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David McNamara
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Member # 180

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From: Kingston, IL
Registered: 11/13/2006
posted 11/13/2006 10:26:35 PM    Click here to view the profile for David McNamara  Click here to email David McNamara  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I am looking for any information on my grandfather William Malecke. I have found info on the web that he was KIA on 21Jan45 and is buried in Epinal, France. I read through some of the books and written experiences, but was unable to find any information except for the possble 43rd battalion. Any information would be appreciated.

Ken
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Member # 9

Posts: 156
From: NH
Registered: 4/29/2004
posted 11/16/2006 9:47:02 PM    Click here to view the profile for Ken  Click here to email Ken  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
David I am putting together a detailed "how to" instruction sheet to help find the info you are looking for. Give me a week and I'll email to you.

Regards,

Ken Klinedinst / Legacy Member

MikeWoldenberg
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From: University at Buffalo (NY)
Registered: 6/1/2004
posted 11/17/2006 12:49:11 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Dear David, Your father was in the 56th Armored Infantry
Battalion. I have a diary of things that happened to that Battalion, and I will look for information. Your father was
killed during the battle of Herrlisheim. There is information on that battle in some of the publications listed in the
column on the left, under BOOKS AND WRITTEN EXPERIENCES. emai me and I can send you the information I find out. Mike Woldenberg, Legacy Member

geomike@buffalo.edu

Ken
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Posts: 156
From: NH
Registered: 4/29/2004
posted 12/4/2006 11:11:34 AM    Click here to view the profile for Ken  Click here to email Ken  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hi David,

I am a Legacy member of the 12th Armored Division Association. This is the link to the WW2 Memorial website; http://www.wwiimemorial.com/ go to search registry, put in your granddad’s name and you will see he was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart. His Army Service Number [ASN] is listed; make a record this and all the info on the registry.

Next, write to the Dept of The Army, U.S. Army Resources Command, 200 Stovall St., Alexandria, VA 22332-0400. Ask for a copy of your granddad’s Individual Deceased Personnel File [IDPF], under the Freedom of Information Act. Because the FOIA is only available to the decedent’s oldest relative, starting with parents, wife, siblings, children etc in that order, you must state his parents are deceased, same for wife, and children. If any of those are alive I would suggest they sign the letter. I think the DOA is liberal with these rules when it pertains to a WW2 veteran. Provide all the data listed on the WW2 Memorial Registry, and his date of birth. Mail it and wait. It may take six months before you receive any info.

Next call your local Veterans Administration office. Request the file they have on your granddad. Give them all the info you have. Because he was KIA they should have his life insurance records, communication, [letters] between the DOA and the life insurance beneficiaries This file is located in a central storage facility. The VA will retrieve it for you and notify when it is received at their location. Check on this every 3 to four weeks. My uncle’s file took about 3 weeks to get here.

If you have any questions please email and I’ll do what I can to help.

Regards,

Ken Klinedinst / LD


MikeWoldenberg
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From: University at Buffalo (NY)
Registered: 6/1/2004
posted 1/10/2007 12:04:03 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Dear David, I have discovered that the list of 17,000 members has your grandfather in the 56th Armored Infantry
Battalion, but it is probably in error. I have discovere his name in the UNIT HISTORY FROM DECEMBER 7, 1944 TO MAY 9, 1945 OF THE 43d TANK BATTALION. I quote:

"The morning of the 21st of January, when the third platoon went out to relieve them they drew direct enemy fire. ....Malecke didn't come back; later he was awarded posthumously the Silver Star for gallantry in action."
(page 114).