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Philip C
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posted 3/17/2014 10:39:21 PM    Click here to view the profile for Philip C  Click here to email Philip C  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Looking for information on his service and anyone who knew him. Thank you

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posted 3/18/2014 1:21:31 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello Phillip, I have contacted Ed Pierce,
the Unit Representative to the Hellcat News.
He will be in touch with you.

Meanwhile, here are some things to do:

Click on the Left column:

BOOKS AND WRITTEN EXPERIENCES

Find the HISTORY OF THE 56TH AIB
This is a handwritten diary of where they were, and who received medals, and who was wounded and killed.

Find the book by John Nugent on the 56th.

Find the "Initial Assault on Herrlisheim by
the 56th AIB and the 714th Tank Battalion"

In the left column, find

Death of an American Combat Command.

Finally, check out ORAL HISTORY VIDEOS
on the left column. Click on BATTALION
at the top. This sorts the battalions.
Then look for the 56th, especially men from
Company A.

Yours truly, Mike Woldenberg

Philip C
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posted 3/18/2014 4:02:32 PM    Click here to view the profile for Philip C  Click here to email Philip C  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Thank You! Helping his daughter. She has every letter(numbered)from induction to discharge. Interesting!! He went to Heavy Weapons School finished 1st in Bat. and 3rd in the 12th. Two letters Jan 27&30 one in Feb. then on March 17, address change to 336REPL. Co. March 25th receives 5 letters and all his Christmas boxes. "I am not at the front anymore." March 30th "I'm where you won't have to worry so much about me." From my studies he was in the thick of it. We are trying to fill in the blanks. He was moved to Hq. and was pitching ball for the Bat. Thank you

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Thanks, that info helps. I have found him listed in HQ + A + B. No stories yet. ? middle name Burton? married to Alice?
enlist in Michigan or Ohio? will see what I can find at the Museum. Harry, Accessions

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The following enlisted men of
the 56th Armored Infantry Bat-
talion have been awarded the Ex-
pert Infantryman Badge.
Headquarters Company: 1st-
Sgt John V. Clarke, T-Sgt John
W. Kern, S-Sgt George L. Pacer,
Sgt Harry J. Carter, Sgt William
Ci. Ross, Sgt Grosvenor R. Rus-
sell, Tec 4 Henry R. Morarity,
Tec 5 Clarence L. Carrico, Pfc
Clyde W. Bannon, Pfc Charles E.
Krappitz.
A Company: lst-Sgt John H.
Becker, T-Sgt Robert P. Grande,
T-Sgt Thomas D. Saye, T-Sgt
John R. Willard, S-Sgt Ralph C.
Cos, S-Sgt Chester W. Forsythe,
S-Sgt Alvis C. May, S-Sgt Nor-
man R. Todd, S-Sgt Joseph Scha-
catano, Sgt Edward J. Harding,
Cpl Robert B. Gabriel, Cpl Ed-
mund D. Skea, Tec 5 William S.
Barlow, Tec 5 LeRoy E. Barber,
Tec 5 Carl F. Galbrecht, Tec 5
Carl E. Marotz, Tec 5 Ralph J.
Sikorski, Tec 5 Richard S. West,
Tec 5 Carl A. Lashley.
Pfc Eugene E. Barrows
from Hell Cat News 22 June 1944

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posted 3/18/2014 7:55:30 PM    Click here to view the profile for Philip C  Click here to email Philip C  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Burton, yes. Alice, yes Ohio. He received Bronze Star with Valor. We do not know what battle or the details. citation lost but we know that much. Thank You

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posted 3/19/2014 12:57:23 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
re:Baseball. There is a living veteran who played on that team. (He was an infielder--shortstop????) He lives in the Boston area.

I am in Beirut (of all
places) and can't access my roster. However, this man
may be able to help. I will contact Harry or Ed to get
his contact information.

Would his daughter consider making copies of his letters
for the Museum files? These are invaluable documents.

Mike

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posted 3/21/2014 11:46:30 AM  Reply w/Quote
Bob ended up in CoA or B with 66th AIB
I think he was in the 56th before the reorg

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posted 3/21/2014 4:19:42 PM  Reply w/Quote
CHECK IN DIVISION PHOTOS FOR SPORTS PICTURES. SEE IF YOU SEE HIM IN ANY. Battalion based in Heidenheim after the war. harry

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posted 3/22/2014 7:55:22 AM    Click here to view the profile for Philip C  Click here to email Philip C  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Thanks. In his Feb.17 letter his platoon was LT.Blair.

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Lt. Blair was transferred from A- 56 to be the commanding
officer for Company D in late February or
early March. He became Capt. Blair. Company
D were African American troops who
volunteered for combat duty.

I note that Gabriel was in a replacement
depot. I am guessing he was wounded and
it was serious enough that he had to recuperate. He ended up in a replacement depot. Then he somehow returned to the
12th but was not reassigned to the 56th, but
to the other Battalions that Harry mentioned.
This is all conjecture.

I will look for the General Order number of
the Bronze Star. The citation will be in
the National Archives in College Park, Md.



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posted 3/22/2014 6:14:09 PM    Click here to view the profile for Philip C  Click here to email Philip C  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Thank You. He was not wounded. I do not know what all the duties of the 336 were but he wrote his mother on March 25 that he wasn't at the front anymore and he was helping train boys. In an early June letter he replied to his Mother's statement that someone from his hometown had been to a certain town. " My outfit was one of the first to go into that town,I was there in the thick of it." We would like to know what platoon he was in. He never talked about the war much but did say once that only 6 or 7 came back from some fight.??? Would sure like to know!! Where and when.

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posted 3/23/2014 12:38:37 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hi, There was a really tough battle in
Herrlisheim beginning on Jan. 10?? and lasting through the 20th??? Dates are
approximate. You can get a feeling for this
by reading on the left column:
DEATH OF AN AMERICAN COMBAT COMMAND.
Also you should read in BOOKS AND WRITTEN
EXPERIENCES; Click down to THE INITIAL ASSAULT ON HERRLISHEIM BY THE 56TH AIB AND THE 714TH TANK BATTALION. All the battalions
took big losses and they all wrote about
Herrlisheim in their memoirs.

Strategy for you: Find the letter where it
says that only 6 men came back. Note the
date and I should be able to figure out
where the 56th was at the time.

Another very tough battle for the 56th was
at Speyer on March 23rd and 24th. The 56th
took many casualties.

At the present time I am in Beirut, Lebanon.
I am unable to look at a document on the
HISTORY OF THE 56TH AIB. by Lapic and Don.... You can find a
less legible copy of this. Click on BOOKS AND WRITTEN EXPERIENCES and scroll down.

This book contains a daily record of who was wounded and killed and who was awarded medals. Take some time and enlarge the picture and you may find the General Order
Number (G O) for Robert Gabriel's Bronze Star. I also suspect he was wounded, and you can find out what day. You can also
find out where the Headquarters for the
Battalion was on that day in a section at the
end of this "History".

I am leaving this to you to do the work.

Mike W

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posted 3/23/2014 12:39:00 PM  Reply w/Quote
there were toBlairs in the 56th. Need to be sure of first name. The roster has the correct one.

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posted 3/25/2014 5:34:02 PM  Reply w/Quote
LT. Clyde Blair WAS KIA on April 10 leading his men into action.