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      The Forum is back - updates on progress!   05/11/17

      Oh my gosh, can't tell you what a relief it is to have our forum back. I am simply beside myself with joy! Many of you know, but just as many do not, that I experienced a severe server crash, two weeks ago today. I therefore "temporarily lost" ALL my websites, including the VI Corps main site, this forum, No Bridge Too Far, the VI Corps Jukebox and more than a dozen client sites... Without going into all the gory details, I had to purchase a new server, then start all over from scratch. I did have backups of all the sites, but it's been a real ordeal setting up the server, then one by one, reinstalling each site. I'm almost there, but still have a ways to go, but just got the forum back online, on May 11, 2017 at 12:22. I'm hoping to have the VI Corps main site back by the weekend.  And yes, I am aware of several minor problems, including the fact that many images are currently missing. I need to access the old server again, and copy the uploads folder to our new server. Evidently (for some reason), many of the photos/doc did not transfer. I am working on this, so thank you for your patience. 
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    Yesterday I recieved a surprising message from my old internet friend Jean Jacobsen: She's visiting Siegburg with her hubby Steve! So we went up the Michaelsberg to the rose garden, to the Nordfriedhof, where her father had to bring passed american POW to, the synagogue monument... Thanks to Marion who made this possible!
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    This is a reason for this great website's existence and what it does so well. As always the final credit goes to Marion. Colin.
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    Where to begin: I had the most incredible experience recently when finally I met the brilliant, kind, and generous Christoph! For me nothing will ever compare to this encounter – it was out of a dream…. I finally met the real “Christoph.” Brilliant, kind and generous do not really begin to describe what a wonderful human being he is! On his own time he has helped solve the mysteries of a critically important and life changing period in my Dad’s life and it is something my Dad wanted solved. And Marion, what a surprise to find in addition to all of the wonderful ways Christoph could be described – he is also very handsome! Marion, wait until you meet him! I want to adopt him! It really was out of a dream – we met in the center of the town, and then together with my husband, Steve, we walked up the hill to the Abbey! We all saw for the first time the new addition to the Abbey. I understand the folks that now own the Abbey needed more space and they came up with a modern addition. It is possibly the best design that could have been done. But for me the majesty and spirit of the Abbey that was over 1000 years old, was changed forever with this new addition. The 3 of us walked the now rose garden where some prisoners from not only America but Russia and France (and as some POW’s referred to it – it was like the United Nations) survived in decrepit and small spaces. But remembering that so many were fortunate to survive is what it is all about. From the Abbey I finally had a chance to observe and walk the hill that I believe was the place Dad had described in a VMAIL home. I could now really understand and sympathize even more with Dad about his long, cold, and emotional journeys from the Abbey to the Cemetery. Christopher led us there!!! Can you believe it! We walked there just like Dad did. What a distance in any type of weather, but especially in tough winter conditions, and emotionally knowing that the men he was caring for and carrying could no longer hang on to life –and that there was no medical treatment to keep them going until the war was over. Dad always complained about his frost bitten feet and he could put pins in parts of his legs/feet and show that there was no feeling. His large and wide feet could not properly fit in any shoes. After the war, he had bunions that grew to a couple of inches and to help lessen the pain we would cut holes in all of his shoes. Dad’s complaints were not about sympathy for him – but to let us know what had happened. He knew he was one of the fortunate ones who could return home and return with his body intact. We had looked for the cemetery when we took Dad on the War journey back in the late 1980’s. In fact it was the last thing we did, and then filled with anger he was ready for us to leave Siegburg. His disappointment was so intense and he bemoaned the fact that there was no cross or anything symbolizing the sacrifices the Americans had made at where he thought the cemetery might have been. His anger was fueled by the fact the folks at the Abbey denied that a POW Camp had been there, and the folks in the center of the City denied it also. Thanks to Christoph and his research he was convinced that the cemetery we were walking to was the cemetery in question. Christoph explained pointing to the map at the entrance to the cemetery the section