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  1. 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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    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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    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.’”
  4. 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
  7. 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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    WWII hero's lost Purple Heart returned to his family Jul 20, 2018 NEW YORK (AP) — A lost Purple Heart medal has been returned to the family of a New York City sailor who died trying to rescue shipmates after his Navy vessel was attacked by a German submarine during World War II. Ensign Rubin Keltch's medal was received by his niece during a ceremony Friday at a Bronx park named for him. The Vermont-based group Purple Hearts Reunited says a Vermont man found the medal in his father's collection of flea market purchases. Keltch, a 24-year-old Brooklyn native, was aboard a Navy gunboat when it was hit by a torpedo off the Virginia coast in 1943. He helped save several shipmates but died when he entered the engine room to save others. Keltch was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, the military's second-highest decoration for bravery.
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    5 members of World War II bomber crew being buried together Jun 21, 2018 This combination of undated photos released Thursday, June 21, 2018, by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency shows five U.S. Army Air Forces airmen, members of a B-17 bomber crew, who were shot down in 1944 during a mission over Germany in World War II. They are, top row from left: Tech. Sgt. John F. Brady, of Taunton, Mass., Tech. Sgt. Allen A. Chandler, Jr., of Fletcher, Okla., and 1st Lt. John H. Liekhus, of Anaheim, Calif.; bottom row, from left: Staff Sgt. Robert O. Shoemaker, of Tacoma Park, Md., and Staff Sgt. Bobby J. Younger, of McKinney, Texas. Their remains will be buried as a group on June 27 at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. (Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency via AP) BOSTON (AP) — Five crewmembers from a B-17 bomber shot down during a mission over Germany in World War II are being buried together at Arlington National Cemetery next week. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says the men are scheduled to be buried with full military honors on Wednesday. They were identified as Tech. Sgt. John Brady, of Taunton, Massachusetts; Tech. Sgt. Allen Chandler Jr., of Fletcher, Oklahoma; 1st Lt. John Liekhus, of Anaheim, California; Staff Sgt. Robert Shoemaker, of Takoma Park, Maryland; and Staff Sgt. Bobby Younger, of McKinney, Texas. They were members of a nine-man crew of the B-17 shot down near Barby, Germany on Nov. 2, 1944. Three survived and were captured. One was killed and identified in 1945. The remains of the five were recovered in 2015 and 2016.
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    WWII Soldier’s Widow to Accept Medal of Honor for Late Husband WASHINGTON -- The widow of a World War II soldier will accept the Medal of Honor for her husband at the White House tomorrow, 22 years after his family began efforts to upgrade the soldier’s Distinguished Service Cross. Pauline Conner holds the photo of her late husband, Army 1st Lt. Garlin Murl Conner, at her home in Clinton County, Ky. She will accept the Medal of Honor on her late husband's behalf at the White House, June 26, 2018. Lt. Conner passed away in 1998 at age 79. DoD photo by Joe Lacdan Army First Lt. Garlin M. Conner’s widow, Pauline Conner, was joined today in a Pentagon press briefing by Army Maj. Gen. Leopoldo Quintas, commanding general, 3rd Infantry Division; Erik Villard, historian, Center for Military History; and Luther Conner, a cousin of Garlin Conner and attorney who was involved in fighting for the soldier’s Medal of Honor recognition. Pauline, 89, of Albany, Kentucky, will accept the honor on behalf of her husband, who died 20 years ago at age 79. He was drafted March 1, 1941, and assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division’s 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment. First Lt. Garlin Conner spent 28 months on the front lines in eight campaigns in the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater, participated in four amphibious assault landings, was wounded seven times and earned a battlefield commission. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, four Silver Stars and the French Croix de Guerre for his actions in Italy and France. He also received a Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts. Battlefield Commission On June 28, 1944, shortly after earning his second Silver Star medal, Conner received a battlefield commission to second lieutenant. Six months later, on Dec. 29, 1944, he was promoted to first lieutenant. While in Houssen, France, he received a serious hip injury, but he slipped away from the hospital to rejoin his unit shortly before the battle that would see him earn the Medal of Honor. On Jan. 24, 1945, as German formations converged on the 3rd Battalion’s position, Conner voluntarily ran to the front lines to serve as a spotter, uncoiling telephone line to communicate with the infantry as he ran to direct friendly artillery on the advancing enemy