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      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 if you hit the HOME button, it takes you to a "screwy" page. What's up with that??? And I'm also aware that you cannot pull up the emoticons, etc. Working away to try and get these bugs, sorted out! 

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    This is a pretty old thread, and I'm a newbie to this site. My dad was a staff sergeant in A Co., 368th GS Regiment. He didn't talk too much about his WWII experiences, other than he "pumped gas for Patton". I've since learned that the 368th was one of the engineering units that constructed and operated the major POL pipeline across northern France. I was told some time ago that there was no unit history for the 368th. Dave mentioned that he found unit histories in the NARA facility in Maryland.. I'd be interested to see if he was able to find anything about the 368th there. Thanks! Bill Darrow
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    Len Drucker, 1280th Engineer Bn, Co C, recently had the honor and pleasure of visiting the WWII Memorial as part of the Honor Flight program Len sent me the newspaper article which was printed in a local Chicago area newspaper (Northbrook Community). He also sent me a wonderful CD which contained filmed footage of the entire event from his house with his buddy to DC and back to the the airport in Chicago where he received a wonderful welcome home. Very inspiring. I will have the footage posted within the next couple of days, but right now will share the article and photo. God bless ya Len! Veterans get warm welcome home after Honor Flight Len is on left in photo Here is a downloadable copy of the article too: STM___Northbrook_vets_get_w...pdf
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    I am searching for more information about my father, PFC Robert Sandor - Army Serial # 31326199. This is what his Honorable Discharge papers say (I received from funeral home): Separation Center: Ft. Devens, Mass. Entry into Active Service: 1943 (he would have been 16 years old). Place of Entry into Service: Hartford, Ct. Date of Enlistment is blank meaning he was drafted? His Military Occupation Specialty and No Reads: "Sj. Traly Clerk C'65 - Military Qualification say "Combat Infantry Badge." Battles and Campaigns read: "Rhineland." With an: V pointing upward. I believe that means he was there at the beginning? Decorations Received: "Good Conduct Medal," "Victory Medal," "European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon." Date of Departure: July 41 - 25 July 43 - Destination: ETO. Date of Arrival: 30 Jul k3 10, Sep lj-5. He served 6 months and 18 days Continental Service and 1 Month, 10 days Foreign Service. Highest Grade: PF - 1 Sep U5 - USAC. Well, that's all I can read from those records. I am attaching them herewith. From what I could understand, I am thinking he served in the XX Army Corp, 65th Infantry Division, 1280th Army Corp. of Engineers (I know he was there because his best friend, Willis G. McLeod was there with him), Battalion - Company "C." Then, I contacted the National Archives (NA) and they sent me this information: Two Final Payment Work Sheets - The First Final Payment Work Sheet - Army Component - RA 817th Engr. Avn Bn, March ARB, Calif. Grade: (6th p.g. Pvt) Home Address: Sound Vie Ridge, Glenville, Conn. (same on Discharge Papers). Enlisted or Inducted at: N.Y. City, N.Y. 16 Nov. 46. Discharged on 5 March 1949 - Station March AFB, Calif. Arrived in US: 16 Nov. 1948. 3 years in service. Last Pay to include: 28 Feb. 1949 By H.C. Nichols, Capt. FD. Honorable Discharge by Reason of: AR 615-353 (CG-PETS) & Par. 3bDA Cir 335/48. The rest of the document talks about his deductions and pay. The SECOND Final Payment - Work Sheet includes: Enlisted/Inducted at: Greenwich, Ct., Name of D.O. EA NY (and I cannot read the rest - it is in pencil). Discharged on Nov. 12, 1945. Station WDSC Ft. Devens. Arrived in US: Sept. 10, 1945. Previous Organizations: 1280th ENGINEER BN. Nov. 3, 1945. Then, the rest of the document talks about his pay. In accessing the Archival Database ( AAD) on the National Archives (NA), I found this information: Name, Serial # and State match. Residence: County: Middlesex, Place of Enlistment: New York City, Date of Enlistment: 3/16/1946. PFC, No Branch, Branch Code: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA, Term of Enlistment: Hawaiian Department. Civilian Occupation: Laboratory technician and Assistant (my father was a carpenter and so was his entire family - so, I think this is wrong). I found the Ft. Devens Book with his name and address in it. My parents told me that my father was stationed in Linz at the Nibelungen Bridge. He called it their "Checkpoint Charlie" and he told me that he had to protect Austria from the Russians. I remember seeing the United States Forces Austria patch on his uniform. I also remember seeing his uniform decorated the Army Corp. of Engineers pins, patches, service medals, Here are some photos of him. I was told by the National Archives that all of my father's records were destroyed in the "Fire." I am trying to search Roll Calls to verify the documents I received from the N.A. I just wrote a letter to the National Archives yesterday requesting information and records on the 1280th Engineer Combat Battalion 1945. I need help in figuring out this information. I cannot seem to find information (Roll Call) for the 817th or the 1280th. Besides