where the Americans had been buried - and that none were there now. He also pointed out the area where the Russians were buried and that they still remain there. He was correct! The discovery of the cemetery and all of the work Christoph has done is an immeasurable gift from Christoph to my Dad and all of the men who passed through the Lazarett at Siegburg!!! The dream eventually had to end – it got later and later and I knew Christoph would have to leave… But the memories of it all are etched in my brain forever! And especially the memories of what an INCREDIBLE MAN Christoph is!!!! I can’t wait to return, and Marion it is all because of you and your efforts and dedication to all facets of the war that I found Christoph who then solved 70 year old mysteries! Marion, you too are an INCREDIBLE LADY and how proud your Dad has to be!!!! I am a Member of Both of Your Fan Clubs, Jean
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    Good day, I am currently serving as Captain with the U.S. Army and would like to try and build some of my family's military history ties. My grandfather was Gust Mihal, from Dubuque, Iowa, who commanded the 1035th Engineer detachment in France and the Pacific in WW2. I have not been able to find much information on this elusive unit, and pops never spoke about the war. After he passed, we found a Silver Star in a drawer in his basement, but have been unable to get the citation since. After the war he achieved the rank of Colonel in the reserves and spent twenty years teaching at the Engineer School at Fort Belvoir from 1957-1977. I was curious if anyone knew him, or at least had family that knew him, or any of his many brothers and cousins that fought in the war (Mihals were at Bastogne and pretty much all over the European theater). It's a long shot, I know, but if anyone knew what he did during the war I would love to know. Thank you to everyone in advance, Chris
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    And the emoticons are now working too, but have to try and find all the other ones I added. Ah, baby-steps there, woman!
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    I have more photos, which I can post. Hope it's not too much. Would very much like to know if there are any living members of the 113th or 344? Can you link this to 344th?
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    Hello Walt's Daughter, My Uncle Tony served in both the 113th and 344tth. Do you know if there are any living members of either of these two units? Happy to share his album with the community. Brock
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    I have a number of photos which I believe we taken both here in the US and overseas. Happy to share them.
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    Here's to all who fought this day - D-Day Normandy. God bless you all!
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    Jean, first off, I am so thrilled for you. What a wonderful, long overdue treasure. I could picture the whole thing and imagined how you must feel. I actually cried last night, as I read your post. But they were tears of joy, for I love the fact that I had a part in all this - a conduit enabling the two of you to come together. Such a thrill for me. There are insufficient words... You story is an incredible one, one that has traveled across several decades. I'm certain you would have never pictured such a happy ending. Not only have you found answers, but made wonderful friends along the way. Love to both,
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    I'm Matt, combats engineer vet from 1996-2002, doing research on my grandfather who I never knew but have tons of photos, some not labeled, from the ETO. He was a comms T4 in the 33rd reconnaissance squadron, 20th armored division, 3rd Army. It has proved quite a Challenge to ID some of these places, at the time my grandad was in Europe, February thru July 1945, his unit was splintered and pieces attached to other units, so it can be hard to know where he went based on official narratives. Mom not here to crowdsource or just post and hope others do the work, but I am relatively new at this sort of research. Any tips would be appreciated. Included is a photo of my grandfather, Gordon Smith Essayons!
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    Oh wow, this is fantastic. I have goosebumps!!!!!
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    Great information! Thank you for sharing. Since posting this, I found out that my father was first in the 87th Infantry Division, Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 345th Infantry Regiment. I found the paperwork on the 87thInfantrydivision.com web site and that is when he received his Combat Infantryman's Badge. I am still learning about all the different divisions, infantries, regiments, battalions, etc.
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    I saw this today in Stars and Stripes. It is a new memorial to the 249th Engineer Battalion for erecting a pontoon bridge of the Rhine for Gen Patton's 3rd Army to cross. It was dedicated with great fanfare. I'm glad to see that.
