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Member # 153
From: Saint Paul, MN
|posted 5/28/2006 10:33:10 PM
I hope you can help me. My father, Herbert J Walker, was a member of the 12th Armored Division, 17th Arm Infantry Battalion, Company B, during World War Two. He died in December of 1991.
He very infrequently talked about his service time, but made sure his sons (all six of us) went through JROTC training in high school. I remember Mom and him going to various 12th Armored Division Reunions when I was younger, and knew that he was proud of having served with this group.
The few times he did talk about his time overseas, he always made it sound as if he was never in combat, but always behind. I remember one time he talked, briefly, about being in the area of the Battle of the Bulge a day or two after it ended.
After dad died, while going through his possessions, we came across a Bronze Star and a Combat Infantryman’s Badge. I know enough what these mean. But we have been unable to find out what he did to be awarded them. His records were destroyed in the National Personnel Records fire, so all I have been able to receive from them is a letter stating dates of service. I know he was not shipped overseas until February (or so) of 1945, because my parents were married in Paris Texas on January 31, 1945.
Do you have any suggestions or ideas for trying to find someone that may have known him, that may remember any stories at all of what he did in World War Two?
Saint Paul, MN
Member # 103
From: Sunset Beach NC
|posted 5/29/2006 10:06:43 AM
I would suggest you contact the Unit Rep. Mr. Bill Funke. He can be contacted by going to the main page of the 12th, click on Association and go the the unit reps. Click on his name for his e-mail address.
I hope you find out what you are looking for. This is a fantastic group of people, including your father, who made our freedoms all possible through their sacrifices.
Regards, Joe Adams
Member # 153
From: Saint Paul, MN
|posted 5/30/2006 11:12:48 PM
Thanks for the ideas. I have emailed people on this site's contact list and the Association's contact list; all were bounced back to me. That's why I posted here in hopes that someone will see it.
Member # 16
From: University at Buffalo (NY)
|posted 6/14/2006 4:41:21 PM
Dear Pat, The Combat Infantryman's badge and the Bronze Star were given out according to lists of General Orders. In the case of the Combat Infantryman's Badge, there was no citation, I believe. The criterion was that the soldier had faced the enemy in combat. The Bronze Star was awarded either for Valor (V)
or for doing an excellent job under difficult combat circumstances. The General Orders will have a description of these Bronze Star Citations.
When I was visiting the National Archives in College Park, Maryland, I discovered the General Orders for various medals
in file boxes. These particular file boxes
were for the 56th Armored Infantry Battalion. You should probably be able to find the same kind of documents for the 17th AIB.
Yours truly, Mike Woldenberg, Legacy Member firstname.lastname@example.org