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July 4th, 2012 · 20 Comments

It’s July 4th, and I have been enjoying a quiet day at home, looking forward to the festivities this evening.

While looking over my e-mail, and mostly deletinng spam, I came across the following letter from a young man in the Netherlands who found my website and sent me an inquiry about the 10th AD:

Dear reader,
 
My name is Koen Hermsen, I am twenty years old and I live in Nijmegen, a city in the Netherlands. Even though my English is not very good I hope that you are able to understand my e-mail.
I have always been very interested in the Second World War due to my grandmother who told me about her war experiences. Her father, a Corporal-Constable with the Royal Dutch Navy, was held as a Prisoner of War from 1943 until the liberation. During this time her mother died of cancer and she was left alone to take care of her two sisters and younger brother. Nijmegen was a front city by then and during the funeral of her mother grenades even exploded near the funeral procession, and there was little food available. It was due to the brave American forces who gave my grandmother food that she was able to survive. If not, she would have died along with her sisters and little brother. She told me this story many times, and it was very impressive because if it was not for the American troops she would not have been alive, and I would not be alive today, and enjoy the freedom in which I can live thanks to our liberators. Due to this my interest in the Second World War began to grow.
 
When looking around on the internet I ran across a website about people who collect material from the Second World War like medals, documents and photographs and by coincidence I ran into a shop on the internet which sold these items. I saw a Purple Heart Medal with a photograph album for sale and decided to buy it, since I wanted to take care of such an emotional piece of history and knowing that it went to a good home. All of these items belonged to a Corporal , who was killed in action on the 3rd of April 1945 in Germany, whilst serving with the 61st Armored Infantry Battalion, 10th Armored Division. His Purple Heart was posthumously. The Corporal was reburied after the war at Cedar Hills Cemetery, Covington City, Virginia. He was born in Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia on the 11th of March 1922 as the son of Myrtle and Hubert L. He was married with Mabel  and together they had a son, James T.  
Because I have all of his medals etc. I am trying to find out more about his life and about the unit he served with, the 61st Armored Infantry Battalion. Unfortunately I was not able to find a lot information about this unit and therefore I am writing you this e-mail, as the 61st Armored Infantry Battalion was part of the 10th Armored Division. Do you have, by any chance, information about this unit? I hope that you do not mind me asking, and understand that I am only trying to preserve the memory of the brave soldier and to honor his service and sacrifice.
 
With kind regards,
 
Koen Hermsen
It reminded me of how much our parents’ and grandparent’s generation sacrificed, not only for our country, but for freedom loving people everywhere. Thanks, Koen,  for your interest in keeping the memory of the 10th Armored Division, and that of everyone in our armed services, alive and in the thoughts of those whose freedom has been secured.
Editor’s note: The last names have been removed, since there is no redact feature in this editor, at the request of the writer out of respect for the soldier’s family until it can be ascertained that any surviving relatives have no issues with his name being mentioned in this post.
Bill

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10th Armored West Reunion Pics – Phoenix, AZ, April 30 – May 1, 2011

May 21st, 2011 · 22 Comments

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A note from Klaus Feindler

April 21st, 2011 · No Comments

It’s been a while since I have posted but I got a note from Klaus to remind people that he is still dedicated to his mission:

Please post on your web site:
 
SUBJECT: 10th AD Honor Roll
 
Please be advised that my work on the 10th AD Honor Roll continues. In fact, I am considering the possibility of revising it at a later date. In case you have any supplemental information, please contact the undersigned.
 
Klaus S. Feindler, AM 20th AIB

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Jack Shaffer in Garmisch

April 10th, 2011 · 23 Comments

Jack doing guard duty during the 10th’s 3rd anniversary fair July 1945

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Tiger Graves in Pinelawn Cemetery – Courtesy of Klaus Feindler

July 10th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I have slacked off a bit since the weather turned warm, but 10th Armored Division Historian, Klaus Feindler certainly has not! I received the following attachment from Klaus with a request to put it up on the webpage. Thanks for all of the hard work you do all year round, Klaus!

 

10th AD in My Backyard

 

I live within a mile and a half of the Long Island National Cemetery (aka Pinelawn), located in Farmingdale, New York.  While doing further research for the Honor Roll of the 10th Armored Division, we came across the fact that there are thirteen (13) members who are buried there.  In order to check this out, we visited Pinelawn over the Memorial Day weekend.  Thus far, we were able to find twelve (12) of the thirteen (13) graves which had been adorned with American flags by volunteers for the occasion. 

 

We took photographs of these graves and are prepared to furnish copies to the next of kin or friends upon request.  These veterans are listed in the table below, and we hope to hear from anyone who has information on them.  Contact us either by e-mail (compklaus@optonline.net) or regular mail (Klaus Feindler, 31 Beaumont Dr., Melville, NY 11747). 

