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    Remembering the 75th Anniversary of D-Day Normandy

    Very moving, thanks for posting Marion! Home of the free, because of the Brave
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    Interesting Articles

    Seen this story about a recently found stash of books belonging to Heinrich Himmler. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3498908/Heinrich-Himmler-s-stash-books-witchcraft-discovered-Czech-library-hidden-50-years.html
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    Interesting Articles

    Just saw this on Facebook, farewell Mr. Manchel NATIONAL Son tried to save his dad, a World War II vet, who died on Honor Flight to San Diego BY KAITLYN ALANIS MAY 07, 2019 03:33 PM, UPDATED MAY 07, 2019 03:33 PM World War II veteran Frank Manchel’s death on the Honor Flight was “almost instantaneous,” Honor Flight San Diego founder Dave Smith said, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. “He was laughing, chatting, having a good time — and then he collapsed,” Smith said, according to the newspaper. Manchel’s son, a doctor, and another doctor went to help — and the two doctors gave him CPR for 12 minutes, the newspaper reported. “Resuscitation measures were taken but he could not be revived,” Honor Flight San Diego posted to Facebook. Honor Flight San Diego is a nonprofit that “takes heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials at no cost to the veterans,” according to its Facebook page. “It is with our most deepest sympathy that we send our condolences to the Frank Manchel family,” the organization wrote. Manchel, 95, was a U.S. Army and World War II veteran, according to Honor Flight San Diego. When Manchel could not be revived, his body was draped in an American flag, according to the nonprofit. “It was our privilege to honor this true American hero during his final hours,” Honor Flight San Diego Chairman Julie Brightwell said, according to the Union-Tribune. While the plane began to land, people on board started singing “God Bless America” in honor of Manchel, the Union-Tribune reported. “Frank Manchel was so excited to go on Honor Flight. To be with both of his sons as well as his 93-year-old brother who met him in Washington, D.C. was so special,” his son, Bruce, said in the Facebook post. “My father’s passing was the ending to the most amazing weekend, surrounded by his newest best friends. “ ... Frank passed quickly and peacefully and the compassion and respect that that was shown to our family will be treasured always,” he continued. “May he rest in peace as he is now with his other beloved son Jimmy.” Honor Flight San Diego included a photo of Manchel on the American Airlines flight. The nonprofit says the photo was taken “just before he collapsed." American Airlines has since offered to fly Manchel and his family members to Michigan, where his body will be laid to rest, the post says. “We thank all of you – Honor Flight San Diego, American Airlines, San Diego International airport, friends, and supporters for your concern and for allowing the weekend to be so special for all of us to share together,” Bruce Manchel wrote. Six other people have died on Honor Flights, according to the Associated Press.
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    Exercise Tiger

    On this date 75 years ago, 749 American servicemen perished during Exercise Tiger, one in a series of dress rehearsals for the up coming D-Day landings. Let us remember them today for their service and sacrifice. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exercise_Tiger Exercise Tiger: Bootprints mark D-Day disaster 75th anniversary 28 April 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share Related Topics D-Day Image copyrightPA Image captionBootprints have been laid in the sand in honour of the 749 servicemen who died on 28 April 1944 Hundreds of US servicemen who died in a World War Two disaster while rehearsing the D-Day landings are being remembered in an art installation. Bootprints of 749 troops have been laid out on Slapton Sands, Devon, to mark the 75th anniversary of Exercise Tiger. The men died when convoys training for the Normandy Landings were attacked by German E-Boats off the Devon coast. Artist Martin Barraud hopes the artwork will help raise money for employment projects for veterans. Mr Barraud also designed last year's There But Not There campaign, which placed silhouettes of "Tommy" troops across the UK, to mark the centenary of the end of World War One. "Our Tommy campaign captured the hearts of the nation, whilst giving a substantial boost to the mental health and wellbeing of veterans," he said. "We're hoping the public will get behind our D-Day 75 campaign by purchasing their own bootprints to mark the great sacrifice of our WW2 heroes, in particular those who helped kick-start the liberation of Europe with the invasion of Normandy on D-Day." Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES Image captionSlapton Sands was used by US forces rehearsing for the D-Day landing at Utah Beach because of its similar geography On 28 April 1944, eight tank landing ships, full of US servicemen and military equipment, converged in Lyme Bay heading for Slapton Sands for the rehearsal. But a group of E-boats from the Kriegsmarine were alerted to heavy radio traffic and intercepted the slow-moving convoy. A series of tragic misfortunes, including communication problems which led to deaths from live Allied fire, compounded the toll. The Exercise Tiger incident was only nominally reported afterwards because of the strict secrecy of the D-Day landings. The D-Day rehearsal that cost 800 lives Survivors' tales of covered up disaster Slapton service remembers Exercise Tiger Pam Wills, 85, from Devon, was just 10 when Exercise Tiger took place near her home, and her family was evacuated before the exercise began. She said: "The US soldiers came over and talked to us, they gave us sweets and comics, but they then suddenly disappeared. "We didn't know Exercise Tiger had taken place, but my father, who was in the Royal Observer Corps watching for enemy aircraft, saw ambulances going to and from Slapton Sands, so we knew something was wrong." Image captionA Sherman tank raised from the seabed in 1984 has served a permanent memorial to the dead ever since Commemorative bootprints and special plaques made by veterans to represent each of the 22,763 British and Commonwealth servicemen and women who were killed on D-Day and during the Battle of Normandy in the summer of 1944 will go on sale. Mr Barraud said: "Our enduring hope is that every one of the US, British and Commonwealth soldiers, sailors and airmen who gave their lives will have a bootprint purchased in their memory." Thank you
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    Exercise Tiger

