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    284th Engineers

    I decided to also upload the video to youtube to make it easier for people to view it / find it:
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    284th Engineers

    Woah, this is my first watch of the video and after basic training it has footage of the Marine Raven (heading to the ETO) and some footage in Wales! Wow!!
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    284th Engineers

    I've posted a 42 minute video of C Company 284th Combat Engineers in basic training at Camp Breckenridge on the website! Amazing amazing stuff! http://284thcombatengineers.com/documents It is a large file so I'd suggest starting a download and walking away (my webserver is an old computer sitting by my feet under my desk at home). But wow! I imagine a lot of folks would be interested to see this since I hear that it is rare to find basic training videos!
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    285th Engineers

    Battle Map:
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    285th Engineers

    Brief history of the 285th: (my apologies for any spelling errors, the font is small and faded on the document that I'm reading for this) Arrrived at Barry, Wales aboard the USS Marine Raven, debarked 2 NOV 1944. Boarded train there and proceeded to Delamere Park Camp, 1 mile NW of Cuddington Station, England. Battalion quartered there until departing for continent. Embarked 7 Jan 1945 at Southhampton, England. Debarked at Le Havre, France 9 Jan 1945. Entrained to Camp Twenty Grand SW of Duclair, France. Entrained again after sweating it out for a week on salmon and cheese for Ukange, France. Departed by truck for Delheim, Luxembourg 20 Jan 1945. Assigned to Third Army, attached to 12th Corps, further attached to 42nd Cavalry Sqdn of 2nd Calvary Group. Relieved of attachment to 42nd Cavalry Sqdn and attached to 1137th Engr. C. Group 3 March 1945 at Wecker, Luxembourg. 17 March 1945 placed in direct support of 11 Armored Div. east of Bitburg, Germany. Relieved of support to 11th Armored Div. 24 March 1945 at Undenheim, Germany. Place in direct support of 4th Armovered Div until relieved 31 March 1945 near Lauterback, Germany. Crossed the Rhine river 25 March 1945. Relieved of support of the 4th Armored Div and attachment to 1137 Engr. C. Group 31 March 1945. Attached to 1135 that date. Relieved attachment to 1135 Engr. C. Group; attached to the 1137 Engr. C. Group at Herbstein, north of Gedern, Germany 7 april 1945, being relieved of this support 22 April 1945 and made direct support of 26th Infantry Div. that date at Kaltenbrunn, Germany. Remained in support of 26th until termination of war and relieved 12 May 1945.
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    285th Engineers

    Now for a couple stories from Dale: Marine Raven: When we boarded to the Raven we had most of what we owned in a back pack. I forget the exact number of bunks, there were either 7 or 8. They folded against the wall (bulkhead?). The bottom bunk was deployed you were instructed to lay down in the bunk, with your backpack on and stay there till notified you could get up. The second bunk was lowered and the next in line got that bunk, lay down and don't move (couldn't move if you had to after the next bunk was lowered). You laid there till all 7or 8 bunks were occupied then you had to wait till the entire room maybe 70 or 80 men were in the bunks. When all the bunks were full and the next room was opened you could get out of the bunk. Of course the top bunk had to get down first and the first bunk was the last to get out. No place for claustrophobia. And of course during the sea trip it was always one of the top bunks that the occupant got sea sick and of course the ensuing "waterfall". I was just talking to one of my friends I graduated from high school with and we agreed it was a great experience but hoped no one else had to endure anything like it. 40/8s: Had more room on the 40/8s. While awake pretty much room. Nights were cosy. It was cold but you "spooned" with another G.I. Not all that comfortable but we kept each other not warm but from freezing. Most of us were pretty lucky but a couple of the 40/8s had been damaged by shell fire and had holes in the roofs. I think those guys were more uncomfortable than we were. Another car had a 4 foot hole in the floor where some idiots had built a bonfire. I rememeber at a long stop somehow we were furnished bread. I stood outside the car with my arms extended and got as many loaves of bread as I could carry. I was told to run to the end of the train and 2 loaves NO MORE ! to each car. As a result the train started just as I ran out of bread so I just jumped on the car till the next stop. We never knew how long a trip would be or when or how long a stop would last.
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    285th Engineers

