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    Matt Malley

    Happy To Be Here Thank You

    Hello everyone - my name is Matt Malley and I am glad to be here! My father, WW2 vet Patrick Lawrence Malley passed away in April of '03 and I must have the worst timing because I've since become a bit obsessed with WW2, watching all the documentaries, reading all the books - and now I have a million questions for him but he's gone. In 5 days from now, on Feb 3rd it would have been dad's 100th birthday. In my 20's I co-founded a successful 90's rock band "Counting Crows" as their bass player and dad was proud of me in his quiet way - one of the highlights of my life is when mom said that he wears his Counting Crows t-shirt to the bar as a conversation piece! He's from Berkeley, CA and was in the "343rd Engineer General Service Regiment". I've been going through one of his boxes this week and found some great photos from Naples Harbor, Rome, North Africa, Southern France etc. Attaching a photo - dad is the handsome devil on the right with the cigar. I'm here to meet other sons/daughters of WW2 vets - all of these vets are national treasures who fought an undeniable evil and grew up too fast - and when they're gone, there will be no more first hand accounts of the war and that will be one of this country's greatest losses. I got a very limited report of dad from the St Louis archives but his original papers were destroyed in a flood that happened in the '70's I believe. Anyway great to be here, please write and hope to connect some of the dots! Matt Malley
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    Marion, Thanks so much for your kind words. My grandmother was a wonderful person and I will live the rest of my life with her as a guide along with my father and grandfather. Your words concerning my grandmother were very kind and went straight to my heart. Talk to you soon, Gary
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    This is awesome Sam! Where is your grandfather located in the picture? Here is a picture posted on the Camp Butner Society's Facebook page showing the two other 292nd ECB panoramic photos on display. The Company B panoramic would be a great addition alongside it's 292nd brothers! Randy
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    Hi Marion and anyone who might be watching - here is some real gold - I saw that this memorial has been mentioned but I can't seem to get a photo to load. My childhood friend Mike Detwiler has been on this case for a few days and found a pic on Google of the 343rd Memorial in Nettlebed, (closer to Highmoor than Nettlebed proper). First here's a link to the spot on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/ApaohxDnjPT2 And a close-up of the memorial:
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    291st Engineer Combat Battalion Roster

    I reached out to their old reunion organizer / sudo-historian. If I get any rosters I'll share them with y'all. m
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    This is a panoramic shot from my phone. I will have to figure out how to get it scanned hi res for you guys. At the bottom is reads: Co. B 292nd Engineers Combat Battalion Camp Butner, NC May 19, 1944 Herman Webel 1st Lt. Commanding
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    Last names (forgive me if I get spellings wrong as these were given to me a long time ago) Front row (L to R): Whittamore Schutz Copeland Oconnor Gilge Johnson Seagram Macari Dunning Marusama Rotramel Cooper Center: Perry Johnson Cook Howell Assimus Morrison Siegal Long Eggleston Gomaz Kobek Lavolis Third row: Titus Martin Pavalae Calvert Gonzebaum Belatt Walter Wagener Schilz Prochasta Larocco Trenary Richty On the back of my grandfather's picture are these signatures: Robert Jennings Samuel Morrison Lawrence Titus John H. Martin Garland Ritchie John Prochazta Floyd Cook Martin J. Kobach Keith Slagle Earl Perry Louis Gomez J. Cooper Bernard Kaplan Herbert A. Seagram Kendall J. Whittemore Harold W. Johnson John W. LaRocco J. E. Johnson Richard C. Long Charles M. Trenary Robert H. Calvert Gerald Schulz Arthur F. Walters Alfred Wagner John H. Pavelec Elmer Gilge E. J. Rotramel Arthur N. Schultz Jessie E. Dunning Absent - Tony L. Ferreira John A. Macari John Levolis Daniel A. O'Connor Charles Assimus V. Gansibom Carlton Shiller Harold Buenger Ralph Q. Hosley Kenneth E. Balch Edward J. Eggleston
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    I don't know if anyone keeps up with this thread anymore, but I thought I would introduce myself. My name is Sam Eggleston. My grandfather, Ed, served in the 292nd with B Company. He never spoke of the war to anyone, including my father. All I have learned I did through some interviews with people my grandfather had served with, as well as some stories he had written to my grandmother while he was overseas. Ed was from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. There, he married Winefred (Morton) and together they had five boys -- David, Paul, Bruce, Mark, and Brad. Three of them still live on the same road that they grew up on, which is the road I grew up on. Ed's time in the military was never revealed to us other than his best friend during his time was Floyd Cook out of Illinois. My dad's middle name is Floyd in his honor. I do have a Co. B panoramic photo that I can see about getting scanned in if there is any interest, as well as another photo with a smaller group of men with some names written on the back. I really appreciate this outstanding thread. Well done, everyone.
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    Good morning everybody! Today I'm posting the roster for Company A. Have collected 144 names for Company A, more than any of the four companies from the 292nd. Keep in mind though that all the rosters are still a work in progress. Take care, Randy 292nd Engineer Combat Battalion Company A Roster.xls
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    Walt's Daughter

