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    I found my Dad's discharge papers and enlisted record. In researching his military history I found this site. His name was Dominick Tedesco from the Bronx, NY. He passed away in 2001. He was a Tec 5 in Company B of the 160th Engineer Combat Battalion. In researching the site I don't see his name on the company roster or his picture in the Company B group shot. He didn't talk much about his experience in the war but thanks to this site I learned a lot of what he and his fellow soldiers experienced. I've been sending some of the accounts of the war from this site to my son so he now knows what his grandfather experienced. I've attached my Dad's picture in the event that someone out there might have known him.
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    Just so you ae aware, this is no longer a valid link. I have found it here though: https://archive.org/details/TM12-235
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    No, nothing sensitive or classified. Only one time (actually, on that first trip) was I ever involved in something secret squirrel-like. And I only was providing security while other, actual secret-squirrel types did the work in question. Further, if I told you what went on you would kind of go, "oh" as opposed to be hanging on every exciting word. Not all secret things are James Bond exciting. Even the US secret network (SIPRNET) isn't that exciting when you look around on it. As far as looking young there, you're right about that. That was 2004 so 15 years ago as I type this. I really can't believe it's that long ago.
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    Walt's Daughter

    286th Army Combat Engineers Co B

    I am going to place a few links here. Even if you've seen these before, maybe they will help others. Interview with Louis Charles Gerken Library of Congress - 286th WorldCat Identities - 286th American Battle Monuments Commission - Frank C May Jr Together We Served - 286th Battle of the Bulge - states on this page that Units at Unknown Locations There are many units that received recognition for participation in the Ardennes-Alsace campaign. This is a list of some of those units so recognized but for which I have yet to determine their geographic location during the Battle of the Bulge. If you have information on these, please let me know. 260th Engineer Combat Battalion 275th Engineer Combat Battalion 281st Engineer Combat Battalion 286th Engineer Combat Battalion 289th Engineer Combat Battalion 290th Engineer Combat Battalion 294th Engineer Combat Battalion 297th Engineer Combat Battalion 298th Engineer Combat Battalion 301st Engineer Combat Battalion 303rd Engineer Combat Battalion 304th Engineer Combat Battalion 305th Engineer Combat Battalion United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - Building the bridges to victory : the story of the 286th combat engineer battalion from France to Germany to a concentration camp and to Austria : an interview and research report / by Tom Mueller. This is not digitized. You have to visit the library/archives Consulate General of France in Los Angeles - 10 WWII veterans received the Legion of Honor in San Diego 286th Engineer Combat Bn - H&S Company Obit - John T McDonough 549th Eng Light Ponton Co -( mentions the 289th) In the European Theater of Operations it was often just ahead or behind the 289th Engineer Combat Battalion during the months of March, April, and May 1945. At various points it detached a platoon to the 289th and traded an officer back and forth in April.[2] On April 1, 1945, the detached 1st Platoon enjoyed Easter Dinner with the 289th at the Mudau Hotel in Mudau, Germany. Looks like there is an available book from librarycat,org - Building the Bridges to Victory: The Story of the 286th Combat Engineer Battalion from France to Germany to a Concentration Camp and to Austria: An Interview and Research Report by Thomas S Mueller - paperback, 2007. But it says it's currently unavailable on Amazon. Library Thing lists it. I would visit that site. World Cat shows it's available at several libraries. The Ultimate Sacrifice and History 286 Engineer Combat Bn - based on a map by Alexander, July 1945 Unit Citation and Campaign Participation Credit Register On US Senator Johnny Isakson's site Available at the Eisenhower Library in Box 636 - info on the 286th GIs Remember - Dan Evers -Dachau Corps of Engineers: The War Against Germany - pg 487 1944 Troop Ship Crossings - see 44 -10-22 Obit - Robert J McKean Jr Senate Confirms VA Watchdog Louis Gerken - via LinkedIn Herald Tribune - Officer's Leadership Remembered Prof DR George Leitmann Obit - John Austin Lepter This PDF file on the 549th Engineer Light Ponton Co - says it mentions the 289th! Obit Carl W Roggenbaum Obit Harold J Allen PhD Obit Theodore M Justyk Congressional Record Online - speaks of Dan Evers of the 286th 63rd Infantry Division mentions 286th Engineer Bn.pdf
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    John William "Bill" Wilkerson

    Hi... 1. Try the VA. They have records that might amaze you. My father's VA file (different than the St. Louis records) even had an evacuation tag from when he was with an AAA outfit near Seattle! You can request the files as next of kin and have the file sent to a lcal VA office wehre you can read it and take notes. The file should show his duty stations throughout his service time as well as other information. 2. Look to the county clerk of the county in which he lived upon his return to the States. and seek out his Discharge papers. Often (not always) States gave a small bounty to vets who filed a copy of their discharge. If the County doesn't have it, then sometimes the State has it.If it is in Illinois, you will need to be next of kin also. 3. Once you ID his unit, then you can obtain copies of unit records from the National Archives (NARA on line) including monthly summaries, After Action Reports, message logs and other miscellaneous reports/documents. Not all units kept good records, and not all records made it to The National Archives...but well worth a shot. ALSO, if you have the unit, you MIGHT be able to find daily reports in St. Louis that were missed by the fire in '73.
