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135) Jeff Patrick 
Location:
Missouri
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Tuesday, April 12, 2005 12:52 Write a comment Send E-mail

Hello--I am searching for any information on James Stuart Butler, a native of Jersey City, New Jersey who served in Company C, 42nd Tank Battalion from 1942-45. I am editing his letters for possible publication and would like to correspond with anyone who knew him. I would also like to correspond with any veterans of the 42nd who are willing to answer questions and share their experiences. In this small way I hope to honor James Butler and the other members of the 11th A.D. for their service. Thank you!

Elizabeth Shoemaker Wednesday, September 22, 2010 12:34
Jeff- My father was in C company of the 42 Tank Battalion. I have a list of men in his unit and James Stuart Butler is on the list. My father talked little of the war and passed away in 2002. However, your posting says you may publish your letters. I am trying to get any and all info to see if anyone mentions knowing MY father. Can you let me know if the letters you have did mention my father, Palmer J. Dieckmann? Did you ever publish the letters? Please email me and give me an update on how that is going. Thanks Elizabeth Shoemaker Justsayno00@aol.com
134) tory vardanega 
Location:
vale, OR
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Tuesday, April 5, 2005 10:54 Write a comment Send E-mail

hello,
My name is tory Vardanega my grandfather is Roy Vardanega he served in the 22nd tank bitallion. I was very proud of him. I never really appricated what he did for me untill I wrote a paper on WWII. He was my her just as all of the people who fought to save so many are too. It makes me angry that this country dose not do more to remember you guys. I have recently won a scholorship from our local VFW. My grandfather passed away last May. I wish I would have asked more questions there is soo much I want to know so if any one has any information on the 22nd or my grandfather pleas e-mail me.

with great apprication,
Tory Vardanega

Kristen Vardanega Wednesday, May 17, 2006 21:18
Hi my name is Kristen Vardanega! i seriously have the same last name as you! i dont even know you. do you know a Fousto Vardanega? he is my grandfather. i am 12 years old and just googled my last name so ya...
i am not sure i have any 411 about ur grandfather though.
thanks a ton,
Kristen Vardanega

Donna Kahen Tuesday, June 29, 2010 01:26
I'm the daughter of a Vardanega also. There are several Vardanega's in St. Louis. My grandfather was Anthony V. of St. Louis. He had 2 sons that served in WWII. I knew one but he was not Roy. The 2 brothers lived for a time in Detroit.
133) Phil Stivers 
Location:
Xenia,Ohio
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Tuesday, March 29, 2005 02:51 Write a comment Send E-mail

I am doing research on a uniform and personal effects of a soldier in the 11th Armored Division. All I know is his last name. He was a T/5 and his last name was Katona. He served in three campaines in Europe. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Feel free to email me if you have any informationthat might help. My goal is preservation for the generations to come. Lest we forget.
132) Jacqueline G. Neff 
Location:
California
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Saturday, March 19, 2005 11:58 Write a comment Send E-mail

Hi,
My father in law's brother,, served in the US Army and was KIA 30,Dec,1944. I am posting some information about him, in an attempt to find out more about his active duty, find precious photo's, anything at all that I can have to pass on to his siblings.
INFO: UNTI: HQ490AFA
NAME::HADLEY NEFF
SECOND LIEUTENANT, US ARMY
SERVICE# 01183141
490TH FIELD ARTILLETY BATTALION, 11TH ARMORED DIVISION.
BURIED AT PLOT I ROW 10 GRAVE 7
LUXEMBOURG AMERICAN CEMETERY
LUXEMBOURG CITY, LUXEMBOURG
AWARDS: SILVER STAR, PURPLE HEART
If you have any information, or have served with Hadley Neff Please, Please respond to me, I will greatly appreciate it.
131) Lothar Guenther 
Location:
Suhl, Germany
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Monday, March 14, 2005 20:33 Write a comment Send E-mail

There were heavy casualties when soldiers of the 11th Armored Division liberated my home town of Schleusingen in (Thuringia/Th?ringen) from Nazi rule in April 1945. Sixty years have now passed and I have written a book, "When the Amis Came.... tracing the route of the 11th Armored Division betweenn the Werra River and the Rennsteig Hills." The book will appear on the German market in April, has 192 pages with ISBN 3-930588-62-2. This German language book can be ordered from the publishers at www.heinrich-jung-verlag.de It is based on materials found on the 11th Armored homepage along with reports from German units and eyewitnesses from the Schleusingen area. My own personal vivid memories are included. The book describes combat operations west of the Thuringian Forest. I am interested not so much in the military operations of both sides, rather, to show the aspects of the war that were tragic for both sides. On this occasion I would like to thank all the members of the 11th Armd. Div. Association who contributed so readily to the writing of my book. Special thanks go to Editor Dan O'Brien.

Lothar Guenther
130) Myles W. Raucher 
Location:
Miami, Florida
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Monday, March 14, 2005 00:36 Write a comment Send E-mail

I would like to speak with any surviving member of the 11th Armored Division who recalls liberating American POWS at a camp called BERGA or any American POWS who were marched south of BERGA. This occurred between April 4 - April 23, 1945. My uncle was one of the POWS, but he died on the day of his liberation as a consequence of severe Nazi maltreatment.
129) Mary Hedges 
Location:
Kansas
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Friday, March 11, 2005 16:00 Write a comment Send E-mail

My father JAMES W HEDGES has passed away and I have received a letter from the veterans dept stating that he was awarded 3 bronze medals, but since the fire there's no record on how or why he won them. Can anyone help me. I miss him terribly and would like to learn more about the wonderful man frown

Thank You
Mary
128) Gerald Hoscher 
Location:
Linz, Austria
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Hello!
My name is gerald and I?m from Austria.
I live in the near of Gallneukirchen in Upper Austria.
Now I write a book about the last weeks in world war II in Gallneukirchen.
Here was a pow-camp in May 1945 full with SS-men.
To make photos, I try to find out, where this camp exactly was.
If any one has information about this, please tell me!! Excuse my bad englisch!
127) Mrs Lisa Stevens 
Location:
Burke, Virginia
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Monday, February 28, 2005 12:34 Write a comment Send E-mail

My grandfather, Mike Putcakulish is mentioned on your web site. He passed away in June of 2001. If anyone has any photos or personal stories about him that they are willing to share, please contact me.
Thanks so much!
126) Danny L. Medders, 1SG, USA, Re 
Location:
Lexington, SC
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Thursday, February 24, 2005 09:32 Write a comment Send E-mail