the Ft. Devens booklet, I believe my father fought in the Rhineland Campaign but can't find what Infantry he was in. I did find some information yesterday from a Len Drucker who was in the 1280th staying they were attached to the VI Corps. Combat Engineers and that is why I am now on this site. I would appreciate any help/guidance that anyone can share with me. I thank you for your time. Sincerely, PFC Robert Sandor's daughter, Cynthia. Please note: All photos are copyrighted and some are contained in a book I wrote about my mom when she was in the BDM. (PS: I found her personal journal 4 months before she passed away and wrote her biography entitled "Through Innocent Eyes - The Chosen Girls of the Hitler Youth." Many of my readers are now encouraging me to write a fictional story about my dad and also include a 'love story' in it where he met and married my mom, Gertrude Kerschner from Kleinzell, Austria).
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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'm sure many of you have already read the ANNOUNCEMENT, at the top of each page/section, but it's sure good to be back HOME again, after a severe server crash! We've been gone for two weeks and it was terrible not being able to access ANY of my sites, especially this forum. Just worked out a few more minor problems, but still can't access the emoticons. Working on it...
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    Guess who!!!??? LOL... long time no see or talk everyone... yes, I mentioned the boys who gave support and got the beans, the bullets and the gasoline to the U.S. Army personnel on time, on target and kept it coming. These boys have been forgotten in the greater picture of the ground war in the Mediterranean. I have since switched branches and now I hit for the United States Navy. I love the United States 3rd Infantry Division and the beloved U.S. 30th Infantry Regiment but, in 2013 my life and time took a turn to some forgotten men. Those brave men, walked the decks of the ships that brought the U.S. Army personnel to those hostile shores and cleared the waves on land and sea to make each and every landing a reality. I've been away, hard at work bringing their story to light for the public. I went to work at Ships of The Sea Maritime Museum here in Savannah, Georgia and I wouldn't trade a moment of it. I LOVE my work, especially lighting up visitors faces when I research their family's relatives and bring their service to light for them in real time. I focus primarily on a ship named after my hometown of Savannah, U.S.S. Savannah, CL-42. A remarkable ship and crew, and its saddens me that I had to go back to the museum to remind me of this fact. However, its been a journey, better yet one heck of an adventure to bring her and her crews service to light. I now run a page of Facebook to her and her crews honor. Just look up "U.S.S. Savannah, CL-42" I have TONS of documents, photos and family members of the ships crew on there. I'm also in the process of finally pulling the trigger and writing a book on the U.S.S. Savannah, CL-42 to make sure her and her crew are not forgotten. It will cover EVERYTHING, her conception in 1933 via Senators Carl Vinson and Park Trammell, to the bombing of September 11th, 1943 at Salerno, to her escort duty for the Yalta Conference to her sad scrapping in January, 1966 at Bethlehem Steel. I think we need a section dedicated here to them, to the United States Navy. For without them, victory, let alone the ground campaign wouldn't have become a reality. Regards, MARNE
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    Ran across an article this morning announcing a new film about the Battle of Britain, let's hope it is a good one. Randy Sir Ridley Scott set to direct Battle of Britain film By Celebretainment Sir Ridley Scott is attached to direct a film about the Battle of Britain. The 79-year-old British filmmaker - who is renowned for his work on sci-fi films, 'Blade Runner, 'Prometheus' and 'Alien' - has reportedly teamed up with 20th Century Fox to helm the World War II movie which is based on the historical battle. According to Deadline, Scott will work closely with its screenwriter Matthew Orton, who penned WWII drama 'Operational Finale' starring Oscar Isaac, on the project. It is not yet known what direction the script will take but the Battle of Britain is centered from 10 July until 31 October 1940 when the British Royal Air Force (RAF) successfully defended the UK from the invading German Air Force (Luftwaffe) as the Nazis tried to cripple and the conquer the country with a bombing campaign known as the Blitz. The film rights were purchased by Fox last year and Scott Free is down to produce alongside Joby Harold, Tory Tunnell, with Steven Asbell on board for Fox. Steven Spielberg's 'Bridge of Spies' writer, Matt Charman, will executive produce the film. He has worked with Orton on 'Guiding Lights' back in 2015. Meanwhile, Orton is currently writing political thriller 'Reason of State', with Scott in charge of Sony's 'All The Money In The World' - a drama about the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III. In addition to 'The Cartel' and his next movie to hit cinema screens is 'Alien: Covenant' which is released on May 19 followed by its sequel scheduled for 2018. Scott - who is married to Costa Rican actress-and-producer Giannina Facio - also worked as a producer on 'Blade Runner 2049', the Denis Villeneuve-directed sequel to his 1982 cult classic.
