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  2. Walt's Daughter

    Interesting Articles

    Wow, I just posted about that a few minutes ago. Then I looked and saw you posted it too. Goosebumps for sure. What an incredible find, and even more incredible that a member of the crew got to see the find. Loved his comment about the $40 in his locker.
  3. They actually found the WWII carrier, The Hornet. Incredible discovery. Watch this video. I have goosebumps.
  4. buk2112

    Interesting Articles

    CBS NEWS February 12, 2019, 8:20 AM Wreckage of World War II aircraft carrier USS Hornet discovered The research vessel Petrel is perched on a spot in the South Pacific Ocean that was anything but peaceful 77 years ago. Then, it was the scene of a major World War II battle between the U.S. and the Imperial Japanese Navies. For the U.S. aircraft carrier, Hornet, it would be her last battle. Now, researchers are revealing Petrel found the wreckage of the USS Hornet in late January – exactly what they were looking for. The ship was found more than 17,000 feet below the surface, on the floor of the South Pacific Ocean near the Solomon Islands. The USS Hornet is best known for launching the important Doolittle Raid in April of 1942 and its role in winning the Battle of Midway. Richard Nowatzki, 95 now, was an 18-year-old gunner on Hornet when enemy planes scored several hits, reports CBS News' Mark Phillips. "When they left, we were dead in the water," Nowatzki said. "They used armor piercing bombs, now when they come down, you hear 'em going through the decks … plink, plink, plink, plink … and then when they explode the whole ship shakes." With 140 of her crew already dead, the order was given to abandon ship. The Hornet went to the bottom – three and a half miles down – which the crew of the Petrel has been scanning with a deep-sea sonar drone that sends back live pictures. Richard Nowatzki survived the Japanese attack on the USS Hornet in 1942. CBS NEWS The drone brought back an image of something down there that's about the right size in about the right place. It looked like her but lots of ships went down around here. To be sure, they needed positive identification, which they got when they saw the Hornet's naval designation: CV-8. "CBS This Morning" was able to share the discovery in real time with Richard Nowatzki in California – even finding the gun he was on during the attack. "If you go down to my locker, there's 40 bucks in it, you can have it!" Nowatzki joked. Nowatzki has enjoyed a long life since that day. Seeing the Hornet again and the evidence of the men who served -- a jacket hung on a hatch, somebody's wash kit complete with toothbrush – naturally made him reflect on those who hadn't been as lucky. "I know I've been a very fortunate man," he said. "The actual fact that you can find these ships is mind boggling to me … I want to thank you for honoring me this way." But it's the crew of the Petrel who were honored to find the Hornet and the final resting place of so many of her brave crew. Another wreck, and in turn, another war grave has been discovered. Its exact location is kept secret to protect it, but the memory now has a place and the loss has a memorial. © 2019 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  5. This is awesome Sam! Where is your grandfather located in the picture? Here is a picture posted on the Camp Butner Society's Facebook page showing the two other 292nd ECB panoramic photos on display. The Company B panoramic would be a great addition alongside it's 292nd brothers! Randy
  6. What a great photograph Sam, thanks so much for sharing it with us here. Going by the number of men in the scene it would seem to be a platoon photo. Having all the names and signatures of the soldiers makes it an even more special family treasure. I assume you have noticed from the thread that one of the men in the photo, Vernon Gansebom, just passed away this past September. There are quite a few names here that are not on the Company B roster that I'm working on, always nice to find new information. Thanks again Sam for sharing this with us and look forward to anything else you may want to add. Have a good one! Randy
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  8. Walt's Daughter

    343rd Engineer General Service Regiment

    Wonderful and you should find this helpful too. It's a reference guide: Troop Ship Crossings WWII - great site! http://ww2troopships.com/index.html
  9. Matt Malley

    343rd Engineer General Service Regiment

    Hi Marion and all, here's something cool - possibly the ship that my dad, (and some if not all?) of the 343rd sailed off to war on: (2 links) - please let me know if this looks accurate or not: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Argentina_(1929) http://moore-mccormack.com/SS-Argentina-1938/SS-Argentina-1938-Timeline.htm
  10. Walt's Daughter

    343rd Engineer General Service Regiment

    Ya, ain't that cool. I remember that photo. Thanks for reposting for our readers.
  11. Matt Malley

    343rd Engineer General Service Regiment

    Hi Marion and anyone who might be watching - here is some real gold - I saw that this memorial has been mentioned but I can't seem to get a photo to load. My childhood friend Mike Detwiler has been on this case for a few days and found a pic on Google of the 343rd Memorial in Nettlebed, (closer to Highmoor than Nettlebed proper). First here's a link to the spot on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/ApaohxDnjPT2 And a close-up of the memorial:
  12. Walt's Daughter

