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  2. Walt's Daughter

    159th Combat Engineers Bn WWII

    Welcome to the forum. We're glad to have you here. As Randy stated, do type "159th" in the search box on the forum to see the pertaining posts regarding this unit. Will get you off to a good start.
  3. buk2112

    159th Combat Engineers Bn WWII

    Welcome to the forum, certainly glad to have you aboard here with us ! Be sure to type in the "159th" in the search box to see past posts about this unit on the forum. I believe this is your great uncle's headstone, killed just one week before the end the end of the war in Europe. Very sad Field Title Value Meaning ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 34820631 34820631 NAME PATTERSON#RALPH######### PATTERSON#RALPH######### RESIDENCE: STATE 43 GEORGIA RESIDENCE: COUNTY 111 FANNIN PLACE OF ENLISTMENT 4344 FT MCPHERSON ATLANTA GEORGIA DATE OF ENLISTMENT DAY 11 11 DATE OF ENLISTMENT MONTH 05 05 DATE OF ENLISTMENT YEAR 43 43 GRADE: ALPHA DESIGNATION PVT# Private GRADE: CODE 8 Private BRANCH: ALPHA DESIGNATION NO# No branch assignment BRANCH: CODE 02 No branch assignment FIELD USE AS DESIRED # # TERM OF ENLISTMENT 5 Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law LONGEVITY ### ### SOURCE OF ARMY PERSONNEL 0 Civil Life NATIVITY 43 GEORGIA YEAR OF BIRTH 24 24 RACE AND CITIZENSHIP 1 White, citizen EDUCATION 0 Grammar school CIVILIAN OCCUPATION 316 Farm hands, general farms MARITAL STATUS 6 Single, without dependents COMPONENT OF THE ARMY 7 Selectees (Enlisted Men) CARD NUMBER # # BOX NUMBER 0853 0853 FILM REEL NUMBER 3.275 3.275 Also believe this is your great uncle in the WWII Enlistment Records, hope this has helped you some. Having his service number and date of enlistment can be very helpful in finding other records. Good luck with your search! Randy
  4. Scobie Wilcoxon

    159th Combat Engineers Bn WWII

    Good day. Thanks for the add. I’m the maternal great nephew of Ralph Patterson who died in Europe in April 1945. I have no info on his service other than that. Hoping being a part of this group will add to enlightenment. Have a great day.
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  6. juskitty

    291st Engineer Combat Battalion Roster

    I have not come across a roster yet for Co. B my dad was in.. Kitty
  7. Walt's Daughter

    Robert E Waters 291st Combat Engineer Bn

    Welcome to the forum. I can put you in direct contact with my 291st email list. I will do that for you today.
  8. Hello, new guy here. Hoping to uncover information on my father, who enlisted in the National Guard at Cleveland Ohio, 07 JUL 1940, activated 15 OCT 1940. I have his WD AGO 53-55, which indicates he was with Hdq Serv Co, 291st Combat Eng Bn when separated 12 OCt 1945. Prior to that I believe he was with the 112th Combat Engineers, and sent to Ireland 14 May 1942. I know that he eventually ended up at Saunton Sands, as he married my mother, a British girl, there in January 1944. She is now 96, and has Alzheimer's, but from what she tells me, I believe he helped build the training center there, and was at Slapton Sands during Exercise Tiger. His address on their marriage license is simply "Newquay." I would greatly appreciate anyone who can help fill in the gaps.
  9. golfersa

    291st Engineer Combat Battalion Roster

    I was also hoping to find the roster.
  10. Walt's Daughter

    292nd Engineer Combat Battalion (New Member)