    The U.S. government early on set the number of American Army and Navy servicemen killed and missing from Exercise Tiger at 749 total, and still maintains this figure today. The accuracy of the 749 number has been debated since the beginning. Many arguing that the real total is much higher and in some cases that the 749 figure is slightly inflated. No matter who's figure you go by the loss of life was tremendous, and the impact from this event was felt nowhere greater than by the State of Missouri. In the aftermath of this tragic event, 196 of Missouri's native sons were among the dead and missing. This is some 26% of the U.S. reported total figure of 749, far more than any other state. Why so many from one particular state? Most of the answer to this question can be found in the 3206th Quartermaster Service Company. The 3206th was nearly an all Missouri unit, comprising approximately 80% -85% of the company's 250 total enlisted men and officers. The 3206th suffered the second highest amount of casualties among the various units of Exercise Tiger, losing 201 of her 250 men that April night so long ago. The 3206th ceased to exist after this incident, no time to rebuild her ranks before the fast approaching D-Day landings, the survivors were simply folded into the 3207th QSC. Better late than never, as the old saying goes. In 1997 the State of Missouri finally decided it was time to place a memorial for her fallen sons lost to Exercise Tiger. The site chosen was the Audrain County Courthouse grounds of my hometown of Mexico, Missouri.. We had lost 8 men from the Audrain County area to Exercise Tiger, most in state, it was for this reason Mexico had been chosen as the site for the new memorial. Here are a few pics of the memorial: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexico,_Missouri https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audrain_County,_Missouri This is a photo of the Exercise Tiger Memorial in it's original compact setting on the northwest corner of the Audrain County Courthouse This is how it appears today. A few years ago it was decided to move the memorial to the northeast corner in a more prominent and much more attractive setting. The Exercise Tiger memorial is on the left, a Veteran's memorial to all Audrain County men lost in WWI,WWII,Korea and Vietnam is on the right, and in the middle is a real anchor from an LST on permanent loan from the U. S. Navy. All the names of the 196 Missouri men lost are in inscribed, with the 8 local men in larger type in the center. Plaque at the base of the memorial. A 75th anniversary commemorative service was held at the memorial Sunday. I will try and post more about that soon.
  6. Very interesting find indeed Gary ! Thanks for posting. Randy
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    American Legion turns 100

    The American Legion was founded in Paris France on March 15th, 1919. Friday marked the 100th anniversary of its founding, Happy 100th Birthday!!! And a big shout out to all current and past members! https://www.members.legion.org/IMAGES/mylegion/officerMaterial/Speeches/American Legion Birthday.pdf Have a good one everybody, Randy
  8. Thanks Gary, thanks Marion, most appreciate it! It's been a labor of love. We have 101 names for Company C, still working on H&S but will post when complete. 292nd Engineer Combat Battalion Company C Roster.xls Have a good one! Randy
  9. Good morning everybody! Today I'm posting the roster for Company A. Have collected 144 names for Company A, more than any of the four companies from the 292nd. Keep in mind though that all the rosters are still a work in progress. Take care, Randy 292nd Engineer Combat Battalion Company A Roster.xls
  10. Hello everyone. Today I would like to share the 292nd ECB Company B roster that I have been working on. I have updated it to include Sam Eggleston's grandfathers name but have not yet added the other names he has provided with the group photograph, will do this in time. Some notes about the rosters I have compiled, these names are men that have belonged to the unit at one point or another, does not imply that they spent their entire military service with unit. There are cases where some members were transferred to other companies within the 292nd, in such cases their names will appear on both rosters. The rank shown is what I have documentation for, their final rank at the end time of service certainly could be different from what is listed. I tried to be as accurate as possible, the information was gathered from multiple sources and I may have made errors in the final product, for any mistakes I apologize. If you spot errors or omissions please let me know, definitely want to get it right. Have a good one everybody! Randy 292nd Engineer Combat Battalion Company B Roster.xls
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    Interesting Articles

