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  2. 351st General Service Regiment

    Nope, it's not dead. The entire gallery is up and running. Your link above points directly to the gallery. The link below is his direct point. Wade Huber
  3. 351st General Service Regiment

    Is that link dead now? A son of the 351st reached out to me so I pointed to this discussion.
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  5. My father, Capt. Andrew J. Somiak, was company commander of A Company in the 245th engineers. I have been digging through pictures and documents that I would like to share with others doing research. I would also like to hear from anyone else who is doing research on the 245th. I have attached a photo below of Lt. Lane, Lt. Findley, Capt.. Somiak, and Lt. Webster taken 18 May 1945 in Austria. As I find more pictures from this unit I will share them. I am new to this so any help would be appreciated.
  6. 3939th Quartermaster Gas Supply Company

    ha-ha! BTW, I love Mr. Gator. Glad I could provide that direction. Anytime!
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  8. My thanks to Marion for her help in finding information about my dad. He survived two rifle wounds during WWII and returned to civilian life. He passed 20 Jan 1980 at the age of 59.

    1. Walt's Daughter

      Walt's Daughter

      Thank you. All part of a day's work. :rolleyes:

  9. 2017 Seahorse Reunion - 36th and 540th

    Welcome WWII 36th Combat Engineers, Families, & Friends Scheduled Activities Thursday the 12th 4pm - 11pm: set up in hospitality suite, except during dinner 6:30 - dinner in hotel restaurant Friday the 13th 9:00 - 11pm: hospitality suite will be open, except at noon 12:00 - lunch at Cheesecake Factory (meet in lobby at 11:30) 3:00 - Eden Lane (40’s jazz band) in the hospitality suite 5:30 - 7:30 - dinner in hospitality suite (from Wegmans) Saturday the 14th 9 am - 11pm - hospitality suite will be open 12:00-1:00 - lunch in hospitality suite (from Wegmans) 6:00 - program/dinner in suite (from Gambino’s Italian Eatery) * * * * * * * * * Drinks & snacks will always be available in the hospitality suite. Please check for updates to the schedule.
  10. 3939th Quartermaster Gas Supply Company

    Ha! That's were I got all my looks...er just kidding. Can't improve on ugly as you can see, hee, hee. Thanks again for your direction. First I will try to absorb what you have already sent me, then I will be in touch. Regards, Gator
  11. 3939th Quartermaster Gas Supply Company

    Love the pic. Nice looking man. Well maybe NOT all rhetorical questions. Let's hope not. If you can get your hands on the unit info from Maryland, it may clear up some answers. Also, since you know the date he was injured, you can contact NARA in St Louis and acquire the morning reports for him. If you are interested, I can put you in touch with the guy who pulled morning reports for my father. He was quite reasonable and it really helped fill in some blanks. Smiles,
  12. 3939th Quartermaster Gas Supply Company

    Thank you so much Marion for your help in this matter. I am so thrilled to have you contact me with info about the 3939 Gasoline Supply Company. My Dad was 9th infantry, attached at some point to the 3939 Gasoline Supply Company. However there are many questions as to the date in question [13 December 1944]. He was shot twice on that date, but where was he? Was he attached to the 3939 then or attached later on the trip back to England? I have discovered that the 9th infantry was near Duren on or near that date. But did the location have anything to do with him? Of course these questions are all rhetorical and probably will never be answered fully. But I certainly appreciate your assistance! This is my dad PFC Raymond R. Simon 9th Infantry, 3939 Quartermaster Supply Company. Before being shipped overseas Camp Wheeler, Ga.
  13. 358th Engineers, Company "C"

    Hey, they don't call me super sleuth for nothing! I've found info for peeps that no one else had discovered and put many veterans back together who hadn't seen each other for eons. In fact (and it ain't no lie), the army corps of engineer's office of history in VA, often refers peeps to me now for many of the units. I feel pretty honored. All in a day's work. So many people helped me in the beginning of my journey and so now it's my turn to return the favors. Great photo, btw.
  14. 3939th Quartermaster Gas Supply Company