My Father, Tsgt Clyde Russell Medders, RA 34928361, served with the 11th Armored Division. Fought in the Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central European Campaigns and was in Austria when the War ended. Don't know much about him or the specific unit he served with within the Division but, according to his Seperation Record dated 28 Mach 1946, he was a drove a half track and
was a Rifleman. It says he drove vehicle with Command Squad leading Platoon in Combat. He never spoke a lot about the War but did tell me that he was with his unit when they liberated a concentration camp. He told me it was the worst sight he could never forget. Other than that, he kept mostly to himself. I have one photo of him saved from a family house fire years ago. In the photo he is wearing a Bronze Star. How do I find out specifically which unit he served with? I have his flag and after all these years ( 1980 his death) I feel I owe it to him to get all his military history together so that I can finally place his flag in a proper case with all Awards and unit insignias. He served 24 years and retired Oct 31 1970 and passed Oct 31 1980. I miss him very much. Can you offer advice or help.
125) Jason Girard 
Location:
Mt. Pleasant, IA
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Tuesday, February 22, 2005 05:11 Write a comment Send E-mail

First and foremost God Bless Veterans!
My Grandfather Raymond Oscar Hofmann. or
Bill was with a 11th Armored Tank Destroyers Division. I know he trained
in Fort Hood Texas. I know he was on the
second wave at Omaha beach, also fought in
the Battle of the Bulge, and the Seigfreid
Line. He also went through St.Lo, where I
believe his tank was hit when he was not
in it.(Possibly his commanders life was
taken here) Pictures from a book called
"THINK". Anyone having information feel
free to contact me ''PLEASE''and thanks!
124) C. Rowley 
Location:
Germany
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Friday, February 18, 2005 13:30 Write a comment Send E-mail

I work for the Vietnam Veterans of America. I received a call from a soldier who was with the (his words) 11th Armored Division, 3rd Armored Cavalry. He is looking for anyone who was stationed with this unit in Germany around the Vietnam Era. roll eyes (sarcastic)
123) David Robertson 
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Sunday, February 13, 2005 19:04 Write a comment Send E-mail

I'm gathering information on my Uncle Archie Robertson's military history during his service in 1st Platoon, Company C, 11th Armored Battalion in World War II. Since my Uncle never married and died serveral years before my birth, I have few details of his time in the U.S. Army. If any one has information or can point me in the right direction, I'd appreciate the the help.

Thank you,
David Robertson
122) CPT Fred Nace 
Location:
Prague, Czech Republic
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Thursday, February 10, 2005 13:48 Write a comment Send E-mail

I am Captain Fred Nace, US Army and am assigned for one year to US Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic. I am attempting to coordinate the participation of our military members in all of the wonderful events commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the liberation of Western Bohemia,Czechoslovakia during April and May 2005.

I cannot coordinate individual plans for veterans wishing to attend, but I would like to contact those who plan to attend. A list of known events will soon be posted at the embassy website (www.usembassy.cz) and some information is already available on a sight by the city of Plzen (Pilsen) (www.pilsen2005.com).

One of the things I will do is compile a list of those planning to attend and forward them updates to the activities as we receive information, especially those functions where the Czech people have indicated they want to host American veterans. Also, the Czech government does plan to issue a commemorative medal to veterans of the liberation. This is not a US Government project, but I am able to help coordinate a ceremony for those who will be in the Czech Republic. All others must wait until the Czech government decides how to issue the medal.

To that end, I ask you to forward this message to all of your members and friends who participated in the WW II liberation or occupation of Czechoslovakia. This would apply to personnel serving in the following 3 US Army units (and their subordinates) after April 1945:
5th US Corps
12th US Corps
1st Infantry Division
2d Infantry Division
5th Infantry Division
26th Infantry Division
90th Infantry Division
97th Infantry Division
4th Armored Division
9th Armored Division
11 Armored Division
16th Armored Division
8th Air Army
9th Air Army
15th Air Army

and occupation forces:
22d US Corps
79th Infantry Division
94th Infantry Division
8th Armored Division

Please contact me at Pilsen2005veteran@state.gov.

Thank you very much for sharing your valuable time. I look forward to working with you and hope that you will be able to participate in the ceremonies.

Sincerely,

CPT Fred Nace

Q Madp Sunday, March 27, 2005 18:51
You have a great website!! Keep it up. We must not forget our men and women that gave their all.
To some they are just Iraq war casualties but to many of us they are Iraq War Heroes.
Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away
Dedicated To Our Fallen Iraq War Heroes www.IraqWarHeroes.com
Dedicated To Our Vietnam War Heroes www.VietnamWarHeroes.com
121) Evelyn Friedman 
Location:
Montreal, Quebec. Canada
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Friday, January 28, 2005 19:57 Write a comment Send E-mail

My Dad - who passed away 11 years ago at the age of 80 was one of the people liberated from Mauthausen. I just wanted to say Thank you.
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120) C. D. Terry 
Location:
Texas
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Wednesday, January 19, 2005 22:01 Write a comment Send E-mail

Did anyone see a B-17 that crashed near Remagne, Belgium on January 5, 1945. lI was the Radio Operator on that plane.
119) Keith Dominick 
Location:
Maryland
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Wednesday, January 19, 2005 11:46 Write a comment Send E-mail

Hello,

My name is Keith Dominick. I am a 30 year old career firefighter in
Maryland. On my off days I collect W.W. II items such as uniforms,
patches, helmets, hats, knives, etc... I have been collecting since the
age of 13 and am looking for items to add to my collection.

I prefer to obtain the items directly from the veteran or the family if
possible. This way i have a name, face, and stories to go with the
item. This makes it more interesting to me and also helps to keep that veterans
experiences around for as long as possible. If you or anyone that you know
has any items that they would like to have a good home and be
appreciated, please feel free to contact me by e mail.

Thank you for your great service to our country,

Keith Dominick
118) Bob Roemer 
Location:
Winnetka, IL
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Tuesday, January 18, 2005 13:10 Write a comment Send E-mail

As a retired Armor officer (1975-1995) and a dyed-in-wool sports car racer, I noticed with interest that elements of the 11AD over-ran a 200-bed German field hospital in the town of Nurburg, the home of the famous N?rburgring race track, on or about 7 March 1945.

Are there any Thunderbolt veterans out there who could shed some more light on this operation? Specifically, I'd like to know where the field hospital was - near the castle? In the large grandstands/hotel complex?

Also, there are stories that some crews took their vehicles out on the track. Did that actually happen (it makes you wonder what the lap record is for Sherman)?

Were there any troopers who understood the significance of the place?

I'd like to write an article about this piece of history for the BMW Car Club of America magazine. Any help you could provide would be much appreciated.

