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    Wow! This is awesome, Marion! I'm glad you've gotten to talk to him. Hope he continues to do well!!!
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    GREAT NEWS!! Dear 36th'ers: I'll be brief, but wanted to let you know that we've been blessed with a miracle - Captain John Fallon has made a complete recovery and is in good spirits. I just returned his phone call after he left a heartfelt message on my phone this week. Can't tell you how wonderful it was to speak with him and to hear him laugh and cajole with me. Warmly, Marion
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    Don maggi

    First Sargent Angelo Maggi

    Hello everyone I am trying to find any info on my late father, Angelo " Lou " Maggi. I have very little info to go by. I know that he was a first Sargent from a memory of his old uniform patch. I do know from his deceased sister that he was in a combat engine unit in Italy at the end of Ww2. He was on a unit that built bridges over rivers. He was born April 27 1910. At the time he entered the army he was living in Paterson N.J. Well that is all I know. If any knows of any unit rosters that might help, please let me know thanks Don Maggi
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    My grandfather, Robert Silverman was a dentist in the 32nd Station Hospital in the MTO. The one story he told his sons was about a close call he had when dud bombs fell on the hospital during a German air raid. While researching the story, I discovered the raid happened on April 24, 1944 at the compound in Caserta, Italy. At that time, the 32nd was assigned to the Peninsular Base Section. I was able to find photographs from the incident at the Pritzker Military Museum. When I showed the photos to a retired U.S. Army E.O.D. expert who also is a historian for bomb disposal units in WWII, he pointed out some oddities in procedure and unit markings. The disposal unit's 2 1/2 ton truck doesn't have any bomb disposal markings, for instance. In fact, the only markings on the bumperettes are "PBS" on the left and what looks like "20" or "23" on the right. A couple of people suggested that it's possible that an Engineers unit might have done the disposal in this case. There were only two Ordnance bomb disposal companies and a few independent squads in all of Italy at the time and it seems that when they were spread thin, Engineers might have been called on. I was hoping to find out which Engineer units might have been assigned to the Peninsular Base Section in the Caserta or Naples area in April 1944, or at least what sort of Engineer unit would have been called upon to perform this duty if a BD squad was not available. With that information I was hoping to have a productive visit (when I can squeeze in time off toddler duty) to the National Archives to see if I can find confirmation. My research so far, including the photographs, can be viewed here: https://32ndstationhospital.wordpress.com/2018/12/04/the-32nd-station-hospitals-close-call-during-a-german-air-raid/ Thanks.
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    The link I referred to in my post was a link to a dropbox location. The researcher indicated these were the morning reports. Snapshot attached. I'm not sure which NARA facility he obtained these records from. I do have a quote from a researcher from the Maryland location.
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    I hired a great guy who was very reasonable. Just got my morning reports within the last year. They were helpful and exciting for me. My dad passed when I was twelve, so every little tidbit is a blessing. I can give you the researcher's name if you wish.
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    Unfortunately no success with the town clerks office or state Veterans office. Through just a bit of research, that seems like a fantastic resource. Accessing these reports can only be done in person or by a hired researcher, is that correct? Some of the researchers offerings seemed very enticing for gathering these reports as well as any unit rosters, etc to try and piece together my great grandfathers day-to-day, month-to-month.
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    The best way to find out is through morning reports.
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    The US Army Corps of Engineers gracelessly shared the history of the 1051st Engineer Port Construction & Repair Group with me. Its a very through and interesting document that includes a roster of the men. I have 3 PDF's that can be emailed. Please send your request to kseafield@bellsouth.net and I'll be happy to send it out to you.
