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  1. 309th engineers, 84th Division

    I would also contact Fort Leonard Wood. They were of tremendous help when I first started my journey. Please tell them that I sent you. Fort Leonard Wood - Office of Engineer HistoryHistorian, U.S. Army Engineer School 320 MANSCEN Loop, Suite 043 Ft. Leonard Wood, MO 65473 573-563-6365
  2. 309th engineers, 84th Division

    I never tried emailing them. Everyone I know who had any luck, either called or wrote to them at the designated address, and included all pertinent info, such as specific name of unit and the dates of service. Modern Military Records: Records that originated in military agencies of the Executive branch of government. Most of these records were created after 1900 and include documents created or accumulated by the various components of the Department of Defense and its predecessor, the War Department.
  3. 309th engineers, 84th Division

    Then pursuing NARA in Maryland is the way to go. Look under the section labeled Obtaining Unit Records.
  4. 344th Engineer General Service Regiment, Company C

    Good. Sure is a treasure, isn't it? Let's hope someone will see your plea and are able to supply some additional photos.
  5. 266th Engineer Combat Battalion

    Sure thing. They are THE go-to solution. Make sure you follow the instructions in my RESEARCH section. Keep me posted.
  6. 309th engineers, 84th Division

    So you've already contacted NARA in Maryland?
  7. 1264th Engineer Combat Battalion

    Yes, I just saw the one instance.
  8. 309th battalion

    Since we are talking to you here, let's carry on the discussion in one area so this does not become confusing.
  9. 266th Engineer Combat Battalion

    The 266th were part of the 66th Inf Div, so your information is correct. This brief history was provided: Brief History of the 66th “Black Panther” Division as prefaced by Philip M. Coons in “Letters Home”The 66th Division was activated on April 15, 1943 at Camp Blanding, Fl. Its commander, Major General Herman F. Kramer, continued with the division until August 1945, when he was relieved by Major General Walter F. Lauer. General Lauer commanded the division until its deactivation in November 1945. The 66th Division was part of the Sixth Army Group and participated in the Northern France campaign.The division was formed and had its initial three months of training at Camp Blanding in northeastern Florida. The division then moved to Camp Joseph Robinson near Little Rock, Arkansas for further training. They completed their training at Camp Rucker, Alabama. In November 1944 the division arrived at Camp Shanks, New Jersey, its final stop before being shipped overseas. Part of the division sailed for England on November 15, 1944 aboard the George Washington and the George O. Squier and the rest of the division sailed on the HMS Britannic on December 1, 1944. While in England the division was billeted in small towns and barracks at Camp Blandford in the County of Dorset on the southern coast of England.The 66th Division consisted of the following units: 262nd , 263rd, and 264th Infantry Regiments, Headquarters Battery, 721st, 870th, 871st, and 872nd, Field Artillery Battalions, 266th Engineer Combat Battalion, the 366th Medical Battalion, 66th Counter Intelligence Corps Detachment, 66th Quartermaster Company, 66th Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop, the 566th Signal Company, and Headquarters Special Troops, including a Headquarters Company and a Military Police Platoon.The 66th Division crossed the English Channel on Christmas Eve 1944. The majority of the infantry troops were on board the SS Leopoldville and the HMS Cheshire. Just five miles off shore from Cherbourg, the SS Leopoldville was torpedoed by a German U-boat. Fourteen officers and seven hundred forty-eight servicemen were lost.After arriving at Cherbourg the 66th Division regrouped and headed for the L’Orient and St. Nazaire sectors in Brittany to relive the 94th Division which had been guarding the German submarine base pockets that were left after the D-Day invasion. Estimates of the number of German forces left behind in these pockets ran from fifty to one hundred thousand. The 94th division was sent to the Battle of the Bulge. While in Brittany the 66th Division carried out daily reconnaissance patrols along the one hundred and twelve mile front and conducted periodical artillery fire on the pockets of resistance. The artillery fire disabled a number of big German guns and sank numerous re-supply boats. Upon the German surrender on May 8, 1945, the 66th Division moved to the area near Koblenz, Germany for occupation duty and to guard German POW camps.In late May1945 the 66th Division moved again, this time to the Marseille area on the southern coast of France to staff the staging areas in Marseille, Arles, and St. Victoret from which troops were being sent to the war in the Pacific. Once situated near Marseille, the 263rd staffed the St. Victoret staging area and the 262nd and 264th staffed the Arles staging area. The 870th was assigned as an MP unit, the 871st guarded the Miramas Depot, and the 872nd was stationed in Marseille. The 721st became a transportation unit. The 266th Engineer and 366th Medical battalions performed their usual duties. While in the Marseille area the 66th Division constructed a total of eight outdoor motion picture amphitheaters where the GIs were treated to numerous USO shows. Many 66th Division athletic teams played on another on newly constructed athletic fields. With the cessation of hostilities in the Pacific a small part of 66th Division sailed for home in late October 1945. The remainder of the men in the 66th Division who did not have enough points to return home was either sent to Delta Base in southern France or to Germany and Austria to serve as occupation forces.Overall the 66th Division suffered the following casualties: 804 killed, 268 wounded, seven missing, and nineteen captured. There were 1,098 battle casualties and 849 non-battle casualties. ------------------------------------- Here is a Senate Resolution recognizing the 66th Inf Div I would strongly suggest that you contact NARA in Maryland, for they hold unit records that have been declassified. This is where I obtained all the info on my father's unit. Each unit will differ, but most have daily, weekly and monthly journals, including after-action reports for the battles. It could very well be that whoever compiled the info for you, was in error. That does happen from time to time. I look forward to hearing from you.
  10. 344th Engineer General Service Regiment, Company C

