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posted 5/21/2014 4:16:48 PM  Reply w/Quote
Hello, my father's name is John Zimmerlich and he served in Company E, 44th Armored Regiment. He passed in 1988 and I have been searching for any information about his service record - what, where, how, Company E served during WWII. My dad served May 1941 - Sep 1945. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so very much Barbara Zimmermann

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posted 5/22/2014 2:11:38 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
44th Armored Regiment 15 Sept 42 activated at Camp Campbell, KY and assigned 12th Armored Division; moved to Tennessee Maneuver area 6 Sept 43 where redesignated (less 3rd BN Main Co, Serv CO, and RCN CO as 44th Tank Battalion 11 Nov 43; 3rd BN and Rcn CO redesignated 714th Tank BN and Troop E 92nd CAV RCN Sqdn RESPECTFULLY AND REMAINDER DISBANDED. Do you have any information linking to any of these outfits? The 44th Tank BN went to Pacific area.

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posted 5/22/2014 2:30:46 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
IN BOOKS AND EXPERIENCES THERE IS A GOOD ARTICLE ABOUT 44TH in HELLCATS VOLUME ii.
pICTURES IN 2713 dIVISION PHOTOS in left column
There is a John J. Zimmerlich from New York listed in Army Database. SSN 32120858.
enlisted May 16, 1941

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in Oct. 1988 issue of Hellcat News his passing is noted as July 22,1988. This is 44th Tank Battalion "B" Company.
Geoff Lackey is the unit rep at
lackeys@charter.net

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posted 5/22/2014 4:42:06 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
have a group picture of "E" 44th Regiment and he is listed on roster. no names on the picture
SGT. Zimmerlich wounded 1 FEB 45. Received Purple Heart 21 FEB 45. NOT Hospitalized.
Wounded at Manila, P.I.
If you have a picture of him in uniform might help finding out more.

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Thank you so much for the quick reply. This is all very good information. I've been trying to record my Dad's war record. He didn't talk about it so I have very little to go on. I have his purple heart, but have no documentation as to how he received it. I also have photos and will send them soon. I'm currently in the process of a move and I have everything in storage. What I know is that my father enlisted 5/16/1941 and was released 9/13/1945. He was a Sgt. in the 8th Division to Company E, 44th Armored Regiment. Thank you ever so much for your help. Every piece of information brings me that much closer to his story. Thank you Barbara Zimmermann

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I also know from my Mom that my Dad served in the Philippines and was wounded. I don't know what action he did see or the extent of his injuries. Thank you for the references and I will certainly read them to learn more. Thank you again. Barbara Zimmermann

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posted 5/25/2014 8:52:50 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello,

I note your father was wounded
on Feb. 1, 1945 and Harry says he was not
hospitalized. On Feb. 1, General MacArthur ordered the 44th Tank Battalion and
elements of an infantry division (forgot the name for the moment) to make a forced march fighting all the way to Manilla 100 miles away to free the civilians in the concentration camp at Santo Tomas University in Manilla.

They covered 100 miles and arrived in 66 hours, and the tank "Battlin' Basic" broke down the gates at 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 3rd. Company B was also fighting on another part of the perimeter of the concentration camp at the University. The 44th liberated about 3400 prisoners.

Enter into Google: The 44th Tank Battalion and Battlin' Basic.

By the way, in the past I have seen a YouTube of Battlin' Basic breaking down the
gates.


Also, contact the historian of the 44th, Bob
Rutledge.

BOBRUTL@yahoo.com

Yours truly

Mike Woldenberg




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Thank you so much for this information! I will certainly take a look - it sounds so interesting.

Best regards

Barbara

Barbara Zimmermann

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Enter this into Google. It is a story about
the liberation of Santo Tomas by the 44th
Tank Battalion on Feb. 3, 1945



Master Sergeant Robert B. "Bob"Holland USMCR, WWII

Mike Woldenberg

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wounded and injured in action and purple heart awards -
**Zimmerlich, John 32120858 B 1 fEB 45 WIA 7/FEB/45 PREVIOUS INJURY
Rcvd. P.H. 14 May 45 Manila P.I.
LIA ? PREVIOUS INJURY
**Oak Leaf Cluster