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brian m

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  1. brian m

    36th Ike Jacket

    I am a little late to this conversation but figured I would add a few insights. When the men were being shipped back home, they did not always come back as a group. Men with enough points would be sent home first and the fewer points you had, the longer you had to stay. When they units were split up the individuals were moved to other outfits that were being readied to be shipped back to the states. When that soldier came into the new outfit, they would need to wear that outfits insignia on their left shoulder. As stated above, they were permitted to wear their previous outfits insignia on their right shoulder. So, for any given soldier, the outfit he came home in could have absolutely nothing to do with his service overseas. One of my guys was in an engineer outfit that had been attached to the First Army, Third Army, and Seventh Army. When he was sent home he ended up with the 26th Infantry Division (the Yankee Division) and wore their insignia on his left arm. Even though he protested, he was still given and ordered to wear the Fourragère the 26th had earned as a unit during the war. They said that he was part of their division now and everyone must wear it. Also, if the soldier was in more than one outfit previously, he could choose which insignia he wore on his right arm. For my friend mentioned above, the patch he wore on his right arm was that of the Seventh Army, the one he was with most recently (and probably the only one he had on him at the time). For one of my family members, he chose the patch that he liked most from his past units. That happened to be the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) patch. His reasoning was that he liked the looks of it and it was the one that Eisenhower wore.
  2. Hey Brian:  Hope all is well. 


    One of our newbies was looking through one of your posts and was bummed because all your pics are on Photobucket and we can no longer see them.


  3. brian m

    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
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    38th Engineer General Service Regiment

    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
  5. 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!
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. brian m

    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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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