705th Tank Destroyer Battalion

 

                                                                                          705th-TD-Bn-Crest---Mod

 

Motto:  "One Round"

Unit History:  Activated on 15 December, 1941, at Fort Knox, Kentucky.  Arrived at Gourock, Scotland, on 27 April, 1944.  Landed at Utah Beach on 18 July equipped with M18's.  Joined Cobra breakout and swept through Brittany to Brest in late July and early August.  Helped clear Crozon Peninsula into September.  Moved across France in October to Moselle River.  Advanced to German border at Kitzing in mid-November.  Shifted north to Aachen area in early December.  Moved to Bastogne, where TD's participated in famous defense by 101st Airborne Division.  Supported drive to Rhine River in March 1945.  Crossed river on 29 March at Oppenheim.  Conducted drive across Germany through Bayreuth in April, arriving in Neukirchen, Austria, by 6 May.  Attached to: Task Force A; 101st Airborne Division; 11th Armored Division; 29th, 83d, 95th Infantry divisions.  History text from the book The Tank Killers by Harry Yeide.  Used by permission.

Combat Equipment:  7/44 - M18

Commanding Officers:  Lt. Col. Clifford D. Templeton (KIA, 3/1/45);  Major John Dribble (3/2/45);  Lt. Col. Morehead (7/5/45)

Code Name/s:  Highspeed

Campaign Credits:   Normandy.......................Jun. 6, to Jul. 24, 1944

                                 Northern France...............Jul. 25, to Sept. 14, 1944

                                 Rhineland........................Sept. 15, 1944 to Mar. 21, 1945

                                 Ardennes-Alsace..............Dec. 16, 1944 to Jan 25, 1945

                                 Central Europe.................Mar. 22, to May 11, 1945

Awards:  Distinuished Unit Citation

Location August 1945:  Trois Vierges, Luxembourg

Additional Information/Materials:

1.)  History of 705th Tank Destroyer Battalion.  Located on the 11th Armored Division website.

2.)  Unit History Booklet - Titled "Well Done" and originally done in Austria by members of the unit and printed by Salzburger Druckerei and Verlag printers of Salzburg, who are still in business today.  Credits are given to M/Sgt Paul A. Yeomans, T/Sgt Thomas C. Foster and T/4 Glen E. Sire as the writers and compilers of the 55 page booklet.  Contents include Forward by M/Sgt. Yoemans, Campaign list, Memoriam, Unit History, Poem by Sgt Edward S. Olsen and Unit Commendations.  Courtesy of Ray Gossard and Richard Cope.

3.)  History of the 705th - The following files are from a three volume set written by Jim and Lois Wick.  They generously gave permission for us to post any of the information we found useful.  The actual volume's were provided courtesy of Jim Strickland.

           A.)  Personnel Assignments.......................................49 Pages

           B.)  Casualties and Overseas Burials............................18 Pages

           C.)  Table of Organization & Equipment......................14 Pages

3.)  Chronology Listing of the 705th - Provided courtesy of the New Jersey Chapter of the Eleventh Armored Division Assoc. of Pittstown, NJ.

4.)  After Action Reports - from the Combined Arms Research Library of the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

           Nov. 1 to 30, 1944..............4 Pages

           Mar. 1 to 31, 1945..............3 Pages

           Apr. 1 to 30, 1945..............4 Pages

           May 1 to 31, 1945...............2 Pages

5.)  Miscellaneous Documents-from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home, Abilene, Kansas.

           95th ID Attachment Order, Oct. 9, 1944..............................1 Page

           Troop Assignment #45, Oct. 13, 1944................................4 Pages

              Unit Commendation..........................................................2 Pages

6.)  After Action Notes - Thought to have been written by Capt. Wayne Tennent.  Capt. Tennent was wounded just after these notes end.  Provided courtesy of Jim Strickland.

           Jul. 13 to Aug. 21, 1944

           Aug. 22 to Oct. 9, 1944

           Oct. 10 to Nov. 14, 1944

           Nov. 15 to Dec. 5, 1944      

7.)  Photo Gallery

8.)  Distinguished Unit Citation - Letter of Award, courtesy of Ray Gossard and Richard Cope.

9.)  Unit Roster - Provided by Jim Strickland.  This is a work in progress and should not be considered complete.