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MRash
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From: Frankfort ky
Registered: 5/30/2013
posted 5/30/2013 8:06:29 PM    Click here to view the profile for MRash  Click here to email MRash  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I am looking for information on my grandfather, Irvin Richard Rash. He received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star, but for what we don't know. He was in the 12th Armored Division, 56th Armored Infantry Battalion- Company HQ. He was wounded on March 23rd, 1945. If anyone has any information on my grandfather, I would be very appreciative. Apparently, many of the records for this time period were burned in Chicago.
Thanks,
Melissa Rash

MikeWoldenberg
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From: University at Buffalo (NY)
Registered: 6/1/2004
posted 5/31/2013 8:54:46 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello Melissa, I discovered a handwritten book in the
National Archives in College Park.Maryland. HISTORY OF
THE 56TH AIB. It is now on this website: Click on
BOOKS AND WRITTEN EXPERIENCES. It is really a kind of
diary of facts. Your grandfather was wounded in Speyer, Germany on March 23d along with many men from the 56th. (See the pages on "Wounded".
The 17,000 Man Roster has erroneously placed your grandfather and many other men in HQ company. The HISTORY... states he was in Company A and this is undoubtedly correct. I do not know which platoon. If it was the second platoon then my Uncle, Lt. Charles M. Willis was his commanding officer.
Chuck was killed that day.

It is possible that Bill Georgov (Co. A) remembers your grandfather. Bill was also wounded that day.
Call him at: 302 834 3026.

I will look further in the HISTORY to see if I can find an entry about your grandfather's Bronze Star. This entry
will list the General Orders Number. If we can find the
General Orders Number (or even if we cannot) you can
go to the National Archives in College Park Maryland and
find the General Orders documents in a file for the 12th
Armored Division. This document will describe what your
grandfather did. Note that there were 2 kinds of Bronze
Stars. One had a V for valor. This one was for being courageous during combat. The other Bronze Star is for
performing your duty very well over a period of months.
Both kinds were awarded during the months of combat.

I will get back to you with more information.

Mike Woldenberg

MRash
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From: Frankfort ky
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posted 6/1/2013 9:44:01 PM    Click here to view the profile for MRash  Click here to email MRash  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Thank you so much for your reply. My grandfather died in 1971 so I don't have much to go on. My grandmother and grandfather got divorced shortly after the war and I never heard her talk about him. My father and uncle did not get to see him very much after my grandmother remarried. This is a fantastic site. Any other information you can find on my grandfather would be great. I have a very difficult time picking him out in pictures. I just wish I knew more about him. It stinks that by the point I became interested in my ancestory many of the people that knew answers to my questions had already passed. It is so nice that many of you all are taking time to help us connect to our family members. Even reading about the battles have been very interesting for me.
Thanks so much!
Sincerely,
Melissa Rash

MikeWoldenberg
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From: University at Buffalo (NY)
Registered: 6/1/2004
posted 6/2/2013 7:14:07 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hi Melissa, Have you looked to the left to see
2713 Division Photos?

Click there, and then click on the 56th AIB. There are
many pictures of the men in training. When was your
grandfather born? If he would have been born before
about 1922-23, he might have been in these training
camp photos. You can blow them up on your computer
and search.

I will try and find other names for you to contact. I suggest you contact Ed Pierce, the Unit Representative
to the Hellcat News: He can put a notice in the
Hellcat News.

Piercejr9@aol.com

He is a combat veteran of Company A.

Yours truly, Mike Woldenberg

Yours truly, Mik