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posted 5/22/2012 1:40:17 PM    Click here to view the profile for SOT  Click here to email SOT  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
My name is Michael Belanger, 28 yrs in the Army (SF and....eccck...recruiting command), and I have a German Battle flag (3x5) which I bought in 1975, whilst still in High School. For many years I used it in displays, as I collected US and German war memorabilia. This pastime started full-on in 1972 when I was given a German paratrooper helmet, poncho, dagger, "cigarette card" books, and a box of medals. Once in the Army I had a paycheck with no place to use it....so thus did the collection burgeon. I always was curious, in regards to the flag, for the fellow I bought it from was locally renowned for fabricating items, or adding things to a relic to increase it's value. Only lately had I started to look, and the internet can accomplish what was an arduous task but ten years back, and found that it was signed by members of the 12th Armored Div. Specifically, I have checked names, and one is Willard L Shafer and Warren L. Campbell of B Co., 119th Armored Eng. Bn, and another is Harold Wibbels, of Louisville, KY,an association member, who sadly passed in Oct of 2011. I have sent pictures of the flag and legible signed quadrants to the Hellcats Museum website this day, and hopefully they will post the images. I wish I had done this much sooner, and am dreadfully sorry for not doing so. if anyone recognizes names...it may have been just men from the 119th, please let them know, and me if you can.
M. Belanger, SFC, Ret.

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posted 5/22/2012 8:07:17 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hi Mike, Thanks for your message! I have
contacted the Unit Reps to the Hellcat News.
Mary Anne Delker: mdelker@att.net
636 928 5391
Gene Curry: hellcatww2@yahoo.com
541 962 0238

They should be able to publish the flag in
the Hellcat News, and they may know veterans
who can tell you the story of the flag's

Mike Woldenberg


posted 9/6/2017 12:33:49 AM  Reply w/Quote
Mr. Belanger, and Mr Wolderberg, I am the son Harold Wibbels. I wanted to let you know that I did receive a picture of the flag that had Harold's name on it. As you know, I was unable to ask him about the flag. I would have loved to hear another war story from him. Thank you for sharing your flag. Ron Wibbels. (Just discovered the Message Board)