Philip J. Racco
1915 - April 7,
(Picture courtesy of David Schember)
Philip J. Racco was born in
Pennsylvania on 16 June 1915. He moved to North Hill, Akron, Ohio
attended Bryan Elemenatary School and Jennings
Junior High School.
Philip Racco became a
professional boxer and changed his name to
He enlisted in the US Army on
November 6, 1940. At the time he lived in Dade
County, Florida and had a job as a sales clerk.
In the army he became a Staff Sergeant with
the 68th Tank Battalion, 6th Armored Division.
68th Tank Battalion
6th Armored Division
Racco was awarded the Silver Star. He was Killed
In Action 7 April 1945.
The History of the
68th Tank Battalion describes the actions on
April 7th as follows:
"A" Company 68th, Task Force Davall proceeded to
Dinglestadt on the morning of April 7th. We left
a block there to protect our exposed north
flank, and continued west to Kefferhausen, where
advance elements encountered strong small arms
and bazooka opposition. The combat team
commander immediately deployed "D" (--),
commanded by Captain Raymond W. Raines, on the
high ground northeast of town, from which point
they could support a frontal attack by "FOX"
elements, which began attacking up the draw
which leads into Kefferhausen. The
Reconnaissance Platoon, having meanwhile lost
one killed, one wounded, and one missing,
withdrew to nearby cover. It soon became evident
that the light tanks couldn't adequately cover
any further advance by our doughs, and the
attacking platoon became pinned down by fire.
Then, Colonel Davall ordered their withdrawal,
effected with no little difficulty and exposure;
having withdrawn, the foot-sloggers took up
defensive positions south and east of town.
Also, "B" and "C" Companies were deployed in
firing positions south and east of town. We
requested an air strike, and at 1400 the welcome
P-47's bombed and strafed the podunk, during
which assault one plane was shot down. In the
meanwhile, Dinglestadt had been secured, and
several hundred prisoners were taken. Then we
withdrew into defensive positions around
Dinglestadt, and infantry patrols went into the
outskirts of Kefferhausen. We now had "B"
Company 50th AIB, but had lost "C" Company,
under Captain William H. Collins, to Task Force
Ward, which had pushed parallel to and south of
us to Wachstedt. Before midnight we had elements
of Baker Company 50th in Kefferhausen, and a
reinforcing battalion from the 76th Division had
joined us in Dingelstadt, although their mission
was to push farther northwest and further screen
the division's north flank. In addition to
losses suffered by our Recon. Platoon, "A"
Company 50th lost several wounded and our "D"
Company suffered three casualties during the
day's operations, which was compensated in part
by the heavy casualties which we inflicted on
S/Sgt Philip Racco
was 29 at the
time of his death and
is buried at Margraten American Military
Cemetery, Plot O Row 12 Grave 2 (under the name
Margraten, The Netherlands
Mr. David Schember
6th Armored Division Website
History of the 68th Tank Battalion,
J. Burns and Lt. John S. Dahl, 6th Armored
Division, Germany, 1945
Margraten American Military Cemetery
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