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  1. 3 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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    This is a photograph of 160th Engineer Combat Battalion, Company B. By the ranks of some of the men in the photograph and by who is in it I estimate that it was taken late summer- early fall 1944. The first photograph is of Dad identifying some of his friends that he remembers after 72 years. I have numbered each man in the company photograph and have identified the ones that Dad remembered by number. If anyone can put a name to a face please add to the list. Identified: 3 Blasingim, Edwin N., First Sgt., Chattanooga, Tenn. 19 Rydelski, Chester P., Pfc., Erie, Penn 23 Kallam, Thelbert O., Sgt., Stonefield, N.C. 25 Rydelski, Joseph S., Pfc., Erie, Penn 54 Baxter, Harold G., Tec 5, Pittsburgh, Penn 79 Church, Ray L., Tec 4, Chicago, Illinois 87 Turner, Roby D., Tec 5, Royboro, N.C. 88 Bolek, Joseph W., Sgt., Hammond, Indiana 89 Cannon, Harry A., Sgt. Nzssa, Oregon 92 Wheeler, Gaither J., Ssgt., Tampa, Fla 95 Miller, George J., Tec 4, Terrehaute, Indiana 96 Korol, Benedick P., Pfc., Pittsburgh, Penn 99 Anderson, Oscar G., Tec 5, Indianapolis, Indiana 100 Krum, Irwin, Pfc., Philadelphia, Penn 113 Mayes, Archie S., Major, Warrensburg, Mo 114 Lybarger, Ernest W., 2Lt., Brooklyn, N.Y.
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    Oh awesome! In a brief search I discovered a discussion from last year about a couple members donating 292nd yard longs to our museum! They both hang proudly and I will have to get a picture of them on display the next time I'm up there.
  4. 2 points
    I merged your two topics, for it was a bit confusing having two related ones going on at the same time.
  5. 2 points
    I saw the Lt Dan band while on TAD (TDY to you Army types) to 29 Palms, Ca in 2007. It was really awesome - he does a great job!
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    John Cherry

    Cape Cod Military Museum

    Hello, My name is John (Jack) Cherry. I am an unofficial Internet sleuth for the Cape Cod Military Museum, I am disabled and spend a lot of my time tracking down the Military History of Cape Cod. One of focal points is the Engineer Amphibious Command formed at Camp Edwards, on 15 June 1942. We are in search of accounts, photographs and memories of any and all of those that spent time on Cape Cod, as part of their Military service, in this or any other Commands here. In my short time here as a member, I have found a lot of material and am very thankful to M-1 for accepting me as a member and providing a great site to utilize in my search for information.
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    HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE !
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    mikel

    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.
  9. 2 points
    mikel

    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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    For all of you I miss via snail mail, here's my Christmas poem to everyone! From our family to yours.
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    For JerryLH who posted 31 May 2016. Pittsburg probably refers to Pittsburg, California, which is N.E. of Oakland near the mouth of the Sacamento R.. This was the point of embarkation for the equipment. I know this from Dad's letters home during WW-2. He made 3 trips to Pittsburg CA in '43, ferrying 1054th equipment from Georgia. When the equipment was packed, the men went on to another port for overseas processing and shipment. That was Presidio Monterey for the 1054th, but that became the Army Language School near the end of the war. Hope this helps. Dusty
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    Hello, I just posted my introduction in another thread but I should mention a little here too. I am the curator for the Camp Butner Society and Museum in Butner, North Carolina. I am hoping to locate any histories, digital PDF yearbooks and/or rosters from the engineer units that were at the camp. We are lucky that we have the original quartermaster's log in which he noted all the units that came through which as far as we know, is complete. The other reason I am hoping to find rosters is because of something very special to us. In the museum we have a little over 800 identified dog tags that have been dug up over the years at the camp. I have cataloged every one and there are 19 soldiers that were killed in action. In the database, I am trying to determine which units each soldier was in and I currently have 30-40% confirmed. It is the smaller units that are hard to determine so rosters would be VERY helpful. These are the engineer units that were at Camp Butner. Some might have been here for inactivation after the war but not positive which ones as I write this post. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. I can be contacted through here, at butner.museum@gmail.com or our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CampButnerSociety Thanks so much! Michael 60th Engineer Bn (35th Infantry Div) 303rd Engineer Bn (78th Infantry Div) 314th Engineer Cbt Bn (89th Infantry Div) 1133rd Engineer HQ and HQ Co 1135th Engineer (Com) Group 1144th Engineers 1318th Engineer Regt 1318th Engineer Regt (GS) 1319th Engineer Regt (GS) 1324th Engineer cadre 1489th Engineer Maint Co 1556th Engineer Cbt Co 1564th Engineer DT Co 1699th Engineer Bn 281st Engineers 282nd Engineers 283rd Engineers 31st Engineer C Bn 389th Engineer Regt (GS) 414th Engineer Dump Truck Co. 500th Engineers LP Co. 602nd Engineer Cam. Bn. 632nd Engineer Co. 762nd Engineer LE Co 764th Engineer Dump Truck Co. 765th Engineer Dump Truck Co. 770th Engineer Dump Truck Co. 972nd Engineer Co. HQ 1112th Engineer Group
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    Yesterday, December 7th, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. ...No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory. -President Franklin Roosevelt, Dec 8th, 1941
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    Welcome. That's quite a project! I do recognize several of the engineer regiments, bns, and companies, so there is some info regarding them on this forum. Hey, it's a start, right? Let's hope some others will join in and provide you with assistance too. I'd advise to type in the name of a unit in the SEARCH engine at the top right of this site and see what transpires. All the best, M1
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    Walt's Daughter

