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  1. buk2112

    Trying to match battles with campaigns

    Well done sir !
  2. Hello again Sam. I did a quick look in the online enlistment database and was wondering if the following record is for your grandfather. Field Title Value Meaning ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 36451752 36451752 NAME EGGLESTON#EDWARD#J###### EGGLESTON#EDWARD#J###### RESIDENCE: STATE 62 MICHIGAN RESIDENCE: COUNTY 103 MARQUETTE PLACE OF ENLISTMENT 6262 MARQUETTE MICHIGAN DATE OF ENLISTMENT DAY 12 12 DATE OF ENLISTMENT MONTH 02 02 DATE OF ENLISTMENT YEAR 43 43 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 # Undefined Code NATIVITY #1 Undefined Code YEAR OF BIRTH 23 23 RACE AND CITIZENSHIP # Undefined Code EDUCATION 4 4 years of high 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 1084 1084 FILM REEL NUMBER 5.146 5.146
  3. Hello Sam, so glad to have you here on the forum with us! We certainly did have a good thing going on in this thread but I guess for now folks have lost interest. I still lurk here and still research the 292nd when I can. I have panoramic photos of Company's A & C and would love to have one for Company B. You probably have seen in the thread about the new museum at Camp Butner, NC (where the 292nd trained), I'm sure those folks would like to have one for their collection as well. I still have their contact information and would make sure they received one. I'm still keeping my eyes peeled for a panoramic of H & S Company. There are no rosters for the 4 companies of the 292nd that I know of, but I have been working on making some from the many documents and information that I have. Currently I have compiled 119 names for Company B. I did not have your grandfather's name on this list but will certainly add it, However, I did have a PFC Floyd G. Cook ASN# 36900233 which I assume is your grandfather's friend. I would be excited to have you share any photos or information with us. I still have much that I can share and would be glad to try and answer any questions that you may have. Have a good one! Randy
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    Glenn Miller's plane

    Very interesting Marion, thanks for posting. I hope it can be found and answer the questions about the fate of this great American.
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    Richard Overton passes at 112

    Rest in peace, thank you for your service sir
  6. Just came across this obit of a former 292nd ECB member tonight. Mr. Gansebom served in Company B of the 292nd. Vernon Gansebom Sep 4, 2018 OSMOND — Services for Vernon M. Gansebom, 94, Osmond, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Osmond. Military honors will be conducted by Osmond American Legion Post 326 and VFW Post 7838. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the church in Osmond. He died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, at Countryside Home in Madison. Ashburn Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. 1924-2018 Vernon M. Gansebom was born Jan. 16, 1924, to Otto and Ella Gansebom in rural Osmond. He was baptized on Feb. 17, 1924, and was confirmed on March 21, 1937, at Immanuel Lutheran Church. He attended District 19E grade school and graduated with the Osmond High School class of 1941. As a youth, Vernon worked on the family farm and spent the summer of 1941 as a harvest hand on a crew in North Dakota. He returned home to pick corn by hand in the fall. World War II broke out in December 1941. Vernon attended Lincoln Aeronautical Institute in January 1942 and then transferred to the Convair Production Facility in San Diego, Calif., and assembled B-24 bombers. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in January 1944 and assigned to the 292nd Combat Engineers Unit at Camp Bitner, N.C. He served in the European Theatre, 70 miles from Berlin until the war ended. Vernon was discharged May 9, 1946, and started his farming career east of Osmond in 1947. On June 1, 1950, Vernon married the love of his life, Donna Pedersen. This union was blessed with four children: Dan, Diane, Carole and Wayne. Vernon was a well-known grain and livestock farmer in the Osmond community. He served as a trustee for Immanuel Lutheran Church and served on the board of directors at Wayne County REA for 23 years. He was a life member of American Legion Post 326 and VFW 7838. He and Donna traveled extensively in Europe, Mexico and the U.S.A. He retired from farming in 2000 but continued to ride his all-terrain vehicle, spraying weeds and checking crops and irrigation from his pickup as long as he was able. Vernon is survived by his sons, Dan (Deanna) Gansebom of Osmond and Wayne Gansebom of Madison; his daughters, Diane (Randy) Lamprecht of Hornick, Iowa, and Carole (Denny) Kirby of David City; four grandchildren, Chad (Shelly) Gansebom of Suamico, Wis., Kristin (Dave) Wortman of Lincoln, Jason (Renee) Lamprecht of Smithland, Iowa, and Jaclyn (Will) Acosta-Trejo of Omaha; two stepgrandchildren, Lynn Sabatine of West Chester, N.Y., Mark (Tina) Kirby of David City; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Delores Wurdinger; and his nieces and nephews. Vernon was preceeded in death by his spouse, Donna, on May 27, 2016; his parents, Otto and Ella; his siblings and their spouses, Roy (Agnes) Gansebom, Hilda (Bill) Mohr and twins, Phillip Gansebom and Phyllis (Don) Netz; and cousins. Farewell Mr. Gansebom, thank you for your service...
