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      The Forum is back!!!!   05/11/17

      Oh my gosh, can't tell you what a relief it is to have our forum back. I am simply beside myself with joy! Many of you know, but just as many do not, that I experienced a severe server crash, two weeks ago today. I therefore "temporarily lost" ALL my websites, including the VI Corps main site, this forum, No Bridge Too Far, the VI Corps Jukebox and more than a dozen client sites... Without going into all the gory details, I had to purchase a new server, then start all over from scratch. I did have backups of all the sites, but it's been a real ordeal setting up the server, then one by one, reinstalling each site. I'm almost there, but still have a ways to go, but just got the forum back online, on May 11, 2017 at 12:22. I'm hoping to have the VI Corps main site back by the weekend.  And yes, I am aware of several minor problems, including the fact that if you hit the HOME button, it takes you to a "screwy" page. What's up with that??? And I'm also aware that you cannot pull up the emoticons, etc. Working away to try and get these bugs, sorted out! 

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  2. Yesterday I recieved a surprising message from my old internet friend Jean Jacobsen: She's visiting Siegburg with her hubby Steve! So we went up the Michaelsberg to the rose garden, to the Nordfriedhof, where her father had to bring passed american POW to, the synagogue monument... Thanks to Marion who made this possible!
  3. Last week
  4. I have finally gotten duplicate medals from the Army to mount in my dad's flag display case. I would like to put them in in order of importance (if that's possible). They are: The American Defense Service Medal European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal & Bronze Star attachment (quadruple) & Arrowhead WWII Victory Medal Army of Occupation Medal & Germany Clasp Marksman Badge & Rifle Bar Army Lapel Button Do I group the ribbons together with the medals underneath them, or do I display each ribbon with its corresponding medal? Finally, although my father was wounded twice, the Purple Heart was not listed on his DD214, nor in the TACOM list. Anybody have insight into this? Do I need to make a separate inquiry for the Purple Heart? Thanks for all your help. Frank
  5. A couple of years ago my wife Christine and I were doing research at the Corps of Engineers History Museum at Fort Belvoir. The curator, Eric Reinert, suggested that he had helped another lady with similar interests and we really ought to contact her. You might be ready to guess that he was referring to Marion Chard. My daughter of the 93rd Engineers did, indeed, share a passion with the daughter of the 6th Corps Combat Engineers. Marion put up a link to our website, www.93regimentalcan.com and we put up one to hers. We've been checking in and enjoying this site regularly every since. And we're relieved to see everything back on line after the recent server problems. Chris and my website is dedicated to the three segregated black general service engineering regiments who suffered, sometimes died and always lived with vicious discrimination while they did their part to push 1400 miles of Alaska Highway through the Northern Rockies in just eight months in 1942. Our book, We Fought the Road, will be published by Epicenter Press early this fall, and we are going back to the road for a publicity tour in just two weeks. I contacted Marion today and asked her permission to share this post with you, and she graciously agreed. I promised her, and I promise you, not to fill your screen with promotional material. But if you are interested, we will be blogging on Facebook. Search for Christine and Dennis McClure and you'll find our author page with multiple links to the website. If you're interested, please follow us. We also have an author page on Amazon--search for either Dennis McClure or Christine McClure. And, of course, you are always welcome on www.93regimentalcan.com. Thank you again, Marion for your fine site and for this opportunity.
  6. Bill, Search also in our "bible" https://archive.org/details/corpsofengineers00beck. Page 411 Colin.
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  8. Looks cool! I wonder how he will be portrayed. The trailer doesn't really give you a solid idea. So Brian Cox will now have played: Leon Trotsky Hermann Göring Winston Churchill Oh, and Dr. Hannibal Lecktor!!
  9. Oh joy, can't wait for this to be released. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVOzMZ4IrMA
  10. Thank you for serving our country
  11. Yes! My father was in the 1280th Company "C." Would love to see the photos. I wonder if he knows my Dad, PFC Robert Sandor? Thank you.
  12. Great information! Thank you for sharing. Since posting this, I found out that my father was first in the 87th Infantry Division, Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 345th Infantry Regiment. I found the paperwork on the 87thInfantrydivision.com web site and that is when he received his Combat Infantryman's Badge. I am still learning about all the different divisions, infantries, regiments, battalions, etc.
  13. Goes to show you never know what might occur, even after decades.
  14. Hi and welcome. Thanks for posting.Yes, an old thread, but we have a habit of resurrecting old posts with a high success rate. Hope we can fill in some gaps for you.
  15. This is a pretty old thread, and I'm a newbie to this site. My dad was a staff sergeant in A Co., 368th GS Regiment. He didn't talk too much about his WWII experiences, other than he "pumped gas for Patton". I've since learned that the 368th was one of the engineering units that constructed and operated the major POL pipeline across northern France. I was told some time ago that there was no unit history for the 368th. Dave mentioned that he found unit histories in the NARA facility in Maryland.. I'd be interested to see if he was able to find anything about the 368th there. Thanks! Bill Darrow
