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    Matt Malley

    Happy To Be Here Thank You

    Hello everyone - my name is Matt Malley and I am glad to be here! My father, WW2 vet Patrick Lawrence Malley passed away in April of '03 and I must have the worst timing because I've since become a bit obsessed with WW2, watching all the documentaries, reading all the books - and now I have a million questions for him but he's gone. In 5 days from now, on Feb 3rd it would have been dad's 100th birthday. In my 20's I co-founded a successful 90's rock band "Counting Crows" as their bass player and dad was proud of me in his quiet way - one of the highlights of my life is when mom said that he wears his Counting Crows t-shirt to the bar as a conversation piece! He's from Berkeley, CA and was in the "343rd Engineer General Service Regiment". I've been going through one of his boxes this week and found some great photos from Naples Harbor, Rome, North Africa, Southern France etc. Attaching a photo - dad is the handsome devil on the right with the cigar. I'm here to meet other sons/daughters of WW2 vets - all of these vets are national treasures who fought an undeniable evil and grew up too fast - and when they're gone, there will be no more first hand accounts of the war and that will be one of this country's greatest losses. I got a very limited report of dad from the St Louis archives but his original papers were destroyed in a flood that happened in the '70's I believe. Anyway great to be here, please write and hope to connect some of the dots! Matt Malley
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    Hi everyone I'm new here and this is my 2nd post. My dad, a WW2 vet passed away in '03 and I'm trying to connect some dots about where he was during the war. Please let me know if anyone here might have a relative who knew him etc. His name was Patrick Lawrence Malley from Berkeley, CA. Attaching some interesting snapshots from a box that I'm presently going through regarding my father's service in the 343rd including a pic with 7 names of soldiers that he apparently knew. Please let me know if any of these photos strikes anything, also what the ribbon medal is for (I can't find any info on it). Also how many soldiers were in the 343rd? Are we talking hundreds of soldiers or just a handful? Thank you, Matt Malley
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    This is a panoramic shot from my phone. I will have to figure out how to get it scanned hi res for you guys. At the bottom is reads: Co. B 292nd Engineers Combat Battalion Camp Butner, NC May 19, 1944 Herman Webel 1st Lt. Commanding
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    Last names (forgive me if I get spellings wrong as these were given to me a long time ago) Front row (L to R): Whittamore Schutz Copeland Oconnor Gilge Johnson Seagram Macari Dunning Marusama Rotramel Cooper Center: Perry Johnson Cook Howell Assimus Morrison Siegal Long Eggleston Gomaz Kobek Lavolis Third row: Titus Martin Pavalae Calvert Gonzebaum Belatt Walter Wagener Schilz Prochasta Larocco Trenary Richty On the back of my grandfather's picture are these signatures: Robert Jennings Samuel Morrison Lawrence Titus John H. Martin Garland Ritchie John Prochazta Floyd Cook Martin J. Kobach Keith Slagle Earl Perry Louis Gomez J. Cooper Bernard Kaplan Herbert A. Seagram Kendall J. Whittemore Harold W. Johnson John W. LaRocco J. E. Johnson Richard C. Long Charles M. Trenary Robert H. Calvert Gerald Schulz Arthur F. Walters Alfred Wagner John H. Pavelec Elmer Gilge E. J. Rotramel Arthur N. Schultz Jessie E. Dunning Absent - Tony L. Ferreira John A. Macari John Levolis Daniel A. O'Connor Charles Assimus V. Gansibom Carlton Shiller Harold Buenger Ralph Q. Hosley Kenneth E. Balch Edward J. Eggleston
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    GO 33 WD Means general Orders #33, War Department. These orders were the 'authority' by which the credits were granted. The arrowhead, signifies an assault landing. The Good conduct Medal was earned by not getting into any major legal difficulty with the Code of Military Justice during his time in service. According to the Depart of the Army's UNIT CITATION AND CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDIT REGISTER Pamphlet# 672-1, --Anzio is listed separately for credit --No separate listing for Salerno. --North Apennines, Sicily, Rome-Arno, Naples-Foggia and Po Valley are separate campaigns. According to the Register, the 643rd received credit for Naples-Foggia, Po Valley and Rome-Arno. It also received a Meritorious Unit Commendation dated 8 June 1945. The 39th Engineer Combat Regiment received credit for: Anzio, Naples-Foggia, North Apennines, Rome-Arno, and Sicily. It also received assault credit for Gela, Sicily. (the arrowhead.) Hope this helps. Theron P. Snell, Ph.D
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    I don't know if anyone keeps up with this thread anymore, but I thought I would introduce myself. My name is Sam Eggleston. My grandfather, Ed, served in the 292nd with B Company. He never spoke of the war to anyone, including my father. All I have learned I did through some interviews with people my grandfather had served with, as well as some stories he had written to my grandmother while he was overseas. Ed was from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. There, he married Winefred (Morton) and together they had five boys -- David, Paul, Bruce, Mark, and Brad. Three of them still live on the same road that they grew up on, which is the road I grew up on. Ed's time in the military was never revealed to us other than his best friend during his time was Floyd Cook out of Illinois. My dad's middle name is Floyd in his honor. I do have a Co. B panoramic photo that I can see about getting scanned in if there is any interest, as well as another photo with a smaller group of men with some names written on the back. I really appreciate this outstanding thread. Well done, everyone.
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    Hi ya' Marion, I dropped you an email the other night about the new 295th audiobook just released. I hope you don't mind me posting a short blurb and link to Amazon where folks can hear a sample of audio and purchase. The untold WWII story of another band of brothers who also trained at the infamous Camp Toccoa. Marv Allen's voice is a time machine that puts you right alongside these forgotten heroes as they travel from the United States to Europe doing their part in the battle against tyranny. A light and often humorous account by S/SGT Thomas E. Coon finally made known. Here Audio Sample: https://www.amazon.com/History-295th-Ordinance-H-M-Company/dp/B072ML24G5/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1497704456&sr=8-3&keywords=295th
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    Matt Malley