Armor leads the way!
117) Joseph D Capasso 
Location:
Gibbstown, N.J. 08027
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Monday, January 17, 2005 12:41 Write a comment Send E-mail

My dad served in the 63rdAIB as a combat
medic. My son and I are both members of
the Association. My son is a WWII re-enactor and participates each year in the
Battle of the Bulge held at Fort
Indiantown Gap military post in Pa. WWII
veterans and their families would enjoy
visiting the base and participating as
visitors. It is held the last weekend in
January.
116) J.M.Wofford 
Location:
Calhoun Ga.
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Thanks for a very helpful website,was searching for info on my uncle Virgil I Barnett(A21AIB),KIA March 05 1945.
About all we know is he was hit by an anti-tank round while riding on a tank crossing a river.
Virgils close family are all gone now,but had very little information on his service in WWW2.
Thanks for your service to this "Great Nation"
J.M.Wofford
Calhoun,Ga.
115) Tricia Goyer 
Location:
Kalispell, Montana
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Tuesday, January 11, 2005 00:24 Write a comment Send E-mail

Hi friends!

I hope all of you know that my second novel (concerning the 11th Armored Division) has hit store shelves! Night Song takes place through the war, through the eyes of an 11th Armored Medic. It's getting great reviews. Check it out a www.amazon.com

And if you haven't read From Dust and Ashes, check that out too!

Also, I have a GREAT idea! I am saddened every time I read about another 11th Armored Division Veteran passing away. You guys need to be honored for what you've done, while you're still around to enjoy it! (Don't worry I'll be signing your praises for the next 50 years!)

We all know that this year is the 60th anniversary of the end of WWII. Wouldn't it be great if the story of the division, your push through Europe and the liberation of Mauthausen and Gusen camps becomes known to a younger generation? We cannot let these stories be lost!

I'd love to see the 11th Armored Division get media attention on May 5, 2005--60 years after the liberation of Mauthausen. My idea is to get the story on the show most popular with the younger generations--Oprah! What do you think?

If you're willing. Write OPRAH and share YOUR story. Tell about YOUR personal experiences. About Mauthausen. About the Division. About the reunions. About the trip to Europe this spring. And if you'd like, share about how these stories are being shared with a younger generation through my novels.

The address to write an email to OPRAH is:
https://www.oprah.com/plugger/templates/BeOnTheShow

Also, spread the word! Have your friends and family members write too!

Do you think if we all shared that we might get noticed?

I love you guys!!! You are my heroes!

Tricia Goyer
www.thegoyers.com
tricia@thegoyers.com
114) Carol BAHR Grieb 
Location:
Kansas
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Monday, January 10, 2005 18:16 Write a comment Send E-mail

Earl (Bud) BAHR (2LT) of the 11th ARmored Division was my father. Does anyone remember him? Please email me if you do. As I sit in my warm house with family close-by, I recall the horrors of your Battles in the cold, cold woods around Belgium this time 60 years ago. I am glad so many of you survived. I wish those who never returned could talk to us, too.
113) ellen lumer weissman 
Location:
springfield, new jersey
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Thursday, January 6, 2005 13:37 Write a comment Send E-mail

My father Seymour Lumer, Bronx, New York was in the 11th armored division Company D. He is still well and living in New jersey. We welcome anyone who remembers him to contact us.. Thank you
112) Richard Rigsby 
Location:
Seymour, In
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Monday, January 3, 2005 22:16 Write a comment Send E-mail

My father was Pfc Raymond "Duckfoot" Rigsby, he was a medic in the 55AIB.I think around Lonchamps he recieved a Bronze Star. If anyone has info please forward. He passed away in 1990. thanks
111) Dean D 
Location:
NY
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I never really got to meet my great uncle. His name was Lester T. Stauff. As much as i would have liked to meet him i never really got the chance...i wish i had. He died i think sometime in the 1990's and i wish that i had met him. I am only 14 years old. I respect him so much even though i never met him. I would have loved to meet him. His wife, my great aunt, passed away recently. December 21, 2004. It saddens me that she could not wait just four more days. When we went to her house to get some stuff i found out who my great uncle was. He was a hero just like everyone else who fought in WWII. My father was able to get one of his three purple hearts and one of his bronze stars. I manged to get the flag that was placed on his coffin at his funeral. I also got a plaque of his purple heart. There was one story of my uncle that i know about that i think is quite comical. One day Lester T. Stauff was riding in his tank with his hand on the top sticking out of the cockpit thing with a piece of cheese in it. ZING! A german sniper shot the cheese right out of his hand. I really wish that i had been able to meet my great uncle Lester. If you knew him please email me so that i could learn more about him... Devin111@adelphia.net
110) Steve Baecker 
Location:
Wichita, Kansas
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Wednesday, December 29, 2004 20:22 Write a comment Send E-mail

My Dad, Ralph J. Baecker of Dubuque, Iowa was in the 11th with the 491st armored field artillary Batallion is the best info. I seem to be able to find. He passed away in 1976. there are some photo's from here in the states and a few from Europe. But none have much for descriptions. My mother knows he was at Bastogne/Battle of the Bulge and he saw Mauthausen concentration camp. After the war he went to sioux Falls, South Dakota where he met my Mother. they had 5 children together and we all grew up there. I would like to hear from anyone who knew him or has knowledge of him. I will go through photo's and would be willing to share some of them. Thanks -Steve Baecker
109) Jeff McDiffett 
Location:
Topeka, Kansas
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My Father, Kenneth E. McDiffett, was a radio operator on a half-track with the 11th Armored. He never spoke much of specifics, but I do remember him speaking of meeting Russian soldiers, his commanding officer getting mad at him for shuting down the radio, the weapon he carried (M-1 Carbine), seeing a concentration camp and the German pistol he got and carried in a holster he had made in Austria.

My Father died a few years ago. He battled alzheimer's for about ten years before it took him at the age of 80. He also had heart problems for over twenty years. My mother, Virginia, (still living at home) stood by him through the war years, and the medical struggles that followed. They have both given up much for their country and for this I am extremely thankful and proud.

For those of you that have had similar experiences as my parents, you have my greatest respect. Thank you for your service, sacrifices, and the opportunities you have provided for my generation.

Kenneth E. McDiffett's oldest son,
Jeff McDiffett

P.S.
My mother knows more specifics about my father's service and has many photos of my father and his buddies and letters that he wrote to her when he was overseas.

patricia wadsworth Sunday, April 10, 2005 19:34
hey i meet ur dad one time but he seemed to be a nice guy.
108) David Schember 
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My father, PFC Jasper Schember, was a truck driver with Service Co of the 42nd Tank Battalion. He passed away in 1981. It was after his death that I learned what unit he had been with and found some pictures of him and some of the men from the Co. At the end of the war they were in Steyr, Austria for awhile. Was just looking at the site and didn't notice any mention of the Service Co but I didn't have time to look at the whole thing. Thanks for putting this together. His grandchildren might find it interesting.
107) Brooks campbell 
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Browsing the web and found a wonderful account of my grandfather, Lt. Gen E.H. Brooks on your webpages. Thanks for keeping the memory alive.
106) Marsha Begnoche Kasch 
Location:
Dewitt, MI
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My father, Etmer Begnoche, was with the 11th Armored Division thunderbolts from 1942 to 1946. He is 84 years old and lives in Clay Center, Kansas. This website will bring back many memories for him.