    I am going to start listing links for you and other who may be searching for info on this unit. Would be nice to have it all in one spot. So it looks like they were part of 1st Engineer Special Brigade assigned troops and attached units. http://ww2veteransmemories.com/al-rose-1st-engineer-special-brigade/ Here's a great page all about quartermasters on D-Day Normandy http://www.dday-overlord.com/eng/american_forces_2.htm https://www.fold3.com/image/290391922 http://normandyallies.org/howard-teal-of-3939-quartermaster-gas-supply-company/ https://www.backtonormandy.org/the-history/support-troops-usa/quartermaster/support12940.html http://www.longshoresoldiers.com/2010/07/1st-engineer-special-brigade-assigned.html You should contact NARA in Maryland to see what records they have on this unit. See my research section for further information.
  15. 3939th Quartermaster Gas Supply Company

    Sorry I overlooked this post earlier, but I'm HERE now. Found some initial info that our late friend, Larry had posted many moons ago. When going to this link, start with post dated, April 28, 2011.
  16. 3939th Quartermaster Gas Supply Company

    Yes great story. One insignificant little vegetable brought so much delight. Glad to hear that he survived his ordeals. I will try to see what I can find out for you.
  17. 358th Engineers, Company "C"

    This was supposedly taken in 1945. I can't see it real well, but the emblem on the helmet of the soldier in glasses does look like a Corp Engineer Emblem. Haywood E. Waters is on the Far Left.
  18. 358th Engineers, Company "C"

    Ms. M1, (You like that huh) I agree, the "Regiment" vs "Company" is the confusing part. His Discharge papers further your statement as it says: "358 Engineers, Company C"..... so I agree with you. But I still couldn't find very much at all out there. Earl, btw, Is "Haywood E. Waters, Jr." so it's his dad we are looking for. Earl has told me of a few story's his Dad left behind and he has his discharge and some pictures, etc. So I know there is something out there. Just a matter of turning over the right rock. Geoff with Golden Arrow Research will hopefully turn over a big rock and solve some of this. Jane is waiting to hear too. Seems strange that even the Corp engineer historian couldn't come up with anything and I sent him "all" the papers. But as you also stated.... "ahhh, the Army"... hahahaha I think they aren't even sure what they did sometimes...
  19. 358th Engineers, Company "C"

    Please note that he would have been trained in the states on rifle, machine gun etc., and acquired specialties. I do not find any inconsistencies with this and even though they were mostly behind the scenes and a general service regiment, they still needed to function in combat if and when needed.
  20. 358th Engineers, Company "C"

    Patrick: So your friend that is doing further research for you, needs to tell NARA in Maryland (they have all the declassified records for units) that he needs the records for the 358th General Service Regiment in Europe, NOT the 631st who later became the 358th Company, two years later. No relation here. And yes, sometimes soldiers were NOT sent home with their original unit. Not unusual. For instance, maybe the 1st battalion shipped home, while the 2nd battalion stayed in occupied territory.
  21. 358th Engineers, Company "C"

    BTW, loved how you addressed me in the above post. :-) That was quite a reply and I can see why you are baffled. One of the problems seems to be that the images above refer to a company, but the 358th you are interested in, was an engineer regiment. Ah, the Army is sometimes a very confusing body. This is certainly not the first time that I've come across this problem, for I've seen situations where someone comes to me for assistance and I have to tell them that they have the WRONG unit. I have worked with the 631st Engineers and some of their veterans, and they indeed did go to the Philippines.And as it states above, they were redesignated the 358th Engineer COMPANY a couple of years after the war. So this is NOT the unit you want to explore. So let's get back to the 358th Engineer Regiment, who only served in Europe and ended their stint in Germany and returned home. Now it makes perfect sense that he had a Luger shipped home for him. It all comes together. Also it was not unusual for a soldier to remain in Europe until fall of 1945, because many of the men (sometimes selected battalions or companies from units), stayed behind to help to help with reconstruction. For instance, my dad was with the 540th and his battalion (the 2833rd) didn't come home until November of 1945. They were the occupational army. More in a minute...
  22. Our River - help needed