    Damn.... RIP!
  11. Another 292nd member has passed on Obituary: Wallace R. Simmons Posted on May 30, 2018 by Grace Tucker Obituary: Wallace R. Simmons Wallace Raymond Simmons, a longtime resident of Plainfield, passed away on May 20, 2018 in Signal Mountain, Tenn., at the age of 96. He was born June 26, 1921 in Detroit, Mich. Wallace is survived by his children Beverly Ann (H. Douglas) Kutz of Hixson, Tenn., and Wallace Randolph “Randy” (Nancy) Simmons of Newburgh, Ind.; grandchildren Jacob Aaron Simmons and Elizabeth (Dennis) Demaree; fond uncle to several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 62 years Ruth Simmons (nee Wheeler); parents June Putman Simmons Merritt and Walter Raymond Simmons; stepfather Elvis “Jack” Merritt; brother Paul Herbert Simmons; sister Carol Sue Hazelwood; stepbrother Jack Merritt. Wallace was born and raised in Detroit, MIch. During WWII, Wallace served in Company A 292nd Engineer Combat Battalion (Army), where he was involved in campaigns in the Rhineland and Central Europe. After the war, he met his future wife Ruth, attended the University of Michigan, and graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1949. Wallace and Ruth were married in the chapel of the Henry Ford Trade School on August 20, 1949, and started their married life in Illinois where he accepted a position with The Texas Company in Lockport. He joined Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) in 1951. He earned a B.S. in Engineering Mathematics from the University of Michigan in 1951 and continued with postgraduate education at Illinois Institute of Technology, earning an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1954. At ANL, his work focused on the development, design, and construction of nuclear components and facilities, and management and direction of programs and projects in support of the National Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor Program. He especially enjoyed his work as Project Engineer for the design and construction of the Experimental Breeder Reactor II (EBR-II) secondary and steam systems, and maintained a lifelong interest in the EBR-II design. He retired in 1986 but continued to serve as a consultant for ANL until 2013. Wallace was an extraordinary, intelligent, talented, and very kind man who loved his family and his engineering work. He was well loved by many and will be deeply missed. The family is very grateful to the wonderful people at Alexian Health and Rehabilitation Center and Hospice of Chattanooga who cared for Wallace during the last few years. Family and friends to gather Saturday, June 2 for 9:30 a.m. visitation until time of funeral service 11 a.m. at Overman-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services 15219 S. Joliet Rd. Plainfield. Interment will follow at Plainfield Township Cemetery. For those wishing to leave a lasting tribute to Wallace’s memory, donations may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga, 4411 Oakwood Dr., Chattanooga, TN 37416, or Alexian Christmas Fund, 437 Alexian Way, Signal Mountain, TN 37377. For more information, please call (815)436-9221 or visit www.overmanjones.com. Farewell Mr. Simmons...
  12. buk2112

    Normandy D-Day

    Well said Marion, salute to them all!
  13. Walt's Daughter

    Normandy D-Day

    I ask on this day that you not only remember all the men who made sacrifices on this day in history, but please do not forget all those who were already fighting in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, Greece, etc. Many units, such as my dad's regiment, the 540th, had been engaged since 1942. There were many D-Days around the world including numerous campaigns in the Pacific. Here's to all of them! Thank you!
  14. theron

    505 coast artillery

    Hi all: It has been a few years (1980's or so) since I did this, but here is another idea: Another possible source of discharge papers: Try the County clerk's Office on the county of residence of the soldier AT THE TIME OF THE WAR. After the war, States often paid a bonus to any veteran who filed his/her discharge with the County of Residence. Many counties still hold these records. Sometimes there is a charge of a few dollars for a copy. Some States hold these records in the State Capitol; A few States limit access to these records to next of Kin. If I remember correctly, Illinois does this. Incidentally, as part of my Ph.D thesis research, I obtained some 195 discharge records this way. I started out with an old address book one veteran had kept and went from there. Tedious, but this was before days of the internet and White Pages etc.
  15. Walt's Daughter

