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  3. Hello and welcome. We have quite a bit of info on the 19th. Simply type "19th" in the search engine box located on the right hand side of our forum. Make sure you are on the Homepage of the forum, before beginning your search, as it will look through the entire site. Also visit the main site for VI Corps. Again, use the search feature there. It will include the memoirs from Ernest Wayne Warner - 19th Engineer, etc. Happy hunting!
  4. Larry, attached here there are the extract from Engineer History 5th Army related to the 19th Engineer Combat Group. Engineer history - 5thArmy - Med Theater_Vol-1-Sec3 related to Volturno river until May 11, 1944 Engineer history - 5thArmy - Med Theater_Vol-2-Sec6 - Arno river to winter 1944-45 Engineer history - 5thArmy - Med Theater_Vol-2-Sec8 - The Po river campaign I hope you enjoy Andrea Engineer history - 5thArmy - Med Theater_Vol-1-Sec3.pdf Engineer history - 5thArmy - Med Theater_Vol-2-Sec6.pdf Engineer history - 5thArmy - Med Theater_Vol-2-Sec8.pdf
  5. Andrea -- Thanks for the response. His separation papers said he was with the 19th Engr Regt. that landed in Northern Ireland, then was in Algeria, Tunisia, Sicily and Rome-Arno campaigns. I did some research on the 19th , but some documents said this was like an umbrella regiment that supplied engineers to many units. So your tip on the Transportation Corps is very helpful. His wife said he didn't talk much about his war experience but he did say he built bridges. Larry
  6. The patch seems the one of the Transportation Corps with the winged wheel. Please, check if in your papers there are some reference to the 19th Engineer Combat Group. It was formed by the 401st Engineer Combat Battalion and the 402nd Engineer Combat Battalion. I can retrieve some other info about this unit. Let me know. All the best
  7. angatti

    Military Railway Service

    I have a new question for the members of this forum. Someone have information about the presence of the Military Railway Service in Florence after the liberation of the city in August '44? Some information reteived in surfing on th web say that the 701st Railway Grand Division and the 715th railway operating battalion stationed in Florence from the end of '44 to at least May '45.
  8. Hi I am trying to get info on my dad’s younger brother, Robert Earl Strawther, who served in the Army as an engineer from 1941-1945 . His wife and children have all passed away and were not able to pass on information about him to me so I’m trying to reconstruct to do his service justice. All I have are bits I have assembled over the years. From his separation papers: Inducted 11 June 1941 – (draftee, civilian occupation carpenter) -- inducted at Jefferson Barracks, MO. I assumed he went to Fort Leonard Wood, where ironically three of his older brothers were finishing building barracks. His separation papers list his unit as the 19th Engineer Regiment Departed for Ireland on 31 Aug 1942, arrived 7 SEP 1942 Participated in Algerian, Tunisian, Sicilian and Italian campaigns Per bits told to his wife, and his brothers Landed on the coast of Africa (my educated guess is Oran) LST never made it to the beach… had to jump and swim to shore…. Somehow got caught behind enemy lines … went a number of days behind enemy lines without food… except for chocolate (they tied chocolate bars to his uniform). Only ate chocolate for many days and he never wanted to eat it again rest of his life. Re: Sicily “When Patton’s name came up, Bob was really upset… was in the infantry under him… "he was a gloryhound… one time they were ready to cross a river, but they got orders to hold until Patton could get there … While waiting, they watched the Germans re-fortify the town …" Per his widow: "When we visited Italy he showed me some of the places he was at… “ Anzio? ” “I think so.” In Italy he “used to build pontoon bridges…” Italians would blow them up and one time he didn’t get out fast enough… got his ankle smashed… His wife thought that during this same event one of his army friends got blown up and it traumatized him. He reacted badly to loud noises for many years, but still had a tic for the rest of his life. He got a medical discharge in early 1945. Separated out of Camp Hahn in Southern California The photo below is the only one we have that shows a bit of his unit patch. Any help narrowing down his specific units and where he might have served in Sicily and Italy would be most appreciated. Thanks for any help. Larry
  9. Thank you for sharing his personal memoirs. This means a lot to us. I shall be reading them this week, if all goes well.
  10. Walt's Daughter

