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12th Armored Division >> General Discussion >> Edward W. Gent, 1st Sgt, 12th AD, 66th AIB - DD214 - lost in 1973 records fire.
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Steve Gent
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From: Raleigh, NC
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posted 12/6/2015 12:26:26 AM    Click here to view the profile for Steve Gent  Click here to email Steve Gent  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Edward W. Gent, 1st Sgt, 12th AD, 66th AIB: Uncle Ed passed in 1976 at 66, and I'm now applying to VA for a bronze tablet. DD-214 is required, but lost in the "1973 fire." Some records & microfilms were salvaged, but where to reference these? VA said obtain other records. I have several: photo in Hellcat News, photo in uniform (Germany, June '45), and some newspaper articles w/ref to his 6yrs of duty. Still not sufficient. Would his tour of duty be in National Archives? Other official records? thanks Steve

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 12/8/2015 8:47:02 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello, I decided to look in old issues of the Hellcat News.

Google:
http://texashistory.unt.edu/explore/partners/TADM/browse/

Include that last slash.

Scroll down to the box: The 12th Armored Memorial Museum .

Enter the last name: Gent
You will find there are 47 hits.
You will see a page with the name Gent in a rectangle on the upper right side.
You will bring up several pages of "thumb nails". Click on each one in turn. Sometimes you will have to click on more than one page in an issue of the Hellcat News. Once
you have read the entry inside a yellow box in the text,
you have to hit the "back" button on the top left. Continue
until you see the page with the thumbnails, and then go to the next thumb nail.

Some entries refer to the word
gent (for gentleman). There is a picture of the football team in Sept. 1945. He is in that picture. Also, There are the names of men who visited Ed Gent after the war.
By the way, Ed was in the Service Company of the 66th
Armored Infantry Battalion.

You might find some stories among the many mentions of his name.

I will continue looking in other materials.

I was not aware that the DD214 document could have been in the fire. I think there must be another source.
If your second message does not produce results, contact
the Veterans Administration for help.

Mike Woldenberg

harry dhans
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posted 12/9/2015 3:49:51 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Found that he was in Service Company.
Enlisted on May 13, 1941.
So his six years of service would end in 1947. So his last years after 1945 may have been with a different outfit with the Army of Occupation.
HIS Army Serial Number was 32131430.

KBURNS
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posted 7/30/2017 11:01:03 AM    Click here to view the profile for KBURNS  Click here to email KBURNS  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I know this post is old but im goin to give it a try. My name is Kathy Burns. My father Richard was a WWII collector. I came across a Letter of Commendation 2/26/42 to the 64th Reconnsiance Battalion. It has a Special mention to Edward W. Gent, Headquarters Company. I don't know if this would is relevant but if so contact me (310)293-0159