    Remains of Army private killed in World War II identified By: The Associated Press   21 hours ago Army Pfc. William F. Delaney, 24, of Kingston, Tennessee, was killed during World War II. He was accounted for on Dec. 17, 2018, according to a release Monday, March 11, 2019, from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. KINGSTON, Tennessee — The remains of a World War II soldier from Tennessee who was killed in Germany have been identified, military officials say. Army Pfc. William F. Delaney of Kingston had been declared unrecoverable before dental and DNA analysis identified his remains, Defense Department officials said. Delaney,24, was fighting with the 4th Infantry Division when his battalion launched an artillery strike against German soldiers near Grosshau in the Hurtgen Forest on Nov. 22, 1944. An enemy artillery shell struck Delaney’s foxhole, and he died before he could be medically evacuated. His remains weren’t recovered then because of ongoing combat operations, according to a release from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. He was among hundreds of soldiers still missing from combat in the Hurtgen Forest when the war ended in 1945. In 1947, a local resident, Siegfried Glassen, found a set of remains that he thought were of an American soldier, and the remains were sent to the American Graves Registration Command. But the remains could not be identified and they were buried in Ardennes American Cemetery. Decades later, after an analysis of military records and AGRC documents, the remains were disinterred in 2017 and sent to DPAA for analysis. There the scientists used a range of evidence: dental, anthropological, material as well as mitochondrial DNA analysis. They discovered that the remains that had been designated years ago as “X-5425 Neuville” were those of Delaney. He was officially accounted for in December. The grave where he was interred as an “unknown” was “meticulously cared for over the past 70 years by the American Battle Monuments Commission,” the DPAA release said. Officials say more than 72,000 U.S. service members remain unaccounted for from World War II.
  12. Very sorry to hear of your loss, God bless. Randy
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    Interesting Articles

    CBS NEWS February 12, 2019, 8:20 AM Wreckage of World War II aircraft carrier USS Hornet discovered The research vessel Petrel is perched on a spot in the South Pacific Ocean that was anything but peaceful 77 years ago. Then, it was the scene of a major World War II battle between the U.S. and the Imperial Japanese Navies. For the U.S. aircraft carrier, Hornet, it would be her last battle. Now, researchers are revealing Petrel found the wreckage of the USS Hornet in late January – exactly what they were looking for. The ship was found more than 17,000 feet below the surface, on the floor of the South Pacific Ocean near the Solomon Islands. The USS Hornet is best known for launching the important Doolittle Raid in April of 1942 and its role in winning the Battle of Midway. Richard Nowatzki, 95 now, was an 18-year-old gunner on Hornet when enemy planes scored several hits, reports CBS News' Mark Phillips. "When they left, we were dead in the water," Nowatzki said. "They used armor piercing bombs, now when they come down, you hear 'em going through the decks … plink, plink, plink, plink … and then when they explode the whole ship shakes." With 140 of her crew already dead, the order was given to abandon ship. The Hornet went to the bottom – three and a half miles down – which the crew of the Petrel has been scanning with a deep-sea sonar drone that sends back live pictures. Richard Nowatzki survived the Japanese attack on the USS Hornet in 1942. CBS NEWS The drone brought back an image of something down there that's about the right size in about the right place. It looked like her but lots of ships went down around here. To be sure, they needed positive identification, which they got when they saw the Hornet's naval designation: CV-8. "CBS This Morning" was able to share the discovery in real time with Richard Nowatzki in California – even finding the gun he was on during the attack. "If you go down to my locker, there's 40 bucks in it, you can have it!" Nowatzki joked. Nowatzki has enjoyed a long life since that day. Seeing the Hornet again and the evidence of the men who served -- a jacket hung on a hatch, somebody's wash kit complete with toothbrush – naturally made him reflect on those who hadn't been as lucky. "I know I've been a very fortunate man," he said. "The actual fact that you can find these ships is mind boggling to me … I want to thank you for honoring me this way." But it's the crew of the Petrel who were honored to find the Hornet and the final resting place of so many of her brave crew. Another wreck, and in turn, another war grave has been discovered. Its exact location is kept secret to protect it, but the memory now has a place and the loss has a memorial. © 2019 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  14. This is awesome Sam! Where is your grandfather located in the picture? Here is a picture posted on the Camp Butner Society's Facebook page showing the two other 292nd ECB panoramic photos on display. The Company B panoramic would be a great addition alongside it's 292nd brothers! Randy
  15. What a great photograph Sam, thanks so much for sharing it with us here. Going by the number of men in the scene it would seem to be a platoon photo. Having all the names and signatures of the soldiers makes it an even more special family treasure. I assume you have noticed from the thread that one of the men in the photo, Vernon Gansebom, just passed away this past September. There are quite a few names here that are not on the Company B roster that I'm working on, always nice to find new information. Thanks again Sam for sharing this with us and look forward to anything else you may want to add. Have a good one! Randy
  16. 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
  17. 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
  20. 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...
  21. 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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    Interesting Articles

    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.’”
  23. 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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