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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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    Exercise Tiger

    On this date 75 years ago, 749 American servicemen perished during Exercise Tiger, one in a series of dress rehearsals for the up coming D-Day landings. Let us remember them today for their service and sacrifice. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exercise_Tiger Exercise Tiger: Bootprints mark D-Day disaster 75th anniversary 28 April 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share Related Topics D-Day Image copyrightPA Image captionBootprints have been laid in the sand in honour of the 749 servicemen who died on 28 April 1944 Hundreds of US servicemen who died in a World War Two disaster while rehearsing the D-Day landings are being remembered in an art installation. Bootprints of 749 troops have been laid out on Slapton Sands, Devon, to mark the 75th anniversary of Exercise Tiger. The men died when convoys training for the Normandy Landings were attacked by German E-Boats off the Devon coast. Artist Martin Barraud hopes the artwork will help raise money for employment projects for veterans. Mr Barraud also designed last year's There But Not There campaign, which placed silhouettes of "Tommy" troops across the UK, to mark the centenary of the end of World War One. "Our Tommy campaign captured the hearts of the nation, whilst giving a substantial boost to the mental health and wellbeing of veterans," he said. "We're hoping the public will get behind our D-Day 75 campaign by purchasing their own bootprints to mark the great sacrifice of our WW2 heroes, in particular those who helped kick-start the liberation of Europe with the invasion of Normandy on D-Day." Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES Image captionSlapton Sands was used by US forces rehearsing for the D-Day landing at Utah Beach because of its similar geography On 28 April 1944, eight tank landing ships, full of US servicemen and military equipment, converged in Lyme Bay heading for Slapton Sands for the rehearsal. But a group of E-boats from the Kriegsmarine were alerted to heavy radio traffic and intercepted the slow-moving convoy. A series of tragic misfortunes, including communication problems which led to deaths from live Allied fire, compounded the toll. The Exercise Tiger incident was only nominally reported afterwards because of the strict secrecy of the D-Day landings. The D-Day rehearsal that cost 800 lives Survivors' tales of covered up disaster Slapton service remembers Exercise Tiger Pam Wills, 85, from Devon, was just 10 when Exercise Tiger took place near her home, and her family was evacuated before the exercise began. She said: "The US soldiers came over and talked to us, they gave us sweets and comics, but they then suddenly disappeared. "We didn't know Exercise Tiger had taken place, but my father, who was in the Royal Observer Corps watching for enemy aircraft, saw ambulances going to and from Slapton Sands, so we knew something was wrong." Image captionA Sherman tank raised from the seabed in 1984 has served a permanent memorial to the dead ever since Commemorative bootprints and special plaques made by veterans to represent each of the 22,763 British and Commonwealth servicemen and women who were killed on D-Day and during the Battle of Normandy in the summer of 1944 will go on sale. Mr Barraud said: "Our enduring hope is that every one of the US, British and Commonwealth soldiers, sailors and airmen who gave their lives will have a bootprint purchased in their memory." Thank you
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    Walt's Daughter

    Happy To Be Here Thank You

    One of M1's many mysteries!!!!
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    Great work on the topic Gary and Randy!
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    Folks, Just found an interesting article on the University of Texas' "Portal to Texas History" website concerning Cpl J. D. Davenport, a member of Company A.
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    Thanks Gary, thanks Marion, most appreciate it! It's been a labor of love. We have 101 names for Company C, still working on H&S but will post when complete. 292nd Engineer Combat Battalion Company C Roster.xls Have a good one! Randy
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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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    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.