forces. He found little refuge in a shallow ditch, Villard said. Video Player 00:00 | 06:43 VIDEO | 06:43Garlin Conner: 'Called artillery on his own position' With rounds impacting all around him, Conner calmly directed multiple fire missions onto the force of 600 German infantry troops, six Mark VI tanks and tank destroyers, adjusting round after round of artillery from his prone position, according to an Army website. Resolved to Die For three hours, he remained in a prone position, enduring the repeated onslaught of German infantry which, at one point, advanced to within 5 yards of his position. When the Germans mounted an all-out attack to overrun the American lines and his location, Conner ordered his artillery to concentrate on his own position, “resolved to die if necessary to halt the enemy,” according to his Distinguished Service Cross citation. Ignoring the friendly artillery shells blanketing his position and exploding within mere feet, Conner continued to direct artillery fire on the enemy assault swarming around him until the German attack was finally shattered and broken. By his incredible heroism and disregard for his own life, Conner stopped the enemy advance. The artillery he expertly directed while under constant enemy fire killed about 50 German soldiers and wounded at least 100 more, preventing heavy casualties in his battalion, Army officials said. As an intelligence officer, historian Villard pointed out, it was no longer his job to put himself between U.S. troops and the onslaught of German fighters, but he unselfishly did so. Villard also said it’s been suggested that Conner is the second-highest awarded service member following Audie Murphy. “On behalf of every soldier in the 3rd Infantry Division and their families, we are proud and pleased to have a soldier from the division -- a dogface soldier -- receive the nation's highest award for valor,” Quintas said. Haunting Reminders Once Conner was out of the Army and returned home to the family farm in Kentucky, he never spoke of that day in France, his widow Pauline said. But she knew that it haunted him. Noting that post-traumatic stress disorder was not a recognized diagnosis until several wars later, Pauline said she knew her husband suffered from the disorder. “If anybody had PTSD, he did,” she said, describing his frequent nightmares, but, she added, he wouldn’t talk about what happened that day in January. On accepting the Medal of Honor tomorrow for her deceased husband tomorrow at the White House, Pauline said, “It’s something that should have been done during his lifetime,” adding that it was an honor for her to accept the medal for him. She said Conner -- who she married when she was 16 -- was a good and humble person. “He was my hero. I loved him very much and I’m so thankful I get to see [the medal being bestowed] in my lifetime,” Pauline said.
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    Mr. Hafenbrack is also mentioned as being a room mate of Sgt. Longacre's in this photo, location not disclosed. Our room - Chris G. Hafenbrack, Nelson V. Laird, and me. I'm not 100% certain , but I believe Sgt. Longacre was a member of H & S Company of the 292nd ECB and most likely Mr. Hafenbrack was as well.
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    Mr. Hafenbrack appears in this group photo belonging To Sgt. James Longacre. Front Row (L/R) Pvt. Baumgardner - Driver Lt. Milford - Asst. S-2 Capt. Rawls - S-2 Lt. Baxter - RCS. O. T/5 Longacre - Photo. 2nd Row T/Sgt Erickson - Intell PFC Laird - Radio T/5 Davenport - Radio-Driver T/5 Wesoloski - Radio S/Sgt Smith - RCN Pvt. Yess - Radio-Driver Back Row T/5 Hafenbrack - Draftsman S/Sgt Baird - RCN S/Sgt Gersch - Cam.
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    159th Combat Engineers Bn WWII

    Welcome to the forum, certainly glad to have you aboard here with us ! Be sure to type in the "159th" in the search box to see past posts about this unit on the forum. I believe this is your great uncle's headstone, killed just one week before the end the end of the war in Europe. Very sad Field Title Value Meaning ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 34820631 34820631 NAME PATTERSON#RALPH######### PATTERSON#RALPH######### RESIDENCE: STATE 43 GEORGIA RESIDENCE: COUNTY 111 FANNIN PLACE OF ENLISTMENT 4344 FT MCPHERSON ATLANTA GEORGIA DATE OF ENLISTMENT DAY 11 11 DATE OF ENLISTMENT MONTH 05 05 DATE OF ENLISTMENT YEAR 43 43 GRADE: ALPHA DESIGNATION PVT# Private GRADE: CODE 8 Private BRANCH: ALPHA DESIGNATION NO# No branch assignment BRANCH: CODE 02 No branch assignment FIELD USE AS DESIRED # # TERM OF ENLISTMENT 5 Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law LONGEVITY ### ### SOURCE OF ARMY PERSONNEL 0 Civil Life NATIVITY 43 GEORGIA YEAR OF BIRTH 24 24 RACE AND CITIZENSHIP 1 White, citizen EDUCATION 0 Grammar school CIVILIAN OCCUPATION 316 Farm hands, general farms MARITAL STATUS 6 Single, without dependents COMPONENT OF THE ARMY 7 Selectees (Enlisted Men) CARD NUMBER # # BOX NUMBER 0853 0853 FILM REEL NUMBER 3.275 3.275 Also believe this is your great uncle in the WWII Enlistment Records, hope this has helped you some. Having his service number and date of enlistment can be very helpful in finding other records. Good luck with your search! Randy
