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  1. 4 points
    I meant to post this at the time but you know, stuff happens! Gave my dad the "We Clear The Way" poster I had made for his birthday May 10th. I explained to him the history behind the poster and the modifications Gary had made to it. He liked it a lot and was happy to have one. One comment he made about it, he thought the gentlemen (Vincent Leckey) in the poster looked like George C. Scott from the movie "Patton". Which I can see a resemblance, LOL! He has proudly put the poster on display in his barbershop where he has worked for the last 56 years now, the man will just not retire! He has told me that he has received many comments from customers about the poster. Below is a pic the day we gave it to him. Another shout out to Gary for a job well done on the poster ,thanks Gary! Have a good one everybody! Randy
  2. 4 points
    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!
  3. 3 points
    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.
  4. 3 points
    WWII finds vehicle he drove in WWII How cool is this? World War II Veteran Locates Ambulance He Drove During the War
  5. 3 points

    D-Day Normandy - 2017

    Hear, hear!!
  6. 3 points

    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!
  7. 3 points

    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.
  8. 3 points
    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
  9. 3 points
    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
  10. 3 points
    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
  11. 3 points
    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!
  12. 3 points
    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.
  13. 3 points
    Here we go folks! Just another 'lil project I've been working on. Opinions? Gary
  14. 3 points
    It's arrived! Now to get 'er framed! Gary
  15. 3 points
    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
  16. 3 points
    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.
  17. 3 points
    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.
  18. 2 points
    I merged your two topics, for it was a bit confusing having two related ones going on at the same time.
  19. 2 points
    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.
  20. 2 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.
  21. 2 points

    309th engineers, 84th Division

    Thanks Walt’s daughter for redirecting me here. Since my last post I have received this photo of Grandpa from my dear long lost Aunt. I’m really hoping that someone here will recognise him and be able to share some information. I have written to several military bodies but have unfortunately not had any response, it’s very disappointing... I really need to find out where his unit was when they landed in the U.K. so that I can start to fathom where to start looking for my Grandmother. I would really appreciate any information no matter how small. Thank you for any information. Also if there are any photos I would be keen to see them. Many thanks.
  22. 2 points
    Hi All Im in the final stages of my 1944 GMC cckw tipper/dump truck. Vehicle is on the road and already attending shows but I'm looking for information and pictures to make for more of a historical/personal display rather than just another army truck. The truck came into service December 44 being assigned to the 276th engineers serving the 1st army. Its most significant role being at the remagen bridge in early 45. The truck has an 'in the field' engineered A- frame crane attached to the bumper, sommerfield matting sheets, dual front wheels and a fold away stretcher as seen in the sad footage of removing dead soldiers from the bridge after collapse. Also a baseball bat, glove and balls on display as I believe one of the 276th was a Major League Baseball star. Other than that I don't have much else in the way of information or stories that I'd like to present as part of the display at shows. I'm after any information no mater how small about the 276th, personal stories, names, photos, details of battles and locations of 276 from Dec 44 till the end of the war. I have information taken from official us military records but it would be nice to back these up with more information. I belive my truck entered the end of The Bulge? It definitely saw service at remagen.Then I believe it worked up towards Prague at the end of the war but I've no solid proof. Thanks in advance for any leads, pictures etc. Please email me if you'd prefer Lee sorry the pictures are not oriented, don't know how to.
  23. 2 points
    Walt's Daughter

    293rd Engineer Combat Bn

    So sorry, Joe passed away in Jan of 2016. He was a great friend and I miss him very much. One of the sweetest and most humblest veterans, I knew.
  24. 2 points