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    Hi J_riederer, Give me a little time to get them scanned, and figure the ins and outs of this forum, and we'll get things worked out. I'd like to post them here, if possible! Keith
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    Hi Keith, I would love to see these pictures, I would be happy to send the pics I have as well. Could you email them to me maybe? If they are too big, use wetransfer.com and you can send up to 2gb for free. J_riederer@hotmail.com. I would really enjoy seeing those and maybe my grandpa would even be in some. Thank you!
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    Thanks for your consideration. My uncle, Kenneth Coleman, was a member of the 1010 Engineers Treadway Bridge Company. He was never married and passed away in his mid 50's. His belongings ended up in my posession, and I would like to provide pictures I have of the companies trek across Europe in the latter days of WWII. I know they would be of importance to the relatives of these brave heroes! Keith Brown
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    Here's a link to a nice description of the St. Goar crossing; The 1010th is not mentioned, but this was perhaps my father's most memorable event of all his experiences in WWII as he was present with the 1010th or (tententh) as he called it before the bridge was built, through the bombardment, assisting in building the bridge, and then crossing it. https://gallagherstory.com/ww2/chapter18.html
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    Saundra, Just the bit you posted is a great help. My father, Donald Sloan died in 1981 at the age of 69 and like many he did not talk a lot about the war per se but did have a lot of stories about his experience. Funny stuff. Like when he enlisted going through the cursory medical test. He indicated he was hard of hearing but the fellow who was filling out the forms apparently checked hemorrhoids instead. The next station he was asked to drop his drawers! No mention was ever made of hearing again. Fast forward. He was still in England after the troops left on D Day. A superior officer walked by my father and asked a question. Not hearing the officer my father put his hand behind his ear. The officer saluted back. Clearly other things on his mind. He spoke of the cities he was in, castles and trains, people he met, the Ludendorff Bridge, and getting onboard ship to head back across the Atlantic. As they headed through the Panama Canal he was hoping they were going to sail to California and be discharged. Surprise! On to the Philippines. I too have the list of home addresses of the 1058 ENGR Port Construction and Repair. 10 pages, legal size paper, double spaced two sides. Your father is on page 2. I am very interested in the wherebouts of the 1058th if you are willing to share.
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    344th Engineer Regiment H&S Company

    My Grandfather is Sydney Reid Purvis. He served with the 344th Engineer GS during WW2. I have pictures of him with Master Sergeant stripes and a medal citation with his rank being a 2nd LT. I know he served in the H&S Company as an LT but do not know what his previous Company might have been. I would love to find some pictures or info about his service so I can give to my Daddy and Uncles. I am assuming he was with the 344th from the beginning because I have a picture of him in Scotland. I have been reading this website for a week and am astounded at the information. The funniest part is they all told me he was in D day. That seems to be a common theme. Operation Dragoon, talk about getting looked over in the history books. Also, I saw where there is a book called “The 344th has Traveled,” or something similar. Where can I buy a copy of that or at least download. I look forward to hearing from you all. Todd Purvis H-Minus
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    I love the secret squirrel comments.
