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Justin Miley - Irving, TX

Wanted to see if anyone remembered my Grandpa Jack Miley in A Company.  He passed in 1972 when I was 6. I would later enlist and was in an anti-tank company with the 101st Airborne and 3rd Armored in Germany. 

Thursday, 07 May 2020 21:14
Robert Bowles - Spring City, TN

Dear Veterans, Families and Friends of the 818th Tank Destroyer Battalion-It is with great sadness I must report the loss of one of our 818th Veterans. Our dear friend, Dan Checchia, passed away 25 December 2019. Dan was a fine man and greatly loved by his Family and all his many friends. He will be very much missed by all who knew him. Our condolences to his Family and friends. Love-Robert

Tuesday, 07 January 2020 00:47
Tasha Snoozy-Goeden - Yankton SD

I remember my grandfather talking about the little German boy that helped the 818th ambush the Nazi group that was waiting for them. General George Patton asked for my grandfather to translate. Joe Goeden and my other grandfather Lawrence Becker helped me pass German class in middle school. I wish that I would have kept up with it. All the veterans of the World War, Vietnam War, Korean War and any War later and in the future, I want to say I am proud to be an American because of what you do or doing!

Tuesday, 12 November 2019 05:04
April Watts - Campbell, TX

My grandfather, Jack Patrick,  was part of company A. A. I was wondering if anyone knew him or knows who might be in this picture? 

Friday, 18 October 2019 03:05
Antoine - Holland

Joseph G. Bonifazio. Hq. Seeking for a picture from him. Thanks for your help in advance. Kind regards from Holland, Antoine 

Sunday, 19 May 2019 10:01
Jay Bratcher - Richardson, Texas

James A. Lancaster of "A Company" died on December 1, 2011. He is buried in Rosemound Cemetery in Commerce, Texas.  Commerce, Texas is in Hunt County.   


My apologies for not informing you sooner.  


Friday, 25 January 2019 20:17
Aaron scott - 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.

Monday, 15 January 2018 19:00
Linda Hindman Roycroft - 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.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 20:04
Gloria Arbutina Campbell

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.

Sunday, 23 July 2017 23:18
Darrell Smith - 5847 St. Rt. 18 Hicksville, Ohio 43526

My father Harold A. Smith, B company.


Monday, 22 May 2017 15:42
Mark Kissel - 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

Saturday, 25 February 2017 04:27
Darrell Smith

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.

Monday, 22 May 2017 16:28
Gloria Arbutina Campbell - 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.

Tuesday, 07 February 2017 16:35
Jamie Schmidtberger - 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.

Friday, 13 January 2017 02:57
Joshua Dodson - 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.

Thursday, 12 January 2017 15:13
Darrell Smith - 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.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 13:26
Mike Brennan - 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.

Saturday, 11 June 2016 21:07
Joan Dalton Tesche - Pennsylvania, USA

James Dalton Jr.


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


Saturday, 12 March 2016 17:54
Steven H. Davis - 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.

Monday, 07 December 2015 22:25
Michael Seward - 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 

Friday, 10 July 2015 21:54
David Micik - 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

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 01:47
Sara - 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. 

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 23:49
Joan Pearson - 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)

Monday, 09 February 2015 16:23
Debra Anderson - Delta, Colorado





Saturday, 31 January 2015 03:33
Theresa Mahoney - 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!

Wednesday, 03 August 2016 14:37

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

Tuesday, 30 December 2014 16:59
Doug Johannsen - Minnesota

Hi...I was just looking over the 818th online site and found your message on this board. Sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. There's a photo of him and my dad standing together by a bombed out house in France. You can find the photo in the HQ Company files.

My dad passed away in January 2000, he was 87. Lived all his life on the farm near Murdo, SD.

I know dad attended at least one reunion, not sure when or where. Either Little Rock or one in Iowa, probably in the 1960's. I find it interesting that he seemed to feel much closer to the men in his unit than our neighbors (and we had good neighbors). 


Doug Johannsen

Wednesday, 13 May 2020 22:09
Jerry - 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. 

Friday, 21 November 2014 21:03
Dan Magneson - 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

Thursday, 13 November 2014 00:34
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