    2827th Company C

    You could literally spend months perusing all the documents, memoirs, and gallery photos on the 36th. Here's one of my fave photos from a past reunion. We had reenactors come out, and had a convoy through town. What a blast!
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    steve boshko

    2827th Company C

    Marion, Thank you for that information -- it's a start. Love this website. I spent an hour just reading some of the action reports and looking at the photos. Regards, Steve
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    Dons Daughter

    253rd Engineer Combat Battalion

    I appreciate the leads others have given me about the 253rd Engineers Combat Battalion. It's helped me to put this history together. The following information is based on your assistance, public records, and letter my father Pvt. Don H. Lafler, service no. 42019810 sent home to his family from induction until discharge. Although specifics were not shared during censorship, he filled in some of the blanks after the surrender. The 253rd started out as a unit of the 1142nd Engineers Combat Group activated on October 15th, 1943 stationed at Camp Crowder, Missouri. The battalion participated in the Tennessee Maneuvers in early 1944 as part of the 1142 Combat Group and was then stationed at Camp Campbell, KY as part of the Group. When the 1142nd Combat Headquarters Company sailed for England August 29, 1944, the 253rd Engineers stayed behind. In October, the Battalion traveled by rail to Fort Miles Standish in Massachusetts, then sailed from Boston to England on the USS West Point, arriving there in early November. Company C of the 253rd Battalion was stationed at Camp Doddington in Cheshire near the railway centre at Crewe, England. On December 24, 1944 they were transported to the coast and shipped to France, arriving at the port of Cherbourg on December 29, 1944. From there the company moved to western France to support U.S. Army troops in the Ardennes. The company was located at Sarrequimines on January 11, 1945. By January 18, 1945 he wrote his family that he was living under better conditions and eating steak, port chops and chicken. In February 1945 they were located at Schirmeck attached to the 63rd Division running lumber mills, building bridges over the Saar River and clearing land mines. Don later lamented that he was deprived of points for discharge because their captain did not submit paperwork for participation in combat for which the 63rd Division was awarded a combat star. Don reported that he did accumulate several months of combat time. Don was assigned a jeep and later wrote that he put over 10,000 miles on his jeep driving dispatched and personnel over a five month period. In early March he made a trip to Nancy, France. On March 30, 1945 the company crossed the Rhine River and entered Germany. They accompanied the Seventh Army on its race toward the Austrian Alps. Again, the company ran a lumber mill and secured supplies for bridge building. On April 11, 1945 he reported that he had covered a lot of territory over the past few days and had passed through many towns were there wasn’t a complete building standing. Company C was stationed at Heidenheim throughout the summer and building bridges continued to be a high priority. On May 25, 1945 he drove to Berchtesgarden (location of Hitler’s Eagles Nest). Soldier were allowed to tour the site at that time. On May 31, 1945 the company was participating in recreation, playing softball. On August 16, 1945 he wrote that “we are operating lumber control points in railroad yards. The company is spread over 250 miles now.” On September 23, 1945 the company was broken up and he along with 35 others were attached to the Seventh Army 970 Engineers Maintenance Company stationed in Heidenheim and later outside Schwetzinger, ten miles from Manheim. On October 29, 1945 he wrote his family that “when I was in the 253rd Engineers we weren’t attached to any division. We were Army engineers and worked under Army jurisdiction completely, only working with Divisions on certain things.” On November 18, 1945 he wrote that “we have changed to TSF (theater service forces) but are still under Seventh Army supervision” whose headquarters were in Heidelberg. I also have photos of some of the soldiers in Company C and will be happy to share them. I am including a list of soldiers identified below: At Camp Crowder, MO (basic training) George Collins Al Marano Bob Morris Lee Salazzo Steve Saraffin At Gallitan, TN (April 1944) Ameil Maattis (Yonkers NY) Al Marano Dick Passino (Gloversville NY) Christ Vellucci (Brooklyn NY) At Camp Campbell, Kentucky (July 1944) Harold Mattison (Jamestown, NY) Joe Priester (Buffalo, NY) Al Smith (Lockport, NY) Eddy Smith (Lockport, NY) In Heidenheim, Germany ( Summer-Winter1945) now serving with 970 Engineer Maintenance Motor Pool 21 Wild Strasse (former Panzer barracks) Peter Bleigh (Syracuse NY) Herb Hoak Dan Jipson Merril Kirkey Jack Minges
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    It is obvious that a person or persons are looking after that memorial, now I want to understand more! Colin.
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    Every now and then, especially if I wake early, I enjoy a journey through the latest posts on Marion's website. I was attracted to this post by the great photos and agree with both Todd and Marion that the photos here are an awesome collection. I particularly like the framed medals and badges, which I suppose is one man's WW2 history. Also in the photo of the truck, the young boy in light coloured shorts and shirt with his hands clasped behind his back would be around the same age as me if it was taken in 1942! The first and fourth photo remind me of the English seaside town and port of Margate near where I was born on the south east UK coast. Colin.
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    Attached are some of the photos my late father, O.W. "Bud" Pendergast took. I don't know any of the names or locations, but they give a sense of what life was like in the company. After the war ended he transferred to a harbor craft company, so some of these pictures might be from then. Mark Pendergast
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    Awesome to have a forum like this , yes I look forward to discussing this. Appreciate all your efforts,
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    Interesting Articles

