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3rd Armored Tank Commanders Letters and More!

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#26 Thor996

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 09:14 AM

may this grouping never be broken up! man that's really cool. thanks for sharing



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Posted 22 January 2014 - 04:25 PM

Yes, what an awesome collection! Congratulations!

 

By the way, B Co. 33rd Armor was my outfit when I was in Germany, but this was much after Mr. Morrison. Thanks for sharing.

 

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 05:15 PM

LLOYDS Bank Limited account book

Some stubs shortly before D-Day

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Posted 04 April 2014 - 06:26 PM

The clipping: Pittsburgh & Allegheny County Flags to fly on B company 33rd armored regiment tank.

 

The letter : Nazi flag hangs in Pittsburgh City Hall.

 

 

 

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 04:52 PM

Getting the news of your son's birth while you are thousands of miles away. I don't believe I can begin to understand how hard that was.

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Posted 03 May 2014 - 05:26 AM

Excellent grouping and a fantastic thread!

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 05:53 PM

Outstanding.  I stumbled on this just seeing what was out there about the 33rd. I believe I have the uniform of one of Morrison's platoon commanders.  Anything in your documents about a man named Malick?


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Posted 31 July 2014 - 06:41 PM

Outstanding.  I stumbled on this just seeing what was out there about the 33rd. I believe I have the uniform of one of Morrison's platoon commanders.  Anything in your documents about a man named Malick?

 

 Here's something from a 33rd  Armored Regiment Officers roster .33rd roster 11re.jpg

Kenneth R Malick.jpg
 



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Posted 01 August 2014 - 01:24 AM

Yep, that's him. I have his files from the Archives, courtesy of Geoff at Golden Arrow. Really got lucky there, as it didn't burn, and had a lengthy section about his injury in August of '44.  Apparently he had a shell fragment hit him in the head. Caused all kinds of trouble, they had to rebuild his skull, etc., but he made it, and went home.  Pretty amazing to read the transcripts from his hearing on his ability to remain in uniform after the wound. Not sure if he was inside or outside of his tank when it got hit. His files list him as a "tank unit commander," so I assume he commanded a platoon of light tanks in Co. B?

 

Incidentally, he healed well enough to live a full life.  Seemed like a good guy in his obituary, and his mental faculties were in good enough shape that he had an impressive Masonic record, too.  Even now, and specially back then, there's a tremendous amount of memorization to pass the test to get in.



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Posted 28 January 2017 - 07:13 PM

Here is something else on Kenneth Malick. This is an excerpt from a letter dated October 17 1944, from Captain Morrison to his wife Pauline. It really brings to light the serious wound that he suffered.

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There is also a letter From Rachel Malick to Pauline Morrison.

Rachel Malick 1a.jpg   Rachel Malick 2a.jpg



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Posted 28 January 2017 - 07:17 PM

The rest of the Rachel Malick letter.

 

Rachel Malick  3a.jpg Rachel Malick 4a.jpg  

 

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Posted 29 January 2017 - 07:51 AM

Holy Moly... A Stuart ain't much match for anything the Germans used, save for the handful of WWI French leftovers you occasionally see pressed into service...

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Posted 12 February 2017 - 08:19 AM

I just discovered this in a  pile of Christmas cards that i had found at the Morrison house. It's postmarked December 19th 1945. I have a few more from others. There  are two letters written by Anita Scally, Wife of 2nd. Lt. Patrick J Scally of B Company.

I didn't  find much on line about him, other than his year of birth and death.  I would probably do better if i used paid membership web sites.

 

Malick Crhistmas card 1a.jpg Malick Crhistmas card inside 1a.jpg

 

Malick Crhistmas card rear 1a.jpg

 



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Posted 12 February 2017 - 08:24 AM

Amazing how tight the officers and their wives all were...

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 05:36 PM

 A heartfelt letter written by Wydie Patterson, the mother of a prisoner of war.

1st Lt. Harvey D Patterson was with the 391st F A, 3rd armored division.  He was wounded and taken prisoner  on or around the 19th of September 1944, during the campaign for Stolberg. After being treated for his wounds he was sent to Oflag 64. His story was told in a book titled  "Virginia in the War Years, 1938-1945"  By  Joseph P Freitus.

