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Richard Dijkstra
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From: The Netherlands
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posted 12/30/2013 2:16:43 AM    Click here to view the profile for Richard Dijkstra  Click here to email Richard Dijkstra  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
A friend of mine adopted the grave of William N. Park Jr. on US Cementery Margraten. William was a TEC 4 in the 771 TK BN and KIA on november 30 1944 in Germany.
We try to get as many infomation as we can about William and the Batalion he was in. When I look it up in Google, I find the 771 TK BN, but also the 771 TD BN of the 12th Armored Div. Is this the same outfit? William fought during the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes and after that in the Rineland Germany where he was killed. We hope that some one can give us more information. Are the other sites on the internet where we can find more info?

Best regards Richard
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posted 12/31/2013 1:56:38 PM  Reply w/Quote
Hi Richard,

William must have died during the first Rurh offensive. On 30 november 1944 the 771st tk-bat was figthing around Gereonsweiler area, Germany. He never made it to the Bulge because the battle of the Bulge startet on december 16 1944.
771st tank bat was attached to 102 inf. division at that time. maybe that helps.
As far as i know 771 tank-bat. and 771 tank destroyer bat. are different units.

johan meijer



MikeWoldenberg
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posted 1/1/2014 6:48:09 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello, There is some confusion about the
771st Tank Battalion. At the end of the war,
some men from the 12th Armored Division were
assigned to this battalion before they were
sent home. Others were assigned to this
battalion during the occupation of Germany.

This is why the web browser may connect the 12th Armored with the 771st Tank Battalion.


The 771st was not part of the 12th Armored Division. There was a 771st Tank Destroyer
Battalion and this unit was not attached to
the 12th Armored Division.

You may find some After Action Reports for the 771st at the

Combined Arms Research Library website.

Mike Woldenberg



KeithT
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posted 4/5/2014 2:50:22 PM    Click here to view the profile for KeithT  Click here to email KeithT  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hey,

My grandfather was transferred to the 771 after the war. He did his time with the 12th, 23rd C company.

Not sure how many men were sent there from the 12th but he was one of them. We had extensive discussions about this and it may be why it pops up in google searches.

Keith

harry dhans
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posted 5/17/2014 3:51:19 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
The 771st Tank Battalion never operated as a unit. The Companies were attached individually to infantry units.After action reports are your best location to look for possible locations OF BATTLES..The cemetery has a nice page but it is copyrighted so I can't print it.

harry dhans
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posted 5/17/2014 4:41:07 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
if you look in find a grave" for PFC. Robert Linville Dandridge you will find a good report of the fighting on Nov. 30, 1944.
Still no proof of what unit William Park was with

harry dhans
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posted 5/20/2014 4:05:55 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
there is a website: tankdestroyer.net and a info@tankdestroyer.net that you might like to check out.