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    My dad's Separation Qualification Record states, “Spent approximately 30 months as composite unit commander. Commanded and received the first prisoner or war labor unit in Paris consisting of 250 men. Later increased to a camp of 1500. As unit commander was responsible for administration, training, and discipline of unit. Made decisions reguarding (sp) personel (sp) efficiency, discipline, training, work, and supply. Directed performance of duty and made regular inspections. Prisoners of war worked as largest engineering depot in France.” According to the Internet: "Satory is an area south of Versailles in France. It is mostly known for its military camp..." If anyone has information about this camp, I would really appreciate a reply. Thank you in advance. Also, I have included a portrait of my dad one of the German prisoners painted for him while he was commander of that camp. It is spot on.
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    I'm back. The 1280th was NOT under a division. Units such as his (and like my father's), were "bastard" units and served under an ARMY or CORPS. These units were placed where needed and often were attached to other units, such as infantry, as temporary measures. This was something I learned years ago, when I first began exploring my father's history. I was very familiar with the layout of armies, but had no idea at that time, that independent engineer units, even existed. Infantry units had their own (organic) engineer battalions. The 65th Infantry's engineers would have been the 265th Engineer Combat Battalion, not your father's unit. For instance, when the 540th landed on the beaches of southern France, my father's engineer regiment was under the jurisdiction of VI Corps/7th Army. When they were in Italy, it was the 5th Army.
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    Hi: Just replied in your post elsewhere on the forum regarding your mother and father, meeting in Austria and the book you wrote. Thanks! As I stated there, I was in the middle of sending you and email, when I saw both posts from you, so thought I would continue here... Hi Cynthia: Thanks for joining and for filling in what you know of your father's history. The documentation you received from the funeral home, would have been the same as from NARA in St Louis, so you already have copies of his DD214's. NARA wasn't the only place to find copies of discharge papers, as it was not unusual for DD214's to be filed at the veteran's local county courthouse. Also the veteran's admin would have copies, so this is probably where the funeral home obtained theirs. And unfortunately, it wasn't that uncommon for mistakes to be found on said paperwork. This kind of thing has been brought to my attention more than once, and I also believe that a mistake or two can be found within my father's papers. When you come to realize that millions of soldiers were being discharged within a few months of each other, you can see why this occurred. The out-flux of men was simply overwhelming. As you've probably already discovered, there's quite a bit of information on the forum regarding the 1280th. I will post more in a few, but have some things I have to tend to this morning, that need my immediate attention. Smiles,
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    https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=dougherty&GSiman=1&GScid=1991678&GRid=56280737& Hello Bobby, Warmest welcome here to the forum, glad you could join us, hope you will hang out and stay awhile. Don't know what all info you do have, but here are a few things that might get you started. According to the online enlistment records your great-uncle was inducted at Camp Lee, Virginia on 18 March 1942. https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=893&mtch=1&cat=all&tf=F&q=fred+g+dougherty&bc=&rpp=10&pg=1&rid=3642071 Stanton's "World War II Order of Battle" tells us the following about the 61st Engineer Combat Battalion: Formed at Atlantic Beach, Florida on 25 JAN 1943 Departed New York on 24 MARCH 1944 Arrived in England 4 APRIL 1944 Arrived in France-ETO on 1 JULY 1944 August 1945 location: Mulheim Germany Deactivated 18 SEPT 1945 in Germany Campaigns: Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland Here is a thread on the forum involving the 61st ECB that has some interesting items you should check out. You may have noticed that your great-uncle's induction predates the formation of the 61st ECB by nearly one year. So most likely he was with another engineer outfit before coming to the 61st. This is not unusual, there were new units forming all the time during the course of the war and a few men with prior training were transferred to the new ones to give them some experience to go along with fresh recruits. Marion has provided a great resource here in the Help Section about finding veterans records, check it out. Here is something I think is kinda cool. The above photograph is of my grandfather taken in 1945 at the Henri-Chapelle cemetery. According to the American Battle Monuments Commission website, your great-uncle is buried in Plot F, Row 9, Grave 20 at Henri-Chapelle. https://abmc.gov/node/377692#.WN34Hm_yvIU I did a lot of research on this picture and I know exactly where my grandfather is standing within the cemetery. This is Plot F, the same plot where your great-uncle is buried. My grandfather is looking at Row 3, Grave 1, your great-uncle's grave location would be in the background to his right. Let us know if you have more questions and good luck with your search Bobby! Randy
