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    121st NCB 3rd Batt 20th Marines (son)

    I was trying to do some research on my father's WWII experience since he has passed and spoke very little about them. I am a 20 year AF vet that spent a good portion of my career flying med evac. So I am hoping to connect with someone that knows someone, etc Thanks! Rick
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    James vick

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    Hello I'm new to the site but if anyone is interested have some great photos of camp Ellis and bridge work across Rhine river and a great friend who actually had Patton pull up and speak with him . He is still here to ask questions and today we talked about the plane that flew over they named bed check Charlie.And I apologize I am not very handy with computers
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    James vick

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    I am looking for anyone or their family that was in th e121 NCB attached to the 3rd Battalion 20th Marines. My father ( C. S. "Tate" Williams" passed away leaving very little information behind and I am trying to find out more about the exploits of the 121st and his war time experiences- thank yo for any help you might provide- Rick Williams
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    Walt's Daughter

    Cape Cod Military Museum

    Okay, here we go... I will post more during the day as I come upon photos and files of interest.... These are from the collection of Wilbur Thomas Dickens, 540th Combat Engineer (my father's unit)
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    There are two Lafayette Escadrille Pilots buried in Bourne, Massachusetts. I will post more on them as I uncover their information.
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    121st NCB 3rd Batt 20th Marines

