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#1 Retired Army Noncom

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Posted 16 March 2018 - 01:55 AM

Operation Market Garden...........

 

https://www.msn.com/...ocid=spartanntp

 

I once knew a Dutchman that searches for MIA US troops in Holland and had found quite a few, British and German also. I lost track of him. His last name was Overhand. I wonder if Rosenkranze was one of his finds?



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Posted 16 March 2018 - 02:33 AM

Operation Market Garden...........

 

https://www.msn.com/...ocid=spartanntp

 

I once knew a Dutchman that searches for MIA US troops in Holland and had found quite a few, British and German also. I lost track of him. His last name was Overhand. I wonder if Rosenkranze was one of his finds?

 

Know him too, his name is Ben Overhand.



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Posted 16 March 2018 - 02:52 AM

Welcome home SSG Rosenkrantz. RIP.

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Posted 16 March 2018 - 03:28 AM

 

Know him too, his name is Ben Overhand.

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Posted 16 March 2018 - 03:47 AM

RIP glad he is able to come home after all these years.

 

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Posted 16 March 2018 - 03:57 AM

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PM outbound. Rounds complete, hunker down for counter battery fire!



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Posted 16 March 2018 - 04:07 AM

Welcome home, Sarge.



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Posted 16 March 2018 - 05:56 AM

Further pm Ed.

 

 

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Posted 16 March 2018 - 06:07 AM

A powerful story with a sobering ending. I am glad a fallen hero is finally coming home.
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Posted 16 March 2018 - 06:13 AM

More info about SSG Rosenkranze and a link to Benny Overhand, photos taken some ago.

 

http://www.cpp.edu/~...oop/sgtdave.htm



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Posted 16 March 2018 - 06:15 AM

Indeed. Give grateful thanks to Staff Sgt Rosenkrantz for his service to his country. But spare a thought for the other 5637 Californians who also answered their countries call in WW2 and have also yet to return home.

 

Rest in Peace.



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Posted 16 March 2018 - 06:16 AM

Further pm Ed.

 

 

Kind Regards,

Simon

Thanks for all the contact info Simon...........

 

Cheers

 

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Posted 16 March 2018 - 06:21 AM

Ben is one of the foremost experts of the M-G operation.  He has been a huge resource and help to me in researching my great uncle who was KIA one day after SSGT Rosenkranze was killed right around that same area near Mook.

RIP SSGT, and welcome home. 



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Posted 16 March 2018 - 08:42 PM

Welcome SSgt Rosenkrantz. Rest in Peace. Bobgee



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Posted 19 March 2018 - 06:35 AM

RIP, we should be doing more to locate and return our MIA's, see Navy Times has a header that we've recovered a Navy aviator from Pacific but had to go on line to read and I could not find.

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Posted 19 March 2018 - 09:26 AM

Glad to have him back where he belongs on United States soil....only fitting for his sacrifice!

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Posted 19 March 2018 - 10:37 AM

RIP, we should be doing more to locate and return our MIA's, see Navy Times has a header that we've recovered a Navy aviator from Pacific but had to go on line to read and I could not find.

We are George, we are the only nation hell bent on finding MIA's, no one left behind. There is funding granted every year for MIA search teams.

 

I had my own experience with both German and British MIAs while I was in Europe. They have no active search teams but authorities are called in when one is found accidently for identification and removal. The USA have the only budgeted MIA search teams. Mostly are in SE Asia now but Europe and the Pacific has not been forgotten.



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Posted 19 March 2018 - 10:55 AM

George, here's the agency who oversees the search for MIAs

 

http://www.dpaa.mil/

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Edited by Retired Army Noncom, 19 March 2018 - 11:04 AM.


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Posted 19 March 2018 - 12:10 PM

There is also the MIA Recovery Project:
https://miarecoverynetwork.com/

The USA puts other countries to shame in being to make sure their fallen are brought home, eventually. For several years I have been also trying to locate an MIA from the Hurtgenwald fight whose loss I became especially interested in. His name is Gustave Seiler and he died whilst escorting Colonel Carl Petersen from the battlefield in November 1944. Every MIA deserves to come home, but despite much research I have yet to locate him.

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Posted 19 March 2018 - 01:53 PM

There is also the MIA Recovery Project:
https://miarecoverynetwork.com/

The USA puts other countries to shame in being to make sure their fallen are brought home, eventually. For several years I have been also trying to locate an MIA from the Hurtgenwald fight whose loss I became especially interested in. His name is Gustave Seiler and he died whilst escorting Colonel Carl Petersen from the battlefield in November 1944. Every MIA deserves to come home, but despite much research I have yet to locate him.

I was a collector of British Para while I lived in Germany. Benny gave me a Para Helmet that had the name Stanley in it and the insignia of the Border Regt and in the book, When Dragons Flew, Pvt Stanley was listed as MIA. I took the address from that book he had when he enlisted and sent a letter off to that address. A couple of weeks later I received a reply from his sister who still lived at that address. I wrote back and told her I was in possession of her brother's helmet. She sent me a photo of him in uniform. That started me on a quest to find out more. I was able to converse with the fellow para that was in the foxhole when Stanley was shot by a sniper. He told me exactly where their foxhole was, the house and the yard they had dug their foxhole in. On my next trip back to Oosterbeek, Benny and I found the house, the yard where that foxhole was and in that foxhole was Pvt Stanley but we needed permission first. Getting it from the house owner was no problem but we needed permission from his next of kin. His sister was all for it but his brother said no, he was to lay where he fell. That ended that but....I donated the helmet and the photo of Pvt Stanley to the Border Regt Museum at the Carlisle Barracks in the mine and Benny's name. It's on display there now as far as I know. I had quite a few signatures in my copy of When Dragons Flew by the veterans. I eventually gave the book to my son. I don't think he has it anymore.............



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Posted 19 March 2018 - 05:43 PM

I was a collector of British Para while I lived in Germany. Benny gave me a Para Helmet that had the name Stanley in it and the insignia of the Border Regt and in the book, When Dragons Flew, Pvt Stanley was listed as MIA. I took the address from that book he had when he enlisted and sent a letter off to that address. A couple of weeks later I received a reply from his sister who still lived at that address. I wrote back and told her I was in possession of her brother's helmet. She sent me a photo of him in uniform. That started me on a quest to find out more. I was able to converse with the fellow para that was in the foxhole when Stanley was shot by a sniper. He told me exactly where their foxhole was, the house and the yard they had dug their foxhole in. On my next trip back to Oosterbeek, Benny and I found the house, the yard where that foxhole was and in that foxhole was Pvt Stanley but we needed permission first. Getting it from the house owner was no problem but we needed permission from his next of kin. His sister was all for it but his brother said no, he was to lay where he fell. That ended that but....I donated the helmet and the photo of Pvt Stanley to the Border Regt Museum at the Carlisle Barracks in the mine and Benny's name. It's on display there now as far as I know. I had quite a few signatures in my copy of When Dragons Flew by the veterans. I eventually gave the book to my son. I don't think he has it anymore.............

Indeed, Ben Overhand was a huge help in getting me data and found items from around the area where my great uncle was KIA during the battle in and around Kiekberg Wood.  He was in the 325th GIR and Ben even sent me a relic German helmet found in the area (has a bullet hole in it, so one can assume the worst for that soldat) as well as some metal pieces of gliders he has found in his hunts.  I have heard many vet accounts of the battle for the fire tower in the Kiekberg and the following "massacre on Mook plain" from many vets that served with Ray in the 325th.  Ben has always been MORE than willing to help and it is good to hear that he is still so active in finding our fallen still resting on Dutch soil!




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