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  1. 3 points
    I have crossed the numbers on my photo to the numbers on the photo here. I noticed that there is a couple of people that were previously identified that are identified differently on my list.
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    Michael, it is good to hear from you. We are so glad to know that your Dad, Private Kenneth C. McBride is in this picture and now has his name with his face. My Dad has passed also and probably knew yours. I can't imagine how difficult it was to lose your Dad at such an early age. Thank you for your Dad's service and sacrifice. We are always interested in what he did and where he went in Europe and other places, we want to always remember what was done for us and why we have the freedoms we have today. Be sure to pass his memory along to all the youngsters in your family. Write down what you remember being told and save the keepsakes for someone. My posts have several B company photographs, do you or anyone else recognize your Dad in any other photographs? We are interested in anything you can share about your Dad. Thanks. Glen Blasingim
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    My Father is #56 in this photo. Private Kenneth McBride Baltimore, MD. I have this same photo and it has numbers on the back with rank and last name up to number 60 but does not tell how the numbers run.
  4. 2 points
    Neat story. Thanks for sharing some of your childhood memories.
  5. 2 points
    I am from Watertown,TN and that is another part of my connection. My mother and father meet when he was here on maneuvers and stayed in touch. Sometime after his return they got married and had 6 kids of which I am #2. We lived in Baltimore till his passing and moved back to Watertown. We lived on the edge of town and across the street was woods. I spent most of my childhood in those woods and there was 2 very large Oak trees that were covered with carvings from the troops. They must have been camped there. The trees are gone now and the field is covered with houses. The only thing I remember that was carved was "KILROY WAS HERE" but there was a lot of initials.
  6. 2 points
    The "c" stands for combat and the B.N. stands for battalion! :-)
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    After comparing the ones that are identified in your photo to the ones in my photo the numbers on my photo run left to right starting in first row. At the top a small corner is torn off and there was something written there on the back I think was B CO after that is " 160 ENGR (c) B. N. January 13 1944 Camp Rucker Alabama " . I don't know what the (c) B. N. means if anyone can help.The list then lists 1 - 60 with rank, last name, and Platoon. Should I post them on here? I am new so not sure what I am doing.
  8. 2 points
    Welcome to our forum. Wonderful to see yet another person identified in this photo.
  9. 2 points
    My Father Kenneth McBride was in the 160th Co B I have the same photo of Co B that I saw on here. He is #56 in the photo. I;m glad to fing some info as he passed away in 1960 when I was 7 yr old. The only info I have is the photo, the burial record and his Medals. He was wounded somewhere in Europe and lost his arm at the shoulder. If anyone has any info I would be very interested.
  10. 2 points

    149th Combat Engineers

    149th photos for sale on ebay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/133113215910?ul_noapp=true
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    Good to see my old stomping grounds of Chancelorsville. Last time I was there we had a tour of the "house"(it's actually the farm office) where Jackson died. We were there at night by lantern light. Kind of took you back in time. My favorite tour was tracing the Booth escape rte.
  12. 2 points
    https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-news/d-day-trump-commemorations-gbr-intl/index.html https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/last-few-remaining-u-s-veterans-thanked-75th-anniversary-d-n1014401
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    36th Engineers Company H, Uncle KIA

    Marion, Yes I have dug through it some, thank you so much for hosting all of this. I noticed in the interview with John Fallon that said he was injured going to install a bridge in Mertzwiller about 5am and was injured in the shelling. A later paragraph implied that was before Christmas. I think he might be the officer that was injured in the column when my uncle was killed. Paul Carrell said he was just behind the lieutenant in the column and drug the lieutenant into a building to give first aid. My uncle John was in the left on both pictures. The other image is the 'after action report' letter my uncle Francis wrote in 1945. I saw John Fallon had health issues is he still of good mind? I would love to know if he has any memory of this, I really wish I had started researching this 15 years ago Thanks, Shad
  14. 2 points

    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
  15. 2 points

    Exercise Tiger

    The U.S. government early on set the number of American Army and Navy servicemen killed and missing from Exercise Tiger at 749 total, and still maintains this figure today. The accuracy of the 749 number has been debated since the beginning. Many arguing that the real total is much higher and in some cases that the 749 figure is slightly inflated. No matter who's figure you go by the loss of life was tremendous, and the impact from this event was felt nowhere greater than by the State of Missouri. In the aftermath of this tragic event, 196 of Missouri's native sons were among the dead and missing. This is some 26% of the U.S. reported total figure of 749, far more than any other state. Why so many from one particular state? Most of the answer to this question can be found in the 3206th Quartermaster Service Company. The 3206th was nearly an all Missouri unit, comprising approximately 80% -85% of the company's 250 total enlisted men and officers. The 3206th suffered the second highest amount of casualties among the various units of Exercise Tiger, losing 201 of her 250 men that April night so long ago. The 3206th ceased to exist after this incident, no time to rebuild her ranks before the fast approaching D-Day landings, the survivors were simply folded into the 3207th QSC. Better late than never, as the old saying goes. In 1997 the State of Missouri finally decided it was time to place a memorial for her fallen sons lost to Exercise Tiger. The site chosen was the Audrain County Courthouse grounds of my hometown of Mexico, Missouri.. We had lost 8 men from the Audrain County area to Exercise Tiger, most in state, it was for this reason Mexico had been chosen as the site for the new memorial. Here are a few pics of the memorial: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexico,_Missouri https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audrain_County,_Missouri This is a photo of the Exercise Tiger Memorial in it's original compact setting on the northwest corner of the Audrain County Courthouse This is how it appears today. A few years ago it was decided to move the memorial to the northeast corner in a more prominent and much more attractive setting. The Exercise Tiger memorial is on the left, a Veteran's memorial to all Audrain County men lost in WWI,WWII,Korea and Vietnam is on the right, and in the middle is a real anchor from an LST on permanent loan from the U. S. Navy. All the names of the 196 Missouri men lost are in inscribed, with the 8 local men in larger type in the center. Plaque at the base of the memorial. A 75th anniversary commemorative service was held at the memorial Sunday. I will try and post more about that soon.
  16. 1 point
    Walt's Daughter

