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    Just so you ae aware, this is no longer a valid link. I have found it here though: https://archive.org/details/TM12-235
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    Walt's Daughter

    286th Army Combat Engineers Co B

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

    John William "Bill" Wilkerson

    Hi... 1. Try the VA. They have records that might amaze you. My father's VA file (different than the St. Louis records) even had an evacuation tag from when he was with an AAA outfit near Seattle! You can request the files as next of kin and have the file sent to a lcal VA office wehre you can read it and take notes. The file should show his duty stations throughout his service time as well as other information. 2. Look to the county clerk of the county in which he lived upon his return to the States. and seek out his Discharge papers. Often (not always) States gave a small bounty to vets who filed a copy of their discharge. If the County doesn't have it, then sometimes the State has it.If it is in Illinois, you will need to be next of kin also. 3. Once you ID his unit, then you can obtain copies of unit records from the National Archives (NARA on line) including monthly summaries, After Action Reports, message logs and other miscellaneous reports/documents. Not all units kept good records, and not all records made it to The National Archives...but well worth a shot. ALSO, if you have the unit, you MIGHT be able to find daily reports in St. Louis that were missed by the fire in '73.
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    Hi J_riederer, Give me a little time to get them scanned, and figure the ins and outs of this forum, and we'll get things worked out. I'd like to post them here, if possible! Keith
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    Hi Keith, I would love to see these pictures, I would be happy to send the pics I have as well. Could you email them to me maybe? If they are too big, use wetransfer.com and you can send up to 2gb for free. J_riederer@hotmail.com. I would really enjoy seeing those and maybe my grandpa would even be in some. Thank you!
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    Thanks for your consideration. My uncle, Kenneth Coleman, was a member of the 1010 Engineers Treadway Bridge Company. He was never married and passed away in his mid 50's. His belongings ended up in my posession, and I would like to provide pictures I have of the companies trek across Europe in the latter days of WWII. I know they would be of importance to the relatives of these brave heroes! Keith Brown
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    Here's a link to a nice description of the St. Goar crossing; The 1010th is not mentioned, but this was perhaps my father's most memorable event of all his experiences in WWII as he was present with the 1010th or (tententh) as he called it before the bridge was built, through the bombardment, assisting in building the bridge, and then crossing it. https://gallagherstory.com/ww2/chapter18.html
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