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posted 10/28/2015 11:23:09 PM  Reply w/Quote
Hi, was wondering the size of a "Company" in the 56th armored infantry. I know my grandpa was in Company A - but how many others were there?

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posted 10/29/2015 2:54:19 PM  Reply w/Quote
The size of a WWII Armored Infantry Company was usually around 150 personnel. Usually it consisted of 3 rifle platoons, and a heavy weapons platoon. Normally it was commanded by a Captain, and a senior NCO of 1st Sergeant rank. Each Company also had a Clerk.

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posted 10/29/2015 3:34:14 PM  Reply w/Quote
Thanks!

Anyway I can find out what platoon my grandpa was in? I know he was company A 56th infantry regiment - can I find a list of all of his company somewhere?

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It always helps to have the name of your grandpa.
And it would also help if you knew names of his friends.
These men are likely to be in the same platoon.
The information on platoons is sometimes remembered by
veterans. Sometimes historical documents will mention a
platoon, but there is no formal record of the men in a given
platoon, as far as I know.

Mike Woldenberg

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It always helps to have the name of your grandpa.
And it would also help if you knew names of his friends.
These men are likely to be in the same platoon.
The information on platoons is sometimes remembered by
veterans. Sometimes historical documents will mention a
platoon, but there is no formal record of the men in a given
platoon, as far as I know.

Mike Woldenberg

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posted 10/29/2015 8:38:11 PM  Reply w/Quote
Thanks Mike, can I get your email address? I'll send you his name as well as friends.

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posted 10/31/2015 2:06:10 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
you can get a good look on this site under Organization and Equipment of the 12th Armored Division.

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 11/1/2015 5:59:57 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hi, my email is:

geomike@buffalo.edu

Mike

Once I have the name, I
can look for it in the old Hellcat News.
It is possible to that several men who fought together will
be mentioned together.

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posted 12/5/2015 11:49:52 AM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Did Mike answer all your questions?
We have additional sources at the Museum.
Harry, archivist at 12th A D Museum

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posted 12/9/2015 5:57:53 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I am sorry to say I lost contact. I did receive an answer
but I did not record the email. Perhaps I did answer.
Please try again. Also,
Harry can certainly help you.

Mike