761st Tank Battalion and Allied Veterans Association


"Call of Duty: Finest Hour" PS2 video game of the 761st.

Courtesy: Stephen J. Skelton, Lead Designer, Spark Unlimited


A website visitor wrote:

... the 761st Tank Battalion is featured in a WWII video game called 'Call of Duty: Finest Hour.' ... Featured in a segment in the game, players play as Sgt. Sam Rivers, a tank commander in the 761st. ... The following is his [fictional] bio from the video game:

Sam Rivers (American tank)

Sam rushed to enlist in the army at age 18, after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Almost everyone he knew from his neighborhood in Chicago joined him, including his best friend, James Wilson. He married his high-school sweetheart, Margaret, barely three hours before catching the train to basic training.

During training, Sam was assigned to the 761st Tank Battalion, one of three battalions consisting almost exclusively of African-American soldiers. The training was hard, and the 761st had few supporters, but Sam and his fellow tankers proved themselves again and again during maneuvers. General George Patton himself watched the 761st in action and demanded they be sent to Europe and attached to his command.

Sam and the 761st arrived in the ETO in the fall of 1944. They were assigned as a floating battalion to Patton's Third Army, going where it was needed, and soon distinguished itself as a capable and hard-hitting unit.

As young as he is, Sam realizes the importance of his presence in the war with the 761st Tank Battalion. He knows he's fighting for something greater than just the defeat of the German Army. Every man in the 761st has something to prove to everyone back home. For Sam and his fellow tankers, victory has a double meaning.


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