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posted 1/9/2016 6:46:47 PM  Reply w/Quote
Searching for ANY information about my great uncle PFC Roy E Abrahamson (served with the 66th Armored Infantry Battalion, 12th Armored Division, killed 16th of January 1945) ... thanks!


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posted 1/12/2016 12:35:22 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
KIA at Steinwald Woods on 16 January 1945
Wounded by machine gun fire and later killed by mortar or artillery fire. He was radio operator for LT. Bersen's platoon.
(from HCN of March 1981.
was in 66th "A"
what is his middle name and where was he from?

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posted 1/12/2016 5:03:48 PM  Reply w/Quote
Thanks so much. This really means a lot to me and my family.

Middle initial is E but don't know what it stands for. He was from Minneapolis / Lindstrom MN.

What is "HCN of March 1981." ?

Do you happen to know where I could find a good book / account of Steinwald Woods?

Are there any pictures of the 66th "A" or of LT. Bersen's platoon?

-Scott


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posted 1/13/2016 12:27:12 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
HCN- Hellcat News, Can be accessed by HCN Archives, Books and written experiences and 2713 Division Photos can be found in the left column. email address I could send you a picture

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posted 1/13/2016 12:41:48 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Crossing the Zorn would be a good book. You can purchase it from the Museum or Amazon.

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posted 1/13/2016 3:35:52 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
C-66 by Weston Emery is another good book. It can be found under Books and Written Experiences. A-66 story is noted on pages 125, 126, 127 and 128.

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posted 1/13/2016 4:33:41 PM  Reply w/Quote
Thanks! This all tremendous! Will check out references. email for photo: scottnorris2@mac.com


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posted 1/14/2016 11:56:21 AM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
checked and there is a gold star paver on floor of Museum in the 66th section. wILL SEND A PICTURE SOON OF IT.

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posted 1/14/2016 5:57:30 PM  Reply w/Quote
Thanks!!
My grandmother passed away a few years ago. Roy was her brother. I have an envelope of coins that were in Roy's pocket when he was killed.
She would have been proud and honored to know there is a gold star paver on the Museum floor.


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Hi Scott, I have been off line for a few days. The battle around Herrlisheim near Strassburg was very traumatic for the 12th Armored Division. They suffered many casualties.
You should consult all the 17th and 56th as well as the 66th armored infantry battalion reports on this website for their experiences in
Herrlisheim and especially the Steinwald. (BOOKS AND WRITTEN EXPERIENCES). Read also
Death of a Combat Command in the column to the left
The book, C-66 by Emery is quite long, but only a little of
it is shown on this website. Harry can copy the relevant pages for you or I can do it after Feb. 1. (I am traveling).
Also listen to what the vets have to say in the Oral History Videos. (Click on the column title "Battalion" and you
will have the videos sorted by Battalion. Check out the
many veterans' reports about Herrlisheim and Steinwald.
Priority: 1) 66th, 2) 17th, and 56th. Also consult the
tank battalions, 1) 43rd 2) 23rd 3) 714th.

This will keep you busy for hundreds of hours.

Mike Woldenberg

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Scott, The HCN is the "Hellcat News". The March 1981 issue
has the statement quoted by Harry. That is the only
information Harry and I have found on your great
uncle's death or combat experience (so far).

Contact this veteran: Lester Porter (OD) (912) 272 0571

He was from the same company and battalion.

Please tell us if you find out anything new.

Best regards, Mike Woldenberg



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Thanks so much for the references. I will definitely dig deeper into the web site. Much to learn. All my best. - Scott


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posted 1/19/2016 3:23:52 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
can't find any info on Lt. BERSEN??????

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posted 1/19/2016 3:41:59 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Found a Paul M. Birsen from Ohio.
A/66 and possibly some time in D/17.
Unit Rep in 1960-1961.
Chairman of Toledo Reunion 1961.

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posted 1/20/2016 10:42:57 PM  Reply w/Quote
Thanks for this. What would Roy's duties have been as radio operator for LT. Birsen's platoon at Steinwald Woods? - Scott


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posted 1/21/2016 12:33:09 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
usually have a backpack radio if on ground maneuver or if In a jeep, it would have a radio. radio would be used to keep in touch with higher command or ground forces

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posted 1/21/2016 4:32:23 PM  Reply w/Quote
Are radio operators typically armed?
Would Roy have been armed at Steinwald?

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would have been armed. In jeeps they usually had the smaller carbine and/or a 45 cal. pistol

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posted 1/31/2016 6:20:43 PM  Reply w/Quote
Learned this in oral history video of James S. Pilgrim (A66): At around 13:30 in the interview, he actually mentions that Abrahamson (Roy) was shot in the back at Steinwald Woods and Mr. Pilgrim patched him up, told Roy to crawl back, but on the way back Roy was killed by mortar fire, then Mr. Pilgrim took over the radio ... AMAZING