeing a photo of that uniform.

What Company was Sgt. Schedivy in?

 

Erwin

704th Tank Destroyer Battalion

 

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Hi Bruce,

 

I had the honor of having the following Veterans as my close friends; Richard Bowman (Medic), Harry Traynor (M-18 driver) and Walter Righton (fuel truck driver) of the 704th TD Bn.

 

I would have loved seeing a photo of that uniform.

What Company was Sgt. Schedivy in?

 

Erwin

 

How did you manage to be such good friends with American vets? Mail, Phone??

Just curious... thumbsup.gif

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Hello curious :lol: ,

 

Yes, I had contact with them through snail mail, telephone and even had the honor of meeting a few of them as well in Belgium or Luxembourg.

To name a few Veterans I met; Richard Bowman (704TD Bn), George Ruhlen (CO 3AFA - 9AD), Kerman Sheckler (506PIR - 101AB), Jim Ferullo (26ID), James Demopoulos (26ID), Bart Hagerman (17AB), George Kelling (Viet Nam Veteran).

 

Erwin

704th Tank Destroyer Battalion

 

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Hello curious :lol: ,

 

Yes, I had contact with them through snail mail, telephone and even had the honor of meeting a few of them as well in Belgium or Luxembourg.

To name a few Veterans I met; Richard Bowman (704TD Bn), George Ruhlen (CO 3AFA - 9AD), Kerman Sheckler (506PIR - 101AB), Jim Ferullo (26ID), James Demopoulos (26ID), Bart Hagerman (17AB), George Kelling (Viet Nam Veteran).

 

Erwin

 

Haha, Thanks for clearing that up!! My father is a Vietnam vet!

He loaded B-52 bombers in Thailand!!

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15th Air Force, 455th Bomb Group

Top Gunner - B-24

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