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Enforcer
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posted 11/3/2017 3:23:16 PM    Click here to view the profile for Enforcer  Click here to email Enforcer  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I only know that he was KIA his name is Stanley strychasz from Rhode Island

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 11/3/2017 3:41:15 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I hope you can paste this in and find the page in the Hellcat news. Mr. Strychasz was a member of Co. C of the 66th Armored Infantry Battalion. He was killed in or near Hettstett, in Bavaria.

I will check a book
on this company by Emery: "C-66"

Mike

https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth410091/m1/8/zoom/?q=Strychasz&resolution=4&lat=3992.000000000005&lon=2176.999999999999

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 11/3/2017 7:39:30 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Stanley Strychasz was killed on April 1st, Easter Sunday, in Hettstadt, about
5 miles west of Wurzburg. There must have been
a big battle there. Several men were killed and
wounded and many were taken prisoner. Read the
Books and Written experiences to the left; look for
books about the 66th. Also, the 43rd Tank Battalion and the 495th Field Artillery. They fought together. Also the Division histories.
Also, listen to the Oral History Videos from men from Co. C of the 66th. Your grandfather was a replacement and joined the 66th on Jan. 23, 1945. He was promoted to Private First Class on March 15. Weston Lewis Emery's book: C-66
is sold by the Museum. You can learn what happened that day, but it is not clear exactly how
your grandfather was killed. Apparently your father or Uncle was in touch with Emery and learned quite a bit, according to the Hellcat News.


Bob Scherer
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posted 11/4/2017 1:40:44 PM    Click here to view the profile for Bob Scherer  Click here to email Bob Scherer  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
My father was in D/66 and was wounded at Hettstadt. Although I don't think I can tell you much about your grandfather, I can give you some information on the battle. Email be at rwscherer@verizon.net if you're interested.

Bob Scherer

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 11/5/2017 10:43:02 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello, Emery's book, "C-66" (pages 253-268) gives an extended account of the battle for Hettstadt.
Although your grandfather's name is not mentioned,
you can begin to understand what was going on
around him. The book is on sale at the Museum.
Otherwise, I could make a copy of the pages, but
so much is written, it might be better to have a more
permanent copy.