It's much more detailed than what i am mentioning here, while it does have a discrepancy of his actual capture date when compared to the oflag 64  database

https://books.google...irginia&f=false

 

http://www.oflag64.u...w-database.html

 

 

Mrs Harvey D Patterson letter page 1a.jpg Mrs Harvey D Patterson letter page 2a.jpg

 

 



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Posted 16 February 2017 - 09:44 PM

6 years of enjoying this fantastic archive you have, that you clearly appreciate. I've got a couple of cornerstone groups too, and revisit them every so often with new enthusiasm. Thanks for keeping us up to date on your discoveries !!  -- Any chance a roster or correspondence mentions a Lt. or Capt. Sherm (Sherman) Waldrip ?? Also a NG guy who got a regular commission, and served as a tank plattoon commander after landing at Normandy. Passed away a couple of years ago, but was a good friend of mine. He never got unit specific with me, and I didn't want to push it. 

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Posted 20 February 2017 - 05:30 PM

Here are some photos of Captain Morrison, and possibly his tank crew.

Captain Morrison 1a.jpg Captain Morrison and  unknown 1a.jpg

 

A Quote from the book Five Stars To Victory By A. Eaton Roberts, Page 68

"a P-47 accidentally dive-bombed "B" company's command post, blasting Captain Morrison temporarily into oblivion, which necessitated his hospitalization"

 

 

Brief Clinical Abstract

This was included in Retiring Board Proceedings, dated 20 April 1945

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Paul (Sgt. Boghots) I will let you know if i run into anything on your friend Mr. Waldrip


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Posted 20 February 2017 - 09:19 PM

I still marvel at how amazing it is that our collections (and potentially others) connect despite who knows how many miles and almost 77 years of time since these guys were last together.

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Posted 16 March 2017 - 04:53 PM

 Here is a patriotic letter written by an 8th grader from Minneapolis Minnesota.

  Jerry Regnier was attending the Incarnation School when a former parish priest Father Buchanan sent him the name of a soldier.  Here is the letter to Lt. T W Morrison dated Nov. 17, 1942

Jerry Regnier letter  page 1a.jpg Jerry Regnier letter page 2a.jpg

 

 I was captivated by the sincerity of the young authors words and tried to  find him. That was May 2012 with no results .

Recently i tried the search for Jerry and the obituary for Gerald A. Regnier came up.  I was able to share the letter with Gerald's daughter, and she confirms it was her dad.

 

This is her reply

It’s uncanny.  This morning my daughter who was going through 27 years of stuff in her bedroom as she prepared to move to California handed me a card written by my dad to my son 13+ years ago for his first communion. This afternoon I got your email which is absolutely from my father. Both felt like a long missed visit from him. 
 
As you know from his obituary he died two years ago. Before his death he lived with me and my family for three years and I still miss him everyday.
 
I’ve attached his prayer card with his favorite prayer and the note he wrote to my son, so you can get a better sense for how that 8th grader you discovered turned out. He continued to write wonderful notes throughout his life. He was in public relations and a lawyer. A very faith filled man.
 
I can’t tell you what a gift you’ve given with your pursuit. I will be sharing it with my entire family.
 
Thank you and God bless,
Anne Maley

 

 

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Regnier, Gerald A. Age 85 of St. Paul. Passed away on December 27, 2014. Preceded in death by parents, Dr. Edward and Mary; children, Mark and Paul J.; brother Edward and sister Mary. Survived by Mary Regnier, Ruth Regnier; children, Anne (Bob) Maley, Mike (Mary), and Steve; brother John (Mary); 10 grandchildren; and 2 nieces. Jerry's passions were his faith, family, and friends. He was the Executive Director of the Minnesota State Bar Association and worked for the Office of General Counsel at 3M. He was a regular volunteer at Sharing and Caring Hands and a Stephen Minister at Our Lady of Grace. Jerry loved hunting and fishing and spending time with his family at his cabin in Paynesville. Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM Wednesday, December 31st at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church (5071 Eden Ave. Edina) with visitation beginning at 10 AM at the church. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials Preferred to Sharing and Caring Hands. Arr. By O'Halloran & Murphy Funeral Home
 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Posted 16 March 2017 - 05:43 PM

Here is the photo that Jerry Regnier mentions in his letter.

Ed and Jerry 1a.jpg

 

  I was looking at a 3rd Armored Division Association news letter today, dated April 1950. What i found was unexpected.

A letter to the  editor by Father John J Buchanan (33rd AR)

I looked at the 33rd roster and there he was, Captain John J Buchanan, 3817 Pleasant Avenue Minneapolis Minnesota.

  The address turns out to be the Incarnation  Catholic Church. It appears that the captain was the 33rd regiment Chaplain.

Captain John J Buchanon.jpg

 



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Posted 16 March 2017 - 06:13 PM

Ain't that something... I might show one or two of my classes this tomorrow.




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