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    Hi Marion, I have attached the files. I sent a message to Ms Stewart who was looking for information on her KIA grandfather. She hasn't been active on this site for years. Do you have her personal email where you can forward these files to her? Thanks Keith Lineage and Honors_1051st EN Port Constr & Repair Co .pdf Meritorious Service Unit Plaque_1051st EN Port Constr & Repair Co .pdf 1051st_EN_Port_Constr_&_Repair_GP_Unit_History.pdf
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    Interesting Articles

    An empty foxhole, an anonymous grave, and a World War II mystery solved after 74 years Army Pvt. John B. Cummings, who was killed during World War II and who was listed as unrecoverable, was buried with honors beside his parents after his remains were found and identified this year. (Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency) (N/A/Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency ) By Michael E. Ruane November 12 Jack Cummings posed on the lawn in his uniform, hands clasped behind his back, his Army cap perched on his head at a jaunty angle. His father, Leo, or his mother, Helen, had probably said, “Stand over there, Jack, while I take a picture.” John B. “Jack” Cummings was 22, a handsome college man headed off to World War II from Juneau, Wisc., where his family, no doubt, prayed he would return. But on Dec. 31, 1944, near the French village of Neuhaeusel on the Rhine River, he vanished from his foxhole, leaving behind a bloody piece of his skull and a helmet with a bullet hole in it. For the next 74 years — until this summer — he was missing in action, his body declared non-recoverable. He existed largely in old military files filled with dental charts, plaintive letters from his mother, and typed reports about the Army’s futile attempts to account for him. “Complete negative findings,” a 1947 Army report stated. But a year earlier, the solitary grave of a slain GI had been discovered across the Rhine River in the German town of Iffezheim. He had been killed near Neuhaeusel by an enemy raiding party that had attacked across the river. His body had been brought back over the Rhine and buried under a wooden cross that read “Hier Ruht ein U.S.A. — Soldat gef. am 31.12.1944”: “Here rests a U.S.A. soldier,” who fell on Dec. 31, 1944. For seven decades, as his parents mourned, aged, and then passed away, and his sister, Mary Ellen, married and had 12 children, no one knew that the anonymous “U.S.A.-Soldat” was John B. Cummings. Last month, after using state-of-the-art computer data and mapping programs, and DNA comparisons, the Defense Department announced that it had identified Cummings in July and that he had been quietly buried with honors on Oct. 13, beside his parents in Hazelhurst, Wis. [Pentagon identifies Tuskegee Airman missing from World War II] Cummings had been one of 72,797 Americans unaccounted for from World War II, according to the Arlington-based Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). His case illustrates how one GI could disappear in the chaos following the gigantic war, and how technology and a dogged government historian found him. In the beginning, even the date of Cummings’s death was not clear. The Army listed it as Jan. 4, 1945. But the Germans who had buried him, and knew firsthand, had put it at Dec. 31, 1944. On that date the German army launched Operation North Wind, often called the second Battle of the Bulge, in which massed enemy forces surged across the Rhine River to attack the relatively green and under-strength U.S. Seventh Army, of which Cummings was a member. Before it ended in American victory, thousands of GIs had been killed and wounded or had just disappeared. Cummings and other men of Company A, of the 276th Infantry Regiment, had reached the banks of the Rhine River on Dec. 29, 1944, according to a memoir by Frank H. Lowry, an A company veteran. They were strung out in foxholes along the river and told to keep an eye on the Germans on the opposite bank. They were also told to get rid of any letters and remove their unit patches to deny information to the enemy should they be captured. This would bedevil identification efforts later. U.S. infantrymen of an armored division march on a snow-covered road southeast of Born, Belgium, on Jan. 22, 1945. (AP) On that frigid New Year’s Eve, Cummings, armed with a Browning automatic rifle, was stationed alone about 10 yards from the river bank. Two members of his squad reported that he was okay when they saw him that night. Later, gunfire was heard, and when his buddies made their way back, he was gone. “Only his helmet was found nearby with a bullet hole through it,” an Army report stated. “A blood-stained piece of his skull bone was also found, but his weapons and equipment were missing. ... A path was found which indicated that his body was dragged to the river. ... It can be presumed that ... Cummings was killed by the enemy and his body thrown into the Rhine River.” “Further search for the remains of this soldier would be futile," the report states. His parents had received a telegram on Jan. 23 saying that Cummings was missing in action. “If further details or other information are received you will be promptly notified,” it said. Many months passed with no word. In 1947, his mother wrote the Army, wondering whether the service might help her offer a reward in Germany for information about John. “I would gladly furnish the reward,” she wrote. The Army said it couldn’t help. Meanwhile, in 1946, across the Rhine River, a soldier scouting for the American Graves Registration Command was told by the mayor of Iffezheim that a GI was buried nearby. [For the lost U.S. Marines from Tarawa, a homecoming 70 years late] The graves registration soldier went to the site, which was just behind a German pillbox, about 30 yards from the river. He also interviewed a local German soldier who had helped bury the dead American that night. The body, almost a complete skeleton, was exhumed on May 10, 1946. There were only remnants of clothing, according to Army records, and no dog tag. With no identifying information, the body was designated X-6454 and reburied with thousands of other U.S. soldiers in what is now the Lorraine American cemetery in Saint-Avold, France. The years went by. Cummings’s father died in 1963. His mother passed away in 1972. The family seldom discussed John, according to his nephew, Mark Hartzheim, of Minocqua, Wis. “They just never talked about this much,” he said in a telephone interview on Oct. 23. “That was typical I think of people from that generation. They compartmentalized things and internalized them and didn’t dwell on them. ... But I’m sure it haunted them and troubled them the rest of their lives.” Several years ago, Hartzheim became curious