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      Upgrade July 26,2017   07/27/17

      We had an upgrade to the system this morning and I had to temporarily disable the theme/colors/look-feel of the forum. The forum was acting strangely and was moving along at a snails pace, so had to perform some tests. After I disabled all the customizations, things improved immensely, so... I am hoping to add our colors back, but till then...bear with me. Thanks!

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  2. testing icons - July 27, 2017

    Testing icons after July update. Seems we are having the same problem. I haven't been able to pull up any custom icons from the past, since our upgrade earlier this year. They show up when I go into settings, but when I pull down the icon menu while creating a post, they simply aren't there. Just the standard ones. Hmmm...will have to contact tech support and see what gives. I miss our old stuff!
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  4. Dunkirk

    Here's a review of the movie from a Calgary man who was there when he was twenty. Very touching. He loved the movie and thought it did justice to the event.
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  6. 293rd Engineer Combat Bn

    My father was in Co. B, 2PLT. I posted pics of some of his buddies(unidentified)on the website previously
  7. 293rd Engineer Combat Bn

    I'm so sorry. Did you know someone that was with the 293rd?
  8. Interesting Articles

    Thanks for posting. Always wonderful to see images we haven't seen before. However I have to agree with several who posted, what the heck were they thinking with the fancy font? Yikes. Guess someone wanted to make a statement, but the images are enough. A simple Arial or similar would have made it easier on the eyes. :-)
  9. Interesting Articles

    Just came across these great colorized photos from WWII on youtube, think you will enjoy them as much as I did. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0G6CVm6HMFE
  10. Sorry for delay, I have been getting back into routine after a 2 week roadtrip with my 2 year old., I appreciate all your responses Randy! We stopped by the 45th division museum in Oklahoma City. It was an amazing museum! They said the thing over his right pocket was his Ruptured Duck pin. One of his collars, I believe his left, was his engineers castle. They said he would have been in the 45th (perhaps 120th engineers), then "transfered" to 125th just to be shipped home. They gave me a copy of the paper to request his records. They said it normally is a long game of waiting & resending. Said it was typically to get the "Destroyed in the fire letter" the first time you request. And suggested making copies & to continue to resend.
  11. Dunkirk

    This Friday,July 21st 2017, is the opening day for the newest World War II movie titled "Dunkirk". I think this is going to be a good one, getting my tickets for this weekend. Have a good one everybody! Randy
  12. 293rd Engineer Combat Bn

    So sorry, Joe passed away in Jan of 2016. He was a great friend and I miss him very much. One of the sweetest and most humblest veterans, I knew.
  13. 293rd CEB Co. B

    Looking for relatives of George Clawson or George MacNeil. Pictures on my other posting of the unit and many of its members. I have finally received the morning reports and other docs that showed the Co. B 2plt was detached and saw action in Bulge which I did not know. My father was in that platoon...his name was Angelo Manzie
  14. 1264th Engineer Combat Battalion

    Sam, I enjoyed reading your Bastard Battalion story. Weston-Super-Mare is not far from my home in Wiltshire, UK and is a famous seaside resort these days as it was before WW2. I was interested to know of it's connection to the Bailey Bridge training. Thank you for posting. Colin.
  15. 293rd Engineer Combat Bn

    DustyShelf: I was wondering about the short snorter that you have with my dad's signature. If you are ever thinking of selling it, can you please give me first crack at it. thank you Mark
  16. 293rd Engineer Combat Bn

    Is Joe Izzilio still with us? I would love to know if he served with my father.
  17. 39th Engineer Newsletters

    2017 July 2017 39th Newsletter.pdf
  18. Castle Courier Newsletters

    2017 Castle Courier MayJune 2017.pdf
  19. 1264th Engineer Combat Battalion

    Had a chance to read it this morning. Nicely done. Wouldn't change a thing.
  20. The Cost of FREE Coffee?

