1st Battalion - 63rd Armor Regiment

The 63rd Armor Regiment was organized in 1942 as the 745th Tank Battalion at Camp Bowie, Texas. 1st Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment traces its lineage to Company A, 745th Tank Battalion. The 745th Tank Battalion was reorganized and redesignated on 1 September 1942 as the 745th Tank Battalion, Medium. After training in Texas and Louisiana, the 745th Tank Battalion departed New York in the summer of 1943 and continued its training in England. The Battalion was reorganized and redesignated back to the 745th Tank Battalion on 2 December 1943.

Landing on Omaha Beach on D-Day, 6 June 1944, the 745th Tank Battalion supported the 1st Infantry Division during the Normandy Invasion. For its actions on the beachhead, the Battalion was awarded the French Croix de Guerre. After securing the Caumont, the Battalion continued its support of the "Big Red One" moving south through the breakthrough at Marigny and then west toward Coutances. Its assisted in closing the Argentan-Falaise gap in September, moved north to the Soissons area, and then advanced through France to the vicinity of Leige, Belgium.

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