The 3rd Armored Division History Foundation
3AD.com - an online archive of the U.S. Army's famous
"Spearhead" Division of World War II, Cold War, and Gulf War I - Desert Storm

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At the WWll 3rd Armored Division Association reunion on Aug. 16-20 this year in Philadelphia, three Spearhead WWII veterans shared stories and answered questions from friends and families. Each was a tank crewman in the thick of combat in France, Belgium, and into Germany. Left to right: Joe Caserta, age 95; Walt Stitt, 93; and Clarence Smoyer, 94. (Photo by Gary Edmondson)


MORE REUNION NEWS
The all-era Association of 3d Armored Division Veterans (A3ADV)
meets during November 10-13, 2017, in Austin, Texas.
(See A3ADV Newsletter for Details)


Much anticipated new book about the 3AD
to be released in Nov/Dec 2017


 

Written by Bradley Gericke, Phd and military historian, and author of David Petraeus: A Biography, this narrative history of the 3AD covers its activation in 1941 until its flag folded in 1992. Gericke earned a commission in armor from West Point in 1988 and rose to Brig. Gen. before retirement.

The book provides a detailed campaign narrative of the Division in WWll that highlights its accomplishments in the breakout of Normandy, the fighting in northern France and Belgium, and the pursuit across Germany. It explains the historical development of the U.S. armored force as well as artillery and other weapons systems, including tactical nuclear. The book presents interesting leader capsules and vignettes of small unit actions. It includes coverage of the 3AD's preparation, deployment, and battlefield conduct during the Persian Gulf War.

The U.S. Army's Third Armored Division in Battle will be available in hardcover from Amazon. com and pre-ordered for $48.00 plus shipping.



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of the 3AD.com online archives.

3AD Headquarters, Drake Kaserne, Frankfurt/M, West Germany, in 1957
The Division's Hq installation on Homburgerlandstr. from 1956 to 1992 (36 years)
An original 35mm Kodachrome slide located in 2015 by Jim MacClay of 3AD.com Staff


3rd Armored Shermans firing 75mm high-explosive rounds as artillery southeast of Stolberg, Germany, on Nov. 16, 1944. This was the furthest advance into Germany by any Allied force at that point in the war.


3AD Cold War Training in the Defense of Western Europe



Cold War exercise at Hohenfels Training Area, West Germany, in the 1980's. These 3AD soldiers (2 photos above) and their specific unit(s) were unfortunately not identified in available records. Anyone with that information, or other details, please contact the webmaster.





A Remarkable Tribute to the Spearhead Legacy
The Top Three U.S. Army Generals by rank in January 2012
-- All were veterans of the 3rd Armored Division --


Photo montage by 3AD.com

Left to right:

 

Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Gen. Raymond Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army

Gen. Peter Chiarelli, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army

  4-Star Generals, from left: Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was Executive Officer (XO) of 3AD's 3rd Brigade in Operation Desert Storm. Full service in 3AD was 1988-1991, also including XO of 4/67 Armor; Gen. Raymond Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army, served as XO of 3AD's 2nd Bn, 3rd Field Artillery in late Cold War, then as XO of Division Artillery in Operation Desert Storm. During 2008-2010, Odierno was Commanding General of U.S. forces in Iraq; Gen. Peter Chiarelli, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, served in the 3AD during 1985-88, including 1/33 Armor and as Bn S-3 of the 4-8 Cav where he was considered the behind-the-scene "brains" of Spearhead's historic victory (by D-4-8 Cav) at NATO's 1987 CAT tank gunnery competition.



3AD.com VIDEO SECTIONS

 3AD in World War II   Gulf War I & Desert Storm
 3AD in Cold War   Interviews of WWII Vets
                



3AD Desert Storm scenes in Iraq in February, 1991



President John F. Kennedy inspects the 3AD at Hanau, West Germany, in 1963
Life Magazine photo





The 280mm Atomic Cannon that was de facto attached to the 3rd Armored in West Germany during much of the late 1950's and early '60's for purposes of the cannon's security and shared artillery field exercises. However it remained under direct operational control by a special V Corps nuclear crew. Pictured above as part of a public weapons display near Frankfurt, the cannon could fire 550-pound nuclear and conventional shells up to 20 miles with great accuracy. The photo, a Kodachrome slide, was located by Jim MacClay of 3AD.com staff in 2016. (Photo copyright by Merritt Nesin)




Sp4 Elvis Presley
Possibly the best singer in the Division's history

Elvis received his draft notice at age 23 in Memphis, TN, and was inducted on March 24, 1958, After 6 months at basic and advanced training at Ft, Hood, TX, he was assigned to the 3rd Armored Division's 1st Battalion, 32nd Armor Regiment, Ray Barracks, Friedberg, West Germany. Elvis served with the Division from 10/1/58 to 3/1/60 with an MOS of 133.60: Armor Intelligence Specialist, or "Scout", and by all accounts he was a first-rate soldier. Shortly before his discharge, he was promoted to Sgt. E-5. (Presley photo montage above © 3rd Armored Division History Foundation)

Much more about Elvis and the 3rd Armored Division is in our "At Ease" section



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