Good morning, Sharon !
The 12th A/D included three tank battalions, 23rd, 43rd and 74th, among other elements.
The division was activated 15 Sep 42, at Camp Campbell, KY.
Following training, it departed NY P/E, 20 Apr 44;
arrived England, 2 Oct 44;
landed France-ETO, 9 Nov 44;
advanced units entered combat at Weisslingen, Germany,
5 Dec 44;
rest of division releaved 4th A/D, 7 Dec 44, and took Singling, 9 Dec 44;
division reached Utweiler, Germany, 21 Dec 44, after which it came off the line for rehabilitation.
Back on line, division attacked Herrlisheim, 5 Jan 45, capturing part of the city 6 Jan 45;
division was surrounded 10 Jan 45,and after fierce fighting, withdrew from Herrlishiem, 11 Jan 45;
took up defensive positions west of Zorn River;
attacked German Gambsheim Bridgehead, 16 Jan 45;
held up by German offensive at the river southeast of Rohweiler;
***Combat Command A re-entered Herrlishiem, 17 Jan 45***
where the 43rd Tank Battalion was wiped out***
(THIS AS A SPECIAL NOTE. WHAT WAS YOUR DAD'S FATE AT THIS POINT? THE REFERENCE STATES WIPED OUT, WITHUT ANY INDCATION THAT ANY WERE CAPTURED.)
CCA abandoned the city 18 Jan 45, with very heavy losses.
Division attacked Colmar, 3 Feb 45;
seized bridgehead across the Ill River, near Sundhoffen;
CCA cleared Rouffach, 5 Feb 45
drove on to the the Rhine River at Mannheim, 20 Mar 45;
captured Ludwigshafen, 21 Mar 45;
crossed the Rhine at Worms, 27-28 Mar 45;
fought the Battle for Wuerzburg, 4-5 Apr 45;
seized Feuchtwagen, 20 Apr 45;
crossed the Danube River and captured the bridgehead,
22 Apr 45;
elements entered Austria, 3 May 45;
performed security duty until hostilities ended, 7 May 45.
Location at War's end, 15 Aug 45, Heidenheim, Germany.
Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace (Bulge), Central Europe.
Days in combat: 102.
109 Died from Wounds
Casualty rate, about 25%.
Division returned to NY P/E, 1 Dec 45, and was inactivated at Camp Kilmer, NJ, 3 Dec 45.
1.WW II Order of Battle, S. Stanton
2.Citizen Soldiers, S. Ambrose.
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Louie F. Turner.