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Secrit
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posted 4/3/2017 11:26:30 AM    Click here to view the profile for Secrit  Click here to email Secrit  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I am trying to research my grandfather. He served in WWII with the hellcats I just don't know anything else other than that. I served in the Air Force and always had a connection to him with the military but he died when I was young and no one knows any details on his military career. Thank you

Secrit
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posted 4/3/2017 11:28:28 AM    Click here to view the profile for Secrit  Click here to email Secrit  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Also if anyone knows what company he was in that would help so much

Bob Scherer
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posted 4/3/2017 5:47:31 PM    Click here to view the profile for Bob Scherer  Click here to email Bob Scherer  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello Secrit,
Your grandfather, Edward H Schanz is listed on the 17,000 Members roster on the left column of the homepage of this website. His home of record when he joined the 12th Armored Division is listed as 10 LaDue Ave, Clifton Springs NY. He is shown as being a member of the 66th Arm Inf Bat, but his company is not listed. I will do some more checking and see what I can learn. If you know any more information about him please contact me at rwscherer@verizon.net and good luck! Bob Scherer, 12th AD Assn Historian
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Bob Scherer
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posted 4/3/2017 7:35:19 PM    Click here to view the profile for Bob Scherer  Click here to email Bob Scherer  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Secrit,
I have been in touch with the 66th Armored Infantry Battalion Unit representative and another historian in the association. I have more info on your grandfather. Please email me at rwscherer@verizon.net. Thanks,
Bob

harry dhans
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posted 4/3/2017 7:43:36 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
hE WAS A LOADER IN A-43.tank. there are pictures in HCNS.
I will see if we have the original at the Museum. For some reason his death hotice said 66th. But few working on your request so will have more later.

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 4/3/2017 8:18:17 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
He is pictured in front of a tank. The name of the tank was "Mein Fraulein."
Details later.


Mike

Bob Scherer
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posted 4/3/2017 9:51:10 PM    Click here to view the profile for Bob Scherer  Click here to email Bob Scherer  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Secrit,
George O'Bryan, the 66th Unit Representative saw your post and checked "C-66", a book on that company and he found Edward a replacement who came into C-66 in January 1945 after the battle at Steinwald (16 Jan 45). George did not know him as George was a guest of the Germans (a POW) when Edward came in. He did not stay with C Company very long as he was transferred to A company of the 43rd Tank Battalion in February. That is all that I noted in the book about him. That book will give you information on what the company did. If you're interested in the book I can get you the information on how to get a copy.
Bob

Secrit
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posted 4/4/2017 8:31:15 AM    Click here to view the profile for Secrit  Click here to email Secrit  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Good morning everyone.
Thank you so much for taking the time to look into this for me. I am so interested in the book and picture. That would be amazing. If you would like to post how to get those things here is fine. If not my email is secrit2016@gmail.com
So many more details than I ever knew before. Thank you so much. Now I know dates and companies so I can keep researching. Any other information is greatly appreciated.

harry dhans
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posted 4/4/2017 9:33:19 AM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/

if you go to this site you can request his DD-214 which is his discharge record. Yoy might find out more than we could supply. There is a charge and takes several weeks to receive it. Harry, archivist at Museum


MikeWoldenberg
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posted 4/4/2017 9:28:39 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
See these:

https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth410651/m1/3/?q=Schanz

https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth410427/m1/6/zoom/?q=Schanz&resolution=4&lat=2366&lon=1787


https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth410598/m1/9/?q=Schanz

There are other mentions of his name on rosters and as one liners of visiting friends after the war.

I have a roster that said he was in A-66. But if the
book C-66 says he was in that battalion, that book
is a dependable source. But in any case, he was
transferred to A-43 in February. He may have been in the 66th briefly, but in April he was in a tank.
Records somewhere should record when he was sent to the 43rd tank Battalion. As was said above,
in another message, he may have been transferred in February.
On this website go to BOOKS AND WRITTEN EXPERIENCES. Read the History of the 43rd Tank
battalion, especially anything having to do with Co. A.

Mike Woldenberg



Secrit
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posted 4/5/2017 6:21:59 PM    Click here to view the profile for Secrit  Click here to email Secrit  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Thank you so much Mike. These are great links. And now I know to search out the 43rd. That is great. So much more than I ever knew in such a short time.

I was just wondering where is the picture with him on the tank? I have one picture of him in his dress uniform but that is it so it would be great to see him on the tank!

Thank you so much everyone. You have no idea what this means to me

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 4/5/2017 9:27:20 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hi Secrit, I thought that two of the links I sent you had him standing with his buddies in front of a tank.
I will check now. I am pressed for time as I am at
a convention in Boston..

I will try the links.

Mike

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 4/5/2017 9:33:17 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hi Secrit, I tried the first one. It worked. See the
picture at the bottom of the page. I forgot to mention that all mentions of Schanz' name are covered in
yellow. See the bottom of the page, the picture is
there and the name is in yellow.

Mike

Secrit
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posted 4/5/2017 10:19:15 PM    Click here to view the profile for Secrit  Click here to email Secrit  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Thank you so much for the links. I found the picture of him next to the tank. Thank you so much.