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mikel

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    mikel reacted to Walt's Daughter in 285th Engineers   
    Nice to have the details.
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    mikel reacted to CaptO in 285th Engineers   
    That's a lot of miles of walking! Of course, I think most of that was probably motorized, but riding the pine in a deuce and a half isn't a whole lot better!
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    mikel got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in 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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    mikel got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in 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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    mikel got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in 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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    mikel reacted to Walt's Daughter in 285th Engineers   
    Great to hear those stories, for they are priceless. Every time I read recollections such as his, I always think about how COLD they were. It truly makes me appreciate that I can simply walk in my door at any time and get warm and toasty. When I shovel snow each year and am fighting the wind and the elements, I think about all those GI's enduring the winter. I tell myself, "you are only going to be out here for 20 minutes, those poor guys were out there for days upon days and weeks upon weeks, without any real shelter, you have it easy, Marion." It's a real reality check, isn't it?
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    mikel got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in 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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    mikel got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in 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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    mikel got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in 284th Engineer Combat Battalion Annual Reunion   
    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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    mikel got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in 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
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    mikel got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in 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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    mikel got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in 284th Engineer Combat Battalion Annual Reunion   
    Updated with 2014 information as well as a new post to bump this up the list.
     
    284th Engineer Combat Battalion Annual Reunion!
    The 284th Engineer Combat Battalion will hold its annual reunion on:
    November 7-8-9, 2014
     
    Location:
    Best Western Mainstay Inn
    151 Admiral Kalbfus Rd
    Newport, Rhode Island 02840
     
    Please call: 1-401-849-9880 to make reservations
    Remember to tell them that you are with the 284th Engineers!
    The cost should be between $55-$65 per night.
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    mikel reacted to Walt's Daughter in 284th Engineers   
    Oh do I know THAT feeling? When I started off I thought, well do a bit of research and...
     
    Well, here I am nine years later and I am busier than ever.
     
    Good luck and thanks for your perseverance! Going to look right now.
     
    http://284thcombatengineers.com/
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    mikel reacted to Walt's Daughter in 284th Engineers   
    Great news. Always glad to hear there will be yet another engineer site online.
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    mikel got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in 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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    mikel got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in 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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