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My grandfather saved a dollar bill with fellow Air Corp men’s signatures. Names Are listed below, minus a few that had faded. J.M. Wallner (my grandfather) Capt. R.H. Johnson ? Meek Capt. Howard W. Eakins Luke Moseley Wally Rerick Sgt. Lawrence J. Howe Sgt. Gouglas Russell J.C. Burrows Carl A. Cary Cornelius W. Arnott Howard I. Sehi ? Enis Charles A. Jacobson M. ? Haley John T. Tyler B.M. Korell Oscar L. Robinatt Irvin ? Bud Heirike Ed Billenski George K. Johnson W.W. Hallony Charles White ALSO…4 signatures were totally illegible. THIS IS AN ADDITIONAL ENTRY TO MY ORIGINAL. PLEASE SCROLL BACK FOR MORE INFO. PLEASE EMAIL WITH INFO SIERRAD@SWBELL.NET. THANK YOU !! These names are in reference to the 49th Bomb Squadron, 2nd Bomb Group
Elizabeth Vinecourt <sierrad@swbell.net>
Waxahachie, TX USA - Wednesday, February 09, 2005 at 23:11:23 (EST)
I am the neice of Sergent Donald Cresong who was assigned to 419th (A) Field Arterilly Bat in Camp Gordon, Ga. We know this was an address on an envelope that we have discovered. He was a sergent there and apparently was with another unit before joining the 419th. He was wounded with a machine gun across his pelvis and survived. We have been told that he was in Northern Africa (?). Any information would be great! Not much is known about his life. He had a brother, my grandfather, that served in the pacific. Gale Ellison Chapman
Gale Chapman <prestwould.b.b@citynet.net>
Flat Top, WV USA - Tuesday, February 08, 2005 at 08:40:47 (EST)
OTHER DATE AND UNIT INFO RE MY GRANDFATHER, JOSEPH M. WALLNER: 1942: 7th bomb squad, Geiger Field, WA. then to Kearney, NE. 1943: 49th Bomb squadron, 2nd bomb group from Kearney, NE. 1944: 5th flight squadron, 5SQ3FGP, air transport command 1945: 1377ADFBLL, instructor in Prescott, ME. 09/19/45 Was on 3rd ship that landed after atomic bomb in Tokyo, Japan His B-17 was called Mel's Mess. Some crew members were Captain Haynes (from Texas), Charles (Chuck) White, Robnett. Chuck's wife's name was Lydi and she would write my grandmother, Mildred (Millie) in Columbia Station, OH I hope this is enough info that someone can piece some info together for me. Thank you in advance.
Elizabeth Vinecourt <sierrad@swbell.net>
Waxahachie, TX USA - Wednesday, February 02, 2005 at 22:32:14 (EST)
Archibald ("Archie") Lewis, a medieval history scholar who was my uncle, was an intelligence officer with a First Army field artillery unit that came to Europe with Vth Corps, landed on Omaha Beach nine hours into D-Day, shelled the Germans off Hill 192 at St. Lo, later crossed the Rhine at Remagen, witnessed the horror at Buchenwald, and ended up supporting Patton's Third Army at Metz. If anyone know what unit this may have been, or still remembers my uncle, please respond!
Al Clarke <goldenbear1952@yahoo.co.uk>
Gloucestershire, England - Monday, January 31, 2005 at 16:30:55 (EST)
An excerpt from today's Times:
In the pantheon of winter storms in New York, it did not compare with the all-time record blizzard of Dec. 26-27, 1947, which interred the city in 26.4 inches of snow, and it was also expected to fall short of the blizzard of Jan. 7-8, 1996, which left 20.2 inches in Central Park. But Todd J. Miner, a meteorologist with Pennsylvania State University, said it could rival the President's Day storm of 2003, which left 19.8 inches.

I relay this on to you because the December 26/27th date has been one I have been trying to recall because on the night after the storm ceased your father walked from his home in Rosedale about 4 miles from Floral Park to our house to say "hello." He was wearing his WW II winter clothing: jacket, hat, combat boots, etc. That long walk through almost impassable snow was unexpected by the H. family, but in retrospect, now, it had to have been a 'cakewalk' as compared to the Winter in France and Germany during The Battle of the Bulge. It was a beautiful night, no telephones, no electricity and maybe even a fair amount of moonlight. Only a trip to the NY Times archives might help paint the full picture. This was probably a Friday or Saturday night because we had a date. But, needless to say Joe wasn't really expected.

