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  1. 2 points
    My father was a diver for the 1053rd. Did the the ETO and wound up in the Philippians at war's end. Second from left, bottom row, Mike Sokoloff.
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    Our River - help needed

    Thank you Frank, I know Doug and he was extremely helpful during our recent trip over to the ETO.
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    The "prodigal son" returns! My apologies folks for the long absence. Been taking care of my 101 year young grandmother (will be 102 on Thanksgiving) and things have been a bit complicated. So what's new with everybody? Let's get that 292nd fervor back as people pass and information disappears forever. Randy, glad your Pops liked the gift you gave him. That poster is wonderful. Glad I could assist all who have downloaded the image. Sam, how's our friend from Florida? Kent, that jacket is fantastic. What a family heirloom, my friend! Marion, I hope the book goes well! Until next time (and that doesn't mean months from now ), Gary
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    Frank Gubbels

    Our River - help needed

    I only see this topic now, I am in touch with a battlefield guide who lives not too far away from that area. I don't know if you have a Facebook account Mikel but try to get in touch with Doug Mitchell. He might be able to help you
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    Boy, time flies. Last time I posted was over a year ago! There are some things I've been meaning to post for a while, but life keeps getting the way. I thought with Veteran's Day coming up it would be appropriate time. I still have my father's old Ike jacket and I thought it would be interesting to post some pictures of his patches and ribbons. The first photo is of the ribbons above the left pocket. From top to bottom, left to right: 1. WW II Victory ribbon 2. Army Good Conduct ribbon 3. WW II American Campaign ribbon The second photo is the honorable discharge patch above the right pocket, also called the "Ruptured Duck" . "This patch was issued to discharged soldiers to be work above the right pocket flap. This allowed soldiers to wear their uniforms while traveling home and not get ordered around by an officer." The third photo is the Engineer Special Brigade patch on the left shoulder. "The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved for the Engineer Amphibian Units on 17 June 1942. It was redesignated for all Army personnel assigned to the following amphibian units: Amphibian Tank Battalions; Amphibian Tractor Battalions; Engineer Amphibian Units; Joint Assault Signal Companies; Headquarters Ships Detachments (Type A); Headquarters Ships Detachment (Type B); Headquarters Section (Army); and Amphibian Training Command - Pacific Fleet on 10 June 1944. The insignia was redesignated for the 1st Engineer Brigade and amended to update the description and add a symbolism on 20 July 2007." The fourth photo is the 13th Army Corps patch on the right shoulder. The 13th corps was activated on 12/7/1942 and fought for 180 days in the European Theater of Operations. Wikipedia gives a good history of the corps. You may have noticed that the patch is swen on upside-down. I got a laugh out of this since my father could sometimes be dyslexic about things like that. I can just hear him saying, "The heck with it. I'm not going to sew it on again!" That is, assuming he is the one that sewed it on, but it wouldn't surprise me. The last photo is the lower left sleeve which has the three stripes for six months of service each and his private's stripe.
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    Absolutely incredible story - recovering the remains of a pilot in Germany. A must read. A video is included. http://worldwarwings.com/p-47-thunderbolt-pilots-remains-discovered-embedded-tree-72-years/
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    309th engineers, 84th Division

    Thanks Walt’s daughter for redirecting me here. Since my last post I have received this photo of Grandpa from my dear long lost Aunt. I’m really hoping that someone here will recognise him and be able to share some information. I have written to several military bodies but have unfortunately not had any response, it’s very disappointing... I really need to find out where his unit was when they landed in the U.K. so that I can start to fathom where to start looking for my Grandmother. I would really appreciate any information no matter how small. Thank you for any information. Also if there are any photos I would be keen to see them. Many thanks.
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    285th Engineers

    I know the only (as far as I know) living soldier of the battalion, he has a speech by LTC Gottschalk that he was going to let me borrow. Once I have a digital copy of it I'll be posting it to the 285th's website.
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    Always something interesting going on, on the forum. Bravo! Gary and Kent, always wonderful to hear from both of you. The Ike jacket is priceless! On an off note, just waiting for my proof copy, Gary. Should arrive any day now. If I am satisfied with cover and interior, then I give the company permission to release the last book in my trilogy. You bet I'm excited!!! Happy T-Day to all!
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    Eric, Go back and refresh... it's my bad.. I changed the reply
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    358th Engineers, Company "C"

