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  1. Sterling's daughter

    292nd Engineer Combat Battalion (New Member)

    Gary, I'm back! I'd like to get a copy of the Clear the Way 292d poster, but I can't seem to find your post about how to go about it. Can you refresh my memory? Lisa
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    Rennels is a match. Lisa
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    This is a tough one. The lower lip looks like a match, and from what I can see, the ear could be a match (ears are supposedly as unique as fingerprints). The face shape and chin seem about right. The nose seems longer and more prominent in the company photo than in the headshot. Just took a look at myself in the mirror, and my nose seemed to drop as the rest of my face pulled up in a squint, so I think that could explain the more prominent nose. So yeah, I think you've got a match. Lisa
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    Gary, I'm so impressed with the matching you're doing. Who would have thought you'd get this far? I said earlier that it was a shame that we couldn't see insignia on more of the guys, but now that I'm looking at the photo more closely on my computer, I obviously there's plenty of insignia. Are you narrowing it down any using rank? I can see you found the captain. Does the lieutenant insignia narrow down the other three guys against anyone on your lists? As for arm patches, I only see five unidentified corporals and six sergeants (luckily, the only one with an arm patch that I can't see clearly is Sterling, so we already have him identified -- I'm pretty sure he was a corporal at the time they shipped out). Concerning the uniforms, I'd have to agree that those white coats look like the KP uniforms, although I can't make up my mind about their head gear. How odd they didn't change for the photo. As for the khaki semi-formals, Sterling got married in his. I don't have any photos of him in Class As -- but I don't have many photos of him at all. Did the NCOs and enlisted men have Class As when they shipped out? Just curious, it doesn't make any difference for our photos. Lisa
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    Gary, I think you've got a very strong match with Steiber. I don't think I'm with y'all on the KP theory. Everyone else is dressed for the photo. If the KP guys stayed in their whites, you'd think everyone else would be in fatigues. When you say "medical detachment," are you talking about medics? They'd be with the unit, but I don't think they'd be in white, would they? And why would they be placed so prominently? It's definitely an interesting little problem. Too bad we can't see insignia on more of these guys. I did give a copy of the Company A photo to the Camp Butner Society. I definitely want to get them some names, but you're adding so many names every day that I think I'll wait a while. Right now, they don't have a place to display it anyway. The museum is just a small room currently, and they told me they have quite a bit in storage. Based on what I've seen on their Facebook page versus what was in the museum, I'd have to confirm that. Randy, The original Company A photo is also lightly brown, almost sepia. It's too even to be aging, in my opinion, so I think the light brown is original. Looks good with the khaki in the uniforms. Just my opinion. Lisa
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    Gary, Lenz and Rometo both look like good matches to me. I wasn't sure about Rometo until I compared his right ear from the high school photo. Randy, What great news about the Company C photo coming out cleanly. I agree that taking it to a local printer is a good idea. If the business you've ID'ed doesn't work out, I'd suggest finding someone who does business in photo restorations. If we can get copies later, I'll be interested in getting one for the Camp Butner Society. The Company C shots bring me back to an old mystery: Who are the white-coated guys in the Company A photo? There aren't any in the Company C photo. Lisa
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    292nd Engineer Combat Battalion (New Member)

    Hello, all, I went to the Camp Butner Society museum yesterday. They have next to nothing on the engineers and were pleased to get the Company A photo. Maybe we can get them a Company C eventually. Gary, can you give me a list of the guys you've identified so far? They'd like to have the names to go with the photo. Right now they have a lot in storage, with a few display items being in a small room. They're raising money to expand. They are collecting items specifically about Butner. However, they do have one campaign map for the 78th Infantry that lists the 303rd Engineers. I didn't take a photo of that. I do have a photo of one little mystery on a hand-made "pillowcase" (new term to me). The "Build - Fight - Destroy" motto sounds like a combat engineers unit, but I think I've found online that the 35th was an infantry division. I don't know how divisions were made up, but it seemed an odd motto for an entire division. Another pillowcase is for engineers, but no battalion number. I'll also took some photos of the blueprints for Camp Butner, if anyone is interested. They are not particularly clear, so I won't post them here. The entire place was built in 90 days by a private contractor. There was also a POW camp nearby. At any rate, the museum is not currently worth going out of your way for, but it should be eventually. Lisa
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    Gary, I just realized I have a photo of one more guy in the panoramic photo. The attached photo is a close up I've cut from a photo labeled on the back as "Sterling Sykes and Demello at Gosselies Belgium 3Aug1945." I can't find Demello on the list you posted some time back, but I believe Demello is the 16th man from the left on the back row of the Company A panoramic photo. What do you think? As for the photo date, I'm wondering about it. That would be after the end of the war in Europe. Would they have been in Belgium at that point? I'm afraid I don't know the unit history like I should. Lisa
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    11th from the left, that is. I'm afraid I don't have any info about others.
  10. Sterling's daughter