    Infor for Company "B" 159th Engineer Combat Battalion

    Welcome. I gave Sandra some help via email. I hope it proves fruitful for her. Please let us know how you trip goes in April. The best of luck.
  11. My father, Myrvle Gilbert Roberts served with Company "B", 159th Engineer Combat Battalion from October 3, 1942 in England to September 19, 1945 in France. My father was gravely wounded in Normandy France on June 18, 1944. My father passed away in 1966 at the age 47. I am an only child and have no surviving relatives that can provide information as to my father's service during the war. I am traveling to Normandy in April with the specific goal to locate where my father fought in Normandy and if he came by land or sea (which beach). Also would love to find out where injured soldiers were taken for surgery and recovery in France during the battle of Normandy. I contacted the Army Personnel Records Division and unfortunately my father's records were destroyed in their fire some decades ago. Any information anyone could provide would be greatly appreciated. Sandra Roberts Deiderich sdeiderich@gmail.com
  12. My father's recollections of the Battle of the Bulge and Malmedy Massacre. Stack_Malmedy Massacre.pdf
  13. Company F, 1303rd Engineer General Service Regiment's bridge across the Saar River. Skip to the 4:20 mark https://s3.amazonaws.com/NARAprodstorage/lz/mopix/111/adc/111-adc-3464.mp4 I just thought that I'd share this for anyone who might be interested.
  14. Walt's Daughter

    291st Engineer Combat Battalion Roster

    Thanks Steven, and big thanks to mikel for putting it in a format for us non-Apple users. I was like, what the heck is an HEIC file? Man, I hate proprietary formats and I'm a techie. But this is great. So pleased to have this info on our forum.
  15. myazma

    1884th EAB Lt Robert L. Myers

    Thanks for your information. I appreciate having a place to post my information as well as reading about other researchers.
  16. golfersa

    291st Engineer Combat Battalion Roster

    Thank you both for making this available!
  17. mikel

    291st Engineer Combat Battalion Roster

    Thank you Steven, sharing this is very appreciated. Sadly though heic is an Apple format and us Windows users can't (easily) open them. I have converted them to jpg files to make it easier for others to open them.
  18. StevenStack

    291st Engineer Combat Battalion Roster

    Hoping this helps. My father, Thomas Stack, was a 1st Lt. with the 291st. IMG_3846.HEIC IMG_3847.HEIC IMG_3848.HEIC IMG_3849.HEIC IMG_3850.HEIC IMG_3851.HEIC IMG_3852.HEIC IMG_3853.HEIC IMG_3854.HEIC
  19. Walt's Daughter

    1270thengineercombatbattalion.com

    The best way is to use Google Earth. I knew a couple of veterans who did this with great success. I will add your site to the 6th Corps main site, too. Congrats!
  20. Walt's Daughter