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    I had the wonderful pleasure of meeting Len Drucker, via an article which was posted about him in a recent Pritzker Newsletter. They put me in touch with Len, and we had just spoke with each other on the phone, a couple of minutes ago. A very charming, warm and friendly man, who didn't sound a day over 60! Len has approximately 75 photos from various phases of the war, and he also kept an extensive diary while there. Can't wait to see the photos, which I will be adding to our ever-growing engineer photo gallery. Len would really like to find a few of his old buddies, so if any of you are out there, please get in touch with us. I have Len's address, email address and phone number, and will be happy to share with you. He lives in Illinois with his wife of 62 years, and recently retired after 60 years as an eye doctor. I am going to send him a copy of my documentary, and will get one out to you as soon as they arrive on my doorstep. Warmly, Marion
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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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    Hi and welcome. Thanks for posting.Yes, an old thread, but we have a habit of resurrecting old posts with a high success rate. Hope we can fill in some gaps for you.
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    From yesterday's St. Louis Post Dispatch, gotta love these kind of stories! World War II vet reunited with love letter 72 years later May 11, 2017 WESTFIELD, N.J. (AP) — A love letter lost in the walls of a New Jersey home reached a World War II veteran 72 years after it was written. Melissa Fahy and her father found the letter in a gap under the stairs while renovating her Westfield home. The letter, postmarked May 1945, was written by a woman named Virginia to her husband, Rolf Christoffersen. Her husband was a sailor at the time in the Norwegian Navy. "I love you Rolf, as I love the warm sun," Virginia Christoffersen wrote. "That is what you are to my life, the sun about which everything else revolves for me." Fahy told WNBC-TV in New York that she could not believe the love and admiration Virginia had for her husband. "It was really sweet to see that long-distance love," she said. She decided to find the Christoffersens and deliver the letter, turning to a Facebook page for help. Facebook users located the couple's son in California hours after Fahy's post. The son read the letter to his 96-year-old father. Virginia died six years ago this weekend. "In a way, I guess it's his wife coming back and making her memory alive again," Fahy said.
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    If I could see the photos I could tell you where exactly they were taken as I live in Savannah and have spent many years at Fort Joseph Screven. Regards, MARNE
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    May 19th 1944 is the date the company photo was taken
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    WWII combat cinematographer Norman Hatch dies at 96 By BEN NUCKOLS Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Maj. Norman T. Hatch, a Marine combat cinematographer during World War II whose harrowing footage became the basis of an Academy Award-winning documentary short, has died, his son said. He was 96. Hatch died Saturday of natural causes at a nursing home in Alexandria, Virginia, the city where he lived for most of his life, said his son, N. Thomas Hatch Jr. Hatch's footage of the 1943 Battle of Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands, now part of Micronesia, was unusually graphic, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt had to give special permission for the resulting documentary to be shown as a newsreel. The documentary, "With the Marines at Tarawa," won the Academy Award for best documentary short. Hatch was so close to the action that he was able to capture Japanese soldiers and the Marines who shot them in the same frame. "Two squads of Japanese came out — about 12 men," he told NPR in a 2010 interview. "They were mowed down. I had the machine gunner right in front of me." His footage also shows Marines lying dead on a beach. He told NPR that he remembers the stench of the dead and the thick black smoke that forced him to change the shutter speed on his hand-cranked 16mm camera. "I was told by guys on the front line that I didn't have to be there, and I would quietly tell them that I did," Hatch said in the interview. "The public had to know what we were doing, and this was the only way they would find out." He was also with the Marines for their assault on Iwo Jima and contributed footage to another documentary, "To the Shores of Iwo Jima." A Massachusetts native, Hatch joined the Marine Corps in 1939 after graduating from high school. He already had an interest in photography and further developed his skills while with the Marines before he was sent to the Pacific. After the war, he worked as a civilian at the Pentagon, retiring as the senior audio-visual adviser to the Assistant Secretary of Defense. He later ran a production company. He collaborated with author Charles Jones on the book "War Shots," about his work in combat. Survivors include his wife of 74 years and their son and daughter. He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Farewell Sir!
