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|posted 5/8/2014 1:05:22 PM
His Gun Commander was Hart, Gunner was Futrell, Loader was Marcinski, and Asst Driver was Safka. I just reviewed his scrapbooks, and have photos of these great men! Very Interesting. If anyone road with him, please let me know. His name was Robert Lawerence Boice. He passed away in 2004 and I miss him dearly!
|posted 5/8/2014 6:34:06 PM
That's really great to have your Dad's scrapbooks with the pictures and names of men he served with. My Dad was an M-4 Sherman Tank Driver with the 12th Armored Division, 23rd Tank Battalion. I was very fortunate to meet some of the men he served with, at a reunion in Las Vegas, NV, in 1993. I listened with intent to the stories they told me. I have many of his war time pictures and letters to and from family. What battalion did your Dad serve in?
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From: University at Buffalo (NY)
|posted 5/8/2014 9:42:27 PM
Hello. Robert Boice was in the 714th
Tank Battalion, Service Company. I was not
aware that tank battalions had Tank Destroyers. (Although it does seem logical).
From December 1944 until late February 45,
the (827th ??? Tank Destroyer Battalion was
attached to the 12th ARmored. I have to
verify the number).Please contact Julie McCarty, the Unit Rep to the Hellcat News and see if she can putyou in contact with men who may have known your Dad.
|posted 5/9/2014 1:37:55 PM
The 827th Tank Destroyer Battalion was a negro unit that was briefly attached to the 12th Armored Div. while overseas.
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|posted 5/9/2014 4:58:38 PM
Boice was probably white and so listed in the roster. Due to segregation other men were probably listed in their units. 827 Tank Destroyer Battalion was activated April 1, 1942 and deployed to Europe late 1944. They were attached to the 714th Tank Battalion. The 813th was active near Hatten. All the Tank Destroyers performed well. Began with the M-10 AND then the M-36. Mention of color is only to tell a truthful story