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rexfunk
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From: Charlotte, NC
Registered: 3/5/2009
posted 3/5/2009 12:20:34 AM    Click here to view the profile for rexfunk  Click here to email rexfunk  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I'm Richard Wenzel, grandson of Richard Ritter Wenzel. My grandfather, "Dick", was in the 43rd tank battalion with the 12th armored.

I didn't see him in the 12th armored roster. I don't know exactly what I'm hoping for, but if anyone might have more information on my grandfather or more information on the 43rd in general, I'd appreciate it.

You can reach me at rwenzel@nc.rr.com

God bless,
Richard

MikeWoldenberg
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From: University at Buffalo (NY)
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posted 3/8/2009 3:43:08 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello, Please check BOOKS AND WRITTEN
EXPERIENCES on the left column. Go to
UNIT HISTORY. This book is about the
43d tank Battalion. There is a roster
for each battalion. The big roster of
17000 MEMBERS in the left column is incomplete. I will get back to you, but
I am travelling in Europe. I return in
late March.

Mike Woldenberg

rexfunk
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posted 3/9/2009 9:56:59 AM    Click here to view the profile for rexfunk  Click here to email rexfunk  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Thanks. I didn't see those division histories before.

There's a mention of my grandfather in the unit history for the 43rd, working in a tank repair group at the front lines in Herrlisheim.

I'll look to talk with you when you return from Europe.

Safe travels,
Rich

rexfunk
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From: Charlotte, NC
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posted 3/26/2009 10:03:51 PM    Click here to view the profile for rexfunk  Click here to email rexfunk  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
For what it's worth, I read the unit histories more closely and discovered that my grandfather's tank commander, Henry Zazzi, is a living association member. I ended up calling Mr. Zazzi last week and had a great conversation with him about my grandfather, whom I never met. Thanks to this site for helping me discover more about my grandfather, thanks to Mr. Zazzi for his time, and thanks to all 12th armored members for your service and sacrifice.

Sincerely,
Rich Wenzel