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redbosox
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From: Abilene, Texas
Registered: 6/20/2012
posted 6/20/2012 9:34:19 PM    Click here to view the profile for redbosox  Click here to email redbosox  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I went home on leave for a week recently. My brother and I went over to my grandparents' house. They've been married since October 23, 1940 and still live in the same house today. My grandfather FINALLY shared some of his experiences with my brother and I. I went to the 12th Armored Division Museum today and it was AWESOME!!! I am interested to hear if anyone out there remembers my grandfather. His memory is absolutely incredible! Anyway, I'd love to meet folks that remember him.

Josh Baker

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 6/22/2012 6:36:08 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hi Josh, I am glad to hear your grandfather is still living. Does he belong to the 12 ARMORED DIVISION ASSOCIATION? (If so he would receive the HELLCAT NEWS each month).
The Unit Representative to the Hellcat News is Bill Funke: (970) 482 0255.
fwilliam46@Msn.com

He can put you in touch with other members of
the battalion /company. Here are suggestions:
1) There is a reunion coming to Abilene,
Aug.1-5. See, on the left,MUSEUM INFO.
Perhaps your base is close enough for you to
visit. There will be men from the 17th at the reunion. If interested contact me for
details about the schedule of events.

2) See BOOKS AND WRITTEN EXPERIENCES. Look for the titles on the 17th. Also read MOUNT UP. Also read the article by Carl Lyons. There may be others, I will check.

3) Go to ORAL HISTORY VIDEOS. Click on BATTALION. This sorts the videos and you
can find all of the 17th in the same place.

Thanks for your service in the Air Force.

Mike W.

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 6/22/2012 9:29:04 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Also, read the memoir by Herman Petros.

(BOOKS AND WRITTEN EXPERIENCES)

Mike W

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 6/23/2012 5:46:20 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Josh! I just received the July Hellcat News.
Bill Funke says he wrote something about Lou and Betty Karras in the April issue. I will look that up, and then in the July issue he
heard from someone whose address was messed up by the computer. He thinks it might be
from Ralph Langley, Co. A. "Louie and I went through basic training together and to Europe
on the Queen Mary. We were separated in France when assigned to different companies. He was wounded in Germany and sent to a hospital in France. We were reunited by chance after war's end at Camp Lucky Strike in Le Havre, and ...we returned to NY on the sme ship. The Sea Porpoise left...on Aug. 5 and arrived in NY August 13.

"During the journey we were told of the Atomic bombs being dropped in Japan. Hiroshima on Aug. 6 and Nagasaki on Aug. 9. .....Japan forally surrendered in Sept. 1945, six years after Hitler invaded Poland."

I will look for the April Hellcat News to see what else I can find.

Mike W.