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posted 2/25/2017 4:38:40 PM  Reply w/Quote
I have never known my father. My mother told me he was a soldier by the name of John Cozzie. He was with the 17th armored infantry battalion. Was this battallion in Luxembourg in October 1944? I don't know anything about him and would love to hear something about him.
Sylvie Geiss, now living in the Netherlands

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roster lists him in Company A.
gO TO bOOKS &Written Experiences and then go to 17th
and you can read history. Also check 2713 Division photos. I won't be back to Museum until Tuesday and will check further.

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GO TO hELLCAT nEWS Archives ON lefi. type in Cozzie.
many stories and pictures of him. Enjoy.
Harry, archivist, 12th AD Museum

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posted 2/27/2017 8:32:16 AM  Reply w/Quote
thank you very much. I have read a lot of interesting things about the 12th army now. I also had a look at the photos. It seems his battallion was not in Luxembourg in September/October 1944. Maybe my mother speeld the name wrong. It may have been Causey.

Thank you again

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Hello Sylvie, I think I have located the obituary of your father. Evidently, he was a policeman in Chicago. I think he died in late September, 2002. Here is what I found:

John A. Cozzie, formerly of Chicago, WWII Veteran, retired Chicago Police Officer, beloved husband of Lucille, nee Zubricky; loving brother of Geraldine Calabrese; devoted father of Dianne (Jerry) Glusek and John M. (Sharon) Cozzie; proud grandfather of Michael, Troy, Gina and Michelle; great-grandfather of Caine, Devon, Marilynn, Bailey and Elise. Visitation Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Funeral following from Petkus Funeral Home, Archer Ave. and Derby Rd., Lemont, to Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Worth, IL.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Oct. 2 to Oct. 3, 2002 - See more at:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chicagotribune/obituary.aspx?n=john-a-cozzie&pid=519178#sthash.j0HENSmx.dpuf

I looked and the website says they will restore the messages of sympathy, but you would have to pay for this. But in your case, it might be
worth the cost.

Mike Woldenberg

I will look for stories, etc. in the Hellcat News.

As you have learned, the 12rh Armored Division was not in Luxembourg. Could it be there was
another John A. Cozzie?

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Hello Sylvie, There is a picture of your father and
a friend, Brock Boracchia while they were training in
Camp Barkeley near Abilene, Texas. The picture is in the Hellcat News, October, 1987, page 4. The picture is not very good, but it is probable that a better reproduction exists at the 12th Armored Division Museum. Please email me and I will try and send you
a copy.

geomike@email.edu

Mike



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Sylvie, There is another picture: Hellcat News,
January 1988, page 19. I will try and get you a
better copy if you contact me by email.

Mike

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Sylvie, Two more pictures, Hellcat News, Sept. 1987
page 4.

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Hello Mike,

Thank you very much for the information about John I have had a look at the pictures and I think he could have easily been the right one if he had been in Luxembourg at the right time. He even looks a bit like me but I was born in July 1945 so the date is wrong. My mother promised to tell me more about him but she suddenly died at the age of 40.
I know that he stayed in my grandmothers house during the Autumn of 1944. Does that mean he was an officer? She wrote to him at APO 655 c/o Postmaster US Army.

Thank you again for your help

Sylvie Geiss

I tried to send an email to you at geomike@email.edu but it came back as undeliverable.

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Sylvie, Sorry for my error on my email address! I
have never done that before! My email is:
geomike@buffalo.edu


My first question is to ask where did your mother and grand parents live? Were they living in Luxembourg?

Based on your earlier message, I guessed your birthdate would be in July of 1945. That assumes your mother carried you for 9 months. If you were
born 6 or 8 weeks early, then we can create a
different series of events if our John Cozzie somehow was in Luxembourg.

This is an interesting mystery! The APO address of
655 is for the 12th Army Group. I think it refers to the Headquarters. This Group was made up of many divisions, each with a different APO number. They were fighting north of Alsace, and perhaps in northern Alsace.

The 12th Armored Division belonged to the Sixth Army group which fought in the southern half of Europe. The APO number of the 12th Armored Division was 262. There is no doubt that there was a John Cozzie in the 12th Armored Division. I need to know whether you heard a name like Cozzie or Causey and you looked on our website and discovered John Cozzie there?

But let's assume that you knew the correct spelling
and by chance you looked in the 12th Armored Division because you somehow heard about the 12th Armored Group. (An interesting mistake).

If we can establish that the John Cozzie was a replacement assigned to the 12th Armored Division
(Company A of the 17th Armored Infantry Battalion)
then this could all make sense. The 17th took very heavy losses in January, 1945 in Herrlisheim. Perhaps John Cozzie was a replacement. I think it odd that he was sent from the 12th Army Group
to the 6th Army Group (12th Armored Division) but
this might have happened. I can't judge that.

So our next task is to find out if John Cozzie was
an original member of the 12th Armored Division,
or a replacement from the 12th Army Group. I will
ask for help on this.

Mike

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Sylvie, As I think back on the pictures, I recall that
some were taken at Camp Barkley near Abilene, Texas. This would mean that John Cozzie was
not a replacement to the 17th Armored Infantry Battalion. And how do we explain that he met your
mother in October? And please verify that he
was stationed for a time in Luxemburg. Which town or city in Luxemburg?

Mike