Episode 7 – 761st Tank Battalion (Patton’s Panthers) Pt.1


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761st Tank Battalion patch

761st Tank Battalion patch

“Come out Fighting”

During World War II, the 761st Tank Battalion tore through Europe in pursuit of the German Army.  The unit was distinguished and praised by leaders like Gen George Patton and General Leslie McNair.  In 1978 the 761st received a Presidential Unit Citation Award and one member, SSgt Ruben Rivers, received the Congressional Medal of Honor (posthumously).

Sources:

– Brothers in Arms: The Epic Story of the 761st Tank Battalion (Kareem Abdul Jabar)

– Patton’s Panthers: The African-American 761st Tank Battalion in World War II (Charles W. Sasser)

– Come out Fighting: The Epic Tale of the 761st Tank Battalion 1942-1945 (Trezzvant W. Anderson) download

– Fact Sheet on 761st Tank Battalion (Army History) http://www.history.army.mil/topics/afam/761TkBn-2.htm

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