    Interesting Articles

    Bones found near wreckage of US bomber in Croatia Jul 10, 2017 ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Divers have located human bones near the wreckage of a U.S. bomber that crashed in the Adriatic Sea in Croatia in 1944. The discovery was made last week at the site of the crash of The Tulsamerican, the last B-24 Liberator bomber built in Tulsa, Oklahoma, near the end of World War II, according to Croatia's state TV. "The remains of human bones have been found, but we can't say anything without further analysis," Zadar University archaeologist Mate Parica said. The wreckage itself was found at the bottom of the sea at a depth of some 40 meters (130 feet) near the island of Vis in 2010 after a 17-year search. Three members of the 10-man crew were killed in the crash. Tomo Medved, who heads Croatia's ministry for war veterans, said the U.S. is still looking for some 200 Americans who perished in Croatia during WWII. Croatia was run by a Nazi puppet regime during the war. Medved pledged the country's cooperation. "We will launch the procedure to sign an agreement between our countries so that we would find the remains of some 200 people that the United States is searching for in the territory of the Republic of Croatia," he said. An effort to recover and return pieces of the wreckage to Oklahoma for display at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum has been underway for several years. The plane was hit after a bombing run over German-occupied Poland. It crashed into the Adriatic Sea on Dec. 17, 1944. The crew apparently tried to get the plane back to its base in Italy, but they eventually decided to ditch it in the Adriatic.
  25. 2 points

    William "Bill" Brinkley (my grandfather)

    This is the other document I found.
  26. 2 points

    William "Bill" Brinkley (my grandfather)

    Here is my grandfather's picture.
  27. 2 points

    344th Engineers

    Here are a few more
  28. 2 points

    344th Engineers

    I have more photos, which I can post. Hope it's not too much. Would very much like to know if there are any living members of the 113th or 344? Can you link this to 344th?
  29. 2 points
    Hello Walt's Daughter, My Uncle Tony served in both the 113th and 344tth. Do you know if there are any living members of either of these two units? Happy to share his album with the community. Brock
  30. 2 points
    Walt's Daughter

    D-Day Normandy - 2017

    Here's to all who fought this day - D-Day Normandy. God bless you all!
  31. 2 points
    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,
  32. 2 points
    Wee Willie

    Ft. Screven, Georgia

    These are pictures of George Edward Brannon "Ed" and some of his friends in Ft. Screven before they were shipped overseas. I don't have any information on any of the others except for their first names.
  33. 2 points
    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).
  34. 2 points
    Walt's Daughter

    Jean in Siegburg

    Oh wow, this is fantastic. I have goosebumps!!!!!
  35. 2 points
    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
  36. 2 points