    Hello everyone! I came across this discussion recently and thought I would toss in a few cents worth on the 358th Engineer General Services Regiment. My Father was in Company A of the 358th during WW2. I have been trying to piece together information on the unit as well. One of the difficulties was that they seemed to be spread out over an area and different detachments worked on different projects. They moved a lot trying to keep up with the advances of the supply lines through France and Dad was not sure about what towns or places they had all been. He liked to remind me that it wasn't a "tour" where they told you exactly what little town you were near all the time. The places he was very sure about was Antwerp. His citation from the City of Antwerp hung on the wall in our hallway the whole time I was growing up. It was the only item from the war that dad displayed. (He also cussed Werner Von Braun every time he saw him on television during the "space race" too!) Dad took pictures while he was in Europe so I have some of them that I would share as well. I would also appreciate any information.
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    Frank Gubbels

    Our River - help needed

    Ah okay, you're already in touch with the most knowledgable guy there. I am glad to read he was your guide
  13. 1 point
    Thanks so much for this Randy, for taking the the time to post this. I’ve printed the Alphonse interview for my records and have watched the interview with John and have just written and emailed the veterans library, so something may come of this... It was so frustrating watching the interview as John the clerk kept tapping the huge ledger in front of him suggesting that all the information that I need was held within its bindings... Many thanks Randy, I’ll let you know if I get anything good back from them, I’ve let the veterans library know what I’m looking for... maybe they even have that ‘big book of everything’... Best wishes Brimstone
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    309th engineers, 84th Division

    Your most welcome Brimstone. ETO stands for European Theater of Operations. I am including here a couple of links that I think you will find interesting: The first is a written account of the war time experiences of 309th ECB veteran, Sgt. Alphonse York. http://www.battleofthebulgememories.be/en/stories/us-army/604-my-experience-in-the-world-war-ii The second is a video interview of 309th ECB veteran, Corporal John Clarke http://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/story/loc.natlib.afc2001001.32564/ Both men mention being in England but do not specify exactly where. Even though these links will not answer your question about where he was stationed in England, you might learn some other facts. I know this may not be much help but most all units were embedded in the southern regions of England near ports of embarkation such as South Hampton, Plymouth, Brixham etc. If I ever come across more info about this I will be sure to pass it along. Have a good one! Randy
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    Thanks for this information Randy, all incredibly interesting for me. My Grandfather suffered a terrible injury possibly in Germany whilst preparing to leave after the battles, he was run over by a truck and flown back to the US in October 1945 where he went on to spend a year and a half in hospital. I would really like to find out exactly where he was for the short time that he was in England for. ETO what is that an abbreviation of do you know? Just wondering, tried googling but still non the wiser... many thanks for this Randy. Best wishes Brimstone
  16. 1 point

    309th engineers, 84th Division

    Great! Glad you could pick up this piece of history before someone else did. I may be wrong but I think this is probably a rare find, don't believe every unit had one of these printed up, maybe Marion can chime in on this. Not sure what all info you have about your grandfather's unit, but here is a little from Stanton's "World War II Order of Battle" Activated: 15 OCT 1942 at Camp Howze Texas Departed New York: 20 SEP 1944 Arrived at ETO: 1 OCT 1944 Campaigns: Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe, Rhineland August 1945 Location: Gross Hilligsfeld Germany Arrived New York: 23 JAN 1946 Deactivated: 24 JAN 1946 Have a good one! Randy
  17. 1 point
    Thank you Randy so much...I think that I have successfully secured this item. Much appreciate the heads up. kindest regards Brimstone
  18. 1 point

    Interesting Articles

    Remains of Massachusetts airman lost in WWII identified This undated photo released Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2017, by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, shows Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Richard M. Horwitz, of Brookline, Mass. Horwitz was one of 11 crew members on a B24 Liberator last seen after the Feb. 28, 1945 attack on a railroad bridge in Northern Italy during World War II. The agency said his remains, recovered in 2015, will be buried with full military honors on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, in Boston. (Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency via AP) BOSTON (AP) — The remains of a U.S. Army Air Forces officer who went missing after a bombing run over northern Italy in World War II are coming home. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says the remains of 2nd Lt. Richard M. Horwitz, of Brookline, will be buried Sunday in Boston with full military honors. The 22-year-old Horwitz was one of 11 crew members on a B24 Liberator last seen after the Feb. 28, 1945 attack on a railroad bridge. It was determined in 1948 it had crashed in the Adriatic Sea. The wreckage was located by an Italian citizen off the coast of Grado, Italy in 2013, and remains were recovered in 2015. Horwitz's remains were identified through historical evidence, dental and bone analysis and by comparing DNA to a relative. Welcome home Sir
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    Interesting Articles