  7. I had made a request for a grave photo of 292nd member Charles Winn (aka Charles Wysoczynski) who had passed away last December. Today I received notice that a gracious Find A Grave volunteer had fulfilled my request. I wanted to share with you the wonderful photo they took at his grave at Arlington National Cemetery. Charles Winn was a member of Company B, have a good day everyone. Randy
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    An empty foxhole, an anonymous grave, and a World War II mystery solved after 74 years Army Pvt. John B. Cummings, who was killed during World War II and who was listed as unrecoverable, was buried with honors beside his parents after his remains were found and identified this year. (Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency) (N/A/Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency ) By Michael E. Ruane November 12 Jack Cummings posed on the lawn in his uniform, hands clasped behind his back, his Army cap perched on his head at a jaunty angle. His father, Leo, or his mother, Helen, had probably said, “Stand over there, Jack, while I take a picture.” John B. “Jack” Cummings was 22, a handsome college man headed off to World War II from Juneau, Wisc., where his family, no doubt, prayed he would return. But on Dec. 31, 1944, near the French village of Neuhaeusel on the Rhine River, he vanished from his foxhole, leaving behind a bloody piece of his skull and a helmet with a bullet hole in it. For the next 74 years — until this summer — he was missing in action, his body declared non-recoverable. He existed largely in old military files filled with dental charts, plaintive letters from his mother, and typed reports about the Army’s futile attempts to account for him. “Complete negative findings,” a 1947 Army report stated. But a year earlier, the solitary grave of a slain GI had been discovered across the Rhine River in the German town of Iffezheim. He had been killed near Neuhaeusel by an enemy raiding party that had attacked across the river. His body had been brought back over the Rhine and buried under a wooden cross that read “Hier Ruht ein U.S.A. — Soldat gef. am 31.12.1944”: “Here rests a U.S.A. soldier,” who fell on Dec. 31, 1944. For seven decades, as his parents mourned, aged, and then passed away, and his sister, Mary Ellen, married and had 12 children, no one knew that the anonymous “U.S.A.-Soldat” was John B. Cummings. Last month, after using state-of-the-art computer data and mapping programs, and DNA comparisons, the Defense Department announced that it had identified Cummings in July and that he had been quietly buried with honors on Oct. 13, beside his parents in Hazelhurst, Wis. [Pentagon identifies Tuskegee Airman missing from World War II] Cummings had been one of 72,797 Americans unaccounted for from World War II, according to the Arlington-based Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). His case illustrates how one GI could disappear in the chaos following the gigantic war, and how technology and a dogged government historian found him. In the beginning, even the date of Cummings’s death was not clear. The Army listed it as Jan. 4, 1945. But the Germans who had buried him, and knew firsthand, had put it at Dec. 31, 1944. On that date the German army launched Operation North Wind, often called the second Battle of the Bulge, in which massed enemy forces surged across the Rhine River to attack the relatively green and under-strength U.S. Seventh Army, of which Cummings was a member. Before it ended in American victory, thousands of GIs had been killed and wounded or had just disappeared. Cummings and other men of Company A, of the 276th Infantry Regiment, had reached the banks of the Rhine River on Dec. 29, 1944, according to a memoir by Frank H. Lowry, an A company veteran. They were strung out in foxholes along the river and told to keep an eye on the Germans on the opposite bank. They were also told to get rid of any letters and remove their unit patches to deny information to the enemy should they be captured. This would bedevil identification efforts later. U.S. infantrymen of an armored division march on a snow-covered road southeast of Born, Belgium, on Jan. 22, 1945. (AP) On that frigid New Year’s Eve, Cummings, armed with a Browning automatic rifle, was stationed alone about 10 yards from the river bank. Two members of his squad reported that he was okay when they saw him that night. Later, gunfire was heard, and when his buddies made their way back, he was gone. “Only his helmet was found nearby with a bullet hole through