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      The Forum is back - updates on progress!   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 many images are currently missing. I need to access the old server again, and copy the uploads folder to our new server. Evidently (for some reason), many of the photos/doc did not transfer. I am working on this, so thank you for your patience. 
    • Walt's Daughter

      Attention Validating Members! April through May   05/26/17

      Due to the server crash, there are a few dozen people who may have fallen by the wayside, when they tried to register. If your user name appears below, please contact me, so I can make sure to approve your membership. My apologies to any who experienced difficulty from late April through May 2017! Rmb2 rspaw Roger Cooke Pearce Les Lfpre DWBell Sheila Randy Dan M JGSTEIG Medicbear bonno5id Ckey Wayne Buck Melissaharder CHARLES R. JOHNSON jclark 1945 Sherry Greyfriar Ken Glace edwardj20@comcast,net (I strongly urge you to change your username. Forum members should never use their email addresses) Kathleen O'Brien Rongione Skyline Drive agilulfe88 Dissipated Shadow machurtado

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  2. Largest single donation of WWII letters
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  4. More progress today. Have approximately 3/4's of all the pages completed. This means the fonts, etc., have been changed. Hoping to have this done by Friday! Wish me luck!
  5. Well, making good progress. Still changing/adding and deleting code as I move along, so if you see some pages that don't quite look just right, then you will know why. We also have a new MENU bar which not only looks nicer but is now mobile friendly.
  6. I think this is fantastic. Happy to have it posted here. It's great to see more history being shared with the world. I will make sure to check it out!
  7. Hi ya' Marion, I dropped you an email the other night about the new 295th audiobook just released. I hope you don't mind me posting a short blurb and link to Amazon where folks can hear a sample of audio and purchase. The untold WWII story of another band of brothers who also trained at the infamous Camp Toccoa. Marv Allen's voice is a time machine that puts you right alongside these forgotten heroes as they travel from the United States to Europe doing their part in the battle against tyranny. A light and often humorous account by S/SGT Thomas E. Coon finally made known. Here Audio Sample: https://www.amazon.com/History-295th-Ordinance-H-M-Company/dp/B072ML24G5/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1497704456&sr=8-3&keywords=295th
  8. Well, it's been in the works - a revamping of the main site. Let's face it, it was getting old and it no longer matched the forum and gallery. So over the last several days, I've been working on a new format/design/layout. I hope you like it. It's being uploaded as I type, so it will probably take an hour or so for all the templates and pages to upload. Over the next month or so, I will be removing any outdated links, so thanks for your patience. It's a huge job. Little by little we are getting there.
  9. Thanks Chris! I hope you will get some response. We've had good luck reaching out to folks.
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  11. My father was Unit Historian of the 1st Engineer Special Brigade Association from around 1978 until he passed away in 2002. About 2005, I decided to try to determine if the Association still existed; I looked up all the officers; they had all passed away, or letters to them were returned to sender. I did receive a notice of a 2003 Reunion (in St Paul, as I recall). These talks about more recent ones: http://www.myguidon.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=7529 http://www.longshoresoldiers.com/2011/09/wwii-port-company-reunions.html that I was unaware of, but have no contacts listed. So, I have to conclude there is no group left, although you can call someone at the Engineer Museum at Fort Leonard Wood to see if they know. If you are still registered and have any specific questions, please post them and I'll try to answer them. I have unit rosters and some other information on casualties from my father, as well as unit history information. Thank you!
  12. Can you possibly look through your photos and information to see if Tony is any of them. His real name was Alfred Coesens, but he went by Tony. Unfortunately had PDSD and never really recovered after the war. Given some of the photos I have, I can understand.
  13. My email is repbrock@msn.com. I would love to trade information and documents. I am most happy to send all the information I have. One of the more interesting artifacts I have is a homemade knife with the initials "RSW" It has the name of the town, which I can't read completely "???sheck, Texas and then it has all the places this person was at starting with Nova Scotia, Scotland, England...Germany" You can read them if you look closely. It also has some writing on the back that I can't read. Would be great to know who RSW was.
  14. I would strongly suggest getting in touch with NARA in Maryland, for they have info on almost every unit in WWII. You may be able to acquire the 360th's archived army files, which would contain reports, map, photos etc. I did this for my father's unit and it was a very successful venture.
  15. Even though the subtitles are in French, this slideshow refers to the 360th. I've translated it from French. His name was Claxton Ray and he was an officer in the US Army at the time of the liberation of Brest in 1944. He took a series of photographs showing the state of destruction of the city after four years of occupation by the Germans and 43 days of violent fighting for his release. Exceptional documents now held by a Canadian university. https://dai.ly/x5c8uu2
  16. Found a photo of this soldier who attended a memorial service in Normandy in 2009. Captured this image from this site, in case you might want to reach them for more info.
  17. The 360th are mentioned here too
  18. Here are three men listed from the 360th who were casualties - The Fallen Heroes of Normandy
  19. Here's an interview with Edward Eugene Bebb, a member of 360th, Co E, 2nd platoon.
  20. Four men listed on the American Battle Monument's site
  21. According to documentation, this unit received an award for services.
  22. Here's a link regarding the 360th in Normandy
  23. One thing that may be true for him is this; he may have been shipped home with another unit. This happened many times at the end of the war. The 360th was an independent engineer unit, so were never actually part of a division. These were called "bastard" units. My father's unit (the 540th), was an independent regiment, too. They were often attached to other units, such as divisions, regiments, companies, etc, but were always under the control of an ARMY or CORPS. So in other words, they were assigned where needed. Regarding the fire in 1973 in St Louis...This was not the only place where personnel units were kept. More often than not, you can still get copies of the DD214's from other sources, including the Veteran's Administration. If you click on that link, it will take you to their site. Then simply click on the related state for your step-brother. You will be provided with contact info. This is how I obtained my father's discharge papers. Other venues include his local county building or the local funeral home. Hope this helps.
  24. This was taken from another post on my site... The goals set for the Brittany ports were never realized and at most of them the engineer effort was considered "utterly wasted." Despite the heavy emphasis on those ports in July, the breakout from the bridgehead and the headlong drive across northern France moved the action far from Brittany by September. This development caused logistical planners at SHAEF to regard Antwerp as the major prize; engineers nevertheless expended considerable effort in Brittany before the tactical situation changed so drastically. The 1053d Port Construction and Repair Group and the 360th Engineer General Service Regiment worked on St. Malo, Cancale, and St. Brieuc before moving into captured Brest. The St. Malo project halted just as it neared completion, primarily because the task of reopening waterways south and inland from St. Malo did not appear worth the effort required. Some port-operating personnel went to Cancale, but tidal conditions there proved so difficult that the port was never used. St. Brieuc opened in mid-September but operated for only a month, averaging 317 tons a day, mostly coal for local generating plants and railroads. St. Michel-en-Greve did somewhat better, averaging 745 tons a day; but it closed down on 1 September, never contributing more than a small amount of port capacity and reverting to French control in mid-December. The only ports in Brittany that delivered more than token tonnages were Granville and Morlaix.
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  26. Good day! Thanks for becoming a member and I hope I can help you with your questions. Let me do a little research and get back with you. Warmly, Marion
  27. What a great development. Looks like the two of you have lots to share and discuss. Happy to have both of you on the forum.
  28. Thanks so much for that. Lee and I just watched the trailer. This looks fascinating.
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