Training Battalions

Training Battalions:

We have limited information relating to the training battalions and most of what we do have has come from the Camp Hood newspapers. The majority of the units were based at Camp Hood, TX, but there were also a few units at Camp Swift, TX and possibly elsewhere. Unless noted, any photos we have were probably taken at Camp Hood since that is were most of them trained.

After the initial tank destroyer battalions were activated on December 15, 1941, those units as well as future units, would required personnel. Camp Hood was already in the planning stages and actual construction began on April 7, 1942. Along with the facilities, men from the 893rd and the 809th TD Battalions arrived to act as initial school troops, which would begin the process of training the thousands of soldiers who would soon be arriving on the base. The men were being trained to fill positions in the TD units as well as provide replacements for units already deployed. In the end, we believe many men that were trained ended up in other (non-TD) units. Thank you to Paul Stevens for his research on this subject.

The units we are aware of are as follow:

Groups:                   1st & 2nd

Regiments:               1st, 2nd, 3rd , 4th  & 5th

Battalions:                116th*. 120th*, 126th, 127th, 128th, 129th, 130th, 131st, 132nd,
                                 133rd (AA), 134th, 135th, 136th, 137th, 138th, 139th, 140th,
                                  141st, (Army Specialized Trng Bn -142nd, 143rd, 144th, 145th,
                                  146th, 147th,148th, 149th 
(Camp Swift?*)

Additional Information/Materials:

1.  130th TDTB, Company C - Ekmark of San Antonio is listed as the photographer with Cpt. Robert U. Winters commanding. Second in command is 1st Lt. Wayne V. Lindner with 1st Sgt. Gerald D. Stevenson. Photo is provided courtesy of Daniel Simek.

2.  130th TDTB, CO. C, 4th Platoon - Another Ekmark photo of the 130th TDTB but this time of only 4th Platoon. Battalion Commander, Cpt Robert U. Winters is shown front and center with Cpl. Andrew R. Van Pelt identified as Platoon Sergeant. The only other identified person is Frank Simek, who is standing in the second row from the front, last person on right. Courtesy of Daniel Simek.