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  1. addendum to the 540th's History - book not well liked

    Marion, I enjoyed reading Mr. Herron's addendum. I think it was common occurrence for those in Headquarters and H&S to write these histories (they would have had access to typewriters and other equipment not to mention the documents of the outfit). Unfortunately, they of coarse had completely different experiences from those in the line companies. I have had some veterans tell me that even when reading the After Action Reports for their outfit, they thought it made it seem like they were a bunch of boy scouts. Brian
  2. 38th Engineer Special Brigade

    This is a little late but I found this which may answer how the 38th Engineers were involved with the D-Day invasion. (Sorry if this has been discovered already) "REGIMENTAL HISTORY Published in a Memorial Day program in honor of Robert L. Briggs, Roy E. Yeargin, Ed. McDonald, Thomas J. Aversa, Robert J. Bishop, Bernard G. Koch, and Jack Chinnici, on May 30, 1945 in France, by the 38th Engineer General Service Regiment." " In England the unit was changed to 38th Engineer General Service Regiment. The unit constructed camps and participated in the intensive pre-invasion training (for D-Day). Attached to the 1st Engineer Special Brigade, the regiment was in the invasion forces on the coast of France." http://home.earthlink.net/~glendaalex/38th.htm brian
  3. Well I should have read the link better as I am betting that list will have the information I am looking for. Scratch that last post!
  4. Another one for you since you are on a roll. Have you discovered a quick and easy way to determine if a soldier who was injured and taken to a hospital returned to service with another outfit, went home, or died of wounds received? I have been searching individually for the individuals and seeing where that leads (which takes a long time since records on the internet are not the greatest) (and I am guessing that is the only way) but I thought I would check to see if you or anyone else had any shortcuts (particularly for those who died of wounds received). Thanks for all your help! Brian
  5. Is there a classification (such as KIA) for soldiers who dield while being held prisoner? I have seen some listed as "missing in action or lost or buried at sea". When there is evidence of them being a POW, that description does not seem appropriate.
  6. Chills run up my neck when I hold my grandfathers patches. I can't imagine touching the lost/found dog tags of a spouse. I only wish he was alive to have them back. I am sure she feels the same way.
  7. Conversion of map coordinates

    One of the best places for help that I have found has been the website located here http://www.echodelta.net/mbs/eng-translator.php The link actually takes you to the coordinates translator which, when the information is entered correctly, will give you the latitude and longitude as well as maps (including an interactive google map) of the coordinate entered. The first thing you must do is find the specific geographical coordinate system to use. If you are familiar with where the unit that you are working with is located, it will be easy to fine here... http://www.echodelta.net/mbs/eng-overview.php For an example, the November 23, 1944 entry for B company of the 157th Engineer Combat Battalion states “Completed by-pass and bridge repair at Grandrexange, (Q405100)”. I know approximately where they were located and after conferring with the geographical coordinate systems I can confirm that they were in the In the Nord de Guerre Zone. (luckily for the 157th, they were pretty good in identifying which coordinate system they were in) Using the coordinate translator (the first link above) you must first change the grid location to “Nord de Guerre Zone”. The next step is to enter the coordinates. This must include two letters followed by six numbers. This is the tricky part because the 157th notes usually only contain one letter and six numbers (occasionally only 4 numbers). Based on your example, your unit did not appear to have included any letters. Again, if you know where your unit was, you can look further into the subdivided zones (shown in the second link provided) and try to determine which two letter square they were in. Since the 157th example had the letter "Q" and knowing approximately where the company was at the time, I was able to determine that the Q should actually be WQ. Luckily there are six numbers in this example so in the translator, add the code WQ405100 (no spaces) and hit convert. I have included an image of the google map showing the location being right next to an overpass in Grandrexange. As I mentioned, it is not the easiest to use and there are a number of tricks that I have found to help when you do not have complete codes. If i recall correctly, the website does give a few hints at trying to figure out the full code but the more you mess around with it, the easier it becomes. Good luck! Brian
  8. I did nto want to put this in the other forums but can anyone tell me what an Officers 66-1 for was and what information it contained? Also, I am trying to find what "S-1 equipment" may be refering to. Thanks! Brian
  9. That is easy to do, I have a hard time keeping numbers straigth sometimes too! And with so many outfits out there. Oh wel, i am still looking forward to seeing them! Brian
  10. 50th Reunion - 1995 - Wives 53rd Reunion - 1998 56th Reunion - 2001 57th Reunion - 2002 61st Reunion - 2006 Unknown Reunion/Date Unknown Reunion/Date Unknown Reunion/Date Unknown Reunion/Date
  11. 44th Reunion - 1989 45th Reunion - 1990 46th Reunion - 1991 47th Reunion - 1992 48th Reunion - 1993 49th Reunion - 1994 49th Reunion - 1994 - Wives 50th Reunion - 1995
  12. I can still remember my Grandfather talking about the reunions with his "Army Buddies". And every member of the 157th that I have had the pleasure of speaking with or meeting in person talks fondly of the many reunions they had. The reunion photographs below are from a wonderful man, Sgt. Alton Heimbach, from C Company, Second Platoon, of the 157th. I do have names for some of the group photographs and am slowly working on trying to put names to the others so if there is a request, I may be able to add those in. 25th Reunion - 1970 26th Reunion - 1971 28th Reunion - 1973 Possibly the 34th reunion 36th Reunion - 1981 38th Reunion - 1983 40th Reunion - 1985 42nd Reunion - 1987