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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
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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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    Sidney DeBrock's Granddaughter

    WWII pics...

    My Grandfather in WW11. Sidney DeBrock . 3rd front with helmet and #3 second photo.
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    Merry, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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    For all of you I miss via snail mail, here's my Christmas poem to everyone! From our family to yours.
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    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.
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    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.
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    WWII finds vehicle he drove in WWII How cool is this? World War II Veteran Locates Ambulance He Drove During the War
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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!
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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!
  16. 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.
  17. 3 points
    Here we go folks! Just another 'lil project I've been working on. Opinions? Gary
  18. 3 points
    It's arrived! Now to get 'er framed! Gary
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 2 points

    Interesting Articles

    US Army hero dog during WWII receives posthumous medal 22 hrs ago (0) The Dickin Medal, worn by Military working dog Ayron who received the PDSA Dickin Medal, the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross, on Chips' behalf, in London, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. Chips was a US Army dog who protected the lives of his platoon during the invasion of Sicily in 1943. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) LONDON (AP) — A U.S. Army dog that attacked a machine-gun nest during World War II was posthumously awarded Britain's highest honor for animal bravery on Monday. Chips, a German shepherd-husky cross, was awarded the Dickin Medal for actions during a 1943 beach landing in Sicily. According to the U.S. soldiers, Chips raced into an Italian machine-gun nest, attacking an enemy soldier by the throat and pulling the gun from its mount. The medal was awarded by veterinary charity PDSA in a ceremony at the Churchill War Rooms in London. The honor was accepted by 76-year-old John Wren of Southold, New York, whose father donated Chips to the war effort in 1942. Lt. Col. Alan Throop, who attended on behalf of the U.S. Army, said that shortly after the battle Chips was recommended for the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star and the Purple Heart. The awards were later rescinded because army policy didn't allow animals to receive medals. Chips suffered scalp wounds and powder burns in the battle but survived the war, returning to his owners in Pleasantville, New York. The medal was awarded on the 75th anniversary of the Casablanca Conference, at which British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt plotted wartime strategy. Chips served as a sentry at the conference and met both leaders. "It has taken over seven decades, but Chips can now finally take his place in the history books as one of the most heroic dogs to serve with the U.S. Army," PDSA director general Jan McLoughlin said. Since 1943, the Dickin Medal has recognized gallantry by animals serving with the military, police or rescue services. Recipients include 33 dogs, 32 messenger pigeons, four horses and a cat.
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    Oh awesome! In a brief search I discovered a discussion from last year about a couple members donating 292nd yard longs to our museum! They both hang proudly and I will have to get a picture of them on display the next time I'm up there.
  26. 2 points
    I merged your two topics, for it was a bit confusing having two related ones going on at the same time.
  27. 2 points
    I saw the Lt Dan band while on TAD (TDY to you Army types) to 29 Palms, Ca in 2007. It was really awesome - he does a great job!
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    Absolutely incredible story - recovering the remains of a pilot in Germany. A must read. A video is included. http://worldwarwings.com/p-47-thunderbolt-pilots-remains-discovered-embedded-tree-72-years/
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 2 points

    William "Bill" Brinkley (my grandfather)

    Here is my grandfather's picture.
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    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?
  35. 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
  36. 2 points

    344th Engineers

    I have a number of photos which I believe we taken both here in the US and overseas. Happy to share them.
  37. 2 points
    Walt's Daughter

    D-Day Normandy - 2017

    Here's to all who fought this day - D-Day Normandy. God bless you all!
  38. 2 points