M. J. (Gebhardt) Ober
USA - Sunday, January 23, 2005 at 11:53:40 (EST)
MY DAD SERVED WITH THE 419TH LEO BIELECKI. I AM CHARLES BIELECKI KOREAN WAR VETERAN ANY ONE KNOWING OF MY FATHER CAN CONTACT ME AT CMB31STINF@AOL.COM OR 1773 889 6479 CHICAGO
charles m. bielecki <cmb31stinf@aol.com >
chicago , ill USA - Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 14:05:21 (EST)
Need info RE: my grandfather, Joseph M. Wallner. In 1943, he completed 15 weeks of aerial navigation at The Advanced Flying School at Mathers Field (AFB), CA. He was a commissioned 2nd LT. at that time. Soon after, he became a 1st. LT. and was a naviagor of a Flying Fortress. I remember the stories when he was in Africa, and according to the map, there was NO mountain, but they were many times they would almost fly right into one. He was from the Cleveland, OHIO area, specifically Medina or Columbia Station. Please email if you might have an info or stories. I am also searching for his service number. He passed in 2001, and we are trying to get a buriel flag. We have submitted with his SS#, but have been told that not all the time was that the correct reference number. Any help would be appreciated.
Elizabeth Vinecourt <sierrad@swbell.net>
Waxahachie, TX USA - Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 07:06:39 (EST)
My father, Patsy DiVecchio, served in the 419th, Battery B. He was a "Gun Crewman Light Artillery" on 105mm Guns. You can read more about his story on a web page I created: http://www.silogic.com/genealogy/Patsy_DiVecchio.html
Mark DiVecchio <markd@san.rr.com>
San Diego, CA USA - Tuesday, October 19, 2004 at 22:32:16 (EDT)
Hi, I am the only nephew of My Uncle, Samuel Charles Knox s/n: 34576352 pfc 10th AD 21st Tank Bat, Hq and Hq Co. Who served for 3 years and one month with the 10th AD and went all the way from Cherbourg, Fr, to Garmisch-Partenkirchen , Ger. He received The Bronze Star #261, American Theater Ribbon, EAMET Service Medal, WW@ Victory Medal and The Good Conduct Medal. My uncle Sam was 38 yrs old and was drafted because he worked for Western Union in Atlanta as a Clerk in Accounting. My Dad Wm. B. Knox joined and was a flight engineer on B-24's. My namesake Master SGt. Robert B. Knox was in Pearl when the Japs attacked. He was an engineering specialist with the U.S. Army Air Corp. Gunnery and Armour. He died in the Service to our Country. I am the only male heir to have any interest in what my family has done during all the great conflicts from the Revolutionary War, to the War of 1812, to The Spanish American War, To WW1, then on to WW2 where the men in our family have finally gotten a chance to stop fighting. I was in the draft lottery during Vietnam, and did not get called. None of my uncles ever got married nor had any children. That is on both sides of my family. So I am it! I always used to wonder what my Dad always meant when he told me that the best thing that I never got to experience was an active Service man in our Armed Forces. Evidetally this has been the highlight of many a persons life. I have noticed that in my uncle's journals of his trip across Europe, he mentions the same names of places as you do on your Web site. I highly salute you for your great work here in the recognition of the Heroes of our Great Country. Sincerely, Robert Charles Knox iamrknox@charter.net
Robert Charles Knox <iamrknox@charter.net>
Chatsworth, Ga USA - Thursday, August 12, 2004 at 12:52:05 (EDT)
MY DAD WAS IN THE 62nd ARMORED FLD ART, HIS NAME IS EARNEST GILBERT SCARBROUGH, BUT MOST CALLED HIM EG SCARBROUGH. I BELIEVE HE ENDED UP AS A SGT IN BATTERY B. I WOULD LIKE TO FIND SOME ONE WHO MIGHT HAVE KNOWN ABOUT WHERE HE WENT TO IN THE WAR, AND WHAT HE WENT THRU. I HAVE ASKED A FEW CURRENT SOLDIERS (ARMY MEN) ABOUT WHAT "ARMORED FIELD ARTILLERY" IS OR WAS AND ALL I GOT BACK WAS A BLANK STARE. AS FAR AS I KNOW MY DAD WAS NO-ONE'S HERO.....EXCEPT MINE. HE DID WHAT HIS COUNTRY ASKED OF HIM, AND DIDN'T TOOT HIS OWN HORN AFTERWARD. MY EMAIL IS N5SXQ@AOL.COM
Jeff L. Scarbrough <N5SXQ@AOL.COM>
ODESSA, TX USA - Tuesday, June 15, 2004 at 20:45:13 (EDT)
Hey Guys, I was sitting here in Korea, bored to death and I typed in my Dads name and this site came up. My Dad was of course Col R.C. McCabe. I lost complete track of the 419th reunions etc about 10 years ago and guessed there probably was not many of you guys left. I should have know better! Any group that could beat the Germans has to have staying power. I have been reading individual reports and can tell you they brought back wonderful memories of stories my dad used to tell. I know one thing for sure, leading the 419th was definitely the highlight of his life! So when is the next reunion?
Robert C. (Micky) McCabe Jr. <MMHGWT@aol.com>
Santa Rosa Bch, FL USA - Friday, June 04, 2004 at 02:36:24 (EDT)
My father, Herman L. Braun, was a Chief Warrant Officer with the 5th armored division. I heard Army stories throughout my youth and met a number of his army buddies, including Col Glen Anderson who we used to visit at Glens Falls NY (near West Point). I had the good luck to talk to Sgt Roscoe R. Helms when he called me out of the blue after my parents had found him out west (either AZ or NM. It was an incredible experience (Helms apparently was worse than the Sargent in "Officer and a Gentleman"). My father won 2 bronze stars with oak leaf clusters (I don't know what that means). He would never tell my mother or me what he won the medals for. We've always wondered. Since the fire in St. Louis, there don't seem to be any records anywhere. If anybody knows anything about my father, I would love to hear from them. Dad died 3 years ago at 86.
Marcia Braun Szerlip <szerlip@att.net>
Dallas, TX USA - Thursday, June 03, 2004 at 11:38:07 (EDT)
My father was Joseph Louis Cercek. He served Battery B, 773rd Field Artillery Battalion in World War II. he died in 1976 and I have little memeory of any of his time in the war. his discharge papers indicate he was involved in Normandy, Ardennes, Rhineland, Northern France and Central Europe. His rank at the time of discharge was T-4 and his specialty was Radio Operator. If any one who reads this served with him, plese contact me at the e-mail addres given. Thanks
larry cercek <thecerceks@highstream.net>
chillicothe, oh USA - Wednesday, June 02, 2004 at 15:00:28 (EDT)
News of Estella Jacobs (Jakes Wife) Passing. died May 15, 2004 at home. Services at 1st United Methodist Church, Perkins, Ok. on 5-18-04.
Bill R. Poling <brpoling@cowboy.net>
Perkins, ok USA - Monday, May 17, 2004 at 21:51:35 (EDT)
Since I posted my request for information earlier this week I had a chance to talk to my dad, Herman Dalke, Battery A, about this website. He is quite excited about getting online and checking it out. I just have to go over there and show him how to do it! Michelle Schreiber
Michelle Schreiber <schreibermichelle@hotmail.com>
Halstead, KS USA - Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 10:07:59 (EDT)
I am trying to research my Dad's (Herman Dalke) army days since he is a little tight lipped about it. This sight has been very helpful. If anyone has any personal stories about him, I would love to hear from you. Thanks. Michelle
Michelle Schreiber <schreibermichelle@hotmail.com>
Halstead, KS USA - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 at 14:04:47 (EDT)
Dorothy Jeane Chesser, wife of TSgt Bill Chesser passed away this past month and was laid to rest in Bartlesville, OK. Bill and Jeane hosted the 419th reunion when it was held in Ponca City, OK in the 1960's and I cooked for all attendees. The 419th and the reunions were a great part of their lives.
Cliff Chesser <wchesser@hot.rr.com>
Temple, TX USA - Saturday, April 24, 2004 at 11:00:25 (EDT)
My Dad, Noel Ross Jacobs, passed away on June, 2, 2002. I grew up listing to his stories of the war and always enjoyed them. I always felt as if I were there too. He was always happy to talk with his buddies and looked forward to being with them. We miss them all. Lanny Jacobs
Lanny Jacobs <lajac49@aol.com>
Perkins, OK USA - Friday, April 23, 2004 at 14:42:20 (EDT)
My father, Hinkle Kemp Drennan, served in the 809th Tank Destroyer Battalion. Looking for any info that anyone might have. Thank You!
Cindy Drennan Thompson <cindyt@vci.net>
Marion, KY USA - Sunday, April 11, 2004 at 19:31:25 (EDT)
Searching for Grandfather: Robert St. John is the possible name. My Grandmother Anna was a house keeper on the US army base in Oberammergau in 1944 when she met this soldier- she has never told anyone his name. Don't want to disturb anyone, just know that this character is sadly missing in my life.
Christine <cdyck@magma.ca>
Virgil, ON Canada - Friday, April 02, 2004 at 16:37:13 (EST)
Looking for information on my grandfather George Lesser, served with the 419th.
Ronald Keen <RKeen0128@aol.com>
Clayton, IN USA - Tuesday, March 30, 2004 at 16:40:55 (EST)
Wondering if anyone has information on the 58th Armored Field Artillery, which I think fought with elements of the 10th outside Bastogne near Longvilly. I think the 58th was an independent battalion that was attached and was part of "Team Cherry." I had a relative lost on December 19, 1944 near Longvilly/Arloncourt
todd kleinhuizen <tkleinhuizen@hotmail.com>
Willmar, MN USA - Saturday, March 27, 2004 at 00:11:05 (EST)
I am searching for some soldiers they have been in Ilshofen at April 45.
Juergen Wolf <Juergen.wolf@forcam.de>
Sonsbeck, Germany - Sunday, February 01, 2004 at 18:33:52 (EST)
It is with much sorrow that we report that Les Nichols (Impact! author) passed away January 8, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Services are scheduled for Saturday, January 10, at 1:00 PM at the Highland Funeral Home in Louisville, KY.
Warren C.(Dusty) Schulze <dschulze@emeraldis.com>
USA - Saturday, January 10, 2004 at 12:17:22 (EST)
Looking for information and survivors who knew a soldier who servrd with 9th Infantry A company in Patton's 3rd by the name of Andrew Mestovik. contact me by email or by home phone (740)345-9309. I especially want information from Ssgt Jack Peterson or Cpl Peter Nethers if posssible.
Jonny Lippincott <seopunk@hotmail.com>
Newark, oh USA - Monday, December 22, 2003 at 12:36:26 (EST)
I too have been told the St. Louis fire destroyed records of my uncle Delos Brewer who was with the 3rd army tank div. btry A, he survived the Battle of the Bulge but was killed Apr 7, 1945 & died in a hospital in France. All living relatives are deceased & I am still curious of the events surrounding his death. Would appreciate any info. I don't even know where he was wounded on Apr 6 or what hospital he died in.
Joan Brewer <jokuntz@qtm.net>
Buchanan, Mi USA - Saturday, November 08, 2003 at 16:44:41 (EST)
My Father's name was Lloyd S. Alexander. He was part of the 54th Armored Inf. Batt. He was shot through the neck on Nov. 27, 1944, I assume at the Siegfried Line. He survived and continued a 20 year military career. He died in November of 1966. My research has just started, as the subject always seemed to cause my Mother some anguish. She passed on earlier this year, and now I have felt compelled to learn about the man I never really knew. Any communication regarding this subject would be very welcome. Thank you.... Frank Alexander
Frank Alexander <bfilm4ever@sbcglobal.net>
Springfield, MO USA - Saturday, November 08, 2003 at 08:19:48 (EST)
Hi...yes, I am giving you a STANDING OVATION for what you have done and continue to do with this site!! I'm Rose Lemberg...my husband, Larry, was the driver for Col McCabe for the entire time they were in Europe. (see Larry's story) He also had some stories to tell about their experiences but it was many years later when the children were grown and they asked him questions.

I have always wanted him to record them either on paper or tape but......you know men!......if it isn't their own idea, it isn't worth doing. Oh well, something must have gone right because we have been married 57 years and it looks like it's a permanent contract. It had been some time since I checked the 419th website and when I did this morning.

I was absolutely amazed at what you have done. I couldn't "put it down" and kept telling Larry what I found so he would come in and look. He has had a lot of medical problems (I won't go into any detail) involving arthritis, cataract, carpul surgery, shoulder surgery, hearing aid, dental (still going on), gallbladder removal, mini-stroke, ..oops! did I say I wouldn't go into detail??

