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jrhIII
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posted 9/26/2011 6:50:56 PM    Click here to view the profile for jrhIII  Click here to email jrhIII  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I have always been very curious as to how my grandfather earned his Silver Star. He, like many others, didn't talk much about the war. He has since passed away back in '02. I do know that his award and documentation were destroyed in a fire back in the late 60's. His name is James R. Hammond and served in the 17th Battalion Co. C. I do not want his legacy to be lost forever and would love to pass on this valuable geneology to my children.
Thanks,
JRH III

jrhIII
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posted 9/26/2011 7:06:44 PM    Click here to view the profile for jrhIII  Click here to email jrhIII  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I have found through the Silver Star recipients:Hammond, James R. HQ, 12th Armored Division, G.O. No. 63 (1945). If this would provide any further assistance.

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 9/26/2011 9:39:41 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Dear JRHIII, Evidently, you found the book
containing the Silver Star Recipients.
I followed the same path. Go to the
National Archives in College Park, Maryland.
Allot perhaps two days. After getting
registered (it takes a half hour) go upstairs and get some one to find the files
of the 12th Armored Division. One or more of these files will have the General Orders,
(GO) but I found that sometimes the G O are
mixed in with other files. If you find the
correct G O, you will find the written
citation among other citations. Note that
G O are for 1944, and numbers begin again
in 1945. It is probable that yours would
be for 1945.

You might be able to get a Govt. library researcher to do this for you. Otherwise,
you might pay someone to do it, to save you
the trip.

Once you have the citation, or even before,
you might want to contact veterans who may
have known your grandfather. I will
write another message on this.

Mike Woldenberg

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 9/26/2011 9:46:13 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Also, I suggest that you look on the
left column, BOOKS AND WRITTEN EXPERIENCES.
Find: MOUNT UP: THE HISTORY OF COMPANY C.

It is certainly possible that some comments
about your grandfather are in this book.

Also, look on the left column for
Oral History Videos. Find men from Co. C
of the 17th Armored Infantry Battalion.

Lastly, contact Bill Funke
970 482 0255

Good luck: Mike Woldenberg

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 9/26/2011 9:50:45 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Bill Funke is the Unit Representative
to the Hellcat News. He can help you
find people who knew James Hammond.

Mike

jrhIII
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posted 9/26/2011 10:17:05 PM    Click here to view the profile for jrhIII  Click here to email jrhIII  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Mike,
Thank you so much for the quick response. I am looking forward to piecing together the history of my grandfather. Again, I appreciate your help and it is obvious that you have helped so many other families. Wish me luck and GOD BLESS!!!

James R. Hammond III

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 9/27/2011 7:13:00 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
A STRANGE DISCOVERY:

In the book, MOUNT UP: THE HISTORY OF COMPANY C, on page 17, there is a statement that Hammond was killed. I then
checked the Killed in Action button on this
website, and it states that James R. Hammond
was killed. It is highly unlikely that there were two men with this exact name in
Company C of the 17th. Since your grandfather died in 2002, it is clear that
like Mark Twain, news of his death in 1945
was exaggerated. I wonder whether he was
wounded at Herrlisheim, and this was recorded as a death.

Mike Woldenberg

jrhIII
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posted 9/27/2011 3:05:06 PM    Click here to view the profile for jrhIII  Click here to email jrhIII  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Mike,

I have found more interesting information which has been even more difficult to search. I contacted my father who said that my grandfather had served in Manilla, Phillipines? It kind of makes a little more sense as I remember a ring he had given to me made out of an aircraft metal. My father also thinks that he earned a Bronze Star, however, I have not found his name on any of the recipients search engines. Sorry for all of the confusion, I dont know where to go from here.
James R. Hammond III

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 9/27/2011 10:16:24 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Jim, We can figure out this giant puzzle! The 44th tank
battalion was detached from the 12th Armored Division
and went to the Pacific theater, and fought in the Philipines.
I do not have a roster for that battalion. However, James R. Hammond shows up in the Roster for the 17th Armored Infantry. It is late tonight, and I have to figure this out. I am in
touch with two people who know quite a bit about the
44th Tank Battalion.

Mike