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2nd Armored Division

Discussion in 'Western Europe 1943 - 1945' started by Buten42, Jul 5, 2009.

  1. fasteddy

    fasteddy New Member

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    My Pop, now 94, mention liberating prisoner camps, none contained Jewish ppl in general. They also, sort of liberated a German Baby Camp... Where picked German women were used to have babies with picked true German males.
     
  2. Buten42

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    What is your father's name. I have a roster for the 67th Armored Regiment-could be the same one you have.
     
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    Ed Savacool
     
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    Can you give us his name? I will see if I can found more informations about him.
    You can also read this book; "Hell on wheels : the 2nd armored division" by Donald houston.
    Sadly, The 78th AFA is not the most documented unit of the division...
     
  5. Buten42

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    He's listed in the roster PFC Edward M. Savacool, Hq. Company of the 3rd Battalion. Shows he was awarded the Purple Heart.
    The 67th Armored History has a pretty good account of their action. Not real detailed but matches the after action reports pretty well, (probably where the author got most of his information). Is there anything in particular you want me to look up? Ask him if he remembers First Sergeant James Sharver-he was the top for Hq Company.

    Captain John Erbes served as Battalion Surgeon for 3rd Battalion until he was promoted and assigned to Regiment. Erbes was the most decorated surgeon in WWII and wrote a book after the war titled "Hell On Wheels Surgeon". I had the honor to have him send an autographed copy of his book when I told him my brother was in the 67th Regiment. He may have worked on your father depending how serious his wounds were. Thank your father for his service-he seen a lot of action.
     
  6. J. Rzeczkowski

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    Hello, everyone! This is my first post here after a lot of reading...

    I'm looking for more information on this division and my grandfather. His name was Edwin Rzeczkowski from Illinois and he was an interpreter. My dad said he spent time in North Africa, specifically Morocco, and also helped liberate a concentration camp. He was insistent that he was in the 2nd Armored Division and received a purple heart, which we're pretty sure was buried with him. This is all I know. My dad recently passed away and he was the only one who knew all the stories from his dad unless he started writing them down like we had been asking him to.... He LOVED taking notes, but so far all I've found are recipes and lists of books.

    I have no paperwork or uniform photos. As his granddaughter, are his military records something I could easily get?

    I'll probably post this in information requests, but thank you for any help, more knowledgeable people!
     
  7. Buten42

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    Found some things on an Edwin Frank Rzeczkowski, born 1919, died 1987 in Illinois.
    If that's him, I show he was in the Quartermaster Corp. (couldn't find a division) This guy's service number is 20619788.
    I looked in the 67th Regiment, 2nd Armored roster for his name but didn't find him. The 2nd Armored did invade N. Africa and spent some time there before invading Sicily and then going to England and to Normandy, Belgium, Holland and Germany.

    It appears there is a VA memorial which would have his rank, and perhaps the unit he was in. I couldn't find him on "Find a Grave" but if you could locate his grave you might get some more information. If he had a VA funeral service, the cemetery would have a copy of his separation papers in order to get the head marker from the VA. You might ask them for a copy.

    You can contact the NARA in St. Louis for a copy of his records if they wasn't destroyed in the fire they had in 1973. I don't think grandchildren are considered Next of Kin so you may have to pay to get his records. Go to the NARA website and click on "military records'-- you can download a form 180 and mail it in, or even do it on line, They will let you know what they have and what it will cost before they copy anything.

    You might also ask the VA for any records they have. The VA records would be archived in St. Louis also. If they have a local VA office where you live, you might talk to someone there and get some direction.

    Sorry I couldn't be more help. I no longer belong to Fold 3 or Ancester.com but perhaps someone else can help.
     
  8. J. Rzeczkowski

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    Yes that's him! At least his name. He was born in 1921 and died in 1973. I think he had a military funeral because we have the flag that was on the casket. He was buried near my house so I've seen the headstone. It says Army WWII. He is on Find A Grave too, but I manage his page so that's really no help.

    Headstone:

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    Thanks for your help!
     

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