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posted 10/14/2017 3:03:53 PM  Reply w/Quote
I am a collector, and focus on the 12th Armored as much as possible because of how organized the unit has been since the war. Makes it very easy to restore the history to a jacket and keep the Hellcats alive. I recently picked up an Ike jacket to a man that was probably from New Hampshire or the surrounding states. It was laundry marked F5904, and several possibilities came up when I ran it through the database at www.wwii-enlistment.org. Sometimes a fellow's number isn't in the Archives, which may be the case here, but I also haven't had much luck looking through the rosters here at the 12th AD Museum site yet, either.

I know a lot of Hellcats came home with the 84th Div. and/or the 771st Tank Battalion, and wondered if anyone had any final rosters from the 771st. I believe I have seen someone help someone else before with a 12th AD/771st query, and would appreciate any help anyone offers. I'm not very easily stuck when I work to figure out the identity from a Hellcat's uniform, but I sure am right now.

Also... not sure how I forgot my password, but I sure did...

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 10/14/2017 3:10:58 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I have the post WW2 book published by the 771st,.
I have not looked at it recently. However, since it
probably has a roster, what clues can you give me
so that I can search for the name?

Mike

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posted 10/14/2017 3:49:34 PM  Reply w/Quote
Man, that was quick! I believe we have spoken before when I found my first 12th AD uniform and asked about it.

Most of what I am digging through would be surnames that start with F... I actually just emailed you after seeing your post on another message. I have a word document that I am using to try to eliminate possibilities to narrow things down. Additionally, if the roster lists rank, this man was a staff sergeant, and his sleeve shows an enlistment stripe, so I have been discounting anyone that turns up with that laundry mark that enlisted in 1944 or later.

If you like, I will clean up my list bit, maybe make a spreadsheet out of it and email it to you.

I know this is a pain, and I fully intend to make it right with a donation to either the museum or you, or both. The ID is critical to me, without it I feel like I've lost because the man's story is pretty much gone.

Also, is there a way to change the password for this message board? I tried all of my usual combinations to no avail...

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posted 10/15/2017 5:42:25 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello again, Problem of password: I had the same problem.
One computer demands the password and I don't remember it. My other computer remembers the password, so I can ust that computer for this message board. I wonder if you can
reenroll using a variation of your name. This certainly would work if you had a second email account on this Message Board.

On our email exchange I mentioned that I have borrowed the History of the 771st Tank Battalion. There is a roster in this book that has a separate list of the
men who came to the battalion after the war in Europe ended.

Mike

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A contribution to the Museum would be most welcome.
Thank you.

Mike W.

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cgsc.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p4013coll8/id/3464

AFTER ACTION REPORTS OF 771st. Not all good copy.

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posted 10/17/2017 3:57:08 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Have an enlistment record for a Walter B. Foster, S/N 31065904, from New Hampshire.

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posted 10/17/2017 4:18:42 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
BELIEVE THIS IS CORRECT-
Walter B. Foster, 1909-1981
buried in Foster Cemetery at Wentworth, N.H. No tombstone. says WWII

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Wonderful Work Harry!

I will try and confirm because I have the History of
the 771st. It has a roster of men who
were assigned to the 771st after the European
war ended.

Mike

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WAS AWARDED bRONZE sTAR FOR ACTION ON 20 either NOV or Dec per AAR of 771st

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Through trial and error, I remembered the password! Not much luck on the 771st man. Unless Foster was somehow with the 12th at some point, I think all leads are exhausted. Strange thing is that this uniform came from the same county as the 771st's Foster, according to the seller.

I can't thank everyone here enough for the help, and if I get a chance to go back over my finances this weekend, I'll make it right with the museum and join the association as well.

I was fortunate enough to find and ID a 152nd Signals man in the middle of this project as well, and once I join the association, will try to put together a write-up for the newsletter to show the fellows that I am doing my best to make sure aren't forgotten!