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    The large group picture was taken in Alabama before deployment to Europe. I believe that the platoon pictures were taken in Europe so you might be able to spot him in some of those pictures if he was assigned after stateside training.
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    That makes me extremely happy. That's what this site is all about- sharing information with the world, so none of this will be forgotten. Thanks for writing and letting me know. Hope the exchange continues. :-)
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    So when this thread became active again, I started reading through it and found I hadn't answered this question. How careless of me!! So here we go: Accounting for the difference in weapons and configurations . . . So let's start with the basics. The Marine Corps fire team is made of four members (caveat, the USMC has been toying around with different configurations, but what I am going to talk about is the still standard for rifle company organization). There is a FT leader who carries an M-16 with an M203 grenade launcher; a machine gunner who carries a light MG (M249 SAW in the past and is pictured here, now an M27 IAR); an assistant machine gunner who carries extra barrels if required and ammo who carries an M-16; and a rifleman who carries an M-16 and is normally the junior member of the team. So right there you have three different weapons systems - M-16 (or sometimes an M-4 carbine, a shorter version of an M-16 with a collapsible stock), an M-16 with the grenade launcher and the LMG. Add to that, that the M-16s we carried at the time were actually not the typical M-16A2s that I was familiar with (semi-auto or three round burst only - the A1, which I never used, was capable of full auto). We actually were using M-16A4s (not to be confused with M4s which are different). These had the Picatinny rail system that allowed attachment of all different kinds of accessories. I didn't see any obvious ones in the pictures, but some of the guys carried night vision IR laser aiming devices, IR flood lights, visible wavelength flashlights, etc. One of my guys, who was an avid shooter in his normal, back home life, had the scope that is readily visible. That was a civilian addition his dad sent him and was not military issue, but it was designed to be mounted on his Picatinny rail on his M-16A4. Now to your second question, did Marines have a choice: In 2004, I would say they certainly did in most cases. Typically, only infantry Marines who have passed sniper school and are serving in a sniper or recon position have scopes of that sort. Now at that time, we were just getting fielded the Advanced Combat Optic Gunsight (or ACOG) which is barely visible on some of the A4s. This is very different than the large sniper type sight the Marine has and is designed for quick acquisition of targets (i.e. from the time you lift the rifle to your eye to the point you can see the target and engage) and only magnifies vision up to 6 times. The Marine in question had a civilian purchased, probably up 20 times magnified sniper scope. This was certainly not "standard issue" and as the platoon commander, I certainly could have said he couldn't carry it. Of course as far as I was concerned, that would have been stupid because it gave the platoon an asset that we didn't have without it. No one higher up than me had an issue, so it stayed. I would say that at that time there was probably a fair amount of non-standard issue items being carried. My drop holster and three point sling were purchased at a tactical supply store in Jacksonville, NC because the USMC didn't have any to issue. You will also notice in pictues of me at that time that I have a desert Camel Bak but everyone else had a green one. This is because 3/24 (Third Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment - the reserve unit to which I was assigned to augment their personnel) had been given green ones, but I had purchased a desert one personally the spring before. Here are some more pictures of that deployment. Hopefully that was interesting enough to be worth reading!
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    I'm geeked. Rec'd email from an UK production company, http://impossiblefactual.com asking me contribute my research to their new documentary. Did I say I was geeked!?? #WWII #documentaries #History They are interested in my research on the battle of Monte Cassino.
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    They wrote back to me today and said how excited they were. Gee whiz, that's pretty cool, huh? They are calling from London tomorrow at 7 am to talk things over with me.
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    This memory of my Dad's comes to mind occasionally. It is something he remembered after so many years so I will share it. Harold G. Baxter, Tec5, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was the only man that could get B Company together in one place. When the brass called the company together Dad said they usually got about 75%, or less. The engineers didn't have a lot of interest in words from the top, company news or attaboys. But when word got around that Harold was calling the get together, 600+ engineers gathered around ( the Colonel learned to take advantage of this ). His secret word was mailcall. Letters and packages from home were what every engineers heart needed. Harold is shown in this picture with some of his friends. He is kneeling in the front on the viewers left.