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  1. 309th engineers, 84th Division

    Your most welcome Brimstone. ETO stands for European Theater of Operations. I am including here a couple of links that I think you will find interesting: The first is a written account of the war time experiences of 309th ECB veteran, Sgt. Alphonse York. http://www.battleofthebulgememories.be/en/stories/us-army/604-my-experience-in-the-world-war-ii The second is a video interview of 309th ECB veteran, Corporal John Clarke http://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/story/loc.natlib.afc2001001.32564/ Both men mention being in England but do not specify exactly where. Even though these links will not answer your question about where he was stationed in England, you might learn some other facts. I know this may not be much help but most all units were embedded in the southern regions of England near ports of embarkation such as South Hampton, Plymouth, Brixham etc. If I ever come across more info about this I will be sure to pass it along. Have a good one! Randy
  2. 309th engineers, 84th Division

    Great! Glad you could pick up this piece of history before someone else did. I may be wrong but I think this is probably a rare find, don't believe every unit had one of these printed up, maybe Marion can chime in on this. Not sure what all info you have about your grandfather's unit, but here is a little from Stanton's "World War II Order of Battle" Activated: 15 OCT 1942 at Camp Howze Texas Departed New York: 20 SEP 1944 Arrived at ETO: 1 OCT 1944 Campaigns: Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe, Rhineland August 1945 Location: Gross Hilligsfeld Germany Arrived New York: 23 JAN 1946 Deactivated: 24 JAN 1946 Have a good one! Randy
  3. Interesting Articles

    Remains of Massachusetts airman lost in WWII identified This undated photo released Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2017, by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, shows Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Richard M. Horwitz, of Brookline, Mass. Horwitz was one of 11 crew members on a B24 Liberator last seen after the Feb. 28, 1945 attack on a railroad bridge in Northern Italy during World War II. The agency said his remains, recovered in 2015, will be buried with full military honors on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, in Boston. (Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency via AP) BOSTON (AP) — The remains of a U.S. Army Air Forces officer who went missing after a bombing run over northern Italy in World War II are coming home. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says the remains of 2nd Lt. Richard M. Horwitz, of Brookline, will be buried Sunday in Boston with full military honors. The 22-year-old Horwitz was one of 11 crew members on a B24 Liberator last seen after the Feb. 28, 1945 attack on a railroad bridge. It was determined in 1948 it had crashed in the Adriatic Sea. The wreckage was located by an Italian citizen off the coast of Grado, Italy in 2013, and remains were recovered in 2015. Horwitz's remains were identified through historical evidence, dental and bone analysis and by comparing DNA to a relative. Welcome home Sir
  4. 309th engineers, 84th Division

    Hello Brimstone, welcome to the forum, glad to have you aboard! Just wanted to inform you of an observation I have made in regards to your grandfather's 309th ECB. There is a directory (roster) for the 309th ECB from October 1942 to November 1945 listed for sale right now on e-bay. They have photos posted of the first page for each company, and I can clearly see your grandfather's name listed for Company C. Thought I would pass this along in case you might be interested in this item. I tell ya, I wish I could find one of these for my grandfather's 292nd ECB, I would snatch it up in a heartbeat! The link is below, good luck with your research. Randy https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-309th-Engineer-Combat-Battalion-Book-1942-45-Company-A-B-C-H-S-Med/202083430601?hash=item2f0d1c70c9:g:QT4AAOSwQNRZ2~AF
  5. Pilot's remains embedded in tree!

    Wow! You are so right Marion, what an incredible story! Thanks so much for posting this. Randy
  6. Interesting Articles