it,” an Army report stated. “A blood-stained piece of his skull bone was also found, but his weapons and equipment were missing. ... A path was found which indicated that his body was dragged to the river. ... It can be presumed that ... Cummings was killed by the enemy and his body thrown into the Rhine River.” “Further search for the remains of this soldier would be futile," the report states. His parents had received a telegram on Jan. 23 saying that Cummings was missing in action. “If further details or other information are received you will be promptly notified,” it said. Many months passed with no word. In 1947, his mother wrote the Army, wondering whether the service might help her offer a reward in Germany for information about John. “I would gladly furnish the reward,” she wrote. The Army said it couldn’t help. Meanwhile, in 1946, across the Rhine River, a soldier scouting for the American Graves Registration Command was told by the mayor of Iffezheim that a GI was buried nearby. [For the lost U.S. Marines from Tarawa, a homecoming 70 years late] The graves registration soldier went to the site, which was just behind a German pillbox, about 30 yards from the river. He also interviewed a local German soldier who had helped bury the dead American that night. The body, almost a complete skeleton, was exhumed on May 10, 1946. There were only remnants of clothing, according to Army records, and no dog tag. With no identifying information, the body was designated X-6454 and reburied with thousands of other U.S. soldiers in what is now the Lorraine American cemetery in Saint-Avold, France. The years went by. Cummings’s father died in 1963. His mother passed away in 1972. The family seldom discussed John, according to his nephew, Mark Hartzheim, of Minocqua, Wis. “They just never talked about this much,” he said in a telephone interview on Oct. 23. “That was typical I think of people from that generation. They compartmentalized things and internalized them and didn’t dwell on them. ... But I’m sure it haunted them and troubled them the rest of their lives.” Several years ago, Hartzheim became curious about the fate of “Uncle Jack.” He began to do research, and in 2014 signed up to attend a meeting in Minneapolis hosted by the government for families of men still missing in action. He thought the chances of an ID were nil. After he signed up, a government historian, Ian Spurgeon, now with the DPAA, was asked to revisit the case. Spurgeon, in an Oct. 24 telephone interview, said Cummings’s files had not been examined in decades. Using the National Archives and other sources, he started to piece together the story. He turned to a DPAA database of places where the bodies of unidentified World War II servicemen had been recovered in Europe. He compared that to a DPAA database of known locations where GIs had disappeared. Right across the Rhine River from Neuhaeusel, where Cummings had vanished, he saw the lone gravesite at Iffezheim. “The hair on the back of my neck stood up,” Spurgeon said. He called up the associated files for Cummings and for the grave across the river. “I’m thinking, historically, all the boxes are being checked off,” he said. “The location, date, the circumstances.” Then began a process of research to get permission from the Army to exhume the X-6454 body from the cemetery at St. Avold to conduct scientific tests. Spurgeon said he had to prove that there was a better-than-50 percent chance that X-6454 might be Cummings to have the body exhumed. Spurgeon probed further, studied the related battles, and ruled out other candidates. He recommended that the remains be disinterred. Officials granted approval, he said. The remains were exhumed in 2016 and shipped to a DPAA laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base, outside Omaha, for analysis. DNA from the remains was compared with DNA from Cummings’s family, and the bones were studied by anthropologists. “This year, after all the historical work had been put forward, after anthropology and the DNA [studies], it came back and confirmed ... that the remains ... [were] John Cummings,” Spurgeon said. On July 23, Mark Hartzheim was taking his 7-year-old son, Danny, to an afternoon movie. “We’re driving down the highway going to ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ [and] my phone rings, and I get this call," he said. “I shouted three times, ‘Oh my God!’ and I started to cry. My son is in the back of the car ... in his booster seat. ...He’s mystified.” “'Danny, these are good tears,’" he said he reassured his son. “This is a good thing.’”
