M36 Jackson tank destroyer of Battery C, 702nd Tank Destroyer Battalion, US 2nd Armored Division dug in near the Roer River, Belgium, 16 Dec 1944

Caption     M36 Jackson tank destroyer of Battery C, 702nd Tank Destroyer Battalion, US 2nd Armored Division dug in near the Roer River, Belgium, 16 Dec 1944 ww2dbase
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Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Army Signal Corps
Identification Code   SC 197925
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1. Rich says:
29 Apr 2009 10:06:57 PM

I wonder if you could answer a question for me. My father was in Battery C, 702nd Tank Destroyer Bn, 2nd Armored Division. His shoulder patch was a circle with a black full-faced panther crushing a tank with an eight wheel track in its mouth. The patch background was a golden orange with a black border. It also had the words SEEK...STRIKE across the top and the word DESTROY on the bottom. I keep seeing these patches on ebay claiming to be authentic WWII TD patches but they do not have any words on them. Where there variations in other TD Battalions that did not have the words?
2. Anonymous says:
26 Sep 2009 01:19:47 PM

My dad was Company B, 702nd. He served in an M10 until being wounded and discharged in 1944. I have his shoulder patches, and they don't have any writing on them, just the "crunchin' kitty". Hope that helps. Here's a photo of mine I have of his.

3. Rob Haldeman says:
25 Jun 2010 09:29:09 AM

I am gathering information on the 702nd and would love to include information/photos if you have any from your father's time in the unit. You can contact me through my website at www.tankdestroyer.net.

To answer your question, there were variations of the patch that did have the Seek-Strike-Destroy letters on them but almost all were just additions to the standard patch.
4. David Egerton says:
2 Aug 2010 03:31:04 PM

My father was in the 702nd Tank Destroyer Bn. during World War II. I joined the unit in Dec 1944. To answer your question about the patch. The panther crushing the tank was the symbol of the Tank Destroyers. Witht the exception of local modifications, they were all alike. I collect patches and the most notable difference in them is the number of boggies on the track. Most have 6, some have 8 and I have heard of 10 as well.
5. Kat says:
17 Oct 2020 06:40:52 AM

My grandfather Merle L Jacobs served Company C 702nd TB from 1941-1945. Would love more info about company.

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