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markrmcdowell
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From: Asheville, NC
Registered: 8/13/2012
posted 8/13/2012 1:01:57 PM    Click here to view the profile for markrmcdowell  Click here to email markrmcdowell  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Looking for info. on my grandfather. He didn't like to talk alot about his service, and I never pushed him. The stories he did tell were amazing. I am very proud that he served - the greatest generation this country has ever had. Any info. would be appreciated (he passed in "08") and was the best man I have ever known.
Gus E Proffitt 56th Arm Inf Battalion HQ

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 8/13/2012 9:56:21 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Gus Proffitt, 56th:

Hi Mark, Your grandfather was in the 56th, but the Roster assigned all of the men in the 56th to HQ. We may be
able to find out where he actually was assigned from another
source. Go to the left column. Click on BOOKS AND WRITTEN
EXPERIENCES. Scroll down to the HISTORY OF THE 56TH
AIB. This is a kind of diary. Your grandfather may be mentioned in this, because it mentions all the men who earned medals, and who was wounded. It also gives the
dates and places where the 56th was as they fought.

Also go down to the memoir about the 56th Armored Infantry Battalion by John Nugent.

See the Oral History Videos. Click on Battalion. This puts
all the 56th together.

I would also contact the Unit Representative to
the Hellcat News, Ed Pierce. He may be able to put you in touch with men who knew your grandfather.
Also, if you think that your grandfather did not receive the
Hellcat News, then there probably was no obituary for him. Please give Ed some information about him and he
will write an obituary.

Mike Woldenberg

piercejr9@aol.com


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posted 10/12/2012 5:37:07 PM  Reply w/Quote
have a picture of a Proffitt listed as being in C Co., 2nd platoon harry, 12th AD Museum