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    Hi, Gary, Sterling Sykes is the 11th man on the second row.
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    Hi, all, this may be a repeat post. If so, I apologize for cluttering up everyone's feed. Gary, I'm so pleased to see the prints framed and appreciated! I tried to post a link a couple of months ago, but I don't think the post made it on for some reason. If any of you are on Facebook, the Camp Butner Society has a Facebook page. It's a non-profit working to restore Camp Butner. There are quite a few interesting photos on the site. To find it, search for Camp Butner Society. If you don't add "Society," you'll get the current National Guard post. There's a museum with limited hours. It's not far from me, so I need to just get on down the road to see it. Lisa
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    Well, so much for not posting much! Went looking for something and once again found something else -- ain't the Internet grand? Anyway, just in case y'all haven't seen it, the Camp Butner Society has a Facebook page. They're trying to raise enough funds to restore the place. Here's the link. https://www.facebook.com/CampButnerSociety Lisa
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    292nd Engineer Combat Battalion (New Member)

    Hello, all, I haven't meant to be anti-social! I've been busy or sick for several weeks now. I've been reading the news post digests but didn't get online. First, I am absolutely thrilled that the photo has pleased several of you. It really is a beauty! To be honest, the rest of my husband's family wasn't all that interested in it, but I'm an Army brat and know meaningful photos when I see them. (My dad was a Vietnam vet. He died 10 years ago.) I am so pleased to have found others who wanted a copy because it deserves to be remembered. My husband and I had the original framed with a simple black frame and dark khaki matting, and it just looks Outstanding! -- as my dad would say. Very military. To answer someone's question, I'm afraid I don't have any information about the circumstances where Sterling acquired the panoramic photo of Company A. We found it up under the eaves in the unfinished attic after both Sterling and Hazel died. I'm horrified that we nearly missed it. Sterling was from North Carolina, so Camp Butner wasn't too far from home, so maybe he brought the photo home while other guys didn't manage to. He came home to Chapel Hill on a weekend pass to marry Hazel before shipping out from Butner. Assuming the photo was taken at Butner, which is not necessarily a good assumption, I guess. I'm wondering whether this string should be transferred to a new string titled more accurately, so maybe more people can find it. Anyway, I probably won't post much but will keep following the digests with interest. If anyone else wants a copy of the photo, Hampton House said they would keep the electronic file for three years. I'll get a copy of the file myself before that time is up but haven't gotten around to it yet. I'll post it at that point, but as several of you have found out, the Hampton House prints are a bargain. Thanks, all! Lisa
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    Hello, all! Randy, that IS Sterling's handwriting in the address book. My husband and I enjoyed seeing it. I've worked with the gallery who made the copy of the Company A panoramic photo for me, and they're ready to sell copies to anyone who wants one. I can't quote you the price because I don't know what they'll need to charge for shipping and handling (mailing items is not standard business for them). The copy itself is quite inexpensive. All you need to do is contact them using the info below and tell them you want a copy or copies of "292CompanyA." No need for a password of any kind. Hampton House Art & Framing Ph 336-723-8869 hamptonhouse@triad.twcbc.com www.hamptonhouse.net I'm very pleased to be able to share this photo with everyone, and I'm sure Sterling would have been, too. We found it way back under the eaves in their attic. It's a shame it wasn't on display in the house for all those years, but the gallery said that was good from the standpoint that it hadn't been exposed to light. That's why it's in such good shape. Let me know if you have any trouble ordering it. The gallery owners were happy to hear that it had created so much interest, not so much for the business as because of their own interest in historical photos. Sterling's daughter
  15. Sterling's daughter

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    Here are a couple of candids. Sterling wrote on the back of one: Sterling and Demello Gosselies Belgium 1945. The second photo has no writing, but it does appear to be the same friend (Demello?). Sterling's Daughter
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