    Happy To Be Here Thank You

    Lol I can relate. Raising three boys has taken up most of my brain. It was so easy being in a band when I had nothing else to worry about! I still love my classic rock though. My 18-year-old keeps trying to get me into new bands but I’m a bit of a dinosaur! It’s all about the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin etc. I got in on a little bit of co-writing on our catalog but not a lot. And writing is where most of the money is so lesson learned! Adam is credited with over 90% of the publishing on the catalog but he really was a good songwriter and we all believed in him. I envy a band like Fleetwood Mac though with three songwriters in the band. Or Crosby Stills and Nash or of course the Beatles. It was more of a team experience. Thing is, I’m not really a songwriter because when I do write something, it’s really hard and feels like pulling teeth. A true songwriter has a gift and once a week or so, Adam would play a little masterpiece on the piano like “A Long December” and we would hear the whole band in his piano and all come up with our own parts on our instruments. I have another friend like Adam but he’s happier flipping eggs in a café in Berkeley and he’s now in his mid-50s like me. A true musical genius who just didn’t have the urge to make a career out of it.
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    Interesting post. Let's see what we can up with.
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    Matt Malley

    Happy To Be Here Thank You

    Yes Adam definitely has a set of pipes! And he can occasionally write a song as well. We formed in Berkeley in ‘90 so I got in at the beginning. It was a great run due mostly to good timing, management etc. We were well aware that there were plenty of other bands as good or better than we were but we got lucky!
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    This is excellent thank you Marion!
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    Walt's Daughter

    Happy To Be Here Thank You

    Hey Matt, I used to play bass in two bands in the Detroit area - Crime Control and Tubes of Fear (and yes, there's a story to how that name came about)! That's me in front with Tubes!
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    Matt Malley