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    Well, it's been in the works - a revamping of the main site. Let's face it, it was getting old and it no longer matched the forum and gallery. So over the last several days, I've been working on a new format/design/layout. I hope you like it. It's being uploaded as I type, so it will probably take an hour or so for all the templates and pages to upload. Over the next month or so, I will be removing any outdated links, so thanks for your patience. It's a huge job. Little by little we are getting there.
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    More progress today. Have approximately 3/4's of all the pages completed. This means the fonts, etc., have been changed. Hoping to have this done by Friday! Wish me luck!
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    Well, making good progress. Still changing/adding and deleting code as I move along, so if you see some pages that don't quite look just right, then you will know why. We also have a new MENU bar which not only looks nicer but is now mobile friendly.
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    My father was Unit Historian of the 1st Engineer Special Brigade Association from around 1978 until he passed away in 2002. About 2005, I decided to try to determine if the Association still existed; I looked up all the officers; they had all passed away, or letters to them were returned to sender. I did receive a notice of a 2003 Reunion (in St Paul, as I recall). These talks about more recent ones: http://www.myguidon.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=7529 http://www.longshoresoldiers.com/2011/09/wwii-port-company-reunions.html that I was unaware of, but have no contacts listed. So, I have to conclude there is no group left, although you can call someone at the Engineer Museum at Fort Leonard Wood to see if they know. If you are still registered and have any specific questions, please post them and I'll try to answer them. I have unit rosters and some other information on casualties from my father, as well as unit history information. Thank you!
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    I would strongly suggest getting in touch with NARA in Maryland, for they have info on almost every unit in WWII. You may be able to acquire the 360th's archived army files, which would contain reports, map, photos etc. I did this for my father's unit and it was a very successful venture.
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    This sounds awesome - and it's a story I hadn't heard of before. It is the story of the German POWs that were used to clear millions of land mines from the Danish coast. The movie focuses on a small group of young (and I do mean young) POWs that had to clear a certain beach for 40,000 or so mines. When they were done, they could go home - not everyone made it. Looking forward to watching it! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3841424/
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    hello , i just got back from Normandy and have spoken with some french friends there . they are looking for information and a picture from Cpl Roy G. Coakley , Cpl Coakley whas with the 720 railway operations Battalion and stayed with my friends family wile he whas in Normandy . They would like to know what happend with him and get a picture to remember him . i hope true this way we will be able to help these people . thanks in advance , Erwin Peters
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    Hi Brock, I am sure our Uncle knew each other both coming from the Indiana State Guard. Lots of History with them. My motber has all of,her Uncle,photos and the 113 and the 344th annuals,with the entirw geoup photos bwfore deployment. I have his map that he wrote on that details all their travels, time in each country, specific routes, time,onboard ships and even what the ate for,thanksgiving dinner. Roger
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    Tony started with the 113 and ended with the Company E. 344th.
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    What can I say in response, other than your words really touched my heart and soul. Thank you SO much. Everyone of you, mean the world to me and I'm just glad that I am able to do this. It all started with my desire to realize my dad's history - one page on a website, back in 2004! And here we are today. My research led to this, and this wonderful opportunity to spread the wealth (well knowledge IS wealth, isn't it?) Much love to both you, and Christoph!
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    Yes, no truer words could be spoken - it is because of Marion that so many of us have found life changing answers to issues and puzzles that have been with us, for well, our whole lifetime!!! The Veterans who had no place to go, or their family members, came to you and you guided them and connected them to answers and others who might be able to help them! If there was no Marion, where would so many of us be today... Maybe the song "Like a Bridge Over Troubled Waters" was written for Marion to sing to all of us!!! Marion, your drive and dedication and devotion has created so much respect from each one of us - it is as if you have cast a net over us all, and you are pulling us forward!!! I have lots more research to do and will keep after it and never give up! And I know Christoph will do the same! You are a Great Leader! Jean A Member of Your Fan Club
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    Rest in peace, sir! Thank you for your service!
