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edc
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posted 6/6/2012 4:55:40 PM    Click here to view the profile for edc  Click here to email edc  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Did anyone out there know my Dad? Could you tell me anything about him? Also, where are the pictures of the African American members of the unit? My dad used to tell a story that after a long march they laid down to rest. He fell asleep and the bombs started to fall. He always said he slept through the whole thing. I would love to hear that story from another perspective. Thanks for reading my post.

harry
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posted 6/7/2012 4:41:24 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry  Click here to email harry  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
we have some pictures posted in the 12th Armored Division Museum in Abilene, TX.
oNE SECTION HAS THE mEDAL OF hONOR WINNER, sgt. cARTER.wILL try to find more info on Edward Corsey.

harry
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posted 6/10/2012 3:02:26 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry  Click here to email harry  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
roster says he was in 56th Tank Battalion - HQ Co.

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 6/10/2012 9:47:30 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello, Edward Corsey was a member of the 56th Armored Infantry Battalion, Company D. In February???, 1945, African American troops were asked if they would volunteer for combat. All the African American soldiers in the 12th were assigned to Armored Infantry Battalions, either D- 56, D-66 or D- 17 The 17,000 Man Roster did not have information on the companies of the 56th, so everyone was assigned to Head Quarters. On of the Lieutenants of D 56 was Floyd Vanderhoef. He is still living and is about 90 years old. I know of no other men
who are still living from D 56. The men of D 56 saw fighting beginning in early March of 1945 and saw combat until the end of the war.

Mike Woldenberg

harry
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posted 6/13/2012 10:33:36 AM    Click here to view the profile for harry  Click here to email harry  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Walter Gaines was an active member of Association. He wrote an article about the history of Negro soldiers in the 12th.
He passes away last year. His niece is still an active member.