    The Cost of FREE Doughnuts I've had several veterans tell me the same thing; they never did and never will donate a dime to the Red Cross. This is why!
  21. 1264th Engineer Combat Battalion

    Nice to have you back again. I will check out the doc when I get a chance. Looking forward to reading it. And no, you are never too old to graduate. Happy for ya!
  22. It's been years since I last visited this forum. I recently found it again while researching the 1264th ECB for a history paper at school. Yes, I returned to college after being laid off from my job due to the company moving overseas. I mean, 55 isn't too old to graduate with a degree, is it? Anyway, I have been doing a LOT of research into the 1264th for this paper - I even found the notes from my meetings with Rex Pierce from 7 years ago. Sadly, he passed away a couple of years ago. I haven't yet turned in the final copy of this paper, but I have been asked permission for the college to retain an electronic copy of this paper as a resource. If you happen to spot any mistakes, PLEASE let me know ASAP. The sources are listed at the end - with the vast majority of the information was found via personal interviews or from the unit history itself. I tried to include as much information as possible - I even called the National Weather Service to obtain the weather information for Brownwood, Texas (Camp Bowie was located just south of Brownwood), on April 1, 1944. Enjoy...I hope this is informative for you. Do not copy without permission, please.
  23. Due to the nature of the beast, I often lose sight of so many things on my website. Today I was helping a staff sergeant in regards to the history of 36th and 540th. He wanted to know more about the tie-ins (relationship) of the two regiments. While conducting the research for him, I ran across numerous documents, including this one. It's an addendum from a man named Bill Herron, who was a member of the 540th Engineers (my dad's unit) and their official historian. I had talked with Bill on the phone a few times and he also sent me some letters/documentation. It was through him that I learned how disappointed and angered the men were, after they saw the official book on the 540th (printed in Germany, after the war). I have a copy of this book. Bill states, "I added this at the front of the 540th book - 'Overseas With the 540th Engineers'. This book was not very well liked my many members of the 540th, believe me! Sincerely, Bill Herron" In his Foreword he points out how the "book does not do justice to the accomplishments and experiences of the line companies of the regiment. The many hardships we endured, incidents of our invasion participations, our support of various infantry divisions. etc are barely touched upon or completely ignored..." It is a short document (several pages) and well worth the read, for it certainly adds so much. Taking over the job as historian for the unit, I too often wondered why 'Overseas With the 540th Engineers' made it look like a walk in the park, which it certainly was not!
  24. 292nd Engineer Combat Battalion (New Member)

    Ah, I forgot all about this one. I'm sure it's wrapped up with my several dozen other posters from the reunions. That's a really nice one.
  25. 292nd Engineer Combat Battalion (New Member)

    I am proud to have this (modern) poster hanging on my office wall. It came from my association with the 36th Combat Engineers Regiment over the last 14 years and attendance at their reunions. Colin.
  26. 292nd Engineer Combat Battalion (New Member)

    That is very cool. Love knowing that it's hanging in his barbershop. Great place for it, for it will get a lot of looks. Wonderful gift!
  27. I meant to post this at the time but you know, stuff happens! Gave my dad the "We Clear The Way" poster I had made for his birthday May 10th. I explained to him the history behind the poster and the modifications Gary had made to it. He liked it a lot and was happy to have one. One comment he made about it, he thought the gentlemen (Vincent Leckey) in the poster looked like George C. Scott from the movie "Patton". Which I can see a resemblance, LOL! He has proudly put the poster on display in his barbershop where he has worked for the last 56 years now, the man will just not retire! He has told me that he has received many comments from customers about the poster. Below is a pic the day we gave it to him. Another shout out to Gary for a job well done on the poster ,thanks Gary! Have a good one everybody! Randy
  28. Interesting Articles

    Bones found near wreckage of US bomber in Croatia Jul 10, 2017 ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Divers have located human bones near the wreckage of a U.S. bomber that crashed in the Adriatic Sea in Croatia in 1944. The discovery was made last week at the site of the crash of The Tulsamerican, the last B-24 Liberator bomber built in Tulsa, Oklahoma, near the end of World War II, according to Croatia's state TV. "The remains of human bones have been found, but we can't say anything without further analysis," Zadar University archaeologist Mate Parica said. The wreckage itself was found at the bottom of the sea at a depth of some 40 meters (130 feet) near the island of Vis in 2010 after a 17-year search. Three members of the 10-man crew were killed in the crash. Tomo Medved, who heads Croatia's ministry for war veterans, said the U.S. is still looking for some 200 Americans who perished in Croatia during WWII. Croatia was run by a Nazi puppet regime during the war. Medved pledged the country's cooperation. "We will launch the procedure to sign an agreement between our countries so that we would find the remains of some 200 people that the United States is searching for in the territory of the Republic of Croatia," he said. An effort to recover and return pieces of the wreckage to Oklahoma for display at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum has been underway for several years. The plane was hit after a bombing run over German-occupied Poland. It crashed into the Adriatic Sea on Dec. 17, 1944. The crew apparently tried to get the plane back to its base in Italy, but they eventually decided to ditch it in the Adriatic.
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