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    Walt's Daughter reacted to RoxieC in 358th Engineers   
    Hi,
    I wrote to the archives in St Louis and 8 weeks later have had a reply. I have manged to locate the Lieutenant! :) 
    I couldn't be more pleased! They unfortunately, could not provide a photograph. 
    Does anyone know how I would go about obtaining a military portrait? 
    Many thanks.  
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    Walt's Daughter got a reaction from J. Wolfington in 207th Engineer Combat Battalion   
    Welcome to our forum. It's a real shame that the 207th's site is no longer available. I've seen that happen to too many WWII sites over the last 10 years or so. Think of all the valuable information that has gone missing now. Luckily most of the links including in the above post are still functional. Hope you downloaded the PDF files. I would suggest contacting NARA in Maryland to obtain the unit's files. There information is provided in the Research Section of this forum. 
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    Walt's Daughter reacted to J. Wolfington in 207th Engineer Combat Battalion   
    Hello all,  I am looking for any information on my Grandfather Leonard (Bub) Wolfington., or the 207th Combat Engineers.  He was in B. Company.  I have found lots of great information on this site, but it seems that most of the links are broken.  If any one has pictures,  a copy of the map, or any information at all,  I would greatly appreciate it.  I have several pictures of my grandfather and several other guys. I will attempt to post them here.  I can only make out a few of the names on the photo.  O'Boyles,  Campbell,  and Carpenter.  I hope these will help someone .  
     




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    Walt's Daughter reacted to RoxieC in 358th Engineers   
    Hi Everyone! 
    I am undertaking some family research and was hoping someone might have some information regarding the 358th Engineers, and their movements throughout WWII? 
    My grandmother was courting with a 1st Lieutenant, based in the US Army and together they had a daughter. The child was put up for adoption and the Lieutenant disappeared in the beginning of 1945. My grandmother went on to marry another man and have 4 more daughters.
    We are trying to trace the Lieutenant, and based on advice from this site (before i joined as a member), i have written to the Archives in St Louis, hoping they may be able to help me further. 
    I was wondering whether anyone is able to help with the movements of the 358th Engineers, and shed some more light on their involvement in the war, where they were based, ANY information would be greatly received. 
    I have also discovered someone who meets all the criteria, even name and rank, on findagrave.com, however don't want to get my hopes up on it being the same person until i hear back from the archiving place. (i sent a letter 2 weeks ago). 
    If anyone has any questions, I will help as much as i can! 
    Many thanks in advance to anyone with information.
    Roxie (28, Oxfordshire)  
     
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    Walt's Daughter reacted to Stormie Miller in Info on Julius G Wolfe - 149th Engineer   
    Hello!
    I know that I'm late to the party here as this was originally posted back in 2013. But, I wanted to let you know that we are the family of Julius G. Wolfe. Julius (who went by Glen to all those who knew him) was my husband's great uncle. Thank you so much for the kindness and the respect you pay to Glen in adopting his grave at the cemetery. Glen was from Liberal MO and his family still speaks of him often to this day. He was well loved and the impact of his loss has never fully healed. I recently began searching for more information about what happened to Glen and his unit on D-Day. In my search I came across this posting and wanted to let you know how much it means to his family that you cared for his final resting place. 
    Thank you for your care and respect, it is incredibly appreciated.
    Stormie 
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    Walt's Daughter reacted to CaptO in 247th USACE   
    Very interesting. You are right that I have never seen a partially burned document from the fire (such a tragedy). It makes sense, I guess - the fire had to stop somewhere. It looks like maybe one side of a box caught fire and it was put out before it could consume the whole box. Wow, that's lucky for you!

    https://stevenwarran.blogspot.com/2014/07/fire-at-military-personnel-records.html
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    Walt's Daughter reacted to rflood002 in Last Man Standing, 61st Engineer Combat Battalion   
    Has anyone been able to find any further information on the 61st Engineer Combat Battalion.  I am doing some research with my 98yr old grandfather who was in this Battalion (Company 'B ). Looking for any information that is available. All I have is the Combat log that somone previously posted.  
    Thanks again.
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    Walt's Daughter got a reaction from CaptO in Happy New Year 2020!   
    Wishing you a very happy and healthy new year! 