Onny Tuesday, November 22, 2005 18:28
Etmer is my great grandfather he is a wonderful man he has surved his country well and we love him!!!!!!!! smile <3
105) Bob LaPolla 
Location:
Fairfax, VA
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My father-in-law, Bob LaPolla, served with the 11th Armored Division as an infantry scout. His cousin, Robert A. LaPolla, also served with the 11th Armored Division. He'd like to make contact with anyone who remembers him or his cousin.
104) Paul Hawkins 
Location:
Knoxville,TN
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My Father, Paul Hawkins passed away in 1991 suddenly at the age of 70. He, like many others, never spoke of the war other than answering specific questions asked by myself. He did however write a small short story about his experience in the Battle of the Bulge. He was in the 41st Cav. Recon and was a T5/Sgt radio operator on a half track. It would be awesome to communicate with someone who knew.
103) Fred Paliani 
Location:
Brooklyn, N.Y.
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My father, Alfred J. Paliani (he was known to everyone as "Fred" or "Freddie") passed away about 20 years ago and never talked much about his experiences with the Thunderbolts in WWII. I am trying to find out about his experience in the 11th Armored Division and would like to communicate with some of the men who served in his small unit. I know that he was with Headquarters Company of the 22nd Tank Battalion during the war and at the time of his discharge on December 15, 1945 was in Company 1 of the 315th Infantry. If anyone knew him then, please contact me. Thanks.
102) Chris Robertson 
Location:
Charleston, IL
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Friday, December 17, 2004 17:36 Write a comment Send E-mail

Heloo to all and many thanks to the vets out there.

I am looking for inormation on my grandfather's division during WWII. I know he served with the 11th Armored Division.

Company A 55th Infantry,11th Armored Division

His name is Edward L Morgan from Central, IL.

If you reckognize his name please feel free to contact me by email.
car99r@consolidated.net

Chris
101) Terry Doyle 
Location:
HYTHE Kent UK
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Friday, December 17, 2004 03:51 Write a comment Send E-mail

I served with the 2nd Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment in Germany 66-70 and met quite a few American servicemen. I have retired and now pursue my hobby of military history. To compliment this I also deliver flowers (and take photographs) to the headstones in military cemeteries of those who fell in the two Great Wars in France Belgium and Holland. If anyone out there is interested, please contact me at checkit55@aol.com or www.flowersforthefallen.co.uk

Regards

Terry Doyle
100) Joe Carey 
Location:
NYC
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Thursday, December 16, 2004 16:24 Write a comment Send E-mail

Thinking about all the members of the 11th AD, on the 60th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. Particularly my late dad's outfit, the 490th AFA

Hank Carey's proudest story was about the forced overland march of a brand new American Armored Division across France and directly into battle.

God bless all those men who didn't make it to Austria and all those who returned home. They are truely the greatest generation.

Joe Carey
99) Diane Pritchard 
Location:
Egg Harbor Twp, NJ
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Thursday, December 16, 2004 03:54 Write a comment Send E-mail

I spent may summers at Patterson Grove from 1943 to the 1960's. Are there any of you out there who came to the Campground those years? - Ron Harvey, George, Bill (George's cousin from Philly), Nancy Mincavage Saxe (I think), Lester Ridel (Uncle Lestoil), Paul Fogg, Carol Van Fosen to name a few. smile
98) Harriet Thompson 
Location:
Alabama
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Wednesday, December 15, 2004 21:34 Write a comment Send E-mail

My father-in-law was Meron J. "Tommy" Thompson. He was in "C" Battallion, 9th Armored Division, 14th Tank Battalion.
He fought in the Battle of the Buldge and was awarded the Purple Heart. His unit was later (50 years) awarded a presidential citatin. Unfortunately, he passed away on 4 December 2004. He will be so missed. We loved him so. Talk about a hero.
97) Casper 
Location:
Margraten Netherlands
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Tuesday, December 14, 2004 14:51 Write a comment Send E-mail

I'd like to get in touch with vets or for stories of vets, who fought in the Battle of the Bulge or have been in the restcenter of Valkenburg Holland in 44 or 45

I'm also as collecter looking for patches of us ground forces

Please Mail if you can help me.....

Regards

Casper
(23 years old)
96) John Cangley 
Location:
Brunswick , Me.
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Tuesday, December 14, 2004 13:48 Write a comment Send E-mail

My father was T/Sgt John Cangley. He passed away in 1959 of cancer. He was 42.

Roger S. H. Schulman Send E-mail Sunday, February 28, 2016 14:14
If you receive this comment, I hope you'll contact me. It's quite possible your father knew my father, Cpl. Hyman I Schulman of Company A, 55th AIB. I am writing a book about my parents' wartime correspondence and would welcome any information about your father's activities at that time, especially any journal or photographs. Perhaps he even mentioned my father. My name is Roger Schulman and you can reach me at ohrogerchester@gmail.com. Thank you so much.
95) John Marshall Gallarza 
Location:
Los Angeles California
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Saturday, December 11, 2004 15:26 Write a comment Send E-mail

My father, Marshall C Gallarza, served with the 11th Armoured Division. He was wounded in action at Bastogne. He also served in North Africa and he was also a Ranger. If anyone knows of him would you please e-mail me.
94) Bob Knoll 
Location:
Robins, Iowa
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Thursday, December 9, 2004 14:04 Write a comment Send E-mail

Hi My brother Howard George Knoll served in the 491AFA Battery B. He was killed in action March 18, 1945. Would like to hear from anyone that new him.
93) Michael Rea 
Location:
Youngstown, Ohio
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Thursday, December 9, 2004 13:38 Write a comment Send E-mail

For anyone who is interested in former 11th Armored Division soldiers.

One of your own Harold E. Leonhart of Austintown, Ohio passed away at his home December 8, 2004, he was 82. Harold served with the 11th Armored Division in Europe WWII.
92) Suzanne Morrissey 
Location:
Des Moines Iowa
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Hello, all. My great uncle is Lenwood Ammons (Sgt. Ammons, I think you'd call him!). And I just wanted to say hello to his fellow veterans. Our family thinks the world of him, and of all of you. Uncle Lenwood showed me a book last year about your unit. If memory serves, one of you wrote it and it was published by Indiana University Press. Any chance someone out there has details about it? I wanted to buy a copy for myself. Thank you! Suzanne
91) Lynn Groves 
Location:
Warren, Arkansas
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Tuesday, November 30, 2004 00:27 Write a comment Send E-mail

Your site has great content.

