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Kenneth Richeaux
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From: Colorado Springs, CO
Registered: 4/17/2019
posted 4/17/2019 3:33:45 PM    Click here to view the profile for Kenneth Richeaux  Click here to email Kenneth Richeaux  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello. I am a brand new Legacy member of the 12th ADA, having signed up just this month. I became aware of the association when I began looking into my dad's specific WWII history. His name was John C. Richeaux, and he landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day. I believe he was with a tank destroyer battalion at the time, as the 12th Armored did not reach Europe until a few months afterwards. He later fought as a "tank commander" in the HQ Co of the 43rd tank battalion, according to his discharge papers. I am looking for any details about his service, hoping to put together a narrative for future generations. I've read I can request Morning Reports to review if I set it up ahead of time with the National Personnel Records Center. I didn't know if the Division history or museum could also provide any specific details or guidance for research.
Sorry for the long message, and thanks for whatever help you can give.
Looking forward to the Reunion in Colorado Springs in July. I've never been, and it's in my home town!
Thanks, Ken Richeaux

MikeWoldenberg
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From: University at Buffalo (NY)
Registered: 6/1/2004
posted 4/18/2019 6:42:35 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello Ken, You are in luck! Go to BOOKS AND WRITTEN EXPERIENCES on the left side of this page.
Scroll down to UNIT HISTORY OF THE 43RD TANK BATTALION. Read the book, and there is a chapter
on HQ. Your Dad was identified as a Pfc. If he was a
tank commander, he would have been some kind of Sergeant. Perhaps the information the authors had
when the book was not accurate; or your Dad was promoted at some point in the spring of 1945.

And also on the left side, click on AFTER ACTION REPORTS. You will find there the 43rd Tank AAR.
It has been retyped and I have to check to see if it
is complete. But it will be very informative. I have not
found your Dad's name anywhere other than the
roster in the UNIT HISTORY OF THE 43RD.

I hope to be at the reunion.

MikeWoldenberg
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From: University at Buffalo (NY)
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posted 4/18/2019 6:56:52 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello again. I found your Dad listed on a roster for
July, 1945. He is listed there as a Pfc. I wonder if
he was a tank driver rather than commander. I am not
a veteran and am only guessing that a Pfc would not
be the tank commander.


https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth587547/m1/36/zoom/?q=Richeaux&resolution=2&lat=4252.464940464229&lon=2246.25625030874

MikeWoldenberg
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From: University at Buffalo (NY)
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posted 4/18/2019 7:03:33 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Here SERGEANT RICHEAUX attended the first
Hellcat Reunion in 1947!


https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth410180/m1/3/?q=Richeaux

MikeWoldenberg
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posted 4/18/2019 7:33:05 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
More from the Hellcat News (Dec. 2015).

https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth861614/m1/8/zoom/?q=Richeaux&resolution=4&lat=2200&lon=1700



https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth861614/m1/19/zoom/?q=Richeaux&resolution=4&lat=2200&lon=1700




https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth861677/m1/5/?q=Richeaux




https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth410752/m1/23/zoom/?q=Richeaux&resolution=4&lat=2820.0875244140625&lon=1460.162353515625



https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth410268/m1/26/?q=Richeaux

Kenneth Richeaux
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From: Colorado Springs, CO
Registered: 4/17/2019
posted 4/20/2019 7:30:52 PM    Click here to view the profile for Kenneth Richeaux  Click here to email Kenneth Richeaux  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hi Mike,

Thanks very much!

According to my dad when he was alive, he was a sergeant and a tank commander, but he kept getting busted to private for various shenanigans, and then working his way back up to sergeant. According to my recollection, he said this happened at least 3 times! LOL

Any thoughts or advice about looking at Morning Reports in the NPRC in St. Louis?

Ken

MikeWoldenberg
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From: University at Buffalo (NY)
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posted 4/22/2019 6:43:56 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Ken,

They may have your morning reports in St. Louis.
Please contact Bob Scherer at

rwscherer@verizon.net

Bob may have specific information that can help you.
For instance, he knows how to contact people to prepare the files for your visit. I think you will find
these reports there. Mike