897th Ordnance Heavy Automotive Maintenance Company
3562nd Ordnance Heavy Automotive Maintenance Company

First Army HAM what?
Belgium, 1944: the war rages on, the weather is lousy, and your truck's frame is bent. Who you gonna call?
The 897th, that's who! They performed difficult repairs under adverse conditions. Read on!
This site updated 2015-05-23.
897th Welcome!
This WWII history site commemorates the 897th and 3562nd Ordnance HAM Companies and is maintained by Click for more info Gary Gocek, son of 897th veteran Julian Gocek. I love to hear from veterans and their families, current service people, and history buffs. Click for more info Click the photo for a roster & enlargement.
bullet Read the history of the 897th and 3562nd by William E. Lake. bullet
This day in history:
Friday, September 3, 1943: Camp Haan, Riverside, CA, USA.
Company personnel are getting refreshers in defense against chemical, mechanized and air attack, security of military information, camouflage, and small arms fire. The March Field and Camp Irwin ranges are used for qualification and transition firing. All company officers and 15 EM fired .50 caliber machine guns (HB) on the AA towed target range at Camp Irwin. Except for time spent on the ranges, the usual garrison duties, such as operating a 3rd echelon repair shop, prevail.

With the passing of my father at age 97 in 2015, I doubt any 897th vets are still with us. Best wishes to all the families.

V Corps WWII Memorial Dedication
The old man and I and other family members attended the dedication of the WWII Memorial in Washington in May, 2004. Click for more info More...
The companies trained for several months in the United States.
Camp Lee, VA, 1941 Click for more info
Camp Shelby, MS, 1941 Click for more info
Lake Charles, LA, 1941 Click for more info
Camp Murray, WA, 1942 Click for more info
Train Trip, 1942 Click for more info
Camp Young, CA, 1942 Click for more info
   1943 Rose Bowl Click for more info
Palm Village, CA, 1943 Click for more info
Camp Haan, CA, 1943 Click for more info
Stavelot and Europe The Battle of Stavelot
Our boys found themselves in the thick of it, in 1944. Click for more info More Stavelot and Click for more info more Europe.
July 1942 The Way it Was
Anecdotes from the war years. Click for more info More....
Blog, News and Your Comments
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Over 250 original wartime photos from the Gocek, Hammond, Chenevey and other families!
Hedgerow cutter Bocage, fromage, it's Greek to me...
Even tanks had trouble with Normandy hedgerows, but a "scrappy" ordnance soldier found a solution. Click for more info More...
Other WWII stories on the web.
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Notes and contact info for this site.
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The Yanks in Britain
The Reader's Digest wrote this sweet piece about the interactions between American GIs and British citizens during the war. Click for more info More...

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