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Sam last won the day on April 18 2016

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    Springfield, MO
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  1. Do we have any professional writers in this group? I think the story of the 1264th ECB would make a fantastic book and/or movie - but the information I have been able to find out is very limited, as the unit history book I have didn't cover everything, according to Rex Pierce, and sadly, he passed away a few years ago without being able to share all his knowledge of his service. The others that have passed either didn't share their experiences (like my father), or those that did did not have their stories shared with the world. While the stories of the "Big Red 1", the 101st Airborne, and several others have been told (usually with many omissions and much embellishment), the stories of the ECB's haven't seen as much attention. The stories of the 291st and the 238th ECB's have appeared in print, but I consider the contributions of the 1264th to be of equal importance as those of any other unit in WWII. Victory would not have come if all the men and women in the military, and those who supported them, had failed in their quest to achieve victory. The wives and mothers left behind who donated time and labor to volunteer, working hard to recycle metals and rubber; the women who stepped up and worked long hours in factories; the men and women who designed and tested the weapons used; the doctors and nurses who cared for and treated the wounded, and even the orderlies who cleaned the bedpans of those injured in combat all have stories to tell, and all of them contributed to the allied victory. These stories need to be shared - especially with the majority of today's younger generation, with their misguided grasp on reality, their lack of understanding of history, and their delusional ideas of safe spaces. They need to learn the realities of the world - and what better way than to know that those who came before fought through the worst the world could throw at them, and the fortunate ones also experienced the best the world and their fellow man could give.
  2. Sorry I haven't responded to requests until now. Life has kept me busy - as have the 25,000 kids at the schools I take care of - seems like the Engineering/Maintenance Department has a never-ending job. I am going to try to post an attachment of the final paper I submitted. It was up for consideration for publication in a major history journal, but due to my refusal to edit it to fit space requirements (it would have eliminated some very pertinent data, in my opinion), the submission was finally rejected after more than a year. I hope this will be informative for those of you who read it. The Bastard Battalion.docx
  3. It's been years since I last visited this forum. I recently found it again while researching the 1264th ECB for a history paper at school. Yes, I returned to college after being laid off from my job due to the company moving overseas. I mean, 55 isn't too old to graduate with a degree, is it? Anyway, I have been doing a LOT of research into the 1264th for this paper - I even found the notes from my meetings with Rex Pierce from 7 years ago. Sadly, he passed away a couple of years ago. I haven't yet turned in the final copy of this paper, but I have been asked permission for the college to retain an electronic copy of this paper as a resource. If you happen to spot any mistakes, PLEASE let me know ASAP. The sources are listed at the end - with the vast majority of the information was found via personal interviews or from the unit history itself. I tried to include as much information as possible - I even called the National Weather Service to obtain the weather information for Brownwood, Texas (Camp Bowie was located just south of Brownwood), on April 1, 1944. Enjoy...I hope this is informative for you. Do not copy without permission, please.
  4. Here's a couple of pictures I have. The man standing alone in the one picture is my father. In the other picture, he is in the back row, 2nd from the left. I have no idea yet who the other men in that picture are. OK, as promised: More information. Please forgive me as I was making these notes in a hurry, and they jump around a lot, and are out of order. My father was drafted 29 March 1944, reported to Camp Bowie for training on 13 April 1944. On 1 May 1944, General George Marshall reviewed the trainees. On D-Day, the 1264th (at least C company, and likely the entire unit from what Rex Pierce has said), was training on the Brazos river. Mr. Pierce told me that the water from the Brazos was undrinkable. He and some others found a spring about a mile east of the river that had fresh water fit for consumption, and set up three pumps to move that water to camp. I believe the commander of the 1264th was named Lahlum. From 19 June 1944 - 9 September 1944, those who were studying electrical took a course at a trade school in New York City. I do not have the name at this time. 11 October 1944, they were transported via train to Camp Kilmer, NJ. At Camp Kilmer troops sent personal