  9. Just ran across this tonight. Another 292nd member passed on back in September, do not know at the moment which company he belonged to. Obituary for James R. Sendelbach James R. ‘Sandy’ Sendelbach passed away Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Vancrest Healthcare Center in Delphos. He was born in Delphos April 4, 1923 to A. C. "Sandy" Sendelbach and Amelia "Amy" Brückner Sendelbach who preceded him in death. He married the love of his life and best friend, Betty Marie Myers in Bluffton in September, 1971. She preceded him in death on March 9, 2017. Sandy is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, many great-nieces and nephews, and also several great-great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by four sisters, Mary Rita Miller, Arline Sendelbach, Joan Ulm and Patricia Arnoldi. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Norman, Leroy and George Sendelbach. Sandy attended St. John’s grade and high schools. He attended St. Louis University through the G.I. Bill, graduating with a degree in Economics. He was a veteran of World War II serving with the 292nd Engineering Combat Battalion in Europe as a radio operator. He was a ham radio operator with the call W8HQS and talked often on the air with his three brothers, also hams. He was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs since 1932. Sandy worked as a Resident Representative for the Social Security Administration until he retired in 1978. He was a self-described average golfer who loved to fish the trout streams and hunt ruffed grouse in the "bush" of the Copper Country of Upper Michigan, He loved to write, including letters to the editor, on issues about which he felt strongly. He also authored recollections of his family, his life while working in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and in a diary of his experiences in the Army during the Second World War. Sandy was a liberal all of his adult years and took great pride in his Facebook motto, "Tolerance to All." In his college years he wrote an essay, "The Meaning of Liberalism" which served to frame his philosophy of life throughout his years. It was his wish to be cremated. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 29 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, with military graveside rites by the Delphos Veterans Council. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/192881232/james-r.-sendelbach Farewell Mr Sendelbach, thank you for your service.
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    73 years after death, Memphis-born WWII soldier to return home Lieutenant Martin O’Callaghan, Jr. was killed in 1945 over Yugoslavia. By Jacob Gallant | November 1, 2018 at 10:55 AM CDT - Updated November 1 at 10:55 AM MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A soldier killed in World War II, identified more than 70 years after his death, was a Memphis native. U.S. Army Air Force Second Lieutenant Martin O’Callaghan, Jr. was killed during a mission as a pilot over Maribor, Yugoslavia in 1945 when his plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire. He was 22 years old at the time of the crash. The remains were discovered in July 1947 and exhumed in 1948, but the remains were unidentifiable. O'Callaghan was then buried at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Italy. Last year, DNA analysis and other evidence was used to positively identify the remains as O'Callaghan. “Marty was a Christian Brothers High School graduate, Memphis native and World War II hero,” Tennessee Governor BillHaslam said. “As a courageous pilot he served his country and as a state we pause to welcome him home.” O'Callaghan's sister Claire Johnson waited years to see her brother brought home. She was alive to hear the news that his body was identified, but Claire passed away months before his body was returned home. O'Callaghan's remains will be brought back to Memphis this weekend, with a memorial service on Monday at the West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery. Haslam declared Monday, November 5 as a day of mourning in O'Callaghan's honor. Copyright 2018 WMC Action News 5. All rights reserved.
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    New to the Group!

    Hello Deborah, glad you have joined us here on the forum. Certainly look forward to anything you have to share with us regarding your father and the 245th ECB. If you type in "245th" in the forum search box, located on the top right of the page, it will show you previous posts about this unit. There is a website devoted to the 245th ECB, here is the link for it: http://hillabee.net/245eng.htm Lots of great info and pics there. Good luck with your search Deborah! Randy
  12. What great photos, thanks so much for sharing them with us. Randy
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    Dwl

    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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