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posted 12/18/2017 8:39:37 AM  Reply w/Quote
First thank you for this website and the great men that have served our nation. I am looking to track down my grandfathers units history. I am currently stationed in Germany and would like to visit some of the locations he went to. Below is his information that was on his discharge papers.

Name: Santos H. Duran
PFC, 359th Infantry
Honorable discharge: Nov 10, 1945
Organization:HQ Co 12th Armored Bn
Served: Amberg, Germany
Number of overseas bars: 4


posted 12/19/2017 12:44:08 AM  Reply w/Quote
Thank you for posting and I hope to help you some.

But first I gotta point out that you came to the wrong place. Your grandfather did not serve in combat with the 12th Armored division.

The 359th Infantry regiment was actually part of the 90th Infantry division. After the war they started deactivating units. Soldiers with the most combat points were discharged first. Other soldiers were consolidated into the units that were left for occupation duty.

So I think your grandfather fought the war in the 359th Infantry Regiment of the 90th Infantry Division. That division actually fought alongside the 12th in many battles. But during the occupation he may have been assigned to the 12th Armored. Perhaps for actual duty, or could be just for administrative purpose (maybe the ship he sailed home was mostly 12th Soldiers, so he was assigned to them for travel).

The 90th Division does have a web site
And they seem active. Perhaps you can find some help there.

Side note: Where are you stationed? I spent some time in Deutchland also when I was in uniform. Please contact me if you would like to discuss ways to track your grandfathers service, or swap stories about how things were with an old Cavalry Scout.

Paul Rivette

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posted 12/19/2017 7:32:09 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello, Use the following URL for the 359th:


This is a 37 megabyte history of the 359th.
It should have plenty to satisfy your curiousity.

By the way, I learned that the 90th division was
in combat from June 8-10th, 1944 (at Normandy) until about
the end of the war. They had battle casualties
quivalent to 196 percent. That is, almost two
full divisions of casualties!

Mike W.

harry dhans
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posted 12/20/2017 12:40:36 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I found enlistment record for Santos Duran from Presidio County Texas. 10/Nov/45
Buried in Fairview Cemetery, Midland, Texas
marker SAYS PFC. army
I was stationed at Bamberg and Coberg many moons ago! Harry, 12th AD Museum, archivist