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  1. Interesting Articles

    Just came across these great colorized photos from WWII on youtube, think you will enjoy them as much as I did. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0G6CVm6HMFE
  2. Dunkirk

    This Friday,July 21st 2017, is the opening day for the newest World War II movie titled "Dunkirk". I think this is going to be a good one, getting my tickets for this weekend. Have a good one everybody! Randy
  3. I meant to post this at the time but you know, stuff happens! Gave my dad the "We Clear The Way" poster I had made for his birthday May 10th. I explained to him the history behind the poster and the modifications Gary had made to it. He liked it a lot and was happy to have one. One comment he made about it, he thought the gentlemen (Vincent Leckey) in the poster looked like George C. Scott from the movie "Patton". Which I can see a resemblance, LOL! He has proudly put the poster on display in his barbershop where he has worked for the last 56 years now, the man will just not retire! He has told me that he has received many comments from customers about the poster. Below is a pic the day we gave it to him. Another shout out to Gary for a job well done on the poster ,thanks Gary! Have a good one everybody! Randy
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    Bones found near wreckage of US bomber in Croatia Jul 10, 2017 ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Divers have located human bones near the wreckage of a U.S. bomber that crashed in the Adriatic Sea in Croatia in 1944. The discovery was made last week at the site of the crash of The Tulsamerican, the last B-24 Liberator bomber built in Tulsa, Oklahoma, near the end of World War II, according to Croatia's state TV. "The remains of human bones have been found, but we can't say anything without further analysis," Zadar University archaeologist Mate Parica said. The wreckage itself was found at the bottom of the sea at a depth of some 40 meters (130 feet) near the island of Vis in 2010 after a 17-year search. Three members of the 10-man crew were killed in the crash. Tomo Medved, who heads Croatia's ministry for war veterans, said the U.S. is still looking for some 200 Americans who perished in Croatia during WWII. Croatia was run by a Nazi puppet regime during the war. Medved pledged the country's cooperation. "We will launch the procedure to sign an agreement between our countries so that we would find the remains of some 200 people that the United States is searching for in the territory of the Republic of Croatia," he said. An effort to recover and return pieces of the wreckage to Oklahoma for display at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum has been underway for several years. The plane was hit after a bombing run over German-occupied Poland. It crashed into the Adriatic Sea on Dec. 17, 1944. The crew apparently tried to get the plane back to its base in Italy, but they eventually decided to ditch it in the Adriatic.
  5. William "Bill" Brinkley (my grandfather)

    Thanks for sharing this with us, these separation papers can of course provide important clues to answering questions. It appears to me that your grandfather started his military service with the 125th AEB and finished it with the 45th ID. The 125th AEB was deactivated at Camp Myles Standish on 19 Sept 1945, but according to your grandfather's separation paper he continued to serve stateside until 14 Nov 1945. The 45th ID might have been where he completed his service, hence the Thunderbird patch he is wearing in your photo. I also think that maybe he was transferred into the 45th ID before returning stateside because his return date to the US of 10 Sept 1945 is the same as the 45th ID's return to the Port of Boston. The 125th AEB did not return until a week later on 17 Sept 1945 and was deactivated two days later. The 45th ID was moved to Texas after reentering the US and later deactivated on 7 Dec 1945. This fits with your grandfather's separation at Camp Fannin Texas on 14 Nov 1945. This is just my theory, but I'm sticking to it! All units a soldier served with would not be reflected in the separation paper, that info would be contained in his personnel file which unfortunately may have been destroyed in the NPRC fire. Perhaps other clues will be found to support this theory. Has your family saved letters from your grandfather during this time period that may have address or unit information on the them? Just a thought. Have a good one! Randy
  6. William "Bill" Brinkley (my grandfather)

    Great picture, thanks for sharing it with us! That is definitely a Thunderbird patch he is wearing, I'll give my thoughts on that in my next post. This photo would have probably been taken shortly before or after his time in service since he is wearing all of his service ribbons. Speaking of which, I don't know if you have noticed or not but he has on five ribbons instead of the four listed on his separation paper. Can not tell from the picture what the fifth one might be, another question! Not sure what the patch is above his right breast pocket either, that could provide another clue or yet another question. Take care, Randy
  7. William "Bill" Brinkley (my grandfather)