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    Can anyone help me understand the command relationship of the 757th Tank Battalion? My late grandfather, Technician Five Don Williams, was in that Battalion. I cannot find a connection between that Bn and Combat Engineers or understand who there parent command was. Standing by, CW5 Rik Cox
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    Wow. I actually wouldn't have thought he was still with us. I recognized the name as soon as I saw it. With the Marines at Tarawa is a very interesting (and even Academy Award Winning as was mentioned above) documentary. I remembered hearing about the fact that he was able to catch both combatants in a single frame. This just doesn't happen in genuine combat footage. And it is in color, too! Farewell, sir! Thank you for all you've done!
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    WWII painting stolen by Nazis to rotate between Paris and US NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An 1886 painting that was stolen as part of a Nazi looting campaign that stretched across Europe during World War II has transferred from the University of Oklahoma to Paris. The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/2pi2PPe ) reports the painting, "Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep," will be on display at the French museum, Musee d'Orsay, for five years before returning to the university in alternating three-year intervals. The rotating display arrangement is part of a settlement agreement between the university and Leone Meyer, whose father, Raoul Meyer, owned the painting during the German occupation of Paris in WWII. Leone Meyer sued the university to recover the painting, which has been with the university since 2000. The settlement reached acknowledges Meyer's inheritance rights. University of Oklahoma President David Boren says "a fair and just resolution among all parties has been reached."
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    Photo from March 17,1945 - Third Platoon of Company C. The picture was taken just before the building of the bridge across the Rhine River at Bad-Gadsberg. I do not have the names of all of the people but this is what I do have: Kneeling from left to right: Sgt. Charles Polite, New York; Tony Alves, New Jersey; Lawrence Weber, New York; Frank Linardi, New York; Manuel Pacheco, Mass; Laird Cogley, Penn.; John Marshall, New Jersey; Norbert Lukesewski; Richard Korte, MO; Lawrence Figueirede, New York, Frank Moore, New Jersey, Sam Blum, New Jersey, Francis McGonigle, Del.; PFC. Wellander, Iowa, Howard Weaver, New Jersey, Robert Whitmore, MO. Joseph Boyle, New Jersey, Neil Sharkey, New Jersey; Frank Schleicher, New Jersey; Casper Urbanek, Penn.; Ralph Ippolito, New York. Standing from the left: S/Sgt. Robert Kratzer, Ohio; Jacob Muth, New Jersey; Lt. William Abbotts, New Jersey; Frank Leonard, New Jersey; Michael DeEsposito, New Jersey; William Cuilson, Mo.; John Gazorian, New York; Charles Thomas, Iowa. My dad (Bill Rupp) is standing sixth from the right.
