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Bob Bitting
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From: Mooresville, NC
Registered: 2/15/2018
posted 2/15/2018 11:13:57 AM    Click here to view the profile for Bob Bitting  Click here to email Bob Bitting  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I have my father's discharge papers and many photos from his time in A/714th 1944-45. On the discharge paper it states he was in the 929th Ordnance Heavy automotive maintenance company.
My questions are;
1. Was there a platoon he was part of?
2. I watched the video interview with John E. Critzas (A/714th). Could I assume my Dad was part of his group and their advancement?
3. How many soldiers were in A/714 during the period 44-45?
Thank you in advance.

Bob Scherer
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From: Yardley, PA
Registered: 10/11/2005
posted 2/15/2018 1:39:53 PM    Click here to view the profile for Bob Scherer  Click here to email Bob Scherer  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Bob,
Hello. With your father's discharge papers you actually have a lot of information about him. He was probably assigned to the 929th Ordnance Heavy automotive maintenance company because he was not coming home with the 12th AD after the war. He was either a high point guy and came home sooner or a low point guy and had to stay after they left. Your questions: 1. Was there a platoon he was part of - probably but finding records down to platoon level is rare. 2. I don't know enough about John's interview and that dates he covered and the dates your Dad was in the 714th to answer. 3. How many soldiers were in A/714 during the period 44-45 - a medium tank company was authorized 117 men. However it would take a great deal of work to research the casualties and replacements during that period. I can help you with your research and put you in touch with the 714th Tank Bn Unit rep as well as give you information on the 12th AD Assn, but this is an awkward way to correspond. Please write me at rwscherer@verizon.net and I can give you more information. I have the after action reports for the 714th for Dec 44 - Aug 45 in .pdf form. I also found your Dad in the Hellcat News Archives. He was an active member in the 70s and maybe more. Good luck in your search!
Bob Scherer, Assn Historian

Bob Bitting
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posted 2/15/2018 3:52:30 PM    Click here to view the profile for Bob Bitting  Click here to email Bob Bitting  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Thank you Bob. I'll send you an e-mail soon.

harry dhans
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posted 2/15/2018 4:05:45 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
ENLISTMENT RECORD STATES: 6/12/44. sO HE WOULD HAVE GOTTEN OVERSEAS LATE AND PROBABLY WAS REASSIGNED AFTER THE WAR. The 12th men who were held over were assigned as a constabulary force. Have his burial in United Methodist Church Cemetery, Spring City, PA.
Any questions feel free to ask!
Harry, archivist. 12th Armored Division Museum

harry dhans
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posted 2/16/2018 2:55:21 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
In Hellcat News of March 1870states he was a replacement to a tank crew.

Bob Bitting
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posted 2/18/2018 8:13:48 AM    Click here to view the profile for Bob Bitting  Click here to email Bob Bitting  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Thank you Harry!