Well, you get the picture and that's why we haven't gone to any reunions lately and probably won't in the future. We sure do miss them and all the folks. Thanks again for what you are doing for us because there is no way we could do it for ourselves at this stage. We look forward to the MB to keep in touch. Rose...
Rose Lemberg <rolemb@attglobal.net>
USA - Monday, October 27, 2003 at 14:01:23 (EST)


Hello Tigers, I’m looking forward to displaying some of my military collection at the National Reunion in Nashville on Saturday and Sunday. Come to the reunion and see the largest collection of 10th Armored items in one place since Garmisch, including: • Col. Wade Gatchell’s Croix de Guerre Certificate • Company photos • Medals and documents attributed to various Tigers • Newsletters – Tiger Tales, The Twentieth Sentry, and Spearhead • Original 21st TNK embarkation list • Battalion Christmas dinner programs • Bronze Star and Silver Star citations • Patches, insignia, and medals • The other side of the hill – German medals and badges • And much more I look forward to meeting all of the Tigers in Nashville. If you happen to have any US or German items that you no longer want, please bring them to the reunion, as I am always interested in acquiring new material. It is important that these items be preserved for future generations. Howard Liddic
Howard Liddic <tigersnwolves@comcast.net>
Lancaster, PA USA - Sunday, June 22, 2003 at 12:49:04 (EDT)
hello everybody. i am doing a report in history on the battle of the bulge, specifically the battle of bastogne. i was wondering if anyone who was a survivor, or a family member of a survivor, could give me a general idea on what went on during the battle. any information will be helpful. thank you. P.S- please try to e-mail back by May 12, 2003.
paul bedi <paulsbedi@hotmail.com>
houston, tx USA - Thursday, May 08, 2003 at 22:52:40 (EDT)
I am doing research on my Uncle who served with the 65th Amrd FABN, B bty. He was killed 25 Apr 45 while at the ELbe River on a special mission. I'm looking for information as to how he was killed. If anyone knows of anything or anyone with the 65th Armd FABN, please contact me.
tom bell <tbell@vtc.net>
Willcox, az USA - Thursday, March 27, 2003 at 16:25:37 (EST)
I had conducted a four-year research into my father’s military days of World War Two. He had joined the army in March of 1942 and was discharged in October of 1945. He was in the 127th Ordinance Maintenance of the 5th Armored Division fighting in Europe. He held the rank of T/4 and was one of the radio operators in Headquarters Company of the 127th. When the Division was on the move, he traveled with Battalion Headquarters. My father had talked very little about the war. He was a private man keeping personal things to himself but was also a loveless man. According to all of my research and all of my sources, my father had killed only once during the war, but that one time had destroyed him for the rest of his life. This happened on the morning of December 16/17, 1944, the beginning phases of the Battle of the Bulge. Hitler’s plan to disrupt the Allies communication by dropping paratroopers was not as successful as he might of wanted. Because of pilot error and severe cross-winds the troopers were scattered over a fifty mile radius, missing their drop zones. Several of those troopers had come down in the Trains area of the 5th Armored, landing in and around the village in which the 127th was bivouaced. According to a German historian, a war diary, a daughter of the eyewitness who had written the diary and many from the village, one of these troopers had landed near the village’s church and went up to the bell tower to commence firing upon those with orders to seek and capture or destroy. One of those soldiers he was firing upon was my father with my father shooting back and wounding him. After seeing that he had wounded the trooper my father entered the church. While my father was doing that, the trooper had made his way back into the sanctuary where my father and he had a hand-to-hand fight with my father killing him and leaving the body on the alter. This was between 6:30 and 7:00 AM. The 127th After Action Reports has in its files written that an officer had called into Headquarters at 6:40 that two Germans were captured and one was killed. What the historian told me with that of the village people and the 127th reports there was no doubt that what my father had told my brother and my uncle was true and that because he was before this time a very religious man, he lived a life of self-guilt and hate for desecrating the House of God. Near the end of my research, I had the opportunity to speak with a surgeon of the Fifth Armored. He mentioned that the paratroopers that he had attended to were all about the age of fifteen years old. He told me that it may of been very likely that my father had killed a fifteen-year old boy. Adding to that, my uncle had mentioned to me that my father had said many times through the years that he did not want to kill, but was forced to, he had no choice. In learning all of this I had learned how to love my father though he was deceased and had written a book that is copyrighted in Washington, D.C. but is still as of yet not published. It is titled The Man Within The shell, for I had clearly found the man who had lived in a shell until the day he died.
Bill Lanoie <BLanoie@msn.com>
Skokie, IL USA - Monday, March 24, 2003 at 09:21:15 (EST)
I'm looking for Mess Sgt. Robert "bob" Green c or e company.From Iowa, his friend name William "bill" Hammer.They call "Bob" statol. My grandma "cely" Celestina Magdael was pregnat before bob sent to Okinawa Japan.They met at tiring santa barbara ilo-ilo city Panay Islands. they lost communication because all the documents was stolen by anti american.Everything was stolen they almost kill my grandma and her bestfriend julie. they just escaped.after the war my grandma heard that "bob is still looking for her. But sad to say wrong information give to them that the only reason is my grandfa wants only my mother Boby Green.She hide her b'coz she scared that her child would take away from her.Now my grandma was very ill and all i want is any info regarding Robert "Bob" Green.Whatever happen all i want is if still alive or not or even just a picture of him. thank you and god bless! my e-mail add. w. placido@eudora.com. Thank you and god bless
Wendy green Acebo <w.placido@eudoramail.com>
paranque, Manila Philippines - Monday, March 24, 2003 at 02:29:49 (EST)
I am writing a book about the composer Richard Strauss, who was living in Garmisch at the end of the war. He met many American soldiers after the occupation. I would be very grateful to hear anyone's stories of encounters with him, especially on or about April 30th, 1945.
Alex Ross <axlroth@aol.com>
New York, NY USA - Tuesday, February 04, 2003 at 12:08:41 (EST)

I am Former Sgt. Charles M. Bielecki, Korean Veteran Member of the Chosen Few. Would some one know if Leo Bielecki, served with the 419th Armd FA Bn? He would be my father.
Sgt. Charles M Bielecki cmb31stinf@aol.com
Chicago, Il USA - Sunday, August 04, 2002 at 09:25:55 (CDT)


What I remember most is when we'd go on liaison operation to other units of the 10th or sometimes other divisions, we'd try to coordinate what they were doing with what the 419th was doing. Most of the time we had Col. McCabe's half-track at our disposal and went with that. Sometimes they'd send me out by myself in a jeep with a driver to bring messages to and from other outfits. One day one of these trips we'd slid on the ice and the jeep completely flipped over and the jeep protected us but, the C-ration cans hit us as they flew...more funny than disasatrous.

We got lost a few times, and once were going to another infantry division and we were halted by infantrymen on this one road, and were told that Germans were just down the road and could not go further, and could not complete the mission. Sgt. Morrison was sometimes in charge of our half-track and at other times he was an observer in the piper cub observation planes. So he'd disappear for two or three days and we'd see him again. When he wasn't there we had a Lt. Halstead (I think) and we went on a number of missions with this Lt. in charge. On one of these missions we were in a house in Germany and a tiger tank (German) was down the road and fired and destroyed the front part of the house. Fortunately, we were in the back of the house, and no one was injured. We had to evacuate, and returned to out unit.

We ended the war in Garmisch Partenkirchen and in the 1970's I was on a business trip to Munich and the local German manager took me back again to see Garmisch and the Zugspitz Mountain. Garmisch looked as it it had not changed since we'd been there in 1945.

Since I was younger and newer in the division I had less points, and couldn't stay in the 419th, so they sent me to Nuremberg, and then the war in Japan ended, and I was sent back to the 419th again. When the 419th was sent home, again I didn't have sufficient points so I was assigned the amry of occupation in Bremen, till March of 1946. Then I was sent home, and discharged. I had two brothers, one of whom was in the CVs on the navy and another who was too young to be in the service. I went to college on the GI Bill, got a degree in math. Then worked, and had a family with five children.
Fran Vigneau <franumass@aol.com>
Cape Coral, FL USA - Sunday, July 21, 2002 at 09:47:07 (CDT)


I was drafted in Nov. 1942. I was living in Wakita, OK. Upon the death of my grandmother, I went to the induction center. I took my physical in OK City, OK on Veteran's Day, 1942. There was nothing wrong with me, so they took me into the army. I went to Fort Sill and was there about a day and a half, then I was put on a troop train, and when we ended up we were in Ft. Benning, GA. I went to Armed Force School, Fort Knox, KY...Wheel Vehicle Maintenance, I spent 3 mos. training.

In November I got a furlough and got married to Helen (we're still married!), and she went with me to Camp Gordon, GA. That was after TN maneuvers.

