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dawghouse
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posted 8/13/2010 10:13:54 PM    Click here to view the profile for dawghouse  Click here to email dawghouse  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hi I'm looking for any info on CPL Jacob Maurer of the 66th Armored Infantry Battalion, Company A. He didn't talk at all about the war like many vets, even before he died. I know he was awarded the bronze star medal and he had a photo of him and his buddys when they were in puerto rico training. His two buddys names are (William Donovan of Salem, MA and George Fowler of youngstown, Ohio) Any info would mean so much to our family.

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 8/14/2010 2:48:07 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Dear Dawghouse, Contact the Unit Representative to the Hellcat News:

George OBryan

618 282 6079

He will be able to put you in contact
with men who may be able to help.

Mike Woldenberg

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 8/14/2010 3:31:51 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Dear Dawghouse, Here is another option:
If you go to the National Archives in
College Park Maryland, you are likely to
find important records. You may need two
days. Look for General Orders for and
you will find lists of awards and citations.
There is a lot of historical information on this website. Read; Death of an American
Combat Command. (look on left column). Also,
read down the list for any memoir relating
to the 66th. Also, consult Oral History
Videos for memories of men in the 66th.
The 66th was the unit that took the Dillingen
bridge over the Danube. Very important to
saving lives of people in the concentration
camps to the south. I believe Charlie Fitts
was a member of A company in the 66th.

cfitts@bellsouth.net

You have a lot of homework to do.

Mike Woldenberg

dawghouse
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posted 8/14/2010 9:10:14 AM    Click here to view the profile for dawghouse  Click here to email dawghouse  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Mike,

Thanks so much for the reply. I spent most of the night searching for any docs in my grandmothers house and then on the web. I was able to unearth one army doc that stated that he was a cannoneer 601 and shot a towed 40mm AA gun on a M-51 mount. Would the 66th Armored Infty Bt be towing AA guns? I'm alittle confused now.

Thanks
JIM

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 8/14/2010 11:52:44 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Jim, I am not sure. I am a second
generation member of the 12th Armored
Association. Ask the people I mentioned.
Note that there was a battalion of anti
aircraft artillery in the Division. Also,
it seems possible to me that the 66th might
have had an antiaircraft gun. They did have
a few light tanks within the 66th, so they
might well have had other weapons that are
not specifically infantry.

I checked the Roster of 17,000 Members. I only found William Donovan from the Boston area. He was in Division Heaquarters, and also in the 495th Field Artillery, 12th
Armored Division. This is the connection that suggests that there is an artillery
connection, and a 12th Armored connection.

My suggestion is to contact the people I
mentioned. I can also put you in contact with representatives of the 495th, and
Division Headquarters. I have not looked
in our current roster for the Fowler and Donovan names because I am now in Budapest,
and will return on Aug. 26.

Mike

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posted 8/14/2010 12:31:54 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Jim, Check on the left side: ORGANIZATION
AND EQUIPMENT. Look at the column for the
3 Infantry Companies. That might tell you
something. I do not know what the initial
O stands for. There is a towed gun that
is close to the caliber that you mentioned.

Mike

dawghouse
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posted 8/22/2010 12:19:07 AM    Click here to view the profile for dawghouse  Click here to email dawghouse  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Mike,
thanks for the info. This passed week I've scanned this website and other website hoping for find a mention of this name, but nothing. His discharge paper state that he was apart of the 66th AIB co A, but I'm not so sure. I looked up this buddys and found that they were all in different units, just like you found. The 40mm AA gun, this unit and the pics of training in puerto rico are all mysterys to me. I just wish I could find more.

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posted 9/8/2010 1:32:14 AM  Reply w/Quote
J.C.-You put together a wonderful display for the family (Just saw it). Very nice. Very facinating, I never knew what he did in the war, and was Amazed and awestruck when I was showed the display you made up.-J