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Lori D
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posted 4/14/2014 4:31:09 PM    Click here to view the profile for Lori D  Click here to email Lori D  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
My Father, Eugene (Gene) Degliantoni served in the 495th Field Artillery. He also played for the Hellcat baseball team in 1944. I have been able to dig up some articles on the 1944 team, but no photos. Was wondering if anyone had photos of the baseball team that I could view to see if Dad is in those. They would be a great addition to the family history I'm putting together.

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 4/14/2014 5:13:47 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hi Lori, I know of one surviving member of
that team. Ed Skea who lives in the Boston
area. He was an infielder, either 3rd base
or shortstop. I will get back to you with contact information.

A related fact is that Babe Ruth came to
entertain the occupation forces in Dillingen,
on the Danube in Bavaria in the summer of
1945. I think they also wanted to teach the kids baseball. The 12th Armored took that town and its critical bridge. There may have
been 12th ARmored men in the towns nearby and
in Dillingen at the time.

Mike Woldenberg

Lori D
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posted 4/14/2014 5:49:43 PM    Click here to view the profile for Lori D  Click here to email Lori D  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the quick reply Mike. I'm so bummed that I didn't speak more with Dad about his service. It wasn't something he freely talked about--especially the more difficult days. Baseball he did speak about. He used to say his claim to fame was striking out three times vs. Bob Feller in an army game.

I am very excited to share this site with my siblings. Thanks for all the work you do to keep this history alive.

harry dhans
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posted 4/15/2014 4:35:18 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
not much to go on, but there are some pictures
under 2713 division photos and then sports

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 4/21/2014 9:25:48 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hi again Lori, This is an update on the
baseball team. It turns out that the divisional baseball team played both before
the men were sent to Europe and then again
after the fighting before they went home.
Go to the 12th Armored Division History
vol. II. See pages 155 to 203 where various postwar issues of the Hellcat News are reprinted. There are several articles on
the baseball team and your Dad was an outstanding player. I can fill you in with
details on regular email. The first post war game the 12th lost 2 to 1 in 19 innings!

Mike