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    160th Engineer Combat Battalion WW II ( new member)

    I am not new and still not so sure what I am doing either. We would love to see the names, scan them and post them here. January 13,1944 must have been when they finished Tennessee maneuvers and had just arrived at Fort Rucker. Dad was from Tennessee and said that Tennessee had the "coldest winter in a 100 years" while the 160th was on maneuvers. I remember him telling me that he was glad to get to a warmer Fort Rucker.
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    160th Engineer Combat Battalion WW II ( new member)

    Marion, thanks for the help again. It was great to hear from Michael. I would love to hear anything he can share about his Dad, Combat Engineers, or the 160th.
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    160th Engineer Combat Battalion WW II ( new member)

    Michael, it is good to hear from you. We are so glad to know that your Dad, Private Kenneth C. McBride is in this picture and now has his name with his face. My Dad has passed also and probably knew yours. I can't imagine how difficult it was to lose your Dad at such an early age. Thank you for your Dad's service and sacrifice. We are always interested in what he did and where he went in Europe and other places, we want to always remember what was done for us and why we have the freedoms we have today. Be sure to pass his memory along to all the youngsters in your family. Write down what you remember being told and save the keepsakes for someone. My posts have several B company photographs, do you or anyone else recognize your Dad in any other photographs? We are interested in anything you can share about your Dad. Thanks. Glen Blasingim
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    160th Engineer Combat Battalion WW II ( new member)

    (12MAR18) Thanks Marion, this is great. I will try to get in touch with Doug and see if he will let me put those names to faces in pictures that we have already posted. I hope to learn more about the 160th from him. Keep up the good work. Glen Blasingim (23JUN18) I have not been able to get in touch with Doug. I am going to add the names of people that he has identified in pictures that I have already posted. I would like to add something about his Dad and post some pictures of him. I would especially appreciate personal accounts from memories that Doug has of things that his Dad has told him over the years. Glen Blasingim
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    160th Engineer Combat Battalion WW II ( new member)

    That is a great way to remember people you have served with. Your photograph quality is better and being digital it won't fade. That will be appreciated, I already do. I noticed that their are several weapons configurations in the Photograph. I am just curious, what is standard issue? Do Marines have a choice? There is so much available for that gun, I wondered what the Marines found useful and reliable.
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    160th Engineer Combat Battalion WW II ( new member)

    CaptO, is that you in the back? Nice picture, you have been in a lot of organizations in your career, Dad was always in the 160th and some of the guys he remembers were with him from the time the 160th was formed until they left Austria. I hope there are a few more people out there who can pick out their Dad's , Grandfathers, Uncles or friends in this photograph. There might even be someone who could remember a fellow engineer or two, let's hope. p.s.- Write it down, it might be valuable to someone soon. Glen Blasingim
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    160th Engineer Combat Battalion WW II ( new member)

    This is a photograph of 160th Engineer Combat Battalion, Company B. By the ranks of some of the men in the photograph and by who is in it I estimate that it was taken late summer- early fall 1944. The first photograph is of Dad identifying some of his friends that he remembers after 72 years. I have numbered each man in the company photograph and have identified the ones that Dad remembered and some identified by loved ones by number. If anyone can put a name to a face please add to the list. Identified: 3 Blasingim, Edwin N., First Sgt., Chattanooga, Tenn. 19 Rydelski, Chester P., Pfc., Erie, Penn 23 Kallam, Thelbert O., Sgt., Stonefield, N.C. 25 Rydelski, Joseph S., Pfc., Erie, Penn 54 Baxter, Harold G., Tec 5, Pittsburgh, Penn 56 McBride, Kenneth C., Pvt., Baltimore, Md 79 Church, Ray L., Tec 4, Chicago, Illinois 87 Turner, Roby D., Tec 5, Royboro, N.C. 88 Bolek, Joseph W., Sgt., Hammond, Indiana 89 Cannon, Harry A., Sgt. Nzssa, Oregon 92 Wheeler, Gaither J., Ssgt., Tampa, Fla 95 Miller, George J., Tec 4, Terrehaute, Indiana 96 Korol, Benedick P., Pfc., Pittsburgh, Penn 99 Anderson, Oscar G., Tec 5, Indianapolis, Indiana 100 Krum, Irwin, Pfc., Philadelphia, Penn 113 Mayes, Archie S., Major, Warrensburg, Mo 114 Lybarger, Ernest W., 2Lt., Brooklyn, N.Y.
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    160th Engineer Combat Battalion WW II ( new member)