    Observing Veteran's Day

    Thanking everyone who's served this great country! Special thoughts go out to my father and all the combat engineers of WWII! God bless you all!
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    CaptO

    Observing Veteran's Day

    For the Veteran Community, I will say thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Our service is for the country and what is the country if not the great folks in it. People like you Marion - and the other great people I've met here on the forum - are what make the country worth fighting for.
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    CaptO

    Auto-Biography of a Jeep!

    That was really cool! I love the old "40s guy" announcer. On a more serious note, I just wonder how many people were hurt or killed during those early tests and demonstrations. If that thing flips over, you're pretty much done for if your aren't thrown clear - not that that is very good for you either. When we were in Iraq, I always told my guys to buckle up - even in combat. You're not good in a firefight if you are concussed from banging against the inside of the vehicle.
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    Good Mornin ! Just checkin to see if ANYONE else is or is connected to the 291st Co B Engineers in this site> if you are from this Will you please contact me? thank ya kindly kitty
  24. 1 point
    So you also receive their newsletter which is called the Bulge Bugle?
  25. 1 point
    thank you ms marion.=) the case with my dads medals in them i made that out of pieces of cherrywood i SURE hope i find some one in here from the 291st an even Co B marion would be wondeffull! BUT im still Looking ! But since i joined the battle of the bulge assoc, prehaps i will i keep u posted!!
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    John Cherry

    Cape Cod Military Museum

    Hello Marion. I am most appreciative of anything that you may find to assist me in this endeavor! You have really done a Yeoman's work in bringing the History of the Engineers in WWII. Your Father's Service Hostry is very interesting, just as your story of how you explored your Fathers Service is.. Many Thanks, Jack
  27. 1 point
    juskitty

    OK these are what ive ordered

    Ok guys these are the books i have ordered to help get more of an insight to aid me on further research.. The Ghost Front: The Ardennes Before the Battle of the Bulge The Reich's Last Gamble : The Ardennes Offensive, December 1944 The Battle of the Bulge Beyond the Rhine : A Screaming Eagle in Germany Battle of the Bulge 1944 : Hitler's Last Hope Across the Rhine (World War II) think this help me get further along What think? & i Already have the vhs tape them damned engineers tks for any input, kitty
  28. 1 point
    Yes maam & sure do thank ya for adding me.. !! im learning little more than what i knew LOL i found these engineers pacthes & a pin so i will have them soon as well I do a little woodworking so ill be doin a shadow box for these items...
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    thats great marion! I Bet if he could he would thank ALL the Soldiers that were under him! But what a wonderful deal signed books! i been doin alot of reading about the 291st.. an have joined a couple of the web pages from our friends over there in normandy.. and the other units that were along side the 291st during that time thank you for your note!! kitty
  30. 1 point
    The link that you have posted is for the 291st infantry Regiment which was indeed one of the Regiments of the 75th infantry Division. But in your first post you mention Those Damned Engineers which refers to the 291st Engineer combat Battalion which as you can see are two completely different units. I also notice in the box of medals which you posted the Combat Infantry Badge which is only awarded to those in the Infantry which would indicate combat service in a Infantry unit. If it is the 291st Engineers you are looking for there is a lot of information on the internet about them. If it is the 291st Infantry you are looking for than you should look at the 75th Infantry Division website which has a lot pictures, some of which is of Company B. I hope that this can be of some help to you...........Ralph
  31. 1 point
    hello Frank this is the service medals i recieved several years back on my dad since i was only child & a replacement flag .Ok with further reading i have found that :The 291st Engineer Combat Battalion was one of the most decorated engineer combat battalions of the United States Army during World War II,[1] playing notable roles both in the Battle of Bulge and the Rhine crossing at Remagen. And Still researching Thank you Sir kitty
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    All the best. Good luck on this wonderful project!
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    In fact, this happened a lot. 'high point' men were often transferred out of their original units to a unit on the way back to the States in order to be sent home. A number of high point men in the unit I studied had this happen. At discharge, the men were asked specific information that found its way onto discharge papers, including unit designation. So, it seems that some of the men I studied used the most recent unit while most of the men used the unit in which they served the most time. For my father, he used the 978th because he was sent home directly from that unit.
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    The Community of Scarperia and San Piero and the Gothic Line museum are on Kickstarter with a crowdfunding project The Community of Scarperia and San Piero starts a project of crowdfunding on the kickstarter's platform to find funds for the renovation of the building that houses the Museum and Documentation Center and historical research" of Gotica Toscana npa. The building needs some structural works; the aim is to adapt the building to the new earthquake proof standards and, in the meantime, rearrange the external area. In such way, the external area can accommodate some historical elements that cannot be exposed inside. The fundraising campaign will remain open until 12 February 2018; the information about how to contribute are available on the kickstarter's platform by clicking the link below. Visit the page of the Gothic Line Museum Kikcstarter The description of the project is available both in English and in Italian, just scroll down the page.
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    I concur with my Missouri friend! Happy Thanksgiving to all of my 292nd friends and others who I have become uncontrollably linked to by our quest for the knowledge to honor those who served and serve us. Thanks to all of the help I've received here and to all of those who have contributed. Until next time, Gary
  36. 1 point
    theron

