Which of the following best describes your situation?
(In any case, all researchers should visit the eVetsRec site of the National Archives at http://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/index.html. This is where to go to find the official records for your veteran. But be aware that a huge fire in 1973 wiped out most WW II records. Explore their site for more details.)
If you are just starting your search, you need to find out at a minimum what unit he served with. For some great pointers about how to start your search, see Wes Johnston's "Dad's War" web site at:
Also consider purchasing Jonathan Gawne's book Finding Your Father's War
If you know the unit the veteran served with, and it's unrelated to the 6th Armored Division, go to Military-Network.com and click on "Association Lists" at the left. Or go directly to:
Ben's listing on Military-network.com is an amazingly comprehensive list of military alumni associations which represents much time and effort.
I can't help you with this type of information, and can't respond to these queries.
Many army units had similar sounding designations that can confuse people just starting their research. We often get queries from people actually looking for:
The bad news is, the Sixth Armored Division Association formally disbanded in September 2000 after more than 50 years. And there are fewer and fewer veterans left. However, along with the remaining veterans, there is a network of family members and friends of the Division who may be able to answer your question.
IMPORTANT: Please read Doing Your Own Research below before contacting us.
Once you have as much specific information about your veteran as you can find on your own (such as which battalion or company designation within the 6th Armored Division he served with), you can try e-mailing your question to:
?super6th at verizon period net
(Remove the question mark and use common sense when reconstructing the email address above when sending mail.) This address routes your query to an informal network of people associated with the 6th Armored Division who MIGHT recognize the name and who MIGHT be able to respond to you.
We have put a lot of time and effort into scanning and uploading a huge number of documents on this site, and you may be able to answer some of your own questions before using the e-mail address. There is so much information (and some of it is admittedly poorly organized) that it can be difficult to find what you need, so please follow these steps:
Once you have done your own research using the resources available on this web site, please feel free to contact us at the "super6th" e-mail address. Just remember that we are not some kind of personal research bureau and we have no access to government records and there is no master roster of everybody who served in the Division, and we can't tell you why your grandfather won his Bronze Star Medal. The best we can do is see if somebody recognizes the name and maybe (maybe) put you in touch with somebody who knew your serviceman, or maybe who can tell you a little bit about the experiences he might have had.
NOTE: the "6th Armored Division" is completely unrelated to units with similar designations like "6th Army" or "6th Armored Infantry". See the section above for more information.
So...do a little research on your own first, try to narrow down your query to something specific, and who knows? Maybe you'll find somebody who knew your father or grandfather or uncle or brother in 1944.
The American Battle Monuments Commission has placed their database on the web, so it is now possible to find the resting place of soldiers buried in Europe by visiting:
These listings include unit designations, which are invaluable for further research.
We also have a rapidly-increasing amount of information on the super6th web site about 6th Armored Division casualties interred in Europe, including detailed listings and "virtual tours" for some cemeteries:
The original source of this information was based on scans of old ABMC hardcopy print-outs listing Sixers buried in the various European cemeteries. Many thanks are due to Vince Gish (25th Armored Engineer Bn.) for acquiring this information and making it available to us. These old scans are still available for historical purposes, but were are now able to provide up-to-date, contemporary information thanks to the database search mechanism that the ABMC has provided on their web site for the past several years. Thanks to this search mechanism, and thanks to digital photography, it is now possible to compile this information in new ways, and even create "virtual tours" of Sixer grave sites at the ABMC cemeteries. The listings allow you to easily plan your own visits to these grave site. The virtual tours allow you to view specific grave markers even if you are unable to travel there yourself. At the time of this writing, we currently have tours of three cemeteries completed, and will add others over time.
Also see the information above at Doing Your Own Research, for hints about how to find where your veteran was when he was KIA.
Remove the question mark and use common sense when reconstructing the email address:?super6th at verizon period net.
NOTE: If you do send us email asking about 6th AD, and we send you an answer, please have the courtesy to acknowledge the response.
Last updated: May 5, 2012