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Cathy
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posted 8/20/2013 8:17:08 PM    Click here to view the profile for Cathy  Click here to email Cathy  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I am helping a friend find any information I can about his father, Leo E. Taylor. I have found his father's enlistment record and the Army Serial Number, 35086895, matches. Could someone please tell me if the Leo E. Taylor that is listed here, is his father. He has information that his father died in a hospital in Belgium. Thanking you in advance for any assistance.

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 8/21/2013 11:24:12 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello, Leo E Taylor is listed with the men Killed in Action
on this website. He was with the 56th Armored Infantry
Battalion. The information on his Company is inaccurate
on our Roster. I will look for some more information.
It would help if you have the date of his death. In the meantime, there are several sources of information on this
website BOOKS AND WRITTEN EXPERIENCES. To start,
look at the following books and memoirs.
I suggest you look at the days preceding the time he
was wounded or died.


History of the 56th AIB
Also the book on the 56th by John Nugent.
Also, Nightmare in Herrlisheim
Also, The Initial Assault on Herrlisheim by the 56th AIB
and the 714th Tank Battalion

Mike Woldenberg

Cathy
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posted 8/21/2013 12:39:31 PM    Click here to view the profile for Cathy  Click here to email Cathy  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Thank you so much for your help. Just a few minutes ago, I was given the date of Feb. 10, 1945 as his date of death. I will keep looking in the sources that you mentioned!

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 8/21/2013 1:27:39 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hi, I checked the the HISTORY OF THE 56TH AIB
in BOOKS AND WRITTEN EXPERIENCES.

I found that Leo Taylor was wounded on Feb. 4th,
and died of his wounds (DOW) on Feb. 10, 1945. He was from Company B. I will look for more information.

Mike W

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 8/21/2013 8:13:11 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Cathy, at the end of the report: History of the 56th AIB and the 714th
Tank Battalion

you will find Appendix I and Appendix II. These give the location of
the place where the Battalion Headquarters spent the night. Appendix one
says that the Battalion moved from Houssen to Colmar on February 4th. Colmar is
an important city in Alsace, just west of the Rhine River. It was the
center of the Colmar Pocket. To save time, read about the Colmar Pocket
on the web (Wikipedia article). The 12th Armored played an important role
at the end of the battle to close the Pocket, that began on about January 21?
and ended about Feb. 9 or 10th. Leo Taylor evidently was wounded in Colmar
as the French and Americans entered the city on Feb. 4 (or he was wounded
just before they entered the city).

By the way, are you related to Carold Bland of the 92nd Recon Battalion?

Yours truly Mike W

Cathy
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posted 8/21/2013 8:21:10 PM    Click here to view the profile for Cathy  Click here to email Cathy  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the info. I had come to that same conclusion after reading and re-reading everything I can find around that time frame.
I am going to try to gather all this info. together and print it out for my friend. I'm going to keep on looking for a while until I can find all that I can.
I'm not sure if my husband is 'kin' to the Bland that you mentioned or not. I don't believe that I've seen that name before.
Thank you so much for your help.

harry dhans
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posted 4/26/2014 3:56:02 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
he is listed as having died in a hospital in Belgium. Burial was at Epinal Cemetery near Epinal (Vosges), France

harry dhans
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posted 4/26/2014 4:34:58 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Time for me to do more research. There is a Leo E. Taylor and a LE Roy J. Taylor both from 56th HQ and both killed in action. LeRoy is one buried in Epinal. Leo E. is on roster from Michigan. LeRoy from OKLA.
"B" Company had heavy casualties on Jan. 9-10
moving from Rohrwiller to Herrlisheim