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    USS Arizona survivor rejoins shipmates, interred aboard ship By JENNIFER McDERMOTT Associated Press PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A veteran who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor and died last year at age 94 has been reunited with his fallen shipmates on the sunken USS Arizona. Raymond Haerry was interred on the ship in a ceremony that his granddaughter says was solemn and beautiful. Haerry was 19 years old when bombs started falling on his battleship on Dec. 7, 1941. He never returned to Pearl Harbor while he lived because the memories were too painful. As he neared the end of his life, he told his family he'd like to be laid to rest there. Haerry died Sept. 27 in Rhode Island. Five Arizona survivors remain. Haerry's granddaughter, Jessica Marino, traveled from New Jersey to Hawaii with her family for Saturday's ceremony. She handed his urn to divers, who placed it within the ship's sunken hull. Hundreds of sailors and Marines are entombed there. "That was the point at which I kind of lost it," Marino said. "It was really sad, but also really sweet to see. It was amazing." Only USS Arizona survivors can be interred on the ship. Haerry served for 25 years in the Navy, retiring as a master chief. He's the 42nd survivor to rejoin his shipmates, according to the National Park Service. Spokesman Jay Blount said these ceremonies help bring closure to the families, allow sailors to return to their shipmates and raise awareness of the sacrifices made 75 years ago. The National Park Service and the Navy conducted the interment. Rear Adm. John Fuller talked about Haerry's courage— not the absence of fear, but a deep abiding belief in something greater than oneself. "I can't help but think about him being reunited into these simple, hallowed spaces. The calm that comes from being again with your crew, and the lessons we can learn from all he taught us," said Fuller, commander of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific. Marino said she knows her grandfather better now. "I know this part of his life that really did shape him," she said. "To be a part of getting him back to his ship and with his shipmates, it's an honor for me." Health issues prevented Raymond Haerry Jr. from joining his daughter in Hawaii. It was Haerry Jr. who pieced together the narrative of what happened in Pearl Harbor by asking questions of his father over 50 years. Haerry was trying to get ammunition when a large bomb detonated, igniting fuel and powder magazines, Haerry Jr. told The Associated Press in October. Most of the bow was instantly separated and the ship was lifted out of the water. Haerry Jr. said his father swam through flaming waters, sweeping his arms in front of him to push the flames away. He shot at Japanese planes from shore. Later, he helped retrieve corpses from the harbor. The ship lost 1,177 men, nearly four-fifths of its crew. At first, Haerry's family was surprised by his request to be laid to rest there, but soon they understood. "That brotherhood doesn't go away and as he got closer to the end of life, it resonated with him," Marino said. "He didn't want to see the site or relive that disaster, but he wanted to relive that camaraderie." Farewell Mr. Haerry, thank you for your service.
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    Hi everybody, I'm Matthieu, 25, and it's a big big pleasure I join this forum. I was born in a city of 40 000 lives, Gap, in south Alps mountain, liberated in august 20, 1944 by elements of second battalion of 143rd inf regiment, 36th Div Texas, 117th Cavalry reconaissance Squadron, and 93rd Armored Field artillery Battalion. I'm living now in a small town of 7000 people, named Sisteron, 45km at the bottom of Gap, liberated by the sames units. I collect since 10 years the US items about the units who liberated my city and the southern France (3rd, 36th and 45th infantry division, 117th cav reco sqd, 93rd AFA, 2nd, 3rd and 83rd chemical mortar battalion, Engineers combat units, etc.. With this first post, I wanna say a big big thank you to all the ww2 veterans who gives theirs life to liberate my city, and in general my country, la France, and the Europe. God bless the greatest generation. I can assure you, we never forget their sacrifice here. Best regards Matthieu
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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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    Hello All! Thank you for approving my request. I am currently researching information on my father, PFC Robert Sandor who was in the 1280th Engineer Combat Battalion - Company C. My father met my mother in Linz, Austria, after World War II. They were married in the Dom in Linz on May 8, 1948. Four months before my mother passed away, I found her private journal she wrote when she was 13 years old while she was in the League of German Girls - specifically, Country Service Year Camp (Landjahr Lager). I wrote her biography "Through Innocent Eyes - The Chosen Girls of the Hitler Youth." I attend the WWII re-enactments in Florida and the D-Day Conneaut, Ohio event in August. So many readers are asking me to write a historical/fictional/love story about my dad's service in WWII and how he met my mom in Europe. Here is a picture of my mom, Gertrude and my dad, Robert, after WWII in Austria.
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    Finally coming home: Remains of missing World War II serviceman returning to family POSTED 1:54 PM, APRIL 12, 2017, BY FOX8WEBCENTRAL, UPDATED AT 03:01PM, APRIL 12, 2017 CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio -- The remains of a U.S. serviceman missing from World War II have been accounted for and will finally be returned to his family. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Marvin B. Rothman, of Cleveland Heights, was 21 when he was assigned to the 311th Fighter Squadron, 58th Fighter Squadron Group on April 11, 1944. He was the pilot of a single-seat P-47D Thunderbolt on a bombing escort mission with 15 other Thunderbolts to Wewak, Territory of New Guinea, when he was attacked by an enemy fighter aircraft. PHOTO GALLERY VIEW GALLERY (3 IMAGES) When the escort flight returned from the mission, Rothman and two other pilots were reported missing, according to a release from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. The War Department declared Rothman deceased as of Feb. 6, 1946. In September 1946, a U.S. infantry officer informed the American Graves Registration Service in New Guinea that an Australian War Graves team had recovered the remains of a suspected American airman. They'd found the wreckage of an aircraft with a partial serial number matching that of Rothman's plane. In November 1946, AGRS personnel tried to confirm his identity based on dental records. But the dental charts were incomplete, and an ID could not be established. Based on the lack of evidence, an AGRS board declared Rothman to be non-recoverable in January 1950. Then, in July 2004, a contractor for the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command investigated a crash site found by residents in a New Guinea village. They also found the plate matching the serial number of Rothman's plane. A U.S. recovery team returned to the site in August 2009 and recovered possible human remains and other artifacts. Scientists were able to use anthropological and circumstantial evidence along with dental analysis, which then matched Rothman's records. Rothman's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery along with other MIAs from WWII. A rosette will also be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for. Rothman will be buried April 19 with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery. Welcome home sir!