    CBS NEWS February 12, 2019, 8:20 AM Wreckage of World War II aircraft carrier USS Hornet discovered The research vessel Petrel is perched on a spot in the South Pacific Ocean that was anything but peaceful 77 years ago. Then, it was the scene of a major World War II battle between the U.S. and the Imperial Japanese Navies. For the U.S. aircraft carrier, Hornet, it would be her last battle. Now, researchers are revealing Petrel found the wreckage of the USS Hornet in late January – exactly what they were looking for. The ship was found more than 17,000 feet below the surface, on the floor of the South Pacific Ocean near the Solomon Islands. The USS Hornet is best known for launching the important Doolittle Raid in April of 1942 and its role in winning the Battle of Midway. Richard Nowatzki, 95 now, was an 18-year-old gunner on Hornet when enemy planes scored several hits, reports CBS News' Mark Phillips. "When they left, we were dead in the water," Nowatzki said. "They used armor piercing bombs, now when they come down, you hear 'em going through the decks … plink, plink, plink, plink … and then when they explode the whole ship shakes." With 140 of her crew already dead, the order was given to abandon ship. The Hornet went to the bottom – three and a half miles down – which the crew of the Petrel has been scanning with a deep-sea sonar drone that sends back live pictures. Richard Nowatzki survived the Japanese attack on the USS Hornet in 1942. CBS NEWS The drone brought back an image of something down there that's about the right size in about the right place. It looked like her but lots of ships went down around here. To be sure, they needed positive identification, which they got when they saw the Hornet's naval designation: CV-8. "CBS This Morning" was able to share the discovery in real time with Richard Nowatzki in California – even finding the gun he was on during the attack. "If you go down to my locker, there's 40 bucks in it, you can have it!" Nowatzki joked. Nowatzki has enjoyed a long life since that day. Seeing the Hornet again and the evidence of the men who served -- a jacket hung on a hatch, somebody's wash kit complete with toothbrush – naturally made him reflect on those who hadn't been as lucky. "I know I've been a very fortunate man," he said. "The actual fact that you can find these ships is mind boggling to me … I want to thank you for honoring me this way." But it's the crew of the Petrel who were honored to find the Hornet and the final resting place of so many of her brave crew. Another wreck, and in turn, another war grave has been discovered. Its exact location is kept secret to protect it, but the memory now has a place and the loss has a memorial. © 2019 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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    Walt's Daughter

