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Ian McCargar
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From: Fort Collins, Colorado
Registered: 1/17/2008
posted 1/17/2008 11:44:56 PM    Click here to view the profile for Ian McCargar  Click here to email Ian McCargar  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
My father, George McCargar (listed in the Roster as "McCarger") was wounded on January 11, 1945, while serving in the 56th Armored Infantry of the 12 Armored Division. My father didn't speak much of his service, but my family has asked me to search for any information on our father's service.

Does anyone out there remember George McCargar? Can anyone out there tell me where the 56th Infantry was on January 11, 1945?
Can anyone out there tell me where he may have been taken for medical care?

MikeWoldenberg
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From: University at Buffalo (NY)
Registered: 6/1/2004
posted 1/18/2008 10:08:49 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Dear Ian, Your Dad was wounded in Herrlisheim near
Strassburg in Alsace. (Not to be confused with Herrlisheim
near Colmar). The wounded were evacuated often on the backs of light tanks west to a nearby town (I want to look up the name to be sure). One of the medical doctors there was
Brendan Phibbs who lives in Tucson. He has written a very
good book: THE OTHER SIDE OF TIME. It was republished in paper back and the new title (same book) is OUR WAR FOR THE WORLD. I have a photocopied report: THE HISTORY OF THE 56TH ARMORED INFANTRY BATTALION. I can send this to you. Contact me:

Mike Woldenberg
geomike@buffalo.edu



MikeWoldenberg
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posted 1/19/2008 4:14:37 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Dear Ian, The HISTORY OF THE 56TH AIB
states that your father was wounded on January 11 in Herrlisheim. He undoubtedly was evacuated down Purple Heart Lane on the back of a light tank. He was cared for at
Rohrwiller initially, possibly by Brendan
Phibbs or one of the other Doctors. He was
then probably evacuated to a safe hospital in France. (Herrlisheim was near Strassburg). Brendan Phibbs' book, THE OTHER SIDE OF TIME, republished as OUR WAR FOR THE WORLD, has a chapter on the Herrlisheim battle. It specifically has two or three pages on events in Rohrwiller on January 11, describing the argument between the General who ordered an attack and the colonel who refused a direct order;
the men were taking an excessive number of casualties.

Mike Woldenberg