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Member # 173
|posted 8/22/2006 4:34:15 PM
Can anyone give me any information on my uncle, Maurice Motteram? anyone who might have served with him who could give me any info on where he was KIA? (what battle etc)I've been told it was in Sept-45 and that he received the Silver Star and Purple Heart for his actions. Any and all info would be greatly appriciated. Semper Fi...Hellcats
Member # 9
|posted 8/22/2006 9:14:21 PM
I am a Legacy Member of the 12th Armored Division Association. According to the 17,000 members list on this site, your uncle was assigned to the 56th AIB HQ company and to the 493 AFA Bn B battery.
His ASN is 6895258, he was with the 56th AIB when killed. If you want specific details where he was killed, description of his wounds, P affects etc, let me know and I'll give the details on how obtain this info.
If you have a photo of your uncle in uniform, or one of him in civvies about the same age, email it to me and I will take it with me when I attend the national reunion next month. I'll post it with other photos at the registration desk and give a copy to the 56th & 493rd hospitality rooms.
Member # 9
|posted 8/22/2006 9:18:18 PM
Dave your email is NG
Member # 16
From: University at Buffalo (NY)
|posted 8/27/2006 6:58:01 PM
Dear Dave, I am a legacy member of the
12th Armored Association. I discovered a document in the National Archives in College Park, Maryland. This is a kind of diary,
"History of the 56th Armored Infantry Battalion." I found the following information:
Private First Class Maurice Motteram was killed on January 9, 1945. He was a member of the 56th Armored Infantry Battalion, Company A. He was killed in the Battle of Herrlisheim, I made this inference since I know the 56th was fighting in Herrlisheim near Strassbourg.
This battle has been written up in several places. You might
read the book by Brendan Phibbs: THE OTHER
SIDE OF TIME. The book was republished as
OUR WAR FOR THE WORLD (paperback).
I can help you with other sources of information on this battle.
I am looking in the "History" for a reference to the Silver Star and the Purple Heart. If I am not successful, I suggest that you contact the National Archives in
College Park, or contact the Library of the
Army War College in Carlisle Pennsylvania.
Both libraries have a small book containing the names of many Silver Star winners. The names of the 12th Armored Museum winners are there. They also give the General Orders Number. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find the General Orders for the month of
January in the College Park National Archives. They have been misplaced. There should be a copy somewhere. If for instance, the General Orders number was 40,
you could look up this number, and find a
paragraph describing the action were Maurice
won the Silver Star.
my email is
Member # 173
|posted 8/29/2006 7:32:19 AM
Gentlemen...Thank You so much for the information that You have provided. I appoligize for the error on the e-mail address. Again, Thank You.
Member # 220
From: gatlinburg tn
|posted 4/20/2007 9:12:47 PM
Dave, My father was with the 56th AIB in Herrlisheim. He was with your uncle when your uncle was killed. Please contact me and I will tell you the whole story as my father related it to me.