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Member # 182
From: Springfield, Massachusetts
|posted 11/20/2006 1:14:00 PM
I just found this web site. This is wonderful. My father was in the 9th Armored Division who took the bridgehead at Remagen. I wish there was something like this museum forhim. He still goes to the 9th Armored Division reunions but there aren't too many of the guys left.
My father is now 86. Robert F. Sheehan, 25 Mayfair Avenue, Springfield, MA 01104. Birthdate is Aug. 31, 1920
A sincere thank you to all of you in our Greatest Generation who kept the United States free. Thank you all for your service. Maryanne Kelleher
Member # 9
|posted 11/20/2006 5:29:41 PM
Thank you Maryanne for the kind words.
We believe the 12th AD Association, it's Museum and monthly newspaper the Hellcat News, averaging 15 pages per issue make us unique. We have 1400 living members of the 17,000 members who went to war and defeated the enemy.
Is your dad on the WW2 Memorial Registry? This is an electronic record of the those who served and their name must listed manually, by letter or the internet.
If we can help you with anything please let me know.
Regards, pass a "thank you" to your dad for his service.
Ken Klinedinst / Legacy Member
Member # 16
From: University at Buffalo (NY)
|posted 11/20/2006 8:19:00 PM
Dear Maryanne, Please thank your father for me as well. I had one Uncle (Chuck Willis) in the 12th Armored who was killed just about the time
the 9th Armored crossed the Rhine at Remagen.His brother, Mel Willis was in an MP
unit (not with the 12th) and was directing traffic on to the Remagen bridge. Maybe
he and your Dad crossed paths. Mel tells me that the Germans were using jet aircraft (the ME 262 ??) to bomb the bridge. They were so fast, they never saw them coming.
I might add that Warren Spahn the famous pitcher for the Boston Braves and the Milwaukee Braves also made that crossing just after the bridge was captured.
Mike Woldenberg, Legacy Member