This branch of the Austrian Hesch family is descended from Johann Hesch and his wife Marya (Schlinz) Hesch, who came to America from Oberschlagles, Bohemia with three sons: Paul, Mathias, and Anton. +++Johann & Marya settled in Buffalo County, Wisconsin but moved to Pierz, Mn in about 1885. .+++Mathias settled in Waumandee, Wisconsin and moved to Pierz in 1911. +++Anton never married but farmed with his dad in Agram Township, where he died in 1911.+++And Paul, my great grandfather, settled five miles away, in Buckman, Minnesota. He died there in 1900.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Mike Hesch and WWII

The 9th Armored was dad's division when he served in WWII.  Like so many men who came home, he really never talked about it.  (We visited "army buddies" occasionally, or they visited us.  If they talked about the war, we weren't privy to it).

If you click the link above, you'll find a movie taken during the war (on a website Larry found called Critical Past, where you can "search over 57000 videos and seven million images").  This particular video was recorded in  Remagen, Germany in 1945.  

Dad was a tank mechanic, and just look at all the places he fought--click ► to enlarge...

(BTW, I was sure I posted these before, but couldn't find them.  This time, I'll label the post).

Just so ya know, I've sent copies of these papers to the National Archives.  I emailed a request for whatever they had, and was told his records were in a 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center that destroyed most of the WWII enlisted persons records.

The National Archives has an online database of World War II Army Enlistment Records with more than 9 million entries. The database is in the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) at THIS ADDRESS.

Thanks again, Larry...☺

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