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Lanag
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From: Wenatchee, WA
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posted 5/7/2009 2:23:44 PM    Click here to view the profile for Lanag  Click here to email Lanag  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Edward P Carr 203 N Perry St Hagerstown IN 56th Arm Inf Battalion HQ. He recieved wounds in battle Jan. 8, 1945 in France and the Purple Haert and Bronze Star. I have a copy of his DD214 and they have reissued his awards but I am looking for more information on how and why he recievd the Bronze Star. Can anyone help.

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 5/7/2009 10:08:47 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Dear "Lanag", Here is how to proceed with the Bronze
Star. Look under BOOKS AND WRITTEN EXPERIENCES.
Click on the HISTORY OF THE 56TH ARMORED INFANTRY
BATTALION. Look through this document for
the list of medals and awards. It may take some time,
but eventually you will find your father's name and the
fact that he won the Bronze Star. There will be a General
Orders number ("G.O." with a number).

Then go to the National Archives in College Park, Maryland. You will find several files for the 56th
AIB. WITH LUCK you
will find the General Orders with your father's name and citation.
Unfortunately, some of these General Orders are missing, but others are there. I have found the Silver Star citation of my Uncle and others, and other Bronze Star citations, but not the Bronze Star citation for my Uncle.

Personnel records in St. Louis were destroyed in a fire in the early 1980s.

Under the category of Wounded in the HISTORY, you will
find that your father was mentioned as being wounded on January 8. You will note there were many casualties in this battle in Herrlisheim.

Go to the BOOKS AND WRITTEN EXPERIENCES and find
the report on Herrlisheim by Dale Miller. Also the last
item on the list is an article on the Death of a Combat
Command.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Mike Woldenberg
geomike@buffalo.edu



MikeWoldenberg
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posted 5/9/2009 11:03:16 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Dear Steve (Lanag)

I found that your father is listed as
being wounded on January 8, 1945. He is listed as a sergeant in Company B.Note that there is an error in the Roster of 17,000 Members. All the men
from the 56th, or almost all of the men, were listed as belongingto Headquarters Company. This was an error.

You probably found out that there is another Carr from the 56th. Since you
already have information that your father was wounded on January 8, and I
found this out independently from the HISTORY OF THE 56TH AIB, the Carr
mentioned in this document must have been your father. Both Carrs
were listed with HQ company in the Roster of 17,000 members, but this
is a mistake in your case, at least.

I have looked high and low for you father's Bronze Star General Orders number.(G.O. number). It was not recorded in the HISTORY. Do not be alarmed.
My Uncle, Lt. Charles M. Willis, won the Silver Star, and his G.O. number is not in the HISTORY.
I did find the General Orders Document at the National Archives in College Park, and have a copy of the citation. I suggest that you may haveto do the same thing. On the other hand, it is possible that that those specific
General Orders may be missing form the National Archives. I would love to know where there are duplicates of these documents. Originally, several copies
were sent out to various offices.

Yours truly, Mike Woldenberg

Lanag
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From: Wenatchee, WA
Registered: 5/7/2009
posted 5/11/2009 11:32:44 AM    Click here to view the profile for Lanag  Click here to email Lanag  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Mike,

Thank you so much! Your help is very much appreciated. My Dad never talked about the war and we only knew that he was shot in the arm and was awarded the Purple Heart. Not until after his death did we find the Bronze Star, so it has intrigued myself and my three grown sons. Again thank and I will keep researching.