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    Walt's Daughter got a reaction from Chris J LaBoda in 247th USACE   
    Welcome to the forum and Happy New Year. Glad to have you here. 
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    Walt's Daughter reacted to Chris J LaBoda in 247th USACE   
    My father, John A LaBoda was in the 247th Company B. He very rarely spoke about the war. He did mention the pillboxes, fighting in hedgerows  and the time they poured gas down the ventilation shafts. It was interesting to read the same story on Faces Beyond The Graves. http://www.facesbeyondthegraves.com/pagina78.html
    Here is something you don't see often. This is his DD214 that barely survived the 1973 fire at The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC). This is the copy that they sent to me

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    Walt's Daughter reacted to CaptO in Farewell - John McAuliffe - 87th Inf Div   
    Farewell, sir. Thank you for your service!
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    Walt's Daughter got a reaction from CaptO in Farewell - John McAuliffe - 87th Inf Div   
    Posted by Linda Cautaert on FB. Rest in Peace, my veteran friend John McAuliffe
    (6 Oct. 1923 - 9 Dec. 2019)
        John was one of our own. He will greatly missed. Spoke with him on the phone, last year. Was always good to hear from him. Rest in peace dear friend.'    
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    Walt's Daughter got a reaction from CaptO in The Korean War Project - Is this Goodbye?   
    Love your photos, as always. Kai-Ann, Jessica and I want to go to Seoul someday. 
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    Walt's Daughter got a reaction from CaptO in Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2019   
    Thanks for sharing that, Todd! Wishing you and your family all the best. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
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    Walt's Daughter reacted to CaptO in The Korean War Project - Is this Goodbye?   
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/e4aCdjbswks6tpcn6
    Pictures from my 2014 trip to Seoul and the DMZ
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    Walt's Daughter reacted to Rebecca in 247th Engineers   
    My grandfather, PFC Wendell W. Townsend, served with the 247th Combat Engineers and was in Company A. I have very little information because he passed away at the age of 47 & I was only 18 months old. 
     
    I have everything of his that he had from WWII, which includes a couple of maps, his DD-214, a Red Cross letter informing him of his mother’s death & a company roster. 
     
    I am currently in Germany for surgery and we are planning to drive to Jülich where the 247th completed bridge construction for crossing the Roer River.  I’ve attached a few pictures (not great quality because I had the maps framed when my dad gave them to me).




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    Walt's Daughter reacted to Rebecca in 247th Combat Engineers Company A   
    My grandfather, PFC Wendell W. Townsend, served with the 247th Combat Engineers and was in Company A. I have very little information because he passed away at the age of 47 & I was only 18 months old. 
     
    I have everything of his that he had from WWII, which includes a couple of maps, his DD-214, a Red Cross letter informing him of his mother’s death & a company roster. 
     
    Does anyone on the forum have a family member who served with the 247th, Company A? 
    I am currently in Germany for surgery and we are planning to drive to Jülich where the 247th completed bridge construction for crossing the Roer River.  I’ve attached a few pictures (not great quality because I had the maps framed when my dad gave them to me).