about the fate of “Uncle Jack.” He began to do research, and in 2014 signed up to attend a meeting in Minneapolis hosted by the government for families of men still missing in action. He thought the chances of an ID were nil. After he signed up, a government historian, Ian Spurgeon, now with the DPAA, was asked to revisit the case. Spurgeon, in an Oct. 24 telephone interview, said Cummings’s files had not been examined in decades. Using the National Archives and other sources, he started to piece together the story. He turned to a DPAA database of places where the bodies of unidentified World War II servicemen had been recovered in Europe. He compared that to a DPAA database of known locations where GIs had disappeared. Right across the Rhine River from Neuhaeusel, where Cummings had vanished, he saw the lone gravesite at Iffezheim. “The hair on the back of my neck stood up,” Spurgeon said. He called up the associated files for Cummings and for the grave across the river. “I’m thinking, historically, all the boxes are being checked off,” he said. “The location, date, the circumstances.” Then began a process of research to get permission from the Army to exhume the X-6454 body from the cemetery at St. Avold to conduct scientific tests. Spurgeon said he had to prove that there was a better-than-50 percent chance that X-6454 might be Cummings to have the body exhumed. Spurgeon probed further, studied the related battles, and ruled out other candidates. He recommended that the remains be disinterred. Officials granted approval, he said. The remains were exhumed in 2016 and shipped to a DPAA laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base, outside Omaha, for analysis. DNA from the remains was compared with DNA from Cummings’s family, and the bones were studied by anthropologists. “This year, after all the historical work had been put forward, after anthropology and the DNA [studies], it came back and confirmed ... that the remains ... [were] John Cummings,” Spurgeon said. On July 23, Mark Hartzheim was taking his 7-year-old son, Danny, to an afternoon movie. “We’re driving down the highway going to ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ [and] my phone rings, and I get this call," he said. “I shouted three times, ‘Oh my God!’ and I started to cry. My son is in the back of the car ... in his booster seat. ...He’s mystified.” “'Danny, these are good tears,’" he said he reassured his son. “This is a good thing.’”
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    345th engineers

    This thread seems to have been dormant for a long while. Let's see if we can revive it. My father, Lawrence A. White, also known as "Red" White due to his red hair was from Leominster, Massachusetts. He was a construction foreman in the 345th Combat Engineers. He was trained at Camp Crowder, MO and then shipped out to North Africa. He said he saw the USS Massachusetts get hit by a shell from the French battleship Jean Bart and then saw the Massachusetts sink the Jean Bart. He mentioned he was in Casablanca and Bizerte. From there he was in the invasion of Sicily, then Salerno and Anzio. He said he was at Monte Cassino as well. He ended the war up in Milan where he obtained photos from a Bristish photographer of Mussolini, his mistress, and a few other fascists hanging from their feet at a gas station in central Milan. He said very little else about his service except that he told my mother that at one time he was face to face with a young German soldier at very close range. Dad simply said "And I'm the one telling the story and he's not." This haunted him for the rest of his life. He also mentioned that he had a good buddy in his outfit from Watertown, Massachusetts, but I don't know his name. I would love to know more about this unit if anyone has information. Dad died in 2011 at age 90.
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    I had made a request for a grave photo of 292nd member Charles Winn (aka Charles Wysoczynski) who had passed away last December. Today I received notice that a gracious Find A Grave volunteer had fulfilled my request. I wanted to share with you the wonderful photo they took at his grave at Arlington National Cemetery. Charles Winn was a member of Company B, have a good day everyone. Randy
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    Just ran across this tonight. Another 292nd member passed on back in September, do not know at the moment which company he belonged to. Obituary for James R. Sendelbach James R. ‘Sandy’ Sendelbach passed away Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Vancrest Healthcare Center in Delphos. He was born in Delphos April 4, 1923 to A. C. "Sandy" Sendelbach and Amelia "Amy" Brückner Sendelbach who preceded him in death. He married the love of his life and best friend, Betty Marie Myers in Bluffton in September, 1971. She preceded him in death on March 9, 2017. Sandy is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, many great-nieces and nephews, and also several great-great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by four sisters, Mary Rita Miller, Arline Sendelbach, Joan Ulm and Patricia Arnoldi. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Norman, Leroy and George Sendelbach. Sandy attended St. John’s grade and high schools. He attended St. Louis University through the G.I. Bill, graduating with a degree in Economics. He was a veteran of World War II serving with the 292nd Engineering Combat Battalion in Europe as a radio operator. He was a ham radio operator with the call W8HQS and talked often on the air with his three brothers, also hams. He was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs since 1932. Sandy worked as a Resident Representative for the Social Security Administration until he retired in 1978. He was a self-described average golfer who loved to fish the trout streams and hunt ruffed grouse in the "bush" of the Copper Country of Upper Michigan, He loved to write, including letters to the editor, on issues about which he felt strongly. He also authored recollections of his family, his life while working in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and in a diary of his experiences in the Army during the Second World War. Sandy was a liberal all of his adult years and took great pride in his Facebook motto, "Tolerance to All." In his college years he wrote an essay, "The Meaning of Liberalism" which served to frame his philosophy of life throughout his years. It was his wish to be cremated. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 29 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, with military graveside rites by the Delphos Veterans Council. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/192881232/james-r.-sendelbach Farewell Mr Sendelbach, thank you for your service.