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|posted 5/27/2020 11:02:00 AM
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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From: University at Buffalo (NY)
|posted 5/28/2020 7:25:13 AM
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
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|posted 6/9/2020 11:32:08 AM
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.