Original U.S. WWII 63rd Armored Infantry Battalion (AIB) Named Grouping
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Original Items: One-of-a-kind set. A fantastic grouping named to PFC Reuben M. Teuber ASN 37600193 of Company C, 63rd Armored Infantry Battalion (AIB), 11th Armored Division.
The 63rd Armored Infantry Battalion sprang from the first battalion of the 55th Armored Infantry Regiment, which was created as part of the 11th Armored Division at Camp Polk, Louisiana, on August 15, 1942. On September 20, 1943, at Camp Barkeley Texas, the 2nd Battalion of the 55th Armored Infantry Regiment became the 21st Armored Infantry Battalion and the 1st Battalion became the 63rd Armored Infantry Battalion.
At the battalion’s activation the commander was Lieutenant Colonel John W. Brady of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and the executive officer was Major Carlton H. Sheely of Dallas. At Camp Polk, the men trained and also participated in the Third Army’s Louisiana-Texas Maneuvers in 1943. At Camp Barkeley, the 63rd AIB troops trained in September-October of 1943. Primarily, they fired for record on small-arms ranges.
In the fall of 1943, the 63rd AIB and the rest of the 11th Armored Division moved to the Army’s Desert Training Center near Needles, California. Training was rigorous for the division, which was based at Camp Ibis.
From Camp Ibis, the 11th AD migrated farther west to Camp Cooke, California. The battalion…