I have been researching information on the 55th Armored Inf.Bn. My great-uncle, Richard Jack Adams was in the 55th.

He never spoke of things he saw during the war. Back in the 1980's we were on a family camping trip and I played Blackjack with him. He told me he played it when he was in the Army. Then he teared up. I didn't ask any questions, and he never said another word about it.

My Aunt says he once told her that a fellow soldier was "blown up" in battle while standing right beside him. He said the soldier was a good friend. He never told her anything else.

After researching this site, I can see why he never wanted to talk about what he saw.

He passed away in February 1997.

Thank you to all the people who worked to put this site together and a special "Thanks" to the soldiers that fought with the 11th Armored Division!
90) Dale M. Wykoff 
Location:
Chattanooga, TN
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Wednesday, November 17, 2004 20:01 Write a comment Send E-mail

Thank you for this site. I am interested in any information about OSCAR HALL BLACK who served throughout Europe with the 133rd Ordnance Battallion as a mechanic. He is my father-in-law.

Thanks again.
89) Whalter 
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Hi,your homepage looks really good and gives great information!
Thank you very much!
Greetings from me!!
88) Markus 
Location:
Austria
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Monday, November 15, 2004 12:54 Write a comment Send E-mail

Hallo, Ich schreibe normalerweise nicht, aber diesmal musste ich dann doch mal in die tasten greifen. Also Eure HP ist super toll. Ich habe Euch heute eigentlich mehr durch Zufall gefunden und war ueberrascht wie toll die Seite funktioniert, aufgebaut ist und wie easy es ist, sich zurechtzufinden. Ich hoffe Ihr macht weiter so, denn ich werde Euch jetzt immer besuchen, wenn ich neue Informationen benoetige. Danke,
87) William Blanchard 
Location:
San Diego, CA
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Friday, November 12, 2004 16:21 Write a comment Send E-mail

I am researching information for my Wife and Mother in Law. I am trying to find out information on Private First Class Garland W. Dettmann, 36276276. He was wounded just outside Meiningen, Germany and was part of the Reconnaissance platoon in Headquarters Company, 22 Tank Battalion, 11th Armored division on 5 April 1945. I am trying to see what awards, ribbons and medals he won during his time in the Army. Any help to do that would be greatly appreciated.
86) Dale Z 
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Since we switched to a php guestbook, the entries are not searchable at this time.

DZ frown
85) Wayne K. Hanlon 
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To all those that served this great land - Happy Veteran's Day! The freedoms that we all enjoy today are the fruits of your labor.

With unending respect & thanks,

Wayne K. Hanlon - Son & Jonathan K. Hanlon - Grandson of Kenneth W. Hanlon 41st Cav. smile
84) Dan 
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Monday, November 8, 2004 10:41 Write a comment

Is there a features on this guestbook that allows for "searching" of the guestbook entries ???
83) Mark Stephenson 
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I am researching the events/action that took place around the hamlet of Bizory, Belgium during the defense of Bastogne, 19 December 1944 through mid-January 1945. The 705th was attached to the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division at this time.

I am looking for men who might remember this time period. I can be reached at bizory1944 at yahoo dot com.

I have been to Bizory on several occasions and my uncle was a member of E/501 at the time.

Many thanks.

Mark Stephenson
82) Wayne E. Tennant 
Location:
Loveland, CO 80538
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Monday, November 1, 2004 15:28 Write a comment Send E-mail

705th Tank Destroyer Bn. will have there 2005 Reunion in New Orleans, LA
Please contact me by E-mail wtenn45575@juno.com or telephone at 970-6673233. Reunion dates are:
May 30th to June 3, 2005
81) Mary Hedges Carr 
Location:
Kansas
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Friday, October 29, 2004 18:59 Write a comment Send E-mail

Does anyone remember my father JAMES W. HEDGES of Co A 63rd Armd Inf 11th Armored Division?
He has passed away and I would love to hear about anything you rember about him. Please!!!!

smile
80) Zion 
Location:
USA
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Friday, October 29, 2004 10:09 Write a comment Send E-mail

Your site is very interesting and useful. Thank you.
79) Max Loder 
Location:
Farmington, MM
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Thursday, October 21, 2004 21:52 Write a comment Send E-mail

Hello,

My Brother Jack Loder was in your Outfit. In reading the history of Company A 56 Armored Engineer Battalion seeing names like Gray, Buch, and the twins reminded me of the many times that Jack spoke of those guys and how much they ment to him. Jack passed away in 1992 he was not only my Brother but my best friend.

Thanks

Max Loder

Another Loder Monday, August 15, 2005 01:47
Jack was a great man. We all miss him.
78) P.F 
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Friday, October 15, 2004 16:39 Write a comment Send E-mail

I am a World War II 'Buff" found the following website 14th Cavalry Group
1943-1945 at following URL:
http://www.14cav.org/group.html
On the website of the 14th Cavalry Group
1943-1945 is the following link:
Link "Battle of the Buldge"
Heading: Can YOu Recognize them?
Subject- 11th Armored Divsion troopers at
Bastogne -photo of three soldiers at the
village of BERCHEUX, Belgium (12 miles south of Bastogne)(names unknown)
Email webmaster at following email:
battle-of-bastogne@planetinternet.be
confused wink smile big grin
77) Jenny Brownlee 
Location:
Spokane, Washington
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Tuesday, September 28, 2004 19:14 Write a comment Send E-mail

My father, Merritt Johnson, was a Captain and an Intelligence Officer in the 63rd Armored Infantry Battalion in Belgium, France, and Germany. I recently have been reading his letters home during that period, and have been learning a lot about his time there. I would like to hear from any one who may have known him during that time. You are all heroes to me!
76) Jeff Neff 
Location:
Rochester NY
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Tuesday, September 21, 2004 22:36 Write a comment Send E-mail

It's with sadness that I report my father, Hermen Neff of Sutersville, PA, passed away on Saturday, 18Sep04. Hermen was a staff sergeant and tank commander in company F, 41st Cav. He was awarded the bronze star for action during task force Greene's drive on Houffalize the night and morning of January 15/16, 1945. His action is described in General Greene's summary of this historic link up with the 1st Army that resides on the 11th AD website.
75) sterays 
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Tuesday, September 21, 2004 06:48 Write a comment

Hello, I just wanted to say you have a very informative site which really made me think, Thanks !
Have a nice Day!!
74) Ontiveros Family 
Location:
La Habra Ca.
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Sunday, September 19, 2004 19:29 Write a comment Send E-mail

To all surviving "Thunderbolt" progeny: we currently reside in southern California and would love to hear from any surviving members (or their offspring) who might have served with our father. Our father was Pete C. Ontiveros and he served with the 21st inf. bat., 151st Signal Company. He rec'd a purple heart and bronze star in Dec. 1945 and we would enjoy hearing some of the details or recollections from his former "Buddies."
73) werner 
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Saturday, September 18, 2004 08:51 Write a comment

Keep up this great resource.
72) sandra 
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Tuesday, September 14, 2004 11:33 Write a comment

You have done an exceptional job in creating and designing this website. My Congratulations to you!!!
71) Norbert Neuser 
Location:
Waechtersbach/Germany
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Hello!

