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posted 1/19/2018 5:30:44 PM  Reply w/Quote
Hi I was looking for information about my grandfather Walter L Snow he was technitian fifth grade 714th tank battalion 12 armored division, I know he was killed January 10 1945 and buried in Empinal France, I could not get any details from my grandmother as she lived in Ohio and me in California and I only meet her 2 times, does anyone know details of where he was or anything ? I know nothing but what I stated, if not I thank you for your time

Bob Scherer
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posted 1/20/2018 7:11:26 PM    Click here to view the profile for Bob Scherer  Click here to email Bob Scherer  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello and thank you for your interest in your grandfather's service. I'm sorry to hear he was killed in action. We have a list of unit members but it is not complete and he is one of the Hellcats who unfortunately is not listed. I found T-5 Snow's memorial on the American Battle Monuments Commission website. It lists his awards as the Purple Heart which he was awarded for the wounds that resulted in his death and the Silver Star. That is awarded to relatively few Soldiers and is for heroism in combat, a rare honor. Please contact me via email at rwscherer@verizon.net. I can provide you information on his awards. I will also try to find out more information on what his unit was doing. Thanks again. Bob Scherer

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 1/22/2018 10:48:29 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello, Walter Snow is listed in the Killed in Action
list. Look for this on the left side. He is listed with
the 714th Tank Battalion and is buried in Epinal as you
have written. I have not been able to find which
company of this battalion that he belonged to, but
it eventually can be found. In the meantime, first,
go to the following website where you can download a copy of the After Action Report of the the 714th Tank Battalion from the web:

714th Tank Battalion AAR
or try this: file:///Users/nrw2/Downloads/3804.pdf

Go to the month of January and find January 10th.

The 714th Tank Battalion and the 56th Armored Infantry Battalion were in a very intense battle
in Herrlisheim, north of Strassburg in Alsace. This was a terrible battle. You can get some idea of it
by going to BOOKS AND WRITTEN EXPERIENCES
(in the left column). Now scroll down to the 56th
Armored Infantry. Then find: THE INITIAL ASSAULT ON HERRLISHEIM BY THE 56TH AIB AND 714TH TANK BATTALION. You have to look for what happened on January 10th.. Start looking on page 33, I believe. There is tremendous detail in
this report. I have not found your grandfather's name, but it might turn up.

Once we find out his company, we might be able to identify what happened to him.

Also, look to the left column and click on:
DEATH OF AN AMERICAN COMBAT COMMAND for
other information about the terrible battle of Herrlisheim.

Mike Woldenberg






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posted 3/18/2018 12:06:42 PM  Reply w/Quote
Hi sorry I took so long to reply, i thank you both very much for looking into this for me