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Hellcats Son
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Registered: 1/13/2012
posted 1/13/2012 3:10:43 PM    Click here to view the profile for Hellcats Son  Click here to email Hellcats Son  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I am the son of Cpl Jerry Prieto 17th Arm Inf Bat., Co B. My father passed on Dec 16 2005 and I am currently compiling a history of our family. The only information I have on my father's service career is what I can make out on two wallet size documents: his Honorale Discharge and Separation Qualifications document. The print is very small and difficult to read. His I.D. # is either 38685229 or 3852299685. Campaign listed is the Rhineland Central Europe Go 40 WD 45. Medals are Combat Infantry Badge Dec 44; WWII Victory Medal TWK WD 23 Oct 45; American Campaign Medal and European African Eastern Campaign Medal. I recall from his stories that he was part of a half-track squad and an armed infantryman. His Hellcats sketch book from Camp Cambell, Kentucky lists him as a member of the 56th Armd Inf Regt "E" Company. His picture is included on the first page, top photo, 2'nd row from bottom, 4th in from the left. If anyone can add any information as to the battles he participated in or remembers him I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you all for your service. You are the best!

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 1/16/2012 4:38:12 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Dear Hellcat's son,

Today is Jan. 16, the time of the terrible events near the Steinwald Woods near Herrlisheim, when so many
men of the 17th were killed or captured.

To answer some of your questions: Many of the battalions of the 12th Armored were originally
part of the 56th Regiment. (This included the17th, 56th, and 66th Armored Infantry Battalions). Your other question referred to
GO 40 WD 45. This is interpreted as General
Orders number 40, War Department 1945.

To find out what your Dad went through, there are many written sources. Go to
BOOKS AND WRITTEN EXPERIENCES (on the left of
this screen). Read 17th Armored Historical
Information by F. George Hatt. Also read the
following:

Journal of Operatios of the 17th AIB

Mount Up: The History of Company C

Nightmare in Herrlisheim

World War 2 experiences of Carl Lyons

World War 2 Magazine

Also the first 2 or 3 books at the head of the list.

Also, consult ORAL HISTORY VIDEOS, and
click on Battalion. Search for B Company.

Yours truly,
Mike Woldenberg

Hellcats Son
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posted 1/19/2012 6:13:38 PM    Click here to view the profile for Hellcats Son  Click here to email Hellcats Son  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Mr. Woldenberg,

Thank you for the information. I appreciate it very much.