    160 Engineer Combat Battalion, Headquarters and Service Company These photographs are from the 160 Engineer Combat Battalion book and of Headquarters and H and S Company. Boys from Headquarters. Glen Blasingim
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    160th Engineer Combat Battalion WW II ( new member)

    160 Engineer Combat Battalion, Company C At present we cannot identify anyone in these photographs that are copied from the 160 ECB book. Glen Blasingim
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    160th Engineer Combat Battalion WW II ( new member)

    160 Engineer Combat Battalion, Company B All of these photographs are from the 160 Engineer Combat Battalion book, I estimate that the platoon group pictures were taken February-March of 1945 probably in Germany. Detail in these photographs is not great and I have identified all of the people that we can recognize. We can identify a few men in the photograph of the second platoon. In the front row kneeling on the left end is Herman S.Landrith, Ssgt. from Walkertown, North Carolina. In the middle row, left end is Joseph W. Bolek. Sgt. from Hammond, Indiana. In the back row, left end isThelbert O. Kallam, Sgt. from Stonefield North Carolina. In the back row, third man from right end is Oscar G. Anderson, Tec5 from Indianapolis, Indiana. In the photograph of headquarters platoon we can identify the two officers kneeling in the front, on the viewers left is Lt. Delbert B. Linn and right is Lt. Ernest W. Lybarger. In the front row left end is Edwin N. Blasingim, 1stSgt from Chattanooga, Tennessee. In the front row 5th from the left end is Harold G. Baxter, Tec5 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In the very back row on the far right end is Frank W. Prinz,Tec5 from Indianapolis, Indiana. The man with the dachshund is Roby D. Turner, Tec5 from Royboro, North Carolina.
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    160th Engineer Combat Battalion WW II ( new member)

    160 Engineer Combat Battalion, Company A Ralph L. Peters, Pfc. from Sanford, Florida served in Company A from Fort Meade to his discharge. His proud son Wayne has honored his Dad with a brief history of his Dad's service on his website, www.petersheritage.com. Wayne lost his Dad at an early age and is very interested in finding out more about his Dad in the 160th. He would like to hear from anyone who had a loved one who served in the 160th, especially Company A. Wayne shared this group photograph of Company A. Wayne said that he thought that the photograph was taken about the time the 160th was at Fort Meade, Maryland ( The 160th was formed there April 27, 1943). Private first class Peters had many of his buddies in the photograph autograph the back. Some of the men signed with their rank and several had more than one promotion to the ranks they were discharged with. That would substantiate that this picture was taken early in the 160th's history. One of the signatures is by Carl L. Bowers, Tec5 from Brazil, Indiana. Carl is one of the three men from Company A who gave their lives while serving with the 160th. The photograph has some worn tattered edges that look like it was rolled up and probably carried in Pfc, Peter's pack. No telling how many miles it traveled in the back of a 6x6 or how many miles it traveled on his back. It probably had some foxhole time. If there is someone you remember that served in the 160th, Company A, his picture is probably here. Signatures of 105 of the men in the Company A photograph. At present, Ralph L. Peters,Pfc is the only man in the photograph that we can identify. He is, third row from top, ninth from left end, circled. Enlarged signatures identified when possible. Wayne Peters Glen Blasingim
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    160th Engineer Combat Battalion WW II ( new member)

    160 Engineer Combat Battalion, Company A These photographs of Company A were copied from the 160 Engineer Combat Battalion book. Detail is not great but is possibly good enough to identify a familiar face. Glen Blasingim
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    160th Engineer Combat Battalion WW II ( new member)