May I introduce Myself? My name is Norbert and I am doing some researches on local history events of the area I'm living since late 1993 - escpecially under the focus of airwar. Nonetheless some sad stories of two villages around here (in spring 1945) managed the ignition for some serious overlooksover the fence of My favourite field of research.

The following short descripition may show what I am looking for:

On April 2nd 1945 a fierce battle between retreating units of 6. SS Gebirgsdivision Nord and US units took place in the vicintiy of Waechtersbach, destroying a lot of housings of the villages named Waldensberg and Leisenwald.

Anyone is able to confirm that the 11th was involved in this strange battle?

Every hint, wink, comment are as well appreciated as - perhaps - some photographs.

Thanks a lot and kind regards from Germany

Norbert Neuser

John Wednesday, August 2, 2006 14:01
Hello, my name is john and my wife is from leisenwald and I would love to know about U.s engagements in this area.
70) Thomas Bliss Jr. MCPO, USN RET 
Location:
Tallahassee, FL
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Saturday, September 11, 2004 09:07 Write a comment Send E-mail

My father was with the Thunderbolts from the beginning with 41st Calvary Recon SQuadron mechanized as a Sgt Tank Driver. Reading the Thunderbolt magazine as a child and remembering him and his buddies attending a convention in Cherry Hill New Jersey has remained an indelible thought, especially playing afrmy with his old uniforms. Fortunately, I love the water and the Navy. He was from Philly and he ofter commented about one of his old buddies from the Ozarks calling him around the Christmas holidays. If anyone remembers Tom Bliss, SGT, 11th/41st Calvary, would like to hear from ya. I am in the phone book.
69) Sandra Frost 
Location:
UK
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Friday, September 10, 2004 11:06 Write a comment Send E-mail

I have an old British postcard written 2 November 1944 from someone in Co. A 22th Bn APO 261. Card is stamped US Postal Services APO261. The details of the person (first name Harold) look like P.A.C.H. Kirw 32572831. He was writing to his sweetheart Miss Ruthie Baccher in New York. Can anyone tell me how I can confirm the details about Harold and where he might have been in the UK when the card was written please?
68) Greg Smith 
Location:
Weymouth,MA
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Thursday, September 9, 2004 20:33 Write a comment Send E-mail

I was reading through the site and noticed that the 128th AAA was attached to the 11th Armored Division for a short time during World War 2. My grandfather served with the 128th and I was hoping that I might get some information pertaining to his time attached to the 11th.

I was also wondering if any former soldiers of the 11th published their personal memoirs and if someone may know I how I go about obtaining copies. I can be reached at:

greg1944@yahoo.com

Thank You,

Greg
67) Marie Bobela 
Location:
New Jersey
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Thursday, September 9, 2004 11:06 Write a comment Send E-mail

My uncle was Cpl. Andrew Bobela who served in the 41st Tank Battalion, Company B. He was killed in action on Aug 24, 1945 in Regen, Germany when a bazooka hit his tank. His brother Michael, who also served in the Army, accompanied his body home to the US. Andrew received the bronze star and was buried with honors in New Jersey.

My father Joseph along with another of his brothers, John and their sister Helen proudly served this country in the War. In total, 5 Bobela's were in service at the same time.

I've been researching my family history and came across this website. I was so proud to read about my uncle and the many others who so devoutly served their country and defended freedom. You are all truly courageous.

If anyone remembers my uncle Andrew, please feel free to contact me through email. I would love to hear from someone who served with him.

James Bobela Monday, April 18, 2011 14:34
Hi Marie,

My father would know your uncle Andrew Bobela.
His name is James Bobela and I am also James Bobela.
66) Opal Winebrenner 
Location:
Arlington, Virginia
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Friday, September 3, 2004 13:17 Write a comment Send E-mail

I am trying to find anyone who remembers my late father, Ivan "Ike" Winebrenner, who was a tank driver with the 778th Tank Btn. I am his daughter, and he has a son, Robert, who is in the Air Force in Germany.
65) frank thomasee 
Location:
FT Campbell, KY
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My Grandfather served in the 41st Cavalry Recon Squadron which was part of the 11th A.D. I am trying to find out more info on this unit. If anyone has any info, I would be very appreciative.
64) Robert A. Clemens 
Location:
Brockton, MA.
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I am researching the subject of General Orders. I understand they taught the General Orders in basic training. Is there anyone who remembers what they were? Your help is most appreciated.
63) Vincent A. Drosdik 
Location:
Farmington, Maine
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I am researching Mauser 98K rifles that are marked BNZ45. One photograph of members of the 491st AFA BN appear to be examining late war rifles at a labor camp in Austria. I have not as yet identified the outfit that brought such rifles back..the one's we have are new and unfired. Any help will be appreciated. Vincent Drosdik
280 High St.,Farmington,ME 04938..vincentd@gwi.net
62) Natalie Dunn 
Location:
Voluntown CT
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Sunday, August 15, 2004 10:13 Write a comment Send E-mail

My brother, Anthony Lombardi, died 1/13/45, Co C 21st Btn 6th Reg IRTC, Battle of the Bulge. Did anyone know him and what he was doing that day? Does anyone remember him? Thank you for your help.
61) Jan Roevekamp 
Location:
Florissant, Missouri
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Hello!

My name is Jan Roevekamp and I am the daughter of the late Russell Roevekamp, 575th "C" Company. I am starting a memory book of my Dad's time spent in WWII and I need some help from his Army Buddies. If anyone has any stories to tell about my Dad or pictures of him during the war that they could share, I would love to have them. My email address is roevekamp@sbcglobal.net.

I was able to attend your reunion in Columbus, Ohio and had a GREAT TIME! My parents always told me how much fun they had and they were right. I only wish I could have attended more.

