Greetings from Fort Worth, TX, Norbert Schnabel !!!
Perhaps I can shed a little light on your quest for information related to your brother, Wm. Edward Day, Jr, killed 9-27-44.
True, the 654th TD BN was attached to the 35th Infantry Division for the period 7-9-44 to 12-22-44, during which time the division was under XII Corp. The division was under the command of Major General Paul W. Baade from Jan 43.
A little information on the orginization and the area of operations during the time preceeding his death follows:
Elements in the 35th ID included three Infantry Regiments (134th, 135th and 320th), plus four Artillery Battalions (127th,161st,216th and 219th), plus four Tank Destroyer Battalions (654th,691st, 807th and 821st), plus other elements.
The division took Orleans, France 18 Aug 44, Montargis 23 Aug 44 and crossed the Moselle River at Crevechamps with the 137th IR 11 Sep 44.
The 134 IR entered the Lorey Bridgehead near Nancy, France, 15 Sep 44, and re-took Agincourt 21 Sep 44 after hard fighting. The division cleared the Bois de Faulx of Germans, and defended the Foret de Gremecey against strong German counterattacks, which had successfully penetrated the 35th ID lines 30 Sep 44. Shortly after, the division went into reserve for training.
This would indicate a probable area of Wm's death.
Finally, the division had these casualties:
Killed in Action, 2,485 Wounded in Action, 11,526 Died of Wounds, 462.
It went into combat 11 July 44. It was on the line 264 days. Its casualty rate exceeded 180%.
These are divisional figures. I am sure that a history exists which would reflect the 654th TD BN casualties, but I will not seek it out at this time.
For "more light", I recommend the following excellent references:
1. WW II Order of Battle Shelby L. Stanton, author Galahad Books, NYNY, publisher.
2. CITIZEN SOLDIERS Stephen E. Ambrose, author Simon & Schuster, NYNY, publisher.
I have no idea how he wound up as listed in the artillery, which definitely is not a synonym for tank destroyer