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Date of Birth: 7/7/1925
Died On: 2/27/1945
Street Address: 20 Natoma Street
Service Number: 31382534
Branch of Service: U.S. Army - 771st Tank Battalion

Veteran Code: KIA-22

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Peter J. Sproule

Peter J. Sproule was born in New York in 1925. Both of his parents, Eric and Nancy, were born in England. His father was a Flyer with the Royal Air Force RAF in the First World War and was taken prisoner by the Germans. He worked as an Interior Designer while living in Rye. Peter attended Milton School and later the Peekskill Academy. The family lived on 20 Natoma St. and later on Forest Avenue. Peter enlisted and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Peter was mustered in at Hartford, CT on September 9, 1943 at the age of 18. He was a Tank Driver with the 771st Tank Destroyer Battalion, 9th Army under General Simpson.

During February 1945 the 771st Tank Battalion led the 84th Infantry Division from the Roer to the Rhine in ten days, an advance of nearly 50 miles. The offensive had accounted for more than 9000 Germans killed, wounded or captured.

On Feb. 27. 1945, 84th Infantry Division's General Bolling sent a motorized column battering into German lines. Commanded by Brig. Gen. John H. Church, Asst. Division Commander, this task force was composed of the 334th infantry regiment motorized, 771st Tank Battalion, attached to the division; 326th FA, and smaller units.

Task Force Church moved out with all guns blazing. Behind, on foot, followed the 333rd and 335th infantry regiments. With the 771st Tank Battalion in the lead Task Force Church, spearheaded for several days the drive of the Ninth Army into the Rhine Valley.

The task force advanced 12 miles the first day, plunging along roads in a breakthrough reminiscent of earlier victories in France.

On that first day, 2/27/1945, Peter J. Sproule was killed in this drive against German forces. He was a tank driver and it is believed he lost his life just before the 9th Army crossed the Rhine into Germany.


★ World War II Victory Medal★ Purple Heart★ American Campaign Medal★
Army Presidential Unit Citation★ Army Good Conduct Medal★ European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign

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5 of 5 confusion October 15, 2021
Reviewer: Robert D Freego from [email protected]  
771st TD BT was, of course, different than the 771st Tank Battalion. Both were in the 9th Army. Tank battalion was attached to the 84th and tank destroyer battalion was attached to the 102nd. This article confuses the two.

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