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  1. 2 points
    henkgerrits

    John J. Kudla

    Hi Marion and Theron, I just want to let you know that I, as of 10.01.2018, am in contact with a niece of John J. Kudla. We allready send each other messages and she has send me all kinds of information and photo's of John and his family! So my search of months was succesful. Next year we will put a photo of John in front of his grave. So everybody can see not only a grave (one of many) but also the person who gave his life for our freedom! Thank you for your kindness! Greetings from Eindhoven, the Netherlands, Henk Gerrits
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    Hi.. 1. While Your GGF's records may have been destroyed in the St. Louis fire, the UNIT records are located in College Park, MD. I suggest you contact the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) via the internet and ask for unit records that match the dates on his discharge...arrival in the TO and departure from the ETO. the records usually include S-3 journals (message and incident logs), After Action Reports (monthly summaries) and other things. 2. I suggest you also try the VA. Their records are sometimes distinct from the Military's. The files focus on health related issues: and every time a solder transferred units, he got a physical and a dental check up. Using that information, you can trace your GGF from unit to unit. sometimes the discharge record lists the most recent unit the soldier was in, not necessarily the one in which he spent most of his time. So, the VA records noted above might shed some light. 3. According to the discharge and to the Campaign & Citation Register, he earned credit for Northern France and the Rhineland Campaigns. The Discharge also notes he entered service via the National Guard. So, he served in more than one unit before getting to the 1173rd. I suggest you contact the State (where he was living at the time) National Guard HQ and see what they can tell you, if anything. 4. If you not already done so, I suggest you check out the US Army's WWII history series, "the Green books." There are two volumes covering the Engineers listed in the "Technical series" sub-set and a number of campaign volumes in the ETO sub-series covering the actions of the Third Army. The volume "The Last Offensive" by Chas. MacDonald lists the VIII Corps in the index. I THINK these books are all on-line with free access. 5 Finally, if you haven't tried it, I suggest you look at the options Ancestry.com offers. You can check veterans records for free, if I am not mistaken. Remember that any Engineer Combat Group was an umbrella headquarters that controlled a group of Engineer smaller units, Company and Battalion sized. Engineer Groups were usually controlled by the Corps Engineer...and could be used near the Front or behind it, supporting combat operations. These Groups managed the smaller units necessary, like truck companies, engineer (C) Battalions, bridging companies etc...and were then attached to whatever Divisions in the Corps that needed these units. Oftentimes, Combat Battalions maintained roads, cleared minefields etc, built bridges or defensive positions too.
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    dwl

    Dwl

    THANK YOU Marion!!! I would never have found this information (and I've been looking a long time!) So very much appreciated! My husband just found this old photo of his dad's (Rudy) company. I have also viewed the photo from Mr. David Baker - it is of the 363D but the one I have is different. My father-in-law is not seen in Mr. Baker's photo. There is no identifying information on the photo. We have found Rudy - he is front row seated, 7th from the left.
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    Dear 36th'ers: Got the dreaded notification the other day. It's the one you know is coming, but never quite prepared for, nonetheless. It is with heavy heart that I tell you that Captain John Fallon is in critical condition in the hospital and not expected to pull through. I spoke with his son, John Jr, the other night and he kindly asked if I would inform everyone on my list. Certainly. So many things that I would like to write, but know this, John was my first introduction to the 36th Engineers of WWII. At that point, I wasn't sure if my father was with the 36th or 540th, and John helped me sort through a lot of confusing data. Even though we discovered that my dad was in the 540th (the sister battalion to the 36th), he insisted that I come out to a reunion, and well, the rest is history. I wound up not only meeting a ton of wonderful people, but became the official historian of this unit. Lucky girl - I got adopted. To me, attending the reunions every year, was even better than Christmas in my book. Everyone became my extended family and it brought me even closer to my dad (he passed when I was twelve). I so looked forward to every fall, and seeing the gang once again. It was such a joy and real learning experience. I've never met a nicer group of men and women. As many of you know, we've lost the majority of men in the last few years, and John is the last. So difficult to write these words. Breaks my heart and I'm sure that everyone who had the pleasure of meeting John, will feel the same way. I could go on and on, but suffice to say that John holds a special place in my heart, and always will. (photo attached was taken by yours truly in 2006 - my first reunion) Stay rugged, Marion
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    Walt's Daughter

