A 636th TD Bn M-10 destroyer with the 142nd IR, 36th ID, moves past an M-4 Sherman tank knocked out during the battle for Oberhoffen, France. Between the vehicles two medics can be seen picking up a dead American soldier who fell during the fight for the town. Feb 3, 1945. Signal Corps Photo #199935 from the National Archives.
A soldier moving up into the captured town of Oberhoffen, France, passes an M-10 destroyer, of the 636th TD Bn, used in support of the infantry to blast Nazis out of buildings. Feb 3, 1945. Signal Corps Photo #199947 from the National Archives.
An M-10 tank destroyer of the 636th TD Bn moves through the rubble-strewn streets of Rohrwiller, France, past a shell-blasted church in the center of the town. Feb 4, 1945. Signal Corps Photo #200031 from the National Archives.
An official communication to all companies of the 636th Tank Destroyer Battalion, notifying them of the surrender of German Army Group "G". Message was sent on May 5th, which was the day before VE or Victory in Europe was declared but as identified, the surrender only took effect at noon the next day. Photo courtesy of Steve Probst.
A photo of Fischhorn Castle in Austria where Hermann Goering met with 36th Infantry Division's Assistant Division Commander, Brig. Gen. Robert I. Stack to surrender. A number of men from the 636th were present as an escort during this mission including First Lt. Golden Sill, Second Lt. Sill, First Sergeant Henry H. Probst, Pfc Jewel Wright, Lester Leggett and others from his platoon. You can find an article about the surrender on the 636th's Unit Page. Photo courtesy of Steve Probst.
Another photo of Fischhorn Castle, showing the courtyard from above and some of U.S. vehicles. A number of men from the 636th were present as an escort during this mission. Photo courtesy of Steve Probst.
A photo of Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering on right speaking with a U.S. Army Officer at some point during the meeting for his surrender at Fischhorn Castle in Austria. A number of men from the 636th were present as an escort during this mission. Photo courtesy of Steve Probst.
Wilmer G. Smith leans on his truck, which is identified as #47 from Headquarters Company.
Wilmer G. Smith is shown shirtless with a number of other men. We are not sure if this was from his journey home or on his way to Europe. Photo courtesy of Mark Smith.
Wilmer G. Smith poses with another soldier from the unit. This may have been during their training within the U.S., since their pots and pans are hung up nicely just outside the tent. Photo courtesy of Mark Smith.
Wilmer G. Smith is shown sitting in a German Raupenschlepper Ost, translated "Caterpillar Tractor East", and more commonly known as an RSO. This photo was probably taken after the war while the unit was on occupational duty. Photo courtesy of Mark Smith.
Wilmer G. Smith poses while sitting on a bicycle with his truck under camouflage netting. Photo courtesy of Mark Smith.