    A fellow Missourian, cool! The enlistment cards this online database is made up of was not affected by the infamous 1973 fire, however it is not 100% complete because many of these were handwritten and were not used in the database if all information was not readable. Luckily your grandfather's was included, some you search for may not be. There is no other online database that I know of where you can use his serial number to search for information. If your grandfather had been wounded or spent time in a VA Hospital, the VA Administration may have records. I would encourage you to go ahead and request your grandfather's personnel file from the NPRC in St. Louis. Yes, the fire destroyed most Army records but not all, fragments found in the aftermath have been used to try and reconstruct some files. It is my understanding this reconstruction work continues to this day. When I requested my grandfather's file the only item contained in it was a copy of his final pay voucher, it wasn't much but it still was an interesting item that had his signature on it. If your grandfather's file were to contain one of these vouchers, it may just show the unit in the 45th ID he belonged to. There is the chance that they may have nothing, but you will never know unless you ask. Here is a link to help you request that record, also check out the help section here on the forum for researching records. https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/standard-form-180.html Good Luck! Randy
  8. William "Bill" Brinkley (my grandfather)

    Found this on WikiTree, think you will find this interesting. This gentlemen is talking about his father who was in the same Company A as your grandfather. "My father Carl William Bailey , was a member of the 125th Armored Engineers Battalion, Company-A, 3rd Platoon. Army Engineers fought in the front lines persistently ahead of the Infantry and Armored units. As a result, their casualties were comparable or higher then any other combat units. Twenty-two member of the 125th AEB would be killed in action, two would die due to non-combat accidents, fifteen would be captured by the enemy, one of which would die in captivity and one hundred and three would be wounded. Many of these seriously wounded requiring amputations. The 125th AEB was part of the 14th Armored Division. After World War II, it would be designated the “The Liberators”. The Division received this designation for liberating one hundred and ten thousand allied prisoners of war. They were also the first American troops to view the horror of a Concentration Camp at Natzweiler Struthof. In brutal fighting in France and Germany, the 14th Armored Division would engage and destroy three German Armies. The 14th Armored was part of the Seventh Army, commanded by Lt. Gen. Alexander M. Patch. They landed along the coast of Southern France in August of 1944 and advanced up the Rhone Valley in pursuit of the German 19th Army. By November 1944, the 7th Army was the leading Allied ground gainer on the Western Front. It was the first Allied Army to penetrate the German Reich. The 7th Army’s capture of Strasbourg and its pushed through the Vosges Mountains was one of the best planned and most difficult of all military operations during the European Campaign. In January 1945, the Seventh Army fended off the last organized German offensive in the West. It was a fierce defensive battle that would make the Province of Alsace, France the scene of some of the bloodiest combat in the European Theatre. My father was among those captured during the battles of the Ardennes-Alsace were Carl William." Here is the link where I found this, there is more I'm sure you will find interesting. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:125th_Armored_Engineer_Battalion Have a good one! Randy
  9. William "Bill" Brinkley (my grandfather)

    I believe this is your grandfather from the online enlistment database. Field Title Value Meaning ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 37402689 37402689 NAME BRINKLEY#WILLIAM######## BRINKLEY#WILLIAM######## RESIDENCE: STATE 75 MISSOURI RESIDENCE: COUNTY 223 WAYNE PLACE OF ENLISTMENT 7545 JEFFERSON BARRACKS MISSOURI DATE OF ENLISTMENT DAY 08 08 DATE OF ENLISTMENT MONTH 12 12 DATE OF ENLISTMENT YEAR 42 42 GRADE: ALPHA DESIGNATION PVT# Private GRADE: CODE 8 Private BRANCH: ALPHA DESIGNATION BI# Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA BRANCH: CODE 00 Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA 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 75 MISSOURI YEAR OF BIRTH 22 22 RACE AND CITIZENSHIP 1 White, citizen EDUCATION 0 Grammar school CIVILIAN OCCUPATION 830 Unskilled lumbermen, raftsmen, and woodchoppers MARITAL STATUS 6 Single, without dependents COMPONENT OF THE ARMY 7 Selectees (Enlisted Men) CARD NUMBER # # BOX NUMBER 1210 1210 FILM REEL NUMBER 4.120 4.120
  10. Hi Lisa, Gary hasn't been on the forum in over two months, have a feeling he is dealing with some personal issues, hope he is ok. Here is the link to the image which you can download and take to your photoshop to be made into a poster. Have a good day! https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5ghnJbeN7QkYS1FQ0pTVVNmbGs/view?usp=sharing Randy
  11. William "Bill" Brinkley (my grandfather)

