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71st Armored Field Artillery Battalion WWII

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Stories, Interviews and Journals

    *Note: All the following stories, interviews or journals about the 71st have been generously contributed by individuals who experienced the events or their family members, except "The Amazing Story of Duane Francies" which comes from the website      5AD.org                                                                                                                                                                            

    *Click on the story title to proceed to each.                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

    1.The Amazing Story Of Duane Francies                        A dogfight between two observation planes with .45 cal pistols.

          1a. More interesting comments on Lt. Francies          By former fellow officers, Captain Everett Wilcox and Lt. Paul McWain. 

    2. Maj. Herman Smith's Journal                                     Documention of  the 71st, from just before leaving the States till one week after V-E Day.

    3. Capt. Everett H. Wilcox's WWII Recollections             A narrative based on interviews and stories of Mr. Wilcox's wartime experiences with the 71st..

   4. Lt. McWain's souvenir pistols story.                           During an aerial patrol, Lt.'s McWain and Nicol meet a column of surrendering German soldiers.

    5. Howard E. Camp Jr.'s War Years                               An excerpt from a letter detailing Mr. Camp's WWII experiences with the 71st.

 

 

 

 

LATEST NEWS

NEW 1-02-13
"Letters From Frank"
A short film by Jo Caputo
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New pictures 12-26-12
Restoration of one of the 71st's
L-4 Observation Aircraft going on in Spain
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26 NEW PICTURES in
"Photograph Collections"
Collection      1-11-13
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9-25-11
Article showing recent services
at Ardennes American Cemetery, Belgium
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Passed - Lt. Col. (Ret.) Herman Smith Jr.
5/31/1917 - 10/19/2011