effects home, received medical injections and the supplies needed before loading onto transport ships for travel to the ETO. Link to postcards from Camp Kilmer: Camp Kilmer Postcards 24 October 1944, the 1264th boarded the Dominion Monarch, destined for the posrt of Plymouth, England, arriving on 2 November 1944. Here's a link with some info about the ship, but the 1264th isn't mentioned: Dominion Monarch History Training for some of the 1264th's men continued in England. I didn't catch all the information about this, but will try to obtain more later this month. On 13 December 1944, the troops boarded the Empire Lance. This ship was used on D-Day. It left Southampton bound for Cherbourg, France. From there, they boarded a "40 et 8" (40 and 8), a boxcar so named because it could carry 40 men or 8 horses, destined for Epernay, France. From there, the 1264th became partof General Omar Bradley's push into Belgium - what is commonly known as "The Battle of the Bulge". For some reason, I wrote down "1260 horse battalion". I have no idea what this is in reference to. I will try to find out this, also. On 14 March 1945, the 1264th was about 30 miles SW of Cologne, France. This is a picture of the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen, Germany. Many US soldiers died when this span collapsed. I was told the 1264th helped build 2 spans across the Rhine at Remagen. I have no more info on this. It is my understanding that the 1264th built a bridge over the Rhine at Bad Godesburg, completing the bridge on 5 April 1945, and 5000+/- vehicles crossed this bridge in the first 24 hours. On 1 April 1945, many of the men from the 1264th attended Easter services in Rhineland. Here is where my info gets a lot spottier... The 1264th was deployed to Eisenach, then relocated from there to Salach, located east of Stuttgart. Apparently, this was sometime in April or May of 1945, as my father was wounded somehow (the stories are vastly different...my oldest brother believes it occured after cessation of hostilities, but I have no proof either way). My father had a gunshot wound to the right knee, and was sent to the 203rd General Hospital, Paris, France. He was there from May until August, 1945. He seperated 19 January 1946 at Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, MO. Apparently, he spent 2 months as a private, and five months as a Tec5. (electrical) He had experience as a machinist while working at the Curtiss-Wright plant in St. Louis. Apparently, this experience was put to use while he was in the Army. Somehow, he was attached to the Headquarters of the 379th Infantry Regiment...possibly for discharge, I am not sure. I have a few things that were his from WWII. One is his Class A jacket. It has a 100th ID patch...not sure how he ended up with this. There are a few more oddities about this uniform, as well. I also have a pair of Zeiss binoculars, apparently they once belonged to a German sailor, and were made in 1908. I also have a J.P. Sauer & Sohn model 38h semi-auto. I have verified it was a Luftwaffe version, not the more common police version. My father carried it as a backup weapon (he was a law enforcement officer for 33 years after leaving the army) for many years. It was improperly stored for many years, and was damaged. I cleaned it up, and have fired the weapon several times in the past few weeks. It still works as good as a brand new weapon. Sadly, my father passed away on November 3, 2004, a victim of Alzheimer's disease. He never spoke much with us about what he did during the war...but from what I have learned about the things these men saw, I can understand. His records were among those lost during the fire at Jefferson Barracks in the 1970's, so I am unable to obtain information through there. I am glad that I found Mr. Rex Pierce, my neighbor, who was also in the 1264th. I have two daughters, 10 and 17, and a son, 26, who can have the chance to speak with someone who lived through the same things as their grandfather. My youngest has even developed a bond with Mr. Pierce...one that I think will be good for them both. I would still like more information if anyone has it. I have my father's serial number, etc., if anyone can help me search that way. Thanks, -Sam
  5. My father was in the 1264th. I don't have the exact dates he was drafted and reported, but it was April & May 1944. I have a couple of pics of him, one alone (no rank or insignia on uniform) and one in khakis with 4 other men. No rank/insignia on that one, either. He isn't listed in the copy of the history book I looked at, but he was in Company C. His name was Glen Wilson. He was a SP5 when he seperated in 1946. I have his "Fundamentals of Electricity for those preparing for war service" book...excellent resource. I am also fortunate enough to live six blocks from another 1264th member, SP5 Rex Pierce, now 92. He's full of stories. One involved him and his driver, 'Wormy', crossing the Hodges Bridge without permission. I'll post more info later on after I find the few records I have. I know I have info on completion of the bridge on April 5, 1945. Also have seen some pics Mr. Pierce took while over there. -Sam