3 Replies Latest reply on Nov 16, 2021 2:15 PM by Lisha Penn

    Seeking records of 825th Tank Destroyer Battalion

    lisa banes Newbie

      Seeking information & photos of 825th Tank Destroyer Battalion, Company A in WWII in Belgium. My uncle was in this unit.

        • Re: Seeking records of 825th Tank Destroyer Battalion
          Elliot Schneider Ranger



          Follow the link provide there is some information on their website and they have a few AAR, Unit History, and General Orders. To view you will have to click in the dates or description of the files in order to view them.




          Co A. 825th AAR: https://www.tankdestroyer.net/images/stories/ArticlePDFs/825th_AAR_Co_A_Dec_17_44-Jan_17_1945-3_pages.pdf



          Cadre Roster of Co. A.: https://www.tankdestroyer.net/images/stories/ArticlePDFs/825th_Cadre_Docs_1942-1943-15_pages.pdf



          825th Lowe  Armstrong  Hauser  Whaley

          Shown is Sgt. Vester Lowe, Sgt. John G. Armstrong, Sgt. Martin Hauser and Sgt. Jonas Whaley. Each of these men were leaders in their respective squads of A Company and were involved in actions against German forces near the river bridge at Stavelot, Belgium on December 18, 1944. Of the group, all would escape except Armstrong who was killed and received the Silver Star and Purple Heart. Photo courtesy of Serge Lemaire.




          825th Sgt Martin Hauser and Sgt John Scibelli

          A photo of Sgt. Martin Hauser and Sgt. John Scibelli while they were stationed at Fort Mieding, after the war. Fort Mieding was named after the unit's commanding officer, Lt. Col. Rudolph H. Mieding and was located at Wiesbaden-Schierstein, Germany, which was within eyesight of the Rhine River. The facilities were formally a training school for Nazi SS troops and provided modern military quarters and recreation, for the men. Both Hauser and Scibelli served in A Company and both had been wounded and received Purple Hearts. Scibelli was wounded a second time and received the Oak Leaf Cluster signifying his second Purple Heart. Hauser was also awarded the Bronze Star. Photo courtesy of Lou Celentano and Mary Hodson.

            • Re: Seeking records of 825th Tank Destroyer Battalion
              lisa banes Newbie

              Thank you, Elliott! I had no idea until recently that my uncle (now deceased) served in this unit, so it's been interesting searching through all this.


              My uncle's name was Willie R. Banes, from South Carolina, but in his civilian life he used his middle name, Raymond. I haven't run up on much about him specifically, and neither he nor any of his brothers ever talked about their time in service. I appreciate you sending me all this useful info!


            • Re: Seeking records of 825th Tank Destroyer Battalion
              Lisha Penn Pioneer

              Dear Ms. Banes,


              Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


              We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917 - 1985 (Record Group 407) that includes an after action report of Company A, 825th Tank Destroyer Battalion for Dec. 1944 - Jan. 1945 during WWII. For more information about these non-digitized report, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


              We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) if you have not already done so. OMPFs and individual medical reports for enlisted men of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after October 1912 and before 1959 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis. In many cases where personnel records were destroyed in the 1973 fire, proof of service can be provided from other records such as morning reports, payrolls, and military orders, and a certificate of military service will be issued. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail it to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.


              Photographs of various U.S. Army activities dating from 1940 to 2007 are in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Still Picture (RDSS). Please contact RDSS via email at stillpix@nara.gov.


              Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2 and RDSS.  Also, NPRC will continue servicing requests ONLY associated with medical treatments, burials, homeless veterans seeking admittance to a homeless shelter, and those involving the VA Home Loan program. If your request is urgent, please see Emergency Requests and Deadlines. Please refrain from submitting non-emergency requests such as replacement medals, administrative corrections, or records research until NPRC returns to pre-COVID staffing levels.  Please check archives.gov/veterans for updates to the NPRC operating hours and status. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


              We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!