    505 coast artillery

    Yes, it's often confusing for newbie researchers, because they are put off the "hunt" when they contact NARA in St Louis. For the life of me, I don't understand why they don't include a paragraph in their return letter, informing people that there are other ways of obtaining a veteran's discharge papers, such as contacting their father's (grandfather's, etc.) documents at his local VA, etc. Instead, they make it sound as though it is a dead-end. NARA is Maryland is a completely separate entity, and as Theron points, they have UNIT records, not individual personnel records. For instance, I too was turned away by NARA in St Louis, then through careful and persistent research, discovered there were other ways to obtain what I was seeking. I contacted the VA in Michigan to get my dad's discharge papers, and then hired a private researcher to copy several hundred documents regarding the 540th Engineers. It was incredible.
  16. Walt's Daughter

    Camp Butner NC engineer units. Trying to research

    Fantastic news. Thanks so much for the update. Wonderful news about the volunteers that assisted you in the latest finds. Can't wait to see the files. Trust me, I know what a time-consuming job it is. :-)
  17. Walt's Daughter

    Ruben Cohen - 38th Engineer

    Ah, go for it. The more people who see these kinds of posts/pics, the better! Exposure is the name of the game.
  18. Mack

    Ruben Cohen - 38th Engineer

    I vividly recall Lancaster maybe because there was so much for a kid to do. We stayed at a motel called the Congress Inn and went to an amusement park called Dutch Wonderland. I just checked and both of them are still in business today! Researching the 38th I came up with a bunch of references that wrote about the “38th less band”. I don’t think my father was in that band because he was all over Europe including the battle of the bulge. The 38th must have been really split up because William Moore states that he was held in reserve and didn’t have to join the battle. But on other web pages, other soldiers they said they participated in it. Here is the youtube link of him talking about the 38 th. If you want I will post all the links I have about the 38th. If Marion gives her nod of approval I would like to share all the great photos she has on here posted on here and hope for a larger audience on Pinterest. In 1958 they were even mentioned in the New York Times about a reunion in Manhattan. The Times can be fairly strict about copyright issues but I guess they won’t bring me up on charges if I leave it up for a few days. I’m talking too much, but here is some Lancaster info that I gathered searching around the web. Please let me know if you want to see the NYT piece if you are trying to look back in time.
  19. ButnerMuseum

    Camp Butner NC engineer units. Trying to research

    Good morning, It's been a while since I've posted but wanted to provide an update on the museum progress. We are certainly running strong and never seem to slow down! The last weekend of April saw 20 volunteers from a local metal detecting club assist us with finding new artifacts for the museum. We spent the entire day in two locations and when we were done, 18 more dog tags were discovered. After researching the owners, I found the units for about half of them. Of those, 1 belonged to the 1019th Engineer Treadway Bridge Company, 1 was with the 31st Engineer Combat Bn, and 1 with the 281st Engineer Combat Bn. We already have 3 dog tags in the archives of soldiers from the 60th Engineer Cbt Bn (35th ID) and 1 from the 314th (89th ID). I haven't found much for rosters since my post in December but I did just find the 31st Eng Cbt Bn. I am converting it from a pdf to a searchable excel document like I am doing with all our rosters. For each battalion sized roster converted, it takes at least 6 hours of work to correct any OCR errors. So if anyone has a battalion yearbook that has a roster in the back (and they were at Camp Butner) we would be very interested in quality scans of those pages and would be happy to share the completed excel file! Mike
  20. buk2112

    292nd Map

    Well I struck out, Mr. Chris G. Hafenbrack's name does not appear in any of the 292nd documentation that I have. His name does not appear in the online WWII Enlistment Records database either. After some more cyber snooping I came across the following obituary from Find A Grave that I have a hunch is the gentleman in question, since it refers to him as a "commerical artist": "Mr. Christopher G. Hafenbrack, 80, of 811 Laurel Drive, died Friday, Jan. 23, 1998, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.The funeral at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Fred Andrea officiating. Burial will be private.Mr. Hafenbrack, a native of Saginaw, Mich., was a commercial artist and an Army veteran. He was a member of First Baptist Church and Midland Valley Golf Course.Survivors include his wife, Pauline Claire Nevius Hafenbrack; three sons, Richard D. Hafenbrack, Fenton, Mich., David C. Hafenbrack, Dayton, Ohio, and Jeffrey A. Hafenbrack, Coral Springs, Fla; one stepson, James Barnes, Dayton; one daughter, Barbara G. Harris, Fenton, Mich.; two stepdaughters, Carol Davis, Dayton, and Nancy Barnes, Houston; one brother, David Hafenbrack, Muskegan, Mich.; one sister, Lucille Pollard, Largo, Fla.; and five grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren and three great-grandchildren.Honorary pallbearers - Williamson Sunday School Class.Shellhouse Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. " The search for information continues... Randy
  21. rick