    Fedela N. Africa November 1942

    If anyone is at all interested, you can find immigration records from incoming ships via Ancestry. That way, researchers can find crew and passenger lists for civilian freighters during WWII...ESPECIALL if the ships sailed into NYC Harbor...and others too. I was able to find partial lists of US returning POW's (RAMP)who came home on the ship I am writing about. The lists in this particular case were movement lists from the Army and listed name, rank and unit...as well as serial number .
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    Yes, morning reports in St Louis and unit reports in Maryland. There is no lack of material on this unit! One of the most famous engineer bns from WWII.
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    Hi.. Have you tried the National Archives for regimental unit records that would include Co. B? Sometimes you can find BN records too..so you would want 1st BN. You can also inquire if the Records Center in St. Louis might have Company Morning Reports that would show the flow of men into and out of the Company. As far as living members are concerned, the search is more difficult and hit and miss. If you have any WWII era addresses, you can begin by checking with local postmasters at those addresses. I suspect you have already tried any historical associations. Have you tried putting a notice in the American Legion, DAV or VFW magazines? If you want additional information about Company B men, many States offer discharge records at a small price. These records are either held in the county of WWII residence OR by a State Archive in the State of WWII residence. Not sure any of this helps, but hope that it does. I tried most of these steps searching for members of my father's unit...but this was starting in the 1970's. And I have followed the same practice using merchant marine records in my search for crews and passengers on board a particular freighter during the war. theron
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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

    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
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    buk2112

    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
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    Thank you Randy so much...I think that I have successfully secured this item. Much appreciate the heads up. kindest regards Brimstone
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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!
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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.
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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
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    160 Engineer Combat Battalion, Company B All of these photographs are from the 160 Engineer Combat Battalion book, I estimate that the platoon group pictures were taken February-March of 1945 probably in Germany. Detail in these photographs is not great and I have identified all of the people that we can recognize. We can identify a few men in the photograph of the second platoon. In the front row kneeling on the left end is Herman S.Landrith, Ssgt. from Walkertown, North Carolina. In the middle row, left end is Joseph W. Bolek. Sgt. from Hammond, Indiana. In the back row, left end isThelbert O. Kallam, Sgt. from Stonefield North Carolina. In the back row, third man from right end is Oscar G. Anderson, Tec5 from Indianapolis, Indiana. In the photograph of headquarters platoon we can identify the two officers kneeling in the front, on the viewers left is Lt. Delbert B. Linn and right is Lt. Ernest W. Lybarger. In the front row left end is Edwin N. Blasingim, 1stSgt from Chattanooga, Tennessee. In the front row 5th from the left end is Harold G. Baxter, Tec5 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In the very back row on the far right end is Frank W. Prinz,Tec5 from Indianapolis, Indiana. The man with the dachshund is Roby D. Turner, Tec5 from Royboro, North Carolina.
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    Marion thanks for posting that picture. He really enjoyed traveling around New England. Carl
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    I can tell you that my father, George Donaldson was a member of the 291st as was a friend of his I only know by the nickname "Bucky".
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