756th Tank Battalion Association:

 

The 756th Tank Battalion's active veterans association

officially dissolved this past summer. 

Unfortunately, many members can no longer attend the annual reunions, so the decision was made to  retire to colors and to split and donate the Association treasury money between the Disabled American Veterans and the National Museum of the U.S. Army.   Both organizations were sent $935.15.  The DAV responded with an acknowledgment on December 22nd, 2010 and the National Museum of the US Army responded on January 13, 2011 and January 19th, 2011. (See below).  Note: addresses have been blocked for privacy reasons.

 

 

In addition to the above certificate of acknowledgement, the National Museum of the U.S. Army included a form for their program: Registry of the American Soldier.  Anyone interested in honoring a soldier, please click on the image below.  A new window will open that you can either save (right click) or print.  All instructions and addresses are included on the form.

 

 

 

On August 10th, 2010, five veterans of the 756th Tank Battalion attended a ceremony at the Patton Museum at Fort Knox, Kentucky, to retire the battalion colors.   All Association property was also donated to the Museum at the same time.  Here are some photos of that bittersweet event:

 

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Veterans at the Patton Museum (left to right): Richard Coombs, Gene Palumbo, Clyde Guild, Robert Gill, and Charles Pelley.

 

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Veterans at the Patton Museum (left to right): Pelley, Guild, Gill, Coombs, and Palumbo hand over the battalion crest and streamers to the director of the Patton Museum.

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Veterans at the Patton Museum (left to right): Robert Gill, Clyde Guild, Charles Pelley, Richard Coombs, and Gene Palumbo climb aboard an M4A3 one last time.  

 

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The 756th Tank Battalion maintained an active Association for over 20 years.  This year (2010), the Association turned in their book and photo collection and retired the battalion colors at the Patton Museum at Fort Knox, Kentucky.  No more annual reunions will take place. 

The last reunion was held September 10-13, 2009 in the Cincinnati, Ohio area.  Only seven veterans could attend, but participating family members and associates brought attendance closer to fifty.   The members toured Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky sites and enjoyed fine hospitality a the Drawbridge Inn.  Many thanks to the Coombs family for being such wonderful hosts!

 

Photo from the 2009 Reunion in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky.

 

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Veterans at Fort Mitchell (left to right, back row): Robert Gill, Richard Coombs, Charles Pelley, Clyde Guild, (left to right, seated) Henry Sanislow, Mike Sudvary, Dave Redle.

 

 

Photo from the 2008 Reunion in Washington, D.C.

 

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Veterans at the World War II Memorial (left to right): Richard Coombs, Clyde Guild, Denis Hannan, Dave Redle, Gene Palumbo, Robert Gill, Frank Cockerill.

 

Photo from the 2007 Reunion in Huntington, West Virginia

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Veterans in attendence (left to right, back row): Denis Hannan, Charles Pelley, Gene Palumbo, Mike Sudvary, Robert Gill,  (left to right, seated):, Henry Sanislow, Jack Brown, Frank Cockerill, Jack Deenihan, David Redle, Clyde Guild. (Photo courtesy of Russell Jones)

 

Photo from the 2006 Reunion in Akron, Ohio

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Veterans in attendance (left to right, back row): Gene Palumbo, Richard Coombs, Frank Cockerill, Denis Hannan, Henry Sanislow, Robert Gill, Charles Pelley, and Mike Sudvary.  (left to right, seated): Jack Brown, Sam Liberto, David Redle, Clyde Guild.

Photo from the 2005 Reunion in Fond-du-Lac, Wisconsin

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Veterans in attendance (left to right, back row): Marvin Kempf, Ralph Donley, Robert Gill, Bud Fink, Joseph Salvatore, Richard Coombs, Charles Pelley, Denis Hannan, Henry Sanislow, and Paul Taylor.  (left to right, seated): Henry Deicken, David Redle, Clyde Guild, and Frank Cockerill.

 

756th Tank Battalion Association Reunions Past & Present...

Year: Date: City & State: Host(s):
1987 9/30 - 10/04 Fresno, California George Montgomery
1988 9/24 - 9/27 Fort Worth, Texas Roy Anderson
1989 10/05 - 10/08 Akron, Ohio David Redle
1990 9/20 - 9/23 Omaha, Nebraska Frank Cockerill
1991 9/18 - 9/22 Louisville, Kentucky James Blackwell
1992 9/17 - 9/20 St. Paul, Minnesota Robert Kremer
1993 9/10 - 9/12 Williamsburg, Virginia Ed Olson
1993 9/02 - 9/05 San Antonio, Texas Roy Kosanke
1994 9/15 - 9/18 Paducah, Kentucky Clarence Yeatts
1994 9/29 - 10/02 Lancaster, Pennsylvania Roy Kosanke
1995 9/21 - 9/24 Arlington, Virginia Denis Hannan / Ed Olson
1995 10/12 - 10/15 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Jack Brown / Roy Kosanke
1996 8/12 - 8/16 Las Vegas, Nevada George Montgomery
1996 9/19 - 9/22 St. Joseph, Missouri Clarence Yeatts
1997 8/21 - 8/23 Denver, Colorado Herman Turpin
1998 9/10 - 9/13 Pittsburg, Pennsylvania Henry Sanislow / Mike Sudvary
1999 9/17 - 9/19 Springfield, Missouri Clearence Yeatts
2000 9/21 - 9/23 San Diego, California Bud Fink
2001

---Reunion scheduled for Fort Knox cancelled due to the 9-11 attacks.---

2002 9/19 - 9/21 Fort Knox, Kentucky Bud Fink
2003 9/25 - 9/27 San Antonio, Texas Herman Turpin
2004 9/16 - 9/18 Omaha, Nebraska Frank Cockerill
2005 9/15 - 9/17 Fond du Lac, Wisconsin Marvin Kempf
2006 9/14 - 9-16 Akron, Ohio David Redle
2007 9/13 - 9/15 Huntington, West Virginia Robert Gill
2008 9/11 - 9/14 Washington, D.C. area Denis Hannan
2009 9/10 - 9/12 Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky Richard Coombs
2010 Cancelled Lousville, Kentucky Coombs family

 

A Reminder to the Veterans: 

 

If you have WWII or 756th Tank Battalion material that you are interested in preserving for future generations, the Association has selected the PATTON MUSEUM LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES as the "official" repository choice.  All material sent by you to the library and identified as "756th Tank Battalion" historical material will forever be cataloged as such and made available for future researchers wishing to research the 756th Tank Battalion. 

 

The Museum will proudly accept any "archival material" such as books, documents, papers, letters, photographs and films.  Any other object or "artifact" (such as a uniform, insignia, equipment, or weapon) should be cleared ahead of time, as the Museum must consider storage space before acceptance.

 

The PATTON MUSEUM LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES will accompany the Armor School when it moves to Fort Benning, Georgia.  However, but for now all archival donations or inquiries about artifacts should be sent to:

 

Patton Museum

P.O. Box 208

Fort Knox, KY 40121-0208

 

Larger Shipments or boxes only should be sent to:

 

Patton Museum

4554 Fayette Avenue

Fort Knox, KY 40121

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