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Dave white
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posted 6/15/2008 2:00:58 PM    Click here to view the profile for Dave white  Click here to email Dave white  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I'm just looking for information about my grandfather's time in the Army. At one point he was a D.I., First Sgt, and tank commander. I have heard so many great stories about him but know very few facts. I heard one story that he lead his tank battalion through Germany's Black Forest using just a flashlight! Any info would be great.

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 6/15/2008 10:11:39 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Dear Dave, I am a Legacy Member of the 12th
Armored. According to the list of 17,000 Members, Donald D. White was a member of the 56th Armored Infantry Battalion. On the other hand, Donald R. White belonged to Company D of the 714th Tank Battalion. I must see whether the 56th Armored
Infantry Battalion actually had a few tanks.
I will get back to you.

I have a question:
could Donald D. White have been assigned to
a half track instead of a tank?

More later.

Mike Woldenberg
geomike@buffalo.edu

Dave white
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posted 6/16/2008 3:50:50 PM    Click here to view the profile for Dave white  Click here to email Dave white  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Thanks, i'm fairly certain he was assigned as a tank commander at one point. He did perform duties as a first sgt, that may be why he was listed under HQ. I know he was good friends with Robert Frenz, also of the 56th, until my grandfathers death in 1986.

best regards

Dave White

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posted 6/16/2008 8:40:04 PM  Reply w/Quote
An AIB Had a tank section attached to Hq Co.

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 6/16/2008 10:07:15 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I just want to add that the Roster (17,000
Members) has mistakenly assigned all
56th members to Headquarters. So,
we really can't tell from this Roster.
I will get back to you. I still need to
check something out.

oshull
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posted 6/17/2008 4:44:50 PM    Click here to view the profile for oshull  Click here to email oshull  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Dave. Please send me an e-mail so we can talk. I am Otis Shull, Unit Representative of the 56th. My e-mail is: ogsjss@aol.com.
The 56th, like other Infantry Battalions had three light tanks in the Headquarters Company. They were used as artillery and for communications between the other units in Combat Command B. The Command was made up of the 56th Armored Infantry Battalion, of which your Grandfatheer was a member, and the 714th Tank Battalion. as well as a few other units. such as medical, service, etc.

oshull
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posted 6/17/2008 4:54:37 PM    Click here to view the profile for oshull  Click here to email oshull  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Dave, In looking at a 1975 12th Armored Division Association roster, I see your grandfather list as follows
Donald D. White (Hq)
14751 Bon Brae
Warren Michigan 48093
So he was in the Hq. Company. I will check with several sources to see what more I can find. But pleae send me an e-mail
ogsjss@aol.com
Otis Shull