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  2. Walt's Daughter

    Looking for Danube pontoon photos!

    Received this from Jim Davis this morning. Looking for a photo! Thanks all! Jim Davis Jun 21, 2018, 1:11 AM to me
  3. Walt's Daughter

    207th Combat Engineers son

    Love the pics that you have. Aren't those precious keepsakes. They say so much. I to have a few pics of my dad from the war and they mean the world to me. Thanks so joining. Off to make dinner, so...
  4. Rick Peltonen

    207th Combat Engineers son

    Hello all First off, thanks for this great site! Alot of great information. I am the son of 207th Co A Combat Engineer John Peltonen who served 1943 -1945 in Europe. His occupation specialty was Utility Repairman 121 He is from Rock Michigan. I have his Enlisted Record and Report of Seperation. I was able to request and recieve his service medals. These are the only pictures I have of him while serving in the Army. The first picture is my Dad on the left boxing with another soldier. The back of the photo says: "Campout side of Spa, Belgium fall of 1944 R&R Norman Snead Louisa, Virginia.(Name of the other soldier) Second picture is my Dad and "PFC Mike Kovacich Co H&S 553rd Engineers Hu.Pon.Bn from Niagra Falls NY Picture was taken October 1943 Austin Tx" when they were training at Camp Swift Tx. Third picture is my Dad on guard in Frankfurt Germany 1945, taken a week before sailing for the U.S.A Dad wasn't much of a talker, he didn't talk about his time in the Army until late in his life and then not much detail. Looking to find what he and his platoon went through during his service.
  5. Walt's Daughter

    Harvey M. Schiller - 133rd Combat Engineers

    Welcome to the forum. Glad you are here and have found the site to be helpful. Please feel free to contact any of the members. I'm sure they would love to help.
  6. mollymgen

    Harvey M. Schiller - 133rd Combat Engineers

    Hi All, Thank goodness for this forum. I am researching my great-uncle Harold Lorn Martin. He was involved with the 133rd Engineers from May 1942-August 1942 before an honorable discharge. Unfortunately, the exposure and experience of the War forever left its mark on him, and he committed suicide on April 25, 1948. I want to better understand what he went through in 1942 as part of the engineers. I cannot seem to find anyone else in the entire span of the internet talking about the 133rd, so THANK YOU for all of your help in advance. Any leads, any experiences that you can share would be so helpful. I'm already so grateful for the diary entry shared as part of this post. Sincerely - Molly
  7. mollymgen

    Info 133rd combat engineers battalion

    This is an absolutely incredible find. Thank you for sharing!
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  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. juskitty

    291st Engineer Combat Battalion Roster

    I have not come across a roster yet for Co. B my dad was in.. Kitty
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. golfersa

    291st Engineer Combat Battalion Roster

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

    292nd Engineer Combat Battalion (New Member)

    Damn.... RIP!
  17. 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...
  18. buk2112

    Normandy D-Day

    Well said Marion, salute to them all!
  19. 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!
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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. :-)
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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
  26. 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
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