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Art Ogg
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posted 7/20/2015 11:31:14 AM    Click here to view the profile for Art Ogg  Click here to email Art Ogg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote

My wife and I, Mary (Berry) Ogg, are doing in-depth research into her father's involvement as a member of the 12th Armored Division. He is believed to have been a part of the 17th Infantry and Combat Command "B".

We ask that anyone who may have information about Sgt. Joe Berry and what he did while attached to the 12th Armored to please contact us. My email address is artogg1@yahoo.com.

We visited the memorial in Abilene, TX and received a good starting point for our research into my wife's father. We wish to thank the entire staff for their heart warming assistance during our visit.

Regards,

Art and Mary (Berry) Ogg
artogg1@yahoo.com

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MikeWoldenberg
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posted 7/20/2015 4:51:06 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hi Art and Mary, According to the roster of
17,000 Men on this website, Joseph Berry was
a member of the 56 Armored Infantry Battalion.
The roster is often incorrect about the company and it states that Joseph Berry was
a member of Headquarters Company of the 56th.
This has to be established. Note that the
56th was part of Combat Command B.

Go to BOOKS AND WRITTEN EXPERIENCES and check
out the records and memoirs there. See especially the History of the 56th by Joe Lapic and Don Hale. Read the names of the
men who were wounded and the names of those
who received medals. You might find him that way. Also read the other items in the
collection. This will keep you busy.

There is a similar collection for the 17th
ARmored Infantry Battalion, but unless you
are very certain that Joe Berry was in the 17th, this will be of lower priority.

Once you verify his battalion, go to ORAL HISTORY VIDEOS, click on the word BATTALION.
This will sort all the intervies by battalion.

I can not do any research now as I am preparing for the Omaha Reunion.

Yours truly, Mike Woldenberg

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 7/20/2015 8:19:33 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Joseph F Berry was a Tec Sgt. 4th grade in the Service
Company of the 56th Armored Infantry Battalion.

(Roster of June 15th, 1945).

Mike Woldenberg

brad cox
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posted 7/22/2015 5:13:21 PM    Click here to view the profile for brad cox  Click here to email brad cox  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello Art and Mary: I just so happen to be working on the list that Mike eluded to. The only Berry I see listed is on page 14.It is a PVT Berry of Co. C, wounded on 10 Jan 1945. If you are certain that Joseph was a Tsgt, obviously this is not him. There were no other listings of any Berry on the awards pages, nor the casualty listings.

Art Ogg
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posted 9/3/2015 12:54:14 PM    Click here to view the profile for Art Ogg  Click here to email Art Ogg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote


Our research into the involvement of Joseph F Berry is continuing. We have been able to verify some very interesting data points about Joe.

1. He was definitely assigned to the 12th.

2. He was also assigned to the 56th Armored Infantry Battalion.Posted photos on this website proves this.

3. He was also assigned to the HQ group of the 56th. His photo showing this is also posted on this website.

4. In a response above from Mike Woldenberg, he has advised us that the HQ group was assigned to Combat Command Battalion "B". This fact is likely the most important fact we have received that shows Joe's legacy. Mike, we thank you very much for that piece of information. Please send me an email so I can send some data to you.

5. I then viewed all the photos posted on this website. It was most gratifying to find Joseph F Berry's photo posted. He is shown in a group with a flag in the front with "56th HQ" shown. Joe is the third soldier from the right in the middle row.

6. Joe's two daughters have both viewed this posted photo and have declared that to be their father.

6. Now that we know he was part of the HQ group assigned to CCB "B". we can begin to draw a timeline of his travels during the war.

If anyone out there has any more information about Joseph F Berry, we would greatly appreciate hearing from you. We have some photos showing soldiers who are unknown to the family.

Art and Mary (Berry) Ogg
artogg1@yahoo.com.


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MikeWoldenberg
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posted 9/5/2015 9:44:09 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello Art, There is a bit of confusion in my mind. Joseph
E. Berry was part of the Service Company in a roster dated
June 16, 1945. There were 77 men on that roster after the
war ended. It is possible that Berry was moved into that company at some point. He may have been in HQ but I
have no information on that possibility, as yet. However,
I have a roster for HQ at the end of the war which does not
have his name. Judging by the uniforms, and the systematic
nature of the group photos of the 56th, I think (but am not
sure) that the photos you have seen were taken during training and he may well have been in HQ at the time.

So we have narrowed the unit down to either HQ or
Service Companies. I IMAGINE that the Service Company
would be somewhere near HQ Company and companies A, B and C and D would be somewhere forward of HQ and Service. In any case, they would not be that far apart, as men might walk back and forth.

Comabat Command B was composed of the 5tth Armored Infantry Battalion, and the 714th Tank Battalion and the 494th Armored Field Artillery.

For the composition of the typical Service Company go to:

http://www.militaryresearch.org/7-29%2015Sep43.pdf

For a time line of locations of the Battalion HQ, see the Appendices of the HISTORY OF THE 56TH AIB on this website. This will give you towns and latitude and longitude.

Go to BOOKS AND WRITTEN EXPERIENCES on this website.
Go to DIVISION HISTORY volume 2. See the Map of Operations. This will give you a general picture with dates of the progress of the division.

For a general overview, read volumes 1 and 2 of the
Division History.

Go to ORAL HISTORY VIDEOS and hear the stories from the veterans. (click on the word Battalion at the top of a column. This will sort the battalions. Then find the group
from the 56th.

Mike Woldenberg