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    laurenbeagregory got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in 324th Engineer BN WW11   
    I would love to have it!! How can I pay you? Do you accept credit card or prefer a check or money order? I messaged you on fb as well...
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    laurenbeagregory got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in 324th Engineer BN WW11   
    Actually, the roster I have is Co. A only, still welcome to have a copy of it. The command posts would still be relevant bc they would have all been in the same/near to the same places at similar times. Might help? Anyway....
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    laurenbeagregory got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in 324th Engineer BN WW11   
    Marion & Jean.... Here is another posting with a small excerpt regarding the 324th engineers... According to my notes with Mr. Christensen from almost 3 years ago, my grandfather was 1st platoon the entire duration of the war (a fact that was checked against a letter written to my gr.aunt-grandfather's sister by another war buddy and it is confirmed) and his platoon was one of the ones mentioned in this article that was cut off. They essentially mowed down a couple hundred Germans and kept right on going building their road and pulling marooned vehicles out of the snow... as if nothing happened I had been trying to post this previously, but for some reason the link wouldnt attach to my post.
     
    The article mentions other units getting distinguished unit badges and other recognition, but this unit is not mentioned for anything. The information for the article comes from Gen. Lauer's camp and was written back in '44-'45. Dont know if this is of any use to you or Jean, but its here for you to look over anyway.
     
    Jean, I have a few things Mr. Christensen sent to me a few years ago including a company roster and a list of command posts for the duration of the war. Do you have copies of these/would you like a set? I have them scanned to my laptop in PDF files. Message me your email and I can send them to you if you need them.
     
    Thanks!
     
    http://www.lonesentry.com/gi_stories_booklets/99thinfantry/
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    laurenbeagregory reacted to Walt's Daughter in 324th Engineer BN WW11   
    A friend asked to find info for Clayton Christensen - 324th Engineer. Gunter said Clayton is supposed to go to Belgium soon and he wanted me to see if I could find out anything about the silver star that Mr C was recommended to get.

    Anyway while searching this evening I found an interview with Mr C.
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    laurenbeagregory got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in Discharge Date   
    I am still hanging out there on this issue. I have 2 letters out to the VA-- one to the local office and one to records. Hoping for a bite. I did some digging to try to figure out how many points he had and from what I KNOW he had at least 52. There may have been some other things that I don't know about that gave him more points... I think the book said they needed 85.
     
    I plan on going to College Park in January to pull the morning reports, the field orders and general orders to check it out and see what I can find.
     
    I found a GREAT book that has been SO helpful (bc I am not a seasoned pro at this)-- called Finding Your Father's War: A Practical Guide to Researching and Understanding Service in the WWII US Army by Jonathan Gawne. Its been a good source of information, sources and a refresher from HS history class!
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    laurenbeagregory got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in When you came home......   
    Great movie I recently saw gave a good depiction of returning home... I am probably last person on earth to see it but check out The Greatest Years of Our Lives 1946
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    laurenbeagregory reacted to Walt's Daughter in Discharge Date   
    The discharge papers are kept in more than one place. You do not have to rely on NARA in St Louis. Use this website to obtain the papers from the VA -
     
    http://www2.va.gov/directory/guide/vetcenter_flsh.asp
     
    BTW, my dad was discharged in November of 1945.
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    laurenbeagregory got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in Discharge Date   
    I will look at how to pull VA records. I really need to know if the date is correct, if its perhaps an error due to records being destroyed. I am looking at him to have been home about 4 months prior to his discharge date... home home, not on base in Texas which was where he trained. Maybe he was home, didn't have enough points and was discharged because the war was over... anyway I am going to have to find out and hopefully the VA will have the answers. I think the gentleman who sent me the pile of stuff would know when the unit disbanded. I am going to contact him. I know he stayed in Paris in an apartment for a year after they disbanded. I guess it would be a likely conclusion that they disbanded and he was sent home then, whenever it was. I need a shovel for all this digging.
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    laurenbeagregory got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in So...records search   
    THANK YOU!
     
