Talk:612th Tank Destroyer Battalion
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Source for this article
This article was heavily based on a document written by active duty U.S. Army soldiers at the end of World War II while on occupation duty in Pizen, Czechoslovakia. You will notice that the original article uses the pronoun "our" in referring to men of the Battalion. Because they are federal employees and the work was published while they were in the Army, the work is PUBLIC DOMAIN and there is no copyright violation. -- btphelps (talk) (contribs) 00:01, 20 March 2009 (UTC)
Award of the Distinguished Unit Citation (DUC/PUC) to the 612th
While researching and copying tank destroyer unit records at the Eisenhower Library last fall, I acquired 16 pages of documents which indicate that the 612th TD Bn was not awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation. The sequence follows the original request by McClernand Butler, the CO of 3rd Bn, 395th IR (attached to the 47th IR/9th ID at the time of the action cited), as it travels up through the chain of command, in a roundabout manner, starts to be "Not favorably considered" and is eventually denied by the Awards and Decorations Board of the First Army, and back down the chain to the original source, 3rd Bn/395th IR.
This award is also not listed in the Army Pamphlet 672-1, Unit Citation and Campaign Participation Credit Register, 1961.
My hope is that Mr. Phelps will see this eventually (he's on hiatus at this time) and contact me. I will be happy to send copies to anyone interested in this issue. As this will be a sensitive topic, I will not arbitrarily make changes to this article. If anyone has documents, etc., which prove that the unit did receive the award, I would very much like to see them. S dike (talk) (contribs) 04:00, 5 October 2012 (UTC)
10/13/13 - I added a short section of text and a link to the documents which indicate the DUC was not awarded to the 612th TD Bn. At this time, I have not located any additional files, or a General Order, which state that the award was officially made. Again, if anyone has any information regarding this issue, please contact me. S dike (talk) (contribs) —Preceding undated comment added 17:19, 13 October 2013 (UTC)