Ben's Guestbook.


22:34 19-06-2013
My father, Henry A. Rohrer was a SSgt. in the 643rd.
23:35 05-06-2013
I really like this website. I visit often to get updates and learn new things about the military and veterans. I have come across many other great websites that are very informative. One website is U.S. Veteran Compensation Programs ( On this website I frequently learn about the latest money available to veterans, benefits for veterans and their families, where to get discounts for veterans, and I get free things from their veteran giveaway program.
Keep up the good work. I will pass the word about your website and I will visit again. Thanks!
06:24 27-05-2013
My Grandpa, Ardie (Red) Williamson was a Tech 4 Sgt with the 743rd Tank Battalion. He used to tell me stories of having to crawl in the dark on his belly to go up on the front line to work on tanks...thanks for this site!
21:58 18-05-2013
Wir werden eure Opfer nie vergessen.
03:54 08-05-2013
My grandfather was a tank driver in the 743rd, Howard Froberg. He hosted many reunions for the battalion at his campground in Lindstrom Minnesota. I enjoy reading more about the 743.
19:07 28-04-2013
My father Sgt Ray William ("Bill" Howell was assigned to the 743rd Tank Battalion as a Tank Commander.
17:13 27-04-2013
awesome website i love you for putting this out there
22:45 24-03-2013
My grandmother (M. Esther Lucas Hamilton) was the sister of PFC Robert C. Lucas. I think it is wonderful all the hard work you've done on this site . Thank you so much!
19:58 19-03-2013
My father was Capt. Robert S. Derby. HQ company, 743 tank battalion. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart with Oak Leave Clusters. Went from D-Day through and past the Elbe River. I would love to talk to some of the relatives of the men in the battalion.

I just found his copy of Move Out Verify and have all 4 of the maps they made in Germany after the war.

I also have photographs of the entire battalion with names written on the back of it. If there is a place to upload this photo, I would be happy to do that or send it via email.


18:26 22-02-2013
Hello Ben,
In my high school we have a class where we make documentaries for world war two veterans. In part of my documentary my veteran mentions General Rose and I was wondering if I could have permission to use some of the pictures on your website.

Thanks for your time.
03:25 22-02-2013
My Dad, Floyd J. Esche was in the 643rd. I have some pictures if you're interested.
17:52 26-01-2013
Dag Ben Savelkoul, mijn Amerikaanse vader vocht in WWII als schutter op een tank destroyer. Hij kwam uit West Virginia. De beheerder van heeft een biografie over hem gemaakt. Zijn batallion 628 TD was o.a. in zuid Limburg (Colmont, Voerendaal en Winthagen) Ik heb de Unit Journals waarin dit beschreven staat. Bij interesse wil ik je een kopie sturen. vriendelijke groet!
18:35 17-01-2013
I am a big fan of 743rd Tank Bn as well as Tank Destroyers. I first read Hell Has no Heroes when I was a kid in 1970 and I recently got Move Out Verify from Camp Blanding Museum. What a read!! Is anyone in 743rd Tank still alive?
17:11 12-10-2012
I've have a book at the printer now entitled Old Hickory Recon that details the wartime history of Marion Sanford, who served with the 30th Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop (Mechanized) of the 30th Infantry Division. He was with the 30th Recon from 1942 until 1945. I have a photo of a memorial at Gaurain-Ramecroix, Belgium (near Tournai) dedicated to three fallen Old Hickory soldiers were killed there 2 Sep 1944. Sgt. Sanford talks a great deal in the book about his time in Heelen & Valkenburg and he developed a great love for the Dutch that has endured for almost 70 years. Ben, please feel free to contact me, I'd like to talk with you more.
20:07 08-09-2012
My Father was in the recon unit that was ambushed at Barby germany on April 12,1945. % men were killed and several others including my Father were wounded. After the war he attended a number of 643 TD Battalian. I would appreciate if there are GPS positions availible at the attack site in order to view via google earth.
I would like to thank the Dutchman who honored the men of this Co C recon unit. I've been searching for infomation on this action on April 12,1945 at Barby Germany. My Father passed away in 1989.
Someday I'd like to pay homage at that location. I've attempted to respond to the Dutchman who planted the flowers at the attack site, but have been blocked as I do not know the Dutch language. My Father lost very close friends in his Recon unit that day and his scars of wounds were quite severe.
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