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    After a lot of encouragement at the 2017 reunion, I have decided to resume production in January 2018. Why the long delay since the release of part one? To be honest, it was due to lack of funding and secondly lack of time. Funding was the primary reason!
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    D-Day Normandy - 2017

    Hear, hear!!
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    Jean in Siegburg

    Yesterday I recieved a surprising message from my old internet friend Jean Jacobsen: She's visiting Siegburg with her hubby Steve! So we went up the Michaelsberg to the rose garden, to the Nordfriedhof, where her father had to bring passed american POW to, the synagogue monument... Thanks to Marion who made this possible!
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    Jean in Siegburg

    This is a reason for this great website's existence and what it does so well. As always the final credit goes to Marion. Colin.
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    Jean Jacobson

    Jean in Siegburg

    Where to begin: I had the most incredible experience recently when finally I met the brilliant, kind, and generous Christoph! For me nothing will ever compare to this encounter – it was out of a dream…. I finally met the real “Christoph.” Brilliant, kind and generous do not really begin to describe what a wonderful human being he is! On his own time he has helped solve the mysteries of a critically important and life changing period in my Dad’s life and it is something my Dad wanted solved. And Marion, what a surprise to find in addition to all of the wonderful ways Christoph could be described – he is also very handsome! Marion, wait until you meet him! I want to adopt him! It really was out of a dream – we met in the center of the town, and then together with my husband, Steve, we walked up the hill to the Abbey! We all saw for the first time the new addition to the Abbey. I understand the folks that now own the Abbey needed more space and they came up with a modern addition. It is possibly the best design that could have been done. But for me the majesty and spirit of the Abbey that was over 1000 years old, was changed forever with this new addition. The 3 of us walked the now rose garden where some prisoners from not only America but Russia and France (and as some POW’s referred to it – it was like the United Nations) survived in decrepit and small spaces. But remembering that so many were fortunate to survive is what it is all about. From the Abbey I finally had a chance to observe and walk the hill that I believe was the place Dad had described in a VMAIL home. I could now really understand and sympathize even more with Dad about his long, cold, and emotional journeys from the Abbey to the Cemetery. Christopher led us there!!! Can you believe it! We walked there just like Dad did. What a distance in any type of weather, but especially in tough winter conditions, and emotionally knowing that the men he was caring for and carrying could no longer hang on to life –and that there was no medical treatment to keep them going until the war was over. Dad always complained about his frost bitten feet and he could put pins in parts of his legs/feet and show that there was no feeling. His large and wide feet could not properly fit in any shoes. After the war, he had bunions that grew to a couple of inches and to help lessen the pain we would cut holes in all of his shoes. Dad’s complaints were not about sympathy for him – but to let us know what had happened. He knew he was one of the fortunate ones who could return home and return with his body intact. We had looked for the cemetery when we took Dad on the War journey back in the late 1980’s. In fact it was the last thing we did, and then filled with anger he was ready for us to leave Siegburg. His disappointment was so intense and he bemoaned the fact that there was no cross or anything symbolizing the sacrifices the Americans had made at where he thought the cemetery might have been. His anger was fueled by the fact the folks at the Abbey denied that a POW Camp had been there, and the folks in the center of the City denied it also. Thanks to Christoph and his research he was convinced that the cemetery we were walking to was the cemetery in question. Christoph explained pointing to the map at the entrance to the cemetery the section where the Americans had been buried - and that none were there now. He also pointed out the area where the Russians were buried and that they still remain there. He was correct! The discovery of the cemetery and all of the work Christoph has done is an immeasurable gift from Christoph to my Dad and all of the men who passed through the Lazarett at Siegburg!!! The dream eventually had to end – it got later and later and I knew Christoph would have to leave… But the memories of it all are etched in my brain forever! And especially the memories of what an INCREDIBLE MAN Christoph is!!!! I can’t wait to return, and Marion it is all because of you and your efforts and dedication to all facets of the war that I found Christoph who then solved 70 year old mysteries! Marion, you too are an INCREDIBLE LADY and how proud your Dad has to be!!!! I am a Member of Both of Your Fan Clubs, Jean
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    Good day, I am currently serving as Captain with the U.S. Army and would like to try and build some of my family's military history ties. My grandfather was Gust Mihal, from Dubuque, Iowa, who commanded the 1035th Engineer detachment in France and the Pacific in WW2. I have not been able to find much information on this elusive unit, and pops never spoke about the war. After he passed, we found a Silver Star in a drawer in his basement, but have been unable to get the citation since. After the war he achieved the rank of Colonel in the reserves and spent twenty years teaching at the Engineer School at Fort Belvoir from 1957-1977. I was curious if anyone knew him, or at least had family that knew him, or any of his many brothers and cousins that fought in the war (Mihals were at Bastogne and pretty much all over the European theater). It's a long shot, I know, but if anyone knew what he did during the war I would love to know. Thank you to everyone in advance, Chris
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    This is a pretty old thread, and I'm a newbie to this site. My dad was a staff sergeant in A Co., 368th GS Regiment. He didn't talk too much about his WWII experiences, other than he "pumped gas for Patton". I've since learned that the 368th was one of the engineering units that constructed and operated the major POL pipeline across northern France. I was told some time ago that there was no unit history for the 368th. Dave mentioned that he found unit histories in the NARA facility in Maryland.. I'd be interested to see if he was able to find anything about the 368th there. Thanks! Bill Darrow
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    Walt's Daughter

