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posted 6/6/2012 11:20:27 PM  Reply w/Quote
Trying to find information on my Grandfather, who as best as I can track down, served in the 12th armored as part of the 44th tank battalion. I believe he fought in New Guinea. I have his name and service number. Would be appreciative of anyone who could point me in the right direction.

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posted 6/7/2012 3:31:55 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry  Click here to email harry  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
what is his name? we have records and could start there

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posted 6/10/2012 7:47:25 AM  Reply w/Quote
Are you Stephanie Stern Fink?

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posted 6/10/2012 9:41:34 AM  Reply w/Quote
Stern, Milton B
He lived at 1543 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH
Enlistment 10/16/41 ASN at the time of enlistment 35045382
Civilian occupation Lab Tech
4 years of college, single no dependents
Year of birth 1917.
Awarded the Silver Star
Was a 1st LT Co C of the 44th Tnk Bn reporting to Capt. Samuel Hanff
At this point I dont know when he was promoted; Could have been a battlefield commission, or OCS.
When promoted to 1st LT, likely was a 2nd LT. Once an officer his ASN would have changed, starting with the letter O followed by a series of numbers.
I could not find his name in the enlisted ranks roster. There is a penciled r alongside of his name on the Co C roster. This leads me to think he may have been a replacement.
There was a fire in a National Archives warehouse in 1973. The fire destroyed all WW2 U.S. Army personal records. There are professional companies who can restore some of these damaged records.


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posted 6/10/2012 10:04:03 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Check back on this site. I am looking for
a person who studies the history of the
44th Tank Battalion.

Also check the Web.
Look to the left: Books and Written Experiences. The first book contains a brief history and brief roster for the 44th Tank Battalion.

Mike

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posted 6/12/2012 5:46:35 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello again, Please contact Robert Rutledge
who is very interested in the history of the
44th Tank Battalion.

bobrutl@yahoo.com

Bob can advise you how to do your own research. You might discuss with him a possible trip to the National Archives in College Park, Maryland. Once you get registered there, you go upstairs and ask an archivist/librarian to help you find the file boxes on the 44th Tank Battalion.

Mike

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posted 6/20/2012 10:56:00 PM  Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by Guest:
Are you Stephanie Stern Fink?


- I am Stephanie's brother, Greg. Milton's first grandchild. How do you know Stephanie?

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posted 6/20/2012 10:57:25 PM  Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by harry:
what is his name? we have records and could start there


Harry,

His name is Milton B Stern. I'm trying to find out where and when he served. Trying to piece together enough to tell the next generation of Sterns, to keep the stories going.

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posted 6/20/2012 10:59:29 PM  Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by MikeWoldenberg:
Hello again, Please contact Robert Rutledge
who is very interested in the history of the
44th Tank Battalion.

bobrutl@yahoo.com

Bob can advise you how to do your own research. You might discuss with him a possible trip to the National Archives in College Park, Maryland. Once you get registered there, you go upstairs and ask an archivist/librarian to help you find the file boxes on the 44th Tank Battalion.

Mike


Mike-

Thank you for the guidance. We'll see where this takes me.

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posted 6/20/2012 11:06:17 PM  Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by Guest:
Stern, Milton B
He lived at 1543 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH
Enlistment 10/16/41 ASN at the time of enlistment 35045382
Civilian occupation Lab Tech
4 years of college, single no dependents
Year of birth 1917.
Awarded the Silver Star
Was a 1st LT Co C of the 44th Tnk Bn reporting to Capt. Samuel Hanff
At this point I dont know when he was promoted; Could have been a battlefield commission, or OCS.
When promoted to 1st LT, likely was a 2nd LT. Once an officer his ASN would have changed, starting with the letter O followed by a series of numbers.
I could not find his name in the enlisted ranks roster. There is a penciled r alongside of his name on the Co C roster. This leads me to think he may have been a replacement.
There was a fire in a National Archives warehouse in 1973. The fire destroyed all WW2 U.S. Army personal records. There are professional companies who can restore some of these damaged records.

- Thank you for whoever posted this. It's good information; maybe it can lead to more. About the fire- does that mean that there are no other records anywhere? Is that a total dead end as far as the military is concerned?

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posted 6/22/2012 7:06:14 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
With regards to records:

You still may have luck at the St. Louis Archives. It probably requires an appointment. Ask them for the names of researchers who might be able to help.

Also, the National Archives in College Park
Maryland will have records on the history of the battalion. You can do this work yourself, if you are able to go there.

Mike Woldenberg

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posted 6/30/2012 4:23:26 PM  Reply w/Quote
Greg,I posted this. You have my email adr use it please

Thank you for whoever posted this. It's good information; maybe it can lead to more. About the fire- does that mean that there are no other records anywhere? Is that a total dead end as far as the military is concerned?