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JeanB
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posted 9/6/2014 6:26:07 AM    Click here to view the profile for JeanB  Click here to email JeanB  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I'm trying to help someone find out more about his G.I. father who served in the 12th Armored Division, 66th Armed Infantry Battalion. His name was Anthony Demanard. I have his army enlistment and some records about his compensation from Ancestry but these don't give anything about his service. I was also hoping to find a photo or more about his family. Any help much appreciated, thank you


MikeWoldenberg
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posted 9/9/2014 10:28:02 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hi Jeanealogy,

Please give us the name of the soldier.
Something went wrong with your message
and the name was dropped.

Mike

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posted 9/9/2014 12:02:16 PM  Reply w/Quote
name in message is Anthony Demanard.
roster as 66th, no company

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 9/10/2014 7:01:54 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
How did I miss the name? I reached the
person who posted the message and we have
exchanged several emails. Anthony disappeared
after the war, but is known to be deceased. The poster wants to know more
about his life and his experiences during
the war.

Anthony was in Co. D of the 66th.

Mike Woldenberg

JeanB
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posted 9/11/2014 10:38:42 AM    Click here to view the profile for JeanB  Click here to email JeanB  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Thanks Mike, sorry just found this on here and thank you for all your help so far.

JeanB
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posted 9/11/2014 10:41:29 AM    Click here to view the profile for JeanB  Click here to email JeanB  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Yes please, if anyone out there has any information about the experiences of Co. D 66th, I would be very pleased if you could share it with me. Thank you.

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 9/11/2014 1:53:53 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello Jean, You want to know more about the experience of the members of D-66 during the months of March and April and May, 1945. You will have to dig a bit to get
some information. Go to the Museum website. Click on the left hand side: BOOKS AND WRITTEN EXPERIENCES.
Not everything will apply, so the reader must scan to see references to D-66. (Also known as "1st Provisional Company" for each of the 3 battalions: 66, 56, and 17).

Read the contributions for the 66th
Armored Infantry Battalion, the 43rd Tank Battalion and the 493rd Armored Field Artillery. (These battalions fought together in the same Combat Command).

Also read the items under the
Division Histories. See the National Archives Pictures.

Look on the left side of the home page:
CLICK on Oral History Videos:
Find the interviews from: Walter Gaines, Octrous Culp, and Andrew Nix. These men are all from
17D. They will give insight on the experiences of
African American soldiers in the 12th Armored Division.
Best Regards, Mike Woldenberg

JeanB
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posted 9/13/2014 6:33:55 PM    Click here to view the profile for JeanB  Click here to email JeanB  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Thank you for all your help Mike. That's plenty to look at.

Bob Scherer
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posted 2/23/2015 10:38:31 PM    Click here to view the profile for Bob Scherer  Click here to email Bob Scherer  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Jean,
Mike covered you query very well. I'd like to add that an additional Oral History from Joe Peterson, D/66. was taken at the 12th ADA reunion last August. It should be uploaded by now. I have done some research on the "D" companies and would be happy to provide any additional information that I have. Please contact me at rwscherer@verizon.net. Bob Scherer