4 Replies Latest reply on Aug 29, 2020 12:17 PM by Alice Lane

    Seeking records of Eugene Winchenbach


      I am curious about my father's (Eugene C. Winchenbach) experiences in Patton's 3rd Army during December 1944 and 1945. I know he mentioned Bastogne and Trier but that's all I can remember. I want to know the route they took and if there are books written about it..

        • Re: Seeking records of Eugene Winchenbach
          Susannah Brooks Pioneer

          Patton's Third Army: Daily Combat Diary vol 3, part 4  by Charles M. Province seems to be the type of book you are looking for https://books.google.com/books/about/Patton_s_Third_Army.html?id=MAblAAAAMAAJ

          You can use the find a library button to see if it available near you or you look for sellers (it appears it is only sold as a used book).

          • Re: Seeking records of Eugene Winchenbach
            Rebecca Collier Ranger

            Dear Ms. Bush,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 34 series in the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) (Record Group 338) that pertain to the Third Army during WWII. We also located the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917-1981 (Record Group 407) that includes records of the Third Army from June 1944 to May 1945. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


            If you haven’t already done so, we suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for enlisted men of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after October 1912 and prior to 1958 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. In many cases where personnel records were destroyed in the 1973 fire, proof of service can be provided from other records such as morning reports, payrolls, and military orders, and a certificate of military service will be issued. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail it to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002. You also may fax the form to 314-801-9195. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.


            Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2. Also, the National Personnel Records Center is servicing only urgent requests related to homeless veterans, medical emergencies, and funerals which may be faxed to 314-801-0764.  We thank you for your patience and look forward to resuming normal operations when the public health emergency has ended.


            The U.S.Army Center of Military History (CMH) has several online publications that may be of interest such as Bastogne - The First Eight Days and Ardennes-Alsace. Additional CMH publications are available at https://history.army.mil/catalog/browse/title.html#b.


            We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!

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            • Re: Seeking records of Eugene Winchenbach

              Trier/Germany was conquered by the 10th Armored Divison on March 2 1945. This division was part of Pattons 3rd army and took part in the Battle of the Bulge and the Bastogne Fighting from Dec 17th 1944 on. So maybe your father served in this unit? 

              • Re: Seeking records of Eugene Winchenbach
                Alice Lane Pioneer

                Hi Martha,

                Welcome to History Hub


                Lots of Information found on this website...including photos



                http://hillabee.net/battalionroster.htm roster includes 1st. Sgt. Eugene C. Winchenbach.Waldoboro, ME



                Music of  the time...........http://www.6thcorpsmusic.us/


                another website...http://pattonthirdarmy.com/3rdarmysummaries1.html


                Another book available is Patton and His Third Army by General Brenton Wallace..reprint of 1946 edition- available online from about $5.00 and up.

                about the book

                Dwight Eisenhower once said of General George Patton, "He was one of those men born to be a soldier... whose gallantry and dramatic personality inspired all he commanded to deed of great valour." In this account of Patton and his Third Army, Wallace places Patton within the context of the army's operation and day-to-day movements as it roared through France, Luxembourg, and Germany. Wallace, Patton's former assistant chief of staff, draws his facts from stenographic records of daily staff meetings, and provides insights and details unavailable to other historians.

                Alice Lane

                Research Volunteer