Tec4. Ferd E. White      


Mil# 31319798

Enlisted: 24 February 1943, Portland, ME

 3rd Platoon, B. Company 643rd TD BN.





Info/Pictures received from; Ferd White, Jr. (Son)




Born: 2 June 1924    Place:  Cape Elizabeth, ME

Died:  27 June 2017      Place:  Meriden, CT 

Burielplace:  Riverside Cemetery, Cape Elizabeth, ME


Wife: Joyce E. White (Getchell)    Married: 15 October 1949

Children: Albert, Ferd Jr., Sherri and Roberta


Father: Perley A. White   Mother: Edith E. White (Brown)

Siblings: Donald, Maurice, Merle and Ruth





Good Conduct Medal - American Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal




 European African Middle Eastern Service Medal

   3 Battle Stars"Ardennes-Rhineland-Central Europe"






Articles from Ferd White Jr. on 643rd TD Facebook page,

WALLINGFORD, CT - Ferd Eugene White Sr., 93, (not Fern or Fred), but Whitey to his friends from LANE Construction Corp. of Cheshire, CT, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at Midstate Medical Center in Meriden, CT. Born June 2, 1924 ,to the late Perley and Edith (Brown) White, he is survived by his wife of 68 years, Joyce Elaine (Getchell) of Caribou, ME. 
Ferd enlisted in the U.S. Army during WWII on February 24, 1943. He was a member of the 643rd Tank Destroyer Battalion in the initial invasion at the Battle of the Bulge, in Sherbourne, France. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the American Service Medal, and the European - African - Middle Eastern Campaign Medal for his service. One of his great disappointments was to be discharged from the military service as infantry, instead of being discharged under the 643rd Tank Destroyer Battalion.


We didn't find out about our father's Medals until he passed in 2017

Here are some of the things that we found out after he passed from his foot locker and the Patriots Guard. I have never seen a Belt Buckle like that before with two 45 Caliber shells on it?

was this something issued? He did receive Expert Machine Gun and Sub Machine Gun?


Ferd in front of M18 Hellcat (B33)



Ferd at his guard post. He would be on guard duty here and this little German boy would come down every time and talk with him. The only problem, Dad didn't speak German, and the little fella didn't speak English



Army Buddies, from left to right; George Rickard, Ferd White, Jack Meyer, Narduzzo Mele, and Carl Shipman.