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Beulah
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posted 7/27/2017 7:18:39 PM    Click here to view the profile for Beulah  Click here to email Beulah  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I have found a bunch of things my Mom saved about my Dad in WW2 including 12th armored division things. Camp Campbell, Camp Barkeley stuff, etc. Would like to know exactly which unit he was in so I can search for possible photos. Just know he was a tank platoon leader. He made it to 1st Lieutenant. Thank you!

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 7/27/2017 7:32:33 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Earl Hofacre was in Company F, 43rd Tank Battalion. I found this on a roster in the Sept.
1957 issue of the HELLCAT News.

This was confirmed in another roster a few years
later.

I will look for more information.

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posted 7/27/2017 7:43:11 PM    Click here to view the profile for Beulah  Click here to email Beulah  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
OMGosh. Thank you so much!!!!

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posted 7/27/2017 7:50:24 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello again. On the left side, click on BOOKS AND WRITTEN EXPERIENCES. Scroll down to the 43rd Tank Battalion History.. Your father self -identified as being in Company F of the 43rd Tank Battalion.
There was no Company F. There are rosters for
every company in the battalion. Check all
ranks, not just officers. Perhaps I missed his name.

Was your father wounded and did not return to
the battalion? Read the whole book and see if his name turns up in the text.

Another possibility, was your
father in New Guinea or the Phillipines? If so, he may have been with the 44th Tank Battalion,
that was part of the 12th ARmored, but sent to
the Pacific before the rest of the division went to
Europe.

Let me hear what you find out.

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posted 7/27/2017 7:56:35 PM    Click here to view the profile for Beulah  Click here to email Beulah  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
He was never in New Guinea or the Philippines, only Europe and it seemed, mostly in France from what I remember him saying. The only "old war story" I ever heard as a kid was that his platoon was supposed to be involved in the Battle of the Bulge but he had been hit by a car when he was younger and had a messed up knee. He jumped off the top of his tank, put his knee out, and was sent back to England to the hospital so didn't go with his platoon into the Battle of the Bulge.

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posted 7/27/2017 8:25:06 PM    Click here to view the profile for Beulah  Click here to email Beulah  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Yep, he's not on any of the lists. I'll read the book a.s.a.p. and see if he's there. It sounds right that if he was sent back to England to recover, he might not have re-joined his unit.

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posted 7/27/2017 8:43:46 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello again, Buelah,

Your father missed a terrible battle near Herrlisheim in Alsace. The 12th took many
casualties in infantry and tankers. The Germans
called this OPERATION NORDWIND. Some men
considered it part of the Battle of the Bulge, but
it was nearby, and was after the Bulge was over.
The 43rd was committed in mid January. Perhaps
your Dad rejoined the 43rd after his knee recovered, or perhaps he was reassigned to a different division.

Mike

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posted 7/27/2017 9:27:32 PM    Click here to view the profile for Beulah  Click here to email Beulah  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Yes, I'm finding out about that battle as I scan through the book. Very interesting. He said his platoon got "wiped out". I've gotten through the first few chapters of the unit history but haven't come across his name yet. I remember also my Mom saying he left out of Norfolk -- does that narrow down anything about his company? Thanks again for your help. I'll have to pick this up tomorrow -- my eyes are too blurry to read online anymore!

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posted 7/27/2017 9:40:25 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Norfolk is unusual. Maybe he went with a
shipment of equipment. Most of the men left
from NYC.

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posted 7/27/2017 10:33:29 PM    Click here to view the profile for Beulah  Click here to email Beulah  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I FOUND IT! In the stuff my Mom saved, there's a program from a Christmas dinner 1943. It says Forty-third Tank Battalion Headquarters Company and was held at Barkeley. It lists all the names and many, if not most of the Medical Detachment match up to what's in the unit history book. 1st Lt. Thurston Harwell was the company commander. My Dad's listed as a 2nd Lt. at that time. I'm sure my Mom got some things confused over time because she said a taxi driver showed them all around D.C. and then took them to Mount Vernon and Monticello -- all in one day -- I don't think so! :-)

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posted 7/28/2017 7:20:57 AM    Click here to view the profile for Beulah  Click here to email Beulah  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
OK, my last question is, are DD 214s still available for WW2 vets? Or is there something similar that I can get from somewhere. A retired SF friends said he thought old retiree records like that were held in St. Louis (haven't dug around yet about that). Maybe the VA? Thanks!

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posted 7/28/2017 7:59:12 AM    Click here to view the profile for Beulah  Click here to email Beulah  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Never mind -- found the place, found the request form so I'm good to go.

You were enormous help! Thank you. I was a college professor (of music) too!

Cheers!

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posted 7/31/2017 6:02:27 PM  Reply w/Quote
wasn't there a 43rd F at Camp Campbell. Perhaps in a Regiment

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posted 7/31/2017 9:10:01 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Harry? Yes, I think you are right. But not in Europe.

Mike

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posted 8/25/2017 9:16:16 PM    Click here to view the profile for Bob Scherer  Click here to email Bob Scherer  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello Buelah,
I can provide you some help on the search for your father's records and also put you in contact with the Unit Representative of the 43rd Tank Battalion. Please email me at rwscherer@verizon.net.
Thanks!
Bob Scherer, 12th AD Assn Historian

Louise Eichinger Ryan
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posted 9/8/2017 1:09:52 PM    Click here to view the profile for Louise Eichinger Ryan  Click here to email Louise Eichinger Ryan  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
My father Louis Eichinger was staff sgt for 12th armored Co. D was wondering if he served next to your dad

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 9/10/2017 6:48:21 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
To clarify: Louis Eichinger was in Co. D of the 43rd
Tank Battalion.