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posted 5/27/2020 11:02:00 AM  Reply w/Quote
JV was my father-in-law. He owned Bible Hardware in Abilene. I believe he was a tank driver in the 12th Armored. Great man. He never talked much about his war experience. He would talk about Bastogne and how cold it was.

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posted 5/28/2020 7:25:13 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello, J.V. Walraven was most probably in another
Division. The 12th Armored was not in Bastogne.
If you look up (on Google): Battle of Bastogne, Order of Battle,
you will find the divisions fighting there. These include
Armored Divisions and one or more extra tank battalions.

It was a bitterly cold winter in 44-45. Many men were casualties from the cold in Herrlisheim as well as
Bastogne.

Mike Woldenberg

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posted 6/9/2020 11:32:08 AM    Click here to view the profile for Glenn Miller  Click here to email Glenn Miller  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
There is a recent book out called Spearhead written by Adam Makos which details a tank gunner by the name of Clarence Smoyer who fought in a famous tank battle in Bastogne. It was filmed at the time and can be seen on this link. https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/news/2019/09/74-years-after-his-famous-wwii-tank-battle-allentown-veteran-gets-his-bronze-star.html

Clarence was in the 3rd Armored Division which is probably where JV was in.