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From: Camanche, IA
Registered: 3/29/2009
posted 3/29/2009 8:46:48 PM    Click here to view the profile for kesben  Click here to email kesben  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I couldn't have been happier to see a site dedicated to the 12th. My grandfather fought with the 12th, though rarely spoke of his time there. He passed away many years ago, but his influence lives on with his family. I'm not sure what to post here, but if anyone has more information on the 12th or my grandfather, I'd love to hear it. Thank you.

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posted 3/30/2009 10:50:33 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Dear KEsben, I looked for your grandfather's name on
the list of 17,000 Members, just to the left on this page.
This is not a comprehensive list, and your grandfather's
name is among those which are not on this list. It would help if you knew the name of his battalion. If you do not
know the whole name, perhaps you know "Armored Infantry"
or "Tank" or "Field Artillery" or some "Recon" , etc.

Mike Woldenberg

Ken K Legacy Member
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posted 6/1/2009 6:21:44 AM    Click here to view the profile for Ken K Legacy Member  Click here to email Ken K Legacy Member  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hi I am a Legacy member of the 12TH ADA and will try to help you with your question.

You have embarked on a monumental task. I say this not to discourage you but to praise you for your interest in continuing a search many have done before you. Good luck, I will always be here to help.


Ken Klinedinst

Posted below is what I believe to be your grandfather's obituary.

First contact these organizations mentioned in his obit. Veterans of Foreign Wars, Camanche; and Disabled American Veterans. They may have records of his service. Ask if any his / your relatives have any of his papers. One record in particular is a DD-214, it is a mini résumé issued by the military to veterans upon their release from service Another source is the Veterans Administration since he belonged to the Disabled American Veterans.. Find his local chapter, or write to the national headquarters. If you have a photo of grandfather form his army days email it to me and I'll see it gets published [every month for 64 years] in our monthly newspaper the Hellcat News

How do you know your grandfather was in the 12th???


CAMANCHE, Iowa - Services for Esben R. Stowers, 70, will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Camanche Chapel of SnellZornig Funeral Home. Burial will be in Clinton Memorial Park.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. to-day.

Mr. Stowers died Wednesday at Samaritan Hospital South, Clinton.

He had been a salesman at the former Brandt Motors and Lanning Motors, both in Clinton. He also was employed as a salesman 18 years at Goddard's Town and Country Furniture Store, Clinton. He married Fern Brown in 1944 in Camanche.

During World War II, he served in the Army.

Mr. Stowers was a member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Camanche; Veterans of Foreign Wars, Camanche; and Disabled American Veterans.

He enjoyed traveling, fishing, taking care of his yard and having coffee with his friends.

Memorials may be made to the church.

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Julie (Mrs. Sidney) Durkee and Kathie Murphy, both of Clinton; and Mollie Vance, Wichita, Kan.; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Jennie Wilson, Montour; Evelyn Knox and Marlow Magnette, both of North Kingstown, R.I.; Ercal LeBarge, Logan; Ida (Mrs. Raymond) Smith, McCausland; and Marinsa (Mrs. Herman) Krieger, Gastonia, N.C.; and a brother, Leroy, Camanche