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posted 5/26/2018 10:59:38 PM    Click here to view the profile for CBlessing  Click here to email CBlessing  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
My great-grandfather, Edwin L. Blessing served with this division and was KIA on 3/29/45. I'm looking for details on the conflict. Any help is appreciated.

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posted 5/27/2018 10:50:07 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Edwin L. Blessing was in the 714th Tank Battalion, Company B. Your family has had extensive correspondence with the Hellcat News unit representatives of the 714th.

They were in touch with Doug Berlin who had extensive conversations with one of the brothers of Ed Blessing. The 12th Armored crossed the Rhine on March 29th (or possibly the 28th).
Edwin was in a tank commanded by Sgt. Mahoney. Evidently the tank was hit and John Skeen survived and was captured. His son was in touch with another brother.

My suggestion is to summarize all information that was gathered by the brothers in 2002 and thereafter to get a picture of what happened. I will now add all the pages from the Hellcat News that are relevant to your search.

Yours truly, Mike Woldenberg


(Picture and info from family, extensive)






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