In about a month I was sent back to Fort Knox, to tank school. We learned to maintain the vehicles and shortly after that we were sent to Camp Shanks, NY. Then boarded the ship the Edmund B. Alexander, and in the process of moving around in the bay, the ship struck a sand bar, and we were transferred from this ship, to the USS Brazil.

We set sail for Europe and arriving in France we received our equipment. There were still some of the original landing vehicles from the D-day invastion sitting in the water, rusting. It was kind of queezy seeing it all, and it was a strange country and we were'nt sure what we were getting into. We made sure everying was alright--doing maintenance. We went to LeThiel, a little town, in the southern part of France. We got the call to go North, to St. Lo, till we got to Paris, saw the Eiffel tower, and proceeded on Verdun and took my baptism by fire at Verdun (that means that's the first time I was fired on).

We'd been firing at Metz, and we went North, a simple mission to feel it out, and when we came back, and the call came again to go North into the Bulge. We drove 24 hours a day till we got to the staging area near Luxembourg. We were there for about a day or two, and they pulled us back west and south of that location, to Echternach, this is where our infantry was pushed back, and we were now on the front lines facing the Germans--and it was cold. We were there for 3 days defending that hill and then we got the call to go South. Near Wittlich, spent a day there checking all our vehicles, and continued South, after about a week to Crailsheim. There we were cut off, surrounded and had to wait for 101st Infantry to come to us, because we were out of gasoline. And about the 3rd day, one of the walking infantry div. came to our position, and then we got fueled and started South. From there it was one town after another, meeting little resistance, and continued on South through Kaisarlauthern.

Then the war was slowly dying down, continued on South. We were in a little town of Regisee, and we maintained our vehicles. We went on to Garmisch-Partenkirchen where we were when the war ended May 8, 1945. We were sitting in the parade groun at Garmisch when the war ended. Number 3 gun fired 3 rounds when the cease fire was called. I went back to the town of Reigsee, and on July 7, 1945, and I was told I was to be separated from the 419th C Battery.

I went to the separation center to be sent back to the States. I arrived at the Separation Center and sent to Camp Lucky Strike (in France, I think). After about 3 weeks-month, I boarded the USS Santa Rosa, and headed to the States and arrived Camp Shanks, NY, and was there about a month. Got home to my wife and 8-month old daughter, Lydia. Felt great to be home! I had a 30-day furlough, went back to the induction center, and recd. another 15-day furlough, and on Oct. 17, 1945 I took employment at a refinery in Enid, OK and spent 38 years there, retiring Dec. 30, 1982.
Francis Roush
Enid, OK USA - Saturday, July 20, 2002 at 18:00:34 (CDT)


I was in C battery, tank #6, Sgt. Crabtree was our chief of staff. Corp. Richards, gunner was Edward Carlson. I was number two man, the one who separated the shells, and put the charge in. I had to take out the 2 stakes, and the gunner would line them up. We had to make sure we put the right bags in, sometimes we had to fire two to seven miles, where the enemy was. We had different shells, smoke, phospherous, fragmention, shrapnel over the enemy. Armor piercing shells could blast through tanks. After the target was zeroed in, they'd call the whole Battery fire to orchestrate the shots to cover the area and disperse them.

One night we were in an area, and we were in tents and Edward Carlson was the number one man, and the enemy shelled. Hit close to the tent and in the morning, we noticed that a whole through the tent just inches over our heads, and I realized then that the pop I'd heard was the shrapnel coming through. -- Another time we were on night mission, coming down the mountains, down a rod, and we were running over something very rough, only with spotlight. The planes had come through the day and had killed cavalry German soldiers and horses, and we'd run over them!

You could smell the smoke.
Charles Mohn
Erville, PA USA - Friday, July 19, 2002 at 20:50:10 (CDT)


One night in the middle of the night in Germany I was on the radio in the half-track, with no lights on, and something was shaking the half-track. I peeped out through the little window in the door, and was relieved when I discovered a cow, rubbing her body against the half-track.

Another memory: We were in a holding position on the French-German border, radios were off the air. I was operating a switch board with two other GI's. Col. McCabe was asleep upstairs in the same house. 2AM in the morning, we were all hungry. Two were asleep on bedrolls on the floor and they woke up and were hungry. One mentioned that he saw the cooks when they served the evening meal, were mixing pancake batter for the next morning's breakfast. So we decided that we would have some pancakes. The kitchen truck was in the alley adjacent to the home we were staying in. After the guard passed the house, leaving the kitchen truck area, I ran out with two mess cups, down the alley to the truck, dipped up two cups of pancake batter, ran back to the house. There was a deep snow on the ground. I dripped the batter all the way back on top of the snow. We proceeded to cook pancakes. The switchboard rang and a call came in.

Some officer asked to speak to Col. McCabe, I said "he's asleep, Sir." He said "wake him up, I must talk to him", I went upstairs and awoke Col. McCabe. He came down, spoke to the officer, turned around, sniffed a few times, saying "men, it smells good in here, goodnight."
Harold Carmichael (Hoagy) <legalbeaglegail@hotmail.com>
Columbus, IN USA - Friday, July 19, 2002 at 20:09:40 (CDT)


I started in 1942, shortly after my son was born. I'd enlisted and was sent to Fort Sill, then Camp Gordon, GA. I was assigned as a gunner on an M-7. I remember during one particular heavy fire mission, and I lost my hearing, it got to where I couldn't understand the instructions. So I was transferred to the RO section reconnoisance and I enjoyed that tour, and we went to Tiger camp, and I couldn't swim, I'd almost drowned as a kid, and we had to go thru a water course in camp, and I avoided that. I missed the water course. I was in the army for whatever length of time I had to be there, and had arranged for my wife to come to Columbus, GA and she came down there.

I got a class A pass and the officer tried to get me to OCS, but I wasn't really interested in making a career of it. I left to go overseas with the 419th and got on one ship, and it ran aground, and we had to switch to another. That was in NY harbor. We went overseas, and that was uneventful except for our first sergeant Vernon Floerke said to be careful about sea-sickness, and he got real sick. Whenever I got woozy, I went up on deck. We spent most of our time up in the front line near infantry in liaison, and that was just fine so I could see just what we ought to be shooting at. Then we got a 3-day pass to get back to battery.

During the Battle of the Bulge, I was awarded my Bronze medal, and they put my name in a hat to get R&R, and I won to get home, day after my birthday, Saro Messina called 5 different switch boards to get me near the front lines and asked me where I'd like to sepnd a 30 day vacation, and he had a bit of time convincing me that I had won the vacation, and 3 of the switchboard operators he called said they would take it if I didn't want...so I believed him and he asked again, and I said "Oklahoma City, OK, and when can I leave?", and as a side note, I had worked in a box factory before shipping overseas, and Messina and I had worked together so it was usual for him to kid me. From Metz to Cherbourg, I took rode a 6-by-6 truck, and from Cherbourg across the channel to Southhampton, England to Liverpool, England for 2 days and got on a boat which took 10 days to get to Newport News, VA, got on a train there to get to the Fort Smith army post, Arkansas. From there I took a bus to Oklahoma City, and was there for 30 days, and got an extension, and then the war was over in Europe.

Two weeks after getting home, I'd developed an ulcer. They changed my order and sent me to Fulsum, TX for re-assignment, and I was there 30 days, riding a bicycle about camp, and was about to turn it in, and my foot went off the pedal and nose-dived over the handlebar, and fractured both wrists. For 6 weeks. Everyone asked, after being in Battle of Bulge with no scratch, "You got wounded overseas?" because of my bike accident was embarassing. Because of my ulcer condition the Dr. gave me a medical discharge 3 August 1945.
Ken Manning
Norman, OK USA - Friday, July 19, 2002 at 11:48:13 (CDT)


Frequent stops at the Catholic Church to refresh our thirst with the altar wine--happened more than once. We just asked the priests were it was, and we just kind of took it. We also discovered they didn't have any whisky, or we would have taken that too. We had a POW travelling with us for about 6 months, I forget his name, and "he really found a home" with us. Heard from him once after the war, I was going to help him get over here, but after I wrote back to him, never heard from him again. I think of him alot.
Jerry Huvaere <dick@huvaere.com>
Fort Meyers, FL USA - Friday, July 19, 2002 at 11:21:11 (CDT)

I remember the time when we were chasing the Germans in the Spring of 1945 in the woods. The following morning I heard the church bells ringing, and I asked Joe Gebhardt if I could go to church, and I took William B. Carry. Joe said to take your "small arms". We got to church, and there were Germans in the church with their firearms. We mutually ignored each other, from the peace of the church haven, the grace of the Lord.
Jerry St. Amand
Wilmington, DE USA - Friday, July 19, 2002 at 11:10:35 (CDT)


I was in Headquarters Battery, 419th AFA, joined 10th Armored in Fort Benning, GA, 1943. From there we went to TN maneuvers, to Camp Gordon. From there we shipped over seas, landing in France. I drove half-track for Headquarters Fire & Battery, Lt. Bradford was my officer, and he named the half-track I drove "Josephine" after Lt. Bradford's wife, and our 419th mascot is a Bengal tiger named Josephine. I've had her about 10 years, and I bring her to all the reunions.