    1884th EAB Lt Robert L. Myers

    Thanks for providing the above information and for joining the forum. It's always fun filling in the blanks. My advice to you, is to contact NARA in Maryland. This also includes other sources that might be able to serve your needs. I obtained valuable info from College Place, The Army Corps of Engineers Office and Fort Leonard Wood. I now have hundreds of pages of documentation. Obtaining Unit Records These are actual archived records from each branch of the service. Again, many facilities have these records, but it may vary from place to place. Some units, (i.e. infantry and airborne) will have more information than others. Smaller/lesser known units (i.e. an engineer mapping company) may have little to none at all, so there are no guarantees. Nonetheless, my research has led me to discover, that most people are successful with this part of their hunt. · National Archives - College Place, MD - This is how I obtained my father’s unit records. I hired a private researcher who painstakingly copied each document and mailed them to me. While this was not cheap, it was well worth the cost and effort for I gathered hundreds upon hundreds of daily journals, after-action reports, maps and more. Please read the page carefully for it is very detailed. It also explains how to arrange to copy the records yourself. · The Dwight D Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum · The Army Corps of Engineers Office of History - (If your veteran was an army engineer) When filling out the form please select the History Dept., as your recipient. You may also call them at 703-428-6563. They played an instrumental role in my early research, for my father was a member of the 540th Engineer Regiment. · Fort Leonard Wood - Office of Engineer History Historian, U.S. Army Engineer School 320 MANSCEN Loop, Suite 043 Ft. Leonard Wood, MO 65473 573-563-6365 · The United States Army War College · Center of Military History
  21. My father, Robert L. Myers, was a lieutenant in the 1184th Engineering Aviation Brigade in the South Pacific during World War II. This is what I have been able to determine about his service during the war. There is info here about where his battalion was at various points and what they were doing. If anyone can fill in the gaps, I would appreciate whatever info is available. He graduated from the New York State Forest Ranger School in 1939 at the age of 22. He was initially drafted into the army in late 1941 or early 1942 while working with the Forest Service in Massena, NY. I have an Army ID card, dated February 4, 1942, showing him with the Saint Lawrence River District Corps of Engineers with his occupation listed as a helper in the Soils Lab. By August, 1942 he was at Fort Belvoir, Va. with the 2nd Platoon, “D” Company, 1st Battalion, E.R.T.C. He then qualified for Officer’s Candidate School. I have a picture of his class dated January, 1943, O.C.S. Company “F” 2nd Engineering School Regiment. On February 2, 1943 he was given an honorable discharge so that he could accept a commission and immediate active duty in Army of the United States. On February 26, 1943, he was at March Field, CA with the 854th E.A.B. During January and February, 1944 he trained at the Army Air Force School of Applied Tactics in Orlando FL. I have a photograph of his graduating class with the last names of all the men in the picture. By the 5th of May, 1944 he was training at Geiger Field, Washington with the 1884th E.A.B I have a copy of the company newspaper with an article about the company’s training in the mountains of Washington State. From there the dates get fuzzy. From an undated Commissary card I know he was at Hickam Field in Hawaii. I have captioned photos of various locations around the island. The next event I have for him was crossing the 180° Meridian aboard the LST-606 at Latitude 6°N 06’E on August 17, 1944. Their ship then crossed the equator on August 23rd at Longitude 164° 20’ E. From there he took pictures of Guadalcanal, Tulagi and Florida Island in the Solomons. Not sure if they stopped at any of them. From there, it looks like they were next at Angaur Island in the Palau Islands. It gets confusing after that because it looks like they ended up in Guam. He took a lot of pictures of construction sites but didn’t identify their location until Guam. I’m not sure if they even stopped at the first islands or why they went there. If their ultimate destination was Guam, they took a very circuitous route. The next actual date I have is January 10, 1945 showing airfield construction on Guam. After completing the airstrip on Guam, they battalion was sent to Okinawa to assist in the invasion. I have lots of photos from there but no details as to time or activities. From other sources, I believe the 1184th and 1186th were assigned to the 7th Division under General Buckner. There are some photos of the damage caused by a typhoon in September, 1945 that hit the island after they had captured it. My father returned to the states on the USS Admiral H.T. Mayo crossing the meridian on March 2, 1946 at 30°N. He was stationed at March Field in California and was discharged at Fort Dix, NJ. His Separation Qualification Record describes him as platoon commander in charge of construction of airfields and airfield facilities. Date of separation June 2, 1946. He was not a great story teller or talker. Growing up I knew what he did during the war and the places he went. He never talked about any fighting he did but there is an official army photograph of him sitting behind a machine gun on the back of a truck. He did have several marksmanship medals. Robert L. Myers WWII record.docx
  22. Hi - I also have been working for several years on a web site that features my father's experience in WWII: http://www.1270thengineercombatbattalion.com I am planning to follow in Joe's battalion's footsteps in Europe next Spring 2021. I was wondering if anyone has tips on how to do this? Thanks, Nan
  23. Walt's Daughter

    358th Engineers

    That is a tough thing to track down. Probably the only way to possibly obtain one, is to see if the 358th has a unit book. Other than that, it's not normal for the archived unit records to have photos of the soldiers.
  24. RoxieC

    358th Engineers

    Hi, I wrote to the archives in St Louis and 8 weeks later have had a reply. I have manged to locate the Lieutenant! :) I couldn't be more pleased! They unfortunately, could not provide a photograph. Does anyone know how I would go about obtaining a military portrait? Many thanks.
  25. Walt's Daughter

    207th Engineer Combat Battalion

    Welcome to our forum. It's a real shame that the 207th's site is no longer available. I've seen that happen to too many WWII sites over the last 10 years or so. Think of all the valuable information that has gone missing now. Luckily most of the links including in the above post are still functional. Hope you downloaded the PDF files. I would suggest contacting NARA in Maryland to obtain the unit's files. There information is provided in the Research Section of this forum.
  26. Walt's Daughter

    358th Engineers

  27. Walt's Daughter

    358th Engineers

    I hope you find the answers you are seeking. I'm going to look through the forum to see if I can come up with unit info.
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