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Rebecca Wall
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posted 5/26/2018 7:53:03 PM    Click here to view the profile for Rebecca Wall  Click here to email Rebecca Wall  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
My family is trying to locate accounts of our uncle's death at Herrelsheim on January 10, 1945.
At some point we had them and they are now lost.

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 5/26/2018 10:21:33 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Staff Sgt. Thomas A. Poole was part of the 714th
Tank Battalion, Company D. He was killed during the terrible battle of Herrlisheim. D company was composed of light tanks. In this battle they were used to bring supplies to men under siege in Herrlisheim and in the Waterworks (La Breymuhl). They evacuated the wounded on the back of the tanks, taking "Purple Heart Lane" from town and the waterworks to the aid station. This was heroic work.

You can spend many hours reading about this
battle, the very worst faced by the 12th Armored.

On this website, on the left side: go to
BOOKS AND WRITTEN EXPERIENCES. Then
scroll down to the 56th Armored Infantry Battalion. Click on NIGHTMARE IN HERRLISHEIM. Go to page 28 and Poole is mentioned 3 times or more. I have a feeling he died on page 34, (3 men were killed), but his name is not mentioned there. Use the maps
given in this report. There are other sources
that might state exactly the circumstances
of his death. But I may have found the information on page 34.

His comrades visited his grave: see

​Grave of Sgt. Poole


https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth587548/m1/248/zoom/?q=Poole&resolution=0.5&lat=870.8510545200625&lon=1763.8299171910394

Grave of Sgt Poole
https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth587551/m1/119/zoom/print/?q=Poole&resolution=2&lat=3210.9479370117188&lon=4471.3958740234375

Last picture of Sgt. Poole before he died. (quality is very poor).

https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth587551/m1/28/zoom/?q=Poole&resolution=1.0792282365044272&lat=4695.5883098161985&lon=2968.696457219478​

Yours truly, Mike Woldenberg




MikeWoldenberg
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posted 5/26/2018 10:29:42 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Addendum:

The pages 28 and 34 are in a report from the
7th Army within the book: NIGHTMARE IN
HERRLISHEIM.

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 5/27/2018 5:27:52 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I found Poole's name on page 29. The context makes
clear that a group of 4 light tanks, one almost certainly carrying Sgt. Poole, were attacked. See page 34.
No names were given of the 4 men killed, but one
of these had to be Sgt. Poole.

Also, see the index on page 96. Sgt. Poole is mentioned only on pages 28 and 29.

Rebecca Wall
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posted 5/27/2018 7:14:16 PM    Click here to view the profile for Rebecca Wall  Click here to email Rebecca Wall  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Thank you so much for the photos. They mean a lot. I read the account of the battle again yesterday, and it was harrowing. I had to sit back a have a glass of wine to settle down. Somewhere in the pages we have lost was an eyewitness account of that last scene in his life and of his probable death. It is possible he was decapitated. If you can point us in another direction I would appreciate it. I don't think it was the UNT page as I find that particularly daunting to navigate. Again, thank you so much. His nieces and nephews are most grateful. RW

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 5/28/2018 4:14:38 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
For those following these messages:

I have sent the family another dozen pages from
the Hellcat News, including some good pictures and
some more details on the death of Sgt. Thomas A.
Poole.

Mike W.