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Hi Trevor,
I'm trying to get information on my father's (died 6 Sept 1963)war battles, combat areas, operations, etc Here is the information that I have. Any additional would be appreciated:

Master Sergeant Michael G. Fekete (changed name to Black after war# s/n 6719711
101st Engineers Combat Batt. as part of 26th Inf. Division
27 Aug. 1944 ETO 4th Nov. 1945
Battles & campains - Ardennes, Central Europe  G033  WD45 as amended.
Bronze Star, Corps of Engineers, 26th Inf. Div. 26 Feb 1945 #signed by Maj. General Paul)

Again, any additional information would be greatly appreciated.

Rich Black

Hi Rich

Thanks for the question.

You can start by requesting your dad's records at

if they survived the 1973 fire.

There are a number of web sites that may help.




26th Infantry Division - Yankee Division Pictorial History
Randy W Baumgardner,  Publisher: Turner
ISBN: 1563118270   ISBN13: 9781563118272   Edition: Hardcover; 2002-06-15

The 26th Yankee Division on Coast Patrol Duty 1942-1943 [Paperback]
Dennis A. Connole, Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: McFarland (February 5, 2008)
Language: English ISBN-10: 0786431423 ISBN-13: 978-0786431427

Both listed on

I hope this helps in some small way. It is gratifying to see people interested in their family history. I think it's important.



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I can answer most specific questions regarding the war on the Eastern Front 1941-45 and general questions on WWII regarding the European Theatre of Operations. I can answer most questions on weapons and vehicles used in those areas of operation, Russian, German, Allied. I can also answer questions on contemporary weapon systems (land/sea/air), nuclear weapons and nuclear war fighting, biological and chemical warfare. I also have an interest in epidemiology and disease in history and Russian history during Stalin, specifically the GuLags. I cannot answer any more questions relating to discharge papers or other paperwork, obtaining military records, ranks and their comparisons, military duties etc. as there are outside my expertise.


3 years Lance Corporal in infantry regiment and 3 years Sapper (Combat Engineer)in Engineer Regiment, both Canadian Army Reserve. Extensive military history library, up until recently I was reading 3-5 books per month on military affairs, then ran out of shelf space, much to my wife's delight.

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