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    #1484 Engineer Maint Co

    Check out this link; it is to a page in the multi-volume report of the US Army Engineers in the SW Pacific. If not in any large library near you, These volumes can be borrowed via interlibrary loan and the US Army Military History Research Center.(old name). More when I have time. https://books.google.com/books?id=qIDgFaEiDokC&pg=PA182&lpg=PA182&dq=1484th+Engineer+Maintenance+Company&source=bl&ots=QR-KodFGBW&sig=hI_B6CbRQ6Clb272ToWuzCtefP8&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjf38qAqPbZAhVh2oMKHfrGDsQQ6AEIMjAB#v=onepage&q=1484th Engineer Maintenance Company&f=false ps. I wrote my Ph.D thesis on the 978th Engineer Maintenance Company that served in the ETO. I THINK I may have some material related to these companies. I do know the first was the 56th Engineer Shop Company which in turn split with part of it (475th) ending up in Iceland. It provided the cadre for the 978th...which in turn provided cadre for the 1478th AND the 1487th Engr Maintenance Companies. The Table of Organization and Equipment (TO&E 5-157) identified a hq, contact and two maintenance platoons. How the companies were used proves more complicated. Some were in the combat zones, some in communication zone etc. The 978th for example was attached to the XIXth Corps in the ETO, and the Corps engineer officer wanted it as close to the front lines as possible. Others in other organizations were kept back...... theron
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    Rob D

    #1484 Engineer Maint Co

    I am looking for any information on this group of Engineers. Photo taken 31 JU: 1945 - I have the list of names on the back and will post in this or a next frame depending on my PC Skills. To the best of my knowledge they were deployed from Fort Polk, LA to the west coast in FEB 1945 and to the Pacific about that same time and were mostly operating out of Manila until the end of the war. My Dad is back row 5th in (With his left arm on the bench)
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    Thank you very much, that’s really helpful and will be passed on the rest of the guys. I'm the tall guy with glasses and the mine detector in the pics.
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    5th Engineer Special Brigade

    Greetings, I am the grandson of a WWII and D-Day Army veteran. He was in the 210th Military Police Company, a unit which was attached to, and trained with the 5th Engineer Special Brigade (5th ESB) at the start of the war. The Brigade itself was formed specifically to support the landing of the U.S. 1st and 29th Infantry Divisions on Omaha beach by way of clearing beach obstacles; marking and clearing mines; establishing roads off the Beach; and supporting the movement of men and material off the landing crafts/ships and into various depots in and around the landing areas. The core of the 5th ESB was made up of the 37th, 336th and 348th Engineer Combat Battalions with one Platoon each of my grandfather's 210th MP Co assigned to each of these three Engineer Combat Battalions for the D-Day landing. After landing in France, my grandfather's MP company worked traffic control for the Red Ball Express, and moving with it through France, Belgium, and into Germany. Hello to all!
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    Hi everyone, we’ve had a hectic couple of years attending shows and teaching the work of the amphibious combat engineers. People are amazed to find a bit of WW2 history they’ve never heard of before. I do have a question though regarding the seahorse badges on the sides of helmets. When we’re these removed as I’ve seen them during landings but later? many thanks Liam
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    Toledo Press and Media Release 2018 I helped this gentleman with info regarding a combat engineer High_School_Heroes_Vol_Newsletter.pdf
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    Interesting Articles