    Warmest welcome to the forum Rmb2! We are certainly glad to have you here with us,I will try to help you out with a little information. According to Stanton's, the 125th Armored Engineer Battalion: Activated: 15 NOV 1942 at Camp Chaffee Arkansas Departed NYPE: 14 OCT 1944 Arrived ETO: 28 OCT 1944 August 1945 Location: Ampfling Germany Deactivated: 19 SEPT 1945 at Camp Myles Standish MASS Your grandfather's separation papers matches the ETO arrival date of 28 OCT 1944 for the 125th AEB, no guarantee, but most likely this was his unit. The 125th AEB was attached to the 14th Armored Division, which was also founded at Camp Chaffee. You do not mention what your grandfather's induction date into service was, it's possible that he was trained in the Thunderbird (45th) Division and then transferred to the 125th. Our gracious host Marion, may be able to shed more light on this, Good luck with your search. Randy
  12. Think you nailed it Ralph!
  13. Interesting Articles

    From yesterday's St. Louis Post Dispatch, gotta love these kind of stories! World War II vet reunited with love letter 72 years later May 11, 2017 WESTFIELD, N.J. (AP) — A love letter lost in the walls of a New Jersey home reached a World War II veteran 72 years after it was written. Melissa Fahy and her father found the letter in a gap under the stairs while renovating her Westfield home. The letter, postmarked May 1945, was written by a woman named Virginia to her husband, Rolf Christoffersen. Her husband was a sailor at the time in the Norwegian Navy. "I love you Rolf, as I love the warm sun," Virginia Christoffersen wrote. "That is what you are to my life, the sun about which everything else revolves for me." Fahy told WNBC-TV in New York that she could not believe the love and admiration Virginia had for her husband. "It was really sweet to see that long-distance love," she said. She decided to find the Christoffersens and deliver the letter, turning to a Facebook page for help. Facebook users located the couple's son in California hours after Fahy's post. The son read the letter to his 96-year-old father. Virginia died six years ago this weekend. "In a way, I guess it's his wife coming back and making her memory alive again," Fahy said.
  14. WWII combat cinematographer Norman Hatch dies at 96 By BEN NUCKOLS Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Maj. Norman T. Hatch, a Marine combat cinematographer during World War II whose harrowing footage became the basis of an Academy Award-winning documentary short, has died, his son said. He was 96. Hatch died Saturday of natural causes at a nursing home in Alexandria, Virginia, the city where he lived for most of his life, said his son, N. Thomas Hatch Jr. Hatch's footage of the 1943 Battle of Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands, now part of Micronesia, was unusually graphic, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt had to give special permission for the resulting documentary to be shown as a newsreel. The documentary, "With the Marines at Tarawa," won the Academy Award for best documentary short. Hatch was so close to the action that he was able to capture Japanese soldiers and the Marines who shot them in the same frame. "Two squads of Japanese came out — about 12 men," he told NPR in a 2010 interview. "They were mowed down. I had the machine gunner right in front of me." His footage also shows Marines lying dead on a beach. He told NPR that he remembers the stench of the dead and the thick black smoke that forced him to change the shutter speed on his hand-cranked 16mm camera. "I was told by guys on the front line that I didn't have to be there, and I would quietly tell them that I did," Hatch said in the interview. "The public had to know what we were doing, and this was the only way they would find out." He was also with the Marines for their assault on Iwo Jima and contributed footage to another documentary, "To the Shores of Iwo Jima." A Massachusetts native, Hatch joined the Marine Corps in 1939 after graduating from high school. He already had an interest in photography and further developed his skills while with the Marines before he was sent to the Pacific. After the war, he worked as a civilian at the Pentagon, retiring as the senior audio-visual adviser to the Assistant Secretary of Defense. He later ran a production company. He collaborated with author Charles Jones on the book "War Shots," about his work in combat. Survivors include his wife of 74 years and their son and daughter. He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Farewell Sir!
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    WWII painting stolen by Nazis to rotate between Paris and US NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An 1886 painting that was stolen as part of a Nazi looting campaign that stretched across Europe during World War II has transferred from the University of Oklahoma to Paris. The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/2pi2PPe ) reports the painting, "Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep," will be on display at the French museum, Musee d'Orsay, for five years before returning to the university in alternating three-year intervals. The rotating display arrangement is part of a settlement agreement between the university and Leone Meyer, whose father, Raoul Meyer, owned the painting during the German occupation of Paris in WWII. Leone Meyer sued the university to recover the painting, which has been with the university since 2000. The settlement reached acknowledges Meyer's inheritance rights. University of Oklahoma President David Boren says "a fair and just resolution among all parties has been reached."