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

748th Tank Battalion

“The Rhinos”

 
 
748th Tank Battalion Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pearson, October 3, 2015
1. 748th Tank Battalion Marker
Inscription. The 748th Tank Battalion, Medium was activated on 20 August 1942 at Camp Rucker, Alabama. The Rhinos headed for Fort Knox on the 15th of April 1943 for training and on 20 April 1943 were reorganized as a special battalion equipped with CDL spotlights. They departed Fort Knox on 15 July 1943 for Camp Bouse, AZ. On 30 August 1943 they were attached to the 9th Armored Tank Group and arrived at Camp Bouse 1 September 1943 as a Canal Defense Light (CDL) unit. The Rhinos landed at Glasgow, Scotland on the 6th of April, and then proceeded to South Wales. They landed in Normandy on Utah Beach on June 6th, 1944, D-Day under the command of General Bradley who was in charge of the Third Army. Shortly after D-Day, General George S. Patton took over the Third Army and the 748th was reorganized as standard tank battalion after 23 October. The Rhinos moved to the front on 20 January 1945 near Butzdorf, Germany, attached to the 94th Infantry Division near the Siegfried Line to protect an area known as the Saat-Moselle Triangle. On the 16th of March, the Rhinos moved to Saarlautern area to support 65th Infantry Division operations to break through the Siegfried Line defenses. Attached to 5th Infantry Division near Bad Kreuznach, Germany, they crossed the Rhine on 23 March 1945 near Oppenheim just south of the Rhine bend at Mainz and became the first Third
Henry "Hank" Leintz and his wife, Leota image. Click for full size.
By William Pearson, October 3, 2015
2. Henry "Hank" Leintz and his wife, Leota
Army tanks to fight on the East bank of the river. A note of extreme interest that during a period from 23rd to the 30th of March elements of the Battalion were attached to three Corps, the VIII, XII, and XX and 5 Divisions, the 5th, 26th, 80th, 87th, and 89th. Advancing with 65th Infantry Division to Danube at Gundelhausen the 748th entered Regensburg on the 27th of April. On the 1st of May along with the 261st Regiment took Passau and crossed the Inn River into Austria on the 4th of May. The Battalion gathered at the small community of Haag outside Linz, Austria and on the 5th of May the 748th ended the war.

This memorial is dedicated to the fighting men of the 748th Tank Battalion
Monument erected by the Citizens of Bouse, the Lost Dutchman Chapter, the Billy Holcomb Chapter and John P. Squibob Chapter of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus.
October 3rd, 2015

This memorial is dedicated to the fighting men of the 748th Tank Battalion by their brother in arms, Henry Leintz, a member of the service company.

 
Erected 2015 by Citizens of Bouse, Lost Dutchman Chapter No. 5917, Billy Holcomb Chapter No. 1069, John P. Squibob Chapter No. 1853, E Clampus Vitus. (Marker Number 155.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the
748th Tank Battalion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Eric Nielsen, October 3, 2015
3. 748th Tank Battalion Marker
E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 33° 55.899′ N, 114° 0.293′ W. Marker is in Bouse, Arizona, in La Paz County. Marker is on Broadway Avenue south of Main Street, on the right when traveling north. 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. Camp Bouse (here, next to this marker); 739th Tank Battalion (SP) (ME) (here, next to this marker); Monument Row (here, next to this marker); 738th Medium Tank Battalion, Special (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Camp Bouse (here, next to this marker); George L. Wendt (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Camp Bouse (a few steps from this marker); 736th Tank Battalion (M) SP (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Bouse.
 
Also see . . .  Fargo WWII vet to return to where he once worked on top-secret Army weapon. In the early 1940s, Henry "Hank" Leintz trained with the 748th Tank Battalion at the remote Camp Bouse on a top-secret war weapon--a lighting device affixed to tanks that were designed to temporarily blind and confuse the enemy. (Submitted on October 19, 2015, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.) 
 
Categories. War, World II
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 202 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   3. submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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