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: Saturday, May 26, 1945: Pilsen, Czechoslovakia.S/Sgt. Fleming and T/3 Cameron are given a hearty farewell. Wartime activities are winding down and they are the first men of the unit to depart the European theater for discharge under the point system. Pilsen and the surrounding area offer increased social activity since the non-fraternization policy is not in effect in this part of Czechoslovakia. The 897th Bar and Day Room are the best in the company history, with plenty of local Pilsen beer being available. Swimming in the local river is also available. After a tour of inspection through the area and shops, Maj. Gen. Heubner, V Corps CO expresses himself as very pleased with the unit’s activity. The 897th closes its last month of combat in the European Theater of Operations performing maintenance for the same corps units that it had supported through five campaigns since landing on Omaha Beach eleven months before.

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Company history

December, 1944
Battle of Stavelot

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


The Way it Was

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Reader's Digest 1984
The Yanks in Britain

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New February, 2016, newly scanned and reconstructed 40" posters of the Camp Lee and Palm Village areas.

2004 dedication
WWII Memorial

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