    87th Inf Div in Walsheim

    Hello, I am a private person from Walsheim saargebiet Germany, looking for our club images and movie recordings from entering the American armed forces in Walsheim 87. Infant.Div. ; December 1944 can you help me? Viele Grüße Peter Leiner ============ I wrote back saying this might be difficult and we talked back and forth a few times. He later wrote: Hello Marion, I found out that there is footage of the "Operation Nordwind" from the time Dec.1944-March 1945 from the region Nord-Elsass (lorraine), right next to my place Walsheim. Could you please inquire whether there is some material for this operation of Walsheim? Many Thanks. Peter I told him to contact the association to see if they could assist. http://87thinfantrydivision.com/
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    Hard to believe, but I had never seen this footage before.
  18. 1 point
    Farewell to another WWII Vet - well deserving of the accolades earned in defense against tyranny. Take your rest, sir. We have the watch. . .
  19. 1 point
    Hello all, My name is Brendan and I am the great grandson of Wilbur B. McAllister, a combat engineer who served in WW2. Having heard stories of his service from my childhood I have always been interested in knowing more. Unfortunately, I never had the chance to meet my grandfather and what I quickly learned from family is that he never spoke a word about his service and would typically leave the room if such conversation came up. This left a large blank space as to his experience in WW2. My goal from the start has been to uncover more about his service, primarily to share with my grandfather so he can finally know what his dad did in the war. Before I was born, my great grandfathers uniforms were donated to a local historical society. As the story always went, the uniforms and 'a medal with a star' were donated. Unfortunately after several months of display outside of a case, with easy public access, the 'medal with a star' was stolen. As years passed and the historical society moved, all hope seemingly was lost that the uniforms had been preserved. After months talking with the historical society... 3 uniforms from my great grandfather have been found and they have been the source of more questions than answers. As for information, I am attaching a few pieces to start with. Some of the uniform and some of paperwork found in storage. I have not been able to reclaim the uniforms at this time, so I am working solely with photos they provided. A brief overview of information I have so far is.. He served in Europe with the 1173 Engineer Combat Group as an officer. 3 uniforms have been located. One early jacket (field jacket?) displays a First Army patch and a VIII (8 Corp) patch. Hash marks are present on sleeve. No other pins, patches, etc. One dress jacket displays engineer collar pins, 3rd army patch, hash marks on sleeve, ribbon rack of WWII Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-african-middle eastern campaign medal with 4 bronze campaign service stars, American Defense Service Medal & Silver Star. One tan dress uniform. Displays First Army Patch on one shoulder and 3rd Army Patch on the other. Hash marks and ribbon rack representing all medals listed previously. I had been told this uniform is what he wore while heavily involved in retired officer activity. Military Certificate of Service from 1946 only lists 2 campaigns and doesn't mention the silver star. What I am currently trying to determine is what campaigns did he take part in and what are the circumstances of the silver star. I sent out a request for records last year, only to hear the ever so common 'the records were destroyed in the fire'. I sent a separate request recently requesting history of medals. Any information would be EXTREMELY helpful. All my research of engineers has been a huge learning experience and I know there are many differences that come with researching their service. Thank you all!
  20. 1 point

    Ranger walks at Gettysburg

    I fortunately I can't copy and paste on the kindle, but go to You Tube and type Gettysburg nps. It also brought up some other battlefield walks. Also look at Gettysburg Remembrance parade. Every year in the closest Saturdays there is a big parade with hundreds of reenactors.
  21. 1 point
    Oh that is so cool. A little bit of forum history. And you are right, FB and such has nothing over a true forum. Things are set up so that anyone can find archived information, readily and easily. That's why I also gave up on trying to have a VI Corps presence on Facebook. It's too out of control. There's no structure. Post something and good luck finding it later. So I dumped it. I was making more work for myself. Give me a real web and a forum, any day. If you truly want to maintain an historic database, well, there's no other way. FB, is just social chaos.
  22. 1 point
    That's why the forum will always beat FaceBook or other such nonsense! (Yes, I don't like FB!) The best thing about the forum is the archived information. I always enjoy when some one brings up a thread from long ago - especially those with members we have lost over the years (sadly, too many). For the love of history. . . the first capture from the Internet Archive:
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    Tom V

    1264th Engineer Combat Battalion

    Does a copy of the mentioned report exist somewhere? Would love to get a copy of it.
  24. 1 point
    Theron, This is immensely helpful. I have reached out to the archives for unit records and will be follow up with some of the other methods suggested. In regards to the hierarchy, I have a few clarifying questions... Would an engineer combat group serve as part of the same corp for the duration of the war? Or would they shift? As a member of the engineer combat group, rather than one of the smaller groups making it up, how would your actual job differ? I'm assuming it would be more logistics and planning oriented? I was previously able to find 3 engineer battalions that served under the 1173rd. They were the 20th, 1340th & 146th combat engineers. In November of 1944 they were committed as Infantry and tasked with operations in the Hürtgen Forest. It seems as though that at the very least would be providing reason for Rhineland campaign accreditation. It seems like finding unit records specific to the 1173rd would be a step in the right direction for learning more. I am also including another record of service document we found.
  25. 1 point
    Thought I had done this already, so my profuse apologies. This is a file compiled by Doug Steinke. Robert_J_Steinke_160th_Engineer.pdf