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Aaron scott - Monday, 15 January 2018 19:00 - Texas

My name is aaron scott. Iam the grandson of Guy p. Scott. I was wondering if anyone remembered him or may have pictures of him. He passed away when i was very young.

Linda Hindman Roycroft - Tuesday, 20 June 2017 20:04 - Worthington, PA

I jut logged on to the website, the first in years and discovered that it has not been updated on deaths of

my husband, I.W Joe Roycroft, A Co.  He passed away on July 17, 2002 of cancer and Alzheimers. 

My father, Elmer S. Hindman, A Co, passed away on March 13, 2007 from complications due to pneumonia. 

My Mother, Margaret (Peggy) E. Hindman passed away on December 22, 2005 from complications of stroke and diabetes. 

I appreciate all you do to keep these records for the rest of us so that we may know the status of our friends.  Thank you,  Linda.

Gloria Arbutina Campbell - Sunday, 23 July 2017 23:18

Dear Linda

I am not sure if you remember me but I am Sam Arbutina's daughter, Gloria. We sat with your family at a couple of reunions. My dad passed away last November at the age of 98.

I am sorry to read that  your husband, mom, ESand dad are all deceased. My belated condolences to you and the rest of your family.

Darrell Smith - Monday, 22 May 2017 15:42 - 5847 St. Rt. 18 Hicksville, Ohio 43526

My father Harold A. Smith, B company.


Mark Kissel - Saturday, 25 February 2017 04:27 - Evergreen CO

Hi my name is Mark Kissel. I am 99% sure that my dad Norman J. Kissel from the Evansville IN area was in the 818th Battalion.  I have found the Tiger patches and the tour of this battalion match what little he told me about his tour before he died 31 years ago.  If anyone knew my dad and can share any stories; I would greatly appreciate you reaching out to me either by email or by calling me at 303 396 9308.  As like many my dad never talked about the war and he died at a very young age of 64.

Mark Kissel

Darrell Smith - Monday, 22 May 2017 16:28

if you can find your father's discharge papers WD-350. It will tell what unit your father was in. If you can't find it. Check the county records department, most vets did this as instructed by the US Army upon discharge. My father did it. Remember it will probably be the county of his residence when he entered service.

Gloria Arbutina Campbell - Tuesday, 07 February 2017 16:35 - North Charleston, SC

My father Samuel Peter Arbutina passed away quietly on November  9, 2016. He was 98 years old. He is survived by my mom, Emillie, me, my brother Samuel J., and three grand daughter. RIP  dad.

Jamie Schmidtberger - Friday, 13 January 2017 02:57 - Gardner ks

My grandfather Severin Schmidtberger was in the 818th as well, he passed back in 1984.

I was too young and never heard any of the stories that he could have told. A few years ago I received his old wallet with everything still in it, plus I got a few old pics of him in his uniform and I also got his patches. Glad I came across this site and could read and learn about what all the brave soldiers had to go through. Thank you all.

Joshua Dodson - Thursday, 12 January 2017 15:13 - Bay Area Ca


My name is Josh Dodson. I was just surfing the net randomly to see if I can find anything about my grandfather's World War 2 service history and I was led to this site. My grandfather's name Jack E. Gasaway aka Indian Jack is listed in the rosters of 818 A company. I was wondering how to go about seeing if they are one in the same. Any pointers appreciated. Any info helps. All I know is he was part of the Battle of the Bulge & rode a Harley durring the war. By the way. As a history buff with E Clampus Vitus Historical society I enjoyed history shared here. Thanks in advance. A special thanks for all who served.

Darrell Smith - Tuesday, 23 May 2017 13:26 - Hicksville, Oh

See my reply to Mark Kissel post. The WD-350 will give units he served in. If it states the 818th TD Bn then they are one and the same.

Mike Brennan - Saturday, 11 June 2016 21:07 - Ames, Iowa

     I came across this web site while researching some family history and found my uncle Clem Crahan's name listed on the rolls of the 818th Tank Destroyer Bn.  He passed away in 1976.  I remember him when I was very young.  He did speak of his service in the military, but I was too young to realize the importance of his experiences.  i have been digging through some old photos and found a photo of Clem.  I would glad to send it if you would like to include in your web site.

Joan Dalton Tesche - Saturday, 12 March 2016 17:50 - Pennsylvania, USA

James Dalton Jr.


Joan Dalton Tesche - Saturday, 12 March 2016 17:54 - Pennsylvania, USA

My father, James Dalton Jr. , was also in the 818th Tank Destroyer Battalion.  He is gone now, but all my children honor him still with tatoos of the battalion's logo.  If I ever get a tatoo, I also will proudly remember this group of men with the logo.  They were part of the greatest generation.


Steven H. Davis - Monday, 07 December 2015 22:25 - Pittsburg, KS

My father, Norman H. Davis, served in Company B and I wondered if anyone remembers him.  I believe he was an officer but I do not know his rank at the time the war ended.  He died in January of 1992.  As is the case with many of you who served in WWII, he very seldom spoke of his time there and I would be most grateful to hear from any of you who may have known him.  My mother, his widow, who is now 93 years of age would cherish hearing word from anyone as well.  Thank you and thank you all for your service.

