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posted 8/6/2005 12:38:00 PM  Reply w/Quote
Howdy, all!

My Dad, Harley Pringnitz (I'm his eldest son, Howard), was part of the 44th TB from the summer of '44 until the fall of '45. Took part in the fighting on Luzon and Leyte then went on to occupy Yokohama. Of course, I didn't see any of the combat commendations until after his death as he never spoke of it. Can't say as I blame him.

When he got out in '45, he was a tech sergeant (3 chevs and 1 rocker) in communications (part of the HQ Co, I think)and I still have his dress uniform hanging in my closet next to mine.

But I don't see any members of the 44th TB listed on the roster of the 12th AD on this or any other website. What's up with that? I'd hate to think they've been forgotten just because they were in the Pacific and not the ETW.

I'll be visiting some kin in Abilene over the labor day weekend this year and would like to stop by the museum for a look around. Thought maybe there was a chance I'd see a pic of my Dad there.

But now I'm wondering if the 44th TB is even part of the mauseum in Abilene....

Ken
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posted 8/7/2005 9:57:28 AM    Click here to view the profile for Ken  Click here to email Ken  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Dear Howard,

I am a Legacy Member of the 12th Armored Division Association and will help you with your questions.

First, the 44th TK Bn is not MIA. If you look at the website where you posted this question, on the left side of the screen, you see a representation of a book spine with listings of various topics, such as “message board.” Scroll down; you will see “2713 Division Photos.” Click this subject. The page will display photos by units. The 44th has 40 pages of photos, multiple photos per page.

Second, the 44th has a unit Rep, who contributes to our monthly newspaper. His name is John Hencke Tel 281-426-4482, he lives in Highlands Texas. Call John, and speak to him.

Third, while you are at the Museum, look for various Division history books written by members of the 12th ADA. Two in particular have maroon covers. The staff at the museum is very knowledgeable.

Forth, delay your trip to the museum by two weeks, and experience one life’s greatest events. Meet the veterans who served with your dad, join us, association membership not required, at our annual reunion in Tulsa OK, Sept. 14-15, 2005.

Please stay in touch,

Regards,

Ken Klinedinst




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posted 8/7/2005 10:06:10 AM    Click here to view the profile for Ken  Click here to email Ken  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
More on 44th,

Hencke, John 44-B Doris 201 Poinsettia Lane Highlands, TX 77562 281-426-4482

Regards,

Ken

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posted 8/12/2005 8:47:28 PM  Reply w/Quote
Hi Ken,
Thanks much for your informative reply. Just looked at the pictures. Dad could have been the guy on the left on page 26 sitting on that M3 turret at Ft Knox, but I can't be sure. Doesn't really matter, I suppose. The pics help give a guy some perspective.

I'm afraid I won't be able to make it to Tulsa in Sept. That's the middle of the week and I'm pretty sure the boss will want me working those days as I'm taking vacation later on that month. He likes it when I work, dontcha know. :)

Can't (or shouldn't) delay my trip to Abilene, either. My uncle is being treated for the big C and none of us know how long we'll be around. Wouldn't want to pass up a chance to see him again. Might not get another. I will definitely look for those books you mentioned.

I'll probably give John a call this weekend, too. He may be able to tell me something else that would be helpful.

Once again, thanks, Ken. Best wishes to you!

Howard

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posted 9/5/2005 12:26:39 PM  Reply w/Quote
Hi Ken,
Just returned from Abilene last night. Really enjoyed the museum as well as seeing my family members again.

Only place I found anything about Dad was in a roster of deceased members of the 12th. But I got the name and number of the fellow who put together the roster, so I'll give him a call and see what more he may be able to tell me.

Best wishes to all you fine gentlemen!

Howard

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posted 9/16/2010 3:48:19 PM    Click here to view the profile for MrB  Click here to email MrB  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
My father-in-law was in Co.B of the 44th. His tank was either the "Yankee" or "West Frankfort Thunderbolt". He is pictured on the last page of the photos. His name was Lavern (potise) Lawrence. He participated in the Battle of Manila. His tank was one of the first through the gates.

Bill Bradley, 918-689-3952

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posted 9/16/2010 3:48:40 PM    Click here to view the profile for MrB  Click here to email MrB  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
My father-in-law was in Co.B of the 44th. His tank was either the "Yankee" or "West Frankfort Thunderbolt". He is pictured on the last page of the photos. His name was Lavern (potise) Lawrence. He participated in the Battle of Manila. His tank was one of the first through the gates.

Bill Bradley, 918-689-3952

william Sutton
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posted 2/3/2011 5:34:30 AM    Click here to view the profile for william Sutton  Click here to email william Sutton  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
My father was Lt. James Patton(Pat) Sutton who was a Navy demolitions expert who was attached to the 44th for their mission to Santo Tomas POW Camp. He was the one who saved the last bridge so the 44th could cross. For his action under fiire, he received the DSC and went on to become a United States Congressman. He just passed away a few years ago. Just thought that the other members of the 44th might want to know.