When the war was over, I was glad to be in Garmisch Partenkirchen and I got to meet General Patton. We called him "Blood & Guts", and he lived up to that!
Virginia & Frank Gruden <shaver210@aol.com>
Cape Coral, FL USA - Friday, July 19, 2002 at 09:15:08 (CDT)


Message for JoAnn Gebhardt "new e-mail address"
Bill & Rea Dawn Poling <brpoling@cowboy.net>
Perkins , OK USA - Sunday, July 07, 2002 at 22:12:05 (CDT)

I'm the brother of Lt. Joseph T. Gebhardt and have been following some of the amazing feedback on this website. Since I will not be attending the upcoming reunion I'd like to salute all the brave membersf the 419th who served with him. This country is proud of you guys-It's never said often enough.
David A. Gebhardt <dageng@attbi.com>
Farmington, CT USA - Friday, July 05, 2002 at 11:37:53 (CDT)

Ladies/Gentlemen,finally I found a site of those responsible of liberating the village of Oberammergau, home of the Passion Play. I am currently stationed in the buildings belonging to a caserne here in Oberammergau, the Hoetzendorf Caserne. On 29 april 1945 and before, the Germans held part of their Messerschmidt factory 'hidden' in this caserne. Now, the caserne holds the NATO School (SHAPE) where I am posted since 1994. I am planning to do a briefing on the history of the Hoetzendorf Caserne, the tunnels in the Laber mountain just behind the caserne and their closure by the US Forces. I would be grateful if there is anyone out there that could help me with any written documentation and/or pictures about how the US troops liberated Oberammergau and the Hoetzendorf caserne.Any help in this matter is highly appreciated.Thank you for giving me this opportunity for any contact about this subject. Internet is so great!!Very respectfully,Sjon SellesSergeant First Class of the Royal Netherlands Air ForceRottstrasse 32D-82487 OberammergauGermanyselles@oberland.net
Sjon Selles <selles@oberland.net>
Oberammergau, Germany - Tuesday, June 25, 2002 at 17:19:07 (CDT)

Just a shot in the dark. Message board was listed for 777th Tank Batallion. My father, Tec 4, Homer Deibler was an auto mechanic within the division. He passed away in 1952 and I have few memories of him. If there is anyone who knew him I would love to hear your comments.
Kaye J. (Deibler) Thoma <kjthoma@epix.net>
El;izabethville, PA USA - Tuesday, June 18, 2002 at 10:13:16 (CDT)

dear createri found your site very interisting haveing relitives in the war id love more info if youd be able to send me some more though mailmy address is a reardon springmount warialda 2402 nsw australia
angus reardon <32111@twgs.qld.edu.au>
toowoomba, qld australia - Sunday, June 16, 2002 at 23:30:29 (CDT)

My uncle, Sgt. Robert Stone, was attached to Co.B, 54th Armored. He was killed on Nov 19, 1944. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who served with him.
Bob Stone <bstone@adelphia.net>
Lewiston, ME USA - Friday, May 31, 2002 at 17:09:15 (CDT)

in St. Avold, France, and I am interested in contacting any family members or vets who are going to visit the cemetery in the next year or so. Rick Haverinen cooncat@t-online.de
Rick Haverinen <cooncat@t-online.de>
Heidelberg, Germany - Monday, March 25, 2002 at 23:56:53 (CST)

my sister and i are looking for info on henry gaSKA
henry gaska jr <hxgaska@pacific.net or mschlarb@msn.com>
redwoodvalley, california USA - Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at 04:19:59 (CST)

I'm looking for anyone who might have served with my father, Robert (Bob) Savage. He was an FO with "C" Company, 423rd AFA.
Lynn Savage <lsavage@dlis.dla.mil>
Battle Creek, Mi USA - Monday, March 11, 2002 at 12:39:30 (CST)

Dear Sirs, Thanks to all who fought in the Battle of the Bulge. My father fought on the extreme southern end of the Bulge in Alsace. Here the Germans were G-2'd at 13,000 troops, but actually all told - 30-50,000 combat effectives. A total of 130,000 troops. Due to expediency the "fiasco" at Colmar was separated from the bigger "fiasco" of the Bulge. On Dec. 12, 1944, the Germans hit the 36th division and parts of the French 1st Army in Alsace. Highly outnumbered they held their ground and fought the Germans back. Had they been destroyed there 7th Army to the north of them would not have been able to stretch from the Rhine to the West....so George Patton could not have rolled north breaking the siege of Bastagone. The men of Ardennes-Alsace held!!
Greg Underwood <GregColmar@hotmail.com>
USA - Monday, March 04, 2002 at 15:33:11 (CST)

I would like to have some informations about Col. B. F. Luebbermann (or a foto) and his family. Where is he from and mayby if he is still alife or has some relatives named Luebbermann.
H.-J. Luebbermann <h.luebbermann@eplus-online.de>
33334 Guetersloh, Germany - Friday, February 22, 2002 at 13:48:34 (CST)

Its hard to believe that it was more than 56 years ago when we were right in the middle of the battle of the bulge. I imagine that none of us will ever forget what that was like. What I remember most is being cold, hungry and scared. Well we did get a Christmas present when the skies cleared just before Christmas and we fianlly had much needed air support.
John Bonman
Boise, ID USA - Saturday, February 02, 2002 at 17:06:22 (CST)

Is there anyone out there from the 10th Armored Division who recalls picking up a young woman without shoes and taking her to the local army barracks in Garmisch Partenkirchen. This young Hungarian woman (now 73)had been a slave laborer at the Messerschmit Night Fighter factory at the airport in Leipheim. She was hospitalized at the military hospital in Garmisch for two weeks before being taken to Oberamergau where she was issued a UNRRA displaced persons card. If anyone has any information about the DP camps at Garmisch and/or Oberammergau and about the military hospitals in there please let me know. I am trying to find documentation on this woman, a survivor of the Holocaust.
Regina Turner <regturner@aol.com>
Albuquerque, NM USA - Saturday, January 26, 2002 at 21:46:45 (CST)

I am looking for any information regarding my Grandfather, Jack Tygard. He was in B co. 809th Tank Destroyer Battalion (Temporary)in Camp Forrest, Tennesee as of June 16, 1942. The only information I have comes off a certificate saying he is being promotedto Technician Grade 4. After this there is no documentation of his exploits. If any one might have known him or someone who else who was attached tio the 809th any information would be greatly appreciated.
Daniel Bonnet <chief0124@yahoo.com>
Pittsburgh, Pa USA - Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at 14:43:43 (CST)

i am a fifteen year old student and this site helped me out the best. it gave me really good information for my report. i espicaly liked Col. McCabe's Report.
Rick <Rickma22@epals.com>
New Waterford, Oh USA - Thursday, January 17, 2002 at 12:39:51 (CST)

I am a professor of History at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, specializing in 20th century military history. My current project, tentatively entitled, "Rhino Tanks and Sticky Bombs: American Ingenuity and the Second World War," examines field expedients developed by U.S. servicemen during the Second World War. In this project, I argue that the "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without" mentality present in the United States prior to 1941, coupled with the preponderance of mechanical items that future soldiers and sailors had access to both prior to and during the war, made U.S. soldiers uniquely suited to find technical solutions to problems they encountered during the course of their wartime experiences. The most well-known example of this phenomena would be the "Rhino" hedgerow cutting tank developed in Normandy during the summer of 1944. Considering that field-expedient solutions are not commonly found among the British, French, German, Russian or Japanese armies, I believe that these non-regulation solutions, employed by U.S. soldiers engaged in all theaters of operation, were essential to the ultimate Allied victory. My questions for veterans: Do you recall any instances of field expedient devices being developed to enable you to be mroe effective in the field? What were these items, what prompted their construction, and how was it possible to build them? If any of you are able to provide me with examples such as the Rhino tank, I would be more than happy to correspond with you. Please contact me at the address below. I am grateful for the sacrifices veterans made for this country, and I hope my research will help remind Americans that freedom is not free. Sincerely, Robert Wettemann Department of History Box 638 McM Station McMurry University Abilene, TX 79697-0638 wettemar@mcmurryadm.mcm.edu
Robert Wettemann <wettemar@mcmurryadm.mcm.edu>
Abilene, TX USA - Monday, January 07, 2002 at 15:13:55 (CST)