Thank You!
Jan Roevekamp
60) William Partner Jr. 
Location:
Altoona,PA
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Tuesday, July 6, 2004 11:42 Write a comment Send E-mail

Enjoyed your site. Anyone serving with my father or knowing him, "William Partner", I would appreciate hearing from you. I have some photo's that I will share.
59) Charles White 
Location:
Fredonia, WI
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Monday, July 5, 2004 09:47 Write a comment Send E-mail

Just returned to the web site. Will not make the reunion this year. Would like to know if any Vet has a family connection with Faust or Cunningham families in the Dayton Ohio area. Also interested in Stierlin/Eichele in St. Louis, MO or Quincy IL
58) Lucien Fortier 
Location:
Overland Park, KS
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Tuesday, June 29, 2004 13:32 Write a comment Send E-mail

My dad Lucien (Sr.) died in 2003. It would be great to talk with anyone who knew him.

lou
57) Ted Bernabeo 
Location:
Kingston,Ma
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Sunday, June 27, 2004 16:51 Write a comment Send E-mail

Father in-law was George s. Habel and served in the 42 Tank Battalion until wounded on April 7,1945 in the town of
Andernach when his tank was hit. Belive all in the tank were killed except for him.He passed away 7/18/03 at the age of 83. His grandchildren are interested in learning anything about his units wartime experiences as he very rarely talked about
it. Thanks.
56) Susan Grove Pfaff 
Location:
Baltimore, MD
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Thank you for this web site! I've been reading it off and on for almost 3 years now. My uncle, Lewis F. Grove served in the 55th AIB, B company, KIA Jan 16, 1945. He was also a member of the ASTP and studied in Washington state. I have been in touch with many of you and I appreciate all the information I've received. If there is anyone else out there who might remember Lew that I haven't talked to, please get in touch. And thank you for your service to our country!
55) JOE PERRY 
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My grandfather, Quinton Summers, was with the 713 Tank Battalion in Okinawa in Apr 1945 and will not talk about it other than to say that. I am a desert storm vet and am very interested in his service. If anyone has any information on the 713 or know him or can give me any information about it I would be very greatful

Stephen J. Martelli Monday, March 1, 2010 22:10
My Father's name was James S. Martelli and he was in the 713. I have the battalion picture and pictures of my Dad on the tank and in the Pacific. Feel free to contact me, let's talk.

Stephen J. Martelli Monday, March 1, 2010 22:50
I didn't give you my email address before: sjmartelli@myfairpoint.net my Dad's name was James Martelli,
I'm his son Stephen.
54) William Evans 
Location:
Illinois
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Thursday, June 17, 2004 23:26 Write a comment Send E-mail

My father, Ellis William Evans, was a machine gunner with Co. C 21st AIB and is still pretty spry for an 82 year old.
He would like to hear from anyone from Co. C. E-mail me and I will make the arrangements.
As a veteran of the Vietnam war I would like to say thank you for your service to our country.

Tony L. Cain Sunday, August 22, 2004 21:20
Hello Mr. William Evans,
My name is Tony Cain, my Uncle was in Co. C 21st AIB his name is Fred James Cain. I would really like to talk to you and your dad. Thanks Tony

William Evans Saturday, December 29, 2007 21:23
Tony,
Would like very much to speak with you Co. C 21st AIB.
lrrpt23@insightbb.com
thanks Bill
53) Bill Trumbo 
Location:
Midland, Tx.
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(53) Was a Medical Aid Man with 63rd AIB. Hqt Co. Really enjoyed this site. Would like to hear from anyone who knew me 60 years ago.
52) Amy Spiker 
Location:
Laramie, WY
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Sorry to post again so soon but I wanted to mention that my father lost a very dear friend, Robert Pilbeam, during the war in 63rd AIB, Company C. He would welcome the opportunity to speak to any family remaining. He speaks very highly of this man.
51) Amy Spiker 
Location:
Laramie, WY
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My father served in the 11th Armored Division, 63rd AIB, Company C. His name is Richard Russell and he was from Midland, PA. I was honored to take him to D.C. for the reunion and memorial dedication. What a privilege! He was not able to connect with anyone from his division and since our return to Wyoming he has been anxious to get any information about those he served with. If anyone out there has information or can point me in the right direction I would be very grateful. My father is alive, 78 young years old and doing well in Wheatland, WY.
50) Andrew Kejr 
Location:
Chicago, IL
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Hi,
My name is Andrew Kejr, Grandson of Frank Kejr. After watching "Band of Brothers" i have been inspired to try to find out the story of my grandpa's time in the war. I dont know very much but the name Kejr yeilded 1 result in site search. I assume that was my Grandpa. He was shot in the leg and was then evacuated fom the Battle of the Bulge. If anyone has any pictures or stories or info as to my grandpa, i would love to hear about it.
49) Peter Rush 
Location:
Leesburg, VA
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My uncle, Alan Pifer, was a 2nd Lt. and Transportation Officer in the Service Company of the 22nd Tank Battalion in the 11th. 15 years ago he wrote a 50-page essay of his experiences in the 11th, from California to Austria. He is still alive, living in Vermont, and I happened to see him 2 days ago, and he gave me permission to pass on his story to any person or organization that might be interested in it. It is very well written, and really gives a graphic sense of what it was like to be in the lower echelons where you have no idea what's happening anywhere else. Is there any part of this website where such documents can be made available?

Also, if anyone reading this was in his Service Company and remembers him, I would be happy to put you in touch, just send me an email. Also, if anyone reading this wants a copy of his essay, let me know. I only have a hard copy, but intend to find some way to scan it into my computer soon.

Peter Rush peterrush@adelphia.net
48) Roselyne Gerszewski 
Location:
Green Valley, AZ/ Suippes Fran
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Sunday, June 6, 2004 17:07 Write a comment Send E-mail

Thank you to all who liberated my town of Suippes,SE of Reims. I have fond memories of all of you eventhough I was only 3 years old. Hard to think that one would have pleasant memories but I do. I have never forgotten and never will the kindness of the American GIs to the French people of Suippes. Thank you. God Bless
47) Kenneth P. Skeen 
Location:
Medford, OR 97501-3237
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Sunday, June 6, 2004 14:44 Write a comment Send E-mail

Gentlemen: I have come across a framed and glass-fronted wall hanging headed "U.S.A. SERVICE ROLL" from the Church of Christ of Central Point, OR. I was surprised to find the name of Cpl. Earl W. Weaver, Service B'try 491st Armored F.A. B'n. A.P.O. 261 Camp Polk, LA. (honorable discharge). Earl Weaver was a name in the family tree of the SKEEN family, having married a Mary Skeen, my Grandfather's sister. I would appreciate any and all information I could be given on Cpl. Weaver. Use my e-mail address please. Many thanks to all who served that we might be free!!!
46) william (bill) wallis 
Location:
Walls,Ms.
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Sunday, June 6, 2004 13:17 Write a comment Send E-mail