    Body of St. Louis-born WWII soldier listed as missing will go to central Illinois for burial The State Journal-Register, Springfield, Ill. Oct 22, 2017 The remains of a St. Louis-born man who was listed as missing in action after a battle in the Netherlands during World War II will be heading to central Illinois for burial Wednesday. The remains of Army Staff Sgt. Michael Aiello will arrive in St. Louis a little after 3 p.m., according to PJ Staab II of Staab Funeral Home in Springfield. There will then be a procession up Interstate 55 to the town of Sherman, Ill., where Aiello lived after moving from St. Louis as a child. Aiello was born in 1909 in St. Louis. Three years later, his family moved to Sherman where he attended grade school. After finishing the eighth grade, Aiello became a coal miner at the age of 13. Aiello’s family moved to Springfield in 1918. Aiello later owned and operated a restaurant in Springfield, but primarily worked as a coal miner until he entered the Army in 1942. Within two years, Aiello advanced to the rank of staff sergeant and was assigned to a glider infantry regiment. He was involved in the D-Day Invasion and later in 1944 his unit was assigned to Operation Market Garden in the Netherlands. Operation Market Garden called for glider and airborne troops to seize bridges in the Netherlands and hold them until British armor units arrived. The operation, portrayed in a book and the 1977 movie “A Bridge Too Far,” failed. Military records indicate Aiello went missing Sept. 30, 1944, during fighting near the bridge at Nijmegen. While no remains were officially identified as his, the military issued a presumptive finding of death a year later. Aiello was 35 when he went missing. About eight years ago, the military disinterred a set of remains that were later identified as Aiello. Relatives in the Springfield area provided DNA samples to confirm the identity. Aiello will be buried at Camp Butler Cemetery at 10 a.m. Saturday. The ceremony at the cemetery is open to the public. I was curious to know which unit this soldier belonged since the article did not state it.. After a little cyber snooping I found he was a member of the 401st GIR, 101st Airborne Division. Welcome home Staff Sergeant Aiello
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    USS Indianapolis discovered 18,000 feet below Pacific surface By Emanuella Grinberg, CNN Aug 20, 2017 It's been 72 years since the USS Indianapolis went missing after a Japanese submarine torpedoed it in the final days of World War II. A team of civilian researchers led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen discovered the cruiser's wreckage Friday on the floor of the Pacific Ocean, 18,000 feet below the surface. The discovery brings a measure of closure to one of most tragic maritime disasters in US naval history. "To be able to honor the brave men of the USS Indianapolis and their families through the discovery of a ship that played such a significant role in ending World War II is truly humbling," Allen said. "As Americans, we all owe a debt of gratitude to the crew for their courage, persistence and sacrifice in the face of horrendous circumstances. While our search for the rest of the wreckage will continue, I hope everyone connected to this historic ship will feel some measure of closure at this discovery so long in coming." The Indianapolis sank in 12 minutes, making it impossible for it to send a distress signal or deploy life-saving equipment. Before the attack, on July 30, 1945, it had just completed a secret mission delivering components of the atomic bomb used in Hiroshima that brought an end to the war in the Pacific, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington. Most of the ship's 1,196 sailors and Marines survived the sinking only to succumb to exposure, dehydration, drowning and shark attacks. Only 316 survived, according to the US Navy. Of the survivors, 22 are alive today. 'Lost in a sea of tears' Michael William Emery, named after his uncle William Friend Emery, who perished in the sinking, said he was in shock that the wreckage had been found. "I am filled with so much emotion. Part of me wanted the Indy to be found, part of me did not want it to be found. Memories of nightmares I had as a child trying to rescue my uncle and namesake William Friend Emery off of his ship are overwhelming me now," he said in quotes provided by Sara Vladic, a spokeswoman for a network of survivors. Emery said he was thinking about those who loved his uncle and had passed before the ship's discovery: "After 72 years, the Indy might've finally been found, but I'm still lost in a sea of tears." Earl O'Dell Henry Jr., son of Lt. Cmdr. Earl O'Dell Henry, who was the Indianapolis's dentist, said his family regarded the ship as his father's burial site. Pause Current Time0:00 / Duration Time0:00 Stream TypeLIVE Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% 0:00 Fullscreen 00:00 Mute "My reaction was just an overwhelming numbness, followed by deep sobbing and crying. This despite I have anticipated the possibility of this news for some time. My wife and I both started crying uncontrollably. While shaving, I noticed that my eyes were the reddest I have ever seen them. I don't think I have cried this hard in my adult life," he said. He said the ship's finding would have broken his mother's heart. "My mother would be torn to pieces if she were still living. She did not want them to ever find the ship, partially because she thought the ship would be disturbed (which I do not think will happen). But I am glad she does not have to cry today," he said. Barb and Dave Stamm -- relatives of sinking survivor Florian Stamm -- said they were happy to hear of the discovery. "The spirit of the Indy is awake and will be memorialized forever. Those 'Lost at Sea' have been found," they said. Efforts to find the wreck "Even in the worst defeats and disasters there is valor and sacrifice that deserves to never be forgotten," Sam Cox, director of the Naval History and Heritage Command, said. "They can serve as inspiration to current and future sailors enduring situations of mortal peril. There are also lessons learned, and in the case of the Indianapolis, lessons re-learned, that need to be preserved and passed on, so the same mistakes can be prevented, and lives saved." Others have tried to locate the Indianapolis before. The wreck was located by the expedition crew of Allen's Research Vessel Petrel, a 250-foot vessel equipped with state-of-the-art equipment capable of diving to 6,000 meters, or 3 1/2 miles. The 13-person team will continue to survey the site and tour of the wreckage in compliance with relevant US law for searching war graves. Research surfaced in 2016 that led to a new search area to the west of the original presumed position. Richard Hulver, a historian with the Naval History and Heritage Command, identified a naval landing craft that recorded a sighting of Indianapolis hours before it was hit. The information led the research team to a new position and estimated search area for Allen's team. Allen has had another search success. In 2015, after an eight-year hunt, his team of researchers found the Japanese battleship Musashi in the Philippines' Sibuyan Sea.
  8. Six Jerks In A Jeep

    I just heard this song for the first time on my way home from work last night on XM Radio. It is titled "Six Jerks In A Jeep" by the Andrews Sisters. After a little cyber snoopin', I learned the tune appeared in the 1942 film "Private Buckaroo" starring the Andrews Sisters. The song is cute and snappy, I love it. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2k_6_XZ1b4I
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Interesting Articles

    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.
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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