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posted 7/3/2014 11:17:33 PM  Reply w/Quote
Looking for any information on my Uncle Jeremiah Robert Cahalan. He was a member of the 12th Armored Division, 43rd Tank Battalion, Company D. At that time he went by Robert/Bob.

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posted 7/4/2014 3:11:51 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
SSGT. Jeremiah R. Cahalan was killed on April 10, 1945 and is buried in Lorraine American Cemetery in France. The "D" Companies were mostly white officers with colored volunteers.
Entered service from Massachusetts. 43rd suffered heavy casualties in the war.
You can check on this site for 2713 Division photos "D", Books and Written Experiences, KIA.
i WILL LOOK TO SEE IF HE IS MENTIONED IN ANY REPORTS.
The "D" troops performed well in battle.

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posted 7/10/2014 12:51:22 PM  Reply w/Quote
I thought the black troops served with D Company in the armored infantry battalions. I've never seen any record of any black troops in the tank battalions. The three tank battalions of the 12th Armored Division, while they were in the ETO, all had a D Company that consisted of light tanks, mostly the M5 Stuart. No black troops were among them.

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The black troops were in the Armored Infantry
Battalions only: 56th, 17th, and 66th. They were called Company D, and also called "1st provisional company" for each battalion.

Other battalions had companies labeled D, but
these were not black troops.

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posted 7/12/2014 12:10:18 PM  Reply w/Quote
HE WAS AWARDED BRONZE STAR AND A PURPLE HEART

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posted 8/8/2014 12:20:10 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hellcat News, March 1992, pg. 9 right column,
Attention D Co.
Story about Abe Lemley. Assigned to Calahan's tank when Haigler was killed.
Next day: Calahan, Hacker, Stout and Lemley were killed.

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posted 8/16/2014 12:28:40 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
went to Paris on pass in Feb. Tank hit by Panzerfaust fire on April 10. while looking for Haigler he and LT. Johnston were pinned down for 10 minutes by small arms fire. The next day in another tank, Cahalan with Stout, Hackworth, and Lemley was hit again. Stout survived. So from this UNIT HISTORY it seems he was KIA on April 11