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    Hello Dwl, Warmest welcome to the forum, glad to have you aboard. Our gracious host Marion may have more information but this unit has been touched upon in a previous thread here on the forum. http://www.6thcorpscombatengineers.com/engforum/index.php?/topic/2893-info-on-363rd-and-369th-engineers/& There is a group photo in the thread that just might include your father in law. It is hard to tell but it appears they may be wearing on their Class A hats the unit crest you are inquiring about. Good luck with your search, have a good one! Randy
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    313th Engineers

    I'd like to share some pictures from the 313th Engineering Combat Battalion from which my Grandfather J.L. Hix was a member in 1945-1946 He served as an Army Cook during his service and held the rank of Tec 4. The Gentleman in the picture with a child I do not know his name but he is with an orphan during a cookout the soldiers provided for them. This was noted on the back of the picture
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    These two pictures are of my Grandfather (one wearing glasses and his eyes closed LOL) in France. He was with the 1132nd Combat Engineers and was at Camp Lucky Strike late 1944-45. Was wondering if anyone recognizes the men in the pictures with him? Any information on the men and the 1132nd Combat Engineers would be great
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    1st Army...1058th PC &R Group was attached to different units at times in the ET. A lot is not written about the 1058th due to this issue. You Tube has a video on the collapse of the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen which is very informative. They also participated in the Battle of the Buldge and several other campaigns including being shipped to the Phillipines (to help with ending the war in Japan) after the surrender of Germany. I have some information as to their whereabouts on most given days through unit morning reports if any one is interested or can give you the information on the researcher I hired.
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    Glad to hear from you. My father, Walter N.P. Curlock was with the 1058th PC &R Group throughout. I have quite a bit of info on the 1058th as I hired a researcher 2 years ago to retrieve the units reports and all other pertinent information on the 1058th PC & R Group. They were involved in many battles and campaigns most notable was the Battle of the Bulge and the repair and ultimate collapse of the Ludendoroff Bridge at Remagen. I have many pictures but cannot identify where some were taken. You can read about the Ludendorff Bridge along with videos on Utube and various newspaper articles published in Stars and Stripes which I have if you would like could email them to you. I too have some stories and would enjoy trading them with you as my father passed in 1991 and didn't talk much about his experiences in WWII. One reason you cannot find out much about the 1058th is because they were often attached to other units.
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    Check out documentation on the collapse of the Ludendoroff Bridge at Remagen. My father was there with the 1058th PC & R Group and was attached at times to the 291st engineers who were also there. Lots of info out there about 291st. I hired a researcher and he did an excellent job retrieving unit morning reports stating where they were and when. Good hunting!
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    Beautifully said. I just wish that more people from the forum could have met him. But they can still enjoy the documentary, etc. of he and Carl Furtado. Both great men who I miss so, so much!
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    There are a lot of feelings I had when I first read "Farewell Tony Stefanelli". I would love to be able to tell you all of them at one time, but since that isn't possible, I'll try to break them down. I had that heart lowering, sad feeling when I first read the words but I don't want really want to say that this is necessarily sad for a couple of reasons. First off is my belief in God and that this life isn't the point, if you follow me. Secondly, he was 102 and you certainly couldn't say he didn't live a long, fruitful life. What I do feel is that sense of loss that we all get when someone we knew (regardless of how long) that we really liked. I only met him the once, but I really enjoyed my time with him. I only regret I didn't get to hang out more since he was such a great guy with awesome stories to tell. I would have really enjoyed spending more time with him, but it was not to be. I know he would have been surrounded by his children and grandkids at the end and that is the most important. I'll just have to wait until that great everything reunion in the sky. Farewell Tony. You were certainly one of the good ones and you can't do much better than that.
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    Looks like this area has been quiet for a while. But for anyone out there my father, Donald Sloan, was a Master Sargent in the 1058 PC&R . His photo album from WWII starts with pictures from Wales, then on to Cherbourg, Remouchamps, Remagen, Antwerp, Marseilles and ends with the Philippines. I was elated to find this site since for years I was unable to find out anything about the 1058 PC&R. This site has helped me put the puzzle together in a way that makes a more complete picture. Now the stories I heard growing up can be put in some order.
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    I heard his money was recovered somehow too. That is very cool.
