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  1. What great photos, thanks so much for sharing them with us. Randy
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    Hello Dwl, Warmest welcome to the forum, glad to have you aboard. Our gracious host Marion may have more information but this unit has been touched upon in a previous thread here on the forum. http://www.6thcorpscombatengineers.com/engforum/index.php?/topic/2893-info-on-363rd-and-369th-engineers/& There is a group photo in the thread that just might include your father in law. It is hard to tell but it appears they may be wearing on their Class A hats the unit crest you are inquiring about. Good luck with your search, have a good one! Randy
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    All 13 passengers survive WWII-era plane crash in Texas By Maya Eliahou and Melissa Gray, CNN Jul 21, 2018 A World War II-era military aircraft carrying 13 passengers crashed and caught fire shortly after takeoff in central Texas on Saturday. All passengers on board the cargo plane survived and were able to exit the aircraft, according to the Burnet County Sheriff's Office. In addition to several minor injuries, one person was airlifted by helicopter to a medical center, they said. The aircraft, a vintage Douglas C-47 named "Bluebonnet Belle," was on its way to an air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, when it crashed in the town of Burnet. In a video of the incident, the plane can be seen dipping dangerously to the left just after takeoff. The plane's wing hits the ground and the aircraft comes to a stop as it bursts into flames. Chris Dowell, a staff member in the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force, which owns the plane, told CNN affiliate KXANthat the aircraft is a "total loss." "We are very fortunate that everybody that was on board the aircraft got out of the aircraft safely, with a few minor injuries," Dowell said. He added that while some of the passengers were volunteers with the Commemorative Air Force, others were guests and family members. According to Dowell, the C-47 is a military cargo plane that transported service members during WWII. For volunteers in the Commemorative Air Force, who spend their spare time maintaining and operating the aircraft, Dowell said the loss of the plane is tragic. "We spend a lot of time and energy maintaining these aircrafts," Dowell said. "It becomes part of your family. It becomes part of your life." Dowell said the accident won't stop his squadron from continuing its mission to educate young people about WWII history. "We have an air show scheduled in September, right here in Burnet," Dowell said. "That air show will continue." The Federal Aviation Administration is handling an investigation of the incident, according to the sheriff's office.
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    WW2 soldier is buried in California 74 years after battle Jul 20, 2018 Phil Rosenkrantz and wife Judy Rosenkrantz, center, walk behind the casket of his uncle U.S. Army Staff Sgt. David Rosenkrantz, during services Friday, July 20, 2018, at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, Calif. Rosenkrantz was killed on Sept. 28, 1944, while on a mission to disrupt German defensive lines in the Netherlands during World War II. His remains weren't identified until 2017 and was laid to rest Friday. (Terry Pierson /The Orange County Register via AP) Phil Rosenkrantz holds the flag from his uncle's casket as his wife Judy Rosenkrantz, left, looks on during services Friday, July 20, 2018, at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, Calif., for U.S. Army Staff Sgt. David Rosenkrantz, who was killed on Sept. 28, 1944, while on a mission to disrupt German defensive lines in the Netherlands during World War II. His remains weren't identified until 2017 and was laid to rest Friday. (Terry Pierson /The Orange County Register via AP) RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Nearly 74 years after he was killed in a ferocious World War II battle, Staff Sgt. David Rosenkrantz has been laid to rest in Southern California. Flags were lowered to half-staff as relatives gathered Friday for Rosencrantz's funeral at Riverside National Cemetery, where four of his brothers are also buried. The U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced in March that Rosenkrantz's body was recently recovered not far from where he died in the Netherlands. David Rosenkrantz was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division's Company H, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment when it made a daring landing in the early days of September 1944. It took decades to locate his body. Rosenkrantz grew up in Los Angeles and enlisted in the Army soon after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
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    WWII hero's lost Purple Heart returned to his family Jul 20, 2018 NEW YORK (AP) — A lost Purple Heart medal has been returned to the family of a New York City sailor who died trying to rescue shipmates after his Navy vessel was attacked by a German submarine during World War II. Ensign Rubin Keltch's medal was received by his niece during a ceremony Friday at a Bronx park named for him. The Vermont-based group Purple Hearts Reunited says a Vermont man found the medal in his father's collection of flea market purchases. Keltch, a 24-year-old Brooklyn native, was aboard a Navy gunboat when it was hit by a torpedo off the Virginia coast in 1943. He helped save several shipmates but died when he entered the engine room to save others. Keltch was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, the military's second-highest decoration for bravery.
