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jamesbiela
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posted 6/4/2013 1:21:30 PM    Click here to view the profile for jamesbiela  Click here to email jamesbiela  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Looking for any information that anyone may have regarding my uncle. I have just finished collecting information on his brother Marcel who died June 19th 1944 in France. My mom (his sister) has passed away and I would like to have information on my uncles. his home town Fall river, MA.

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So far I found Roland in HQ Battery and Medical Detachment. Will continue to look.
Was Marcel in the 12th ? Harry

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 6/5/2013 8:35:53 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello, Go to the BOOKS AND WRITTEN EXPERIENCES.
Read this:
Story of the Helltracks - Combat History of the 572nd Anti-aircraft artillery

It is very well written. The problem is there are no names of soldiers mentioned. The 572nd was a service battalion.
Each service battalion was spread around the division.
Mr. Gendreau was in the Headquarters Company. This
company was assigned to Division HQ. Their duty was to
provide antiaircraft protection for Div. HQ. As I read the
book, the 572nd did a terrific job of knocking down
enemy airplanes. (35 destroyed, 28.5 probably destroyed). One was shared with another outfit.
Also, you might find men from Division HQ who would
speak about what they did. Note that no one from the
572nd gave an interview. I will look a little further.
The 572nd was attached to the 12th in France. They were
not with the 12th in training.

Mike Woldenberg

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 6/5/2013 9:02:13 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Take a look at the pictures:

2713 DIVISION PHOTOS on the left. Click on the
572nd.

jamesbiela
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posted 6/6/2013 9:42:09 AM    Click here to view the profile for jamesbiela  Click here to email jamesbiela  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Marcel was his brother attached to the 90th div 357th inf. He died June 19, 1944 and is buried in the Normandy American Cem.


MikeWoldenberg
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posted 6/6/2013 2:14:46 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Evidently, the 572nd men were mainly from Pennsylvania.
There may be an official living in Scranton. Look up
the 572nd in Google.