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posted 11/23/2014 12:18:52 PM  Reply w/Quote
Seeking Info on PFC Leslie G Schalla. He was part of Company A 66th Armored Infantry and was KIA in January 1945.

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posted 11/25/2014 7:59:50 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello, I have searched the Hellcat News over the years and the only thing I found it that
Leslie G. Schalla was in the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) at the Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy (Univ. Texas, El Paso). The men did not finish their courses
and were redirected to serve in the various
divisions. Leslie Schalla was killed during the Battle for Herrlisheim, a town near Strassbourg in Alsace-Lorraine. The 12th had many casualties. You can read something about this battle in all the reports by the battalions. Look to the left
column: Click on DEATH OF AN AMERICAN COMBAT
COMMAND.

I also suggest that you contact George O'Bryan, the Unit Representative to the Hellcat News:

geoo@htc.net

George can put an inquiry into the Hellcat Nes. This could take a few months, but it is likely that some men will remember him.
Also, mention ASTP in El Paso.

Mike Woldenberg

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posted 12/1/2014 10:58:55 PM  Reply w/Quote
Thank u Mike. My research puts company A and C at the battle of Steinwald Forest on 1/16/45 when he died. I plan on visiting the museum before I visit France and attempt to walk the route Co A took that fateful day. I am his name sake and a Vietnam Vet. I will follow your recommendation.

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posted 12/2/2014 11:56:53 AM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Museum has a diorama of Jan.16 at Steinwald.
Also there are some living veterans of that battle that visit the Museum. If you have an email address I could send you a map and pictures. These veterans were also POWs that didn't get killed in that battle. HJD

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posted 12/2/2014 3:59:28 PM  Reply w/Quote
Thank you so much. iamaut@msn.com

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posted 12/2/2014 8:03:07 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello again,

I used a map from Lise Pommois' book on
OPERATION NORDWIND. I was able to follow
the 2nd platoon of A-56 in Herrlisheim.
My uncle led that platoon (Lt. Chuck Willis).
I will look to see whether there is a relevant map for you in that book.

Mike W.

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posted 12/3/2014 7:46:29 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello again, Lise Pommois wrote the book:
WINTER STORM. (I mistakenly called it Operation Nordwind).
This book has maps that will be useful to you.
I will use the email address you left on the website.

Mike W