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darkon
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posted 8/23/2009 8:01:33 PM    Click here to view the profile for darkon  Click here to email darkon  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I am looking for any information on my father's time in the war..I have a book that my local town did for the servicemen of WWII .

This is what it says..

"He was called to service in Oct 1942, attached to Co E of 43rd armored regiment at Camp Campbell, Ky. Then assigned to the 12th armored division of Co B at Camp Barkley, TX. He went overseas in Oct 1944 .By early 1945 , he was reported missing in action in France and soon was declared a prisoner of the Germans.On May 10, 1945 he was liberated from the Mark Pongau Prison Camp in Austria .He was imprisoned for a time at Stalag 5-A in Germany. He was soon sent home and by Nov 21, 1945 he was honorably discharged"

Basically this the only info I have on him. I would like to know more.


I was able to obtain 2 very important books.

1. 12th armored Div . 43rd Tank Battalion Unit History From Dec 7, 1944 to May 9, 1945

2."B" Company -43rd Tank Battalion - 12th Armored Division.

I have never seen the second book listed on here or any other 12th AD site before either. Both of these books have given valuable insight of what happened to the 43rd Tank Bat. - B Co. over in Europe. Only one has my father's name -Sgt Gerald Koncelik - mentioned. He was listed as Missing In Action along with T/5 Robert Barnes....

The book - Prisoners Of War 12th Armored Division has a history from Robert Wilken where my wasmentioned commanding tank # B12. My father is listed on the National Archives AAD database for POWS -World War II Prisoners of War Data File, 12/7/1941 - 11/19/1946


Darrell Koncelik


MikeWoldenberg
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posted 8/23/2009 10:16:20 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the information. I will try and
follow up. I am not familiar with a couple of the
sources that you mentioned.

Mike Woldenberg

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 8/25/2009 6:32:14 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Dear Darrell, While I am very familiar with the HISTORY
OF THE 43d Tank Battalion, I do not know the book on
43 B.

Contact Mark Ault, 765 459 5245.
malt4803@aol.com

Mark is the Unit Representative to the 43d Tank Battalion and
can put you in contact with men from your father's company.
I might add that you should be able to find some additonal history about the 43d in the books listed in the left under BOOKS AND WRITTEN EXPERIENCES.

Yours truly, Mike Woldenberg

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 8/25/2009 9:52:31 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I will send you some email addresses of former
POWs.

Mike