Hellcat News (Garnet Valley, Pa.), Vol. 65, No. 5, Ed. 1, January 2012 Page: 1 of 24
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Published by the
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HAPPY NEW YEAR
As we move through the next few months
it is imperative the Legacy members step-up
to volunteer for various office positions. In
August our annual reunion will take place,
with the focus on the future. Officers and
directors will be replaced due to the term limits specified in
our By-laws. Lack of your participation will shorten the life
of our great Association.
152ND ARMORED SIGNAL
Irene Cure Conte
1101 Aquia Dr., Stafford, VA 22554-1932
After the busy-ness of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the
New Year I suspect most of the veterans’ minds turn to that
long ago and far away January of 1945. New Year may have
been quiet but the “bloody and costly battle” of Herrlisheim
and the Alsace sector would take up most of the rest of the
month. One of the things that I have noticed in reading various
histories of the 12th is how often the organizational structure
and command structure was changed to put you men where
you needed to be for the best outcome. Dad (Bill Cure) said
that he was often attached to headquarters and because of
that he got to see the overall direction of the battles. Down
in the foxholes and behind the tanks I can only imagine the
confusion and yet you did what you were there to do.
There have not been very many American Armies that
have been under the command of another country. The 12th
Armored Division made history by being placed under the
command of the First French Army on the 22nd of January.
Then on the 23rd it was placed under the II French Corps in
the vicinity of Strasbourg.
Quoting directly from; Combat Highlights of the United
States Twelfth Armored Division in the European Theater
of Operations 1 December 1944-30 May 1945: After the
Division was placed under French control, language difficulties
were overcome by the Division Signal officer by sending a
liaison radio station to II/French Corps, with traffic sent by the
12th’s liaison officer. The French sent a liaison radio station
to this Division to operate in their command net. French
speaking men were put on the telephone switchboard to act as
interpreters and operate the switchboard. The Division Signal
Officer also reported that during the month of January field
wire was installed overhead at least 14 feet above the surface
of the road, 36 miles of wire being installed in three days. This
wire, W-143, was used for approximately 14 days with very
few cases of trouble. (Dad was very proud of his men for this
particular record of success.)
Also from the above document came the following;
“According to reports on class III supplies, the 12th Armored
Division consumed 447,486 gallons of V-80 octane gasoline:
11,999 gallons of engine oil; 289 gallons of gear lube; 2,435
pounds of grease; 2,821 gallons of diesel fuel; 2,302 gallons
of kerosene and 280 gallons of cleaning solvent during the
month.” Doing the math for the gasoline and figuring it at
$3.50 per gallon I figured the cost at $1,566,201 in today’s
cost. I have no idea what gas cost in 1945 but I remember it
being sold in 1970 (before the first Arab oil embargo) at 25
cents per gallon and at that arbitrary price it would have been
Have a great January and I will see you back here next
month when I will be writing about February 1945. Thank
you for January 1945 and what you did then.
17TH ARMORED INFANTRY
A PLACE OF HONOR: 12th flags at the Holocaust Museum.
Photo by Julie McCarty
William "Bill" Funke
1312 Alford Street, Ft. Collins, CO 80524
Twenty five years ago had someone said to me, “you will be
submitting a column to the Hellcat News in January of 2012,”
they would have been laughed out of the room, but here it is.
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