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Clerans
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posted 1/30/2018 5:56:29 PM    Click here to view the profile for Clerans  Click here to email Clerans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Looking for information regarding 768th. Just discovered my Uncle's (tec 4 Will Major) discharge paper's and they have in the 12th Armoured 768th Field Artillery as a radio man.

Reading all I can about 12th. Thank You.

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 1/30/2018 6:38:05 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello, Wilbur Major was definitely in the 56th Armored Infantry Battalion of the 12th Armored Division.
When the 17,000 Men Roster was created, the records on the 56th were imperfect. (See the left
column for the roster and find Wilbur Major). The roster will state that he was with Headquarters Company of the battalion. This could be true, but
it may not be. One way to be certain is if he had the Purple Heart or some other medal. The correct company would be recorded. Let me know.

The 768th Field Artillery Battalion was not attached to the 12th Armored. The 768th was part of the VII
US Corps. Go to Google and look up
VII US Corps Order of Battle. You will find the
768 Field Artillery. The 12th Armored Divn was
in the XXI Corps. I GUESS that somehow Wilbur
was transferred to the 768th Field Artillery after the war and participated in the occupation until he was
sent home. (Many men remained in Europe for 6
months or more after the war and were transferred to other units). He may have returned home as part of the 768th.

There is a book on the 768th Field Artillery that one can find in a few libraries. Look it up. For the
56th, go to BOOKS AND WRITTEN EXPERIENCES on the left side of this page.
Read the materials on the 56th. Also, read about
the 494th Armored Field Artillery and also the 714th Tank Battalion. These three battalions fought as a team called Combat Command B. And read the
division histories. See Oral History Videos on the 56th. Get back in touch if you have any questions.
Mike

Clerans
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posted 1/31/2018 12:12:32 PM    Click here to view the profile for Clerans  Click here to email Clerans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Thank you very much, Mike. You must be right in the late transfer to the 768th. I spotted him in one of the 56th HQ photos on this site.
Have some reading to do here. Sure to have some questions. Again, thank you very much.

harry dhans
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posted 1/31/2018 12:16:26 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
have enlistment record, obituary and picture of the tombstone. Worked for Gas & Electric Company in Rochester after war. Died of a massive heart attack.
Served in the war as part of crew of a half-track named "The Deathly Four" in 56th HQ.
crew: Major, Phil Clarke, David Cowan, John Terrafranca.
Harry, archivist, 12th AD Museum

Clerans
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posted 1/31/2018 12:18:54 PM    Click here to view the profile for Clerans  Click here to email Clerans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
He received a Combat Infantry Badge... does that mean he participated in a battle up front? As a Tec 4 HQ could you give me some idea of what his war experience may have been like. Thank you in advance. This site is godsend for 12th Armoured relatives.

Tim Farrell

harry dhans
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posted 1/31/2018 4:52:05 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
AS LONG AS HIS UNIT WAS IN A BATTLE HE WOULD GET THE MEDAL, ALSO SHOULD GET A BRONZE STAR.Being in a half-track he could be anywhere.

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 2/1/2018 6:13:15 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I knew Phil Clarke (also from upstate NY). Clarke was definitely in HQ company and was in either a mortar platoon or a machine gun platoon. I will see if the Clarke family can help with some details. Wilbur Major definitely faced the enemy on the front lines.
Thus he had a Combat Infantryman's Badge.

More later.

Mike