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    5 members of World War II bomber crew being buried together Jun 21, 2018 This combination of undated photos released Thursday, June 21, 2018, by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency shows five U.S. Army Air Forces airmen, members of a B-17 bomber crew, who were shot down in 1944 during a mission over Germany in World War II. They are, top row from left: Tech. Sgt. John F. Brady, of Taunton, Mass., Tech. Sgt. Allen A. Chandler, Jr., of Fletcher, Okla., and 1st Lt. John H. Liekhus, of Anaheim, Calif.; bottom row, from left: Staff Sgt. Robert O. Shoemaker, of Tacoma Park, Md., and Staff Sgt. Bobby J. Younger, of McKinney, Texas. Their remains will be buried as a group on June 27 at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. (Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency via AP) BOSTON (AP) — Five crewmembers from a B-17 bomber shot down during a mission over Germany in World War II are being buried together at Arlington National Cemetery next week. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says the men are scheduled to be buried with full military honors on Wednesday. They were identified as Tech. Sgt. John Brady, of Taunton, Massachusetts; Tech. Sgt. Allen Chandler Jr., of Fletcher, Oklahoma; 1st Lt. John Liekhus, of Anaheim, California; Staff Sgt. Robert Shoemaker, of Takoma Park, Maryland; and Staff Sgt. Bobby Younger, of McKinney, Texas. They were members of a nine-man crew of the B-17 shot down near Barby, Germany on Nov. 2, 1944. Three survived and were captured. One was killed and identified in 1945. The remains of the five were recovered in 2015 and 2016.
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    WWII Soldier’s Widow to Accept Medal of Honor for Late Husband WASHINGTON -- The widow of a World War II soldier will accept the Medal of Honor for her husband at the White House tomorrow, 22 years after his family began efforts to upgrade the soldier’s Distinguished Service Cross. Pauline Conner holds the photo of her late husband, Army 1st Lt. Garlin Murl Conner, at her home in Clinton County, Ky. She will accept the Medal of Honor on her late husband's behalf at the White House, June 26, 2018. Lt. Conner passed away in 1998 at age 79. DoD photo by Joe Lacdan Army First Lt. Garlin M. Conner’s widow, Pauline Conner, was joined today in a Pentagon press briefing by Army Maj. Gen. Leopoldo Quintas, commanding general, 3rd Infantry Division; Erik Villard, historian, Center for Military History; and Luther Conner, a cousin of Garlin Conner and attorney who was involved in fighting for the soldier’s Medal of Honor recognition. Pauline, 89, of Albany, Kentucky, will accept the honor on behalf of her husband, who died 20 years ago at age 79. He was drafted March 1, 1941, and assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division’s 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment. First Lt. Garlin Conner spent 28 months on the front lines in eight campaigns in the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater, participated in four amphibious assault landings, was wounded seven times and earned a battlefield commission. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, four Silver Stars and the French Croix de Guerre for his actions in Italy and France. He also received a Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts. Battlefield Commission On June 28, 1944, shortly after earning his second Silver Star medal, Conner received a battlefield commission to second lieutenant. Six months later, on Dec. 29, 1944, he was promoted to first lieutenant. While in Houssen, France, he received a serious hip injury, but he slipped away from the hospital to rejoin his unit shortly before the battle that would see him earn the Medal of Honor. On Jan. 24, 1945, as German formations converged on the 3rd Battalion’s position, Conner voluntarily ran to the front lines to serve as a spotter, uncoiling telephone line to communicate with the infantry as he ran to direct friendly artillery on the advancing enemy forces. He found little refuge in a shallow ditch, Villard said. Video Player 00:00 | 06:43 VIDEO | 06:43Garlin Conner: 'Called artillery on his own position' With rounds impacting all around him, Conner calmly directed multiple fire missions onto the force of 600 German infantry troops, six Mark VI tanks and tank destroyers, adjusting round after round of artillery from his prone position, according to an Army website. Resolved to Die For three hours, he remained in a prone position, enduring the repeated onslaught of German infantry which, at one point, advanced to within 5 yards of his position. When the Germans mounted an all-out attack to overrun the American lines and his location, Conner ordered his artillery to concentrate on his own position, “resolved to die if necessary to halt the enemy,” according to his Distinguished Service Cross citation. Ignoring the friendly artillery shells blanketing his position and exploding within mere feet, Conner continued to direct artillery fire on the enemy assault swarming around him until the German attack was finally shattered and broken. By his incredible heroism and disregard for his own life, Conner stopped the enemy advance. The artillery he expertly directed while under constant enemy fire killed about 50 German soldiers and wounded at least 100 more, preventing heavy casualties in his battalion, Army officials said. As an intelligence officer, historian Villard pointed out, it was no longer his job to put himself between U.S. troops and the onslaught of German fighters, but he unselfishly did so. Villard also said it’s been suggested that Conner is the second-highest awarded service member following Audie Murphy. “On behalf of every soldier in the 3rd Infantry Division and their families, we are proud and pleased to have a soldier from the division -- a dogface soldier -- receive the nation's highest award for valor,” Quintas said. Haunting Reminders Once Conner was out of the Army and returned home to the family farm in Kentucky, he never spoke of that day in France, his widow Pauline said. But she knew that it haunted him. Noting that post-traumatic stress disorder was not a recognized diagnosis until several wars later, Pauline said she knew her husband suffered from the disorder. “If anybody had PTSD, he did,” she said, describing his frequent nightmares, but, she added, he wouldn’t talk about what happened that day in January. On accepting the Medal of Honor tomorrow for her deceased husband tomorrow at the White House, Pauline said, “It’s something that should have been done during his lifetime,” adding that it was an honor for her to accept the medal for him. She said Conner -- who she married when she was 16 -- was a good and humble person. “He was my hero. I loved him very much and I’m so thankful I get to see [the medal being bestowed] in my lifetime,” Pauline said.
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    292nd Map