    Try ebay; I notice that someone has a long list of SeaBee unit histories for sale.
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    From another source: AFTER salerno, "the 505th Coast Artillery Regiment (Antiaircraft) (Semimobile) became:"HQ & HQ Battery---> HQ & HQ Battery 505th AAA Group1st Bn------> 87th AAA Gun Battalion2nd Bn------> 900th AAA Auto-weapons Battalion3rd Bn------> Disbanded. theron
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    Try the following link. The regiments are listed in numerical order, and the 505th IS listed with a capsule history, starting in the 1920's. In WWII, went to England, then Salerno....was reorganized as a Group HQ etc...... http://cdsg.org/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/FORTS/CACunits/CACreg2.pdf Hope this helps. theron
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    Oh that's for sure. Look up rugged in the dictionary. Did you see his pic? :-)
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    Wonderful news! I am passing along the information, from Carl Stefanelli, son of Tony Stefanelli, 36th Combat Engineer, WWII. He has been through an ordeal with the flu, but is coming out smelling like roses! Not bad for a man over 100 years old. Go Tony. Definitely staying rugged! Hugs, Marion
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    Hi... You might want to contact the V.A. and ask for your father's VA file. This MAY be distinct from the files in St. Louis. In my reading of files, I found basic information, including the trail from assignment to assignment. In my father's, I actually found the evacuation tag that had been attached to his clothes when he got sick. The bronze star, if it was part of the APS medal would indicated he participated in one landing. If he was awarded a Bronze Star Medal, know that it was a dual purpose medal: for combat or for service. You can contact the National Archives on line and inquire into the records of the two Engineer outfits you mention. Sometimes you can find rosters. Finally, check the US Army's WWII history series, the so-called Green books. These are now on-line too. You can check the volume on the Engineers in the Pacific as well as the campaign history for the area. They might give you the background information you need to ask more specific questions. Here is what I found on the task force you note. Down near the end of this list you will see the engineer regiments mentioned as having stayed in Australia. ************************************************************ FROM: TASK FORCE 6814, US ARMY IN AUSTRALIA DURING WW2 Task Force 6814 was hastily thrown together by the US Army straight after the Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. It was brought together with personnel from right across the United States, with limited equipment and lots of new faces in unfamiliar roles. Task Force 6814 comprised:- Hq & Hq Det, Task Force (including attached Division Surgeons's office) Hq & Hq Co, 51 Infantry Brigade 132nd Infantry Regiment (Illinois National Guard) 182 Infantry Regiment 754 Tank Battalion 180 Field Artillery Regiment (155mm), less 2 Bn 2 Bn, 123 Field Artillery Regiment (155mm) 70 Coast Artillery Regiment (AA, Mobile), less Band 3 Bn, 244 Coast Artillery Regiment (155mm) 3 Plat, Btry G, 244 Coast Artillery Regiment (155mm) 101 Quartermaster Rgt, less 2 Bn, section Car Plat, section Motorcycle Plat and Maint. Plat Co A, 82 Quartermaster Battalion (LM) 2 Plat, Co B, 89 Quartermaster Regiment 2 and 3 Plats, Co A, 96 Quartermaster Bakery Battalion 1 Bn, 108 Quartermaster Regiment 216 Quartermaster Company (Mobile Shoe and Textile Repair), less plat 705 Quartermaster Truck Company 1 Bn, 101 Engineer Regiment 810 Aviation Engineer Battalion (Negro) 811 Aviation Engineer Battalion (Negro) 22 Ordnance Medium Maintenance Company 51 Ordnance Ammunition Company 73 Ordnance Depot Company (two storehouse sections) 676 Ordnance Company (platoon) 9 Station Hospital 52 Evacuation Hospital 109 Station Hospital 101 Medical Regiment (less one collecting co, one ambulance co, and Division Surgeon's office) 67 Pursuit Squadron 58 Interceptor Control Squadron (section) 3 Quartermaster Aviation Supply Company (detachment) Army Airways Communications System detachment 26 Signal Company 121 Signal Radar Intelligence Company 175 Signal Repair Company (radio and wire repair sections) 162 Signal Photo Company (unit) 65 Materiel Squadron (including attached medical personnel) 26 Military Police Company (platoon) 502 Army Postal Unit Finance Detachment 2 Chemical Decontamination Company (detachment) 43 Engineer General Service Regiment, less Band 46 Engineer General Service Regiment, less Band 694 Signal company (Hq & Hq Det) Weather Detachment 13 Reconnaissance Squadron 4 General Hospital Task Force 6814 travelled to Australia in a large convoy. Many of these ships were luxury liners that were hurriedly converted to a troop ship. The convoy comprised:- SS Argentina SS Barry SS Cristobel SS Erickson SS McAndrew SS Santa Elena SS Santa Rosa SS Island Mail The convoy left New York Harbour on 23 January 1942. It was escorted by a number of destroyers and aerial escorts including the occasional blimp. During their voyage south to Panama there was a submarine scare. A number of depth charges were dropped on a suspected enemy submarine. The Task Force produced its own newspapers, one of which was known as "Twin-Ocean Gazette". As many as 2,500 copies of this newspaper were printed daily when conditions permitted. Colonel Edmund B. Sebree was appointed as the Chief of Staff of Task Force 6814 and flew into Panama to join the convoy. Col. Sebree's staff comprised:- Training was carried out during transit to their still unknown destination. Some of the training included jungle tactics, tropical diseases and gunnery. The Convoy arrived in Melbourne in Victoria, Australia on 27 February 1942. The troops were unloaded and dispersed to five major areas:- Ballarat Bendigo Camp Darley Camp Pell in Royal Park Melbourne, possibly in Camp Murphy in the Melbourne Cricket Grounds Many of the troops were billeted in private households resulting in many long lasting friendships with Australian families. The troops were later overwhelmed with mail from Australian families after they had landed at Guadalcanal. It was soon time to reload the ships to move to New Caledonia. The artillery units which had arrived in Australia without any guns acquired some British 18-pounders and 25-pounders which were loaded on to their ships. Two "Aussie" officers and a small experienced crew of NCO's travelled with the Task Force to New Caledonia to provide training on the new guns. The following are the only units that remained in Australia after debarkation of the other units at Melbourne:- A Task Force advance party flew out of Melbourne for New Caledonia on 6 March 1942. The convoy departed Melbourne on the same day headed for Noumea. They arrived in Noumea on 12 March 1942, minus the SS Erickson which arrived on 18 March 1942 after experiencing power problems on the first day out of Melbourne. Task Force 6814 was reassigned as the Americal Division effective 27 May 1942. Americal is a combination of the words American and Caledonia. It was the only division in the American Army without a number at that time. The 182nd Infantry Regiment of the Americal Division landed on Guadalcanal on 12 November 1942. The 164th Infantry Regiment (North Dako
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    Thanks very much Marion. It'd be deeply appreciated. My uncle Teddy passed away a number of years back and never spoke much about the war (he was 19 years old when they went into Normandy) but kept all his papers, uniform, campaign ribbons, and so on. It'd be pretty amazing to see a photo or two of him should we be so lucky. His little sister (my mom - now 89! - still remembers my grandmother sitting in Ted's bedroom throughout the war where they had a map and pins trying to track where he was on the barest of information) and his daughter would surely be thrilled. -Steve H.
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    James vick

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    Ah that make sense thought maybe company E
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    Sidney DeBrock's Granddaughter

    WWII pics...