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    Welcome to the forum. Yes, I too hope that some one will recognize the name and get in touch with you. That would be exciting! Info on this unit is tough to come by. Here's a bit... Reorganized and redesignated 1 January 1922 as Company B, 103d Infantry, an element of the 43d Division (later redesignated as the 43d Infantry Division) Inducted into Federal service 24 February 1941 at Rumford Inactivated 1 November 1945 at Camp Stoneman, California 103d Infantry relieved 21 May 1946 from assignment to the 43d Infantry Division) World War II Guadalcanal New Guinea Northern Solomons Luzon (with arrowhead) I strongly suggest that you get in touch with NARA in Maryland, to see if they have the unit records. · National Archives - College Place, MD - This is how I obtained my father’s unit records. I hired a private researcher who painstakingly copied each document and mailed them to me. While this was not cheap, it was well worth the cost and effort for I gathered hundreds upon hundreds of daily journals, after-action reports, maps and more. Please read the page carefully for it is very detailed. It also explains how to arrange to copy the records yourself.
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    Thanks for posting that image and the info that you currently have. I am including some links regarding this unit. http://wesclark.com/am/wes_clark_in_germany.html https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=21225446848 - book https://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/story/loc.natlib.afc2001001.86662/ http://www.ysmenofmeriden.com/ChipClarke.pdf https://www.ancestry.com/boards/thread.aspx?mv=flat&m=4252&p=topics.Military.wwii.general A list from the Eisenhower Museum, stating that they have records for this unit http://www.thomaszigal.com/newsletter.htm http://www.history.army.mil/documents/ETO-OB/20AD-ETO.htm
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    Dear Vincent: First off I profusely apologize for never replying to your email. Somehow it got lost in the shuffle and I came upon it this morning (how appropriate on Memorial Day?!). My first suggestion is to try and contact David Little (a friend of mine), who has an extensive site regarding Aviation Engineers. Here's his site: http://www.ixengineercommand.com/ Also, have you checked these? http://www.deserttrainingcenter.com/ https://archives.library.illinois.edu/erec/University%20Archives/2620076/Patton%27s%20Desert%20Training%20Center%2C%20Article.pdf https://www.amazon.com/gp/search?index=books&linkCode=qs&keywords=9781365054525 http://www.militarymuseum.org/CpGoffs.html I plan on placing this info on the forum, this morning and adding to it, as I find more information. Warmly, Marion Chard
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    A couple of years ago my wife Christine and I were doing research at the Corps of Engineers History Museum at Fort Belvoir. The curator, Eric Reinert, suggested that he had helped another lady with similar interests and we really ought to contact her. You might be ready to guess that he was referring to Marion Chard. My daughter of the 93rd Engineers did, indeed, share a passion with the daughter of the 6th Corps Combat Engineers. Marion put up a link to our website, www.93regimentalcan.com and we put up one to hers. We've been checking in and enjoying this site regularly every since. And we're relieved to see everything back on line after the recent server problems. Chris and my website is dedicated to the three segregated black general service engineering regiments who suffered, sometimes died and always lived with vicious discrimination while they did their part to push 1400 miles of Alaska Highway through the Northern Rockies in just eight months in 1942. Our book, We Fought the Road, will be published by Epicenter Press early this fall, and we are going back to the road for a publicity tour in just two weeks. I contacted Marion today and asked her permission to share this post with you, and she graciously agreed. I promised her, and I promise you, not to fill your screen with promotional material. But if you are interested, we will be blogging on Facebook. Search for Christine and Dennis McClure and you'll find our author page with multiple links to the website. If you're interested, please follow us. We also have an author page on Amazon--search for either Dennis McClure or Christine McClure. And, of course, you are always welcome on www.93regimentalcan.com. Thank you again, Marion for your fine site and for this opportunity.