My father, Roy W. Perkins, was a staff sgt in Patton's 3rd Army. He was wounded 3 times during the war, the last a severe abdominal wound that sent him home.If anybody knew him, I would sincerely appreciate it if you would contact me. Thanks.
Randy Perkins <rwp7375@bellsouth.net>
Atlanta, GA USA - Wednesday, December 26, 2001 at 04:31:45 (CST)

Looking for anyone who was in Lutrebois Dec.31st, 1944and may have known Homer Ricker, Jr. Co. H 35th Inf.
Shirley Ricker Theis <nh_vbob_kid@hotmail.com>
Candia , NH USA - Thursday, December 13, 2001 at 20:08:58 (CST)

Enjoyed this web-site very much. Good Luck-Good HealthWW2-Vet- Co.E-345th Rgt.87th-Golden Acorn-Infantry Div
Jim Hennessey <ND-JImHennessey@webtv.net>
Bayonne, N.J. USA - Monday, December 10, 2001 at 19:47:51 (CST)

On the 17th of april 1945 the 69th infantry division was preparing to attack the german city of leipzig.on this day PFC Gordon H.Straut,an ambulance driver with the 369th medical battlion 69th division was awarded the bronze star for rescueing two men from a tank which had been knocked out by german 88's.I would like to find out more about this action and who the two tankers were.they would have been members of either the661st tanks destroyer Bt.or the 777th tank battlion.my thanks to all vets for my freedom!
Matt Rimmer <snafu@bushinternet.com>
Dolgellau, Gwynedd United Kingdom - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 08:50:34 (CST)

My father-in-law was John Frear Laudig. I think he was a Lt. Colonel in the 10th Armored Division.He died of a heart attack in Washington in 1955. I never met him and I was wondering if anyone knew anything about him.Thank, Lynn Laudig
Lynn Laudig <llynnjake@aol.com>
Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Friday, November 09, 2001 at 17:15:53 (CST)

Hi My name is Chris. My stepfathers name is James Gebhardt. His father was Lt. Joseph T. Gebaardt. I am doing a report on the 419th Armored Field Artillery Battalion and I would like to know what went on during the war and what your division did during the war. If you are a Vet and were in the 419th Battalion I would like to talk to you. Please contact me at my E- Mail. And if you are going to the reunion I will see you there. Please E- Mail me before Oct. 31. Thank you Chris
Christopher Farrell <Gebhardt@localnet.com>
Albany, NY USA - Thursday, October 25, 2001 at 13:14:07 (CDT)

I was in CO. B 20th Inf. 10th armored Div. from Bastogne to the end of the War. Lt. Dorsey are you still out there some where? --maybe Maryland. I buried your leg when it was shot off by an 88.Any relatives of Capt. Billet from Kansas KIA Any one that knew me at that time, let me hear from you --Chris
Chris Georgiades <christoshsd@earthlink.net >
Tallahassee, FL USA - Monday, October 22, 2001 at 22:58:04 (CDT)

i am looking for anyone who may have known my grandfather. his name was frank william " billy" wray.he was in the 3rd army, 87th (golden acorn) div, L co, 3rd Bn. he entered the army from utah and trained in fort jackson, sc. from there he was sent to germany in the winter of 1944. please help. thank you,kimberley wray gentry
kimberley gentry <kgentryrdh@yahoo.com>
columbia, sc USA - Sunday, October 21, 2001 at 13:53:23 (CDT)

I am the granddaughter of Virgil H. Spaulding. I am trying to research his time in the 10th Armored Division. This is what I do know and I'm praying someone will be able to tell me more. I know he left for the war in Nov. 1943. He was an "old man", 37 yrs. old when they drafted him. He told my father that at one point he was behind enemy lines for 3 days in a town called Crailsheim Germany without ammo. or gasoline. He was from Kismet Kansas. Please, if you knew my grandfather, or have any more information for me, please contact me. Thank you, Deborah
Deborah (Spaulding) Balfour <fivebal4s@hotmail.com>
Sherman, TX USA - Saturday, September 22, 2001 at 18:49:29 (CDT)

I Roy Granvel Chisum trained at Ft Benning,Ga., served in the 419th Armored field Battalin.Headquaters Battery. Discharged in 1945. I am now 89 yrs old. I was gunner on a sherman tank which was blown up as i received the purple heart. Would like to hear from friends from the 419th
Roy Granvel Chisum <msgchisum@aol.com >
Lubbock, TX USA - Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 21:47:28 (CDT)


Larry was with the 419th FA, driver for COL Robert C. McCabe. At the time he was considered an old man by the 18 and 19 yr olds. He was 29! It is truly heartwarming to see so many of the younger generation show an interest in their family history.
Bror Lars (Larry) Lemberg <rolemb@attglobal.net>
Huntsville, AL USA - Thursday, June 28, 2001 at 21:45:37 (CDT)


I am searching for any old Army buddies of my brother-in-law, Everett Chamberlain. He was with Btty B 777th AAA Bn. 1941-1945...He would like to hear from them @ RFD#101 Barnet, Vt.05821...any newsletters or reunions. Thanks so much.
Carol Rowe for Everett Chamberlain <oxfoxus@yahoo.com>
Oxford, Me. USA - Sunday, June 17, 2001 at 15:36:05 (CDT)

email address changed. Still looking for information on my father Lawrence Parrie, PVT, 20 AIB, 10TH Armored Division KIA 18Nov44, somewhere in France.
Joseph G. Parrie <papajoe45@lycos.com>
Benton, La USA - Friday, June 15, 2001 at 14:30:02 (CDT)

I'm the sister of Joseph T. Gebhardt, who was 19 years older than I when he went into service. My first remembrance of him was his return from Europe when I was 4 years old! If anyone lives in the Long Island area, the Long Island Chapter of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge meets the first Wednesday of the month at the Marine Corps Base, 605 Stewart Avenue, Garden City, New York at 12 noon for lunch and at 1:00 P.M. (1300 hours) for business in classroom 1. For details call David Saltman, 516-221-5096.
Carol M Gebhardt <cmgeb@aol.com>
Smithtown, NY USA - Sunday, June 03, 2001 at 21:09:56 (CDT)

To all of the veterans If you have seen wrecked airplanes or assist to dogfight with losses, somewhere in the Ardennes during the battle of the bulge, and if you have remembrance of the places or maybe if you have pictures of those airplanes that will help me a lot in my research of the missing airplanes and pilots I thank you in advance Phil Philippe.dufrasne@skynet.be
Phil <philippe.dufrasne@skynet.be>
Brussels , Belgium - Wednesday, March 07, 2001 at 11:13:24 (CST)

My Father was part of Co A 61st Armored Inf Bn Cp Gordon, Ga. His name is W.D. Perry, Jr. Half Track Driver-931. He was wounded in the leg and I am trying to find out what happened after. He never talked about it. He was proud to be a vet. My mother lives in South Carolina but I live in Hawaii so it's hard to look at old pictures and talk. If anyone knows him I would enjoy some information and I will try to do the same.
Douglas Perry <Perryd001@Hawaii.rr.com>
Kaneohe, Hi USA - Thursday, March 01, 2001 at 04:12:17 (CST)

My father fought in the Battle of the Bulge,his name is Edward(Red)L.Summey,he was in the 773rd. Field Artillery Batallion,there moto was "Long and Deadly",he served as a corporal,and was a phone specialist,I love to listen to his stories,every year his group meets for a reunion,and have been doing so every since the war,alot of his buddies have passed away,but the ones that are left and the kids keep it going every year.Every person that fought in this war should be commended,I have studied alot about this war,and it is hard to see how our G.I.s defeated Hitlers great army.Thank You for letting me submit this,I'll tell my father about it tommorow.01/27/01
charles summey <c_summey@yahoo.com>
cartersville, ga USA - Saturday, January 27, 2001 at 22:05:17 (CST)

Found your homepage by surprise while searching for Cpl JAMES R. ADAMS 467th ENGINEERS MAINTENANCE CO ASN 34359260.His unit left New York on troop ship USS ALMAACK on 19 Feb 1942 and landed in Northern Ireland on March 2nd.The unit was in Ireland from March until August 42 at Ballyclare or Ballychore.During Dec 1944 Cpl ADAMS was stationed in RODANGE/LUXEMBOURG ,my grand-parents hosted him those days. He told them that he had been at OMAHA BEACH, he left and came back and it seems that they fought around AACHEN/GERMANY maybe HUERTGEN FOREST. I would like to locate Cpl ADAMS or someone knowing him or telling me about the 467th Engieers. I am thankful for any help or useful hint. Thank you very much in advance. Sicerely Monique
Monique Grein-Haupert <gnormand@pt.lu>
Dudelange, Luxembourg - Thursday, January 25, 2001 at 08:21:59 (CST)