    A WWII aircraft carrier was lost in the battle for Australia. A tech billionaire just found it. By Kristine Phillips March 6 at 4:09 PM Email the author The first torpedo hit the USS Lexington’s port side at about 11 a.m. on the last day of the Battle of the Coral Sea, a critical point in the United States’ war against Japan. Within minutes, another torpedo struck, followed by three bombs from Japanese dive bombers. Fires raged, but they were under control two hours later. Still, the consecutive hits from the Japanese navy would eventually spell the end of the aircraft carrier known as Lady Lex. Fuel tanks from underneath were ruptured, causing an explosion that shook the warship. Capt. Frederick C. Sherman ordered his men up to the flight deck. By 5 p.m., he yelled, “Abandon ship!” Men jumped into the warm water and were immediately rescued by nearby cruisers and destroyers. Sherman and his executive officer, Cmdr. M.T. Seligman, were the last ones to leave before Lady Lex sank into the Coral Sea on May 8, 1942, the end of the four-day naval battle between Allied forces from the United States and Australia, and the Imperial Japanese Navy. A little more than 200 crew members died — part of the price the United States paid to help protect its ally, Australia, from Japan during World War II. About 2,770 survived, including Wags, the captain’s dog. The remains of Lady Lex would stay undiscovered on the floor of the Coral Sea for the next 76 years — until they were found by a billionaire who spends some of his fortune finding the lost wreckage of previous wars. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen on Monday announced the discovery of the USS Lexington about 500 miles off the eastern coast of Australia, two miles below the surface of the Coral Sea. [ ‘We knew the ship was doomed’: USS Indianapolis survivor recalls four days in shark-filled sea ] “To pay tribute to the USS Lexington and the brave men that served on her is an honor,” Allen said. “As Americans, all of us owe a debt of gratitude to everyone who served and who continue to serve our country for their courage, persistence and sacrifice.” Allen, a Seattle-based entrepreneur and philanthropist who also invests in environmental causes, had bought a 250-foot research vessel called R/V Petrel and retrofitted it with state-of-the-art equipment capable of diving 3½ miles deep, according to his website. Allen has used the vessel in expeditions that led to the discovery of several historic warships and artifacts. The USS Indianapolis was discovered on the bottom of the Philippine Sea in August, more than 70 years after a Japanese submarine fired six torpedoes toward the 610-foot heavy cruiser, causing it to break in pieces. About 800 of the nearly 1,200 crew members made it off the ship before it sank, but many died of dehydration, shark attacks and starvation as they floated helplessly in shark-infested waters for four days. Last year, President Trump paid tribute to the veterans who served during the Battle of the Coral Sea, which the Defense Department describes as a “crucial turning point in the war against Imperial Japan in the Pacific.” Wreckage from the USS Lexington, a World War II aircraft carrier that sank on May 8, 1942. A team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen found the wreckage on March 4. (Paul Allen via Agence France-Presse) “In those Pacific waters, we forged iron bonds between our countries. Few peoples in the world share ties in history, affection and culture like the Americans and Australians. Those ties are sealed with the blood of our grandfathers and fathers and those same ties are now the priceless heritage we celebrate so beautifully tonight,” Trump said during the May speech. The Battle of the Coral Sea, which lasted from May 4 to May 8, 1942, came at an unsettling time for the United States, Australia and their allies. Allied forces had been experiencing mounting defeats, while the Japanese military had been continually succeeding, beginning with the attack on Pearl Harbor months earlier. In Australia, people had begun to expect an imminent invasion by Japan. By April 1942, Australia had become a target for the Japanese. Leaders of Japan’s navy had begun devising ways to capture Port Moresby and the islands of Tulagi, New Caledonia, Fiji and Samoa — located east and northeast of Australia — partly to cut off communications with the United States and leave it vulnerable to Japanese invasion. [ Unsealed 75 years after the Battle of Midway: New details of an alarming WWII press leak ] Occupying Papua New Guinea’s Port Moresby under a plan known as Operation MO would “provide the Imperial Japanese Navy with a secure operating base on Australia’s northern doorstep,” according to the Royal Australian Navy. The planning dragged on until the middle of April, when carrier-launched U.S. bombers led by Jimmy Doolittle attacked the Japanese home islands. The attacks, though minimal, gave Operation MO a renewed sense of urgency. The military forces behind Operation MO included an armada of destroyers, cruisers, aircraft carriers and submarines. The U.S. Navy had received signal intelligence on Japan’s intentions, but that “was barely enough advantage for the fleet to take on and force the Japanese to retreat,” according to the Defense Department. Japan managed to capture Tulagi, which is part of the Solomon Islands, east of Papua New Guinea, on May 3. The Battle of the Coral Sea raged for the next four days. In the end, both the Japanese and the Allies portrayed themselves as victors, though both sides suffered severe losses. “In a sense they are both right,” according to the Royal Australian Navy. Wreckage from the USS Lexington, a World War II aircraft carrier that sank on May 8, 1942. A team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen found the wreckage on March 4. (Paul Allen) The Americans lost more ships than the Japanese. But the Allies prevented Japan from capturing Port Moresby — its main objective. By the time the USS Lexington was sunk on May 8, Japanese forces were not in a position to keep advancing. Their aircraft carrier Shoho had been sunk. A second carrier, Shokaku, had been severely damaged, while a third, Zuikaku, was low on fuel. Adm. Shigeyoshi Inouye, leader of Operation MO, decided to postpone the invasion of Port Moresby. Many say that if it were not for the damage the Japanese forces suffered, the Americans would not have defeated them in the next battle a month later. The Battle of Midway, which raged from June 4 to June 7, 1942, resulted in the deaths of about 360 Americans — compared with more than 3,000 Japanese casualties. Historians Jonathan B. Parshall and Anthony P. Tully described the American assault on the Japanese fleet as “the single most decisive aerial attack in naval history.” The Battle of Midway — arguably because of the Battle of the Coral Sea — helped turn the tide of war in the Pacific theater. Michael E. Ruane contributed to this report.
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    Walt's Daughter

