743rd TANK BATTALION

 

 


 

 
ACTIVATED
 
16 May 1942, Fort Lewis, Washington
 
ARRIVAL EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS (ETO)
 
25 November 1943
 
ARRIVAL CONTINENT (FRANCE)
 
 6 June 1944
 
COMMANDING OFFICER (ETO)
 
  ( 1944 -  1945 )  
   
  Lt. Col. John S. Upham Jr.  
     
   
 
 

 CAMPAIGNS (ETO)

 
  NORMANDY ( 6 June 1944 - 24 July 1944 ) ( active )
  NORTHERN FRANCE ( 25 July 1944 - 14 September 1944 ) ( active )
  RHINELAND ( 15 September 1944 - 21 March 1945 ) ( active )
  ARDENNES-ALSACE ( 16 December 1944 - 25 January 1945 ) ( active )
  CENTRAL EUROPE  ( 22 March 1945 - 11 May 1945 ) ( active )
 

ARRIVAL BACK IN THE UNITED STATES

 

26 November 1945, Boston Port of Embarkation.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  

Two companies equipped with DD tanks, and battalion formed part of the assault wave at Omaha Beach on 6 June 1944 attached to 1st Infantry Division. On 14 June, attached to 30th Infantry Division, with which battalion fought for rest of war. Participated in St. LO, breakout in July 1944 and battle of Mortain in August 1944. Entered Belgium on 3 September 1944. Company A supported capture of Belgium Fort Eben Emael on 10 September 1944. Supported operations against Siegfried Line in October 1944 and attack to Roer River beginning 16 November 1944. Shifted to Ardennes on 17 December 1944, fighting in Malmedy, Stavelot, and Stoumont. Took part in attack on Bulge from the north in January 1945. Shifted back to Aachen area in February 1945 and supported Ruhr River crossing. On 24 March 1945, with one DD-equipped company of 736th Tank Battalion attached, crossed the Rhine near Spellen. Raced across Germany, entering Magdeburg on 16 April 1945. Ended war there.

   
   
 

 

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