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    • Received this from Jim Davis this morning. Looking for a photo! Thanks all!


      Jim Davis

      Jun 21, 2018, 1:11 AM
      to me


      Hi Marion,

       Hope all is well with you and yours.  Fine here 130 miles north of the nasty volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii.  Supposed to receive a lot of the fumes (VUG) from the eruption on Maui tomorrow.  Will close the house and turn on the A/C.

       Shortly before the end of the war in Europe  the 1204th EFFP moved south towards Munich.  We crossed the Danube River on a pontoon bridge as the fixed autobahn bridge was destroyed by the retreating enemy.  Have you seen or know of a picture of that pontoon bridge.  Can't find one and my memory of it is a bit thin.

       Thanks for anything you know of.

       Aloha from Maui,


      James G. Davis, Member and Historian - last living member

      1204th Army Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon

      North Africa - Italy - France - Germany

      5th and 7th US Armies

      World War II



    • Love the pics that you have. Aren't those precious keepsakes. They say so much. I to have a few pics of my dad from the war and they mean the world to me. Thanks so joining. Off to make dinner, so...

    • Hello all
      First off, thanks for this great site! Alot of great information.
      I am the son of 207th Co A Combat Engineer John Peltonen who served 1943 -1945 in Europe. 
      His occupation specialty was Utility Repairman 121
      He is from Rock Michigan.
      I have his Enlisted Record and Report of Seperation. I was able to request and recieve his service medals.

      These are the only pictures I have of him while serving in the Army.

      The first picture is my Dad on the left boxing with another soldier.905290005_DadsArmypicts1.jpg.c5dafe926e819a740fdf663785c3beff.jpg1433305663_DadsArmypicts.thumb.jpg.cf18a0b1d473fd714212ae93e9892b33.jpg1779901239_DadsFrankfurtGer1945a.thumb.jpg.1188dac915efb773568a2fe418ad1155.jpg
       The back of the photo says:
      "Campout side of Spa, Belgium fall of 1944  R&R
       Norman Snead  Louisa, Virginia.(Name of the other soldier)

      Second picture is my Dad and "PFC Mike Kovacich Co H&S 553rd Engineers Hu.Pon.Bn from Niagra Falls NY

      Picture was taken October 1943 Austin Tx" when they were training at Camp Swift Tx.

      Third picture is my Dad on guard in Frankfurt Germany 1945, taken a week before sailing for the U.S.A 

      Dad wasn't much of a talker, he didn't talk about his time in the Army until late in his life and then not much detail.

      Looking to find what he and his platoon went through during his service.

    • Welcome to the forum. Glad you are here and have found the site to be helpful. Please feel free to contact any of the members. I'm sure they would love to help. 

    • Hi All, 

      Thank goodness for this forum. I am researching my great-uncle Harold Lorn Martin. He was involved with the 133rd Engineers from May 1942-August 1942 before an honorable discharge. Unfortunately, the exposure and experience of the War forever left its mark on him, and he committed suicide on April 25, 1948. I want to better understand what he went through in 1942 as part of the engineers. I cannot seem to find anyone else in the entire span of the internet talking about the 133rd, so THANK YOU for all of your help in advance. Any leads, any experiences that you can share would be so helpful. I'm already so grateful for the diary entry shared as part of this post. 

      Sincerely -


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