    Let's hope you get more information. How sweet that would be! I'll keep looking too!
  23. Our River - help needed

    Our River experts or information needed! As the historian for my father's WWII 284th Engr. C. Bn. - who served as Infantry at the Our, I've always been curious of the details of this crossing / battle (I feel it is fair enough to call it that) as they're severely lacking. I'm working with a 17th AB veteran (they took the hills), a 249th veteran (they build some bridges here), several 284th veterans (they replaced the 17th AB DIVISION as a BATTALION to guard Skyline Drive) and the 6th AD historian (they build more bridges and the 284th was assigned to). Does anyone else have any photos, information, documents, stories or help???? A book is needed on this subject as information is very very lacking (my end goal of this quest - some day - collaboration / credit is for sure an option). I will be at the Our in 3 or 4 weeks with a 284th veteran to go into the hills to try to find their foxholes and the pillbox they faced 100 yards to the East......
  24. 358th Engineers, Company "C"

    Hi Ms. M1 !!! Thanks for all the information and time you spent trying to help me. Sadly and unfortunately, I had found most all of this too.... I've was very active in trying to uncover information on the 358th when I joined here and put a lot of time into searching virtually every avenue I could possibly think of. I even contacted Jane Kepp who did a great job on her Father's unit, the 631st Engineer Light Equipment Company. The reason I contacted her was because of the Lineage I found on the 358th which really confused both Jane and I even more.... Here is what it said: The 358th Engineer Co., Constituted 25 February 1943 in the Army of the United States as the 631st Engineer Light Equipment Company Jane said, she has never heard of the 358th and certainly never saw a reference to them while doing research on her father. But that's what the official lineage states.... She and I both looked everywhere and she pulled her Research Documents out trying to find something.... Not one thing uncovered... There is another part to this story that I didn't state in the beginning because it didn't seem relevant at that point. But it may be more relevant than I had thought.... Haywood E. Waters apparently was in a Bar while overseas and got into an, well, "altercation" let's call it, with an Officer. I believe he was tried over the incident but it must not have been quite serious enough to cost him his honorable discharge. My Ex-Brother in law says that he was in Germany in 1945 and there until the war ended. Germany surrendered in May 0f 1945 and most units were assigned and shipped out to other areas within 2-weeks or less of the war ending. However, Haywood E. Waters didn't.... My understanding is that the 358th Moved on to the Phillipines shortly after the War in Germany ended in May 1945 but I cannot find anything on them in the Phillipines. I have a copy of a certificate for an Authorized "WAR Treasure" where a Lt. Albertus J. Cone, 406th Infantry, Commanding, Signed an authorization Form for a Ruger Pistol to be sent home to the States for Haywood E. Waters. My question is, if Haywood E. Waters was with the 358th and the 358th moved on to the Phillipines which is where they supposedly went after Germany surrendered, then how did a Lt. Authorize the War Treasure from the 406th Infantry when the Offical Command Seal is the "European Theater"... It should have been an Asian Campaign because the docuement was signed, 16 November 1945, about 6 months after the 358th would have left for the Philipines. So I'm kinda leaning toward a new theory that Haywood E. Waters, got into trouble, was sentenced to "X" amount of time in local Army jail, wasn't bad enough to cost him his Honorable Discharge but bad enough he lost time and To get a FULL HONARABLE DISCHARGE, he had to make it up. I'm thinking he must have stayed behind in Germany to finish whatever project was going on. Another reason I have is that HAYWOOD E. WATERS' MOS shows: Squad-Leader LMG 604.... The actual "358th Engineers should have never seen combat and were called, as you also stated above, the "358th General Sevices Engineers". They stayed mainly Miles behind the front line and operated Heavy Machinery. I would not think there would be a need for a MOS 604 LMG Squad Leader. That would be more of a "Combat Engineer" position.... After both Jane and I couldn't figure out why the Lineage would state the 358th became the 631st, I contacted the Department of the Army, Historian for Corp Engineer Units. All they could find was a Certificate hanging on their walls and they took a picture and sent it to me. Bascially, all it says is exactly what is stated in the lineage online. (SEE ATTACHED 2 NEW PICTURES) After receiving that, I felt that maybe I'm right about him staying behind in Germany but what I'm also thinking is that HAYWOOD E. WATERS may have been with another Unit altogether! I have read that sometimes a Soldier is transferred to another unit so he can ship back home. If that is true, it is very possible that since his unit moved on, he may have been transferred to an inactive arm of a Unit to finish his time in Germany and receive his Honorable Discharge. I may not be stating that correctly, but the reasoning is there.... And last, but certainly not least....... and I hate to admit it... I thought I was pretty good at digging up info..... "I THREW IN THE WHITE TOWEL" !!!!!!!!! I told Earl, you wanna know about your Dad???? I can still guide you but this one is a REAL MYSTERY!!!!!!! And you are gonna have to bring your wallet out!!! hahahahahahaha..... I explained all that I had researched, told him my theory and told him I was out of ideas... He agreed and we hired Geoff at GOLDEN ARROW RESEARCH. Geoff has pulled some MRs for me before AND has done work for Jane Kepp as well... He has had the order since August 15th. Haven't heard from him yet but Earl opted to get the FULL PACKAGE with Geoff and Geoff told me it could take up to 6 weeks to complete. Once Geoff has completed the research, I'll come back and post the findings here so at least we will know, "WAS THERE TRULY A 358th???" Thanks for you work and time.... I really appreciate that and hope to have an answer to share soon.
  25. 30th Infantry Division petition

