The 104th Infantry Division sailed from NY P/E on three ships on 8-27-44, and arrived at Cherbourg, France 9-7-44, about two weeks in advance of the 750th Tank Battalion. These ships sailed in a convoy of 56 ships, which was the largest convoy of the war. Convoy # 9599 (?).
The 750thTank Battalion is listed on the manifest for the USS WAKEFIELD,which sailed from Boston P/E 9-16-44. It arrived at Liverpool, England 9-22-44, a six day trip, which suggests that it sailed alone.
It landed France 3 Oct 44, and entered combat 24 Oct 44, possibly during the attack by the 104th ID on Zundert,just in Holland on the Antwerp-Breda Road. Backed by British tanks, the 104th ID took Zundert by full assault 26 Oct 44.
(NOTE: The 104th was extremely active in this period, as recorded in "2194 Days of War, An Illustrated Chronology of the second World War", Barnes & Noble, NYNY, publisher.)
The 750th Tank BN participated in the following campaigns:
Ardennes-Alsace, 16 Dec 44 / 25 Jan 45 Central Europe, 22 Mar 45 / 11 May 45 Rhineland, 15 Sep 44 / 21 Mar 45.
These dates would encompass the period that the unit was attached to the 104th Infantry Division.
The commander of the 104th ID at that tme was Major General Terry de la Mesa Allen, Oct 43 / Oct 45.
I can't list casualties for the Tank Battalion, but for the division as a whole it ran as follows:
Killed in Action, 971 Wounded in Action, 3,567 Died from Wounds, 143
Estimated % casualties, all causes, 95.1%, after a total of 178 days in combat.
That is about all that I can tell you about your 750th Tank Battalion, 104th Infantry Division.
QUESTION: Do you know when and where your father sailed from? I can't match a sailing or arrival date for the 104th ID. I would like to match him up with his ship again.
With best wishes,
Louie Franklin Turner.
References: 1. WORLD WAR II ORDER of BATTLE, Shelby L. Stanton, author, Galahad Books, NYNY, publisher.
This text includes an excellent Combat Narrative for the 104th ID, which overlays the 750th Tank BN time frames nicely.
2. CITIZEN SOLDIERS Stephen E. Ambrose, author Simon & Schuster, NYNY, publisher.
This text also includes direct references to action involving the 104th ID. Excellent military historian...second to none.