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david bonsall
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posted 6/2/2015 3:23:22 PM    Click here to view the profile for david bonsall  Click here to email david bonsall  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
he was in the 771st tank battalion. his name was herman bonsall jr I know he was a sargent that's all I know. if anyone can tell me where all they where.

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 6/2/2015 4:02:57 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello, Click on SEARCH above. Enter
771st. There are several entries. See the
one written by Keith T.

The 771st Tank Battalion (or 771st Tank Destroyer Battalion) was assigned to the Rail Splitter Division (84th Infantry Divison) in the spring of 1945.

After the war, several men from the 12th Armored were assigned to the 771st which was used as a "constabulary unit" (police unit). When these men returned home, their last assignment was with the 771st. But they may have been with the 12th Armored
throughout the war.

I have not yet found your father's name in a roster. I will look through the tank battalion rosters that I have that are not on this website. He is not on the 17,000
Man Roster on this website.

Mike Woldenberg


harry dhans
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posted 6/4/2015 3:56:20 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
have found his enlistment record and his burial information

david bonsall
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posted 6/15/2015 11:33:32 AM    Click here to view the profile for david bonsall  Click here to email david bonsall  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
looked at my dads grave marker. it says tec 4 co a 771 tank bn

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 6/15/2015 7:40:09 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
David, I checked the 12th Armored Division Order of Battle. The 771st was not attached to the 12th Armored Division. After the war,
men from the 12th Armored were assigned to the 771st Tank Battalion during the occupation. There are books on the web about the 771st and you can learn about their history. They entered France at Normandie; I believe they were part of the invading force. The 771st was attached to other divisions at various times.

Because your Dad had the 771st Tank Battalion on his tombstone, I think you should take that as definitive. But there is a lot written on this battlion, and it can be accessed using google. You can get
some After Action Reports: 771st Tank Battalion free of charge.

david bonsall
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posted 6/16/2015 9:32:41 AM    Click here to view the profile for david bonsall  Click here to email david bonsall  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
thanks

azcard
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posted 11/19/2015 2:30:56 PM    Click here to view the profile for azcard  Click here to email azcard  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I show him as a t/4 in Company A landing in France, also wounded in action.

azcard
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posted 11/19/2015 2:34:15 PM    Click here to view the profile for azcard  Click here to email azcard  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Mike, how can I get action reports? My dad was wounded Jan 1945. Bronze Star Jan 1945.