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posted 5/27/2014 9:10:02 PM    Click here to view the profile for ndonath  Click here to email ndonath  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I am continue my quest to attempt to understand aspects regarding my dads service and really appreciate all the resources your website offers! Two things are stumping me and I hope someone can help. My dad was in the HQ Co of the 17th AIB. He mentions in his letters home: I and members of our platoon but I cant find any documentation as to what platoon he belonged to in 17th AIB HQ Co. How can I find out this information? Second question is regarding the battle of Herrlisheim. I do not know where my dad, being in the Hq Co. would have been in the town or not. I understand many of the men of the 17th during then were captured or killed. He wrote in a letter to his folks after Herrlisheim that he had lost about all of his personal effects, so that makes me think maybe he had a close call. Where was the Hq Co during this time? Thank you so much, Nina

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posted 5/28/2014 9:15:49 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello Nina, In order to find out your Dad's platoon we would have to ask a veteran, or search the National Archives for reports that contains lists of men.

Contact Bill Funke for names and addresses or phone numbers of men in HQ
company of the 17th AIB

email: fwilliam46@msn.com

Also, HQ company is mentioned in some of the
following reports. The 17th was usually fighting with the 23rd Tank Battalion in Combat Command R. But at Herrlisheim, part of the 17th was assigned with Combat Command A, and fought along side of part of the
43rd Tank Battalion. Our website has a good
coverage of the Herrlisheim battle. See especially George Hatt's book.

Best regards, Mike Woldenberg

17th Armored Infantry Battalion Historical Information Compiled by: F. George Hatt, Jr. (This is an excellent source).

A History of The 23rd Tank Battalion

Also find the history of the 43rd Tank Battalion

Journal of Operations of 17th AIB

Mount Up - The History of Company C

Twenty Three Long Days and Nights

World War II Experiences of Carl Lyons Carl J. Lyons - Co. A, 17th AIB

harry dhans
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posted 6/24/2014 3:28:44 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
side note - do you know of a Donald Donath of 44th ATB?