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    Devilbiss High School Heroes - Summer 2018

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    V-Mail Newsletters - WWII Museum

    VMail Summer 2018 V-Mail_Newsletter_Summer_2018.pdf
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    Many units received their patches before heading out, so one thing may have nothing to do with the other. :-)
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    Ah, but doesn't necessarily mean that it wasn't it. We'll keep on it. After all, my dad's has a seahorse. :-)
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    photo of 343rd bridge over Durance River

    I can look it over. I just looked at it quickly (not all) and it doesn't seem bad at all, but will take a closer look-see.
  8. Claude

    photo of 343rd bridge over Durance River

    Hi Marion, this is Claude, I have a picture. Here is my work : http://pastroptops.free.fr/us1944durance.htm Would you know anybody who could improve the English version (voluntarily)? Thank you.
  9. dwl


    Thank you Randy and Marion - your time is much appreciated! I've decided that the patch/crest was probably not their's, as I don't think they had elephants in the Middle East! I did find a gentleman who said a PGS patch was a general one for the Military stationed in the Persian Gulf. I am attaching a picture. Again, thank you!
  10. The following was also sent to me by his son, Carl Stefanelli. Marion, please forward this to Jim [and anyone else I missed] as I am not sure of his email. At Dad's repast I gave this short remembrance of Tony's long life. Tony was born in 1915. He was the oldest of 8 children. All were born at home with the assistance of their grandmother [Gaccionne] and a midwife. As the oldest son he was first up for chores. Originally the apartment was heated with the kitchen stove. That meant helping his father cut lots of wood. It also meant the bedrooms were cold at night. Later he helped his father cut and install pipes for a steam heat/radiator system. Whenever they had it, wood was burned in the furnace. Cheaper than coal. They kept a garden and chickens. Tony helped with the chickens while fighting off the rooster. He helped his father install electrical wires to replace the gas lights. They ran the wires through the gas pipes. There was a gas meter in the basement, but it was more like a parking meter. You put in a quarter and got 25 cents of gas. When the lights flickered another quarter was needed. I asked Dad if they got Christmas presents. He said in their stockings they got walnuts left over from the dinner the night before. However, one year he got a wagon. The wagon came with a chore. His father saved scrap wood at work. Dad had to pull his wagon to the factory and loaded up. On the way home he would come to a railroad track. There he had to unload the wagon, carry it over the tracks and then reload the wood. Tony was a lifelong mushroom picker. Seems he knew the good ones from the poison ones. His father and uncle John needed him on mushroom picking trips, because Dad could read the road signs. Tony graduated from high school in 1932. He went to work Sonneborne, a chemical company owned by a Jewish family. They kept the plant running right through the Depression. A four day work week was the worst it got. Normally, work ran from Monday through Friday and half a day on Saturday. The plant manager vouched for grandpa when they needed a mortgage to buy the building on Washington Ave. Dad's father, Joseph, and his Uncle John were foremen. His grandfather [Gaccionne] worked there as a cooper, making wooden barrels. His sister, Rachael, worked in the office in New York. Dad's first job was running a machine that canned Vaseline. Dad worked at Sonneborne through the 30's while attending Newark College evenings. A month after Pearl Harbor, Tony got his draft notice. He was 26. The next 43 months were spent in N Africa and Europe. Dad was in the 36th Combat Engineers Regiment. They made 5 amphibious landing, 3 of them under fire. The 36th logged more days in combat than any other US unit, except the 3rd Division [?]. I attended his last several army reunions. Sadly, he was the only attendee at the 2017 reunion. He loved getting together with his dear friend, Carl Futatdo and the other old soldiers. They always enjoyed reminiscing about the good times. After the war and before he landed a position, Tony's sister told him that a local grocery store needed some help. Park Market, in Nutley was run by my maternal grandfather, Vincent LoCurcio. My mother, Filomena, helped run the store. Dad worked there for about a half a day, and then complained to Fil, "If you want to be a boss, you better learn to give orders!" Fil told him to leave! A few days later he returned and asked Fil for a date. Three dates later he told her they should get married. "We are both 30 years old and need to get married. Let's not waste time with this dating." You know the rest of the story. Fil ran her own store and Tony was a partner at an electrical contractor. He worked till he was 70 and then played golf for the next 30 years. He had a good life.
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    Thanks for locating that old post, Randy. That should be very helpful. Sure took me back into the time machine, including posts from WWII veterans.
  12. buk2112


    Hello Dwl, Warmest welcome to the forum, glad to have you aboard. Our gracious host Marion may have more information but this unit has been touched upon in a previous thread here on the forum. http://www.6thcorpscombatengineers.com/engforum/index.php?/topic/2893-info-on-363rd-and-369th-engineers/& There is a group photo in the thread that just might include your father in law. It is hard to tell but it appears they may be wearing on their Class A hats the unit crest you are inquiring about. Good luck with your search, have a good one! Randy
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    Hello! My father-in-law was a member of the 363D Engineer Special Services Regiment during WWII. I am finding it very difficult to find any kind of unit insignia / patch for his regiment and may indeed not know exactly what to look for. Based on his discharge papers, I have identified his badges and medals and the red and white patch with the "castle" on it. But in some of my researching, I have seen a patch with an elephant on it and the words "ALLONS NOUS" and a notation calling the group "San Francisco's Own," although I can find nothing to do with San Francisco and his service. Would also love to find out what, in particular, his particular regiment was involved with in the Persian Gulf. Thank you!
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    313th Engineers