    I guess I'll add some more details to this just in case someone else happens upon this while looking for information on the 285th. The 284th and 285th rode over to the ETO on the Marine Raven, information on this ship can be found on the 284th's website and scattered about the internet. As far as the 1142nd I asked Dale about it and his response was: I wrote to Pace explaining I was in the 285th before it had the fillers just cadre. He posted my email on his page but I have never had any reply. I remember the 1142nd sign in Camp Crowder and I know that was the group we were assigned. I can not remember if we were assigned that group in the ETO. The only assignment I am sure of is that we were XII Corps.
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    285th Engineers

    I know this is kind of an old thread but I thought that I'd mention that the 285th is mentioned in the Battle of the Bulge book: http://books.google.com/books?id=fldMWJ6Kwg8C&pg=PA170&lpg=PA170&dq=285th+combat+engineers&source=bl&ots=JQLznD2_C8&sig=yFX7LSMMkKNb-WwjHhajLWw5ZjQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=eoSTUrTVAYu-kQfJ8ICAAg&ved=0CHgQ6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q=285th%20combat%20engineers&f=false I also have a few documents posted on the 284th's website that talks about the 284th and the 285th when they were assigned to the 2nd Cav as Infantry (see Thesis document Patton's Iron Cavalry - The Impact of the Mechanized Cavarly on the U.S. Third Army) and their work at Skyline drive (General Patton's book: The War as I Knew It pages: 226-227) http://284thcombatengineers.com/documents/index.cfm
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    284th Engineers

    I have posted a lot of After Action Reports as well as some very detailed reports on the 284th's website. Some of them are by the hour and super interesting to read! I've hired the researcher Geoff (he posted in one of the other forums on here) to pull the rest of the AAR's from the National Archives for me! They really are fascinating reads! I also received a whole photo album for C Company so I will be adding a lot more photos to that section. I really really need photos and documents for H&S, A and B Companies though.... http://284thcombatengineers.com/documents/index.cfm
  10. The reunion was great! There was one soldier who'd never been to one before so it was a nice pleasure to have him visit! I put a few pictures up on the 284th's main webpage (284thcombatengineers.com).
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    284th Engineers

    The 284th's annual reunion is coming up! I thought it best to post it here as well as on the 284th's website just in case word hasn't spread enough yet. 284th Engineer Combat Battalion Annual Reunion! The 284th Engineer Combat Battalion will hold its annual reunion on: November 1-2-3, 2013 Location: Best Western Mainstay Inn Newport, Rhode Island 02840 Please call: 1-401-849-9880 to make reservations Remember to tell them that you are with the 284th Engineers! Cost should be $55.00 + tax per night
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    284th Engineers

    Yeah, I figured that since the information on the 284th was so scattered that it would be a good idea to consolidate it into one location I did give myself lots of work to do though!
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    284th Engineers

    Hi! Sorry that I've been a bit MIA in this thread. I just wanted to update you to let you know I'm currently working on 284thcombatengineers.com! It is slowly coming online. I only really have information on C company (I do have rosters for the other companies though) so if anyone can give me information / images / documents on the others companies that would be great! The site is still in its early stages but I'm happy with the progress so I hope that people come to visit it!
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    284th Engineers

    I spend a hour talking to Clarence on the phone last night! It was great to talk to him and we are planning to get together later this month! When I first found this site I was baffled that the images posted in this thread are images that I have the originals too! Well, after speaking with Clarence last night the mystery is solved! My dad sent him a ton of stuff from the war many years ago. Including all the negatives of the images that he took! I imagine that he has many images that I don't have (I seem to remember seeing some pictures when I was a kid that aren't in the pile anymore) so hopefully he can find the negatives and I can get brand spanking new fresh (and probably higher resolution) prints of them! Its so exciting!
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    284th Engineers

    Thanks Marion! Another grandson of the 284th managed to find Clarence. They had a good conversation this morning and he will be heading out to visit with him tomorrow! There are three still alive from the unit and they have a reunion every year. We're going to attempt to attend it this year! I have many many photographs from C Company 284th that I'd love to share for your gallery. Steve also has many of his grandfather's photographs and we will see what we can possibly scan from Clarence's collection. Mikel
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