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    I'm super excited! I just made the reservations for myself, my father, and my 8 year old daughter. It's a long shot, but we'd love to connect with anyone who might remember my grandfather, Frank Oleszkowicz.
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    These are absolutely awesome historical photographs! Thanks so much for sharing them with us, those are great treasures you have there. LOL at the one depicting the "gallows humor", love it!
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    Just love these kind of stories! ID bracelet lost by US soldier during WWII found in France SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — An identification bracelet lost by a soldier from central New York more than 70 years ago has been found near the beaches of Normandy. WSTM-TV in Syracuse reports (http://bit.ly/2nHyhUy ) Army Sgt. John Hill, of Syracuse, landed in France on June 7, 1944, a day after the Allied invasion began. Somewhere along the way, he lost the ID bracelet given to him by his mother. During World War II it was common for service members to be given the bracelets by loved-ones before being sent overseas. In February, Matthieu Delamontte found a bracelet with Hill's name and serial number while using a metal detector in a field near Normandy. He tracked down the 93-year-old veteran with the help of a Syracuse librarian. The two men recently met on Skype. Delamontte will be sending the bracelet to Hill soon.
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    Hello Tom, and warmest welcome to you here on the forum. I'll try and help you out a little bit here with the Rhine River crossing. The 258th Engineer Combat Battalion was assigned to XVI Corps which was supporting the 30th Infantry Division in the Rhine River assault which began at 0100 hours on 24 March 1945. This was apart of what was code named "Operation Plunder". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Plunder They crossed in the area north of Rheinberg with the regiments of the 30 Infantry Division as soon here on this map. Here is a link to a 258th ECB After Action Report for the Month of March 1945 giving more detail of their Rhine River crossing. http://www.oldhickory30th.com/RhineCrossing258Eng.pdf Hope this has helped you out some Tom, we are certainly glad to have you here with us. We would love to see any photos or info that you might want to share with us. Have a good one, Randy
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    My name is Tom Bryant, my father Pvt John Franklin Brant was in the 258th Combat Engineers during WWII. The unit trained in Hattiesburg, MS before going to Europe. I have a picture of the outfit. I remember dad talking about the day they crossed the Rhine but I cannot remember where he crossed. I am looking for anyone that might have information on that. My dad was born in 1912 and passed away five years ago. If anyone has any suggestions how I can get more information on my dad or his outfit crossing the Rhine I would really appreciate that.
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    Wow! How about that! What are the odds there! Once again, Marion, you are putting the right people in touch with each other!!
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    Thanks for posting Marion. I have not read his book but will do so now. Farewell Mr. Burgett, and thank you for your service to our country.
