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Walt's Daughter

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    Melbourne "Mel" Henry Mouw - 540th Eng

    Just wrote to the American Legion Hall that was named above. I asked if they could give me any info on their life-long member, Mr. Mouw or if they had contact with the surviving members of the family. Hopefully I will hear something back. You know me, always grabbing onto any leads I can get!
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    Melbourne "Mel" Henry Mouw - 540th Eng

    Found the info below that was listed on a genealogy site. Contacted the webmaster but he has no futher info on this man. Maybe someone from his family will see it and contact me in the future. You never know and it's always worth a shot. Melborne "Mel" Henry Mouw was born on November 4, 1910 in Holland, Michigan, the son of Henry and Grace (DeWeerd) Mouw and died at age 89, on Friday, October 27, 2000. He worked at the Orin B. Hayes Oldsmobile dealership in sales and service for 31 years. Mel was a decorated Veteran of WW II, assigned to the 540th Engineers, serving with both the Third and Seventh Armies. He was awarded 7 Bronze Stars, and 1 Bronze Arrowhead. He served in Africa, Algeria-French Morocco, Sicily, Naples, Foggia Rome, Southern France, Rhineland and Central Europe as well as Anzio Beach. He was a member of the American Legion Post 475 and a lifetime member of the VFW. He was survived by his daughter Alice of Zion, Illinois, sons John of Dade City, Florida and Michael of Galesburg. Mel was buried in Mt. Everest Cemetery with full military graveside honors provided by American Legion Post 475 (an abbreviated transcription of his obituary from the Kalamazoo Gazette, contributed by Marie Mackey).
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    Yankee Airforce Museum

    A truly tragic event occurred here in Michigan today. There was a devastating fire at the Yankee Airforce Museum. You can read more about it here. How very, very sad for all of us. Yankee Airforce Musuem Fire Addendum 10-22-04... I should have added a very important fact the other day when I initially posted this. My mother and my husband's mother worked at the Willow Run plant building bombers during the war. Hail, hail to Rosie and her riveters. The great woman who held down the home front.
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    Overseas with the 540th

    As some of you may know, one of my new friends, an historian, has lent me the book that I have been feverishly searching for, Overseas with the 540th Engineers. He is giving me the opportunity to scan and copy all the pages, so at least I will have a copy on the ol' computer. This will enable me upload the pages to our site. They are hundreds of photos and text to go along with them. The book covers the 540th E-Men from their first steps on the shores of North Africa to their last days in Germany in 1945. It's a real treasure and hopefully someday I will find a copy for my collection. There are great pics of bridges being built, mines being diffused, roads being improved, landings in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, and Southern France, etc. There are also photos of each platoon and much, much more. Hopefully I will be able to share these with you very soon. It is quite an undertaking to copy an entire book and then crop and improve each image before I upload them to the web, so please be patient. It will be worth the wait.
  5. Max Schwartz is looking for any 1306th brothers in arms and their family members. He has written a book and it is available FREE OF CHARGE to members of the 1306th and their family members. You can visit his site at: 1306th Engineer General Service Regiment The general public can also purchase the book. Please see site for details. He'd love to hear from you.
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    Woodrow Hoch - 540th Eng

    Here's another one. Found this on a university site and contacted them. They wrote back that Mr. Hoch died earlier this year. If any family members see this, please contact me if you wish to tell your loved ones' WWII story. Woodrow Hoch, '42 B.S. CChem, served with the Army Corps of Engineers 540th Amphibious Brigade in Africa, Italy, France, and Germany during World War II. He was decorated with the Purple Heart and Silver Star. In 1951, he founded Master Oil Products and served as its president until 1957, when he bought Viscosity Oil, merged the companies, and remained president. Until 1985, he led the company as Viscosity Oil became a major supplier of lubricant oils, rust inhibitors, calibration fluids, greases, industrial oils, and diesel engine oils. He sold Viscosity Oil to Tenneco Oil and Gas in 1985 and retired.
  7. Vet Friends Looking for Vets to Interview Florida State University - WWII Project - We want your memories!
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    More info about the engineers

    Well, it's still early in the morning and this day just keeps getting better. As you probably know, I search for info on an almost daily basis. Some days are frustrating and other days I'm literally dancing around with joy. Well today is another one of the dancing days! Of course this function will work better when I make and drink some coffee. I just received an email from a gentleman named Rod O'Barr. His website is listed on our links page, 85th Engineer Heavy Ponton Battalion. He went to our site and read the History Page and said the the 85th, 36th and 540th have a lot in common. Oh heck, just read the some of the text I copied from his email. It explains it all: "Hello Marion, I have had some time to read the "history" portion of your web site. I've discovered that our two sites have quite a bit in common as relates to not only the River Crossing School on the Rhone River, but also the Rhine River Crossing. I have included below all the paragraphs from the original WWII 85th Engineer documents that mention involvement with the 36th or 540th. As you can see, the 85th trained your dad's unit in bridge building on the Rhone River, and later on the Meurthe River, and then the two units were joined in the efforts to bridge the Rhine River at both Worms and Mannheim, Germany. This means that the pictures you see on my web site that are of bridges on the Rhone, Meurthe, and Rhine Rivers, are bridges that the 540th and 36th also built. As your history points out, the 540th was made up of two regiments, the 2832 and the 2833, and so you'll find references to these two regiments in the paragraphs related to the Rhine Crossings that follow. Feel free to use any of the following text, and to attach to your site any of the photos from my site that relate to your web site. As I previously stated, the following paragraphs are transcribed directly from the original documents of the 85th, and as such they use the unusual military syntax. Anytime it mentions "the Battalion" or "this Battalion" reference is to the 85th. I hope you find the info informative as it relates to the 36th and 540th. Regards, Rod O'Barr Fantastic huh? Can't wait to upload the info for everyone to see. It's just great when I can see actual pieces of history and know that my dad, the 540th and the 36th were there. Essayons!
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    Appearing Soon...

    I've had the wonderful opportunity to exchange email with Art Morneweck on an almost a daily basis and we have become steadfast friends in a short amount of time. I first saw his posting on a WWII vets forum and saw that he was from the Detroit area. He had written a very touching story about his WWII bride and I was quite taken by it and decided to write to him. He has agreed to share his memories and photographs along with those of his younger brother and brother-in-law, all of whom served during WWII. I am going to add these to our site beginning this week and you'll be able to find them on the STORIES & LETTERS PAGE under the heading, "Stories from other WWII Vets".