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A TIGER OF BASTOGNE....
« on: May 15, 2014, 03:31:06 PM »
I have not added this to my dog tag website yet...  Here I have a set of tags worn by 1st Lt. Hanel of the 419th Armored Field Artillery, 10th Armored Division.  His unit was nicknamed 'THE TIGERS OF BASTOGNE' for their fighting during the Battle of the Bulge.  Luckily, I was able to find a transcript on Lt. Hanel!  So here is what I summed up for you guys to see...  ;)

He was from my home state of Michigan and born 14 November 1921.  Graduating high school in 1939, he then went to Michigan State University while part of the ROTC.  In late 1942, he became a private in the US Army.  He went to Artillery Officer Candidate School and graduated in December 1943.  Hanel went overseas 13 September 1944 and landed at Cherbourg.  His unit caught up with Patton at Metz and then crossed the Mossell River on 14 November 1944. 

On 17 December 1944, they crossed the Saar River to go to Bastogne.  His unit was split up into 3 parts and he was part of Task Force Cherry; named after the Colonel.  On 19 December, he was with his unit on a road between Bastogne and Longville when they started taking fire.  Hanel was behind a tank after the fire quieted down, but suddenly there was a random burst of shells and he took shrapnel to his back, knocking him down.  His tank driver was killed when another shell hit Hanel's tank.  Luckily he was not inside of it....  He was then evacuated to Bastogne.

He was able to leave Bastogne in an ambulance and went to a field hospital in Arlon, Belgium.  When the war ended in Europe, Hanel didn't have enough points to go home, and was transferred to the 80th Infantry Division.

There is a good chance these tags were with him during the fighting during the Battle of the Bulge!  Quite amazing! 

This is my most documented tag in my collection...  Enjoy!  :)
« Last Edit: May 15, 2014, 03:34:29 PM by USdog »
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Re: A TIGER OF BASTOGNE....
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2014, 03:32:21 PM »
Some pics during wwii and long after.
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Re: A TIGER OF BASTOGNE....
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2014, 04:43:06 PM »
Another awesome find Connor and again kudos to your research, it really makes the tags that much more special.
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Re: A TIGER OF BASTOGNE....
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2014, 04:51:18 PM »
Thanks Phil...  I agree, the research can pay off many times as you know!  I was quite surprised when I found his transcript about his service.
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Re: A TIGER OF BASTOGNE....
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2014, 05:03:42 PM »
Thank you for sharing with us.

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Re: A TIGER OF BASTOGNE....
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2014, 05:27:27 PM »
No problem. Thanks for looking!
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Re: A TIGER OF BASTOGNE....
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2014, 05:11:57 AM »
Great story and great research!! Thanks for posting.

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Re: A TIGER OF BASTOGNE....
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2014, 10:46:03 AM »
Great research and story..

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Re: A TIGER OF BASTOGNE....
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2014, 11:56:54 AM »
Thanks for the compliments guys!  This one is now on my website...
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Re: A TIGER OF BASTOGNE....
« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2014, 01:36:01 PM »
Conner......you are one hell of a collector! You bring me (us) joy! ;)
And once by God, I was a Marine!
—Actor Lee Marvin, circa, 1967, about serving in WW II

 

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