    New Battle of Britain film announced

    Ran across an article this morning announcing a new film about the Battle of Britain, let's hope it is a good one. Randy Sir Ridley Scott set to direct Battle of Britain film By Celebretainment Sir Ridley Scott is attached to direct a film about the Battle of Britain. The 79-year-old British filmmaker - who is renowned for his work on sci-fi films, 'Blade Runner, 'Prometheus' and 'Alien' - has reportedly teamed up with 20th Century Fox to helm the World War II movie which is based on the historical battle. According to Deadline, Scott will work closely with its screenwriter Matthew Orton, who penned WWII drama 'Operational Finale' starring Oscar Isaac, on the project. It is not yet known what direction the script will take but the Battle of Britain is centered from 10 July until 31 October 1940 when the British Royal Air Force (RAF) successfully defended the UK from the invading German Air Force (Luftwaffe) as the Nazis tried to cripple and the conquer the country with a bombing campaign known as the Blitz. The film rights were purchased by Fox last year and Scott Free is down to produce alongside Joby Harold, Tory Tunnell, with Steven Asbell on board for Fox. Steven Spielberg's 'Bridge of Spies' writer, Matt Charman, will executive produce the film. He has worked with Orton on 'Guiding Lights' back in 2015. Meanwhile, Orton is currently writing political thriller 'Reason of State', with Scott in charge of Sony's 'All The Money In The World' - a drama about the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III. In addition to 'The Cartel' and his next movie to hit cinema screens is 'Alien: Covenant' which is released on May 19 followed by its sequel scheduled for 2018. Scott - who is married to Costa Rican actress-and-producer Giannina Facio - also worked as a producer on 'Blade Runner 2049', the Denis Villeneuve-directed sequel to his 1982 cult classic.
  37. 2 points
    I'm back. The 1280th was NOT under a division. Units such as his (and like my father's), were "bastard" units and served under an ARMY or CORPS. These units were placed where needed and often were attached to other units, such as infantry, as temporary measures. This was something I learned years ago, when I first began exploring my father's history. I was very familiar with the layout of armies, but had no idea at that time, that independent engineer units, even existed. Infantry units had their own (organic) engineer battalions. The 65th Infantry's engineers would have been the 265th Engineer Combat Battalion, not your father's unit. For instance, when the 540th landed on the beaches of southern France, my father's engineer regiment was under the jurisdiction of VI Corps/7th Army. When they were in Italy, it was the 5th Army.
  38. 2 points
    It is a great story behind the poster Marion, enjoyed learning about it. And yes, you are the forum hero!
  39. 2 points
    I just realized that one of the stamps was actually used as it has a Postmark on it. Interesting... Gary
  40. 2 points
    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!!!!
  41. 2 points
    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&
  42. 2 points
    In my thoughts today is one PFC Harold M. Jordan who was killed in action on this day in 1945. He was a member of Company C, 414th Infantry Regiment, 104th (Timberwolf) Infantry Division. PFC Jordan had just turned 19 years old three weeks before his death, 19 years old, that is the same age my daughter is now. My grandfather must have been friends with this soldier or at least known him. How they became associated, I do not have an answer for that. This a picture of my grandfather taken at PFC Jordan's grave, it is the largest (8X10) of his wartime photographs. When I first saw it I could tell it was a special photo. It has been suggested to me that this is the type of picture that would have been sent back home to the parents or next of kin. I believe this is probably correct. Here is what is written on the backside. In the final analysis with all things considered, I would say this photo was taken in June or July 1945. Of course I wanted to know how my grandfather knew this soldier and where the picture was taken. Their paths don't seem to have crossed anywhere during their service that I can tell. Which leads me to believe that they may have known each other before the war. I have asked the family if anyone knew how they met and nobody can recall. PFC Jordan had lived with his parents in Montgomery County, Illinois before the war, not far from St. Louis. My guess is that PFC Jordan or maybe his dad worked with my grandfather at the same manufacturing plant in St. Louis. The only way to find out where the photo was taken would be to request the IDPF of the fallen soldier. After eleven months of waiting, the file finally arrived and I had the story of PFC Jordan and the answer to my query. He died a few miles south of Paderborn Germany from shrapnel wounds to the neck on 6 April 1945. Six days later his body was buried in Military Cemetery #1 at Ittenbach Germany. This was the location of the photograpgh I was looking for. The file gives grid coordinates for the cemetery location, I plugged those into Google Earth to get a aerial view of the area today. The yellow push pin in the following image points to the area where the former cemetery was located. As you can see it is an empty field. This cemetery was only temporary, they did not want American war dead to be left in enemy soil. PFC Jordan's remains were removed from this cemetery in September 1945 and reburied at Plot YY, Row 2, Grave 32 in the Margraten Cemetery in Holland. The repatriation of the American war dead began in 1947. PFC Jordan's parents, Mack and Audrey Jordan of Taylor Springs Illinois, had elected to have their son brought home to be close to them. His journey home began in September 1948 with his disinterment from Margraten and ended with his final burial in the Sunnyside Cemetery in Sorento Illinois in January 1949. Thank you PFC Jordan for your service and sacrifice
  43. 2 points

    CIB's being awarded to com engs

    Yes, I have the orders, I recieved them in the mail in Early July 1966, I was discharged 21 Jun 1966. I posted them on here once before but will post again. These orders included the Combat Engr's that were front line troops. Also included is the correction to my DD214 and letter. I hope this might help some fellow sapper that was awarded the CIB
  44. 2 points

    CIB's being awarded to com engs

    I have been fighting this fight for some time now. As a Combat Engineer during Viet Nam serving with A co, 1st Brig, 326th Combat Engineer 101st ABN Div. many of us were awarded the CIB I received the orders for mine after I was discharged (some 50 yrs ago) so this award was not on my DD214. I sent a copy of my DD214 along with the CIB orders to the military TOC for my awards and ribbons. CIB along with all other metals were received shortly there after. At this time I wanted my DD214 amended to reflect this award. It took a couple of letters and some time but just the other day I retrieved the amended DD214 that showed as MOS 12B2P Combat Engr I was formally awarded the CIB. I guess persistence pays off. If I can be of any help to other Combat Engrs please contact me. Bill McGugin
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    Wee Willie

    Wee Willie

    I figured that they were the same then as when I was in the Army, and that there has to be something somewhere. I just have to figure out which unit he may have been in. I think that he may have been one that went to the Phillipines because he had a collection of coins from France, Belgium, Germany, and the Phillipines. I am going to post some more pictures here, and I wanted to add that my Father in law's full name was George Edward Brannon and he usually went by Ed
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    Remembering Bryl G. Bowman

