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  2. A little poem by moi. Wishing everyone here a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thank you for being a member of my forum and enriching this site for others. Marion aka M1
  3. theron

    First Sargent Angelo Maggi

    Have you tried NARA.gov or even Ancestry.com and the free military service records? You could at least get a unit...which would enable you to really start to explore Another source would be Newspapers.com, searching on the name to find out if there are articles either about is enlistment or his return home. I know that my Dad was named in a local paper when he sent his Purple-Heart to his mother.
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  5. Don maggi

    First Sargent Angelo Maggi

    Hello everyone I am trying to find any info on my late father, Angelo " Lou " Maggi. I have very little info to go by. I know that he was a first Sargent from a memory of his old uniform patch. I do know from his deceased sister that he was in a combat engine unit in Italy at the end of Ww2. He was on a unit that built bridges over rivers. He was born April 27 1910. At the time he entered the army he was living in Paterson N.J. Well that is all I know. If any knows of any unit rosters that might help, please let me know thanks Don Maggi
  6. My grandfather, Robert Silverman was a dentist in the 32nd Station Hospital in the MTO. The one story he told his sons was about a close call he had when dud bombs fell on the hospital during a German air raid. While researching the story, I discovered the raid happened on April 24, 1944 at the compound in Caserta, Italy. At that time, the 32nd was assigned to the Peninsular Base Section. I was able to find photographs from the incident at the Pritzker Military Museum. When I showed the photos to a retired U.S. Army E.O.D. expert who also is a historian for bomb disposal units in WWII, he pointed out some oddities in procedure and unit markings. The disposal unit's 2 1/2 ton truck doesn't have any bomb disposal markings, for instance. In fact, the only markings on the bumperettes are "PBS" on the left and what looks like "20" or "23" on the right. A couple of people suggested that it's possible that an Engineers unit might have done the disposal in this case. There were only two Ordnance bomb disposal companies and a few independent squads in all of Italy at the time and it seems that when they were spread thin, Engineers might have been called on. I was hoping to find out which Engineer units might have been assigned to the Peninsular Base Section in the Caserta or Naples area in April 1944, or at least what sort of Engineer unit would have been called upon to perform this duty if a BD squad was not available. With that information I was hoping to have a productive visit (when I can squeeze in time off toddler duty) to the National Archives to see if I can find confirmation. My research so far, including the photographs, can be viewed here: https://32ndstationhospital.wordpress.com/2018/12/04/the-32nd-station-hospitals-close-call-during-a-german-air-raid/ Thanks.
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  8. Walt's Daughter

    Need help piecing my Grandpa's WWII story - 39th Combat Engr

    Morning reports come from St Louis.
  9. Walt's Daughter

    Twilight for Pearl Harbor Survivors

    With five USS Arizona crew members remaining, it’s ‘twilight’ for Pearl Harbor survivors
  10. I'll take a look at the history section. I missed that and went straight to the forums.
  11. The link I referred to in my post was a link to a dropbox location. The researcher indicated these were the morning reports. Snapshot attached. I'm not sure which NARA facility he obtained these records from. I do have a quote from a researcher from the Maryland location.
  12. Walt's Daughter

    Need help piecing my Grandpa's WWII story - 39th Combat Engr

    Just to clarify and I hope this helps. Unit reports are gathered at NARA in Maryland. Morning reports are garnered at NARA in St Louis. So I take it your researcher has tried both places? You say your researcher gave you a link? A link to where? Records at NARA have to be copied with a scanner. A researcher has to schedule a date and time at the archives ahead of time, then NARA pulls the appropriate record boxes, then he would scan the info and give you copies. I am confused. Did he actually go to NARA or simply look up info online. Please elaborate. Morning reports are just that, roll call, etc. Unit reports are of four different varieties - daily, weekly and monthly. And they also included after-action reports if the unit was involved in any fighting. Going back and re-reading what you initially wrote, he couldn't have been involved in the North Africa invasion (due to his arrival date), but the men of the 39th did train in North Africa for the invasion of Sicily which took place in July of 1943. Many units, including my father's trained there for this invasion. So that would jive. You aren't going to find much of anything under demolition specialist, just descriptions of what one is and what they do. To garner more info, read the histories I provide on the 39th's page on the main site and the memoirs of the men in the section I talked about a few days ago.
  13. My researcher got back with me: There are actually three Reports included in the link: images 1-30 are the ‘Battalion-level’ reports. Since we don’t know your grandfather’s Company in the 39th, I decided to exceed our scope of work and located the reports for the two constituent Companies of the 39 Engineers, which were Companies E and F. Pages 31-63 are for Company E of the Battalion; and pages 64-95 are for Company F. I looked through the reports, but I'm not sure if they are morning reports. One page gives a general idea of what they were doing (training, building a staging area, recreation) and opposite page frequently has names and some notation which I can't understand. I only reports for Sept 1943, which is when the invasion of Salerno happened. My grandpa was a part of that invasion force. His separation papers indicate he is a demolitions specialist. Based on the morning reports and other things I've read on the 39th, I'm beginning to wonder if my grandpa served in a different until and only joined the 643rd for the boat ride home. Any suggestions of where I should look next? I'm going to start Google-ing demolition specialist, but not optimistic I'll find any but an FBI agent at my door asking about my web searches.
  14. I hired a great guy who was very reasonable. Just got my morning reports within the last year. They were helpful and exciting for me. My dad passed when I was twelve, so every little tidbit is a blessing. I can give you the researcher's name if you wish.
  15. Unfortunately no success with the town clerks office or state Veterans office. Through just a bit of research, that seems like a fantastic resource. Accessing these reports can only be done in person or by a hired researcher, is that correct? Some of the researchers offerings seemed very enticing for gathering these reports as well as any unit rosters, etc to try and piece together my great grandfathers day-to-day, month-to-month.
  16. Just for personnel records, you can also check with his county. All returning soldiers were supposed to file a copy of their discharge records with the county in which they resided. Also the local (state) Veteran's Admin would have a copy of his records on file. That is how I retrieved my father's DD's.
  17. The best way to find out is through morning reports.
  18. His uniforms bear a ribbon for a silver star, in addition to the campaign stars on his European-African-Middle Eastern campaign medal. The other discrepancy being the 2 campaigns listed on his DD record (Northern France, Rhineland), but the 4 campaign stars on the uniforms. I was always told there was a corresponding 'star medal in a blue box' which was donated to the historical society with the uniforms. It was stolen before I was born, but the ribbons on the uniforms corroborate with it being a silver star.
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  21. Walt's Daughter