     
    I recieved a letter from a lovely gentleman who was in the unit with my grandad and they knew each other, tho they were not together. He said my grandfather was on the front lines in Krinkelt while he was at Headquarters in Elsenborne. He sent me a roster of the unit as well as replacements with addresses for these men in 1945. It also has a brief history of where the company (co A, 324th combat engineers 99th infantry) was, and approx dates. I have not scanned this into the computer yet, I dont know if he is ok with me posting it yet, I will have to ask but I am sure if he is sending it to me-- a total stranger-- he will probbaly say its ok to post here. He also directed me to a video that he is in talking about the Battle of the Bulge and it documents a reunion in Belgium. I am late in finding my information, so forgive me if this video is common knowledge, however you can order a copy of it here: http://www.wetbirdproductions.com/films-mom.php
     
    He said many vets took part in the making of this film including himself.
     
    Marching Once More
     
    When WetBird Productions learned that veterans of the Battle of the Bulge were returning to Belgium and Luxembourg for the 60th anniversary of that infamous fight, there was no question: we had to go. While the itinerary was well-scripted, we had many questions about what would happen once we arrived. Would the memories be too overwhelming? Would the people of Belgium and Luxembourg remember or even care about the events of 1944 and 1945? Could the veterans – now in their 80’s and 90’s - withstand such a difficult and emotional journey? It didn’t take long to find out.
    In many cases, the memories were overwhelming – some had never really gotten over the horrors of that brutally cold winter when Hitler launched a massive surprise attack against a thin and often inexperienced American frontline. But thankfully, the people of Belgium and Luxembourg not only remembered, they embraced the American senior citizens – treating them like rock stars, complete with ceremonies, royalty, medals, autographs, fireworks and finally, a moving parade in Bastogne. We are proud to bring you their incredible journey.
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    laurenbeagregory reacted to Walt's Daughter in So...records search   
    Holy cow Caryl. I'll have to ask my historian profs about that one. That just astounds me. Why the heck would they destroy pieces of history??? Man if they did that, then it's another reason to shake our finger at the federal government!!!!
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    laurenbeagregory reacted to Peanuts in Engineers in Combat - World War II (Video)   
    Great footage:
     
    http://archive.org/d...dod.dimoc.23082
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    laurenbeagregory got a reaction from 24th Arm'd Engr. Bn. in When you came home......   
    How appetizing! We really don't know how lucky we have it until we get a look at this... God Bless the soldiers past, present and future!
     
    "Salute the ones who died, so we don't have to sacrifice all the things we love.... like our chicken, fried. Cold beer on a Friday night, a pair of jeans that fit just right, and the radio on!"
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    laurenbeagregory reacted to CaptO in When you came home......   
    My grandfather came back by himself realtively sooning after the war. He ended up flying back in a bomber (which was still risky considering who many bombers were lost even when no shots were being fired) and just went home. He was a civil engineer before the war so his post war activities were in synch with what he did during the war - at least in a general sense. I doubt he had much bridge rebuiding to do as he had during the war. Pontoon bridges probably weren't en vogue in the US in 1946 so much either! Here is his journal for the way home:
     

     

     

     

     

    Here his on the left of the picture during the war.
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    laurenbeagregory reacted to Walt's Daughter in When you came home......   
    Band of the Brothers is riveting. I believe I have watched it at LEAST a dozen times!
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    laurenbeagregory reacted to CaptO in When you came home......   
    I would imagine that after (up to) several years of C-rats, it was just another meal. One gets sick of MREs, but some are better than others. Hunger always has a way of making things taste better, too!
     

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    laurenbeagregory got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in When you came home......   
    I bet, after all the army food... I still need to finish read Derrick of Dauntless and I am waiting on disc 2 of Band of Brothers..... the first 2 episodes were wonderful, I was glued to my television!
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    laurenbeagregory got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in introductory post herbert atlee downs aka burke   
    Oh my goodness! Thank you for this information!! I started reading derrick of dauntless but I think im going to print it out. Its interesting my grandad went thru England! I kinda had a feeling about that. I've kinda had a feeling about alot of things that have turned out to be true.. Kinda weird!! So.. Technical sergeant?? They worked the radios, no?
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    laurenbeagregory got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in introductory post herbert atlee downs aka burke   
    sorry for typos im typing on my phone today
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