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posted 3/1/2016 9:38:05 PM  Reply w/Quote
Good Evening,

I've been trying to piece together my grandfather's (Anastacio Espitia) WWII timeline. Like many, he never said very much about his time. He passed away in 1985 and took his stories to the grave I suppose. Anyway, anecdotally I do have some information, and a picture which brought me here. I'll try and get a full scan as soon as possible, but my father did send me some cellphone pics that might be useful. I'd greatly appreciate any more information that you all may know to advance my research.
http://tinypic.com/r/ngysgh/9
http://tinypic.com/r/2uorv4z/9
http://tinypic.com/r/2ljm4na/9
http://tinypic.com/r/2hhkv8z/9

To muddy the waters even more, I have a patch that my grandma gave me that is a 16th armored patch. I know he received one or two purple hearts. Thanks for your time!

John


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posted 3/1/2016 10:09:03 PM  Reply w/Quote
This gave me a little more information, but it's not much. http://tinypic.com/r/9gx0g2/9

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posted 3/2/2016 7:23:20 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello, Asnastacio Espitia is not mentioned on the 17,000
Man Roster on this website. He is not mentioned in a back
issue of the Hellcat News. The Replacement Battalion was mentioned on this Message Board, but I can not find that
message.

Please give more information. Do you have the name of his battalion? How do you know he was in the 12th Armored Division? Do you have names of his friends?
If so, I can look up their names and see if they were in the
12th Armored.

Mike

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Thanks for checking Mike. I looked as well and didn't see his name. I didn't see the name of the 1st Lt. G.C. Daglish either. I'm just going by the picture I posted. It says Co. "A" 12th Armored Replacement Battalion.

Here's my grandfather. http://tinypic.com/r/4j14k7/9

On the first post, second picture I believe is how I came up with Co. "A" 12th Armored Replacement Battalion. April 1944. 1st Lt. G.C. Daglish Comdg

I really don't have much to go by as far as more details. My grandmother said he was part of a tank crew but wasn't a mechanic. He said he said lost friends in combat but never mentioned names.



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This is what I'm going by http://tinypic.com/r/ngysgh/9

John

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posted 3/2/2016 7:01:24 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello again. I found a reference to Co. A of the 12th ARmored Replacement Battalion. in Fort Knox, Kentucky.

At the top of the page, click on SEARCH. Then enter the name:

Skopek

There is more information there.

I will try and find more information, but we made a little progress.

Mike

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Thanks for all your help so far Mike, I greatly appreciate it. I'm a history/genealogy fan, but I never took the time to research my grandfathers military service. I've been hitting a lot of road blocks, but I'm determined to find out more. I'll check that out. Thanks again.

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posted 3/4/2016 12:45:22 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
JUST STARTED TO SEARCH THIS.
don't want to give you any misinformation.
Usual procedure was to train in Replacement Battalion and then be shipped to a Replacement Depot. Probably in France. Then when a unit needed someone they would get picked and sent there. Possibility of the 16th Armored would be that he was sent there from the Depot or was sent to 16th after the war or assigned to them for the trip home.
more confusion perhaps but I will dig some more. Harry, archivist, Museum

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posted 3/4/2016 3:04:15 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Armored Forces
Capt. D. G. Drawbaugh Capt. E. E. Hill, Jr.
Capt. J. F. Fraser Capt. J. Rockis, Jr.
Capt. R. H. Hageman 1st Lt. G. C. Dalglish
1st. Lt. W. A. Helwig 1st Lt. L. S. DeLozier
Sgt. C. W. Hall T/4 J. J. Conway
T/5 T. C. Elder T/4 A. Giardina
Pfc. L. Bloomingdale, Jr. Cpl. P. B. Revvill
Pfc. C. E. Falk Pvt. S. Kessler
Pfc. L. I. Osipow Pvt. C. W. McBride
Pvt. L. L. Patterson
Pvt. M. Trouberman

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posted 3/4/2016 3:09:55 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
NAMES ON PREVIOUS PAGEwas found at dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/b279964.pdf
dealing with installation of flamethower
on a tank. names found on pg.53

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Thank you very much Harry, that's definitely more than I knew. I'm finding this all very interesting and new to be, but I like the thrill of the search. That's interesting that you mentioned France because I know my grandmother had a picture of Napoleon's tomb in Paris that he supposedly took.

That's interesting that you found something on 1st. Lt Daglish. My father requested personnel docs from evetrecs which hopefully will give us more to work with.

Thanks again! The search continues...

John

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posted 3/5/2016 2:09:53 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
ONE BATTLE AT PILSEN, CZECHOSLOVAKIA.CASUALTIES of the 16th.
4 KIA 28 WIA 1DIED of wounds
returned to New York 13 October 1945
deactivated Camp Kilmer, 15 October 1945

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posted 6/16/2016 12:54:46 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
found an enlistment record for Anastacioku
Espitia from Nueces County. Enlistment date was 01/21/1944. S/N 38561985 If this is right one then he got overseas late in the war or after the war.