    Mr. Hafenbrack is also mentioned as being a room mate of Sgt. Longacre's in this photo, location not disclosed. Our room - Chris G. Hafenbrack, Nelson V. Laird, and me. I'm not 100% certain , but I believe Sgt. Longacre was a member of H & S Company of the 292nd ECB and most likely Mr. Hafenbrack was as well.
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    292nd Map

    Mr. Hafenbrack appears in this group photo belonging To Sgt. James Longacre. Front Row (L/R) Pvt. Baumgardner - Driver Lt. Milford - Asst. S-2 Capt. Rawls - S-2 Lt. Baxter - RCS. O. T/5 Longacre - Photo. 2nd Row T/Sgt Erickson - Intell PFC Laird - Radio T/5 Davenport - Radio-Driver T/5 Wesoloski - Radio S/Sgt Smith - RCN Pvt. Yess - Radio-Driver Back Row T/5 Hafenbrack - Draftsman S/Sgt Baird - RCN S/Sgt Gersch - Cam.
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    159th Combat Engineers Bn WWII

    Welcome to the forum, certainly glad to have you aboard here with us ! Be sure to type in the "159th" in the search box to see past posts about this unit on the forum. I believe this is your great uncle's headstone, killed just one week before the end the end of the war in Europe. Very sad Field Title Value Meaning ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 34820631 34820631 NAME PATTERSON#RALPH######### PATTERSON#RALPH######### RESIDENCE: STATE 43 GEORGIA RESIDENCE: COUNTY 111 FANNIN PLACE OF ENLISTMENT 4344 FT MCPHERSON ATLANTA GEORGIA DATE OF ENLISTMENT DAY 11 11 DATE OF ENLISTMENT MONTH 05 05 DATE OF ENLISTMENT YEAR 43 43 GRADE: ALPHA DESIGNATION PVT# Private GRADE: CODE 8 Private BRANCH: ALPHA DESIGNATION NO# No branch assignment BRANCH: CODE 02 No branch assignment FIELD USE AS DESIRED # # TERM OF ENLISTMENT 5 Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law LONGEVITY ### ### SOURCE OF ARMY PERSONNEL 0 Civil Life NATIVITY 43 GEORGIA YEAR OF BIRTH 24 24 RACE AND CITIZENSHIP 1 White, citizen EDUCATION 0 Grammar school CIVILIAN OCCUPATION 316 Farm hands, general farms MARITAL STATUS 6 Single, without dependents COMPONENT OF THE ARMY 7 Selectees (Enlisted Men) CARD NUMBER # # BOX NUMBER 0853 0853 FILM REEL NUMBER 3.275 3.275 Also believe this is your great uncle in the WWII Enlistment Records, hope this has helped you some. Having his service number and date of enlistment can be very helpful in finding other records. Good luck with your search! Randy
  11. Another 292nd member has passed on Obituary: Wallace R. Simmons Posted on May 30, 2018 by Grace Tucker Obituary: Wallace R. Simmons Wallace Raymond Simmons, a longtime resident of Plainfield, passed away on May 20, 2018 in Signal Mountain, Tenn., at the age of 96. He was born June 26, 1921 in Detroit, Mich. Wallace is survived by his children Beverly Ann (H. Douglas) Kutz of Hixson, Tenn., and Wallace Randolph “Randy” (Nancy) Simmons of Newburgh, Ind.; grandchildren Jacob Aaron Simmons and Elizabeth (Dennis) Demaree; fond uncle to several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 62 years Ruth Simmons (nee Wheeler); parents June Putman Simmons Merritt and Walter Raymond Simmons; stepfather Elvis “Jack” Merritt; brother Paul Herbert Simmons; sister Carol Sue Hazelwood; stepbrother Jack Merritt. Wallace was born and raised in Detroit, MIch. During WWII, Wallace served in Company A 292nd Engineer Combat Battalion (Army), where he was involved in campaigns in the Rhineland and Central Europe. After the war, he met his future wife Ruth, attended the University of Michigan, and graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1949. Wallace and Ruth were married in the chapel of the Henry Ford Trade School on August 20, 1949, and started their married life in Illinois where he accepted a position with The Texas Company in Lockport. He joined Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) in 1951. He earned a B.S. in Engineering Mathematics from the University of Michigan in 1951 and continued with postgraduate education at Illinois Institute of Technology, earning an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1954. At ANL, his work focused on the development, design, and construction of nuclear components and facilities, and management and direction of programs and projects in support of the National Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor Program. He especially enjoyed his work as Project Engineer for the design and construction of the Experimental Breeder Reactor II (EBR-II) secondary and steam systems, and maintained a lifelong interest in the EBR-II design. He retired in 1986 but continued to serve as a consultant for ANL until 2013. Wallace was an extraordinary, intelligent, talented, and very kind man who loved his family and his engineering work. He was well loved by many and will be deeply missed. The family is very grateful to the wonderful people at Alexian Health and Rehabilitation Center and Hospice of Chattanooga who cared for Wallace during the last few years. Family and friends to gather Saturday, June 2 for 9:30 a.m. visitation until time of funeral service 11 a.m. at Overman-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services 15219 S. Joliet Rd. Plainfield. Interment will follow at Plainfield Township Cemetery. For those wishing to leave a lasting tribute to Wallace’s memory, donations may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga, 4411 Oakwood Dr., Chattanooga, TN 37416, or Alexian Christmas Fund, 437 Alexian Way, Signal Mountain, TN 37377. For more information, please call (815)436-9221 or visit www.overmanjones.com. Farewell Mr. Simmons...
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    Normandy D-Day