    505 coast artillery

    Will give both a try..will let you know if I find anything,Thanks Rick
  22. Hi Don,

    Stanley E. Price was my uncle. Edward L. Price my dad. If you are still on this web site please contact me.

  23. theron

    505 coast artillery

    Hi... 1. did you try NARA's contact in College Park, MD? The fire burned individuals' files and some morning reports, but NOT unit records. They are at College Park, MD. Contact them via their web site. 2. I found the following: August 2009 The Coast Defense Journal Page 73 505th Coast Artillery (AA) Regiment (Mobile) Activated in AUS 6-1-42 at Cp. Edwards, MA, and moved to Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, PA, 11-29-42 and staged for overseas deployment. Departed NYC POE 12-8-42, arrived England 12-13-42. Moved to North Africa 3-4-43 and landed in Salerno, Italy, 9-9-43. Inactivated Santa Maria, Italy, 3-14-44. HHB redesignated HHB 505th AAA Gp; 1st Bn redesignated 87th AAA (Gun) Bn; 2nd Bn redesignated 900th AAA (AW) Bn; 3rd Bn disbanded. 3. Given that the unit was reorganized, it is likely that many individuals were reassigned to other branches. That's how my father went from AAA to Combat Engineers. 4. (Maybe your best bet) You should also contact the VA and request your Dad's VA file. I think they are separate from the files in St. Louis. You are entitled to it as next of kin. That file has all sorts of stuff in it (My father's had an evacuation tag from an incident when he was on active duty and was hurt). IT ALSO should contain enough paperwork that you can trace your father from unit to unit. I had access to several files during my Ph.D research...and was able to do so for several men...and these files came from various locations across the country. They were sent to my local VA clinic to allow me access.
  24. rick

    505 coast artillery

    After hitting several brick walls I am seeking help as where or how to proceed. My dad was in Battery A 505th CA (AA) regiment. I know he landed in Salerno. At this point I get totally lost. I can't find where or how his regiment was assigned, or combined with other regiments. All I know is the last 9 months he was an M P in Germany,arriving back in the states and was separated from service 11/17/45 Indiantown gap Pa. I received info from Eisenhower library , but there was no unit breakdown. National archives had nothing records were destroyed. Is there any record that would trace by name or service i.d. number? Any help would be appreciated. Rick
  25. buk2112

    292nd Map

    Hi Woody, Welcome to the forum, we are glad to have you here with us. As Marion has stated nothing is old here, old is what we are all about! Sure appreciate the info, I suppose if I had examined it in more detail I would have picked up on that, I must be slipping! After I get home from work I'm going to look to see if I can locate his name in the records I have, as to which company he may have belonged to. I do not have a complete roster but I have many names, maybe I'll get lucky. Woody be sure to tell us more about your collection, what items you have, if there are any family connections to them, what your interests are, etc. Thanks again for shining a light on this question. Randy
  26. Walt's Daughter

    Ruben Cohen - 38th Engineer

    I am so delighted to see this wonderful exchange between the two of you. This is what makes the forum a special place. Sometimes things fall together immediately. Sometimes it takes years, but the bonding still occurs. Warms my heart. Sarge, please note that NARA in St Louis isn't the only place to retrieve info on our loved ones. I obtained my father's discharge papers from his local VA. Please see my instructions on how to obtain information in my RESEARCH section. Hope that helps you.
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