    Good to be back

    And the emoticons are now working too, but have to try and find all the other ones I added. Ah, baby-steps there, woman!
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    Wee Willie

    Wee Willie

    These are some pictures that my father in law had stashed away. I am assuming that he was in the 1058th because of the pictures, but all of his records were lost in the fire of 1973. In the one picture with his buddies in a bar or something, George Brannon is the one on the far right. I have no idea who the others are. The picture where they are sitting on a dock or bridge, George is in the center front. I have a lot more pictures, and will probably post them later. Most appear to be official Army photos that were badly copied.
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    Here we go folks! Just another 'lil project I've been working on. Opinions? Gary
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    It's arrived! Now to get 'er framed! Gary
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    Well, the resolution is 7200x9600 and is thus scaled for an 18x24 poster and it should print with no issue. I had a question from someone wondering why I used 292d and not 292nd. I did it because in the unit documents that I have it was 292d. However, the map has 292nd in the body of the text so I created a second version with 292nd for anyone who would prefer that version. Gary
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    Sure thing. As far as the loved one, that's something I have to write about to you in private. It's a longgggg story... Here's where the image hangs among others. This is one wall in our entertainment room.
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    Meanwhile in the Pacific, the Stars and Stripes is raised on Mt Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima. Here is the first flag raising, the smaller first flag being replaced by the second larger flag and the iconic Joe Rosenthal photo of the second flag raising.
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    Walt's Daughter