    My Grandfather in WW11. Sidney DeBrock . 3rd front with helmet and #3 second photo.
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    Perisan Gulf, February 1943

    Looking for the unit that left NYC on 12/31/1942 and landed at Abadan in February 1943. Shipped on board the S.S. SANTA MARGARITA. May have been engineers or Transportation Corps Port BN's.
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    James vick

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    Here is something I found interesting my favorite cookies were for the boys in service
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    James vick

    1301 b

    I will show those to him today but some where I had ran into photo copy's of speeches thanks so much I will right one down as he remberers and post it about hurrying to win war and getting home .
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    James vick

    1301 b

    As I read through more of this greAt site I realize how fortunate I am to have spent almost everyday with my friend and worry about questions that someday may not be able to ask him about. Today my son and I discussed with him how he and two buddies went to recruiter and agreed to enlist if they were allowed to graduate high school.
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    I just received an email on my phone from this thread and am shocked. I worked on this project two years ago and did not expect a reply with any more information. Please get in contact with me cowboy, my email is "zanegriff.techs@gmail.com" I look forward to hearing from you.
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    Interesting Articles

    US Army hero dog during WWII receives posthumous medal 22 hrs ago (0) The Dickin Medal, worn by Military working dog Ayron who received the PDSA Dickin Medal, the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross, on Chips' behalf, in London, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. Chips was a US Army dog who protected the lives of his platoon during the invasion of Sicily in 1943. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) LONDON (AP) — A U.S. Army dog that attacked a machine-gun nest during World War II was posthumously awarded Britain's highest honor for animal bravery on Monday. Chips, a German shepherd-husky cross, was awarded the Dickin Medal for actions during a 1943 beach landing in Sicily. According to the U.S. soldiers, Chips raced into an Italian machine-gun nest, attacking an enemy soldier by the throat and pulling the gun from its mount. The medal was awarded by veterinary charity PDSA in a ceremony at the Churchill War Rooms in London. The honor was accepted by 76-year-old John Wren of Southold, New York, whose father donated Chips to the war effort in 1942. Lt. Col. Alan Throop, who attended on behalf of the U.S. Army, said that shortly after the battle Chips was recommended for the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star and the Purple Heart. The awards were later rescinded because army policy didn't allow animals to receive medals. Chips suffered scalp wounds and powder burns in the battle but survived the war, returning to his owners in Pleasantville, New York. The medal was awarded on the 75th anniversary of the Casablanca Conference, at which British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt plotted wartime strategy. Chips served as a sentry at the conference and met both leaders. "It has taken over seven decades, but Chips can now finally take his place in the history books as one of the most heroic dogs to serve with the U.S. Army," PDSA director general Jan McLoughlin said. Since 1943, the Dickin Medal has recognized gallantry by animals serving with the military, police or rescue services. Recipients include 33 dogs, 32 messenger pigeons, four horses and a cat.
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    Farewell Mort Walker

