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179th Infantry Regiment After Action Reports

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  1. kerrd5

    kerrd5 Ace

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    I have scanned as pdfs the After Action Reports of the 179th
    Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, for February, March,
    and April 1944, which covers the toughest months of the
    Anzio Campaign for the regiment. They are scanned at 200 dpi.

    William Darby of Ranger fame was named CO of the Regiment
    in February. His tenure was short-lived.

    I had copied the documents at the NARA last month.

    If anyone desires copies, just let me know.

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/45thinfantry/


    Dave
     
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  2. nodewrangler

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    Hey Dave,
    Thank you for your post.
    I would be very interested and appreciative in receiving the after action reports.
    My Dad was with the 45th DIV, 179th.
    Thank you again!
    Richard
    nodewrangler@knology.net
     
  3. aw12

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    I would be interested in a copy, thanks.
    Are there any reports dating August, 1944?
    Would there be any records of when a person joined the outfit?
     
  4. WhittierCollege

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    Can I receive the information or copy of the Action Reports? I am doing research for my great uncle. He was a Silver and Bronze Star recipent.

    Thank you very much,

    Vince

    whittiercollege2000@hotmail.com
     
  5. Mary Bukowski

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    Hi Dave,

    Can I have a copy of the After Action Reports of the 179th Infantry Division? My Grandfather, Capt. Francis Buchanan, served in this Division and was awarded the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster.

    Thank you,
    Mary Bukowski
    marybukowski@comcast.net
     
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    Hi, Dave. Thank you for making these reports available. I would love a copy of the after action reports for February 1944. I am very interested specifically in 12 February 1944 and the loss of Private Martin S. Heller.

    Thank you!
    Ken
    kkline@twcny.rr.com
     
  7. Erich

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    Dave thanks for kicking it in on these and sharing, good for you
     
  8. kerrd5

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    Ken,

    Your mailbox is full.


    Dave
     
  9. kerrd5

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    Ken,

    I sent the AAR a second time and once again I received this reply:

    "This Message was undeliverable due to the following reason:

    "The user(s) account is temporarily over quota."


    Dave
     
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    G'Day Dave
    I'd love a copy of your reports. I'm putting together a site on my Father's service in the 179th (From Randalia to the Rhone) and would really appreciate reading these.
    Kind regards

    Joe
     
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    I would like to have a copy of these reports if they are still available.

    Newly
     
  13. Darkafter

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    Dave,

    I am doing some research about my grandfather whose discharge papers show his unit as being CO B 179th INF and that his time in Europe was from Oct of 1943 to August of 1945. I would love to have you email me any after action reports that you might have for this unit.

    Thanks,
    John
     
  14. kerrd5

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    John,

    You are welcome to join the 45th Div. Yahoo Group.

    45thinfantry : 45th Infantry Division (Thunderbirds)

    What is your grandfather's name?


    Dave
     
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    Dave,

    My grandfather's name was Charlie E. Hickson PFC. He was born in Goodland, Kansas and from stories that I remember him telling me when I was much younger I know that at one point he carried a BAR.

    If you know any information that you could share, I would greatly appreciate it. I have scanned his Report of Seperation (which I got from my mother, his daughter) and it states that Awards received were 2 Bronze stars for Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns. The specific dates for Service Outside Continental U.S. and Return are Arrival in Europe (17 Oct 43) and Departure from Europe (14 Sep 45).

    Thanks,
    John
     
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    Dave,

    I found a hand drawn portrait of my Grandfather as well from March of 1945. The signature of the artist might also match someone in the 179th? I was unable to attach it but could email it. The date on the sketch is 13-3-45 and signed A. Hazemann. I'm not 100% on the spelling of the name (primarily cause I'm not sure if it's a z or some other letter).

    I don't know if my email is visible on my profile, but if you are able to send the after action reports my email is darkafter10@yahoo.com

    Thanks,
    John
     
  17. kerrd5

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    John,

    I went through my 1943 and 1944 Regimental General Orders twice and did not find
    your grandfather listed under Company B for either CIB award or Good Conduct Medal.

    Are you certain he belonged to Company B?

    I'll look for Hazemann when I have time.


    Dave
     
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    Dave,

    I only have the information in his Record of Separation to go off of and that shows CO B 179th INF and in going through his war stuff I found a unit patch which was a red diamond with a gold eagle on it (which I have found belongs to the 45th Infantry Division). Any suggestions of how I can find out which unit he might have belonged to?

    Thanks,
    John
     
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    Do you have any info on a 179th soldier named Pvt. Gentry Spurling ser.#37179938? He is listed as KIA in the NARA database of the Missouri war dead, But for some reason his name or serial number do not produce any results in the enlistment records. Thanks.
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    Many of the cards with enlistment data were not readable, so it is not uncommon to not find an individual's
    record in the NARA database.

    Spurling belonged to B Company of the 179th. i discovered his body was recovered by Paul Brown,
    whose journal, fortunately, is still online:

    List of KIA's: Pvt Brown's Journal

    Private Brown's Journal


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