    Vet doing research

    I'm Matt, combats engineer vet from 1996-2002, doing research on my grandfather who I never knew but have tons of photos, some not labeled, from the ETO. He was a comms T4 in the 33rd reconnaissance squadron, 20th armored division, 3rd Army. It has proved quite a Challenge to ID some of these places, at the time my grandad was in Europe, February thru July 1945, his unit was splintered and pieces attached to other units, so it can be hard to know where he went based on official narratives. Mom not here to crowdsource or just post and hope others do the work, but I am relatively new at this sort of research. Any tips would be appreciated. Included is a photo of my grandfather, Gordon Smith Essayons!
  39. 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.
  40. 2 points
    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.
  41. 2 points
    My dad's Separation Qualification Record states, “Spent approximately 30 months as composite unit commander. Commanded and received the first prisoner or war labor unit in Paris consisting of 250 men. Later increased to a camp of 1500. As unit commander was responsible for administration, training, and discipline of unit. Made decisions reguarding (sp) personel (sp) efficiency, discipline, training, work, and supply. Directed performance of duty and made regular inspections. Prisoners of war worked as largest engineering depot in France.” According to the Internet: "Satory is an area south of Versailles in France. It is mostly known for its military camp..." If anyone has information about this camp, I would really appreciate a reply. Thank you in advance. Also, I have included a portrait of my dad one of the German prisoners painted for him while he was commander of that camp. It is spot on.
  42. 2 points
    Interesting, but not correct. Remember, the bombing was in 1945 and the 292nd was still at Camp Butner in 1944. Now that I check myself I see I kind of screwed up on this... I meant to put the date of May 19th! What a serious brain freeze! The bombing did occur on April 18th, but of 1945 so maybe this is what got my lines crossed. As for the Purple Heart, the only possibility is to get to the St Louis Center to see if there is information about the bombing that could assist in this in unit morning reports. I've never seen the names of the 10 guys lightly wounded in that incident and getting that list would solve for sure if his part in the incident was documented. Getting there is just not in the cards for me at this time (taking care of my 101 yr old grandmother), but down the road definitely. Until next time, Gary
  43. 2 points
    It is a great story behind the poster Marion, enjoyed learning about it. And yes, you are the forum hero!
  44. 2 points
    Today marks the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, sadly only one raider from the group of 80 is still with us. God bless them all! Last Doolittle Raider, 101, recalls attack 75 years later CINCINNATI • At age 101, retired Lt. Col. Dick Cole says his memories are vivid of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders mission that helped change the course of World War II. Now the sole survivor of the original 80-member group, Cole recalls the excitement of learning the bombing target they had been secretly training for was Japan itself. He remembers the eerie quiet as they neared their target, not knowing whether anti-aircraft firepower was ready for them; the precise series of orders, from open bomb bay doors to prepare to bail out, from mission leader Jimmy Doolittle as Cole flew alongside him as his co-pilot; parachuting into darkness, then being helped by Chinese villagers to stay one ahead of vengeful Japanese troops. Three of his comrades were executed. Cole planned to take part in events Monday and Tuesday at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton, Ohio, marking the 75th anniversary of the attack that rallied America and jarred Japan. It will be “a somber affair,” Cole said in a recent telephone interview, when he fulfills the long Raider tradition of toasting those who have died in the past year, using goblets engraved with their names. In a private ceremony, he will offer tribute to retired Staff Sgt. David Thatcher, who died last year at age 94 in Missoula, Mont. Sometimes chuckling, sometimes reflective, Cole sounded clear and military officer-courteous during the interview, with his daughter Cindy sometimes repeating the questions if he didn’t fully hear them in his home in Comfort, Texas. Cole is sorry he won’t have any of his mission comrades with him to share stories and joke with as they did in annual reunions that began after World War II. He didn’t expect to be the last one standing, because he was older than many others on the mission. “I never thought in that vein,” Cole said. “We all know that somewhere along the line, you have to drop out.” The Raiders launched their assault April 18, 1942, in B-25 bombers not built to fly off an aircraft carrier at sea. Suspecting they had been detected by Japanese patrols, they left sooner than planned from the Hornet, utilizing their mission training in Florida on short-runway takeoffs. “Everybody thought that the takeoff would be the most challenging thing, but as a matter of fact, it turned out to be easiest thing,” Cole said. The crews of the 16 planes were “very quiet” as they neared Japan, he recalled, saying his role next to Doolittle was to “be seen, not heard. ... You didn’t speak until spoken to.” But the country song “Wabash Cannonball” started running through his head and he unconsciously began tapping his toe, which caught Doolittle’s attention. “He gave me a look which didn’t need any conversation,” Cole said with a laugh. Doolittle soon ordered bomb bay doors opened, and the attack was on against what turned out to be limited anti-aircraft fire. “The enemy was doing something else and surprised that we were there, and then I just thought, ‘So far, so good,’” Cole said. They then headed to China, running out of fuel. Cole said Doolittle gave the command to prepare to bail out as they neared the coast, adding: “I wish you all good luck.” Cole said it was scary to parachute into a dark “unknown” in rough weather. His parachute caught in a tree, leaving him dangling but safe. Three Raiders died trying to reach China, and eight were captured by Japanese soldiers. Three were executed, and a fourth died in captivity. Their attack inflicted scattered damage, but more important, stunned Japan’s people. Its military diverted resources to guard their homeland, while news of the raid lifted U.S. morale after the Dec. 7, 1941, surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and a string of Japanese victories in the Pacific. “Seven decades later, we are still awed by the sheer audacity of the Doolittle raid and the incredible men whose grit and bravery made it possible,” Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi of California said when the Congressional Gold Medal was awarded to the Raiders in a 2015 ceremony. “Though time has thinned their ranks, it will never dim the daring of their deeds.” Cole, a Dayton-area native, has been to the Ohio museum for reunions and other special events. He and Thatcher were there in 2015 for events highlighting the Gold Medal. Cole also led a special public “final toast” ceremony at the museum in 2013, when four Raiders were still alive, saying of the departed: “May they rest in peace.” Cole attended Thatcher’s funeral last June in Missoula. Asked about historical legacy, Cole replied that he believes he speaks for his late comrades in saying they considered themselves no more special than anyone else who served. “We don’t want to be remembered any more than the rest of the people who took part in beating the Japanese,” Cole said. “They started it, and we finished it.”
  45. 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!!!!
  46. 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
  47. 2 points
    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
  48. 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
  49. 2 points

    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.
  50. 2 points

    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