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    Devilbiss High School Heroes - Summer 2018

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    V-Mail Newsletters - WWII Museum

    VMail Summer 2018 V-Mail_Newsletter_Summer_2018.pdf
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    V-Mail Newsletters - WWII Museum

    I am a member of the WWII Museum in New Orleans, and subsequently receive newsletters from them. I received my first one a about a week ago, and wanted to share it with everyone. Some of this issues featured articles are: A letter from museum trustee Drew Brees (yes THE FOOTBALL Drew Brees) regarding his grandfather Gail Freeman. Spotlight on the 291st Engineer Combat Battalion and Veteran Gives a Lasting Gift - Gail "Bud" Freeman - 34th Inf Div Enjoy! http://www.6thcorpscombatengineers.com/docs/newsletters/VMailNewsletterSpring2011.pdf
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    Many units received their patches before heading out, so one thing may have nothing to do with the other. :-)
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    Ah, but doesn't necessarily mean that it wasn't it. We'll keep on it. After all, my dad's has a seahorse. :-)
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    photo of 343rd bridge over Durance River

    I can look it over. I just looked at it quickly (not all) and it doesn't seem bad at all, but will take a closer look-see.
  7. I answered him and told him I had nothing on hand at the moment. He wrote back later again.
  8. The following was also sent to me by his son, Carl Stefanelli. Marion, please forward this to Jim [and anyone else I missed] as I am not sure of his email. At Dad's repast I gave this short remembrance of Tony's long life. Tony was born in 1915. He was the oldest of 8 children. All were born at home with the assistance of their grandmother [Gaccionne] and a midwife. As the oldest son he was first up for chores. Originally the apartment was heated with the kitchen stove. That meant helping his father cut lots of wood. It also meant the bedrooms were cold at night. Later he helped his father cut and install pipes for a steam heat/radiator system. Whenever they had it, wood was burned in the furnace. Cheaper than coal. They kept a garden and chickens. Tony helped with the chickens while fighting off the rooster. He helped his father install electrical wires to replace the gas lights. They ran the wires through the gas pipes. There was a gas meter in the basement, but it was more like a parking meter. You put in a quarter and got 25 cents of gas. When the lights flickered another quarter was needed. I asked Dad if they got Christmas presents. He said in their stockings they got walnuts left over from the dinner the night before. However, one year he got a wagon. The wagon came with a chore. His father saved scrap wood at work. Dad had to pull his wagon to the factory and loaded up. On the way home he would come to a railroad track. There he had to unload the wagon, carry it over the tracks and then reload the wood. Tony was a lifelong mushroom picker. Seems he knew the good ones from the poison ones. His father and uncle John needed him on mushroom picking trips, because Dad could read the road signs. Tony graduated from high school in 1932. He went to work Sonneborne, a chemical company owned by a Jewish family. They kept the plant running right through the Depression. A four day work week was the worst it got. Normally, work ran from Monday through Friday and half a day on Saturday. The plant manager vouched for grandpa when they needed a mortgage to buy the building on Washington Ave. Dad's father, Joseph, and his Uncle John were foremen. His grandfather [Gaccionne] worked there as a cooper, making wooden barrels. His sister, Rachael, worked in the office in New York. Dad's first job was running a machine that canned Vaseline. Dad worked at Sonneborne through the 30's while attending Newark College evenings. A month after Pearl Harbor, Tony got his draft notice. He was 26. The next 43 months were spent in N Africa and Europe. Dad was in the 36th Combat Engineers Regiment. They made 5 amphibious landing, 3 of them under fire. The 36th logged more days in combat than any other US unit, except the 3rd Division [?]. I attended his last several army reunions. Sadly, he was the only attendee at the 2017 reunion. He loved getting together with his dear friend, Carl Futatdo and the other old soldiers. They always enjoyed reminiscing about the good times. After the war and before he landed a position, Tony's sister told him that a local grocery store needed some help. Park Market, in Nutley was run by my maternal grandfather, Vincent LoCurcio. My mother, Filomena, helped run the store. Dad worked there for about a half a day, and then complained to Fil, "If you want to be a boss, you better learn to give orders!" Fil told him to leave! A few days later he returned and asked Fil for a date. Three dates later he told her they should get married. "We are both 30 years old and need to get married. Let's not waste time with this dating." You know the rest of the story. Fil ran her own store and Tony was a partner at an electrical contractor. He worked till he was 70 and then played golf for the next 30 years. He had a good life.
  9. Sad news to my WWII friends...Tony Stefanelli (36th Engineer) passed away Tuesday evening in his sleep. He was 102! Wow! He went peacefully though and I'm sure Carl Furtado and he are having one helluva reunion. Of course we will miss him tremendously. There was only one Tony. Spent many a day with him throughout the years. First pic is Carl on left, then Tony! Second pic is Carl, Tony and Colin Hotham at our hotel in 2015. Third pic is of Tony and me with his birthday pumpkin pie! Fourth pic is Carl and Tony from the war! Stay rugged!
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    Thanks for locating that old post, Randy. That should be very helpful. Sure took me back into the time machine, including posts from WWII veterans.
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    313th Engineers