    Thinking today of the service and sacrifice of Seaman 2nd Class Bryl G. Bowman, who went missing in action on this date 75 years ago. Seaman Bowman was a crew member aboard the USS Houston, which on 1 March 1942 was caught in a desperate battle with the Japanese fleet and was sunk off of the Java coast. Of the 1061 men aboard the Houston, 693 perished. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Houston_(CA-30) http://www.click2houston.com/news/ceremonies-mark-75th-anniversary-of-uss-houston-sinking On this 75th anniversary, here is to all the sailors of the USS Houston "still on duty"
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    Engineer Week and the GPO

    I subscribe to the Government Publishing Office (GPO) emails to get info on the books that they are featuring - every now and then they are WWII ones. Today's email was about engineer books since it is - apparently - Engineer Week. Who knew? Apparently, it coincides with the week of George Washington's birthday. This year it is February 19-25. The email I got sent me to "Government Book Talk" for Engineer Week. As for the GPO, they are the place you can buy your brand new versions of the US Army's Green Books about WWII. For Christmas, I bought the Okinawa green book (with a picture on the cover and no longer green), some posters and a few small publications. Very cool. Anyway, it's pretty easy to navigate around the book store site. The search is ok but you will get a lot of results that don't have anything to do with your search parameters. Here is a search for "Engineers World War II" https://bookstore.gpo.gov/search/apachesolr_search/engineer world war ii Great place for government published books that are hard to get elsewhere. Looking for the Green Books on PDF. . . and for free? http://www.history.army.mil/html/bookshelves/collect/usaww2.html
  48. 2 points
    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.
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    Engineer Week and the GPO

    From the "The Corps of Engineers: The War Against Germany" Page 236: With Fifth Army's advance, Peninsular Base Section acquired additional ports, but they were usually damaged severely. Rome fell on 4 June, Civitavecchia three days later, Piombino on 25 June, and Leghorn on 19 July. At Civitavecchia, the first seaport north of Anzio potentially useful to the Allies, the 540th Engineer Combat Regiment forged through the heavy wreckage to open DUKW and landing craft hardstands. On 11 June the first cargo craft, an LCT, unloaded; next day an LST nosed into a berth, and ferry craft began to unload Liberty ships. Cargo was soon coming ashore at the rate of 3,000 tons a day. Later the 1051st Port Construction and Repair Group provided Liberty berths by building ramps across sunken ships as at Naples. cross sunken ships as at Naples. Even while improvements were under way at Civitavecchia, a new entry for Fifth Army supplies opened 100 miles farther north at Piombino, a small port on a peninsula opposite the island of Elba. Elements of both the 39th and 540th Engineer Combat Regiments reopened the port, which, like Civitavecchia, had suffered heavy bomb damage. The main pier lay under a mass of twisted steel from demolished gantry cranes and other wreckage, while destroyed buildings and railroad equipment cluttered the area. But the engineers did not find the profusion of mines and booby traps the retreating Germans usually left behind, and they were able to remove 5,000 tons of scrap steel and pig iron from the main piers during the first two days. Pier ribbing and flooring repair required considerable underwater work. After three days facilities for LCTs to dock head on were available and one alongside berth was ready to receive a coaster; within the next few days hardstands for LCTs, LSTs, and DUKWs were available; and at the end of the third week the engineers built a pier over a sunken ship to provide berths for two Liberty ships. Piombino joined Civitavecchia as a main artery of supply for Fifth Army during July and August 1944. And on Page 443: The 1st Battalion of Col. George W. Marvin's 540th Engineer Combat Regiment, leading the beach group, charged ashore on Green with two battalions of the 141st Infantry. Two engineer companies quickly organized the beaches, cleared mines, and set up dumps for the following assault waves. Company B crossed the Agay River with the 2d Battalion, 141st Infantry, and met infantry units coming from Camel Blue to take Yellow from behind in order to start supply operations there. There's a lot more, of course.
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    On this day 73 years ago Operation Grenade begins. The 84th Infantry Division begins crossing the Elbe River with support from the 292nd Engineer Combat Battalion culminating in March with Allied forces reaching the Rhine River.