Welcoming a new mascot for the 510th, 1954
Published: July 10, 2012
Maria Kiehl ©Stars and Stripes
Frankfurt, Germany, August, 1954: Sgt. Roy Innes of Washington, D.C. leads Pvt. Allen T. Geronimo, an 11-week-old buffalo, past an honor guard and band at the Rhein-Main airport. Geronimo was flown in from a game preserve near Allentown, Pa. (thus the name Allen T.) to serve as the mascot of the 510th Heavy Tank Battalion. The commander of the Mannheim-based unit, Lt Col Jesse L. Walters, was on hand at the airport for a "brief but dignified" induction ceremony, and produced a set of identification tags for the new recruit bearing serial number RA 12345678, a record of vaccination shots, and the letter Y, denoting no religious preference.