  16. Think you nailed it Ralph!
  17. From yesterday's St. Louis Post Dispatch, gotta love these kind of stories! World War II vet reunited with love letter 72 years later May 11, 2017 WESTFIELD, N.J. (AP) — A love letter lost in the walls of a New Jersey home reached a World War II veteran 72 years after it was written. Melissa Fahy and her father found the letter in a gap under the stairs while renovating her Westfield home. The letter, postmarked May 1945, was written by a woman named Virginia to her husband, Rolf Christoffersen. Her husband was a sailor at the time in the Norwegian Navy. "I love you Rolf, as I love the warm sun," Virginia Christoffersen wrote. "That is what you are to my life, the sun about which everything else revolves for me." Fahy told WNBC-TV in New York that she could not believe the love and admiration Virginia had for her husband. "It was really sweet to see that long-distance love," she said. She decided to find the Christoffersens and deliver the letter, turning to a Facebook page for help. Facebook users located the couple's son in California hours after Fahy's post. The son read the letter to his 96-year-old father. Virginia died six years ago this weekend. "In a way, I guess it's his wife coming back and making her memory alive again," Fahy said.
  18. And the emoticons are now working too, but have to try and find all the other ones I added. Ah, baby-steps there, woman!
  19. I'm sure many of you have already read the ANNOUNCEMENT, at the top of each page/section, but it's sure good to be back HOME again, after a severe server crash! We've been gone for two weeks and it was terrible not being able to access ANY of my sites, especially this forum. Just worked out a few more minor problems, but still can't access the emoticons. Working on it...
  20. Well, holy cow, I do believe in miracles. Long time no see, if right!!! Great to have you back, and it's always wonderful to see new topics. Always welcome here, even though we are a bit biased to army engineers! Was going to put an emoticon here, but it looks like they don't want to cooperate. Ah, back to the drawing board....
  21. Guess who!!!??? LOL... long time no see or talk everyone... yes, I mentioned the boys who gave support and got the beans, the bullets and the gasoline to the U.S. Army personnel on time, on target and kept it coming. These boys have been forgotten in the greater picture of the ground war in the Mediterranean. I have since switched branches and now I hit for the United States Navy. I love the United States 3rd Infantry Division and the beloved U.S. 30th Infantry Regiment but, in 2013 my life and time took a turn to some forgotten men. Those brave men, walked the decks of the ships that brought the U.S. Army personnel to those hostile shores and cleared the waves on land and sea to make each and every landing a reality. I've been away, hard at work bringing their story to light for the public. I went to work at Ships of The Sea Maritime Museum here in Savannah, Georgia and I wouldn't trade a moment of it. I LOVE my work, especially lighting up visitors faces when I research their family's relatives and bring their service to light for them in real time. I focus primarily on a ship named after my hometown of Savannah, U.S.S. Savannah, CL-42. A remarkable ship and crew, and its saddens me that I had to go back to the museum to remind me of this fact. However, its been a journey, better yet one heck of an adventure to bring her and her crews service to light. I now run a page of Facebook to her and her crews honor. Just look up "U.S.S. Savannah, CL-42" I have TONS of documents, photos and family members of the ships crew on there. I'm also in the process of finally pulling the trigger and writing a book on the U.S.S. Savannah, CL-42 to make sure her and her crew are not forgotten. It will cover EVERYTHING, her conception in 1933 via Senators Carl Vinson and Park Trammell, to the bombing of September 11th, 1943 at Salerno, to her escort duty for the Yalta Conference to her sad scrapping in January, 1966 at Bethlehem Steel. I think we need a section dedicated here to them, to the United States Navy. For without them, victory, let alone the ground campaign wouldn't have become a reality. Regards, MARNE
  22. If I could see the photos I could tell you where exactly they were taken as I live in Savannah and have spent many years at Fort Joseph Screven. Regards, MARNE
  23. YEAH!!! So glad the forum is back!!! Thank you for all of your hard work (and $$$) Marion!!! I was really missing it (after 10 years of being here almost daily!!)

    1. Walt's Daughter

      Walt's Daughter

      Oh I know the feeling. I was lost in limbo. Still need a bit of tweaking, but we are almost there 100 percent. I still can't get into the admin section, but working on it. Seems to be a permissions problem. Arrggh!!

  24. May 19th 1944 is the date the company photo was taken
  25. Some units do not have DIRECT ties to the engineers here, per se, but we feature units who fought along in the same theater of action. In this case the 5th Army in Italy. If you haven't already, you should read another post in the forum regarding the 757th. This will give you an idea of their lineage and the units they fought with.
  26. Can anyone help me understand the command relationship of the 757th Tank Battalion? My late grandfather, Technician Five Don Williams, was in that Battalion. I cannot find a connection between that Bn and Combat Engineers or understand who there parent command was. Standing by, CW5 Rik Cox
  27. Wow. I actually wouldn't have thought he was still with us. I recognized the name as soon as I saw it. With the Marines at Tarawa is a very interesting (and even Academy Award Winning as was mentioned above) documentary. I remembered hearing about the fact that he was able to catch both combatants in a single frame. This just doesn't happen in genuine combat footage. And it is in color, too! Farewell, sir! Thank you for all you've done!
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