    Info on 1017th Treadway Bridge Co

    I'm sending you her email address. Can't guarantee you will get through (it's been a long time), but wishing you luck. That would be wonderful. Welcome to the forum.
  13. Jessie - Eddie King’s daughter

    Info on 1017th Treadway Bridge Co

    My father was the Edward King you are looking for, and I came across a photo of your dad with my dad!Jessie
  14. Walt's Daughter

    Need help piecing my Grandpa's WWII story - 39th Combat Engr

    That's a tough thing to answer. When I contacted a private researcher, i had her get me whatever she could. Each collection of records, filled in more blanks. You can take a look at my 540th records on the main site, to give you an idea.
  15. mikel

    291st Engineer Combat Battalion Roster

    I reached out to their old reunion organizer / sudo-historian. If I get any rosters I'll share them with y'all. m
  16. Matt Malley

    343rd Engineer General Service Regiment

    Lol good to know I’m not alone!
  17. Walt's Daughter

    343rd Engineer General Service Regiment

    I can't tell you how many questions I get regarding that. :-) It's confusing as hell, and has led many a person on a wild goose chase. That's the army for ya!
  18. Matt Malley

    343rd Engineer General Service Regiment

    Got it thank you!!
  19. Walt's Daughter

    343rd Engineer General Service Regiment

    Don't let that throw you for a loop. Men were frequently discharged with other units going home. A common occurrence.
  20. WemCraig1991

    History of 295th Ordinance H.M. Company

    Hello, my name is Craig. I live in the small town of Wem. As i understand it, the 295th H.M served some time at the G-16 stores depot ( 83rd O.S.D ) which is in Wem. I am desperately trying to gain contact with anyone who served there and gather as much information, pictures and most importantly stories from the depot ( the first of its kind to be built in Britain ) as i feel it deserves more recognition then it currently attracts. So Mr Rockett, if you could help in any way, i would be very greatfull, more then you could imagine. Equally if anyone else reading this could help/guide me in the right direction to other potential sources i would be over the moon. Many thanks Craig Bolas
  21. Matt Malley

    343rd Engineer General Service Regiment

    Just called one of your recommendations in VA thank you!! Looking at dad’s honorable discharge laminated card, it confusingly says “369 Engineer Combat Batalion”... different unit from the first one I found...so begins my quest down the rabbit hole - thank you for your awesome site Marion!!
  22. Walt's Daughter

    343rd Engineer General Service Regiment

    Thanks. This entire site is a labor of love. Don't fret, see my research post here on how to acquire discharge records, etc. I went the VA way, and contacted them. That was how I got my dad's records. Yes, looks like we have even more in common and the hits just keep on comin' :-) Gotta run. Have to go check on a neighbor's house....
  23. Matt Malley

    343rd Engineer General Service Regiment

    Wow!! Reading your dad's page right now and I am shocked at our similarities - "the box"!! That's what I'm going through now, at 55 years old, as we're getting my 90 year old mother ready to live with us and she's having me sort through the "treasure vs. trash" in her existing house where I grew up! You, and your site here are such a great resource Marion!! I tried getting dad's records from the St. Louis archives and you must know about this but in the 70's I believe, there was a fire or flood and letters M-Z (or something like that) were lost forever. Dad's records were one of them. So great to be connected here...reading the rest of your dad's page now....the foreign currency...and the Luger! Dad had one too...even the twitch or jump...PTST I think and dad had it too.
  24. Walt's Daughter

    343rd Engineer General Service Regiment

    I'm actually in touch (or was) with hundreds of veterans. I've attended reunions for at least four different engineer units. I've uploaded countless memoirs provided by the vets and/or their families, etc., etc. To read about the start of all this, please see my dad's page. That was the impetus for this entire venture. Simply began as research into his history and expanded exponentially into what you see today. You would have loved Armonde. He was a gem. He'd call me on the phone and send me cards and letters. Just the sweetest man. I sure wish you could have talked to him.
  25. The research from the Maryland National Archives is back at work and responded. There are a couple different available reports listed - histories, Opn Rpt (I assume Operations Reports), Jnl (journals?), General Orders, and G-3 Periodics. Which is most likely to mention people by name? I already have the morning reports for the 39th regiment, 2nd Battalion, company E and F for Sept 1943.
  26. Matt Malley

    343rd Engineer General Service Regiment

    Marion this is some serious gold! Is it a huge coincidence that you befriended this person from my dads regiment or are you just in touch with so many vets? I just missed this man by a couple of years. National treasures leaving us daily! Thank you for this - reading now.
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