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    MUSEUM OF WWII, NEAR BOSTON, MASS.

    Sometime ago, there was a show on PBS giving a tour of this place. Looked like it would be a nice place to visit & learn.
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    Camp near Siegberg Germany?

    We World War Two researchers are in a race against the clock to get the information we need from first person sources, and to record the stories of the final survivors of this war. I fell bad for the elementary school kids of today, who will likely never hear a story from a living survivor that they will truly remember (due to their age). It is the sad reality I dearly wish were not true. Good luck to you as more information comes to light.
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    New Member Hello!

    Welcome! Aviation engineers is a very interesting subject! I own an orginal 9th Aviation Engr. history book. Look forward to seeng a bit more from these documents you have.
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    36th Engineer Campaign Map

    This map is great! Wonder how long it took to make?
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    Camp near Siegberg Germany?

    Best to his family, and will be praying for a speedy recovery for both. I still follow this topic, and find all this research fascinating. You all should write a book when you're done- if it's possible to be done!! All the best.
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    WWII former member of Civil Engineers recipient of the CIB

    I'm not Larry, but: Yes, the BSM was awarded in the 1950's, I believe, to anyone who was a recipient of the CIB for actions in WWII. I have an original NARA document awarding it to a man on these grounds. I would have to get it out and read the exact verbiage it uses though.
  7. Yes, that is a great film. I thoroughly enjoyed it and didn't even realize the length of it.
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    Discharge Date

    Based on everything, I'd say he came home immediately. Just took a while for prosessing.
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    21st and 824th Engineer battalions

    The buildings look German to me, but I'm no architect.
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    Discharge Date

    What Jean said is absolutely correct. I will add just cause I can. I had a little extra time and looked at some records. A good friend of mine had been discharged 8 NOV 1945 as well. He had enough points and came home right away. The men with enough points stayed for a little bit after the war ended, but those who had enough points wanted to be here- and fast! Based off my friend, I'd say he came home as fast as he could!
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    Discharge Date

    Glad you have gotten in touch with someone from his unit. Why don't you ask him of he remembers your dad being hit? They would not offer a discharge overseas. He has to be Stateside. I don't know what the exact answer is, and we likely won't know. Many people with low points were forced to stay in to fight the Japs. As you well know, that didn't come true. So they were later sent back and discharged. Others stayed for occupation duty. Ask the veteran if anyone stayed for occupation duty. That would help.
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    Discharge Date

    I'm not sure. I don't know the background, but if he was sent to the States because of a wound, and was unfit for military service even after it had healed, he would be discharged- that means he could have been in the States for sometime before discharge papers were issued. Or he was here for wounds or other reasons and the war ended and he had enough points to be discharged. What is the date? That would likely help.
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    Happy Birthday Marion!!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Thanks for providing a quality forum.
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    Camp near Siegberg Germany?

    I have been reading through here occasionally. This is very fascinating stuff!
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    Next of Kin?

    Do VA cemetery's keep next of Kin info?
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    When you came home......

    I know a lot of 82nd troopers were fed SPAM for sometime. I would hate that, it's gross.
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    Next of Kin?

    National Cemeteries here in the States. I am going to lay flowers on the grave of a veterans friend from the war on his behalf. I want to contact his family.
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    309th engineers, 84th Division

    That is a really great picture. Is it a US Army Signal Corps photo?
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    When you came home......

    My great uncle was in the Navy during WWII and served in the Pacific as well. I am unaware of what ship, as all if have on him is about 5 pictures. He died before I was even born. Re talking: A friend of mine took his Uncle, a WWII vet, on a fishing trip for that purpose- to talk about the war. He would not talk about it any other time. I am telling you, sit them down and give them your undivided attention. Have a nice, formal conversation about it. They won't talk about it on a whim, it's too hard for them. Another thing I have noticed is they seem not to talk about it as much with family. I'm not sure why. I can only speculate, but it may have something to do with protecting their family from the bad they saw. The other reason is they don't want to tell them how close to death they came, but I think this is less likely. Ask away, I'm sure someone here can help.
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    When you came home......

    Very cool, Major! Thanks for sharing.
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    When you came home......

    I am unaware of specific programs (does not mean they did not exist), but you must remember people were much more reliant on EACH-OTHER rather than some kind of government/ third party program back then; community was a much larger part of the picture. There were many reunions after the war where they would talk though their experiences with the ones they went through it with, even companies had their own 'mini' reunions starting in 46. The 82nd's association actually started right after the Battle of the Bulge before the war even ended. Perhaps some of the WWII vets on the forum can chip in? On the last disc, it says what they did after the war. Normal things. If you approach a vet the right way, they will talk about anything. Trust me. Most mistakes people make in trying to get them to talk about it is this: they (the vet) DOESN'T want to have an informal conversation about it. Sit them down, get the pen and paper out, and have a long conversation giving them your undivided attention and have true interest in what happened. It has worked for me and my buddy.
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    When you came home......

    Depends when you came home and on what ships, whether it was a large affair or not. When the 82nd as a division came home after Berlin occupation, they marched in a parade. Many high-pointers of the 82nd (most made 3 combat jumps) came home in the summer of 45, recieved little reception. Most of them adjusted to normal life, many married their girlfriends from before the war. They became the postmen at your mailbox, the local bricklayer, architects, heck one trooper became an aerospace engineer! There were the few that were effected badly and unfortunately became heavy drinkers and died at young ages. Some took their own life, but it is far fewer than today's soldiers. I know of one unfortunate trooper that was an original member of the 82nd, made it through the entire war, and passed in very late 46 of cancer I believe. Very sad to make it through all that (MUCH more than E/506), and die at such a young age. Regarding BoB, read this; http://101airborneww2.com/bandofbrothers.html It is very useful in determining fact from Hollywood fiction. Welcome to the forum!
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    Leon T Dreger Old Hickory

    WOW! Very cool. Glad you got in touch.
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    292nd Map

    I have a similar one of these for the 24th. I'm going to do a post about it one of these days....
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    Identification of Photo - Walter J Read - 34th Inf Div

    Cool picture! Good luck identifying your grandfather.
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