    Jean in Siegburg

    Jean, first off, I am so thrilled for you. What a wonderful, long overdue treasure. I could picture the whole thing and imagined how you must feel. I actually cried last night, as I read your post. But they were tears of joy, for I love the fact that I had a part in all this - a conduit enabling the two of you to come together. Such a thrill for me. There are insufficient words... You story is an incredible one, one that has traveled across several decades. I'm certain you would have never pictured such a happy ending. Not only have you found answers, but made wonderful friends along the way. Love to both,
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    I am searching for more information about my father, PFC Robert Sandor - Army Serial # 31326199. This is what his Honorable Discharge papers say (I received from funeral home): Separation Center: Ft. Devens, Mass. Entry into Active Service: 1943 (he would have been 16 years old). Place of Entry into Service: Hartford, Ct. Date of Enlistment is blank meaning he was drafted? His Military Occupation Specialty and No Reads: "Sj. Traly Clerk C'65 - Military Qualification say "Combat Infantry Badge." Battles and Campaigns read: "Rhineland." With an: V pointing upward. I believe that means he was there at the beginning? Decorations Received: "Good Conduct Medal," "Victory Medal," "European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon." Date of Departure: July 41 - 25 July 43 - Destination: ETO. Date of Arrival: 30 Jul k3 10, Sep lj-5. He served 6 months and 18 days Continental Service and 1 Month, 10 days Foreign Service. Highest Grade: PF - 1 Sep U5 - USAC. Well, that's all I can read from those records. I am attaching them herewith. From what I could understand, I am thinking he served in the XX Army Corp, 65th Infantry Division, 1280th Army Corp. of Engineers (I know he was there because his best friend, Willis G. McLeod was there with him), Battalion - Company "C." Then, I contacted the National Archives (NA) and they sent me this information: Two Final Payment Work Sheets - The First Final Payment Work Sheet - Army Component - RA 817th Engr. Avn Bn, March ARB, Calif. Grade: (6th p.g. Pvt) Home Address: Sound Vie Ridge, Glenville, Conn. (same on Discharge Papers). Enlisted or Inducted at: N.Y. City, N.Y. 16 Nov. 46. Discharged on 5 March 1949 - Station March AFB, Calif. Arrived in US: 16 Nov. 1948. 3 years in service. Last Pay to include: 28 Feb. 1949 By H.C. Nichols, Capt. FD. Honorable Discharge by Reason of: AR 615-353 (CG-PETS) & Par. 3bDA Cir 335/48. The rest of the document talks about his deductions and pay. The SECOND Final Payment - Work Sheet includes: Enlisted/Inducted at: Greenwich, Ct., Name of D.O. EA NY (and I cannot read the rest - it is in pencil). Discharged on Nov. 12, 1945. Station WDSC Ft. Devens. Arrived in US: Sept. 10, 1945. Previous Organizations: 1280th ENGINEER BN. Nov. 3, 1945. Then, the rest of the document talks about his pay. In accessing the Archival Database ( AAD) on the National Archives (NA), I found this information: Name, Serial # and State match. Residence: County: Middlesex, Place of Enlistment: New York City, Date of Enlistment: 3/16/1946. PFC, No Branch, Branch Code: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA, Term of Enlistment: Hawaiian Department. Civilian Occupation: Laboratory technician and Assistant (my father was a carpenter and so was his entire family - so, I think this is wrong). I found the Ft. Devens Book with his name and address in it. My parents told me that my father was stationed in Linz at the Nibelungen Bridge. He called it their "Checkpoint Charlie" and he told me that he had to protect Austria from the Russians. I remember seeing the United States Forces Austria patch on his uniform. I also remember seeing his uniform decorated the Army Corp. of Engineers pins, patches, service medals, Here are some photos of him. I was told by the National Archives that all of my father's records were destroyed in the "Fire." I am trying to search Roll Calls to verify the documents I received from the N.A. I just wrote a letter to the National Archives yesterday requesting information and records on the 1280th Engineer Combat Battalion 1945. I need help in figuring out this information. I cannot seem to find information (Roll Call) for the 817th or the 1280th. Besides the Ft. Devens booklet, I believe my father fought in the Rhineland Campaign but can't find what Infantry he was in. I did find some information yesterday from a Len Drucker who was in the 1280th staying they were attached to the VI Corps. Combat Engineers and that is why I am now on this site. I would appreciate any help/guidance that anyone can share with me. I thank you for your time. Sincerely, PFC Robert Sandor's daughter, Cynthia. Please note: All photos are copyrighted and some are contained in a book I wrote about my mom when she was in the BDM. (PS: I found her personal journal 4 months before she passed away and wrote her biography entitled "Through Innocent Eyes - The Chosen Girls of the Hitler Youth." Many of my readers are now encouraging me to write a fictional story about my dad and also include a 'love story' in it where he met and married my mom, Gertrude Kerschner from Kleinzell, Austria).
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    Great information! Thank you for sharing. Since posting this, I found out that my father was first in the 87th Infantry Division, Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 345th Infantry Regiment. I found the paperwork on the 87thInfantrydivision.com web site and that is when he received his Combat Infantryman's Badge. I am still learning about all the different divisions, infantries, regiments, battalions, etc.
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    Guess who!!!??? LOL... long time no see or talk everyone... yes, I mentioned the boys who gave support and got the beans, the bullets and the gasoline to the U.S. Army personnel on time, on target and kept it coming. These boys have been forgotten in the greater picture of the ground war in the Mediterranean. I have since switched branches and now I hit for the United States Navy. I love the United States 3rd Infantry Division and the beloved U.S. 30th Infantry Regiment but, in 2013 my life and time took a turn to some forgotten men. Those brave men, walked the decks of the ships that brought the U.S. Army personnel to those hostile shores and cleared the waves on land and sea to make each and every landing a reality. I've been away, hard at work bringing their story to light for the public. I went to work at Ships of The Sea Maritime Museum here in Savannah, Georgia and I wouldn't trade a moment of it. I LOVE my work, especially lighting up visitors faces when I research their family's relatives and bring their service to light for them in real time. I focus