My grandfather, Floyd "Bud" Gleason was in the 10th, but I have to research more as to what battalion he was in. Unfortunately, he passed away in 1996. Not long after, my grandmother decided to sell her house, and while cleaning the garage out, I came across a duffel bag filled with items my grandfather had brought back from the war, including a Luger (filled with cement,) papers documenting what had been brought back, a Nazi youth bayonet, coins, pins from Russian soldiers, and much more. My uncle's father, who was a navigator on a B-17 was willing to help me sell the items, but as close as I was to my grandfather, there is no way I could part with them. The only other soldier I know of from his battalion is Bub Epting from Mississippi. Bub and I have written a few times, and he has been wonderful at giving me a glimpse into what my grandfather and he faced. It's a shot in the dark, but it would be nice tracking down info on their battalion. Bub can key me in with more details.
Brandon Johnston <brandonjohnston@yahoo.com>
Mayville, NY USA - Tuesday, January 23, 2001 at 13:50:53 (CST)

My Uncle Kermit Harris passed away Jan 10, 2001. He was a proud soldier of WWII. I was interested in reading about the Battle of the Bulge and I came across your site. You did a fantastic job-on the internet site & by defending OUR COUNTRY! Thank you!! Thank you!!!!
Glenda Bartlett <glendabatlett@hotmail.com>
Houston, TX USA - Wednesday, January 17, 2001 at 19:12:06 (CST)

To all the veterans and their family who planned to made the travel to revisit the Battlefields of the battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes, I invite them to visit a small but very well documented museum at ENSIVAL near VERVIER not far from the Ardennes and Henri-Chapelle US cemeteries, the owner M Eric Tillmans will be happy to help them The address is ENSIVAL HISTORICAL MUSEUM 31 rue J.M Marechal 4800 Ensival Belgium Phone: 3287339388 Fax: 3287354575 The visit of museum is free of charges, it’s only fund by the gifts and the own money of the owner, no official subventions
Phil <philippe.dufrasne@skynet.be >
Brussels , Belgium - Tuesday, November 14, 2000 at 06:49:33 (CST)

It is a pleasure to sign on to this web-site.As a WW2 Vet of the E.TT.O. and a member of CO.E 345th Regt. 87TH "Golden Acorn" Infantry Division,also with Gen. Patton's Third Army,I salute fellow Soldiers. Let's Always remember our comrades who made the Supreme Sacrifice. Stay Well---God Bless
Jim Hennessey <ND-JimHennessey@webtv.net>
Bayonne, N.J. USA - Monday, November 06, 2000 at 20:21:51 (CST)

My father is Sgt. Herbert Fish, at 78 he still survives. He served as a TANK GUNNER in WWII ETO, from 11/1942-1/1946. He was a member of Company "B", 777th Tank Battalion. He operated a 105mm assault gun for cover of attacking troops, field stripped, cleaned maintained and loaded, aimed and fired gun. I am very proud of this man who helped contribute to the freedom of our country today- I say let's remember them faithfully. Please E-mail me with any questions or information. Thank you
Debbie Evans (Fish) <EBrudeb@aol.com>
Battle Creek, MI USA - Thursday, September 07, 2000 at 14:25:02 (CDT)

my dad, james h. eason, fought during the battle of the bulge. he is currently in a local nursing home. would like to hear from any on his buddies.
jerry w. eason <impact28379@yahoo.com>
rockingham, nc USA - Monday, August 28, 2000 at 14:43:52 (CDT)

I joined the 9th Recon Troop, 9th Inf Div, 3rd Army in Dec 45. We were replacements for vets from the 9th and other units going home. Our CO was the famous Ed Samuell who discovered the Concentration Camp at Gunskirchen and who arranged the surrender of hundreds of thousand of South German Army troops. I heard that the US Military Governor of Garmisch stole war booty and escaped to Vitznau, Switz. Can anyone provide details. Please email me direct.
Richard DeMoske <rdemoske@crosslink.net>
Martinsburg, WV USA - Wednesday, July 05, 2000 at 09:51:02 (CDT)

I am trying to get any information on my father's unit during WWII. He was originally with the 512th AAA Batallion, Battery A. The unit was then re-designated as the 809th Field Artillery where they served with the British 9th Army. Later during the war the unit was moved to the U.S. 1st Army, assigned to the 18th Airborne Corp (during the bulge?). They ended their service under the 3rd Army with Patton. His rank was a staff sgt. He also served with the field artillery during the Korean War. Any info would be appreciated
Chuck Hunziker <pensionman@freewwweb.com>
Cleveland, OH USA - Sunday, June 25, 2000 at 22:33:09 (CDT)

My dad Lawrence Parrie was a member of the 20th Infantry Armored Battalion with the 10th Armored Division. He was a PFC and was KIA on 18 Nov 1944 somewhere in France. I was not born until May 1945 so I never got to know my father. I would like any information about the unit he was with and maybe find out where he died. I visit his gravesite in Louisiana regularly and wander what he was like. Any information would be greatly appreciated. I am also a retired E8 U. S. Navy type. My email address is grnmasusie@aol.com.
Joseph G. Parrie <grnmasusie@aol.com>
Benton , La USA - Friday, June 09, 2000 at 02:27:51 (CDT)

My Grandfather Jacob E. Apodaca was a Staff Sargeant for the US Army. He served with the "62nd Armored Field Artillery, Battery B". I cannot find any information on this group, someone please help if you have any information. I asked one WWII veteran about this and he said it may have been what was called a "Bastard Unit". Meaning it was not a part of any division.
Jacob Villareal <elimoon@ix.netcom.com>
Morgan Hill, California USA - Friday, May 26, 2000 at 01:46:10 (CDT)

I have been corresponding with Mariah Ballen information concerning some needed regarding her Uncle. She thinks that you may be able to help me out with a problem that I have in regard to my uncle on needed information that I need to qualify him for the Wall Of Valor here in Pittsburgh, Pa. His name was Michael Morch, Serial #33400047. Rank tec 5, US Army-10th Armored Division, 54th Inf-Btl. He was reported killed on the 25th of April 1945. He is buried at Lorraine American Cemetery St-Avold (Moselle), France. He was award the Silver Star and the Purple Heart, for saving a downed aviator and was killed in the rescue. I wrote to St. Louis about a year ago, and there reply was that all his records were burned in the fire of 1970. How you could help is if you have an account of the daily events and casualties on this date, or any suggestions that may help me out. If there are any charges at all for this information, let me know. Thanks for taking the time to help me on this matter that I have been trying to resolve for the past 2 years.
Sonny <Sonny136@aol.com>
USA - Friday, March 10, 2000 at 10:03:51 (CST)

It was great to have a chance to visit with the gang that assembled in Colorado last summer, 1999. I look forward to seeing some of you at the 2000 reunion. TUP
Erwin "TUP" Roberts <awww@awww.com>
Colorado Springs, CO USA - Thursday, February 24, 2000 at 21:02:49 (CST)

Hello, We are Elske (15 years old) and Evelien (16 years old) and we are two girls from Dordrecht, the Netherlands. We are doing a research for a schoolassignment about the Liberation in 1945. We have to research the World War II and liberation experiences of civilians and soldiers during the period 1944-1945. We have to interview veterans and survivors. The aim of the project is to assemble an oral history of American and other Allied participation in the liberation of the Netherlands during World War II, as well as the courage and endurance of the Dutch people. If you are a World War II veteran or survivor or if you know a World War II veteran or survivor or if you have got any information that might be useful for the assignment, please let us know by sending us a letter or an e-mail. Also, if you are the editor of a newsletter or if you know a newsletter and if you think we could publish a little ad about our assignment, please let us know as well. Thank you so much. Postal address: Evelien aan de Wiel Wittenstein 183 3328 MV Dordrecht the Netherlands e-mail: LiberationHolland@hotmail.com For more information, please visit: http://brein.nl.fortunecity.com/studie/43
Evelien and Elske <LiberationHolland@hotmail.com>
Dordrecht, Netherlands - Sunday, February 13, 2000 at 04:02:10 (CST)