    Thanks for sharing your photos. We sure appreciate your time.
  15. japruitt76

    313th Engineers

    I'd like to share some pictures from the 313th Engineering Combat Battalion from which my Grandfather J.L. Hix was a member in 1945-1946 He served as an Army Cook during his service and held the rank of Tec 4. The Gentleman in the picture with a child I do not know his name but he is with an orphan during a cookout the soldiers provided for them. This was noted on the back of the picture
  16. 1st Army...1058th PC &R Group was attached to different units at times in the ET. A lot is not written about the 1058th due to this issue. You Tube has a video on the collapse of the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen which is very informative. They also participated in the Battle of the Buldge and several other campaigns including being shipped to the Phillipines (to help with ending the war in Japan) after the surrender of Germany. I have some information as to their whereabouts on most given days through unit morning reports if any one is interested or can give you the information on the researcher I hired.
  17. Glad to hear from you. My father, Walter N.P. Curlock was with the 1058th PC &R Group throughout. I have quite a bit of info on the 1058th as I hired a researcher 2 years ago to retrieve the units reports and all other pertinent information on the 1058th PC & R Group. They were involved in many battles and campaigns most notable was the Battle of the Bulge and the repair and ultimate collapse of the Ludendoroff Bridge at Remagen. I have many pictures but cannot identify where some were taken. You can read about the Ludendorff Bridge along with videos on Utube and various newspaper articles published in Stars and Stripes which I have if you would like could email them to you. I too have some stories and would enjoy trading them with you as my father passed in 1991 and didn't talk much about his experiences in WWII. One reason you cannot find out much about the 1058th is because they were often attached to other units.
  18. Check out documentation on the collapse of the Ludendoroff Bridge at Remagen. My father was there with the 1058th PC & R Group and was attached at times to the 291st engineers who were also there. Lots of info out there about 291st. I hired a researcher and he did an excellent job retrieving unit morning reports stating where they were and when. Good hunting!
  19. Beautifully said. I just wish that more people from the forum could have met him. But they can still enjoy the documentary, etc. of he and Carl Furtado. Both great men who I miss so, so much!
  20. There are a lot of feelings I had when I first read "Farewell Tony Stefanelli". I would love to be able to tell you all of them at one time, but since that isn't possible, I'll try to break them down. I had that heart lowering, sad feeling when I first read the words but I don't want really want to say that this is necessarily sad for a couple of reasons. First off is my belief in God and that this life isn't the point, if you follow me. Secondly, he was 102 and you certainly couldn't say he didn't live a long, fruitful life. What I do feel is that sense of loss that we all get when someone we knew (regardless of how long) that we really liked. I only met him the once, but I really enjoyed my time with him. I only regret I didn't get to hang out more since he was such a great guy with awesome stories to tell. I would have really enjoyed spending more time with him, but it was not to be. I know he would have been surrounded by his children and grandkids at the end and that is the most important. I'll just have to wait until that great everything reunion in the sky. Farewell Tony. You were certainly one of the good ones and you can't do much better than that.
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    1058th pc&r or port construction and repair group

    Wonderful news and welcome to our forum. So glad you found us. Delighted that I could help you tie up some loose ends.
  22. Looks like this area has been quiet for a while. But for anyone out there my father, Donald Sloan, was a Master Sargent in the 1058 PC&R . His photo album from WWII starts with pictures from Wales, then on to Cherbourg, Remouchamps, Remagen, Antwerp, Marseilles and ends with the Philippines. I was elated to find this site since for years I was unable to find out anything about the 1058 PC&R. This site has helped me put the puzzle together in a way that makes a more complete picture. Now the stories I heard growing up can be put in some order.
  23. Sad news to my WWII friends...Tony Stefanelli (36th Engineer) passed away Tuesday evening in his sleep. He was 102! Wow! He went peacefully though and I'm sure Carl Furtado and he are having one helluva reunion. Of course we will miss him tremendously. There was only one Tony. Spent many a day with him throughout the years. First pic is Carl on left, then Tony! Second pic is Carl, Tony and Colin Hotham at our hotel in 2015. Third pic is of Tony and me with his birthday pumpkin pie! Fourth pic is Carl and Tony from the war! Stay rugged!
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    Thieves steal money from a WWII engineer

    I heard his money was recovered somehow too. That is very cool.
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    Love the photo of the donkey. He's like, "Are you nuts?"
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    Pictures Of My Grandfather 1132nd Combat Engineers

    Great pics btw!
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