Jump to content
  • Announcements

    • Walt's Daughter

      Upgrade July 26,2017   07/27/17

      We had an upgrade to the system this morning and I had to temporarily disable the theme/colors/look-feel of the forum. The forum was acting strangely and was moving along at a snails pace, so had to perform some tests. After I disabled all the customizations, things improved immensely, so... I am hoping to add our colors back, but till then...bear with me. Thanks!
    • Walt's Daughter

      Advertisers   08/12/17

      If you would like to advertise on my VI Corps site, please let me know. However, all ads must be directly related to WWII. Are you an author? Are you conducting tours? Are you a researcher? Prices are very reasonable, for aren't we here to benefit each other? Looking forward to hearing from you. 

      Viewers, please note, there WILL NOT be giant pop-up ads on my site. Nothing infuriates me more than going to someone's site and having to scroll past obnoxious, in your face ads or ones that are stuck in the middle of articles, forcing you to scroll further down the page to see the rest of the paragraphs. They will be tasteful, appropriately places small banners.

Leaderboard


Popular Content

Showing most liked content since 08/21/17 in all areas

  1. 2 points
    Hi All, Trying to locate information on the 358th Engineers, Company "C", WWII I have a friend of mine, actually, he's an ex-Bro in Law, that would like to have more information on his Father's Service. He attempted to get the service records from St. Louis and received the "Fire Disaster" form letter. Unfortunately, Earl is not very Computer Savy and he is not doing real well health wise so he basically accepted the letter from St. Louis and gave up. I recently finished a documentary on my Uncle's service during WWII with the 16th Infantry. When Earl read the draft, he asked me if I would help him. I couldn't say no but I'm having a very hard time locating much information on the 358th and nothing specific to Company "C". Attached is a copy of the front page of his Honorable Discharge. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Patrick
  2. 2 points
    Hi All Im in the final stages of my 1944 GMC cckw tipper/dump truck. Vehicle is on the road and already attending shows but I'm looking for information and pictures to make for more of a historical/personal display rather than just another army truck. The truck came into service December 44 being assigned to the 276th engineers serving the 1st army. Its most significant role being at the remagen bridge in early 45. The truck has an 'in the field' engineered A- frame crane attached to the bumper, sommerfield matting sheets, dual front wheels and a fold away stretcher as seen in the sad footage of removing dead soldiers from the bridge after collapse. Also a baseball bat, glove and balls on display as I believe one of the 276th was a Major League Baseball star. Other than that I don't have much else in the way of information or stories that I'd like to present as part of the display at shows. I'm after any information no mater how small about the 276th, personal stories, names, photos, details of battles and locations of 276 from Dec 44 till the end of the war. I have information taken from official us military records but it would be nice to back these up with more information. I belive my truck entered the end of The Bulge? It definitely saw service at remagen.Then I believe it worked up towards Prague at the end of the war but I've no solid proof. Thanks in advance for any leads, pictures etc. Please email me if you'd prefer Lee sorry the pictures are not oriented, don't know how to.
  3. 2 points
    buk2112

    Six Jerks In A Jeep

    I just heard this song for the first time on my way home from work last night on XM Radio. It is titled "Six Jerks In A Jeep" by the Andrews Sisters. After a little cyber snoopin', I learned the tune appeared in the 1942 film "Private Buckaroo" starring the Andrews Sisters. The song is cute and snappy, I love it. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2k_6_XZ1b4I
  4. 1 point
    Hello everyone. Looking for anything anyone might have in regard to the 3939th Quartermaster Gas Supply Company. My father was attached to that unit during his tenure overseas. He was wounded in action twice while lying in a hedgerow firing at a German farmhouse. The Germans were firing from the basement at ground level. He got the first purple heart when they caught him in the left shoulder, and the second when he turned to crawl back to the medics. This one entered his left heel and traveled up his calf to exit just below the knee. The medics risked their lives to get him and take him to a rear area and into another farmhouse and down the basement where they layed him on a table and tended to his wounds. One of the medics spied a row of canned goods lining the wall and asked, "Hey buddy, want a pickle?" My dad said that was the best pickle he ever tasted. Maybe it was because he knew he was headed HOME.
  5. 1 point
    Thank you so much Marion for your help in this matter. I am so thrilled to have you contact me with info about the 3939 Gasoline Supply Company. My Dad was 9th infantry, attached at some point to the 3939 Gasoline Supply Company. However there are many questions as to the date in question [13 December 1944]. He was shot twice on that date, but where was he? Was he attached to the 3939 then or attached later on the trip back to England? I have discovered that the 9th infantry was near Duren on or near that date. But did the location have anything to do with him? Of course these questions are all rhetorical and probably will never be answered fully. But I certainly appreciate your assistance! This is my dad PFC Raymond R. Simon 9th Infantry, 3939 Quartermaster Supply Company. Before being shipped overseas Camp Wheeler, Ga.
  6. 1 point
    Walt's Daughter

