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granddaughter needs help
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From: bremerton, wa
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posted 10/30/2011 3:20:23 AM    Click here to view the profile for granddaughter needs help  Click here to email granddaughter needs help  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
thank you for the time you took to look at this. i am trying to help my son blake who is 8yrs old. he never meet his great grandfather. with his school homework on his great grandfather
Louis E Fitzwater and to find some army photos on him. he pasted away may 10th 2002 and my grandmother Marion passed away march 18 2009 and so anything about his time as a pow and in the army was lost. i am trying to teach my son and have info for my family. please anything will help thank you and god bless

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 10/30/2011 9:19:34 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello, Here is what I found out. Louis E
Fitzwater was in Company C of the 43 Tank
Battalion. I found his name on a roster in
the book: UNIT HISTORY OF THE 43d TANK
BATTALION. (Look on the left side of this
screen and click on BOOKS AND WRITTEN EXPERIENCES). This book will contain lots of details of interest to you. Especially read the chapter on Company C. Pay attention to the part that deals with the battle of Herrlisheim. It mentions the capture of several men on, I believe, Jan. 17th.

I went to GOOGLE and entered PRISONERS OF WAR, WORLD WAR II. There is a site,
3 or 4 from the top, that is put out by
the National Archives (NARA). I entered
Louis Fitzwater and it said he was a POW
captured in France. His Army serial number
was 311 92 893. He was a Tec 4, which is
a Sergeant. It is because he was captured in France, that I guessed he was captured in Herrlisheim, and this is the only battle
mentioned where anyone was captured (in the
History of the 43d Tank Batt). Note that this is a good guess, but he may have been
captured in March somewhere to the south
and west of the Rhine river.

I found two men who were living in 2003,
who were in Company C, and who were also
captured: Dr. Frank Tiberio, (330)788 4345.
also: James Bond 516 931 3394. There are other veterans who would have been with
him in prison camp, from other companies
and battalions. We may find out the camp,
eventually.

There are probably other veterans who knew
your grandfather. Contact the Unit Rep to
the 43d: Mark Ault 765 453 8881.
He will put a notice in the Hellcat News.

Further suggestions: Click on the left side: DEATH OF A COMBAT COMMAND. This is
a history of the battle of Herrlisheim.
There are other stories and books about it.
Also consult 2713 PHOTOS on the left side.
Click on the 43d Tank Battalion. Several men are pictured without names.
Finally, click on ORAL HISTORY VIDEOS.
Then click on BATTALION, then look for the
43d Tank Battalion. They should be all
together. Finally, look for company C.

I should not that your grandfather's name is not on the 17,000 MEN Roster. Nor is he
mentioned on our list of POWs. But he certainly was a POW. We will correct this.

Yours truly, Mike Woldenberg,
geomike@buffalo.edu