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  1. OK I've gone through all my construction photos and battle photos and none of them SHOW an anchor, even in storage in the ponton. They are all already deployed and all you see is the achoring line extending beneath the water.


    In the Operation Flashpoint after action documents I found the following, which my help Ft. LWood Narrow down the TYPE of anchor used. Heck, they taught them how to properly deploy and set them, CERTAINLY there are some illustrations around somewhere.


    This is the area of Wesel and Wallach Germany, Red, White and Blue beaches. ( 30th Inf Div, 79th Inf Div, 1148 engr grp,1103 engr grp, 1143engr grp, 1117 engr grp, 1142 engr grp, 202ecb, 258 ecb, 280 ecb,171 ecb, 234ecb,989 treadway bridge co, 17 armed engr bn-trdway bridge co - co E, 180 engr hv pon bn, 554 engr hv pon co, 73 engr L pon co, 1355 engr dp trk co, 747 tk bn (minus co D-operating lvts)




    Treadway Bridge, M-2,20016 anchors used in a normalanchor system - no cross stream cable. ( you'd think with that many used, some would have turned up in SOME internet document about being found during dredgings, NOPE)



    Heavy Ponton Bridge, anchors used were of various weights from 200-600 pounds These were salvaged from barges in canals along the Maas River. Anchor system was later reinforced by bailey crib anchors. (LARGE van sized wire boxes filled with whatever they could find that wouldn't fall out, dumped in the river and used as weights/ anchors)

  2. I just reread that. I don't know WHAT information he's looking for, but the Danforth is still a VERY common anchor. It folds flat, pops open on contact and then you drag to anchor on the bottom and winch in the boat. Kind of like an underwater entrenching tool !


    I think what I have in my documents is numbers of anchorts used and placement, but no diagrams. Certainly FT LWood would have placement information concerning drift and strategy. Otherwise, it's kind of common sense.

  3. Which is why it is SO darned impossible to find information on them. (so was the 280th) They came into being for wwii alone and vanished just as quickly. I can't even find much of a mention, besides the aid given in the air assault, for their existance. The after actions HAVE to be out there somewhere ! Sounds like it's time to pen to paper and make a formal written request for them.

  4. Hmmm ... digging for a while. Found the 694th Howiters, the 694th Recon, the 694th IG,the 694th Araments, 694th Truck company, and then..... :)


    US port Units..



    5th Army


    plus Name: Ron Sanders

    E-mail address: PapawRon@aol.com

    Requests/Comments/Answers: I am looking for any information on the 694th Engineer Base Equipment Company. It was the unit my Brother in Law was in during WWII. He said their unit shipped out in 1944 from a Camp Clayborn located in Louisiana. He said they arrived in England, then to France, Antwerp and to Belgium. He thought his Company Commander was a Captain Schaad or Schad. Later the C.O. was a Peterson. Would appreciate hearing anything at all about this Unit. Thank You, MSG Ronald Sanders, USA Retired.

    Wednesday, June 8th 2005 - 10:14:39 PM




    So the information is out there. Keep digging.

  5. Merry Christmas to all!

    My father is John Kondrup, of Middletown, NJ, where he had been a carpenter. He was a drill sergeant at Camp McCoy, WS, where he met and married my mom. After training many, he went to Europe as a Master Sergeant with the 251st Combat Engineers. They moved to Rumson, NJ, after ther war, where he still lives. He rarely talked about WW2 until after mom passed away (3 years ago). Now we are looking for any info we can get. He still has a couple of pics (if we can find them :o) which I hope to post soon.

    Welcome ! Your dad probably yelled at my grandfather!!! Also at Camp McCoy! I have some photos of camp on my blog. Swimming at the lake, drill, field duty. (280th ECBs)



  6. Hi Caryl:


    All the best to you during the Christmas holidays!


    Yes, of course we will be more than happy to lend a helping hand. Just keep us posted...


    I will try and merge the two accounts for you. Let me see what I can do this morning. Trust me, you aren't the only one. :wave2:

    If you can merge this one into the Caryl 280 one that'd be great.


    The back story to the tags is that my aunt has a friend, whose mother just passed away. They knew she had been engaged during wwii, but married someone else instead. In her belongings they found these dogtags, and ribbons that were not her husbands, but suspect that they were the fiance's. The currently family hopes to find information and maybe get the things BACK to his family.


    I'm still waiting for the name and serial number.

  7. Hey all. Please forgive the different user name, apparently I have two. :D This is the one I could remember today :D (Caryl-280ECB)


    Anyway, my aunt emailed me this morning and the mother of one of her friends apparently has some dog tags that she want to return to next of kin. I am awaiting an email from her as to the era of the tags and how on earth she aquired them.


    I know it's possible, and alot of work. I'm just letting you all know I might be needing your research help soon or a contact of someone that can help her. :D


    Hope all of your research is going well.


    Mine is almost at a dead end. Although I am going to see about getting my friends in Europe to take some current photos of some old stomping grounds :)