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LCRoberts

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  1. LCRoberts

    Pearl Harbor Vet Dies

    Ed, Undersea Detectives. Its a great show. They also found one of the DD tanks sunk off of Normandy on D-day. I'll write to thw history channel to see if I can find the video of the Hawaii find. Tex
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    Wow, a garage sale find!

    This is amazing. I spend most of my time researching army air corp information (my grandfather called the AAF home for the war) and this has really sparked an interest. Do you have anymore informatiuon on this? Tex
  3. Since people are mentioning the invasion of Sicily, if anyone is interested in a unique perspective of the planning leading up to the invasion I would highly reccomend the book Operation: Mincemeat. It was a British covert exercise to try and convince the axis powers that we were going to bypass Sicily even though it was onvious we weren't. Sorry Ive been away for awhile. It has been hectic.
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    The trouble with tankers.

    Actually he wasn't exactly trying to get their attention. He was trying to hit them in the head!!! It was a good thing he didn't have live rounds, huh?
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    The trouble with tankers.

    So here's another one from the archives of Alpha company, 1st platoon, 168th Engineer battalion Combat Mechanized. As combat engineers of course we were always being attached to other units as their support. Our platoon was always attached to 1-33 Armor, Tankers. At first this seemed like a decent arrangement. After all we rode around in M-113 APCs better known as the rolling coffin. It would be nice to have the big ole M-1A1s right beside us. Our views of this quickly changed after my first field experience. We were at Yakima firing center for a training rotation and of course that meant riding along with tanks. We would sleep in their assembly area with their people pulling guard and their 1st Sgt bring us food. The next day we were to roll out for an attack at 0600hrs. The night before the attack we struck up a conversation with the tank positioned next to us and they seemed like a real friendly bunch. They showed us through their tank and let us look through the optics and sit in the drivers seat. It was a lot of fun. The next day as we were lining up to move to the LP we found that we would be following our new friends. What could be better right? We followed the tank in front of us for a little over an hour to the IP. At the LP we had our pre-mission briefing and wound up sitting next to our tankers. Upon leaving the lp we began the combat run. We knew from our op-orders it would be a long day. The scouts had reported a mine field but it at least two and a half hours away as the task force travels. Those of us in the back settled in for a long ride. Half way to the LP we were held up by a communication problem between the task force commander and a couple of his Lts. A couple of us in the back of the 113 three had stood up to get a look of what was going on when we saw the tank commander in front of turn around and give us a strange look and point at us. Our TC thinking the man was being friendly kind of waved back. Next thing we knew the turret began to spin on the tank. It was heading right for us. Our TC began waving his arms frantically and screaming but the tank commander could not hear him. Suddenly our MILES gear started flashing and we could all hear the sweet little voice exclaiming "direct hit, tank fire". We had all just become simulated casualties. Our TC was so upset (I'll avoid any direct quotes from him) he climbed out of the 113 and started running at the tank. They received the word to continue and started to roll. Our TC didn't care he kept chasing them, picking up rocks and throwing them at the tank the entire time. Come to find out later that night, they did not know we were behind them and thought we were part of the opposition force. Even though we had camped beside, ate with them, toured their vehicle and had been following them for hours. We also found out that three other engineer squads became casualties that day as a resut of their own tankers.
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    1106th Engr. Combat Group

    The 1106th is going to tricky. They were all over the place on 6Jun44. They had pieces attached to the 101st they came ashore on Utah, they came ashore on Normandy. I have a feeling though that Tec5 Parker was with RHC 1106th Engr. Combat group. He recieved a purple heart for wounds received on Normandy and they only 1106th unit I can find also happanes to be the only one listed as having come ashore at Normandy. That's the trick when researching Combat Engineers, they spend most of their time attched to other units.
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    A true volunteer

