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Coastie
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From: Stinnett, Texas
Registered: 10/5/2014
posted 10/5/2014 5:46:41 PM    Click here to view the profile for Coastie  Click here to email Coastie  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
My father, Lyle Cyrus Pinkerton, was in the 771st Tank Battalion from January 31, 1945 to March 20th, 1946.His service record was damaged in the fire where they were store but it appears that he was was in battles or campaigns: GO 33 WD 45 Rhineland Central Europe. I am not sure what GO 33 or WD 45 means. I have the book on All the USA Tank Battalions of WW II but it stated that the 771st did not have an Insignia but there is one on my dads uniform and on the letter heads he retained. My Dad passed away January 4th, 2003. My Dad never talked much about the War other than one time they were in a horseshoe shaped town and being fired on my SS Troopers. He was in the 2nd story watching the firefight and decide to get involved. On leaving the building and walking around a tank with a jeep parked next to it when the bed roll in the back of the jeep started bouncing up and down. It took a couple of seconds for him to figure out a Germany machine gun was firing at him and their sights were off. He spent the rest of the night in the basement. He also told me that he was wounded by grenade and sent to the field hospital. On walking into the hospital and seeing all the wounded men with arms and legs missing, he went to the restroom, clean his wound and went back to his unit. Those are the only 2 times he mention any fighting. I do not know what company he was in. I would appreciate any info your group could provide me about his unit.

MikeWoldenberg
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From: University at Buffalo (NY)
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posted 10/6/2014 7:57:24 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello Coastie, GO 33 means General Orders
33. WD 45 means War Department, 1945.

These General Orders often contained citations about medals, for instance a Purple
Heart or a Bronze Star or Silver Star.
I have found General Orders for the 12th ARmored Division in the National Archives
in College Park, Maryland. Perhaps you could contact them and ask for some help in
locating that particular General Order.

Your email is not the first about the 771st
that I have seen on this email. I will
try and find out where the 771st Tank Battalion was assigned. It might be that it
was an independent Battalion, sent to reinforce one division or another. Or it might have been assigned to a definite division. It was not part of the original 12th Armored Division

Yours truly, Mike Woldenberg

MikeWoldenberg
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From: University at Buffalo (NY)
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posted 10/6/2014 8:14:01 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello again, Click on the word Search,
above. Enter

771

and this will bring up
previous messages about the 771st. There
was a 771st Tank Battalion, and also a
771st Tank Destroyer Battalion. The first
one seems to have had several members of the
23rd Tank Battalion who were assigned there
after the war, during occupation duty.

There was one very long series of messages
about Ralph Harman Miller, I believe. This has a lot of information.

Contact me if you need more help.

Mike Woldenberg

harry dhans
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posted 10/7/2014 12:05:40 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
in 1946 the 771st was re-designated the 71st Constabulary Squadron

MikeWoldenberg
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From: University at Buffalo (NY)
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posted 10/7/2014 2:41:34 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Harry Dhans has discovered a website that
gives important information about the 771st
Tank Battalion.


http://en.allexperts.com/q/Military-History-669/2011/12/ww-2-771st-tank.htm

Mike Woldenberg