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mattvonholst
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posted 4/11/2018 10:48:32 PM    Click here to view the profile for mattvonholst  Click here to email mattvonholst  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I am looking for information about my uncle, Phillip J Dukes of the 17th Armored Infantry Battalion Company C. I was wondering if anyone could provide insight into what battles he was involved in and awards he may have received. My family also had heard he was in the band but we have no way to prove it or any information about the band. Any info is greatly appreciated!

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 4/12/2018 7:46:06 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
You are in luck. There is a lot written about
the 17th. On the left side, go to BOOKS AND WRITTEN EXPERIENCES. In order of priority,
read: MOUNT UP, THE HISTORY OF COMPANY C.
Also read the contributions of George Hatt. Then read the rest of the articles. Somewhere I read
a partial roster for the Band, but I had thought they
were assigned to Division HQ, but I may be wrong about that. I will look into that.

Also, go to ORAL HISTORY VIDEOS (on the left).
Click on BATTALION. This will sort all the
men of the same battalion together, and this will
save you some time.
Get in touch with me if you have questions.

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 4/13/2018 7:02:40 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth639086/m1/103/zoom/?q=%22Philip%20Dukes%22&resolution=1.5&lat=1740.1500091552734&lon=1844.0789184570312

On the website above, you will see that Staff Sergeant Philip Dukes
was awarded a Bronze Star and an Oak Leaf Cluster
to the Bronze Star all on the same day (July 28, 1945). We need to search for the General Orders
giving the citation. This might exist in the National
Archives in College Park Maryland.

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 4/13/2018 7:09:44 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
The Oak Leaf cluster is a second Bronze Star.
There were two types of Bronze Star. One was for
gallantry in action. The other was for doing a very
good job over a period of weeks or months.
It could be he was awarded one of each. Or two
for gallantry. It is unlikely (to me) that he was
awarded two for doing a good job over a period of
time.

Thank All of you
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posted 5/2/2018 3:52:56 PM    Click here to view the profile for Thank All of you  Click here to email Thank All of you  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Go to "book and written experiences", scroll down to 17th AIB heading, open the SGT. Herman Ernspiker story, scroll through the pages to find the list all the reference books that helped me complete my grandfather's story.

If you choose to read the story it will certainly save you a lot of time in finding out where and what was going on with the 17th

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 5/3/2018 9:07:51 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the reference to the Ernspiker story. I think
it has been drastically updated since I read it maybe
5 years ago! It is a very good job, with only a few errors. (For instance, I have looked into the Eichmann
capture, and based on available information, Eichmann
was captured by Orville Sarles and John Moleski
as was claimed. That is, the remembered facts
do not line up with the fact that Eichmann was in
the mountains above Salzburg when he was supposedly captured. (He was captured by some Americans, (but not by the men I mentioned.


MikeWoldenberg
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posted 6/2/2018 6:45:59 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
TYPO:
I should have written that Eichmann was NOT captured by Orville Sarles and John Moleski as claimed. Orville
told me that the suppsed capture took place
before the 12th Armored took the bridge at Dillingen
on April 23rd. Many sources establish that Eichmann was in the mountains above Salzburg in the first
10 days of May. If Eichmann was captured north of
Dillingen, he must have escaped and gone south
to Salzburg. Eichmann was captured and escaped
more than once after hostilities ended. No author has found evidence that he was captured in the last days of the war.

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 6/28/2018 8:49:41 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I have sent a bunch of web addresses from the
scrapbooks in the Archives. I sent information that Dukes
had two Bronze Stars for bravery.