    Just as Germany was preparing to attack Britian a young man James Goodson was boarding a ship from England to the US where he lived. A german U-boat sunk the ship and several hours later Mr. Goodson was pulled from the sea and returned to England. Mr. Goodson later met up with a recruiter for the RAf. He was excited to join up and help fight the hun and even finding out that he would have to swear alligence to the king and therefore loose his American citizenship did not deter him. The recruiter then mentioned pay. Mr. Goodson was told it would be 1 pound 60 per week. At this Mr. Goodson pulled back a little. The recruiter asked him what was wrong and Mr. Goodson replied that he had lost everything when the ship was sunk. He didn't think he would be able to afford to pay 1 pound 60 per week to fly. The recruiter looked at him strange and said no WE will pay YOU. Mr. Goodson thought it was unbelievable as he said "they were going to let me fly and pay me for it. The lovable fools."
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    1106th Engr. Combat Group

    So I am trying to help out some one I met on the armyairforces site. Her grandfather was a veteran of WWII and it appears as he was in the 1106th Engr. Combat group. I am having a very hard time finding any information on this group. I have seen some quick mentions here and there but nothting solid. I have an e-copy of the DD214 but besides the obvious I am unable to find anything of real depth. Any suggestion? Thanks, Tex
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    Combat

    This is great. I haven't seen it anywhere so I didn't know. Looks like I'll have to start getting them.
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    Overseas with the 540th Engineers

    You're not going to believe this! I checked used and out of print books from Barnes and Noble and they have it. Of course it is $370.59. I'll look around some more and see if I can find it cheaper. Okay so I did some more searching and it looks like the site for Alibris has the best price at $349.95. I can't find anything on bid or from a private owner. Sorry I couldn't be more help.
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    Combat

    When I had digital cable they were showing it every day on the action channel. It was great show. I had never seen before then. They need to release that one on DVD.
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    Anecdote

    I'm not exactly a new Combat engineer. Actually I did my time between 1992 and 2000 but i do have a bit of a funny story that happened on a training exercise. It took Place in what we affectionately refered to as the Yak, Yakima, Washington. We had been up for about four days straight we where sent on a road crater mission at about three in the morning. It was the dumbest idea anyone in command had ever had. Since we were not allowed to blow a real road they had two squads pull off on the side of the road, set up about forty pounds of C-4 each and when they gave the signal let it go, two minute time fuse. I was in second squad and we went out with first squad to set our charges. It was one of those nights were everything seemed to be going wrong. First we got the go ahead, then half way there we were called back, then we were sent again, made it to the righht spot and the changed the location. We finally made it to the proper location and set our charges. Since it was rather informal we conducted our selves rather informal. Instead of all the normal precautions we just dropped the ramp of our APC, set the charge down and waited. We attempted to contact the LT for the go ahead several times but couldn't get through. We waited and waited then suddenly first squad about twenty feet off our rear loads up in to their APC and leaves. It didn't dawn on us they wouldn't leave without lighting their fuse. Not until abour a minute and a half later when our squad leader gets this weird look on his face and walks over to where they dropped their charge. I have never seen anybody run that fast. He came hauling back to our track screaming the entire time to pull the fuse and load up. I was the driver and had pretty much figured out the problem. As soon as the ramp was off the ground about an inch I dropped it in gear and laid on the gas raising the ramp as I drove. I was looking over my shoulder to see when the ramp was up when the first charge blew. It was the prettiest fire ball I had ever seen and due to the course we had to take it wasn't more then thirty feet off our tail. Everyone in he track saw it and one new guy almost wet himself. I was pelted in the helmet by several peices of dirt and rock. When we got down the road a bit more the second charge went. The First Squad showed up. They had made it to the minimum safe distance before they realized we were not following them. They kept waiting for us to show up and had started to get worried. When the first charge blew they had seen our outline in the blast and panicked starting back for us. All in all in was a pretty amusing evening. I ronically there was a comet in the sky that everyone kept saying was bad luck. I Think it was good luck that night.
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