    Thanks for sharing your photos. We sure appreciate your time.
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    313th Engineers

    From: ben (left off for privacy) To: (left off for privacy) Sent: Monday, January 19, 2009 11:40:21 PM Subject: To whom it may concern: Was the 313th Engineer Combat Battalion part of the 540th Regiment? The reason I ask is because my grandfather was a member of the 313th battalion. He passed away before I was born and the only reason I know his battalion was due to a newspaper article regarding a promotion. His unit was assigned to the 88th Infantry Divison who has some of the same campaign credits, Rome-arno, Po Valley, and North Africa are just a few, and my family members seem to have little information regarding this matter. I want to honor his sacrifice and the sacrifice of those who served with him. Any information you may have is greatly appreciated. My email is (left off for privacy). Sincerely, Ben ------------------------------------------------------- Dear Ben: No they were not. The 540th was a simple two battalion regiment, the 1st and 2nd, later to become the 2832nd and 2833rd, respectively. They were known as a "bastard" unit, meaning they were never permanent part of a division, but rather struck out on their own, and functioned separately. Thought they were often times "attached" to other units, for battles and campaigns. They functioned directly under the 5th and 7th Armies and also VI Corps. The 313th Engineer Bn was part of the 88th Infantry Division. This site is still under construction (he's working on the engineer section), but I would contact the webmaster directly. http://www.88infdiv.org/ - I just checked this in April 2018 and the site is NOT available. What a shame! http://www.lonesentry.com/unithistory/88th...ntry/page2.html Well that should get you off to a good start. I look forward to hearing from you. You may want to look at my research section here: http://www.6thcorpscombatengineers.com/eng...hp?showtopic=23 I strongly suggest you contact Michael Brodhead, a friend, and one of the historians at the Army Corps of Engineers, Office of History. Warmly, Marion
  13. Beautifully said. I just wish that more people from the forum could have met him. But they can still enjoy the documentary, etc. of he and Carl Furtado. Both great men who I miss so, so much!
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    1058th pc&r or port construction and repair group

    Wonderful news and welcome to our forum. So glad you found us. Delighted that I could help you tie up some loose ends.
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    Thieves steal money from a WWII engineer

    I heard his money was recovered somehow too. That is very cool.
  16. https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/30/us/oldest-living-veteran-theft-trnd/index.html Thieves steal money from a WWII engineer. Breaks your heart, but people are stepping up to help this 112 year-old veteran.
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    Love the photo of the donkey. He's like, "Are you nuts?"
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    Pictures Of My Grandfather 1132nd Combat Engineers

    Great pics btw!
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    Pictures Of My Grandfather 1132nd Combat Engineers