My father Capt.William(Bill)Gardner 11th Armored Division 41st Tank Batt. Co.A was KIA Dec.31st,1944. Thanks for your website,as I found more information on the way my father was killed.Thank God for the 11th. bill wallis smile
45) Trish Vangos 
Location:
Australia
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Saturday, June 5, 2004 03:37 Write a comment Send E-mail

So close and yet so far! I have just visited your site which I adored I will speak about it with my entourage to make you publicity and still cheer with the webmaster :)
44) BigChef- Tom 
Location:
Australia
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Wednesday, June 2, 2004 18:51 Write a comment Send E-mail

I thoroughly enjoyed reading at your site. Bookmarked and will visit back soon.
43) Lawrence Emerson 
Location:
Warrenton, Virginia
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Thursday, May 27, 2004 16:33 Write a comment Send E-mail

I'm named for Pfc. Lawrence F. Buracker, my father's adopted broher, KIA March 13, 1945, serving with the 41st Tank Battalion, 11th Armored Division, in Germany. He's buried in the Luxembourg American Cemetery. My father, still alive, served in a 7th Army artillery unit. I'd like to hear from anyone who knew Lawrence Buracker, a native of Luray, Virginia.
42) Linda L. Short 
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Thursday, May 27, 2004 13:35 Write a comment Send E-mail

My father, TSGT Malcolm L.Short served with the 11th Armored Division in WWII. If anyone has any information on my dad or about the battles he was in, I would love to hear more about him. He died of colon cancer in 1988.

Linda Short Monday, May 31, 2004 14:21
MALCOLM LEE SHORT SERVED IN COMPANY B, 21ST ARMORED INFANTRY BATTALION, 11TH ARMORED DIVISION, NOVEMBER 11, 1922-OCTOBER 27, 1945. HE WAS PART OF THE ARDENNES RHINELAND CENTRAL EUROPE CAMPAIGN. HE WAS AN EXPERT RIFLE MARKSMAN AND RECEIVED THE EUROPEAN AFRICAN MIDDLE EASTERN SERVICE MEDAL WITH 3 B.S. STARS. BURIED AT QUANTICO NATIONAL CEMETERY
41) Paula Jeme Richter Muth 
Location:
Prince Frederick, Maryland
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Wednesday, May 26, 2004 11:30 Write a comment Send E-mail

I really enjoyed visiting your site and will return to continue to gather information on the 63rd AIB. My father, Clarence A. Richter was a Captain in that division. He died when I was young, so I never got to learn much about him. If anoyone has any information, I would appreciate hearing from you.

Jenny Brownlee Tuesday, September 28, 2004 19:00
I think my dad served with yours OCS as well as in Europe. His name was Merritt Johnson, and he was also a captain at that time. I have sent you an email with more information.

D Richter H Wednesday, May 26, 2010 01:37
Paula,
I believe I am your cousin. My mother, Clara, is your father's sister.
Dennis Richter Harkins
drharkins@gmail.com
40) Ray Johnson 
Location:
Bell, CA
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Monday, May 24, 2004 00:40 Write a comment Send E-mail

(40) Enjoy this great site and making contact with buddies in B Company 21AIB. Photo attached was taken in Worms, Germany where we were for a couple of days when we reached the Rhine River.

peteont@aol.com Saturday, September 18, 2004 14:44
Dear Mr. Johnson,

My name is Pete C> Ontiveros Jr. My father was Pete C. Ontiveros and served in the 11th Armored, 21st infantry battallion durung WWII. He passed away last year and I have been researching the "Thunderbolts" but have not been able to locate any surviving members who knew him. Could you help me out? By the way, he lived in La Habra for 44 years.

Sincerely,
Pete C. Ontiveros Jr.
39) Katherine Christ 
Location:
Boalsburg,, PA
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Sunday, May 23, 2004 06:34 Write a comment Send E-mail

(39) Hello,

My grandfather, George William Morris Jr., was in WWII & in the 11th Armored Div., 41st Cavalry Reconnaissance Sq. He passed away in January 1991 and is now buried in the Columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery.

I have 4 tickets to attend the WWII Memorial Dedication Ceremony in Washington DC on May 29, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. However, I'm unable to go & thought it would be nice to offer them to someone who fought alongside my grandfather.

If anyone is interested in having these 4 free tickets, I can send them to you Fed-Ex. The seats are in Section 2, which is right by the Reflecting Pool. Email me at kat_christ@yahoo.com.

Thank you,
Katherine Christ
Boalsburg, PA
38) Katherine Christ 
Location:
Boalsburg,, PA
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Sunday, May 23, 2004 06:33 Write a comment Send E-mail

(38) Hello,

My grandfather, George William Morris Jr., was in WWII & in the 11th Armored Div., 41st Cavalry Reconnaissance Sq. He passed away in January 1991 and is now buried in the Columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery.

I have 4 tickets to attend the WWII Memorial Dedication Ceremony in Washington DC on May 29, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. However, I'm unable to go & thought it would be nice to offer them to someone who fought alongside my grandfather.

If anyone is interested in having these 4 free tickets, I can send them to you Fed-Ex. The seats are in Section 2, which is right by the Reflecting Pool. Email me at kat_christ@yahoo.com.

Thank you,
Katherine Christ
Boalsburg, PA
37) Jon Duncan 
Location:
Memphis, TN
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Thursday, May 20, 2004 17:47 Write a comment Send E-mail

The Memphis Redbirds are teaming up with FedEx and AutoZone to honor the "Greatest Generation" in a Memorial Day weekend dedication on May 29 at AutoZone Park. Memphis has been chosen as one of only five nationally sanctioned sites to simulcast the Washington D.C. dedication. The simulcast from AutoZone Park will begin at 1:00pm, but be sure to be on hand for the all the pre-ceremony festivities beginning at 11:30. The festivities will include:


Ballpark-style buffet for all guests
Live music from the WWII era in the entry plaza
Color Guard
Giant Flag
Various WWII displays
Video Board displays (including movie clips)
Exclusive seating and buffet for WWII Veterans and their families on the Club Level

Tickets are $10 per person (excluding WWII veterans who will receive free tickets) and can be purchased by calling the Redbirds box office at 721-6000. Also, please note that all tickets purchased for the WWII ceremony are also good for admission to general seating at the Redbirds 4:05 start versus Albuquerque.
36) Joel Korn 
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Monday, May 17, 2004 11:28 Write a comment Send E-mail

My father, Murray Korn (491st Armored Field Artillery of the 11th Armored Division) will be in Washington, DC for the inauguration of the WWII memorial over Memorial Day weekend, 2004. He is not aware of any reunion plans during that weekend for the 11th Armored Division). Will any of his buddies from those days also be in Washington for the celebration? It would be a wonderful experience for him to be able to catch up with you. He is not terribly computer literate, so I am writing this note on his behalf. Thanks for your responses. Regards, Joel Korn
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