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T/Sgt. Albert Joseph OnackiBorn: 4 October 1916 – Lackawanna, PennsylvaniaParents: Felix & Michalena OnackiSiblings: 3 sisters, 4 brothersHome: 1242 Loomis Avenue – Scranton, PennsylvaniaEnlisted:– Pennsylvania National GuardEnlisted:– U.S. Army– 30 August 1939 – New JerseyTrained:– Fort Knox, KentuckyUnits:– 19th Ordnance Battalion– trained alongside the 192nd Tank Battalion at Ft. Knox– taught how to maintain 57 […]
Filed as: Provisional Tank Group, 17th Ordnance Company
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Pvt. James Clair O’DonnellBorn: 19 May 1919 – Ellwood, Beaver County, PennsylvaniaParents: Merritt V. O’Donnell & Della C. Hagerty-O’DonnellSiblings: 4 sisters, 5 brothersHome: 318 Summit Avenue – Ellwood City, PennsylvaniaOccupation: construction workInducted:– U.S. Army– 18 February 1941 – Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaTrained:– Fort Knox, Kentucky– first six weeks was the primary training– Week 1: infantry drilling– Week […]
Filed as: Provisional Tank Group, 17th Ordnance Company
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S/Sgt. Dwight Searing PendleberryBorn: 5 July 1921 – Niles, OhioParents: Francis E. Pendleberry & Helen V. Garr-PendleberrySiblings: 1 brotherHometown:– In 1930, his family was living in Blawnox, PennsylvaniaEnlisted:– U.S. Army– 24 August 1940 – Fort Hayes, Columbus, OhioTrained:– Fort Knox, KentuckyUnits:– 19th Ordnance Battalion– trained alongside 192nd Tank Battalion– learned to repair the 57 vehicles […]
Filed as: Provisional Tank Group, 17th Ordnance Company
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PFC John Edward PhelpsBorn: 9 December 1918 – West VirginiaParents: John D. Phelps & Mary Ann Reilly-PhelpsSiblings: 1 sister, 1 brotherHome: Boone County, West VirginiaOccupation: Worked as a minerEnlisted:– U.S. Army– 7 January 1941 – Fort Hayes, Columbus, OhioUnit:– 19th Ordnance BattalionTraining:– Ft. Knox, Kentucky– Week 1: infantry drilling– Week 2: manual arms and marching […]
Filed as: Provisional Tank Group, 17th Ordnance Company
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Pvt. Marion John PolakowskiBorn: 6 October 1918 – Hamtramck, MichiganParents: John & Angeline PolakowskiSiblings: 1 sister, 3 brothersNickname: “Mike”Home: 2658 Trowbridge Avenue – Hamtramck, MichiganEducation: Hamtramck High SchoolOccupation: die maker’s helper – automobile plantEnlisted:– U.S. Army– 1941Units:– 19th Ordnance Battalion– learned to maintain 567 different vehicles used by the Army– Week 1: infantry drilling– Week […]
Filed as: Provisional Tank Group, 17th Ordnance Company
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Pvt. Arthur Thomas PoynterBorn: 26 August 1921 – Barren County, KentuckyParents: Cann C. & Lidia E. Poynter– mother was his father’s second wife– he was raised by his step-motherSiblings:– 1 sister, 2 brothers, 6 half-brothersHometown: Cave City, KentuckyEnlisted:– 23 August 1939– U.S. ArmyUnit:– 19th Ordnance Battalion– 17th Ordnance CompanyTraining:– Fort Knox, Kentucky– Week 1: infantry […]
Filed as: Provisional Tank Group, 17th Ordnance Company
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PFC Earl Dean RayhelBorn: 24 September 1920 – Walnut Prairie, IllinoisParents: John W. Rayhel & Grace Bell Griffin-RayhelSiblings: 3 sisters, 6 brothersHometown: West Union, IllinoisInducted:– U. S. Army– 14 September 1940 – Fort Benjamin Harrison,Training:– Ft. Knox, Kentucky– 19th Ordnance Battalion– trained alongside the 192nd Tank Battalion at Ft. Knox– Week 1: infantry drilling– Week […]
Filed as: Provisional Tank Group, 17th Ordnance Company
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What is known about Sgt. Willard Russell was that he was from Russell County, Kentucky. He was born in 1919 and enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He was assigned to the 19th Ordnance Battalion. A Company of the battalion was later reorganized as the 17th Ordnance Company. In […]
Filed as: Provisional Tank Group, 17th Ordnance Company
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T/Sgt. John Edward RyanBorn: 10 December 1886 – South Bend, IndianaParents: Unknown– parents were from PennsylvaniaSiblings: UnknownHome: Baltimore, Maryland– stationed at Fort Meade, MarylandMarried: Pearl GarrisonChildren: 1 sonOccupation: mechanicEnlisted:– U.S. Army– Unknown– Reenlisted: 28 October 1941 – Philippine IslandsStationed:– 1920 – Jackson Barracks – Louisiana– 1930 – Aberdeen Proving Ground – Maryland– 1935 – 1940 […]
Filed as: Provisional Tank Group, 17th Ordnance Company
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PFC William Tandy SaundersBorn: 30 May 1920 – Todd, KentuckyParents: Herbert T. Saunders & Lillian Vester-SaundersSiblings: 2 sisters, 2 brothersNickname: BillHometown: Hempstead, ArkansasResidence: 126 Main Street – Durks Hay’s Addition – Hot Springs, ArkansasEnlisted:– U.S. Army– 10 January 1941Training:– Fort Knox, Kentucky– first six weeks was the primary training – Week 1: infantry drilling– Week […]
Filed as: Provisional Tank Group, 17th Ordnance Company
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