Tec5. Gerard K. Duncan
Enlisted: 24 February 1941, Providence, RI
C. Company 643rd TD BN.
Tec5 Gerard K. Duncan in front of his Halftrack
Born: 23 November 1918 Place: New York.
Died: 9 January 1945 Place: Reharmont (Belgium)
Date of Temporary Burial: 10 January 1945 at: American Military Cemetery Henri-Chapelle (Belgium)
Location: Plot: YY. Row: 2. Grave: 25.
Date of final Burial: 21 June 1948 at: American Military Cemetery Henri-Chapelle (Belgium)
Location: Plot: B. Row: 2. Grave: 7.
Father: James P. Duncan
Mother: Frances E. Duncan
Last known address: Old Barrington Road, Postofficebox #26 East Providence 14, Rhode Island.
Sisters: Elizabeth, Francis, Almira, Marry and Grace
Brothers: James, Archie and George
TEC5 Gerard K. Duncan served just like Sgt. Michael DeFebio (adopted grave in Margraten) in the
643rd Tank Destroyer Battalion and both came from the City Providence, Rhode Island.
Gerard (under 2nd right)
Gerard's (temporary) grave Location: YY-2-25
Gerard's (final Grave) Location: B-2-7
5 April 2013
Today I received several emails from Rob Duncan and some personel messages on my Facebook account. He lives in Florida, son of Robert Duncan, Heath's brother.
He's the grand nephew of Gerard ... Rob did sent me some great pictures of several item's from Gerard which were in the possession of his father Robert.
Gerard's buriel flag still in his original package
Another great photographed document I received from Rob....
19 August 2012
After the search for addresses, phone numbers and email addresses I found Heath Duncan eventually on Facebook .... Message sent ... but at first no answer finally came out ..... but there came a positive message back ...... Heath Duncan was Gerard's cousin and he was prepared to help me, but he himself had unfortunately no information and or pictures of Gerard. However, he thought that his brother Robert living in Florida might have some information, he would ask him.
27 May 2012
Today I received a great email from Gerda Hermsen. Finally
after years of searching probably she found family of Gerard. She had an
obituary found on the internet of one Archie Duncan ... it turned out that he
was Gerard's brother. There were also other relatives named in the obituary ...
so the search could begin again. Unfortunately, all seeking recent years in
Rhode Island was all in vain as far as I now known relatives no longer lived in
Rhode Island. Now I started to concentrate on Heath Duncan residing in
22 October 2008
I received several 643rd Tank Destroyer Battalion newsletters from Joe Decaro.
"Article from Newsletter 643rd Tank Destroyer Battalion May 31, 2000."
Bill Guether, sent this account of his memory of events that led up to the death of Carlton Schafer and Gerard K. Duncan.
“As we rode in that open field, Schafer and I thought we would be safe if we walked. Schafer said I have a feeling I’m going to die. No sooner we got out of the halftrack we walked side by side. Just then the German tank hit our gun. Schafer got hit and died. I was not hurt. I ran back into the woods. Ahead of me was a bunker. As I ran toward the bunker, tanks were shooting at me coming very close to hitting me. They must seen me heading for the bunker. The next thing I found myself inside. I don’t know how I got in. I think someone is looking after me. Inside was a lot of smoke. No sooner I got inside I got tree burst. The tree burst should have killed me, but it didn’t. When the tree burst stopped I walked back to the halftrack . Gerald Duncan’s body was next to Schafer on the ground. They other men were o.k.
They died at Reharmont Belgium on January 9, 1945”
17 August 2008
Received several photo´s from John Defusco "Gerard's name on the wall of the Rhode Island WW2 Memorial"
14 July 2008
Received Gerard K. Duncan's IDPF
Gerard's IDPF contained not that much info.... but still found some interesting information, such as Birthdate and Parents address
10 January 2008
Sent request for Gerard K. Duncan's IDPF
19 January 2008
Today I picked up my Adoption-Certificate at Henri-Chapelle Cemetery
Certificate with accompanying letter
31 December 2007
Good news from Henri-Chapelle ..... requested grave was not yet adopted and assigned to me.
Dear Ben Savelkoul,
Your adoption for Gerard K. Duncan's grave has been granted. A certificate of adoption will be available at the office for you from 14 January 2008. We ask that you come and pick up your certificate by the end of the month of January. Thank you for your understanding.
In the name of the team of Henri-Chapelle I wish you a very happy new year.
Tel:+32 (0)87 68 71 73
Fax: +32 (0)87 68 67 17
26 December 2007
Under E-mail I did send to Henri-Chapelle American Military Cemetery, België.
A few years ago a adopted a grave at Margraten Cemetery.... It belongs to Michael Defebio he was a Sergeant, and he served at 643rd Tank Destroyer Battalion.
At HC cemetery there are 5 men buried that served at the same Battalion as Michael Defebio.
I want to adopted 1 of these 5 graves if they are not adopted already…. My special interest goes to Gerard K. Duncan grave because he’s just like Michael from Rhode Island.
Greetings, and thanks already……