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    • Hello, I have a question regarding one of the favorite songs that is listed in the pdf booklet on the 1284th Combat Engineer's booklet: http://www.6thcorpscombatengineers.com/docs/1284th%20Engineers/1284th%20Book.pdf

      I'm asking because there was a question on a reddit subreddit about a song someone's grandfather sang, which is very similar to the song on page 12 of the above booklet.  The song is called 'Elsie'.  Does anyone with family members that belonged to this Company know the origin of this song?  One theory is that the song was inspired by the Alabama folk song 'Merry Girl' as this Company had members from almost every state, including Alabama and the lyrics are very similar.  The Company B song appears to be (to put it politely) about a woman with not the best reputation while the folk song is sung from a totally different perspective, but there are many similarities.  Thanks to anyone with info on this.

      I'm going to crosspost this to one of the other forums, perhaps the WWII tunes forum, if that is allowed.

      Procyon2014

    • 9 hours ago, glen blasingim said:

      I am not new and still not so sure what I am doing either. We would love to see the names, scan them and post them here. January 13,1944 must have been when they finished Tennessee maneuvers and had just arrived at Fort Rucker. Dad was from Tennessee and said that Tennessee had the "coldest winter in a 100 years" while the 160th was on maneuvers. I remember him telling me that he was glad to get to a warmer Fort Rucker.

      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. Scan_20190821.thumb.png.000542e9570a6c655371158b1e44930d.png572000526_Scan_20190821(2).thumb.png.33a85d2e638152d6327a24fbd3fab96b.png

    • Neat story. Thanks for sharing some of your childhood memories. 

    • I received a request and am also pointing them here.

      This is a great read about the 282nd:
      https://donmooreswartales.com/2015/12/18/otto-brauer/

       

      m

    • 8 hours ago, glen blasingim said:

      I am not new and still not so sure what I am doing either. We would love to see the names, scan them and post them here. January 13,1944 must have been when they finished Tennessee maneuvers and had just arrived at Fort Rucker. Dad was from Tennessee and said that Tennessee had the "coldest winter in a 100 years" while the 160th was on maneuvers. I remember him telling me that he was glad to get to a warmer Fort Rucker.

      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. 

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