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    Walt's Daughter reacted to CaptO in Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2019   
    Quick post about something I saw today:
    https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-proclamation-national-pearl-harbor-remembrance-day-2019/
    Presidential Proclamation on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2019
    Issued on: December 6, 2019
    Seventy-eight years ago today, the course of our Nation’s history was forever altered by the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor on Oahu, Hawaii.  On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we solemnly remember the tragic events of that morning and honor those who perished in defense of our Nation that day and in the ensuing 4 years of war.
    Just before 8 a.m. on December 7, 1941, airplanes launched from the Empire of Japan’s aircraft carriers dropped bombs and torpedoes from the sky, attacking our ships moored at Naval Station Pearl Harbor and other military assets around Oahu.  Following this swift assault, the United States Pacific Fleet and most of the Army and Marine airfields on the island were left decimated.  Most tragically, 2,335 American service members and 68 civilians were killed, marking that fateful day as one of the deadliest in our Nation’s history.
    Despite the shock of the attack, American service members at Pearl Harbor fought back with extraordinary courage and resilience.  Sprinting through a hailstorm of lead, pilots rushed to the few remaining planes and took to the skies to fend off the incoming Japanese attackers.  Soldiers on the ground fired nearly 300,000 rounds of ammunition and fearlessly rushed to the aid of their wounded brothers in arms.  As a solemn testament to the heroism that abounded that day, 15 American servicemen were awarded the Medal of Honor — 10 of which were awarded posthumously.  In one remarkable act of bravery, Doris “Dorie” Miller, a steward aboard the USS West Virginia, manned a machine gun and successfully shot down multiple Japanese aircraft despite not having been trained to use the weapon.  For his valor, Miller was awarded the Navy Cross and was the first African-American recognized with this honor.
    In the wake of this heinous attack, the United States was left stunned and wounded.  Yet the dauntless resolve of the American people remained unwavering and unbreakable.  In his address to the Congress the following day, broadcast to the Nation over radio, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt assured us that “[w]ith confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph.”  In the days, months, and years that followed, the full might of the American people, industry, and military was brought to bear on our enemies.  Across the Atlantic and Pacific, 16 million American servicemen and women fought to victory, making the world safe for freedom and democracy once again.  More than 400,000 of these brave men and women never returned home, giving their last full measure of devotion for our Nation.
    While nearly eight decades have passed since the last sounds of battle rang out over Pearl Harbor, we will never forget the immeasurable sacrifices these courageous men and women made so that we may live today in peace and prosperity.  We continue to be inspired by the proud legacy left by the brave patriots of the Greatest Generation who served in every capacity during World War II, from keeping factories operating on the home front to fighting on the battlefields in Europe, North Africa, and the South Pacific.  Their incredible heroism, dedication to duty, and love of country continue to embolden our drive to create a better world and galvanize freedom-loving people everywhere under a common cause.  On this day, we resolve forever to keep the memory of the heroes of Pearl Harbor alive as a testament to the tremendous sacrifices they made in defense of freedom and all that we hold dear.
    The Congress, by Public Law 103-308, as amended, has designated December 7 of each year as “National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.”
    NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim December 7, 2019, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.  I encourage all Americans to observe this solemn day of remembrance and to honor our military, past and present, with appropriate ceremonies and activities.  I urge all Federal agencies and interested organizations, groups, and individuals to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff in honor of those American patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor.
    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
    sixth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.
    DONALD J. TRUMP

