Bill Craig completed his stateside training and, with the rest of his division, sailed from New York Harbour for Scotland aboard the Queen Mary on June 7, 1944. He had married his sweetheart Gracie Lee Dobson just a few months earlier. Bill spent the next two months in Great Britain preparing for the move to France. On August 9 40th Tank Battalion's HQ/Co was loaded onto US LST 530 at Portland Harbour, England. The 40TB then joined their convoy and spent the night about ¼ mile offshore. The convoy sailed for France at around 0700 hrs the following morning and arrived off the coast of France that evening at around 2100 hrs. At 0925 hrs August 11th the first vehicles of 40th Battalion started offloading at Utah Beach and moved to an assembly area near Vesly. The "Lucky Seventh" Division's incredible drive from the Normandy beaches to the Baltic Sea was about to begin.
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Pictured: members of the 40th Tank Battalion, 7th Armored Division prepare their tanks for manoeuvres at the Desert Training Center, also known as the California-Arizona Maneuver Area, during stateside training in 1943.