    358th Engineers, Company "C"

    Hey, they don't call me super sleuth for nothing! I've found info for peeps that no one else had discovered and put many veterans back together who hadn't seen each other for eons. In fact (and it ain't no lie), the army corps of engineer's office of history in VA, often refers peeps to me now for many of the units. I feel pretty honored. All in a day's work. So many people helped me in the beginning of my journey and so now it's my turn to return the favors. Great photo, btw.
  7. 1 point
    I am going to start listing links for you and other who may be searching for info on this unit. Would be nice to have it all in one spot. So it looks like they were part of 1st Engineer Special Brigade assigned troops and attached units. http://ww2veteransmemories.com/al-rose-1st-engineer-special-brigade/ Here's a great page all about quartermasters on D-Day Normandy http://www.dday-overlord.com/eng/american_forces_2.htm https://www.fold3.com/image/290391922 http://normandyallies.org/howard-teal-of-3939-quartermaster-gas-supply-company/ https://www.backtonormandy.org/the-history/support-troops-usa/quartermaster/support12940.html http://www.longshoresoldiers.com/2010/07/1st-engineer-special-brigade-assigned.html You should contact NARA in Maryland to see what records they have on this unit. See my research section for further information.
  8. 1 point
    Sorry I overlooked this post earlier, but I'm HERE now. Found some initial info that our late friend, Larry had posted many moons ago. When going to this link, start with post dated, April 28, 2011.
  9. 1 point
    Yes great story. One insignificant little vegetable brought so much delight. Glad to hear that he survived his ordeals. I will try to see what I can find out for you.
  10. 1 point
    This was supposedly taken in 1945. I can't see it real well, but the emblem on the helmet of the soldier in glasses does look like a Corp Engineer Emblem. Haywood E. Waters is on the Far Left.
  11. 1 point
    Ms. M1, (You like that huh) I agree, the "Regiment" vs "Company" is the confusing part. His Discharge papers further your statement as it says: "358 Engineers, Company C"..... so I agree with you. But I still couldn't find very much at all out there. Earl, btw, Is "Haywood E. Waters, Jr." so it's his dad we are looking for. Earl has told me of a few story's his Dad left behind and he has his discharge and some pictures, etc. So I know there is something out there. Just a matter of turning over the right rock. Geoff with Golden Arrow Research will hopefully turn over a big rock and solve some of this. Jane is waiting to hear too. Seems strange that even the Corp engineer historian couldn't come up with anything and I sent him "all" the papers. But as you also stated.... "ahhh, the Army"... hahahaha I think they aren't even sure what they did sometimes...
  12. 1 point
    mikel

    Our River - help needed

    Our River experts or information needed! As the historian for my father's WWII 284th Engr. C. Bn. - who served as Infantry at the Our, I've always been curious of the details of this crossing / battle (I feel it is fair enough to call it that) as they're severely lacking. I'm working with a 17th AB veteran (they took the hills), a 249th veteran (they build some bridges here), several 284th veterans (they replaced the 17th AB DIVISION as a BATTALION to guard Skyline Drive) and the 6th AD historian (they build more bridges and the 284th was assigned to). Does anyone else have any photos, information, documents, stories or help???? A book is needed on this subject as information is very very lacking (my end goal of this quest - some day - collaboration / credit is for sure an option). I will be at the Our in 3 or 4 weeks with a 284th veteran to go into the hills to try to find their foxholes and the pillbox they faced 100 yards to the East......
  13. 1 point
    Finally had a chance to view the director's intro. Excellent. Of course I can't wait to see more too.
  14. 1 point
    buk2112