    The 160th at Fort Rucker, Alabama In the spring of 1944, the 160 Engineer Combat Battalion convoyed from Watertown, Tennessee to Fort Rucker in southern Alabama to receive overseas training. Dad remembers the p.o.w. camp across from the 160th barracks and how well the German prisoners were treated. James N. Corley, Company B, 160th, told his son Keith that he remembered that they would march in formation past the p.o.w. compound and the prisoners would be out playing ball.That memory stayed with James and my Dad. Sometime during their stay at Fort Rucker the 160th made a long convoy to Tennessee and back, about 600 miles round trip. Dad remembered going to the canteen and buying a bag of Hershey bars with almonds, his favorite, to take along in the 6x6 where Dad was a back-up driver. Dad liked to snack on the chocolate bars while he was driving. They got a lot of support from the civilians, there would be waving and cheering as they convoyed through the countryside. Once when they stopped to spend the night in the vicinity of Birmingham, swarms of people brought them home cooked food. One time the men had to strip from the waist up and get in line where they received a barrage of shots. There was a lot happening at Fort Rucker but these things stayed in Dad's memory for all those years. Early that summer the 160th left Fort Rucker on a train to Camp Miles Standish just south of Boston where they boarded a ship to go overseas. These photographs of men of the 160th were all taken at Fort Rucker that spring/summer during their overseas training. Most are identified, if anyone can add anything about anyone in these photographs, know anything about the 160th at Fort Rucker or have photographs you would share, please contact Marion Chard at this (her) website. Names of men identified in these photographs: Dawgiello, Edward J., Pfc Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Howard, Neoda S., Tec 5 Terre Haute, Indiana Rydelski, Joseph S., Pfc Erie, Pennsylvania Stackawitz, Harry O., Pfc Pittsburgh, Penn Tripp, Lowell H., Tec 5 Ovieda, Florida Turner, Roby D., Tec 5 Royboro, North Carolina Dawgiello Dawgiello Dawgiello Dawgiello Stackawitz and Dawgiello Dawgiello and Joseph Rydelski Dawgiello, Turner and Joseph Rydelski Dawgiello. Turner and Joseph Rydelski Tripp-Turner Lowell Tripp's family was close friends with Dad's family in Florida. He later became a tank driver for the 160th and Dad got to talk to him often. Turner, Howard and Tripp Dawgiello and Joseph Rydelski Dawgiello and Joseph Rydelski Joseph Rydelski Joseph Rydelski and Dawgiello Joseph Rydelski-unknown-Dawgiello Unknown Unknown PT at Rucker. Glen Blasingim
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    160th Engineer Combat Battalion WW II ( new member)

    The 160 Engineer Combat Battalion was stationed at Fort Meade, Maryland in the Spring of 1943. They were formed there on April 27,1943 with 638 men. Dad doesn't remember much about their official duties at Fort Meade but he does remember a weekend pass that he and some buddies got and they took a bus to Washington D.C. to see the sights of the capitol. While they were there they got a craving for some southern fried chicken. They found some fried chicken but as Dad remembers it wasn't " southern fried". Dad's memory is a little fuzzy on this but he and his buddies might have gotten a little out of hand that weekend and had to answer for their behavior when they got back to the fort. These are pictures of some of the men from the 160th that were taken that Spring. Oscar G. Anderson Company Billeting Frank W. Prinz Charles V. Zimmerman Edwin N. Blasingim Kallam and Blasingim Red Miller and Wife, Wife, Red Miller and Cpl Meyers Anderson and Meyers Sgt. Hu Glen Blasingim, son of Edwin N. Blasingim
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    160th Engineer Combat Battalion WW II ( new member)

    Marion, I have been gone for a while. This is late but better that than never. You are right, the Army Corps of Engineers History Office has been most helpful to me too. Everybody I have come into contact with in the U.S Army in any official capacity has been most friendly and helpful. I appreciate that they take the time to answer me and I thank them. Thanks to you too. When I was asking my Dad about the mud, several times in the conversation he brought up the straw bales that they used in that school house outside of Thionville ( see our post November 2015). After a while in the mud, anything dry looked good to those guys. Glen Blasingim, son of Edwin N. Blasingim
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