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  1. Kai

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    Hey everyone my name is Kai and I'm from the Pacific Northwest. My Grandfather passed away recently and I'm interested in learning as much as possible about his time oversees in Europe (unit history, etc.). I am specifically interested in the Co. A of 117th Infantry, 30th Division, and also the combat engineers of the 117th in Normandy. Thought this would be a great place to start my research! I look forward to reading through the threads and appreciate any help I can get from everyone in the forum.
    -Kai
     
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    Kai, there are several Dutch members here who can probably talk extensively about the 30th ID's time in Limburg Provence, Netherlands. The Southern Netherlands and the 30th ID have a close relationship.

    I wished you had contacted the forum in 2013. The Dutch were preparing for the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of South Holland and were looking for men who helped liberate Limburg Provence. They paid for men to travel over there for the festivities and were looking hard for men who liberated Maastricht. A/117th had that honor. I suspect your grandfather and an escort could have made the trip, if he was able.

    I went with a good friend from 30 Recon Troop. We had a grand time.
     
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    Thank you so much Jeff! very useful material. I might have found an article that mentions my grandfather in the fall of Braunschweig link. It mentions a sergeant leading a squad patrol who was brought down by machine gun fire-and had been wounded in two previous engagements. If there is any possibility that this is him mentioned in the article it would mean the world to my family and I. I attached his discharge paper and the article to this reply, if anybody could fact check this to see if its a possibility I would be so grateful!

    thank you, Kai
     

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    Welcome! Rich A. in Pa.
     
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    I'll search some more this weekend and see if I scare up anythin. I'll bump some of my Dutch friends and see what that have.
    I do research the 30th ID, but mostly concentrate on the 30th Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop of the 30th ID. Most of my detailed interest with the other subordinate units of the 30th ID, such as the 117th IR is with their interactions with the 30th CRT.

    Look for morning reports on the days and days after he was wounded. After Action Reports may have actual locations mentioned. If they give grid coordinates, we can convert those to lat/long, so you can actually find it on a modern map.

    If you can't locate specific morning reports, NARA may have them. We have posts around here thst offer suggestions on how to contact them. I'm in my phone, so searching the forum is a pain.
     
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    Welcome to the Forum, Kai.
     

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