  17. Another 292nd member has passed on Obituary: Wallace R. Simmons Posted on May 30, 2018 by Grace Tucker Obituary: Wallace R. Simmons Wallace Raymond Simmons, a longtime resident of Plainfield, passed away on May 20, 2018 in Signal Mountain, Tenn., at the age of 96. He was born June 26, 1921 in Detroit, Mich. Wallace is survived by his children Beverly Ann (H. Douglas) Kutz of Hixson, Tenn., and Wallace Randolph “Randy” (Nancy) Simmons of Newburgh, Ind.; grandchildren Jacob Aaron Simmons and Elizabeth (Dennis) Demaree; fond uncle to several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 62 years Ruth Simmons (nee Wheeler); parents June Putman Simmons Merritt and Walter Raymond Simmons; stepfather Elvis “Jack” Merritt; brother Paul Herbert Simmons; sister Carol Sue Hazelwood; stepbrother Jack Merritt. Wallace was born and raised in Detroit, MIch. During WWII, Wallace served in Company A 292nd Engineer Combat Battalion (Army), where he was involved in campaigns in the Rhineland and Central Europe. After the war, he met his future wife Ruth, attended the University of Michigan, and graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1949. Wallace and Ruth were married in the chapel of the Henry Ford Trade School on August 20, 1949, and started their married life in Illinois where he accepted a position with The Texas Company in Lockport. He joined Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) in 1951. He earned a B.S. in Engineering Mathematics from the University of Michigan in 1951 and continued with postgraduate education at Illinois Institute of Technology, earning an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1954. At ANL, his work focused on the development, design, and construction of nuclear components and facilities, and management and direction of programs and projects in support of the National Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor Program. He especially enjoyed his work as Project Engineer for the design and construction of the Experimental Breeder Reactor II (EBR-II) secondary and steam systems, and maintained a lifelong interest in the EBR-II design. He retired in 1986 but continued to serve as a consultant for ANL until 2013. Wallace was an extraordinary, intelligent, talented, and very kind man who loved his family and his engineering work. He was well loved by many and will be deeply missed. The family is very grateful to the wonderful people at Alexian Health and Rehabilitation Center and Hospice of Chattanooga who cared for Wallace during the last few years. Family and friends to gather Saturday, June 2 for 9:30 a.m. visitation until time of funeral service 11 a.m. at Overman-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services 15219 S. Joliet Rd. Plainfield. Interment will follow at Plainfield Township Cemetery. For those wishing to leave a lasting tribute to Wallace’s memory, donations may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga, 4411 Oakwood Dr., Chattanooga, TN 37416, or Alexian Christmas Fund, 437 Alexian Way, Signal Mountain, TN 37377. For more information, please call (815)436-9221 or visit www.overmanjones.com. Farewell Mr. Simmons...
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    Well said Marion, salute to them all!
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    Well I struck out, Mr. Chris G. Hafenbrack's name does not appear in any of the 292nd documentation that I have. His name does not appear in the online WWII Enlistment Records database either. After some more cyber snooping I came across the following obituary from Find A Grave that I have a hunch is the gentleman in question, since it refers to him as a "commerical artist": "Mr. Christopher G. Hafenbrack, 80, of 811 Laurel Drive, died Friday, Jan. 23, 1998, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.The funeral at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Fred Andrea officiating. Burial will be private.Mr. Hafenbrack, a native of Saginaw, Mich., was a commercial artist and an Army veteran. He was a member of First Baptist Church and Midland Valley Golf Course.Survivors include his wife, Pauline Claire Nevius Hafenbrack; three sons, Richard D. Hafenbrack, Fenton, Mich., David C. Hafenbrack, Dayton, Ohio, and Jeffrey A. Hafenbrack, Coral Springs, Fla; one stepson, James Barnes, Dayton; one daughter, Barbara G. Harris, Fenton, Mich.; two stepdaughters, Carol Davis, Dayton, and Nancy Barnes, Houston; one brother, David Hafenbrack, Muskegan, Mich.; one sister, Lucille Pollard, Largo, Fla.; and five grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren and three great-grandchildren.Honorary pallbearers - Williamson Sunday School Class.Shellhouse Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. " The search for information continues... Randy
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    Hi Woody, Welcome to the forum, we are glad to have you here with us. As Marion has stated nothing is old here, old is what we are all about! Sure appreciate the info, I suppose if I had examined it in more detail I would have picked up on that, I must be slipping! After I get home from work I'm going to look to see if I can locate his name in the records I have, as to which company he may have belonged to. I do not have a complete roster but I have many names, maybe I'll get lucky. Woody be sure to tell us more about your collection, what items you have, if there are any family connections to them, what your interests are, etc. Thanks again for shining a light on this question. Randy
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    Robert Lanman 149th Engr Co C.