    Happy To Be Here Thank You

    Hey Matt, I used to play bass in two bands in the Detroit area - Crime Control and Tubes of Fear (and yes, there's a story to how that name came about)! That's me in front with Tubes!
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    Hi everyone I'm new here and this is my 2nd post. My dad, a WW2 vet passed away in '03 and I'm trying to connect some dots about where he was during the war. Please let me know if anyone here might have a relative who knew him etc. His name was Patrick Lawrence Malley from Berkeley, CA. Attaching some interesting snapshots from a box that I'm presently going through regarding my father's service in the 343rd including a pic with 7 names of soldiers that he apparently knew. Please let me know if any of these photos strikes anything, also what the ribbon medal is for (I can't find any info on it). Also how many soldiers were in the 343rd? Are we talking hundreds of soldiers or just a handful? Thank you, Matt Malley
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    Yeah. That's my grandpa. He got married just after this.
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    Hello again Sam. I did a quick look in the online enlistment database and was wondering if the following record is for your grandfather. Field Title Value Meaning ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 36451752 36451752 NAME EGGLESTON#EDWARD#J###### EGGLESTON#EDWARD#J###### RESIDENCE: STATE 62 MICHIGAN RESIDENCE: COUNTY 103 MARQUETTE PLACE OF ENLISTMENT 6262 MARQUETTE MICHIGAN DATE OF ENLISTMENT DAY 12 12 DATE OF ENLISTMENT MONTH 02 02 DATE OF ENLISTMENT YEAR 43 43 GRADE: ALPHA DESIGNATION PVT# Private GRADE: CODE 8 Private BRANCH: ALPHA DESIGNATION BI# Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA BRANCH: CODE 00 Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA FIELD USE AS DESIRED # # TERM OF ENLISTMENT 5 Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law LONGEVITY ### ### SOURCE OF ARMY PERSONNEL # Undefined Code NATIVITY #1 Undefined Code YEAR OF BIRTH 23 23 RACE AND CITIZENSHIP # Undefined Code EDUCATION 4 4 years of high school CIVILIAN OCCUPATION 316 Farm hands, general farms MARITAL STATUS 6 Single, without dependents COMPONENT OF THE ARMY 7 Selectees (Enlisted Men) CARD NUMBER # # BOX NUMBER 1084 1084 FILM REEL NUMBER 5.146 5.146
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    Hello Sam, so glad to have you here on the forum with us! We certainly did have a good thing going on in this thread but I guess for now folks have lost interest. I still lurk here and still research the 292nd when I can. I have panoramic photos of Company's A & C and would love to have one for Company B. You probably have seen in the thread about the new museum at Camp Butner, NC (where the 292nd trained), I'm sure those folks would like to have one for their collection as well. I still have their contact information and would make sure they received one. I'm still keeping my eyes peeled for a panoramic of H & S Company. There are no rosters for the 4 companies of the 292nd that I know of, but I have been working on making some from the many documents and information that I have. Currently I have compiled 119 names for Company B. I did not have your grandfather's name on this list but will certainly add it, However, I did have a PFC Floyd G. Cook ASN# 36900233 which I assume is your grandfather's friend. I would be excited to have you share any photos or information with us. I still have much that I can share and would be glad to try and answer any questions that you may have. Have a good one! Randy
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    159th Combat Engineers Bn WWII

    Hello All - I recently joined the site. My Uncle, John "Jack" Jordan from Pennsauken NJ was assigned to the 159th CE Bn. I don't know which company. I have been trying to research his service for our family history. If anyone has info one how to track his service to the company level, so we can determine which operations he contributed to, and more details his time in Europe, we would greatly appreciate it. THANKS in advance!
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    Wow! This is awesome, Marion! I'm glad you've gotten to talk to him. Hope he continues to do well!!!
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    GREAT NEWS!! Dear 36th'ers: I'll be brief, but wanted to let you know that we've been blessed with a miracle - Captain John Fallon has made a complete recovery and is in good spirits. I just returned his phone call after he left a heartfelt message on my phone this week. Can't tell you how wonderful it was to speak with him and to hear him laugh and cajole with me. Warmly, Marion