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Casualties and Honor Roll



Combat Casualties
A total of 193 Purple Hearts were awarded to the men of the 752nd Tank Battalion during the 341-day combat period between 27 May 1944 and 2 May 1945.  These awards were given to 177 men, of whom 16 received an Oak Leaf Cluster for their second award.  Thirty Purple Hearts were awarded posthumously to those who were killed in combat.  This analysis does not include those who were injured or killed in non-combat related incidents, as the Purple Heart is not awarded under those circumstances.

The 752nd's casualty list includes every rank in the battalion, from buck privates to the battalion's commanding major.  In fact, the casualty analysis testifies to the "lead by example" style of the battalion's officers.  While officers represented only 5% of the 752nd's personnel, they accounted for 13% of the battalion's total casualties, or two and one-half times their expected rate.

The battalion's three medium tank companies (A/B/C) suffered over 80% of the unit's total casualties.  Company B had the highest casualty rate of the three medium companies, running approximately 50% higher than that of either A or C.  However, casualties were sustained by every company in the 752nd, including Company D (light tanks), HQ, Service, and the Medical Detachment.

Ironically, the last full month of the war, April 1945, took the highest toll on the men of the 752nd.  During this period of scattered but fanatical enemy resistance, some 59 men of the 752nd became casualties, representing 30% of the battalion's total.  In fact, the 752nd's worse single day occurred during the last week of the war in Italy, with 19 men (10% of total casualties) being killed or wounded in the battle for Vicenza on 28 April 1945. The last 752nd combat casualty was Cpl. George W. Blessing of B Company, who died of his wounds on 1 May 1945, just one day before the war in Italy ended.

The summer of 1944 was also difficult for the men of the 752nd.  July was the second-highest casualty month for the battalion, with 43 casualties (22% of total).  This was due largely to the bitter battle for Rosignano, which was the battalion's worse single battle (33 casualties). June trailed closely behind July, contributing 17% of the battalion's casualties (33 men and officers) due largely to the fighting in and around Rome.



   


Honor Roll
The following forty-eight men and officers of the 752nd Tank Battalion paid the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty. Thirty-one of them died in combat, and the remaining seventeen died of non-combat incidents while in training, on the front lines, or in the postwar occupation.  Two of the men died while serving with the 752nd when it was redesignated as the 2642nd Armored Replacement Battalion.  Seventeen tankers of the 752nd are still interred or memorialized as missing in action in American cemetaries in England, North Africa, and Italy.
*PFC Armando D. Achino, Medical Detachment, 4 June 1944, East of Rome
*Pvt. Clarence E. Anderson, A Company, 19 February 1943, North Africa, NCR
T/5 Donald C. Barrett, Headquarters, 27 May 1944, Roccagorga
Cpl. George W. Blessing, B Company, 29 April 1945, Fontaniva (DOW 1 May 1945)
Pvt. William H. Brasch, B Company, 8 February 1946, Northern Italy, NCR
*Capt. John F. Burke, Headquarters, 7 January 1944, Bizerte, North Africa, NCR
*T/5 Frank Cambria, B Company, 10 April 1946, Quisca, NCR
Cpl. Robert W. Casmer, B Company, 7 July 1944, Rosignano
1st Lt. Sherwin R. Clinton, Headquarters, 16 April 1945, Zena vicinity
Pvt. Sebastian DeLotto, Headquarters, 20 December 1945, Cormons, NCR
*S/Sgt. Franklyn S. Dixon, C Company, 28 April 1945, Vicenza
*Pvt. Lloyd T. Dolan, B Company, 12 July 1944, North of Rosignano
Pvt. Ralph J. Gatrell, B Company, 12 July 1944, North of Rosignano
PFC John Gruber, B Company, 18 April 1945, Poggio Dei Mori
Pvt. Samul E. Hale, 2642nd ARB, 24 April 1943, North Africa, NCR
*1st Lt. Frank L. Heaton, Jr., C Company, 15 June 1944, Saturnia
T/5 Jules F. Hensgen, B Company, 4 June 1944, Via Prenestina, Rome
T/4 John V. Hoyer, Headquarters, 27 May 1944, Roccagorga
Sgt. Walter Hull, A Company, 3 November 1941, Ft. Lewis, WA NCR
*S/Sgt. Selwyn M. Jones, B Company, 15 October 1944, Crochetta Vicinity, NCR
*Cpl. Charles W. Lembcke, Headquarters, 30 January 1946, Northern Italy, NCR
*PFC John M. McGrath, ? Company, 23 September 1945, Northern Italy, NCR
*Pvt. Richard D. McQueen, Jr., B Company, 12 July 1944, Rosignano, MIA
*T/5 Andrew F. Moles, Jr., B Company, 12 July 1944, Rosignano, MIA
*PFC James B. Morris, A Company, 17 April 1945, Zena vicinity
PFC Otto F. Novak, A Company, 5 June 1944, North of Rome
Sgt. Ned R. O'Neill, C Company, 27 September 1944, Tre Poggioli (Hill 966)
PFC Arthur A. Pendleton, B Company, 23 April 1945, Agnolo
*Cpl. Peter F. Piapot, A Company, 19 February 1943, North Africa, NCR
*Cpl. Harold V. Priest, A Company, 28 April 1945, Vicenza
Pvt. Paul C. Remmer, 2642nd ARB, 6 June 1943, North Africa, NCR
Pvt. Michael J. Revella, B Company, 4 June 1944, Via Prenestina, Rome
Cpl. Ray Robinson, C Company, 29 April 1945, Bassano
Cpl. Pedro H. Rodriguez, Medical Detachment, 26 March 1945, Zena vicinity, NCR
*T/4 James L. Rosolino, B Company, 12 July 1944, North of Rosignano
T/4 Everett E. Searl, B Company, 4 June 1944, Via Prenestina, Rome
2nd Lt. Ross Sifford, A Company, 5 June 1944, North of Rome
T/5 Zaccheus W. Stemm, C Company, 22 October 1944, Osteria
Pvt. William J. Stephenson, D Company, 2 August 1947, Northern Italy, NCR
Sgt. William Stolp, C Company, 7 July 1944, Rosignano
*T/5 Carl Taylor, ? Company, 29 September 1942, England, NCR
*S/Sgt. Seymour Teed, A Company, 26 October 1944, East of Pianoro
PFC Tommye P. Thompson, Headquarters, 3 January 1947, Udine, NCR
*T/5 Harold E. Wenger, A Company, 28 April 1945, Vicenza
T/4 Albert R. Wesner, A Company, 7 July 1944, Rosignano
T/4 Ralph S. Williams, C Company, 22 June 1944, Roccastrada
T/4 Joseph F. Witherow, D Company, 24 July 1947, Livorno, NCR
T/5 Ernest S. Wittwer, Medical Detachment, 4 June 1944, East of Rome



*Interred at Florence American Cemetery, or memorialized at Florence Tablets of the Missing
*Interred at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, re-interred at private cemetery in Masserano, Italy
*Interred at North African American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia
*Interred at Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England
*Interred at Cemetery #0560, Oran, Algeria, re-interred at Custer National Cemetery, Montana

  NCR = Not combat related




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