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    Portions of the decision by the Army responding to a request for the CIB: 1. The applicant, as the son of the deceased former service member (FSM), requests correction of his late father's records to show award of the Combat Infantryman Badge 3. The FSM's WD AGO Form 53-55 shows he was inducted on 6 March 1943 and entered active duty on 13 March 1943. The FSM arrived in the Middle Eastern Theater of Operations on 12 February 1944 and in the European Theater of Operations on 3 March 1944. He departed the European Theater of Operations on 13 December 1945. The FSM was honorably discharged on 30 December 1945. Item 4 (Arm of Service) of his WD AGO Form 53-55 shows the entry "CE" (Combat Engineer). 4. There are no orders in the FSM's service personnel records awarding him the Combat Infantryman Badge. 5. The applicant provided a memorandum from the Commanding General of Headquarters, VI Corps, dated 30 July 1944. The Commanding General stated that War Department Circular Number 186, dated 11 May 1944 established the Combat Infantryman Badge to be awarded to Soldiers assigned, with certain exceptions, to infantry regiments or lower infantry units for exemplary conduct in action against the enemy. He felt that the Soldiers of the 36th Engineer Combat Regiment qualified for award of the Combat Infantryman Badge within the spirit of War Department Circular Number 186. It was denied them, however, by the letter of the circular. 6. The Commanding General stated that Soldiers from the 36th Engineer Combat Regiment served and performed duties as infantryman from the Italian Campaign to the present. The Commanding General further recommended that the War Department Circular awarding the Combat Infantryman Badge be broadened or interpreted to permit the award to the 36th Engineer Combat Regiment. 7. Headquarters, 540th Engineer Regiment General Orders Number 24, dated 15 October 1944, shows that officers apparently from that engineer unit were awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge. 8. The applicant provided a letter from a former member of the 36th Engineer Combat Regiment. The author stated that all veterans of the 36th Engineer Combat Regiment were eligible for the Combat infantryman Badge. The author continued that he sent 70 pages of documentation to his Congressman and had the badge in about a month with an award letter. The author gave instructions on how to request the Combat Infantryman Badge through a Congressional Representative. 13. Army Regulation 600-8-22 (Military Awards) prescribes Army policy and procedures concerning awards. Paragraph 8-6 provides for award of the Combat Infantryman Badge. That paragraph states that there are basically three requirements for award of the Combat Infantryman Badge. The Soldier must be an infantryman satisfactorily performing infantry duties, he must be assigned to an infantry unit during such time as the unit is engaged in active ground combat, and he must actively participate in such ground combat. Specific requirements state, in effect, that an Army enlisted Soldier must have an infantry or special forces specialty, and satisfactorily performed duty while assigned or attached as a member of an infantry, ranger or special forces unit of brigade, regimental, or smaller size during any period such unit was engaged in active ground combat. 14. Army Regulation 600-8-22 provides, in pertinent part, that the Presidential Unit Citation (known as the Distinguished Unit Citation until 3 November 1966) is awarded for extraordinary heroism in action. A unit must display such gallantry, determination and esprit de corps in accomplishing its mission as would warrant award of the Distinguished Service Cross to an individual. DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS: 1. The applicant contends that the FSM should be awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge for his service with the 36th Engineer Combat Regiment in the European Theater of Operations. He provided a memorandum from the Commanding General of Headquarters, VI Corps who recommended the unit be awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge and a letter from a former Soldier of the 36th Engineer Combat Regiment indicating how to obtain the award. He does not provide the source document that led this Soldier to believe Soldiers of the 36th Engineer Combat regiment had been awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge. Further, the FSM's WD AGO Form 53-55 shows his arm of service as Combat Engineer. BOARD VOTE: __XXX __ ___XXX _ __XXX __ DENY APPLICATION BOARD DETERMINATION/RECOMMENDATION: Please note, Army Regulation 600-8-22 (Military Awards) was not initiated during WWII. It was quite a few years after. The requirements listed in the above AR do not involve WWII veterans. For all combat action from 7 December 1941 to 11 May 1944, War Department Circulars 269 and 105 pertain to all Army combatants against the enemy, including members of the 36th. They authorize the CIB to “any infantryman”. I have been involved with this subject and contributed to the forum substantially. However, since I do not have a family member involved with the injustice, I can only provide, and advise. Solution: To contact a member of the Armed Service Committee. Request the Missing Medals Act be introduced to the floor of the Senate and/or House. The Act contains guidelines involving the Purple Heart and CIB. In order to enforce the guidelines, the Act must be passed into a law. The Act was prepared for all theaters of operation. Until enforcement is enacted, the Army will continue to violate the U.S. Constitution as it has since 1948. The following is paraphrased from a local attorney who provided a letter: ISSUE - APPICABILITY OF LATER POLICY In fact application of a later policy to facts surrounding a WWII event constitutes ex post facto application of law, specifically prohibited in the US Constitution by the prohibitions in Article 1, Section 9, Clause 3, against bills of attainder and ex post facto laws. Awards and decorations, like other rights, must be considered as of the date that the benefit was earned. Application of different standards, arising out of different sensibilities in different wars, wreaks havoc on any sense of equal application of laws. Please advise if interested in a copy of the Missing Medals Act. Robert
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    Very awesome pictures. Like M1, I don't see a lot of "new" WWII pictures. It's sort of amazing, but with some many pictures, you usually see only the same pictures in all books, websites and TV shows. Always good to see new ones - and good new ones at that.
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    Rest in Peace Sgt Burgett and Thank You for what you have done for your county Sir,