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Jan Mason
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Member # 143

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From: Sikeston, MO 63801
Registered: 7/3/2006
posted 7/3/2006 8:25:38 AM    Click here to view the profile for Jan Mason  Click here to email Jan Mason  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
My father, Orville Yates werved with Patch and Patton's 3rd army and made a sensational dash from Trier to the Rhine River acroos the Saar Palatinate in three days and nights and was known as the "Mystery Division" in General Patton'e Army. They crossed the Rhine River maintaining a listering pace and catching the Germans flat-footed crossing the historic river on March 28, 1945.

If anyone has any photos or information or remembers him, please write him at 118 Holmes Dr., Sikeston, MO 63801. You may also e-mail me, Jan Mason, at lilynoah@charter.net.

Here's hoping someone will respond.

Thank you,

Junior Member
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From: NH
Registered: 4/29/2004
posted 7/3/2006 3:35:53 PM    Click here to view the profile for Ken  Click here to email Ken  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hi Jan,

I am a Legacy member of the 12th AD Association and will try help you and your dad with his request. The division had a total of 17,000 men when it went overseas in Oct of 1944.

It would be helpful if you or your dad could provide additional information such as what unit was he assigned to, beyond what you posted.


Ken Klinedinst

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From: University at Buffalo (NY)
Registered: 6/1/2004
posted 7/4/2006 10:28:02 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Dear Jan, I am also a Legacy Member. I
checked the 17,000 Members list and found
(for the information of those who may read this) that your Dad was in Headquarters
Company of the 714th Tank Battalion. There is a double entry, and apparently he was
at another time, in Division Headquarters and was the Division Quartermaster. This
sounds impressive to me. There are men from the 714th who are still living. Between
Ken and I, we can give you some contacts.

Mike Woldenberg