Joanna, thank you for establishing this quality site. I am the son of Dr. & Mrs. Jack Waldrep, the Editors of the MuzzleBlast. As you know, my Dad was a very young physician during WWII, and this placed him on the front lines with a lot of brave soldiers. My small role in this operation is to maintain the data base and print the envelopes for the MuzzleBlast. Earlier, I had the opportunity to type several MuzzlBlasts when the current Editors started. Let's all keep up the good work and legacy of the 419th. Marvin L. Waldrep
Marvin Waldrep <mwaldrep@mindspring.com>
Smyrna, GA USA - Saturday, January 22, 2000 at 15:23:56 (CST)

As the stepson of a World War II veteran, I am the webmaster for the 275th Armored Field Artillery Bn Assn. Like the 419th AFA Bn, the 275th was engaged in the Battle of the Bulge earning the Presidential Unit Citation. Your site presents a great tribute to the 419th and to WWII veterans. We owe them a great debt. I'm glad to see a link to the World War Two Memorial Fund. We would welcome a visit to our site.
Dan Stewart <18z40@prodigy.net>
Tuscaloosa, AL USA - Friday, January 21, 2000 at 19:39:13 (CST)

Thanks to many people who prepared the 419th. History. When any of you are in the Twin Cities give me a phone call. Chuck Pokorney Liason Pilot
Chuck Pokorney <CPokorney@Juno.com>
Plymouth, Mn USA - Tuesday, January 04, 2000 at 10:53:28 (CST)


Hello, We are Elske (15 years old) and Evelien (16 years old) and we are two girls from the Netherlands. We are doing a research for a schoolassignment about the Liberation in 1945. We have to research the World War II and liberation experiences of civilians and soldiers during the period 1944-1945. We have to interview veterans and survivors. The aim of the project is to assemble an oral history of American and other Allied participation in the liberation of the Netherlands during World War II, as well as the courage and endurance of the Dutch people. We would really appreciate it, if you could help us with the project. If you are a World war II veteran/survivor or if you know a WWII veteran/survivor or if you have any other information that might be useful or if you could spread the word about our assignment in a newsltter or something, we would be very happy. If you are willing to answer some questions or if you have got any information that might be useful for the assignment, please let us know by sending us a letter or an e-mail. Thank you so much. Postal address: Evelien aan de Wiel Wittenstein 183 3328 MV Dordrecht the Netherlands e-mail: 4wielen@compuserve.com p.s. In january 2000 (starting next saturday), we won't have an Internet account anymore, so we can't read or send e-mail with this e-mailaddress. We are going to get an other e-mailaddress, but it might take a while. But you can always reach us by postal mail (above = our postal address). Thanks and we wish you a great year 2000!
Elske & Evelien
Dordrecht, Netherlands - Monday, December 27, 1999 at 13:17:04 (CST)

Hi my name is Jason Ross i've been trying to find out any info about my grandfather and his time served in W.W.II. All I really know is that he was part of the 10th arm. div. and that he was a tank comander and that he was in the battle of the bulge. His name was Newell Ross. Do you have ideas on how I can find out anything about his time over seas? I sent paper work out to the army and they said that most of the records were destroyed in a fire many years ago. Anything you can give me will be greatly appreciated.
Jason Ross <jrossx2@gateway.net>
USA - Monday, November 29, 1999 at 21:21:28 (CST)

I came across your website while surfing today. Great job! My father was in the 21st Tank Battalion, 10th Armored Division from 1942 - 1945. He got a Bronze Star with CCB at Bastogne and was wounded during the Crailsheim operation in April, 1945. He spent the occupation in Garmisch with the rest of the divison and returned home in October, 1945. I am an avid collector of WW II artifacts, focusing mainly on items related to the 10th Armored. Dad brought back quite a few things, and my hobby kind of grew out of that. Just recently I picked up a 419th AFA distinctive insignia for my collection. I'm trying to get a complete set of DI's for all of the battalions in the division. I am hoping to display my collection at the national reunion in Cherry Hill, NJ this year. Again, I really enjoyed your site, especially the after action reports. These things really make interesting reading. I recently obtained copies of some CCB reports from Bastogne. Very detailed, but they really give you an up front account of what these battles were like. Are you a member of the 10th Armored National Association? If not, and you're interested, I can give you a name and address to write to. Just let me know and I'll pass it along.
Howard Liddic <liddic@lancnews.infi.net>
Lancaster, PA USA - Monday, November 29, 1999 at 21:03:14 (CST)

Joanna: I wanted to write and thank you for creating a website for the 419th. My dad (Vernon Floerke) just past away last month and I have been looking through many of his things. The items that have held my fascination the most have been his photos and documents from the time he served in the Army (1937-1950). My dad was the First Sergeant for Company C of the 419th. When I was a child I would travel every summer to attend the reunions and met many of the men he served with. When I went away to college I did not go to them anymore. I always talked with him about the reunions and if he had heard from any of his "Army Buddies". He would fill me in on all the letters and calls he and mom had recieved since I saw them last. In support of dad's never ending ties to the 419th I would like to offer what info I have that might fit on your web page. I have the roster of "C" Company as they left for Europe. I also have the photo, similar to the one you show for A Company that I would like to include as well. I have some photos dad took while in Europe (less than a dozen) I could share as well. His camera apparently had a hole in it and very few photos ever turned out. I have lot's of reunion photos and can share those too. Let me know if you are interested in this type of information. I would like to contribute and expand the information if you agree.
Rob Floerke <RobFloerke@aol.com>
USA - Monday, November 29, 1999 at 20:58:14 (CST)

This is a test. I just switched this website to a new server co.
Joanna Gebhardt <jgebhardt@earthlink.net>
USA - Monday, November 29, 1999 at 17:33:40 (CST)

I don't know anyone who served in the 419th. But last weekend I went to the Ardennes (200 miles away)to visit the museum, monuments and graves. When you see the pictures and especially when you standing on a Graveyard of the soldiers who died in W.W II and see the 1.000 and 1.000 of graves then you realize what those guys did for us. They came from a far away country to fight for a never seen country. They gave the most precious gift of all, there lives. My generation lives this care free life thanks to their gift. They should been remembered forever for what they did. That what i wanted to say.
Jeroen Wolswijk <jswnl@gironet.nl>
Holland - Monday, September 20, 1999 at 07:47:57 (EDT)

my father Robert N. McCabe, Burma 1952 hit the high trail
ssgt paul d. McCabe <machi@gateway.net>
kahului, HI USA - Sunday, September 19, 1999 at 10:58:14 (EDT)

I was with the 54th Armored Inf.Bn.From Trier to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.I had forgotten names of the towns We went through until I found this site and the tigerdivision site. Its really appreciated
R.G. Roberts <rgroberts@mindspring.com>
villa Rica , Ga. USA - Monday, August 30, 1999 at 23:23:11 (EDT)

My father Jerome J. (Jerry) Huvaere served in the 419th during WW2 and would love to hear from anyone. e-mail me and I will pass on the message.
Richard Huvaere <huvaere@klondyke.net>
Richmond, MI USA - Tuesday, June 22, 1999 at 18:33:05 (EDT)

Welcome to Colorado Springs! I'm Tup Roberts, A Co. 20th AIB, 10th ARMD DIV. As some of you may know it is my job to maintain the 10th Armd Div. Vets Assn Mailing list. There are many of you not on that list and I may perhaps understand. So be it. This is a great site and congrats to those of you who put it together. When you come to the Springs let me know if you need help. Incidentally I have extra copies of the should any of your members want a copy. The phone number here is 719-597-6962. Best wishes. And many thanks for the many times you missions backed up the 20th. Enjoy the Springs.
Erwin "Tup" Roberts <awww@awww.com or awww@iex.net>
Colorado Springs, CO USA - Wednesday, June 02, 1999 at 00:35:36 (EDT)

I'm the son of Corporal Charles Leroy Childers, who served with Company C, 55th Armored Engineer Battalion, 10th Armored Division from Nov 42 - Nov 45. My brother and I recently started a web site dedicated to the Tiger Division, as was glad to find this site. Great job! Please visit "Tiger Division" -- we must keep the memories of these great soldiers alive!
Dave Childers <lynxgolfer@sprintmail.com>
Woodbridge, VA USA -

Greetings, We are delighted with the 419th websight. What a wonderful tribute to these fine men! Looking forward to seeing everyone in July. God Bless! Thanks so much, Bill & Rea Dawn (Jacobs)Poling brpoling@ionet.net
Bill & Rea Dawn (Jacobs) Poling <brpoling@ionet.net>
Perkins, Ok USA -

Enjoyed reading your work. It is greatly appreciated. Will look forward to seeing you in July!!!!
Noel Ross Jacobs
Perkins, okla USA -

Nice job on this site...DW
Drew Weidenbacher <dweiden@ibm.net>
Bellingham, WA USA -

 

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