897th and 3562nd Ordnance HAM Companies, 1941-1945

First Army  897th Ordnance Heavy Automotive Maintenance Company
 3562nd Ordnance Heavy Automotive Maintenance Company
 1st Army, V Corps, European Theater of Operations
Belgium, 1944: the war rages on, the weather is lousy, and your truck's frame is bent. Who ya gonna call? The 897th, that's who! They performed difficult repairs under adverse conditions.
Welcome to this WWII history site commemorating the 897th and 3562nd Ordnance HAM Companies, maintained by the son of 897th veteran Julian Gocek. I love to hear from veterans and their families, current service people, and history buffs. With the passing of my father at age 97 in 2015, I doubt any 897th vets are still with us. Best wishes to all the families.
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This day in history: Friday, June 23, 1944: Near Treviers, France.The company moves by convoy from Omaha Beach to a point 2 miles east of Treviers (Maudeville) arriving on 1944-06-16 1900, in an apple orchard. Vehicles and equipment are placed in position, camouflaged, fox holes dug, and maintenance and operation begun before dark. Since no depots are yet in operation, the unit’s task is both to support and assist in supplying all Medium and Light Ordnance companies already landed. In spite of regular appearance of hostile aircraft, and long working days, morale is high and efficiency excellent.


William E. Lake's
Company history

Robert Seiple's
Additional research

Stateside 1943
Rose Bowl

Stateside training:

Stateside 1941
Camp Lee, VA

Stateside 1941
Camp Shelby, MS

Stateside 1941
Lake Charles, LA

Stateside 1942
Camp Murray, WA

Stateside 1942
Train Trip

Stateside 1942
Camp Young, CA

Stateside 1943
Palm Village, CA

Stateside 1943
Camp Haan, CA


December, 1944
Battle of Stavelot

The Way it Was

More Europe

Reader's Digest 1984
The Yanks in Britain

Postwar stuff, commentary:


2004 dedication
WWII Memorial

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