    Happy To Be Here Thank You

    Lol that pic was 23 years - and about 30 lbs ago! Excellent Marion and thank you for having me here and looking forward - wow lots comes up for the 343rd - this is great!! Thank you so much - looking forward to everything - Matt
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    My father, Edward F. King, of the Bronx, New York, was in the 1017th Engineer Treadway Bridge Co (out of Fort Dix on Feb. 13, 1946), and I have some photos of him with some other men during their time of service. I am new to this site and would like to share them. I also would like to find out if Jeannie Madison Smith who posted on August 30, 2010, is still on this site because she posted that she was looking to find my dad and mom of the Bronx, New York. I’m having a little bit of a hard time finding my way through the site and would appreciate any ideas on how find photos that might have my dad in them. I’m not sure who the man on the left is (below), but my father is on the right and alone in the second photo. I am looking for pictures of them at the Battle of the Bulge, too Regards, Jessie
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    Man on left in photo above may be “Madison” per notation on photo. In the photo below, the notation states that the man on the right is “Tortoise”.
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    Yeah. That's my grandpa. He got married just after this.
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    Thank you! I'll send in a query as well.
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    I would love to have the after action reports and info on the 527 lpc mentioned by Robert Garcia. Let me know how to find them. Thank you. Mark Pendergast
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    My grandpa's separation papers indicate he was discharged from the 643rd Combat Engineers, who were originally the 39th Regiment Combat Engineers 2nd Battalion. The papers say he has campaign credit for Sicilian Rome-Arno Naples-Foggia Northern Appennines Po Valley GO 33 WD 45 My grandpa shared stories about him being in Salerno and Anzio (not much more than he was there). Is Anzio part of the Rome-Arno campaign and Salerno the Naples-Foggia? Also what is GO 33 WD 45? He also had a Bronze Service Arrowhead and good conduct medal. Are those medals for being in the war, or are they for specific actions? I feel like someone else has asked this question, but I can't find the thread. Can anyone point me in the right direction? As always, thank.
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    Thanks again. I reached out to the National Archives in Maryland, but with the emailed reply was they were furloughed as part of the government shut down.
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    Hello again Sam. I did a quick look in the online enlistment database and was wondering if the following record is for your grandfather. Field Title Value Meaning ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 36451752 36451752 NAME EGGLESTON#EDWARD#J###### EGGLESTON#EDWARD#J###### RESIDENCE: STATE 62 MICHIGAN RESIDENCE: COUNTY 103 MARQUETTE PLACE OF ENLISTMENT 6262 MARQUETTE MICHIGAN DATE OF ENLISTMENT DAY 12 12 DATE OF ENLISTMENT MONTH 02 02 DATE OF ENLISTMENT YEAR 43 43 GRADE: ALPHA DESIGNATION PVT# Private GRADE: CODE 8 Private BRANCH: ALPHA DESIGNATION BI# Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA BRANCH: CODE 00 Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA 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 # Undefined Code NATIVITY #1 Undefined Code YEAR OF BIRTH 23 23 RACE AND CITIZENSHIP # Undefined Code EDUCATION 4 4 years of high 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 1084 1084 FILM REEL NUMBER 5.146 5.146
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    Hello Sam, so glad to have you here on the forum with us! We certainly did have a good thing going on in this thread but I guess for now folks have lost interest. I still lurk here and still research the 292nd when I can. I have panoramic photos of Company's A & C and would love to have one for Company B. You probably have seen in the thread about the new museum at Camp Butner, NC (where the 292nd trained), I'm sure those folks would like to have one for their collection as well. I still have their contact information and would make sure they received one. I'm still keeping my eyes peeled for a panoramic of H & S Company. There are no rosters for the 4 companies of the 292nd that I know of, but I have been working on making some from the many documents and information that I have. Currently I have compiled 119 names for Company B. I did not have your grandfather's name on this list but will certainly add it, However, I did have a PFC Floyd G. Cook ASN# 36900233 which I assume is your grandfather's friend. I would be excited to have you share any photos or information with us. I still have much that I can share and would be glad to try and answer any questions that you may have. Have a good one! Randy
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    Oldest WWII veteran passes at 112 Richard was with the 188th Aviation Engineer Bn - God bless and RIP!
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