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firefrye
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posted 4/8/2010 8:33:27 AM    Click here to view the profile for firefrye  Click here to email firefrye  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Im looking for ant information on my great uncle Orby Allen Walker. he was an Army Sargent, he had told me some amazing storys but passed before i could get the complete story of his and his divisions time in combat. He started in the Army Calvery before the war broke out. So if anybody could lead me in right direction i would so very greatful.. I want to keep all the heros of WWII storys alive and never forgotten. thank you Allen

MikeWoldenberg
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Dear Firefrye, Please contact Bill Funke, the Unit Representaative to the Hellcat News. He can put you in touch with veterans who can fill you in. There are several written accounts in the Books and Written Experiences in the column on the left. Also, there are MANY oral interviews.
Click on ORAL HISTORY VIDEOS on the left.

Bill Funke: fwilliam46@msn.com
(970) 482 0255

Yours truly, Mike Woldenberg

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 4/10/2010 1:43:37 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote

Re: Jack “Orbie” A. Walker, Company A, 17th Armored Infantry Battalion, and
Alex Shepovalof , Headquarters Company, also of the 17th Armored Infantry Battalion.
(This information applies to anyone looking for information about the 17th Armored Infantry Battalion).

The following books can be read on this website. Look to the left and click on BOOKS AND WRITTEN EXPERIENCES. At the top of the list, there are several general histories. Next: “17th Armored Infantry Battalion Historical
Information” by George Hatt. Next: “Journal of Operations of the 17th AIB.”
Next: “Mount Up: The History of Company C.” Next: “23 Long Days and Nights” by Warren Maue of A-17. Next: “War: 12th Armored Division in World War 2” by Herman Petross also of A-17. Also read the last item: “World War 2 Magazine.” This contains an article called “Nightmare in Herrlisheim.” There may be other items of interest on this list.

Again, look to the left and click on ORAL HISTORY VIDEOS. To save time, click at the top of the column: BATTALION. This will sort all the videos according to Battalion. When this is done, you will find 37 Oral Histories, each lasting an average of perhaps one hour! This is one week’s work! The other item on the left column that might be helpful is labeled VIDEOS.

Finally, I have found a book: Stephen G. Fritz (2004). Endkampf: Soldiers, Civilians and the Death of the Third Reich. University of Kentucky Press. This should be in major libraries. Look in the index under “United States Army” and you will find many pages on the combat history of the 17th Armored Inf. Batt. As well as much information on other units.

Once you have read enough to ask questions, you might want to contact George Hatt. He can be reached through Bill Funke:

Bill Funke: fwilliam46@msn.com
(970) 482 0255