3 Replies Latest reply on Jul 25, 2019 8:16 AM by Rebecca Collier

    Seeking D-Day information about Sgt Walter J Fryer


      Was Sgt. Walter J. Fryer (ASN: 33019825) from Pennsylvania already a member of C-company 741st Tank Battalion on D-Day? According to the After Action Report of the 741st Tank Battalion all the 'swimming' Duplex Drive-tanks of C-company sank before the coast of Omaha Beach.

        • Re: Seeking D-Day information about Sgt Walter J Fryer
          Elliot Schneider Ranger



          He was KIA or DOW  on 13 Apr 1945, according to the overseas headstone application he was with the 741st TNK BN, awarded the Purple Heart. If you want you can use a SF-180 and request his IDPF file this sometimes will show how he was KIA, DOW.


          He is currently buried at Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial.




          Elliot Schneider

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          • Re: Seeking D-Day information about Sgt Walter J Fryer
            Rebecca Collier Ranger

            Dear Jori Videc,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            We searched the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office (Record Group 407) and located field orders and a journal for June 1944 of the 741st Tank Battalion. These files may provide additional information about the unit on D-Day. For access to and/or copies of these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


            To determine if Sgt. Fryer was with his unit on D-Day, we suggest that you request the unit’s morning reports. Morning reports for Army units from November 1, 1912 to 1959 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). For access to these records, please contact RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov.


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


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