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From: Seattle Wash
Registered: 5/12/2006
posted 5/12/2006 1:15:48 AM    Click here to view the profile for Lars  Click here to email Lars  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
My dad John R Lund served with 23rd tanks Hellcats Would like to talk to anyone who knew him


posted 8/6/2006 3:00:16 PM  Reply w/Quote
My father, Cecil C. Owen, also was a member of 23rd tank battalion. He passed on in 1988, but he may have known him. My dad drove the tank and his friend James M. Howard was the gunner. I always enjoyed when James came to visit as this was the only time Dad would talk about what happened during the war. I think he had many demons from the war.
Dennis Owen


posted 8/26/2007 2:36:04 PM  Reply w/Quote
Hey Lars,
My dad served in the 23 tank Bat. He has many stories but doesn't recall many names of guy's he served with. His name is Jim Minnella. I just found this web site and I'll let him in on it.


posted 12/30/2010 9:01:18 PM  Reply w/Quote
Gentlemen, my uncle Robert Howard was a POW in Ettrigen, Germany. He was liberated on April 27, 1945 by the 12th Armored Division, 23rd Tank Battalion, Company Command R. He is still alive and now 85 years old. It took him 40 years to open up and speak about the war which he barely survived. God bless these courageous men that served to honorably in the 23rd Tank Battalion.

Dan W. Howard
Tulsa, OK

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posted 7/9/2011 2:17:21 AM    Click here to view the profile for godfrey  Click here to email godfrey  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
John R Lund was a tank commander with 23 tanks co B His driver was Szmanoski. He was there and saw a lot but never talked much about it He brought back a Radom pistole and pictures He said the SS were BAD but the Russians were animals.He respected the German Solders and never talked bad about them.He was my DAD and they don't makem like that no more.God Bless the HELLCATS!!!!

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posted 2/11/2014 11:49:23 AM    Click here to view the profile for esideris  Click here to email esideris  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
My Dad was in the tank with your Dad, Szmanoski. My father used to load the cannon. His name was James Sideris. I have a picture of the two of them about 15 years ago or more when your father visited my Dad.