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8th Armored Division



 8th Armored Division

"Thundering Herd"

Chronology & Statistics

Activated 1 April 1942
Arrived ETO 21 November 1944
Arrived Continent (D+213) 6 January 1945
Entered Combat--First Elements 19 January 1945
Entered Combat--Entire Division 23 February 45
Days in Combat 63


Central Europe

Division Composition

Organic Units

Headquarters Company
Combat Command A
Combat Command B
Reserve Command
18th Tank Battalion
36th Tank Battalion
80th Tank Battalion
7th Armored Infantry Battalion
49th Armored Infantry Battalion
58th Armored Infantry Battalion
88th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mechanized)
53d Armored Engineer Battalion
148th Armored Signal Company

8th Armored Division Artillery

398th Armored Field Artillery Battalion
399th Armored Field Artillery Battalion
405th Armored Field Artillery Battalion

8th Armored Division Trains

130th Ordnance Maintenance Battalion
78th Armored Medical Battalion
Military Police Platoon

Commanding Officers

Division Commander

21 Nov 44 Brig. Gen. John M. Devine
3 May 45 Maj. Gen. John M. Devine

Artillery Commander

21 Nov 44 Col. Henry W. Holt

Chief of Staff

21 Nov 44 Col. Charles G. Dodge

Assistant Chief of Staff G-1

21 Nov 44 Lt. Col. Lawrence L. Boyd

Assistant Chief of Staff G-2

21 Nov 44 Lt. Col. Emmet R. White
3 May 45 Maj. Henry C. Schraeder

Assistant Chief of Staff G-3

21 Nov 44 Lt. Col. William S. Crittendon
4 Mar 45 Lt. Col. Edwin H. Burba
11 Apr 45 Lt. Col. Edward Y. Podufaly

Assistant Chief of Staff G-4

21 Nov 44 Lt. Col. Harold N. Lang

Assistant Chief of Staff G-5

16 Jan 45 Maj. Robert C. Polsgrove

Adjutant General

21 Nov 44 Lt. Col. David L. Hairston

Commanding Officer, Combat Command A

21 Nov 44 Brig. Gen. Charles P. Colson

Commanding Officer, Combat Command B

21 Nov 44 Col. Edward Kimball
11 Apr 45 Lt. Col. Edwin H. Burba

Commanding Officer, Reserve Command

21 Nov 44 Col. Robert J. Wallace
6 Apr 45 Col. Yarrow D. Vesely

Attached Units

Antiaircraft Artillery

467th AAA AW Bn (SP) 15 Jan 45-1 Feb 45
473d AAA AW Bn (SP) 6 Feb 45-6 May 45


10th Armd Gp 6 Feb 45-7 Feb 45
691st Tk Bn 21 Feb 45-28 Feb 45
10th Armd Gp 28 Feb 45-5 Mar 45


Co C, 92d Cml Mort Bn 2 Apr 45-8 Apr 45


999th Engr Treadway Br Co 27 Feb 45-29 Mar 45
989th Engr Treadway Br Co 10 Mar 45-15 Mar 45

Field Artillery

691st FA Bn (105mm How) 21 Feb 45-27 Feb 45
407th FA Bn 28 Feb 45-5 Mar 45
275th Armd FA Bn 27 Mar 45-31 Mar 45
695th FA Bn 27 Mar 45-31 Mar 45
215th FA Bn (155mm How) 27 Mar 45-31 Mar 45
681st FA Bn 4 Apr 45-10 Apr 45
959th FA Bn (4.5" Gun) 5 Apr 45-10 Apr 45


290th CT (- 1st Bn) (75th Div) 27 Mar 45-30 Mar 45
1st Bn, 290th Inf (75th Div) 27 Mar 45-31 Mar 45

Tank Destroyer

809th TD Bn (SP) 9 Feb 45-14 Mar 45

8th Armored Division World War II Missing in Action

There are 12 soldiers of the 8th Armored Division World War II still listed as missing in action.

Technician Fourth Grade Carson M. Barbour 36th Tank Battalion 03/05/1945
Corporal Willie G. Beckner 80th Tank Battalion 03/29/1945
Private First Class Neil Cole 36th Tank Battalion 03/05/1945
Private Eli A. Fein 53rd Engineer Battalion 04/06/1945
Second Lieutenant Arthur S. Goldstein 36th Tank Battalion 04/03/1946
Corporal William C. Koscak 36th Tank Battalion 03/05/1945
Private First Class Clarence H. Leach 36th Tank Battalion 03/05/1945
Corporal John P. Mannino 36th Tank Battalion 04/09/1945
Private Earl N. Ringheim 36th Tank Battalion 03/05/1945
Sergeant Donald G. Severine 36th Tank Battalion 03/05/1945
Private First Class John J. Siciliano 36th Tank Battalion 03/06/1946
Private Gene Wilson 80th Tank Battalion 03/28/1945





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