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Gary R
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posted 8/22/2016 6:11:04 PM    Click here to view the profile for Gary R  Click here to email Gary R  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
My Dad, Wesley M. "Perk" Russell and my Uncle William R. "Bill" Burke Jr. were both trained at Ft. Knox. During their time there, the both of them competed in boxing and won several fights. My Uncle Bill Burke won Llightweight Championship. Any and all information on these two would be appreciated. Thank you in advance. Gary R.

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 8/22/2016 7:41:16 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hi, I will check the Hellcat News Archives. In the meantime, Billy Conn who fought
Joe Louis twice and almost became the champ once,
trained boxers for the 12th Armored.

I will tray and get you specific information.

Gary R
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posted 8/23/2016 2:48:41 PM    Click here to view the profile for Gary R  Click here to email Gary R  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
My dad told me that a professional boxer tained them. He also said, while on leave, they would spar with the professionals, to earn extra cash. Again, thank you for your help.

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 8/24/2016 7:54:42 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
One way to find the information:

Click on HELLCAT NEWS ARCHIVES (to the left of this
message):

Click on ADVANCED SEARCH



Fill in the TITLE as HELLCAT NEWS

Fill in the DATE RANGE as : 1942-1945

Fill in CONTENT (inside pages) BOXING

At this point you will seem thumbnails of the HELLCAT NEWS. Click on the first one. You get a large page.

See SEARCH INSIDE. Make sure you write:

BOXING

Then click on this. You will see
"sequence 7" This means page 7. Click on the
image. Page 7 has several words (boxing) outlined
in yellow. Read the whole article for names and other
clues.

Now continue your search by clicking the BACK POINTER
at the top. Go to the first display showing other thumbnails of issues. Click on the next one. Repeat the whole process
for the second thumbnail. In some cases there will be more
than one page ("sequence") for a given issue.

I did not finish my search for the names you wanted to
find. However, there was Billy Conn, and another pro
boxer who coached the 12th ARmored. Also, there was
a middleweight contender who wss an enlisted man in the
division. Finally, many names are mentioned. Boxing was
very popular. I believe that Harry? Coombes was an outstanding fighter for the division.

Please let me know if you find what you were looking for.





harry dhans
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posted 8/25/2016 10:20:36 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
HCN has a sports column. You might find something there if not under boxing.

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 8/26/2016 6:46:22 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Yes, Harry. However, all the boxing information is associated
with the word "boxing." I tried looking up names of boxers but it is easier to simply read the columns associated with
boxing. However, I did not use the search term "boxer".


Gary R
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posted 8/26/2016 8:30:50 PM    Click here to view the profile for Gary R  Click here to email Gary R  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Mike,
Thanks, I looked through those papers but did not find what I was looking for.

harry dhans
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posted 8/28/2016 2:20:14 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
didn't find them yet. Did find a connection with the Golden Gloves program

bmccarthy
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posted 10/30/2016 3:48:07 PM    Click here to view the profile for bmccarthy  Click here to email bmccarthy  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Robert Demarsellis Spec Serv Ofc
was with HQ Co Division Trains and told me he ran the boxing program from the management perspective

If you google his name as well you might come up with some more photos such as these
495th boxing team
http://www.12tharmoredmuseum.com/photoalbum_02.asp?c=Sports

bmccarthy
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posted 10/30/2016 4:17:39 PM    Click here to view the profile for bmccarthy  Click here to email bmccarthy  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
you might also want to search the Camp barkeley news as well.
https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth598395/m1/5/zoom/?resolution=4&lat=4632.191490068515&lon=2272.8734611391765