    Cape Cod Military Museum

    This was taken from a 36th Engineer's Newsletter that mentions welcoming the 540th Engineers from Camp Edwards, MA. Welcome New Battalions Chapter One – Slides 92-93 - Marion.pdf
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    175th Engineer Regiment

    Talk about timing. I just moved a foot locker full of my dad's Army files to my attic today. I came across a copy of a two volume work he had titled "Engineer History Mediterranean Theater Fifth Army" On the back cover is "Printed for Engineer Section Headquarters Fifth Army, Druckerei-Kamapanie 9507". Both volumes are marked "Confidential" but it is marked out with pencil. These have been in our family as long as I can remember. Volume One covers Africa, Salerno and Naples, Volturno to May 11th, Anzio Beach head and May 11th to the Arno. Each volume has a section on the tactical situation, work at Engineer Headquarters and Unit Operations and list many of the units I see represented in this forum (531st Eng Shore Rgt, 540th Eng. Cbt Rgt (- Co.F) which was attached to the 82D ABN, 10th Eng Cbt Bn, 16th Armored Eng Bn for example) Volume Two covers The Arno through the winter static phase, the Po campaign and Lessons Learned in teh Italian Campaign. There was a Third volume which is titled Appencices but I have not come across that yet and doubt I have it. I thought I would surf the net once again to see if there was any info on the 175th Engineers since I am compiling info for a family history and I came across this forum with your question about the 175th! So I joined the forum to see if I might assist. Several years ago I contacted the US Army Engineer School Historian to see if there was still a 175th Engineer Rgt either active or Reserve or an organization or veterans group but only found that it had been deactivated at Camp Patrick Henry, VA (now the site of the Newport News, VA airport) in 1945 and that is that. My late father, Harry Jones, was 1st Sgt of H&S Co. 175th Engineer Rgt, 5th US Army during Campaigns in North Africa, Sicily and Italy (6 campaign stars). He was a prolific photographer and I recall photos of groups of men on board the ship enroute and others that are packed away. I believe the 175th may have earned one Meritorious Unit Citation and possibly two. My reason for believing this is that during WWII this was denoted by a small square patch with a gold wreath on it worn near the cuff on the right sleeve. I have a photo of my dad wearing one on his uniform in 1953. Only confusion is that when the photo was taken he had just left Korea. He had also been in the 30th Engineer Bn(TOPO) prior to Korea and I am not sure if it was earned by the 30th TOPO or the 175th. I will check the photos taken when he came home from WWII, when I can get to them (hopefully this week), to see if he wore the patch then. I also have some of his military records and any unit citation from that period should be noted on his DD214. He served 34 years active service retiring in 1974 as a Colonel. Not bad for a guy who joined the Florida National Guard in 1940 and believed that song of the time "Good by Dear, I'll Be Back in a Year"!