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Ed Saller
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From: Waterford, CT
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posted 2/22/2007 7:37:28 AM    Click here to view the profile for Ed Saller  Click here to email Ed Saller  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
my father Edward G. Saller Jr. received the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. Is there any way I can find out how he earned these medals? He died at age 56 and never talked much about the war. i only remember him saying that while he was in a hospital in Germany his duffle with a Nazi Officer's dagger and other souveniers was stolen.

Ken
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posted 2/22/2007 10:46:24 PM    Click here to view the profile for Ken  Click here to email Ken  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hi Ed,

How do you know your dad was awarded these medals? It may help if you have some kind of document. He was in Company C 17th Armored Infantry Battalion. I suggest you contact the Unit Rep,
17th AIB - Bill Funke (970-482-0255) Ft. Collins, CO

Regards,
Ken Klinedinst / Legacy Member


Bert McCall
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posted 2/23/2007 8:14:13 PM    Click here to view the profile for Bert McCall  Click here to email Bert McCall  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Interestingly, Ed Saller appears to be the artist who did the drawings that are featured in the book entitled "Mount Up," the story of C Company of the 17th AIB. The name "Saller" is on many of the illustrations. He is also given credit as one of the Mount UP contributors in Sherman Bennet Lans' book "Stories of War."

Bert

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 2/25/2007 4:46:40 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Dear Ed, I have one more suggestion. If you go to the National Archives in College Park Maryland, you may find a file which will contain the General Orders for the 17th Armored Infantry Battalion, 12th Armored Division. (I was able to find these documents for the 56th AIB there). There will be citations for the Bronze stars and Silver Stars. The Purple Hearts will be listed but no description of the circumstances. I would also try and follow up on the Mount Up suggestion. I have heard of the booklet, but have not seen it.

Mike Woldenberg

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posted 2/26/2007 10:03:03 AM  Reply w/Quote
I have the Mount Up book and find Edward SAller Jr. from 1425 Key Ave. Pittsburg. He was wounded Jan, 16th to JAN 19TH AND WAS PROBABLE WHEN HE GOT HIS PURPLE HEART and medals.He has four drawings in the book Assoon as i get my school sudents this spring Illget on web site. Sorry not much of a typist. BOB HOEWELER