    'Beetle Bailey' cartoonist Mort Walker dies at 94 By LYNN ELBER AP Entertainment Writer Jan 27, 2018 FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2010 file photo, Mort Walker, the artist and author of the Beetle Bailey comic strip, looks over notes and documents in his studio in Stamford, Conn. On Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, a family member said the comic strip artist has died. He was 94. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comic strip artist Mort Walker, a World War II veteran who satirized the Army and tickled millions of newspaper readers with the antics of the lazy private "Beetle Bailey," died Saturday. He was 94. Walker died at his home in Stamford, Connecticut, said Greg Walker, his eldest son and a collaborator. His father's advanced age was the cause of death, he said. Walker began publishing cartoons at age 11 and was involved with more than a half-dozen comic strips in his career, including "Hi and Lois," ''Boner's Ark" and "Sam & Silo." But he found his greatest success drawing slacker Beetle, his hot-tempered sergeant and the rest of the gang at fictional Camp Swampy for nearly 70 years. The character that was to become Beetle Bailey made his debut as Spider in Walker's cartoons published by the Saturday Evening Post in the late 1940s. Walker changed Spider's name and launched "Beetle Bailey" as a college humor strip in 1950. At first the strip failed to attract readers and King Features Syndicate considered dropping it after just six months, Walker said in a 2000 interview with The Associated Press. The syndicate suggested Beetle join the Army after the start of the Korean War, Walker said. "I was kind of against it because after World War II, Bill Mauldin and Sad Sack were fading away," he said. But his misgivings were overcome and Beetle "enlisted" in 1951. Walker attributed the success of the strip to Beetle's indolence and reluctance to follow authority. "Most people are sort of against authority," he said. "Here's Beetle always challenging authority. I think people relate to it." "Beetle Bailey" led to spin-off comic strip "Hi and Lois," which he created with Dik Browne, in 1954. The premise was that Beetle went home on furlough to visit his sister Lois and brother-in-law Hi. Fellow cartoonists remembered Walker on Saturday as a pleasant man who adored his fans. Bill Morrison, president of the National Cartoonists Society, called Walker the definition of "cartoonist" in a post on the society's website. "He lived and breathed the art every day of his life. He will be sorely missed by his friends in the NCS and by a world of comic strip fans," Morrison said. Fellow cartoonist Mark Evanier said on his website that Walker was "delightful to be around and always willing to draw Beetle or Sarge for any of his fans. He sure had a lot of them." "Beetle Bailey," which appeared in as many as 1,800 newspapers, sometimes sparked controversy. The Tokyo editions of the military newspaper Stars & Stripes dropped it in 1954 for fear that it would encourage disrespect of its officers. But ensuing media coverage spurred more than 100 newspapers to add the strip. Shortly after President Bill Clinton took office, Walker drew a strip suggesting that the draft be retroactive in order to send Clinton to Vietnam. Walker said he received hundreds of angry letters from Clinton supporters. For years, Walker drew Camp Swampy's highest-ranking officer, Gen. Amos Halftrack, ogling his secretary, Miss Buxley. Feminist groups claimed the strip made light of sexual harassment, and Walker said the syndicate wanted him to write out the lecherous general. That wasn't feasible because the general was such a fixture in the strip, Greg Walker said Saturday. His father solved the problem in 1997 by sending Halftrack to sensitivity training. "That became a whole theme that we could use," said Greg Walker, who with his brother, Brian, intends to carry on his father's work. Both have worked in the family business for decades. "Beetle Bailey" also featured one of the first African-American characters to be added to a white cast in an established comic strip. ("Peanuts" had added the character of Franklin in 1968.) Lt. Jack Flap debuted in the comic strip's panels in 1970. In a 2002 interview, Walker said that comics are filled with stereotypes and he likes to find humor in all characters. "I like to keep doing something new and different, so people can't say I'm doing the same thing all the time. I like to challenge myself," he said. Walker also created "Boner's Ark" in 1968 using his given first name, Addison, as his pen name, and "Sam & Silo" with Jerry Dumas in 1977. He was the writer of "Mrs. Fitz's Flats" with Frank Roberge. In 1974, he founded the Museum of Cartoon Art in Connecticut to preserve and honor the art of comics. It moved twice before closing in 2002 in Boca Raton, Florida, as the International Museum of Cartoon Art. Walker changed the name to the National Cartoon Museum and announced in 2005 plans to relocate to the Empire State Building in New York. But the following year, the deal to use that space fell through. In 2000, Walker was honored at the Pentagon with the Army's highest civilian award — the Distinguished Civilian Service award — for his work, his military service and his contribution to a new military memorial. He also developed a reputation for helping aspiring cartoonists with advice. "I make friends for people," he said. Addison Morton Walker was born Sept. 3, 1923, in El Dorado, Kansas, and grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1943 he was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving in Europe during World II. He was discharged as a first lieutenant, graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia and pursued a career as a cartoonist in New York. Walker most recently oversaw the work of the staff at his Stamford studio, Comicana. Besides sons Greg and Brian, Walker is survived by his second wife, Catherine; daughters Polly Blackstock and Margie Walker Hauer; sons Neal and Roger Walker; stepchildren Whitney Prentice and Priscilla Prentice Campbell and several grandchildren. Funeral services will be private. Farewell Sir, thank you for your service and thanks for all the smiles and laughter you have given to everyone through out the years!
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    Walt's Daughter

    The real Rosie the Riveter dies

    The Real Rosie the Riveter Dies at 96