History of the 745th Tank Battalion

Lt. Col. Wallace J. Nichols

Lt. Col. Wallace J. Nichols

Commanding Officer

Lt. Col. Wallace J. Nichols has served the 745th Tank Battalion as commanding officer for more than two years, including eleven months in combat. Lt. Col. Nichols reported to the Battalion from the Fourth Armored Division during Louisiana maneuvers in May of 1943 and has retained command to the present date.

A graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1933, Lt. Col. Nichols was an architect in Albany, N. Y., in civilian life. He entered federal service as a reserve officer September 6, 1940, attaining the rank of major May 5, 1942, and being promoted to his present rank November 24, 1942.

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