Charles F. Erazmus
U. S. Army, 710th Tank Battalion
Assistant Driver M4 Sherman
Charles F. Erazmus was born in New Haven County in Connecticut.
On March 12, 1943 enlisted in the U. S. Army with the rank of Private with serial number 31328168. Assigned to the 710th Tank Battalion, A Company, 1st Platoon as an assistant driver for M4 Sherman Tank. On September 17, 1944 he landed on Anguar Island and later landed at Peleliu Island. On October 18, 1944 Lt. Gilbert Lindoff ordered Charles Erazmus was pulled out of his tank crew as one of the few men that was not sick and was held in reserve in case they needed a second tank to be dispatched.
Seth Erazmus (grandson of Charles Erazmus)
"Charles Erazmus is still alive and doing well. He was the assistant driver on the lead tank in A-Company of the 710th tank battalion. Shortly before the tank left on the morning of October 18th 1944, Charles was pulled out of the tank by Lt. Lindloff. This was because he was one of the few other men in camp that was not sick. He was to be held in reserve in case they needed a second tank to be dispatched. Minutes later the tank was destroyed."
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records
- Charles F. Erazmus
Thanks to Charles Erazmus and Seth Erazmus for additional information