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posted 6/9/2016 3:31:22 PM  Reply w/Quote
Hi guys, I'm looking for ANY information about my grandfather, who died in 1953.

The very little information I have shows his enlistment date as 10/21/1942 and his honorable discharge as 11/01/1943 before heading overseas.

I think he was in a tank accident that resulted in a permanent head injury. ANY, ANY, ANY information would be helpful.

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posted 6/9/2016 3:32:02 PM  Reply w/Quote
Sorry, my contact info is crzydjm AT gmail if anyone has anything they can direct me to.

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posted 6/10/2016 1:25:18 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello, I have a problem with my email and may be unable to send email for a while.

Is this man your grandfather????

Harold A. Miller, 311 Ohio Street, Quincy, Illinois; (during the war),
This man was in Company C of the 494th Armored Field
Artillery.

Mike






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posted 6/14/2016 4:34:17 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
the 44th Armored Regiment was broken up into the 23rd, 43rd,44th, 714 tank Battalions. If he stayed with the 44th, he would have gone to the Pacific area. Otherwise he would have stayed with a 12th Armored tank outfit. Do you have any more information about him?

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posted 6/15/2016 12:50:35 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
found a Harold Miller from Bronx, NY LISTED IN ROSTER OF 43RD Tank Battalion.

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posted 6/17/2016 10:15:13 AM    Click here to view the profile for crzydjm  Click here to email crzydjm  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hey guys, thanks for the responses!

Harold Miller (yes, my grandfather) was from Nebraska and was only in from October '42 until Nov '43 due to a training accident where the top of the tank fell into the tank. The details are murky and my father only knows limited information about the accident, but as a result Harold was blinded in one eye and was honorably discharged before ever heading overseas (we think anyway).

I would love to see if I can find any information about his accident, specifically, if he did NOT actually go overseas.

He committed suicide in May of 1953 and my father (5yo at the time) found him. He was always told by my grandmother that she would tell him more about his father, but she passed away in 2005 and never relayed any information to him. I found a picture from "texashistory.unt.edu" of the 44th just "hanging out" in front of their barracks and brought my father to tears when he saw his dad in the picture, all smiles.

Thank you for any information you can provide and have provided so far.

I'm now "officially" registered on here so hopefully I'll get updates (sorry for not responding earlier)

-Dave

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posted 6/20/2016 12:30:35 AM  Reply w/Quote
Dave, I'm sorry for your grandfather's injuries during training, and the tragic end of his life. The 12th Armored was training in the states until September 1945. The whole division arrived at it's port of embarkation on September 13, 1945 for shipment overseas to the ETO. Except for the 44th Tank Battalion, which was earlier relieved from the 12th Armored and transferred to a port of embarkation in the Pacific, on March 8, 1944. Since your grandfather was honorably discharged in November 1943, his wounds would have been sustained during training in the states. Probably during maneuvers in Tennessee.

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posted 6/20/2016 12:33:25 AM  Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by Guest:
Dave, I'm sorry for your grandfather's injuries during training, and the tragic end of his life. The 12th Armored was training in the states until September 1944. The whole division arrived at it's port of embarkation on September 13, 1944, for shipment overseas to the ETO. Except for the 44th Tank Battalion, which was earlier relieved from the 12th Armored and transferred to a port of embarkation in the Pacific, on March 8, 1944. Since your grandfather was honorably discharged in November 1943, his wounds would have been sustained during training in the states. Probably during maneuvers in Tennessee.


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posted 6/20/2016 12:41:24 AM  Reply w/Quote
Sorry for the double post. I made two errors. The 12th Armored embarked for the ETO in September 1944, NOT 1945 as I erroneously stated.