Michael Seward - Friday, 10 July 2015 21:54 - United States

Does anyone remember my grandpal  his name was Herman Schlageter. He was a tuff old man I just never got to talk to him about much because I was to young to have a appreciation for you guys. Just wanted to ask incase anyone remembered him and served with him. He's my hero and would love to hear about him if you guys remember 

David Micik - Wednesday, 25 March 2015 01:47 - Cos cob, CT

I am looking forward to this year's reunion in SD.  My parents, John and Louise Micik truly enjoyed attending many reunions and hosted the 1996 reunion in Hartford, CT.  I vividly recall attending the 1995  reunion with my parents in SD as the Goedens hosting.  Joe and Ethyl had many stories and were very happy to have their children around to help.  The parade through the town was especially awesome - I will bring that video! 


David Micik

son of John and Louse Micik

Sara - Wednesday, 18 March 2015 23:49 - WV

I am looking for any information or photos of Opie Gibson. He was my paw paw and my father would love any information or stories of him. Thank you. 

Joan Pearson - Monday, 09 February 2015 16:23 - Seward, NE

The Family of Raymond Schildt made a donation to the website in memory of our father.  He always looked forward to receiving information as to where the next reunion would be held.  He enjoyed going to the reunions that he was able to attend.  We hosted the reunions in Lincoln, NE in 2007 and 2012.  Hope to attend this year in Yankton, SD.

Joan Pearson and Famliy of Raymond Schildt  (wife Lola, daughters, Delta, Margaret, Lana & Joan)

Debra Anderson - Saturday, 31 January 2015 03:33 - Delta, Colorado





Theresa Mahoney - Wednesday, 03 August 2016 14:37 - Waterloo, IA

Dan Chechia is still alive & kicking, as of last week's reunion!  Unfortunately his beautiful wife Carolyn has passed on.  I'm sorry that I did not see this sooner, I hope Ms. Ruth is doing well.  Please consider joining us for a reunion sometime.  All descendants are welcome to attend!  My father was Oscar Gingrich, Recon Co.  I've attended reunions since I was 3 years old, and my family is hosting next year's reunion in Waterloo.  Please keep an eye out for info, or if you would like us to send you the info by mail, please let me know!

JOAN PEARSON - Tuesday, 30 December 2014 16:59 - Seward, NE

Just letting everyone know that my father, Raymond Schildt, who just had turned 100 on October 24 has passed away on December 17, 2014.  He lived a good life and had a lot to be thankful for.  His poor body was just wearing out.  If you wish to mail sympathy cards to my mother, Lola Schildt, her address is 1780 Alvo Road, Seward, NE  68434.

Joan Pearson

daughter of Raymond

Jerry - Friday, 21 November 2014 21:03 - Mill Creek, WA

I was born in the Czech town of Kienberg where the 818th set up an HQ from May until July 1945.  I was 4 years old when the 818th arrived and it wasn't until today, November 21, 2014, at the age of 73, that I found out that it was the 818th which liberated my home town. 

Dan Magneson - Thursday, 13 November 2014 00:34 - Quilcene, WA

I am a nephew of Veryll Magneson, who served in Headquarters Company.

I wrote a Veterans Day piece about Veryll.

It was posted on Facebook on Friday, November 7, 2014.

Facebook link: https://ww.facebook.com/USFWSPacific?ref=br_rs

Here is the direct link to the entire piece on Tumblr:  http://bit.ly/VeteransDayFWS

Thank you,
Dan Magneson

Andy Glenfield. - Monday, 27 October 2014 17:17 - Northern Ireland.


Hi Folks,

Any of you who were based in Northern Ireland, or indeed those Relative was based in Northern Ireland may be interested in my website.

My hobby is researching Locations throughout Northern Ireland which were directly connected to WW2 and I have visited a number of Camp Locations as well as Training Areas and other places which I then photograph and include details on my website.

The site is called "The Second World War in Northern Ireland" and can be seen at http://www.ww2ni.webs.com

I hope you find this beneficial.


JOAN PEARSON - Monday, 27 October 2014 13:15 - Seward, NE

Hello Everyone of the 818th Family,

Just letting everyone know that my father was blessed to be able to celebrate his 100th birthday on October 24.  He recently went to The Ambassador care facility in Lincoln, NE.  My mom is still out on the farm.  Anyone that would like to send him belated birthday cards please send to my mom at their home address which is:   Raymond Schildt, 1780 Alvo Road, Seward, NE  68434

I'm sure he would still like to receive cards even after his birthday~

The Family of Raymond Schildt

James A Buesing - Wednesday, 24 September 2014 09:56 - United States

On Monday Sept. 22nd my mother passed away. Antoinette Buesing wife of Donald Buesing. She was 83 years old and suffered from Alzheimer's for about 5 years. May she rest in peace. 

Leann Lundgren - Sunday, 31 August 2014 06:24 - Utah
My father, Van Leavitt passed away today, August 30, 2014. He served with the battalion in mid 1944. He was proud to serve
Ken Wapnitsky - Saturday, 30 August 2014 19:57 - Fairfield Cty. Ct.

My Father,  Samuel Wapnitsky,  who passed in 1999,   As far as I know was in the   83rd Chemical & Mortar Btn & served in North Africa Sicily Italy & the Voges Mountains in France.     i recently saw his discharge papers which say he was in the 818th.  Is anyone aware if this could have been a transfer after hostilities ceased.  he never mentioned anything about D Day or the Bulge,  but I know he was on an LST that sank offshore Anzio.  greatly appreciate any info.


Jan Bentley - Thursday, 28 August 2014 20:32 - Tucson, AZ

Hello, Robert,

I just made a donation to the 818th website as a birthday gift for my brother, Chuck Alexander.

Thank you for everything you do to keep the website going.

Jan Bentley