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    Walt's Daughter got a reaction from CaptO in The Korean War Project - Is this Goodbye?   
    Pleased to note that the Korean War website is still viable. 
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    Walt's Daughter got a reaction from CaptO in 286th Army Combat Engineers Co B   
    I am going to place a few links here. Even if you've seen these before, maybe they will help others.
    Interview with Louis Charles Gerken
    Library of Congress - 286th
    WorldCat Identities - 286th
    American Battle Monuments Commission - Frank C May Jr
    Together We Served - 286th
    Battle of the Bulge - states on this page that
    Units at Unknown Locations
    There are many units that received recognition for participation in the Ardennes-Alsace campaign. This is a list of some of those units so recognized but for which I have yet to determine their geographic location during the Battle of the Bulge. If you have information on these, please let me know.
    260th Engineer Combat Battalion 275th Engineer Combat Battalion 281st Engineer Combat Battalion 286th Engineer Combat Battalion 289th Engineer Combat Battalion 290th Engineer Combat Battalion 294th Engineer Combat Battalion 297th Engineer Combat Battalion 298th Engineer Combat Battalion 301st Engineer Combat Battalion 303rd Engineer Combat Battalion 304th Engineer Combat Battalion 305th Engineer Combat Battalion United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - Building the bridges to victory : the story of the 286th combat engineer battalion from France to Germany to a concentration camp and to Austria : an interview and research report / by Tom Mueller. This is not digitized. You have to visit the library/archives
    Consulate General of France in Los Angeles - 10 WWII veterans received the Legion of Honor in San Diego
    286th Engineer Combat Bn - H&S Company
    Obit - John T McDonough
    549th Eng Light Ponton Co -( mentions the 289th) In the European Theater of Operations it was often just ahead or behind the 289th Engineer Combat Battalion during the months of March, April, and May 1945. At various points it detached a platoon to the 289th and traded an officer back and forth in April.[2] On April 1, 1945, the detached 1st Platoon enjoyed Easter Dinner with the 289th at the Mudau Hotel in Mudau, Germany.
    Looks like there is an available book from librarycat,org - Building the Bridges to Victory: The Story of the 286th Combat Engineer Battalion from France to Germany to a Concentration Camp and to Austria: An Interview and Research Report by Thomas S Mueller - paperback, 2007. But it says it's currently unavailable on Amazon. Library Thing lists it. I would visit that site. World Cat shows it's available at several libraries.  The Ultimate Sacrifice and History 
    286 Engineer Combat Bn - based on a map by Alexander, July 1945
    Unit Citation and Campaign Participation Credit Register
    On US Senator Johnny Isakson's site
    Available at the Eisenhower Library in Box 636 - info on the 286th
    GIs Remember - Dan Evers -Dachau
    Corps of Engineers: The War Against Germany - pg 487
    1944 Troop Ship Crossings - see 44 -10-22
    Obit - Robert J McKean Jr
    Senate Confirms VA Watchdog
    Louis Gerken - via LinkedIn
    Herald Tribune - Officer's Leadership Remembered
    Prof DR George Leitmann
    Obit - John Austin Lepter
    This PDF file on the 549th Engineer Light Ponton Co - says it mentions the 289th!
    Obit Carl W Roggenbaum
    Obit Harold J Allen PhD
    Obit Theodore M Justyk
    Congressional Record Online - speaks of Dan Evers of the 286th
    63rd Infantry Division mentions 286th Engineer Bn.pdf
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    Walt's Daughter reacted to theron in John William "Bill" Wilkerson   
    Hi...
    1.   Try the VA.  They have records that might amaze you.  My father's VA file (different than the St. Louis records) even had an evacuation tag from when he was with an AAA outfit near Seattle!  You can request the files as next of kin and have the file sent to a lcal VA office wehre you can read it and take notes.  The file should show his duty stations throughout his service time as well as other information.
    2.  Look to the county clerk of the county in which he lived upon his return to the States. and seek out his Discharge papers.  Often (not always) States gave a small bounty to vets who filed a copy of their discharge.  If the County doesn't have it, then sometimes the State has it.If it is in Illinois, you will need to be next of kin also.
    3.  Once you ID his unit, then you can obtain copies of unit records from the National Archives (NARA on line)  including monthly summaries, After Action Reports, message logs and other miscellaneous reports/documents.  Not all units kept good records, and not all records made it to The National Archives...but well worth a shot.    ALSO, if you have the unit, you MIGHT be able to find daily reports in St. Louis that were missed by the fire in '73.
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    Walt's Daughter reacted to BobbInND in TM-12-235 Enlisted Personnel Discharge & Release   
    Just so you ae aware, this is no longer a valid link. I have found it here though: https://archive.org/details/TM12-235
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    Walt's Daughter reacted to funonealso in 1010th Engineer Treadway Bridge Company   
    Hi  J_riederer,
    Give me a little time to get them scanned, and figure the ins and outs of this forum, and we'll get things worked out. I'd like to post them here, if possible!
    Keith
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    Walt's Daughter reacted to j_riederer in 1010th Engineer Treadway Bridge Company   
    Hi Keith,
    I would love to see these pictures, I would be happy to send the pics I have as well. Could you email them to me maybe? If they are too big, use wetransfer.com and you can send up to 2gb for free. J_riederer@hotmail.com. I would really enjoy seeing those and maybe my grandpa would even be in some. 
    Thank you!
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    Walt's Daughter reacted to Allen Baker in 1010th Engineer Treadway Bridge Company   
    Here's a link to a nice description of the St. Goar crossing; The 1010th is not mentioned, but this was perhaps my father's most memorable event of all his experiences in WWII as he was present with the 1010th or (tententh) as he called it before the bridge was built, through the bombardment, assisting in building the bridge, and then crossing it.
    https://gallagherstory.com/ww2/chapter18.html
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