Original U.S. WWII Named 820th Tank Destroyer Battalion Grouping With Shadowbox - Corporal Martin C. Salada
Original Items: Only One Group Available. This is a lovely little grouping belonging to Corporal Martin C. Salada (ASN: 36556437) who served in the US Army from January 1, 1943 to December 1, 1945. Corporal Salada Served with Company B, 820th Tank Destroyer Battalion.
The tank destroyer battalion was a type of military unit used by the United States Army during World War II. The unit was organized in one of two different forms—a towed battalion equipped with anti-tank guns, or a mechanized battalion equipped with armored self-propelled guns. The tank destroyer units were formed in response to the German use of massed formations of armored vehicles units early in WWII. The tank destroyer concept envisioned the battalions acting as independent units that would respond at high speed to large enemy tank attacks. In this role, they would be attached in groups or brigades to corps or armies. In practice, they were usually individually attached to infantry divisions. Over one hundred battalions were formed, of which more than half saw combat service. The force was disbanded shortly after the end of the war when the concept had been shown to be militarily unsound.
We have not been able to locate solid service information for Salada, but we were fortunate enough to find the “History of Company B, 820th Tank Destroyer Battalion”. We found a roster for Company B and Martin C Salada is listed on the “roster of men upon returning to the United States. This lovely information can be found at this link here.
The Items In This Lot:
- Soldier’s Individual Pay Record: This is Salada’s pay record book and he only filled out the first page regarding his personal information.
- Netherlands Currency: This 5 dollar note is dated 1980 and has Salada’s envelope address sticker on it.
- 5” x 2 ¼” Sheet Steel Plate: The plate appears to serve as a “places visited” type of memento. The locations engraved are England, France, Belgium, Germany, Czechoslovakia and Dusseldorf.
- 9 ½” x 5” Philippines Flag: This is a lovely handmade flag of the Philippines. The most interesting thing about the flag is that the colors are mixed up.
- HJ Youth Organization Member Armband with Embroidered Insignia: This HJ German Youth Organization Armband is in very good, service used condition. The band is red with a white center stripe that is woven directly into it. In the center is an applied HJ diamond with a machine embroidered swas (hook cross). It measures approximately 14 1/2" x 4", and is sewn together in the back. A very nice HJ Armband.
- Camp Atterbury Booklet: It contains facts about the camp and its facilities and important contact information and locations.
- Chevrons and Patches: The chevron is for a Technician 5th Grade. Other patches include 3 “Black Panther” Tank Destroyer Patches and a 5th Service Command patch. All in wonderful condition.
- x2 820th Tank Destroyer Battalion Unit Crest and Pinback Collar Discs: Offered in wonderful condition but there is wear present to the golden finish. The collar discs are the standard US and Tank Destroyer devices.
- Ribbons: The ribbons present are the Good Conduct, American Defense, EAME with 3 stars and a separate WWII Victory Medal Ribbon.
- Army Good Conduct Medal: This is a lovely condition example and even has his name engraved on the back!
- 3 ⅜” x 2 ⅜” Photo: A lovely photo of Salada and a small child, more than likely taken in France.
- 19” x 24” Shadowbox With Contents: This is a lovely display of ereplacement items and features a lovely photo of Salada in the center with a 6 hour liberty pass and his miniature discharge.
A wonderful grouping more than ready for further research and display.
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