primarily on a ship named after my hometown of Savannah, U.S.S. Savannah, CL-42. A remarkable ship and crew, and its saddens me that I had to go back to the museum to remind me of this fact. However, its been a journey, better yet one heck of an adventure to bring her and her crews service to light. I now run a page of Facebook to her and her crews honor. Just look up "U.S.S. Savannah, CL-42" I have TONS of documents, photos and family members of the ships crew on there. I'm also in the process of finally pulling the trigger and writing a book on the U.S.S. Savannah, CL-42 to make sure her and her crew are not forgotten. It will cover EVERYTHING, her conception in 1933 via Senators Carl Vinson and Park Trammell, to the bombing of September 11th, 1943 at Salerno, to her escort duty for the Yalta Conference to her sad scrapping in January, 1966 at Bethlehem Steel. I think we need a section dedicated here to them, to the United States Navy. For without them, victory, let alone the ground campaign wouldn't have become a reality. Regards, MARNE
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    Several weeks ago, I submitted my DNA to Ancestry.com. Well today I got an email saying the results were in. Cool stuff. Among the data, they also showed me dozen of people I could be related to, who had also taken the test. Well I contacted about 10 of them, and then hoped for the best. So imagine my surprise when I received an answer from one of them, within two hours. I AM IN TEARS right now, but they are happy tears!This is edited for privacy, but here is the letter I just got. Praise be!Hi Marion, Your father Walter was my maternal Grandfather's (Joe Finkowski) cousin. My Great-Grandmother (Angeline Poniedzialek married Francis Finkowski) Angeline's Brother Albert was Walter's father (your Grandfather) I talked to my Mom who gave me this information. She would love to be in contact with you as she remembers Walter& Joe being very close.... This is an answer to my prayers. I'm still in shock!!!! She wrote back again and put me in touch with her mother. I just sent an email to her, so waiting... And to top all this off, we live about two and half hours from each other. Dad, I know you are smiling down!!!!
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    During the course of researching the cemetery photograph I learned that Major General Maurice Rose, commander of the 3rd Armored Division, had been killed 30 March 1945 in the same general area south of Paderborn as PFC Jordan . General Rose was first buried in the same cemetery ten days before PFC Jordan. Here are some pictures of General Rose's funeral at Ittenbach on 2 April 1945. In August 1945 the remains of General Rose were transferred to the Margraten Cemetery where he still rests today in Plot C, Row 1, Grave 1. https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=rose&GSiman=1&GScid=2130326&GRid=8537258&
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    Farewell Donald Burgett - 101st Airborne Well another veteran friend has passed on. He died last evening at 6 PM, after a long and wonderful life. I'm pleased to say I got to meet up with him several times, including having the wonderful opportunity to spend a couple of weekends at he and Twyla's home here in Michigan. Also went to several 101st Airborne meetings in Farmington Hills, MI, where he, Don Straith, and George Kosimaki, (among others) were in attendance. Rest in peace, my friend!
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    https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=dougherty&GSiman=1&GScid=1991678&GRid=56280737& Hello Bobby, Warmest welcome here to the forum, glad you could join us, hope you will hang out and stay awhile. Don't know what all info you do have, but here are a few things that might get you started. According to the online enlistment records your great-uncle was inducted at Camp Lee, Virginia on 18 March 1942. https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=893&mtch=1&cat=all&tf=F&q=fred+g+dougherty&bc=&rpp=10&pg=1&rid=3642071 Stanton's "World War II Order of Battle" tells us the following about the 61st Engineer Combat Battalion: Formed at Atlantic Beach, Florida on 25 JAN 1943 Departed New York on 24 MARCH 1944 Arrived in England 4 APRIL 1944 Arrived in France-ETO on 1 JULY 1944 August 1945 location: Mulheim Germany Deactivated 18 SEPT 1945 in Germany Campaigns: Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland Here is a thread on the forum involving the 61st ECB that has some interesting items you should check out. You may have noticed that your great-uncle's induction predates the formation of the 61st ECB by nearly one year. So most likely he was with another engineer outfit before coming to the 61st. This is not unusual, there were new units forming all the time during the course of the war and a few men with prior training were transferred to the new ones to give them some experience to go along with fresh recruits. Marion has provided a great resource here in the Help Section about finding veterans records, check it out. Here is something I think is kinda cool. The above photograph is of my grandfather taken in 1945 at the Henri-Chapelle cemetery. According to the American Battle Monuments Commission website, your great-uncle is buried in Plot F, Row 9, Grave 20 at Henri-Chapelle. https://abmc.gov/node/377692#.WN34Hm_yvIU I did a lot of research on this picture and I know exactly where my grandfather is standing within the cemetery. This is Plot F, the same plot where your great-uncle is buried. My grandfather is looking at Row 3, Grave 1, your great-uncle's grave location would be in the background to his right. Let us know if you have more questions and good luck with your search Bobby! Randy
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    Farewell William Liebenow

    Naval officer and PT boat commander William "Bud" Liebenow passed away Friday February 24th, 2017 at age 97. It was him and his crew that rescued future President John F. Kennedy and the rest of the PT-109 survivors in 1943. http://www.stltoday.com/news/national/wwii-navy-officer-who-helped-rescue-kennedy-dies-at-age/article_bd313c11-3700-5b6a-a844-953a1fc972e9.html Thank you for your service to our country sir, rest in peace.
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    Yes Marion, it is great to be back. Like the new look for the forum, kudos on a job well done !
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    Walt's Daughter

    Engineer Week and the GPO

    Sounds like a wonderful resource. So glad you shared all that with us. And yes, we too have a PDF rendition of the green book, or as we sometimes call it, The Engineer's Bible. I'm happy that I have a hard cover too. Can't tell you how often I have referred to that little gem. Will have to check out the site. The photos rendered nicely too, didn't they.