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1898) Susan Hooper 
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Monday, June 4, 2012 20:48 Send E-mail

My father, Henry L. Hooper, served in World War II in Europe, and I believe he was in the 11th Armored Division because of the shoulder patch I have from his uniform. He passed away in 1983, but while my brother and I were children he told us some stories of his experiences in the war. I believe he trained in Louisiana and/or Texas before being sent to Europe, and at some point he achieved the rank of captain. As I recall he explained that the key work of his unit (perhaps "unit" is not the proper term) was to blow up bridges to prevent the Germans from advancing. I know this is a simplification, however; he never spoke of the terrors of the war in his stories. Could you tell me how I might find more information on his service during WWII? I am just beginning my search. In any case, thank you so much for this wonderful and informative site! Best, Susan Hooper

Dan O'Brien Wednesday, June 20, 2012 18:27

Your father, Henry L.Hooper, was Company Commander of Headquarters Company of the 56th Armored Engineer Battalion, 11th Armored Division. Among the skills the battalion possessed was demolition of bridges and fortifications. It was also equipped to repair or construct bridges, locate and remove mines, road blocks, or other obstructions that slowed or stopped the advancement of troops.

Dan O'Brien
Co. A,56th Armored Engineer Bn.
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