Sgt. Elden J. Gillan
Enlisted: 25 February 1941, Syracuse, NY
C. Company 643rd TD BN.
Info/photos received from;
Robert R. Cornell
Born: 8 September 1916 Place: Watertown, NY
Dead: 30 March 1999 Place: Watertown, NY
Buriel Place: Brookside Cemetery, Watertown, NY
Wife: Pauline Gillan (Rich) Married: 26 April 1947
Father: Elmer Gillan Mother: Edna Gillan (Rich)
Good Conduct Medal - American Defence Service Medal
European African Middle Eastern Service Medal
Battle Stars"Ardennes-Rhineland-Central Europe"
E-mail from Robert 1 Feb. 2009
My name is Rob Cornell residing in New York State. My Great-uncle Elden Gillan was a Sgt. with "C" Co. in the 643rd TD battalion. Ser#32031709. Would it be possible to add him to the "soldiers of the 643rd" link on your excellent website? My Uncle passed a few years ago and I aquired some of his belongings from the war. I am enclosing a couple of photos.
I have been very curious about one item in particular that is in the pictures, that being the mug with the 643rd unit designation and tank destroyer logo. Have you ever seen an item like this? If you have any info. would be appreciated as far as when they were made, by whom, etc.
Also please find a listing of names from Co. "C" many of them are not on the list on the website, thought it might be helpful. The list relates to what I think is a post-war photo of the company. In addition I have a photo of the company from 1942 in Shelby Miss.
My Uncle was a wonerful man who never spoke a word about his service. Through the website and several other sources I have been able to get an idea of what he may have experienced. Thank you for your efforts.
Robert R. Cornell
Elden's Awards and dogtags ..!!
Elden somewhere in France, exact location unknown
Photos from the Family album
50th Wedding Anniversary April 26th, 1997