    Hey Antoine, Don't know if this will help you any or not but there are two Robert Lanmans listed in the online WWII Enlistment Records database. Robert B. Lanman https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=893&mtch=2&cat=WR26&tf=F&q=robert+lanman&bc=sl&rpp=10&pg=1&rid=8221980&rlst=6258072,8221980 Robert F. Lanman https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=893&mtch=2&cat=WR26&tf=F&q=robert+lanman&bc=sl&rpp=10&pg=1&rid=6258072&rlst=6258072,8221980 One of these could be your man or maybe not, this database is not 100 % complete, there could be other Robert Lanmans. I do not know if there is a roster of this particular unit. Sounds like an interesting artifact you have there, you should think about posting a picture of it, we like pictures! Good luck with your search, hope you find your Robert Lanman.
  22. Ran across this obituary tonite, another 292nd ECB member has passed on. Raymond A. Farland (UPDATED) 1922 ∼ 2018 Raymond A. Farland , 95, passed away peacefully on March 31, 2018 at the Henrietta Brewer House in Vineyard Haven. Born in New Bedford on August 19,1922, he was the son of the late Joseph A. and Irene (Surprenant) Farland. Raymond's father, " Spike" as he was known, served for many years as the Oak Bluffs fire chief, and Joseph A. Farland Square at the foot of Circuit Ave in Oak Bluffs is named for him. Ray grew up in Oak Bluffs and graduated from Oak Bluffs High School in 1940. He then attended New Bedford Textile Institute before enlisting in the army during WWII, serving from 1942-1946. After training at Camp Butner in North Carolina and at Clemson College in South Carolina, he served in the 292nd Engineers Combat Battalion "in action from England to the Elbe" in Central Europe. Following his military service, Ray completed his education in New Bedford. In 1948 he married Esther Kirkpatrick a long time summer resident whose family owned the Attleboro House in Oak Bluffs. Ray and Esther lived in Rhode Island, but spent summers and many weekends on the vineyard. Ray worked in the textile industry as a salesman for Microfibres, Inc. of Pawtucket , R.I. for many years . With the death of his father-in-law in 1968, he went to work for the family owned food sevice business, Kirkpatrick Company of East Providence, R.I. After selling the family business to Luzo Foods of New Bedford in 1985, he continued to work for both Luzo Foods and FamousFoods.com. He retired in 2009, moving permanently to his childhood home on Nashawena Park in Oak Bluffs. He remained in his treasured home until moving to the Henrietta Brewer House in December where he was cared for with loving kindness and compassion. Ray and his wife enjoyed golf, boating, and fishing together, and followed many sports teams including the Celtics and Red Sox. He was fortunate enough to make two trips to the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, and attended the Olympics in 1980 in Lake Placid with his wife and in 1996 in Altlanta with his grandson Keith. Ray was an avid golfer playing into his nineties and could rarely be found on the course without lifelong friend, George " Buddy" Knight, beginning in their early teenage years. They were members of Wannamoisett Golf Club in Rumford , RI, where Ray served as the Treasurer for 25 years, and members of Edgartown Golf Club, where Ray served on the Board of Governors until 2016. Ray was a long time member of both East Chop Beach Club and the East Chop Yacht Club. He and Buddy enjoyed many a day boating and fishing (especially the Derby) with family and friends, on their boats the "Good Knight" and the "Wet and Wild". A devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, Ray will be missed by his family. He is survived by his wife of almost 70 years, Esther. He proved to be a devoted husband, visiting her daily since she moved to Windemere Nursing Home 2 years ago. He is survived by his children, Raymond Farland of Oak Bluffs and Nancy Gardner and her husband, Paul, of Hanover, MA. He was an exceptional grandfather, "Gramps", to his grandchildren, Keith Gardner and his wife, Julie of Marshfield, MA; Jaimee Gardner and her fiancée Keegan Hobson of Hanover, MA; and Justin Gardner of Amherst , MA. Ray adored his great grandchildren, Elliot and Ainsley Gardner of Marshfield, MA, who were a great source of joy to him in his last years. Ray is survived by his sister, Therese Evans of Duxbury, his brother Joseph A. Farland Jr and his wife Jane (Duarte) of Falmouth, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Lt. Col. Vivian Farland, USANC (Ret.). A memorial Mass will be held at St Augustine's Church, Franklin Street in Vineyard Haven on April 14 at 11 AM, followed by burial with military honors at Sacred Heart Cemetery, on Vineyard Avenue in Oak Bluffs Relatives and friends are invited to visitation from 9:30-10:30 on Saturday , April 14th at the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs. In lieu of flowers, friends wishing to make a donation in Ray's memory may do so to the Good Shepherd Parish, P.O. Box 1058, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568. Rest In Peace Mr. Farland
