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posted 1/5/2012 6:27:12 PM  Reply w/Quote
Hi, everyone. I just stopped in at the museum in Abilene, and they recommended I post here.

I found a Eugene H. Shaffer listed among the members of the 12th Division, 134th Ordnance Maintenance Battalion, Company C. His enlistment location was listed in the museum as New Cumberland, Pa.

I'm hoping someone can help me determine whether this was my grandfather. I know he enlisted about Nov. 30, 1942 and was from the Scranton, Pa., area.

Any information you have would be greatly appreciated.

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posted 1/5/2012 8:27:46 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Do you have your grandfather's birthdate and
date of death? Do you have any documents such as his Honorable Discharge? This would state
his affiliation with the 12th Armored. Do you have his
Army Identification number? Do you know where
your grandfather died? There should be an
obituary in the paper, and they often mention
the military service of the decedent.
Do you have
any letters home from training or from
Europe?
Frankly, I think that Eugene H Shaffer is likely to be a veteran of the 12th. It is a hunch, that's all.

I found another man with the same name, but with a Jr. after his name. He was in a Navy training program during WW2. He also was from Pennsylvania.

Yours truly,

Mike Woldenberg


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posted 1/5/2012 10:24:09 PM  Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the quick response, Mike. His obit said only that he was a veteran of World War II; as I said, my family doesn't know much and doesn't seem to care to find out, except for my brother and me. I don't have any of his papers, and I don't know that anyone knows where they are. My grandmother's memory isn't good, and my dad died years ago, so I've hit a bit of a wall in my search for more information.

His birthdate was July 17, 1923, and he died on Jan. 29, 2005, in Scranton, Pa.

I found some other Eugene H. Shaffers in Pennsylvania who were veterans of WWII, but I've been slowly ruling them out as veterans of the 12th because their obits were more complete than my grandfather's.

I was able to find his enlistment record, and it said he enlisted in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., which doesn't agree with the records at the museum. However, the people at the museum said it could still be my grandfather. I'd love to know for sure.

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posted 1/5/2012 10:31:45 PM  Reply w/Quote
I meant to mention that, from what I know, he was stationed in Texas and worked on planes -- repair or maintenance work, not flying.

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posted 1/6/2012 12:38:02 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I was amazed to see so many Eugene H Shaffers
on the web. It seems like such an unique name.
Your last comment said that he was stationed
in Texas, repairing airplanes. Well, that suggests two things. One is that he was
stationed in Texas, but he was not fixing
airplanes, UNLESS he was capable of fixing the
small artillery observation planes of the
12th Armored.

The other thing is that he may have been an
airplane mechanic in the Army Air Force.
(In those days aviation was part of the
Army).

I believe I read that one of the obituaries
was for a man from the Army Air Corps.

The key to this will be his dates of birth and death. I will ask Ken Klinedinst to
work on this for you.Keep returning to this
page.