    Need help piecing my Grandpa's WWII story - 39th Combat Engr

    Thanks for joining. I wish that all my 39th WWII Engineers were still with us, but unfortunately most of them passed within the last ten years, including some high ranking officers. However, as you have seen, we have extensive information on this unit. And there are several personal memoirs on this page, from the 39th. There are also many photos of the unit in our extensive gallery. Sorry to say, but as far as individual history, that is extremely difficult. Even the archived records are unit records (Maryland archives), though they may mention some individuals from time to time. For instance, I have all the unit records from NARA in Maryland, but there are only two instances where he is mentioned (one was due to injury and one when he returned to the unit). However, morning reports from the unit can be found at NARA in St Louis. This is not to be confused with personnel records at NARA. As you know, many of those were burned in the fire of 1973. You need to hire a researcher (or go there yourself), and get the morning reports for the 39th. I received morning reports for the 540th, and gleaned info about my dad, which helped fill in some of the blanks. Very helpful.
  22. You have mentioned a silver star, but I see no indication of it on his DD record, nor see it on any of his jackets. Guess I am confused. I only see campaign stars. If he received a silver star it would be duly noted on his record of service. As far as more research, I would also contact the Eisenhower archives
  23. I did reach out to the National Archives and received a quote for the unit history for 1943-1944 and the unit journals. I am waiting to see what my research comes back with to see if the information will be what I am looking for.
  24. Have you tried the 39th's unit records in The National Archives (NARA)? You can contact them by email and ask what records they hold for the regiment. These records might include After Action reports, S-3 Message logs etc.The honors for the regiment includes the Italian landings you note. Since the 2nd BN did not become the 643rd until after the war was over, it suggests that your grandfather was transferred to the 643rd just to go home (having had enough points to get out).
  25. I am trying to piece together my Grandpa's time during WWII for a family reunion next summer (and my own personal interest). James Lewis Corier's Separation Papers indicate he separated from CO C 643rd Engrs BN. From this website I've learned 643rd was created from the 39th 2nd Battalion. (I hired a researcher and after a month he came back with that information, and it was on the front page of this website.) I have found some information about the 1st Battalion, but not a lot about the 2nd Battalion. I understand Battalions have several lower level units, so I would love to find out what his specific company, or platoon, or whatever actually did during the war. His separate papers indicated he arrived on April 27, 1943. Grandpa told me he had landed in Casablanca was part of the force that pushed back Rommel from Kasserine Pass (but that doesn't jive with his arrival date). He talked about landing at Salerno and Anzio. I think he might have been involved with the invasion of Sicily. I have stories and I'm curious where they fit in the grand scheme of things. I've look all over the web and this site comes up quite frequently. I've looked through a lot of posts on this site, but I can't tell what he specifically worked on. Any information would be appreciated. Thank you.
  26. Received the duplicated files for the 1173rd combat group from the National Archives. They found two folders, both relatively small, and sent my copies. While learning a bit more about the unit, I unfortunately still lack clarity on the context of my great grandfathers Silver Star, the type of operations that were conducted or the units comprising the combat group. What I learned... On May 30, 1945, the 1173rd was given orders to move from Rheinhausen back to Epernay, France where they were initially activated in September 44. This provides a bit of context as to where the unit was to earn Rhineland campaign accreditation. Unfortunately, this is the earliest document and the period from Sep 44 activation through May 45 remains a void. Just over a month ago I received confirmation from the National Archives that they had my medal/awards inquiry. That is my next hope for gaining clarity, because unfortunately his records were destroyed in the fire and the certificate of service I have, does not document the silver star. While somewhat discouraged with the documents I received, I am still pressing onward! It did provide some interesting pieces to combine with the rest of what I know.
  27. Walt's Daughter

    Free History of the 1051st Engineer Port Constr & Repair Group

    I will send you a private email with her email addy. Do not know if it is still active, but give it a try. Also, thank you for uploading those wonderful documents. :-)
  28. SavageM1Thompson

    Free History of the 1051st Engineer Port Constr & Repair Group

    Hi Marion, I have attached the files. I sent a message to Ms Stewart who was looking for information on her KIA grandfather. She hasn't been active on this site for years. Do you have her personal email where you can forward these files to her? Thanks Keith Lineage and Honors_1051st EN Port Constr & Repair Co .pdf Meritorious Service Unit Plaque_1051st EN Port Constr & Repair Co .pdf 1051st_EN_Port_Constr_&_Repair_GP_Unit_History.pdf
  29. Walt's Daughter

    Free History of the 1051st Engineer Port Constr & Repair Group

    Definitely send me a copy and I will upload it here. You could probably also upload it, come to think of it. Just attach it as a file. Let me know and many thanks!!!
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