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  24. Thinking today of the service and sacrifice of Seaman 2nd Class Bryl G. Bowman, who went missing in action on this date 75 years ago. Seaman Bowman was a crew member aboard the USS Houston, which on 1 March 1942 was caught in a desperate battle with the Japanese fleet and was sunk off of the Java coast. Of the 1061 men aboard the Houston, 693 perished. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Houston_(CA-30) http://www.click2houston.com/news/ceremonies-mark-75th-anniversary-of-uss-houston-sinking On this 75th anniversary, here is to all the sailors of the USS Houston "still on duty"
  25. S2C Bryl G. Bowman Hello everyone. I have been wanting to tell this story for sometime now but kept putting it off, hopefully I can give it the justice it deserves. The niece and next of kin of this sailor, Bryl G. Bowman, is a long time friend of my mother's. Over a year ago she began telling my mother about her uncle who was "Missing In Action" and how sad she felt that the family, for reasons she does not know, never had any kind of memorial service or memorial marker placed for him. "It just isn't right that a man loses his life for his country and there is nothing to remember him by or to show for it" she said. She wanted to explore the possibility of getting a memorial marker for her uncle even though it had been so many years ago. When I had heard about all of this I really wanted to see her follow through with it, and I thought that I could help her make it happen. She let me run with it. We first explored what her options were as far as placement of the marker whether it be in a private, state, or federal veteran's cemetery and what was involved in each. After weighing her choices she decided on the Missouri State Veteran's Cemetery at Jacksonville, Missouri. I don't believe she could have made a better selection. Jacksonville is one of the newest and in my opinion one of the most attractive veteran's cemeteries in the state. I contacted Jacksonville back in November to find out what documentation they would need to get the process started. I was told they would require a "Casualty Report" from his OMPF file at the NPRC in St. Louis. Since I have experience researching records there I went in person to copy the needed document as well as his complete service file instead of waiting for it to be sent by mail, no telling how long that would have taken. Before I finish up the story, here is some background information about her uncle. Bryl Gay Bowman was born in Ewing, Lewis County, Missouri on February 25, 1924. He, his mother, and his siblings eventually left Missouri for California around the middle of the 1930's. Bryl was eager to serve in the Navy , he enlisted on February 28,1941 at Los Angeles after he had reached the minimum required age of 17 with parental consent. After his training he was promoted to the rank of Seaman Second Class and was assigned his permanent duty station aboard the USS Houston, joining the ship on September 14, 1941 at Manila. The Northampton-class cruiser USS Houston was the flagship of the Asiatic fleet, part of a multinational force referred to as "ABDA" (American,British,Dutch,Australian). The ABDA fleet fought in the very first naval engagements with the Japanese after the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. The Battle of Makassar Strait, Timor Convoy, Battle of the Java Sea, and Battle of the Sunda Strait are to her credits, with all of these engagements taking place in the month of February 1942. The Battle of the Sunda Strait took place just before midnight on February 28, 1942. The USS Houston and her Australian sister ship, The HMAS Perth, came face to face with an entire Japanese invasion force about to strike the island of Java. The two courageous ships engaged the far numerically superior Japanese force . The ill fated pair was credited with sinking 9 Japanese vessels, they had sold their lives dearly, but sadly both were sunk within the day's first hour of March 1, 1942. Of the 1,061 serviceman aboard the USS Houston, 693 perished including her uncle Bryl, his remains were never recovered. To continue on, her labor of love for her uncle will come to fruition tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. April 13, 2018 at the Missouri State Veteran"s Cemetery located in Jacksonville, Missouri. A memorial service will be held there for S2C Bryl G. Bowman with full military honors to follow, honored at last, well done Bonnie ! My American Legion Post #113 and our V.F.W Post #6276 brothers will have the privilege to fire the honor guard salute for the service. After the service is over a memorial marker will be ordered for him and placed in Section A which is located just inside the cemetery's front gate. I will follow up this post with pictures from tomorrows service as well as pics of the marker after it is placed. Till then, take care everyone! Randy
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