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Bouse in La Paz County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

740th Tank Battalion

Daredevil Tankers

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, March 14, 2010
1. 740th Tank Battalion Marker
Inscription. The 740th tank battalion was activated at Fort Knox, Ky. on March 1, 1943. It trained at Fort Knox and at Camp Bouse, Az. as a canal defense light (CDL) unit and as a standard medium tank battalion from October 15, 1943 to April 24, 1944 then sailed to England on July 26, 1944. It landed at Utah Beach, Normandy, France on November 1, 1944 and entered combat on December 19, 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge. In it's first half hour of combat, it stopped the furthest advance of the German 1st SS Panzer Division at Stoumont Station, Belgium. Fighting it's way toward the German border. It reached the Siegfried line near Udenbreth, Germany. It then fought on the Cologne Plain at Duren and Cologne, Germany. Shifting to the south, the battalion again breached the Siegfried Line near Saarbrucken, Germany. It was then sent back north to the Ruhr Pocket battle then crossed the Elbe River at Bleckede, Germany on April 30, 1945 after which it proceeded north, joining the British 2nd Army at Schwerin, Germany on the Baltic Sea at war's end.

The battalion fought in the Ardennes-Alsace, Rhineland and central Europe campaigns having served under the 1st, 1st Allied Airborne, 3rd, 7th, 9th U.S. Armies and the 2nd British Armies.

Army of Occupation duties were performed until the battalion was deactivated on July 23, 1946.

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740th Tank Battalion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Frank Houdek, January 10, 1998
2. 740th Tank Battalion Marker
A view of the marker on its dedication date.
members of the battalion gave their lives for our country, may they never be forgotten.
 
Erected 1998 by Veterans of the 740th Tank Battalion Association, the Lost Dutchman & Billy Holcomb Chapter E Clampus Vitus in Cooperation with the Bouse Chamber of Commerce. (Marker Number 90.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Desert Training Center, and the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 33° 55.908′ N, 114° 0.303′ W. Marker is in Bouse, Arizona, in La Paz County. Marker is on Broadway Avenue (Arizona Route 72 at milepost 27) south of Main Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bouse AZ 85325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 736th Tank Battalion (M) SP (here, next to this marker); Camp Bouse (a few steps from this marker); George L. Wendt (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Camp Bouse (a few steps from this marker); 748th Tank Battalion (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Camp Bouse (a few steps from this marker); 739th Tank Battalion (SP) (ME) (within shouting distance of this marker); Monument Row (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Bouse.
 
Categories. MilitaryNotable EventsWar, World II
 
Monument Row, Bouse, Arizona image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 14, 2010
3. Monument Row, Bouse, Arizona
740th Tank Battalion Marker is furthest left on monument row.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 2,580 times since then and 22 times this year. Last updated on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   2. submitted on , by Frank Houdek of Kingman, Arizona.   3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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