    Interesting Articles

    USS Indianapolis discovered 18,000 feet below Pacific surface By Emanuella Grinberg, CNN Aug 20, 2017 It's been 72 years since the USS Indianapolis went missing after a Japanese submarine torpedoed it in the final days of World War II. A team of civilian researchers led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen discovered the cruiser's wreckage Friday on the floor of the Pacific Ocean, 18,000 feet below the surface. The discovery brings a measure of closure to one of most tragic maritime disasters in US naval history. "To be able to honor the brave men of the USS Indianapolis and their families through the discovery of a ship that played such a significant role in ending World War II is truly humbling," Allen said. "As Americans, we all owe a debt of gratitude to the crew for their courage, persistence and sacrifice in the face of horrendous circumstances. While our search for the rest of the wreckage will continue, I hope everyone connected to this historic ship will feel some measure of closure at this discovery so long in coming." The Indianapolis sank in 12 minutes, making it impossible for it to send a distress signal or deploy life-saving equipment. Before the attack, on July 30, 1945, it had just completed a secret mission delivering components of the atomic bomb used in Hiroshima that brought an end to the war in the Pacific, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington. Most of the ship's 1,196 sailors and Marines survived the sinking only to succumb to exposure, dehydration, drowning and shark attacks. Only 316 survived, according to the US Navy. Of the survivors, 22 are alive today. 'Lost in a sea of tears' Michael William Emery, named after his uncle William Friend Emery, who perished in the sinking, said he was in shock that the wreckage had been found. "I am filled with so much emotion. Part of me wanted the Indy to be found, part of me did not want it to be found. Memories of nightmares I had as a child trying to rescue my uncle and namesake William Friend Emery off of his ship are overwhelming me now," he said in quotes provided by Sara Vladic, a spokeswoman for a network of survivors. Emery said he was thinking about those who loved his uncle and had passed before the ship's discovery: "After 72 years, the Indy might've finally been found, but I'm still lost in a sea of tears." Earl O'Dell Henry Jr., son of Lt. Cmdr. Earl O'Dell Henry, who was the Indianapolis's dentist, said his family regarded the ship as his father's burial site. Pause Current Time0:00 / Duration Time0:00 Stream TypeLIVE Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% 0:00 Fullscreen 00:00 Mute "My reaction was just an overwhelming numbness, followed by deep sobbing and crying. This despite I have anticipated the possibility of this news for some time. My wife and I both started crying uncontrollably. While shaving, I noticed that my eyes were the reddest I have ever seen them. I don't think I have cried this hard in my adult life," he said. He said the ship's finding would have broken his mother's heart. "My mother would be torn to pieces if she were still living. She did not want them to ever find the ship, partially because she thought the ship would be disturbed (which I do not think will happen). But I am glad she does not have to cry today," he said. Barb and Dave Stamm -- relatives of sinking survivor Florian Stamm -- said they were happy to hear of the discovery. "The spirit of the Indy is awake and will be memorialized forever. Those 'Lost at Sea' have been found," they said. Efforts to find the wreck "Even in the worst defeats and disasters there is valor and sacrifice that deserves to never be forgotten," Sam Cox, director of the Naval History and Heritage Command, said. "They can serve as inspiration to current and future sailors enduring situations of mortal peril. There are also lessons learned, and in the case of the Indianapolis, lessons re-learned, that need to be preserved and passed on, so the same mistakes can be prevented, and lives saved." Others have tried to locate the Indianapolis before. The wreck was located by the expedition crew of Allen's Research Vessel Petrel, a 250-foot vessel equipped with state-of-the-art equipment capable of diving to 6,000 meters, or 3 1/2 miles. The 13-person team will continue to survey the site and tour of the wreckage in compliance with relevant US law for searching war graves. Research surfaced in 2016 that led to a new search area to the west of the original presumed position. Richard Hulver, a historian with the Naval History and Heritage Command, identified a naval landing craft that recorded a sighting of Indianapolis hours before it was hit. The information led the research team to a new position and estimated search area for Allen's team. Allen has had another search success. In 2015, after an eight-year hunt, his team of researchers found the Japanese battleship Musashi in the Philippines' Sibuyan Sea.
  15. 1 point
    The documentary has been shown to the veterans of the 30th Division during their annual reunion last month. I haven't seen it yet. I hope they also have interviews with veterans of the 105th Engineers. I can't wait. www.heroesofoldhickory.com
  16. 1 point
    chcopela

    257th Engineers - WWII

    I was able to get in touch with the family of Mr. Nickerson that Marion originally posted a link to http://www.wickedlocal.com/lexington/archi...ond-L-Nickerson They were very nice and sent me photos of his uniform that shows 7th Army, XXI Corps. I am working on getting info from his discharge
  17. 1 point
  18. 1 point
    Marion, I enjoyed reading Mr. Herron's addendum. I think it was common occurrence for those in Headquarters and H&S to write these histories (they would have had access to typewriters and other equipment not to mention the documents of the outfit). Unfortunately, they of coarse had completely different experiences from those in the line companies. I have had some veterans tell me that even when reading the After Action Reports for their outfit, they thought it made it seem like they were a bunch of boy scouts. Brian
  19. 1 point
    Great story! (Well maybe not the massive injuries part of it!) Welcome to the forum. We welcome any other stories you might have. As for the unit, Marion, our indefatigable administrator, will no doubt have something for you shortly. Once again, welcome aboard!
  20. 1 point
    Walt's Daughter

    351st General Service Regiment

    It is also a good possibility, this was the unit he shipped home with. This wasn't unusual, especially if he stayed in occupied Europe for a while. I wish that the separation papers showed this. It would save people a lot of headache if this were the case. I get this question a lot.
  21. 1 point
    CombatGirl

    1289th Combat Engineers

    I meant "I have". See I can't even type correctly!
×