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    We really appreciate your response. And I look forward to hearing from your friend. I'm not sure how raising awareness of the Highway and the lack men who worked on it became a crusade for us. But it has surely happened. And I suspect you, of all people, understand. I grew up, by the way, near Traverse City.
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    Hello everyone I am the Grandson of a member of Co.A of the 257th Combat Engineer Battalion. Any info that I can find on him would be greatly appreciated. I have his Discharge and Qualification records. I am looking for any info related to his time (7 months) as an engineer. His uniform was stolen when he returned home so I have no idea what his uniform would have had on it. (patches or insignias) His personnel records were destroyed in the fire so this is what I have. I also know that he was AAF before becoming an engineer based on his photo album.
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    Bill, Search also in our "bible" https://archive.org/details/corpsofengineers00beck. Page 411 Colin.
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    Looks cool! I wonder how he will be portrayed. The trailer doesn't really give you a solid idea. So Brian Cox will now have played: Leon Trotsky Hermann Göring Winston Churchill Oh, and Dr. Hannibal Lecktor!!
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    I am new to this site and forum. My Great Uncle, Jerome J. Massoth served in the 344th E Company. He had told my parents in his last years about being under sniper fire while building bridges, that is how he became a Staff Sergeant. He got a battlefield promotion after his Staff Sergeant was killed on a bridge by a sniper. As he had told it many of the men in his company were killed that way. He suffered from battlefield fatigue from watching everyone get killed and they couldn't fight back, they just kept sending out more men to keep building bridges. As he explained it, one day he went to his superiors and said he wasn't going out there anymore. He was shipped back to the states around March-April 1945 to be processed out with an honorable discharge. What I found interesting was he was originally with the 113th Engineers 38TH Infantry Division "Cyclones" of the Indiana State Guard. They were sent to Ft Shelby for training but he didn't stay with that unit which went to the Pacific. He was moved to 344th with the VI Corps while at Ft Shelby and stayed with them until early 1945. I am starting to build a shadow box to honor him-he passed a few years ago. My mother was going through his belongings and found the Book "the 344th goes Traveling along with a map showing everywhere they went, how long they stayed at each location, how long they spent on a ship between each location and that on thanksgiving day one year at sea they only ate K Rations the whole day. She also found his own personal Photos of the battlefields and bridges, his original ribbons and his 344th Unit Pin. Also have his 38th Infantry division Annual from Ft Shelby before he joined the VI Corps. A lot of information to go thru when I can get up to Indiana.
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    Ah, and I see it was erected by the 1118th Engineers. Way to go boys. Am checking out the other pics right now. Thanks Todd. Great post.
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    Hello all, I just wanted to add some pictures I took recently to this topic. I just recently took the ferry from the Motobu port (on Okinawa) to Ie Shima (now Iejima) with the family. One of the first things we saw was the Ernie Pyle monument. It is in a neatly kept plot of land (indeed, there were some locals working on the grounds while we were there). It was very quiet and fitting place for the monument. See all of the pictures here. There are more I will share with you, I just haven't gotten to it just yet. Before: Now On the obverse of the monument. The USS Cabot was the first Navy ship he spent time on.
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    Yes, I believe you are correct. He is definitely one of my faves from WWII. I would have loved to meet him, wouldn't you? I am going to place your post within another one we had going a while back...
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    Hey Colin: So good to see you back. Welcome, welcome! I have never heard a disrespectful word uttered about Ernie. Yes, he was one heck of a guy and one hell of a reporter. We need people like him today.
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    This is what I found on the ABMC website about your uncle. George N. Chandler Technician Fifth Class, U.S. Army Service # 38079495 341st Engineer General Service Regiment Entered the Service from: Texas Died: 17-Mar-45 Buried at: Plot K Row 19 Grave 6 Netherlands American Cemetery Margraten, Netherlands Awards: Bronze Star, Purple Heart I am living about 10 kilometers away from the American cemetery. I visit it regularly and when I go again I will make a picture of his grave if you want and I will send it to you by e-mail.