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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

Nazi Flags Captured

There is record of two Nazi flags being captured by the 808th tank destroyers. Capturing a flag has long given the men a feeling of victory. In wars past, capturing the flag was the same as winning the battle, if not the war. Of course, that has been many wars ago.

Wally tore this flag off of a wall.

 The first one was yanked off of a wall by Wally Atkinson (do I have this name correct?) and carried home as a souvenir. To this day his family worries a bit because taking souvenirs home was against the rules. Though we all know it is fairly common practice and has been since the dawn of time. I think now after over 65 years we can share this flag with the internet.

There were a number of other items taken by some of the men including a German officers binoculars, I was told he would not be needing them anymore. Smaller items that could be carried in a pocket without threat of being caught were the most common souvenirs. Knowing about them would grow this page by leaps and bounds. I know they exist, I had a list that I have somehow lost. The men have kept these things for over 65 years and I loose a simple list of them in just 6. (Can you help with this?)

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Pete Booker shared this captured German flag with us.

The second flag was recently found by a WWII buff and collector in England. This flag was captured by the 808th tank destroyers in or around Passau Germany or Linz Austria. Many of the men signed it and most signatures, though do not show well on the photo are readable when examined closely. There is a list of the men who signed it below. Many of the names are incomplete or their home town is not clear. If you can help identify a man/signature we would appreciate it if you let us know.

 

 

Signature on Nazi flag                                                                       Signature on flag

These are two signatures that were legible when photographed.
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Signatures found on the flag:

These are typed as sent to me by Pete Booker, the man who found the flag in an antique shop in England.

PFC Clyde W Raines
107 Walrath 87
Sparta Wisc.
Mr Andrew Chilkewitz
25452 Dartmouth
Inkster Mich.
PFC Albert Thorns
Woodberry
Tenn
R42
PFC Eckaid
??????? Iowa
PFC John Howe
Oak Hill
PF 04 Ohio
PFC W Clark
Eldcraco ????
PFC George D Sansort
117 Al ? St
Fall River Ina 55?
PFC Ralph Forzano
121 Wyckoff Ave
Brooklyn NY
PFC Frankie Howell
Earlsborough Okla
R 1
Cpl. Roy Justice
RFD N01 Box 241
Ironton, Ohio
PFC Arthur Brice
Dunedin Florida
Sgt. Clifford Clements
Tekamah, Nebr
CPL. Joseph Fant (?)
Versailles Ohio
Harold Banoby (?)
Jersey City, New Jersey
158 Clark St
1945
Lt. A. M. ?? (Saute or Sauton)
New Jersey
PFC Daniel R Holbrook
Dookey
NC
PFC Paul Abri??t
5042 Eddy St.
Chicago 41 Illinois
S/Sgt. Robert Steel
Fay
Route #5
Sgt. Harry M Clayton
Route 2 ?? N.C.
PFC John Howe
Oakhill
PF04 Ohio

 

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