 

NAME

RANK

UNIT

DATE OF DEATH

ST

 

 

 

 

 

Brutzki, Gordon C

PFC

20th AIB

1/28/1945

MI

Carpenter, Percy E.

SSGT

20th AIB

3/1/1945

NH

Dochek, Joseph R.

SGT

3rd TkBn

3/8/1945

CT

Fagan, Edward C.

PVT

61st AIB

12/27/1944

NY

Forns, Anthony J.

PVT

55th AEB

4/20/1945

NY

Halton, James P.

2LT

20th AIB

11/15/1944

NY

Insogna, Albert L.

PFC

54th AIB

4/21/1945

PA

Levy, Bertrand V.

PVT

11th TkBn

11/17/1944

NY

Newton, Warren

PFC

20th AIB

11/17/1944

NY

Norton, Norman E.

CPL

11th TkBn

4/27/1945

MA

Pucci, Fred H.

PFC

61st AIB

12/18/1944

CT

Sternfels, Leonard B.

PFC

20th AIB

3/4/1945

NY

Williams, John C.

CAPT

3rd TkBn

12/30/1944

NY

 

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Memorial Day Flag

May 16th, 2008 · 15 Comments

Memorial Day is approaching all too quickly. The day of the year that most people consider the first “unofficial” day of Summer, while forgetting why we celebrate it.

I have decided to donate a flag (2 flags actually…an American flag and a P.O.W. flag) to my borough to be hoisted in memory of my father, the 10th Armored Division and every veteran who has payed in blood for the freedoms we enjoy.  The municipal flagpole always has a nice flag flying, albeit usually a small one, but the one I will have run up is 8 x 12 feet. Large in comparison.  Hopefully it will last all Summer and well into next Winter as a reminder to those that see it that freedom is not free.

Pictures of the ceremonies of the day will be posted.

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21st Tank Battalion Officers

April 27th, 2008 · 24 Comments

Captain George Hamel, Service Company and 1st Lt. Kenneth Heinold, A Company, 21st Tank BattalionCaptain Stanley Glick - 21st Tank Battalion HeadquartersCaptain Gilbert Melragon, C Company, and 1st Lt. William Wadswort, B Company, 21st Tank Battalion1st Lt. William Wadsworth - B Company, 21st Tank Battalion1st Lt. J.W.Rielly - B Company, 21st Tank Battalion1st Lt. Eli Lonchar - A Company, 21st Tank BattalionLt. Col. John R. Riley - Commanding Officer, 21st Tank Battalion

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Mardasson – The Belgian Battle of the Bulge Memorial

April 26th, 2008 · 18 Comments

In the process of poking around “YouTube” I came across a nice little video that was taken at the Mardasson Memorial near Bastogne, Belgium. There is no narrative…just some nice pans of the structure, mostly paying attention to the names of the states whose sons died defending the besieged city during the Ardennes Offensive. The video ends with an upward pan of a column in the memorial which features the emblems of the 101st Airborne, 82nd Airborne, 17th Airborne, 11th Armored and…at the very top of the column…the 10th Armored Division. Below is a link to the video.
Mardasson Video

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Honor Roll Update…Complete Version is Available!

April 26th, 2008 · 17 Comments

phmedal.gif The complete version of the 10th Armored Division Honor Roll is now available online in .pdf and .html formats.

Thanks to Klaus Feindler, 10th Armored Division historian,  and his assisstant, Maureen Consiglio, the complete version of the Honor Roll is now posted on the front page of OldTigerCub.com. Here are the links: pdf version     html version

Note that both versions are relatively large files (1.4mb) so they may take a couple of minutes to load if the user has a slow internet connection, but the wait is worth it.

My thanks again to Klaus for all of the hard work that he put into this document, and my thanks especially for sending me the complete version in digital format and permitting me to share it with the internet community.

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I Caught a Tiger by the Tale!

April 20th, 2008 · 18 Comments

Actually, I have aquired, courtesy of Gerry Koren by way of Howard Liddic, 10th Armored Division historian, several issues of  “The Tiger’s Tale”, the official newsletter of the 10th AD, in digital format. They are fascinating reading, and bring a whole new perspective to life in the army, and what it was like to be part of the Tiger Division, both in training and in combat. in pdf format and some are very large (18meg  plus) so it may take some time to upload them all to the server. Here is the December 24, 1942 issue (note: the picture below is of the March 17,1943 issue. It was in jpg format and easier to resize and present on the page. The pdf link below leads to the Dec. 24,1942 issue)  It is one of the smaller files, but a good representation of the Division’s official publication. It is obvious that Gerry put a lot of time and care into scanning the original papers to digital form, as most of them are very high resolution. My thanks to Gerry Koren for all the hard work, and for allowing me to share them with the internet community.

the-tigers-tale_1943_03_17_page-1-427-x-600.jpg

the-tigers-tale_1942_12_24.pdf

I hope all will enjoy reading it as much as I did. The entire collection that I have will be posted on the OldTigerCub.com website as time permits, so watch for updates.

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