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mikel

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    mikel reacted to Walt's Daughter in Farewell William (Bill) Tingen - 101st Airborne   
    I wish to say a farewell to my friend, Bill Tingen. We used to talk on Facebook and I will miss our wonderful exchanges. So glad I got to know you, though I wish it was for a longer period of time. Sigh!
     
    My condolences to the family and all his friends.
     
    Of course the family has been sharing their feelings with everyone, and this morning, this was posted on FB, by a grandson. I think it shows the kind of man he was. So with permission from his son, Pistol Tingen, I am sharing this with you.
     
     

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    mikel reacted to CaptO in 248th Engr.   
    Very cool pictures. I thought it was interesting the way the time and date was notated as that is the same way we do it now for certain things. A Date-Time-Group consists of the day of the month with the time next to it with no space followed by the time zone, again with no space. then follows the month and year. Typically, we will use three letters of the month and just the last two digits for the year so right now as I write this in Thailand (I may have forgotten to post I'm in Thailand at the moment) it is:
     
    110653G FEB 15
     
    I personally find this way of noting day/time annoying because when you are sorting with a computer it will sort by the day and not by year or month. When originally signing all of the documents required to enlist and the ones at boot camp it was always two digits of the year, two digits for the month followed by the day with no spaces. so today would be:
     
    150211
     
    It doesn't tell the time, but I suppose you could throw that in on the end. Sorting that date is a snap.
     
    But I digress. . .
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    mikel got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in Help with identifying a bridge / location   
    Thanks Marion!
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    mikel reacted to Walt's Daughter in Help with identifying a bridge / location   
    Off-hand, no, but I can look through my STUFF to see if I can identify.
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    mikel reacted to Walt's Daughter in 248th Engr.   
    Again thanks for taking the time to share with us. You know me, I love photos of bridges!
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    mikel got a reaction from colinhotham in 248th Engr.   
    I found these nice bridge photos on Ancestry and thought that I'd share them here for others to see.
     

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    mikel got a reaction from CaptO in Remagen-Ludendorf Bridge March 17, 1945   
    Here are some more Remagen photos
     

     
    Crossing

     
    Explosion on the other side of the Rhine

     
    50 cal shooting at planes

     
    Destroyed building in Remagen

     
    Road built to facilitate movement to the bridges

     
    POW Camp in Remagen (I'm pretty sure it is the one that was there)

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    mikel reacted to Walt's Daughter in Conversion of map coordinates   
    Oooooo, I will have to try that. This is very cool. I can see getting wrapped up in this for hours at a time...
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    mikel reacted to Walt's Daughter in Remagen-Ludendorf Bridge March 17, 1945   
    Super post. Thanks for the notes, the images and the supplemental reports!
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    mikel reacted to Walt's Daughter in Remagen-Ludendorf Bridge March 17, 1945   
    Okay Larry, here's that video you were talking about. It's great. Bridge at Remagen part two
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVaRtIDcTWA
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    mikel reacted to brian m in 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

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    mikel reacted to CaptO in Conversion of map coordinates   
    I hadn't had time to see how much this corresponds to what we use today (Military Grid Reference System) but it looks very similar. Here is a link to a WWII land navigation pub that will tell you how it works.
    https://archive.org/details/Fm21-26
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    mikel reacted to Walt's Daughter in 284th and 291st   
    Amen to that. I have talked about that too, here on the forum. I think it's a wonderful idea, Mikel.
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    mikel reacted to Walt's Daughter in The Hodges Bridge   
    Okay, here's the scanned booklet. It's in excellent condition. Was printed in 1945. Looks brand new.
    The Hodges Bridge Pamphlet 1945.pdf
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    mikel reacted to Walt's Daughter in The Hodges Bridge   
    I bought this book on Ebay. Won it last night. Of course I will scan and share when it arrives. Great acquisition.
     
     

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    mikel reacted to Walt's Daughter in 254th Engr. C. Bn.   
    Uploaded to photo gallery
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    mikel got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in 61St Combat Engineers   
    Me too! I'd buy it all and hope that some day the family would want it. Like the photos....I wish I could scoop them all up and then look for the families to give them to.
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    mikel got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in 61St Combat Engineers   
    I just saw some 61st "stuff" on ebay! I could see that it belong to a "Bruno" from the dog tags and the name plate.
     
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/WWII-Army-Veterans-Lot-/231244854401?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35d7447481
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    mikel reacted to Walt's Daughter in 254th Engr. C. Bn.   
    Gonna add those to the gallery later today.
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    mikel reacted to Walt's Daughter in 254th Engr. C. Bn.   
    Excellent. Just adore one with the two soldiers holding the cat. You always see GI's with dogs, but this is the first cat photo I've seen, myself.
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    mikel got a reaction from colinhotham in 254th Engr. C. Bn.   
    I just came across these photos of the 254th and I couldn't think of a more appropriate place to share them than here!
     

     

     

     

     

     

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    mikel reacted to Walt's Daughter in Meet America’s oldest living WWII vet   
    Better yet, he was with the all-black 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion in the Pacific. Would love to meet this man.
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    mikel reacted to Walt's Daughter in Meet America’s oldest living WWII vet   
    Meet America’s oldest living vet. He smokes cigars, does yard work, drives and drinks whiskey. And he’s 108!
     
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    mikel reacted to Walt's Daughter in 285th Engineers   
    I may have seen his picture before. Totally possible.
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    mikel reacted to Walt's Daughter in 250th Engineer Combat Bn   
    Good morning all. Just received this photo from Beth (Liberatedbythe250th). I converted the photo and have attached it here. Thanks Beth.
     
     
     

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