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posted 1/16/2012 5:04:29 PM  Reply w/Quote
My great uncles name is Phil Minsky and he was in the Mystery Division of the 12th Armored Division during WWII. I am doing a research project on his experience for school, and I was wondering if anyone could add any information about what the experience would have been like for him, this could include photos or personal stories. If it helps, one of his close friends who he fought with is named Michael "Mitch" Palladino

Thank you very much,
Leah Minsky

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posted 1/16/2012 7:10:19 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello Leah, Phil Minsky belonged to the
Association in recent years, but his name
was omitted from the "17,000 Men Roster".
As a result I need more information to
help you. Do you know the name of his
Battalion and Company? Knowing this
I can come up with some suggested reading
material and contacts.

Mike Woldenberg

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posted 1/16/2012 8:36:02 PM  Reply w/Quote
I was able to find his name in the 17,000 members and it says he was in the "HQ & HQ Bat Div Art" battalion but it does not list a company.

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posted 1/16/2012 8:57:04 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Wow! I learned something. I found that his
name was misspelled, and when I entered the
correct spelling in the box at the top,
he was not there. But when you scroll down
there he is: Phil Minskly instead of Phil
Minsky.

So contact the Unit Representative to the
Hellcat News who can put you in touch with
people who may have known him.

Bill Hardin, 573 642 3801,

bill_hardin223@sbcglobal.net

You might find members of the Division Head
quarters who gave Oral History Videos.
(See the left hand column). Click on
Oral History Videos, and then click on
Battalion. Then click on members of
Division Headquarters.

Also, read the first two or three books
on the history of the 12th Armored. Look
for sections on Division Headquarters.

Mike Woldenberg



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posted 1/17/2012 2:40:36 PM    Click here to view the profile for KeithT  Click here to email KeithT  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I read somewhere that Patton wanted to beat Montgomery across the Rhine River. He used the "Mystery Division" to make quick advances as well as surprise the enemy. I guess it was a tactical push to break the German front...

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posted 4/25/2012 12:02:06 AM    Click here to view the profile for KGreenfield  Click here to email KGreenfield  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
my father was part of the 12th recon co.b his sargent was bodecker . Took him to the reunion in 1986 at kansas city . I was 19 then anyone know of those in recon