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MatthewVickless
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posted 3/2/2012 3:13:32 AM    Click here to view the profile for MatthewVickless  Click here to email MatthewVickless  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Gratitude to the fine people supporting and maintaining the 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum and its website. Your work is deeply appreciated.

I am the great-nephew of Edward P. Vickless (C Company, 23rd Tank Battalion), and I write on behalf of the Vickless family to thank the museum staff and patrons for your ongoing commitment to this noble effort.

I am collecting information on Lt. Vickless for a family history. I have acquired the monograph by Edward Monroe-Jones, _Crossing the Zorn_, and thanks to your website's archives I have accessed the essay by Andrew F. Woods that recounts my great-uncles's death. If anyone could provide additional insights about Lt. Vickless not covered in those materials or would be willing to direct me to further sources of information, I would be most grateful.

Respectfully,
Matthew Vickless
121 Sara Road
Saint Marys, PA 15857



MikeWoldenberg
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posted 3/3/2012 5:40:53 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello Edward,

Thank you for your message. I have read Pete
Vickless' stories and he was a remarkable soldier. For more information
you can contact the Unit Rep to the Hellcat News.
Geoff Lackey: lackeys@charter.net
931 223 8554

Call him because he told me he does not check
his email on a daily basis. I would also
contact Jones, the author of Crossing the Zorn, because he might have interviewed other
men from the 23d who knew Pete Vickless.

The Association is meeting in Abilene in early August for 3 or 4 days. YOu might meet someone there. But there is a diorama
of the battles raging around Herrlisheim.
In particular, you should find out if there
is a display for the battle near Weyersheim
on January 18, and 19th. Another point: while the men in Vickless' and Deitrick's tanks were engaged against enemy infantry on
the night of January 19th, the artillery were using proximity fused shells on the
same troops. I do not know who has this
story, but if I find out, I will tell you.

A crewman for Deitrick's tank, Ralph H. Miller, just died a few weeks ago.

If you have the time, listen to the
Oral Histories of men from Pete's Battalion and Company. Click on the word Battalion to
sort the interviews.

Mike Woldenberg

MatthewVickless
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posted 3/3/2012 9:19:04 AM    Click here to view the profile for MatthewVickless  Click here to email MatthewVickless  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Thank you, Mike, for the information. I really appreciate it.

Matt

KeithT
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posted 3/4/2012 3:52:45 PM    Click here to view the profile for KeithT  Click here to email KeithT  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hey Matt, and Mike.

Yes Ralph was my grandfather who passed on feb 4th, this year. He was in the 23rd from the get go through the end of the war-then transferred. I imagine he would have known Vickless well since he was among those 12 men on Jan 19th 1945.

Had "Crossing the Zorn" come out years ago I might have been able to get more information out of Ralph but I learned everything while he was in a fragile state and hard to communicate with. Im glad I got to learn anything from him since my other grandfather wouldnt leak a word. He lost his brother in Normandy and came home with Malaria which may have made him very bitter. He passed just before I was born.

I will email you a news paper article that might not help you but you would like to read anyway...

-Keith

Baltimore MD.

MatthewVickless
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posted 3/5/2012 10:28:13 AM    Click here to view the profile for MatthewVickless  Click here to email MatthewVickless  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Keith,

My condolences on your loss.

Thank you for sending me the article about your grandfather. There seems to be a few Western Pennsylvania connections I might be able to pursue.

Matt

harry
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posted 6/7/2012 5:09:05 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry  Click here to email harry  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Have a history of Edward Peter Vickless written by John Nugent.Mostly a one page sheet. Also five pictures of him and buddies. One picture is of him and two brothers home with their mother.12th Armored Museum, Abilene
email address and I will copy if you don't have them