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blindcreek
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posted 11/25/2019 10:46:57 PM    Click here to view the profile for blindcreek  Click here to email blindcreek  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hoping to perhaps connect with anyone knowing my uncle John whom I never had a chance to salute.

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posted 11/26/2019 6:32:10 PM  Reply w/Quote
Hello, There were two men with the name John Patterson Jr. One was in the
56th Armored Infantry Battalion. He was a Lieutenant
and was killed in action. The other was in the 66th Armored Infantry Battalion. He apparently survived
the war. I have no information as to his rank.

Please let me know if your Lt. Patterson was KIA or
survived the war.
Mike Woldenberg

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posted 11/26/2019 8:52:22 PM  Reply w/Quote
I am assuming Lt. John Patterson Jr. of Company
A of the 56th Armored Infantry Battalion was your
Uncle John. He was killed near Speyer, in Germany.
My uncle, 1st Lt. Chuck Willis, also of A-56, was also
killed just outside Speyer. They obviously knew each other. Insert this page in your browser.

https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth639086/m1/121/?q=%22Lt.%20Patterson%22

You will find a short notice (not the official General Order) stating that Lt. John Peterson earned the Silver Star that day. (Probably March 23rd, 1944).

I have more to tell you, but I will be away for a few days. In the mean time, go to BOOKS AND WRITTEN EXPERIENCES on the left side. Find the 56th
and read NIGHTMARE IN HERRLISHEIM. There are several reports in this document. One is called
"THE INITIAL ASSAULT ON HERRLISHEIM BY MEMBERS OF THE 56TH AIB AND THE 714TH TANK
BATTALION." Also read the memoir by John Nugent.
Make sure you read everything from Jan. 1 to March 24th of 1945.

Mike Woldenberg