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  6. Walt's Daughter

    283rd Engineer Combat Battalion (Grandson)

    Excellent. I have put a lot of people together since 2004, including veterans with their old buddies. This has been a very rewarding project and labor of love. I have been repaid over and over with the results.
  7. 283rdCombatEngineers

    283rd Engineer Combat Battalion (Grandson)

    Not working on research so much, as seeking people who are equally proud of what their parents and grandparents accomplished, and to share memories and stories. But it seems that the place you have built here is an ideal forum ... no pun intended. Thank you
  8. Walt's Daughter

    283rd Engineer Combat Battalion (Grandson)

    Welcome to the forum. Best of luck with your research!
  9. Walt's Daughter

    Camp Butner NC engineer units. Trying to research

    We do not have dead threads on this forum. All info is pertinent whether it arrives two weeks after a thread is initially posted, or a dozen years later. All info shared is greatly appreciated.
  10. My Grandfather served in A Company of the 283rd and I hope perhaps I can meet some other families of these vets so that we can keep their memories alive ... as well as their accomplishments under the worst of conditions.
  11. 283rdCombatEngineers

    Camp Butner NC engineer units. Trying to research

    Not to revive dead threads, but the 283rd Engineers were not only a Combat Engineer Battalion (Not just an Engineer Battalion as noted herein) but also trained at Camp Butner. I have a couple of memoirs from my Grandfather who served in A Company I can scan and send in. Tragically, I lost most of it when we lost our home here in a storm, but I still have dog tags I can scan ... one of his dog tags. Would it serve any purpose?
  12. buk2112

    Remembering the 75th Anniversary of D-Day Normandy

    Very moving, thanks for posting Marion! Home of the free, because of the Brave
  13. Walt's Daughter

    Remembering the 75th Anniversary of D-Day Normandy

    Remembering D-Day: Nearly 9,000 names read aloud at World War II Memorial
  14. juskitty

    Remembering the 75th Anniversary of D-Day Normandy

    Thank you Ms Marion..
  15. https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-news/d-day-trump-commemorations-gbr-intl/index.html https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/last-few-remaining-u-s-veterans-thanked-75th-anniversary-d-n1014401
  16. Win a Story of Q coffee mug, from me, the author! Contest runs until June 15, 2019
  17. CaptO

    At 95 Kennedy Space Center VAB designer...

    Very cool! https://www.nasa.gov/content/vehicle-assembly-building
  18. Walt's Daughter

    1264th Engineer Combat Battalion

    I'm actually a writer, editor and publisher. I've written some magazine articles for WWII magazines and such, and also published a tween trilogy in the past few years. Story of Q Here's a page that features my articles As far as storytelling is concerned, it's one of the reasons this website exists. If you check out all the memoirs on the main site, you will see how many stories have been shared with me over the last decade or so.
  19. At 95, Kennedy Space Center VAB designer calls iconic building his proudest accomplishment
  20. Do we have any professional writers in this group? I think the story of the 1264th ECB would make a fantastic book and/or movie - but the information I have been able to find out is very limited, as the unit history book I have didn't cover everything, according to Rex Pierce, and sadly, he passed away a few years ago without being able to share all his knowledge of his service. The others that have passed either didn't share their experiences (like my father), or those that did did not have their stories shared with the world. While the stories of the "Big Red 1", the 101st Airborne, and several others have been told (usually with many omissions and much embellishment), the stories of the ECB's haven't seen as much attention. The stories of the 291st and the 238th ECB's have appeared in print, but I consider the contributions of the 1264th to be of equal importance as those of any other unit in WWII. Victory would not have come if all the men and women in the military, and those who supported them, had failed in their quest to achieve victory. The wives and mothers left behind who donated time and labor to volunteer, working hard to recycle metals and rubber; the women who stepped up and worked long hours in factories; the men and women who designed and tested the weapons used; the doctors and nurses who cared for and treated the wounded, and even the orderlies who cleaned the bedpans of those injured in combat all have stories to tell, and all of them contributed to the allied victory. These stories need to be shared - especially with the majority of today's younger generation, with their misguided grasp on reality, their lack of understanding of history, and their delusional ideas of safe spaces. They need to learn the realities of the world - and what better way than to know that those who came before fought through the worst the world could throw at them, and the fortunate ones also experienced the best the world and their fellow man could give.
  21. thank you for sharing these
  22. Walt's Daughter

    1264th Engineer Combat Battalion

    So wonderful seeing this thread being revived. That's what I love about this forum. No topic ever slips away for good.
  23. Walt's Daughter

    36th Engineers Company H, Uncle KIA

    I can put you in touch with John. He has good and bad days, but I have spoken with him on the phone a few times within the last few months. I will send you a private message with his email address. Oh and I can understand your frustration. WE ALL wish we could have started researching years before we had. Sigh!
  24. Sorry I haven't responded to requests until now. Life has kept me busy - as have the 25,000 kids at the schools I take care of - seems like the Engineering/Maintenance Department has a never-ending job. I am going to try to post an attachment of the final paper I submitted. It was up for consideration for publication in a major history journal, but due to my refusal to edit it to fit space requirements (it would have eliminated some very pertinent data, in my opinion), the submission was finally rejected after more than a year. I hope this will be informative for those of you who read it. The Bastard Battalion.docx
  25. PVT John Mitchell Holt 1923-1944 (left photos), Killed in Action December 10th 1944 in Mertzwiller France, buried in the Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold France. He stands in the unbroken line of patriots who have dared to die that freedom might live, and grow, and increase its blessings. Freedom lives and through it, he lives - in a way that humbles the undertakings of most men.
  26. TTUHolt

    36th Engineers Company H, Uncle KIA

    Marion, Yes I have dug through it some, thank you so much for hosting all of this. I noticed in the interview with John Fallon that said he was injured going to install a bridge in Mertzwiller about 5am and was injured in the shelling. A later paragraph implied that was before Christmas. I think he might be the officer that was injured in the column when my uncle was killed. Paul Carrell said he was just behind the lieutenant in the column and drug the lieutenant into a building to give first aid. My uncle John was in the left on both pictures. The other image is the 'after action report' letter my uncle Francis wrote in 1945. I saw John Fallon had health issues is he still of good mind? I would love to know if he has any memory of this, I really wish I had started researching this 15 years ago Thanks, Shad
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