    Body of St. Louis-born WWII soldier listed as missing will go to central Illinois for burial The State Journal-Register, Springfield, Ill. Oct 22, 2017 The remains of a St. Louis-born man who was listed as missing in action after a battle in the Netherlands during World War II will be heading to central Illinois for burial Wednesday. The remains of Army Staff Sgt. Michael Aiello will arrive in St. Louis a little after 3 p.m., according to PJ Staab II of Staab Funeral Home in Springfield. There will then be a procession up Interstate 55 to the town of Sherman, Ill., where Aiello lived after moving from St. Louis as a child. Aiello was born in 1909 in St. Louis. Three years later, his family moved to Sherman where he attended grade school. After finishing the eighth grade, Aiello became a coal miner at the age of 13. Aiello’s family moved to Springfield in 1918. Aiello later owned and operated a restaurant in Springfield, but primarily worked as a coal miner until he entered the Army in 1942. Within two years, Aiello advanced to the rank of staff sergeant and was assigned to a glider infantry regiment. He was involved in the D-Day Invasion and later in 1944 his unit was assigned to Operation Market Garden in the Netherlands. Operation Market Garden called for glider and airborne troops to seize bridges in the Netherlands and hold them until British armor units arrived. The operation, portrayed in a book and the 1977 movie “A Bridge Too Far,” failed. Military records indicate Aiello went missing Sept. 30, 1944, during fighting near the bridge at Nijmegen. While no remains were officially identified as his, the military issued a presumptive finding of death a year later. Aiello was 35 when he went missing. About eight years ago, the military disinterred a set of remains that were later identified as Aiello. Relatives in the Springfield area provided DNA samples to confirm the identity. Aiello will be buried at Camp Butler Cemetery at 10 a.m. Saturday. The ceremony at the cemetery is open to the public. I was curious to know which unit this soldier belonged since the article did not state it.. After a little cyber snooping I found he was a member of the 401st GIR, 101st Airborne Division. Welcome home Staff Sergeant Aiello
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    Jon Greene

    804th Aviation Engineers

    My grandfather served with the 804th Aviation Engineers on Saipan in 1944-45. I have some photos that he took while on the island. I haven't been able to locate info on other members of his unit. I would love to find out more about his experience there. He passed in 1996 and didn't share much about it. Any info would be appreciated. His name is Elliott Robbins from Providence Rhode Island.
  21. 1 point
    Thanks so much Walt’s daughter I shall write to both of them. I’ll keep everything crossed...it may be a while before I hear anything as I’m in the UK...
  22. 1 point
    Yes, thanks this was the same information I came across re the 66th ID. I am not certain what the holdings at the Eisenhower Archives are but it would appear that this information is in error. I will take up your suggestion re contacting NARA in Maryland. Many thanks, Peggy
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    Walt's Daughter

    Our River - help needed

    Let's hope you get more information. How sweet that would be! I'll keep looking too!
  24. 1 point

    293rd CEB Co. B

    Looking for relatives of George Clawson or George MacNeil. Pictures on my other posting of the unit and many of its members. I have finally received the morning reports and other docs that showed the Co. B 2plt was detached and saw action in Bulge which I did not know. My father was in that platoon...his name was Angelo Manzie
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    I am proud to have this (modern) poster hanging on my office wall. It came from my association with the 36th Combat Engineers Regiment over the last 14 years and attendance at their reunions. Colin.
  26. 1 point
    I meant to post this at the time but you know, stuff happens! Gave my dad the "We Clear The Way" poster I had made for his birthday May 10th. I explained to him the history behind the poster and the modifications Gary had made to it. He liked it a lot and was happy to have one. One comment he made about it, he thought the gentlemen (Vincent Leckey) in the poster looked like George C. Scott from the movie "Patton". Which I can see a resemblance, LOL! He has proudly put the poster on display in his barbershop where he has worked for the last 56 years now, the man will just not retire! He has told me that he has received many comments from customers about the poster. Below is a pic the day we gave it to him. Another shout out to Gary for a job well done on the poster ,thanks Gary! Have a good one everybody! Randy
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    Hi Lisa, Gary hasn't been on the forum in over two months, have a feeling he is dealing with some personal issues, hope he is ok. Here is the link to the image which you can download and take to your photoshop to be made into a poster. Have a good day! https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5ghnJbeN7QkYS1FQ0pTVVNmbGs/view?usp=sharing Randy
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    Gary, I'm back! I'd like to get a copy of the Clear the Way 292d poster, but I can't seem to find your post about how to go about it. Can you refresh my memory? Lisa
  29. 1 point
    Marion thanks for posting that picture. He really enjoyed traveling around New England. Carl
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    163rd Engineers Website

    Does anyone know what happened to the 163rd website? I think it has been taken down. Thanks!