    Well said Marion, salute to them all!
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    292nd Map

    Well I struck out, Mr. Chris G. Hafenbrack's name does not appear in any of the 292nd documentation that I have. His name does not appear in the online WWII Enlistment Records database either. After some more cyber snooping I came across the following obituary from Find A Grave that I have a hunch is the gentleman in question, since it refers to him as a "commerical artist": "Mr. Christopher G. Hafenbrack, 80, of 811 Laurel Drive, died Friday, Jan. 23, 1998, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.The funeral at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Fred Andrea officiating. Burial will be private.Mr. Hafenbrack, a native of Saginaw, Mich., was a commercial artist and an Army veteran. He was a member of First Baptist Church and Midland Valley Golf Course.Survivors include his wife, Pauline Claire Nevius Hafenbrack; three sons, Richard D. Hafenbrack, Fenton, Mich., David C. Hafenbrack, Dayton, Ohio, and Jeffrey A. Hafenbrack, Coral Springs, Fla; one stepson, James Barnes, Dayton; one daughter, Barbara G. Harris, Fenton, Mich.; two stepdaughters, Carol Davis, Dayton, and Nancy Barnes, Houston; one brother, David Hafenbrack, Muskegan, Mich.; one sister, Lucille Pollard, Largo, Fla.; and five grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren and three great-grandchildren.Honorary pallbearers - Williamson Sunday School Class.Shellhouse Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. " The search for information continues... Randy
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    292nd Map

    Hi Woody, Welcome to the forum, we are glad to have you here with us. As Marion has stated nothing is old here, old is what we are all about! Sure appreciate the info, I suppose if I had examined it in more detail I would have picked up on that, I must be slipping! After I get home from work I'm going to look to see if I can locate his name in the records I have, as to which company he may have belonged to. I do not have a complete roster but I have many names, maybe I'll get lucky. Woody be sure to tell us more about your collection, what items you have, if there are any family connections to them, what your interests are, etc. Thanks again for shining a light on this question. Randy
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    Robert Lanman 149th Engr Co C.

    Hey Antoine, Don't know if this will help you any or not but there are two Robert Lanmans listed in the online WWII Enlistment Records database. Robert B. Lanman https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=893&mtch=2&cat=WR26&tf=F&q=robert+lanman&bc=sl&rpp=10&pg=1&rid=8221980&rlst=6258072,8221980 Robert F. Lanman https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=893&mtch=2&cat=WR26&tf=F&q=robert+lanman&bc=sl&rpp=10&pg=1&rid=6258072&rlst=6258072,8221980 One of these could be your man or maybe not, this database is not 100 % complete, there could be other Robert Lanmans. I do not know if there is a roster of this particular unit. Sounds like an interesting artifact you have there, you should think about posting a picture of it, we like pictures! Good luck with your search, hope you find your Robert Lanman.