    Please see this topic for detailed instructions on how to obtain files for your loved ones and their units. http://www.6thcorpscombatengineers.com/engforum/index.php?/topic/23-research-assistance-please-read-first/
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    Engineer Insignias - downloadable PDF file from the Engineers Office of History
  21. Completely revamped August 2015 Resources at Your Fingertips - Advice for Family Members Seeking Info/Documentation Regarding WWII Veterans Years ago, while still living in Detroit, I began my quest to discover my father’s WWII history. I was only twelve when he passed away, and now I wanted to find out as much as I could, putting the various puzzle pieces back together. While he was one of the veterans who were willing to share his experiences, a long time had passed and those stories I treasured so much as a child, began to fade. I retained a box which held his keepsakes from the war, including photos and army patches; nonetheless, I could no longer recall various details including his unit designation. One of the first things I was advised to do, was to contact the National Archives in St. Louis, but it took three successive tries, and many months before I finally received a letter at our new home in northern Michigan in autumn 2003. Sorry, they informed me, your father’s records burned in a huge fire in 1973. That was it. There were no instructions on what to do next. Was this a dead end? I was so distraught it took me almost three weeks before I could show the letter to my husband. I then began to feel angry and that anger led me to one conclusion; I would not give up and this would not defeat me. I had the Internet didn’t I? Without going into a long diatribe, my research led to a happy ending, even though the path proved arduous at times. However, it is not my intent to share my entire story today, but to provide you with a helpful guide. I’m hoping that my knowledge and experience will facilitate your research into your loved one’s history and save you from all the headaches and red-tape that so many of us have experienced. Note: this article/advice is intended for families of veteran’s who returned home from the war. Also please be aware that during World War II the serial number was NOT the same as the veteran’s social security number. Many people often get this confused. Obtaining a Copy of Their Discharge Documents - DD214 These documents contain various information, such as the veteran’s unit, campaigns/battle info, discharge date and more. Please see this link for further explanation. There are numerous ways to obtain copies and contrary to popular belief, NARA is not the only place to acquire this documentation. · The National Archives - St Louis, MO - This can take weeks or months so be prepared to wait. I strongly suggest going another route first and using this as a last resort. Also many of the personnel records WERE destroyed in the fire of ’73, so... · The Veteran’s Administration - This is how I obtained a copy of my father’s discharge papers. Within three weeks, I had received a copy of his DD214’s. · Court House of the County that the veteran resided in after WW 2 · Many Town Clerk’s offices have discharge documents on file · A copy may have been filed with estate records at the county Probate Court · The funeral home that handled burial arrangements will have a copy if the veteran had a military funeral or applied for a government headstone Obtaining Unit Records These are actual archived records from each branch of the service. Again, many facilities have these records, but it may vary from place to place. Some units, (i.e. infantry and airborne) will have more information than others. Smaller/lesser known units (i.e. an engineer mapping company) may have little to none at all, so there are no guarantees. Nonetheless, my research has led me to discover, that most people are successful with this part of their hunt. · National Archives - College Place, MD - This is how I obtained my father’s unit records. I hired a private researcher who painstakingly copied each document and mailed them to me. While this was not cheap, it was well worth the cost and effort for I gathered hundreds upon hundreds of daily journals, after-action reports, maps and more. Please read the page carefully for it is very detailed. It also explains how to arrange to copy the records yourself. · The Dwight D Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum · The Army Corps of Engineers Office of History - (If your veteran was an army engineer) When filling out the form please select the History Dept., as your recipient. You may also call them at 703-428-6563. They played an instrumental role in my early research, for my father was a member of the 540th Engineer Regiment. · Fort Leonard Wood - Office of Engineer History Historian, U.S. Army Engineer School 320 MANSCEN Loop, Suite 043 Ft. Leonard Wood, MO 65473 573-563-6365 · The United States Army War College · Center of Military History Other Helpful Links How Do I Request Military Awards and Decorations? · Military Awards and Decorations - The National Archives They will provide the medals for FREE, however, you may have to wait several weeks or more to receive the medals, once they receive your application. · My Military Medals However, if you KNOW which medals your loved one should have, you can also buy replacements for a small sum of money. If you would like a copy of this for your records, you can download the PDF version. This version also contains a short bio and photo of me, plus my website links, for it was written for a friend's blog. Resources at Your Fingertips August 2015.pdf
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    Pictures Of My Grandfather 1132nd Combat Engineers

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    Pictures Of My Grandfather 1132nd Combat Engineers

    We have an DUI (insignia book), online on this site. Will find the link and post it here in a few...
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    Interesting Articles

    And the photos of the world war II veteran finally being buried, are worth a million dollars.