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The 808th Tank Destroyer Battalion

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An assortment of US flags.
Don't Tread On Me
Colonial Era

US Army Flag - 1775
US Army Flag
Adopted in 1775

Betsy Ross flag
Betsy Ross Flag

13 Star Flag
13 Star -
First Official Flag

Civil Flag of Peacetime
Civil Flag of
Peacetime

34 Star - Civil War Era
34 Star
Civil War Era

Confederate Battle Flag
Confederate Battle Flag

50 Star Current US Flag
50 Star
Current US Flag

Record of Service

Ray Followell kept his record of service. There are notations that are heart-felt and overwhelming for someone who has never lived through active duty.

May I suggest you scroll your window until the last line of text is just visible at the top. You should then be able to see each page without the need for further vertical scrolling. I am working on changing all the slide shows to this format, free of JavaScript which is difficult to keep functional in differrent browsers. As long as your browser is circa IE 7 or newer (Opera, Firefox, etc) you should have no more problems viewing images - once I get them all changed to the CSS format. Oh, by the way, there are 11 images here, smashed until narrow, as you mouse over on each of them they will open up.

On page 3, Promotions, you can see Ray started a private, of course, was promoted to Corporal then to Sargent. Not long after that he is busted back down to private. When Ray told the story this was due to a craps game. A Lt lost and instead of making good on his debt he saw to it Ray was busted back down to private for gambling. It did not take long until the Colonel found out about it and Ray was not only returned to his previous level but was promoted to Sargent T/4. Yea Ray!

Ray makes note of reaching the front on 23 September, 1944 in Bratt, France. Moved to front at 10:00 next day and was under fire around noon. Shelled for an hour. "It was hell. Mud knee deep. Nobody hurt but captured 3 krouts.

Ray also notes he lost his best buddy, Cal Taylor, in another engagement. That was October 13, 1944, the day after his 20th birthday. (Ray is my dad, he was born 10/12/22.)

 

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