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    All 13 passengers survive WWII-era plane crash in Texas By Maya Eliahou and Melissa Gray, CNN Jul 21, 2018 A World War II-era military aircraft carrying 13 passengers crashed and caught fire shortly after takeoff in central Texas on Saturday. All passengers on board the cargo plane survived and were able to exit the aircraft, according to the Burnet County Sheriff's Office. In addition to several minor injuries, one person was airlifted by helicopter to a medical center, they said. The aircraft, a vintage Douglas C-47 named "Bluebonnet Belle," was on its way to an air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, when it crashed in the town of Burnet. In a video of the incident, the plane can be seen dipping dangerously to the left just after takeoff. The plane's wing hits the ground and the aircraft comes to a stop as it bursts into flames. Chris Dowell, a staff member in the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force, which owns the plane, told CNN affiliate KXANthat the aircraft is a "total loss." "We are very fortunate that everybody that was on board the aircraft got out of the aircraft safely, with a few minor injuries," Dowell said. He added that while some of the passengers were volunteers with the Commemorative Air Force, others were guests and family members. According to Dowell, the C-47 is a military cargo plane that transported service members during WWII. For volunteers in the Commemorative Air Force, who spend their spare time maintaining and operating the aircraft, Dowell said the loss of the plane is tragic. "We spend a lot of time and energy maintaining these aircrafts," Dowell said. "It becomes part of your family. It becomes part of your life." Dowell said the accident won't stop his squadron from continuing its mission to educate young people about WWII history. "We have an air show scheduled in September, right here in Burnet," Dowell said. "That air show will continue." The Federal Aviation Administration is handling an investigation of the incident, according to the sheriff's office.
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    WW2 soldier is buried in California 74 years after battle Jul 20, 2018 Phil Rosenkrantz and wife Judy Rosenkrantz, center, walk behind the casket of his uncle U.S. Army Staff Sgt. David Rosenkrantz, during services Friday, July 20, 2018, at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, Calif. Rosenkrantz was killed on Sept. 28, 1944, while on a mission to disrupt German defensive lines in the Netherlands during World War II. His remains weren't identified until 2017 and was laid to rest Friday. (Terry Pierson /The Orange County Register via AP) Phil Rosenkrantz holds the flag from his uncle's casket as his wife Judy Rosenkrantz, left, looks on during services Friday, July 20, 2018, at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, Calif., for U.S. Army Staff Sgt. David Rosenkrantz, who was killed on Sept. 28, 1944, while on a mission to disrupt German defensive lines in the Netherlands during World War II. His remains weren't identified until 2017 and was laid to rest Friday. (Terry Pierson /The Orange County Register via AP) RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Nearly 74 years after he was killed in a ferocious World War II battle, Staff Sgt. David Rosenkrantz has been laid to rest in Southern California. Flags were lowered to half-staff as relatives gathered Friday for Rosencrantz's funeral at Riverside National Cemetery, where four of his brothers are also buried. The U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced in March that Rosenkrantz's body was recently recovered not far from where he died in the Netherlands. David Rosenkrantz was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division's Company H, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment when it made a daring landing in the early days of September 1944. It took decades to locate his body. Rosenkrantz grew up in Los Angeles and enlisted in the Army soon after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
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    WWII hero's lost Purple Heart returned to his family Jul 20, 2018 NEW YORK (AP) — A lost Purple Heart medal has been returned to the family of a New York City sailor who died trying to rescue shipmates after his Navy vessel was attacked by a German submarine during World War II. Ensign Rubin Keltch's medal was received by his niece during a ceremony Friday at a Bronx park named for him. The Vermont-based group Purple Hearts Reunited says a Vermont man found the medal in his father's collection of flea market purchases. Keltch, a 24-year-old Brooklyn native, was aboard a Navy gunboat when it was hit by a torpedo off the Virginia coast in 1943. He helped save several shipmates but died when he entered the engine room to save others. Keltch was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, the military's second-highest decoration for bravery.
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    That was the only place that both of my grandfathers were in the same place during the war. My paternal grandfather's history is known to many here, but for those who don't know, he was with the 540th, Marion's father's unit. My maternal grandfather was from Oklahoma so he was in the 45th Infantry Division as an Infantry officer (a captain, I believe). He was injured pretty seriously three days from the conclusion of the battle and was sent home for the duration. He came back to Europe following the war in the occupation troops. Here are some pictures I found looking up Operation HUSKY. Thank goodness for the internet! You can always find new WWII pictures! (Well, new to me!)
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    Happy 4th!

    I was in Dallas for the Fourth. I would have liked to have been in DC for the fireworks, but I had to go visit family and look at colleges for the big one (now a senior). Happy (late) Fourth to all!
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    Yes maam & sure do thank ya for adding me.. !! im learning little more than what i knew LOL i found these engineers pacthes & a pin so i will have them soon as well I do a little woodworking so ill be doin a shadow box for these items...
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    Sad news to my WWII friends...Tony Stefanelli (36th Engineer) passed away Tuesday evening in his sleep. He was 102! Wow! He went peacefully though and I'm sure Carl Furtado and he are having one helluva reunion. Of course we will miss him tremendously. There was only one Tony. Spent many a day with him throughout the years. First pic is Carl on left, then Tony! Second pic is Carl, Tony and Colin Hotham at our hotel in 2015. Third pic is of Tony and me with his birthday pumpkin pie! Fourth pic is Carl and Tony from the war! Stay rugged!