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From: New York
Registered: 10/11/2007
posted 10/11/2007 3:24:54 PM    Click here to view the profile for bertrand  Click here to email bertrand  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
My family is from a small town in Alsace, France: Hohatzenheim. In January 1945, my grandfather who was the school teacher of that village befriended a senior officer of the 12th AD: Colonel John H. Evans. Evans was based in that village for a while. I have lots of anecdotes and pictures about Evans who was so kind with my family. He would always spoil my mother (5 yr old at the time) and after the war he came back several times, always bringing gifts and juggling his schedule to meet my family. Once he came for the Memorial Day which would be celebrated at the US military cemetery in Hochfelden. Evans was carrying a huge box of goodies for my mom. A French Admiral (d’Argenlieu) who was with him told my grandmother: “You know Mrs. Meyer, Colonel Evans is very fond of your family. During the whole day he insisted on keeping this huge box near him, so that he could give it to your little girl.” Another time he had a package sent from the US to my family to help them with the post-war shortages.

My grandparents never forgot him and when I moved to the States in 1991, they told me: “Tell the Americans that we love them very much because we haven’t forgotten what they did for us.” Since I came to the US I’ve tried to find the family of Colonel Evans but to no avail so far. (Iknow that Evans died in 1960). I’m now writing on your site because I’d like to find someone that may have known the colonel. He was in charge of the division train. My grandfather’s notes also mention a certain “Major Dixon”, probably also related to the Trains. Does anyone know him? Finally I’d love to hear about anyone that might have stopped by our village (recognizable from afar with a medieval church on the top of a hill.)

Thanks for your help


Ken K Legacy Member
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From: NH
Registered: 3/29/2007
posted 10/11/2007 3:55:46 PM    Click here to view the profile for Ken K Legacy Member  Click here to email Ken K Legacy Member  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello Bertrand,

I am a Legacy Member of the 12th AD Association and will help you with your request.

John H. Evans was in HQ Division Trains and from Tennessee

That is all I can tell you now, but I will attempt to located members of his family


Ken Klinedinst


posted 4/3/2010 9:15:06 PM  Reply w/Quote
I am Brian Gill-Price son of Nancy Evans Price Knight, grandson of Col. John H. Evans. All 4 of his children live. I don't know if this email was ever connected to them. I can provide connections if this is still of interest.
Brian Gill-Price bgp@mindspring.com
9 Vermeer Ct.
Langhorne, PA. 19053

thanks for posting