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posted 11/1/2017 6:39:16 AM  Reply w/Quote
My grandfather, Captain Sherman E. Kaplitz (whom I am named after), served in the 12th armored division during The War as a medic. Unfortunately, he died 7 years before I was born, and whenever asked about his service by my mother, he would freeze, stare blankly into the great beyond,shaking his head as trails of tears traveled down his shell-shocked frame, then snap back into reality in a few seconds or a few minutes, only to change the subject, deflecting any inquiry into his experience in The War into some extraneous subject or another. The only artifacts to testify to his service are the canteen he carried with him throughout the campaigns, along with his stethescope, which touched the hearts of hundreds of Holocaust victims.

Due to this lack of information, I would be grateful if you may be able to email me all and any information related to my Grandfather's Service in The Hellcats. Stories, photographs, letters, anything at all pertaining to his service in your division.

I cannot thank you enough for helping me unearth another piece of the history of The Man Whom I was Named after.

Wishing you Well,
-Sherman Eli Kaplitz

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posted 11/2/2017 5:43:29 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth410642/m1/10/?q=Kaplitz

I found this in a 1998 page from the Hellcat News.
It is a wonderful description of Captain Kaplitz'
devotion to humanity.

I will keep looking. Mike Woldenberg

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posted 11/2/2017 6:47:35 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
If you want to get in touch with other men from the 66th, please contact me by email (in one of the rectangles above) and I can put you in touch with a few veterans.

Mike

Other information:

https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth410572/m1/4/?q=Kaplitz


https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth410171/m1/3/?q=Kaplitz

the above reference also has a story on the rescue of French officials and generals
at the end of the war. This will be made into a movie: It may be called
THE LAST BATTLE.


https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth410017/m1/13/?q=Kaplitz

See the story about a medic who was to be awarded a Distinguished Service Cross.
Dr. Kaplitz may have been one of his witnesses. This will require looking at the
Previous page for the

There are other mentions of his name. He was a
frequent correspondent.


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posted 12/14/2017 5:19:45 PM  Reply w/Quote
Mike,

I cannot thank you enough for your help in finding documents concerning my grandfather. I apologize for the late response.

I am very much so interested in getting in touch with other veterans from this division! History is best learned from those who experienced it themselves!

Zei Gezunt,
--Sherman E. Kaplitz