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posted 2/16/2013 2:16:18 AM  Reply w/Quote
But it is impossible, LOL. I don't know where to look. I was raised by him, but he would never talk about his experiences with me, as I was only nine when he died. I have pictures, his uniforms, his medals, German medals, a Nazi armband; all this stuff that I am curious about, but have no idea where to start. I know he was in the 119th Armored Engineers, but that's about it, LOL . BTW, his name was Bill Raduechel, and he said he was a cook. His letters to my mom were addressed from Sgt William Raduechel with his serial #, I have a bunch of those too. Any ideas where to start? I would appreciate any/all input.

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posted 2/17/2013 10:42:30 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello, I have alerted the unit Representatives to the Hellcat
News. Mary Anne Delker: mdelker@att.net

Gene Curry: hellcatww2@yahoo.com

There may be living veterans who will remember your
Dad.

As a start, check out the BOOKS AND WRITTEN EXPERIENCES
on the left side. You can read the second and third
books on the list on the History of the Division. Then
check the Oral History Videos. Click on BATTALION.
This will sort all the members of the same battalion
together and make the search easier for the 119th.

This is a start.


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posted 2/27/2013 3:39:16 PM  Reply w/Quote
listed as being in Company "A"

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Hello, I had a talk with Gene Curry. He recalls that your Dad was a cook. (I did not have to tell him). Gene was once assigned to KP duty at Camp Barkeley. At the end of the day he had to return the
sugar and salt from the dining tables to their large containers. He made a mistake and poured the leftover salt into the sugar containers. When anyone put sugar in their coffee, they got a dose of salt. This made Bill Radeuchel quite mad, but he never figured out who contaminated the sugar. And Gene Curry never told him.

Gene also remembers the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners in the field in Europe. Your Dad must have been the cook They had turkey and presumably all the trimmings. Gene gave me another lead, and I will ask
Mary Anne Delker for the name of the mail man who is
presumably still living. He knew everyone. Although Gene was in Company A, he does not recall your Dad.

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posted 3/3/2013 12:51:36 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
What I meant to say, Gene does not recall more stories
about your Dad.

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posted 3/31/2013 4:13:10 PM  Reply w/Quote
Hello, this is Mary Anne Delker, unit rep for the 119th. I contacted Glenn McCune from A Company who does remember a cook that spoke German. Did your dad speak German?