    John J. Kudla

    That is absolutely wonderful news. Thank you for sharing your happiness.
  6. 1 point
    angatti

    169th Engineer Combat Battalion

    Thanks to the contribution coming from Roger L. Knight, a 1LT with the 169th Engineer Battalion (Construction) in Vietnam and Sean Michael Griffing, grandson of John Francis Griffing member of the 337th Engineer General Service Regiment and then of the 169th Engineer Combat Battalion I was able to add something new, New map, new photos, on the webpage dedicated to the 337th Engineer General Service Regiment. In the meantime we have redesigned our website also, as you can see, it is a work in progress.
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    Yes, I knew this news would be coming, but it still hurts to hear. I'm glad I got to meet him - he was a great man (as all of them I met were).
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    brian m

    36th Ike Jacket

    I am a little late to this conversation but figured I would add a few insights. When the men were being shipped back home, they did not always come back as a group. Men with enough points would be sent home first and the fewer points you had, the longer you had to stay. When they units were split up the individuals were moved to other outfits that were being readied to be shipped back to the states. When that soldier came into the new outfit, they would need to wear that outfits insignia on their left shoulder. As stated above, they were permitted to wear their previous outfits insignia on their right shoulder. So, for any given soldier, the outfit he came home in could have absolutely nothing to do with his service overseas. One of my guys was in an engineer outfit that had been attached to the First Army, Third Army, and Seventh Army. When he was sent home he ended up with the 26th Infantry Division (the Yankee Division) and wore their insignia on his left arm. Even though he protested, he was still given and ordered to wear the Fourragère the 26th had earned as a unit during the war. They said that he was part of their division now and everyone must wear it. Also, if the soldier was in more than one outfit previously, he could choose which insignia he wore on his right arm. For my friend mentioned above, the patch he wore on his right arm was that of the Seventh Army, the one he was with most recently (and probably the only one he had on him at the time). For one of my family members, he chose the patch that he liked most from his past units. That happened to be the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) patch. His reasoning was that he liked the looks of it and it was the one that Eisenhower wore.
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    Reginaldo

    1346 Combat Engineers

    I know this thread is pretty old, but it is related to a photo that I found. I have the original negative, and all the information I have about this photo is: "1945: 1346th Combat Engineers, Lieutenant". If somebody has any information or knows any history about this image, please let me know. I would love to learn more about this tiny piece of the history! Best regards, Reginaldo.
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    Walt's Daughter

    Info on the 1277th - John Priest

    Here's a pic of John and I at my house.
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    CaptO

    Info on the 1277th - John Priest

    Very cool! Will be looking forward to the pics. Also, homemade honey is the best! I got hooked on having local honey when I was at 2d Battalion, 10th Marines. I was talking to our SgtMaj one day and he started mainlining honey (i.e. he upended a squeeze bottle of honey into his mouth). I commented that it must be good and he said he kept bees and let me try some. It was darn good. From that point on there was no more Honey Bear in my future. I was very glad to find a local honey store in Okinawa that I frequented for the four years I was there. SO GOOD! https://okinawahai.com/kohama-hachimitsu-小浜のハチミツ/
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    FYI that I now have a page about the 125 AEB here: http://125thaeb.info/ Eventually (when the domain comes up for renewal) it will be moving down under the Division site, 14thAD.org Mikel
  13. 1 point
    My buddy Dan is looking for this particular item of interest, so I'm helping him out with this one. Here goes. Thanks! vintage WWII British Mk IV Special T Mic respirator mask
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    CaptO

    Carl Furtado and Colin Hotham 2012

    Great picture - good to see you on the forum, sir!
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    You are very welcome. Too bad he can't be with us this year in DC, but he already had big plans related to his Sicily research. Looking forward to seeing you in August!!!
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