    Finally had a chance to view the director's intro. Excellent. Of course I can't wait to see more too.
  26. 358th Engineers, Company "C"

    https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/view/Military.aspx?pid=-624561793&vid=dc28c338-8acd-4dd8-9d4d-95806af13d13&tid=10533788 https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/view/Military.aspx?tid=2856702&pid=-1809681200&vid=fbeadfaa-fec4-4f5d-9a53-1e354c122590 http://apps.westpointaog.org/Memorials/Article/12258/ http://www.longshoresoldiers.com/2010/01/us-port-units-in-antwerp-in-wwii.html In this article, look at the section labeled Pipelines http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/rskelley.htm https://www.mfri.purdue.edu/oht/view-ornament.aspx?ornamentid=1408 http://www.aerotechnews.com/ntcfortirwin/2017/08/04/france-honors-two-with-legion-of-honor-medal/ http://rehistoricizing.org/luis-cervantez/ Look under the name Jules Cohen http://www.journalreview.com/obituaries/article_eb7ee6cc-8b3c-11e1-b1b0-001a4bcf887a.html http://archerweston.com/obituaries/marvin-clouser/
  27. 358th Engineers, Company "C"

    http://www.americanairmuseum.com/unit/2865 https://www.fold3.com/image/287553532?terms=358th Engineer https://www.fold3.com/image/286818395?terms=358th Engineer https://www.fold3.com/image/291730962/ https://www.fold3.com/image/290392616?terms=358th Engineer https://www.fold3.com/image/291671798/ https://www.fold3.com/image/287492218/ https://www.fold3.com/image/291848175/ https://www.fold3.com/image/291639572/ https://www.fold3.com/image/291740006/
  28. 358th Engineers, Company "C"

    Ah, missed one tiny mention of this unit. Have to find more. Looks as though they were a general service regiment. http://www.6thcorpscombatengineers.com/docs/Engineers/359thHistory.pdf
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