Re: 1st Armored Regiment/1st Armored Div.
Greetings, Penny !
The division was redesignated from 7th Cavalry Brigade, at
Fort Knox, KY, 15 Jul 40;
departed NYPE, 11 May 42;
(NOTE: The 1st A/D sailed on the HMS QUEEN MARY, landing atFirth of Clyde, Scotland, 16 May 42.)
arrived North Ireland, 16 May 42;
arrived England, 29 Oct 42;
arrived North Africa, 22 Dec 42.
NOTE: Some elements of the division had reached Africa in advance of the main body, and assaulted Oran, Algeria,
8 Nov 42.
Attacked the airfield at Djedeia, 25 Nov 42;
engaged the Germans on El Guessa Heights, 3 Dec 42;
took heavy losses in men and equipment when the lines were penetrated, and unit retreated to Bedja, 10/11 Dec 42;
next attacked in the Ousselitia Valley, 21 Jan 43;
moving to Bou Chebka 29 Jan 43, the division was at Maktar, 3 Feb 43;
it fought at Faid Pass, 30 Jan 43;
advanced to Sidi Bou Zid, where it experienced heavy tank losses, 14 Feb 43;
a German retreat allowed the division to retake Kasserine Pass, 26 Feb 43.
I would assume that Harold was fatally wounded during the encounter at Sidi Bou Zid, 14/15 Feb 43.
Finally, if you go to , and follow the directions, you will end up with an official statement
relating to his demise, including the fact that he was KIA, 15 Feb 43, and is memorialized on a plaque at the
American Military Cemetery, Carthage, Tunesia.
It includes a beautiful photo of the cemetery.
I hope that the above information is helpful in your search for closure in his case.
With best regards,
Louie F. Turner.