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:
Sunday, November 28, 1943: Reservoir Camp, Gloucester, England.
At 1943-11-21 1230, the men debark from the Andes and entrain for Gloucester at 1300 hours, going through Birmingham and arriving at the Gloucester railway station at 2100 hrs the same day, moving by motor convoy to Reservoir Camp, at the southeastern edge of Gloucester, reaching there at 2200. After a period of indoctrination, getting used to a total blackout at night, being accustomed to English currency, left side driving, after having drawn organic vehicles and equipment, and after setting up general automotive maintenance shops, the company settles down to routine maintenance work. Passes to Gloucester and vicinity are then made available for sight-seeing, pub-crawling, and fraternizing with the citizenry. [Editor’s note: not sure what an organic vehicle is.]

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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