    Hi Peggy: Wonderful to have you here. I'm not sure if I have any specific Co C photos, but have you looked through our extensive photo gallery yet? We have over 2500 images in our collection. :-) The gallery can be directly accessed from our forum and our main site. :-)
  11. 2017 Seahorse Reunion - 36th and 540th

    Will be posting photos and such within the next few days. Had the smallest turnout ever, but we still had a wonderful time. We had less than sixteen attendees. Very blessed, however. :-)
  12. Here's the reunion info you will need for Oct 2017 Event has been finalized and you can now book your hotel room either by phone or via online registration. Yeah! When: Thursday, Oct 12 through Saturday, Oct 14, 2017 Where: The Crowne Plaza Hotel - Cherry Hill, NJ Map Phone Registration: 1-877-227-6963 You can now register online too! https://aws.passkey.com/e/49054337 Please state that you are with the "Seahorse Sweethearts" to get our group rate. Deadline - Monday, Sept 11, 2017 Price: $99.00 per night for either one room with (1) King or one room with (2) Queens Group registration fee - none Nearest airport - Philadelphia International Map There are several in-house restaurants/bars. Free parking and Free internet. For further information, please click on the Crowne Plaza Hotel link above.
  13. 1264th Engineer Combat Battalion

    I agree, they did not use that designation in WWII and yes many units were bastard units and were not part of any division, as stated elsewhere on our forum :-), however, I am not sure what you are referring to for I looked through the posts and even performed a search within this post and can't find any references to SP 5 or SP5. Thanks!
  14. Len Drucker - 1280th Engineer Bn - CO C

    Sorry to say that the last email I sent to him bounced. Sigh!
  15. Len Drucker - 1280th Engineer Bn - CO C

    I had the wonderful pleasure of meeting Len Drucker, via an article which was posted about him in a recent Pritzker Newsletter. They put me in touch with Len, and we had just spoke with each other on the phone, a couple of minutes ago. A very charming, warm and friendly man, who didn't sound a day over 60! Len has approximately 75 photos from various phases of the war, and he also kept an extensive diary while there. Can't wait to see the photos, which I will be adding to our ever-growing engineer photo gallery. Len would really like to find a few of his old buddies, so if any of you are out there, please get in touch with us. I have Len's address, email address and phone number, and will be happy to share with you. He lives in Illinois with his wife of 62 years, and recently retired after 60 years as an eye doctor. I am going to send him a copy of my documentary, and will get one out to you as soon as they arrive on my doorstep. Warmly, Marion
  16. 1st Lt. O.M. Hooker - 48th Combat Eng

    I did some research on Hooker this afternoon and think I may have found him. There was some info on a reenactor site, so I sent one of the gentleman an email, asking if he was still in touch with Rick. I will let you know if I hear anything...
  17. 1st Lt. O.M. Hooker - 48th Combat Eng

    Marion, I have enjoyed visiting your site. My Dad was 1st Lt. O.M. Hooker, a member of H&S Co., 48th Engineers. I see that Albert Kincer was also a member of this unit, I would like to contact him if possible. Can you provide an e-mail address or whatever that will help with this? I have been interested in WWII history since I was a kid, and have many books on the subject, including We The 48th, the unit history of my Dad's outfit. I have always wanted to conact other members of the 48th. I know that Gen. Andrew Goodpaster was the unit CO; is it possible to contact him if you know? I participate with a couple WWII reenacting organizations, I would be happy to send you a photo or two if you would like. R.C. Hooker
  18. 1st Lt. O.M. Hooker - 48th Combat Eng

    Sorry, I no longer have any contact info for R.C. Hooker in my database. This was twelve years ago and before I started keeping a list of permanent contacts. He emailed me in 2005.
  19. 1st Lt. O.M. Hooker - 48th Combat Eng

    Hi Dawn: I hope we can still get in touch with R.C. Hooker, since his post was from long ago - 3-18-2005. I will try and reach him directly and hope that his email is still the same/active. Regardless, we would love to see your photos and hear more about your father, here on the forum. Smiles, M1 PS. Please accept our condolences on your recent loss.
  20. Pilot's remains embedded in tree!

    Absolutely incredible story - recovering the remains of a pilot in Germany. A must read. A video is included. http://worldwarwings.com/p-47-thunderbolt-pilots-remains-discovered-embedded-tree-72-years/
  21. 292nd Engineer Combat Battalion (New Member)

    Wow! Are you going to bid on it?
  22. WWII captain's secret mission

    WWII captain's secret mission to save hundreds from Soviets
  23. 309th engineers, 84th Division

    Welcome to the forum. Glad that you joined. Maybe we can help you solve the very interested family puzzle. Till later...
  24. 245TH Combat Eng. daughter doing research

    Wonderful photograph. So pleased to see that you have the names and dates too. We always love seeing new images from WWII. Welcome to the forum. Let me see what I can dig up! :-)
  25. 351st General Service Regiment

    Nope, it's not dead. The entire gallery is up and running. Your link above points directly to the gallery. The link below is his direct point. Wade Huber