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Rosedale last won the day on May 12 2016

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    Family genealogy including the WWII Army Corps of Engineers and the 1264th Engineer Combat Battalion Company B that my Dad Kenneth Zino [1923-2002] served in.

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  1. Rosedale

    1264th Engineer Combat Battalion

    Hello - Wow, that must have been a very traumatic war experience for your Dad. I'm sorry to hear he was injured. I'm glad he made it home. My Dad Ken Zino was also Army Specialist Corp before being pulled out in March 1944 to join the 1264th ECB Company B. He had been sent to Purdue University to study engineering. He was in his third 12 week term at the time the U.S. Army pulled them all out. Ken was Class of 1942 St. Augustine's High School in Brooklyn and I remember he mentioned the testing by the U.S. Army when he was drafted. I don't know how they determined who got sent to what university? Ken had a 2nd cousin who was drafted by the U.S. Army from the same place on Long Island, also in 1942, tested and assigned to the ASTP, but his cousin was sent to the University of North Dakota for engineering studies. From what I have read the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was also relying on interviews to get men who had experience in construction, heavy equipment or who were mechanically inclined. PS: I'm attaching a photo I am fond of from my Dad's Army Specialist Corp days, when he arrived in the summer of 1943 to Purdue. I added a label for the "sliderule" in his left hand because I wasn't so sure his grandchildren and great-grandchildren would know what a sliderule was (or how to use one)!! -barbara
  2. Rosedale

    1264th Engineer Combat Battalion

    Hi Sherrill - I really enjoyed the Johnnie "JJ" Jones article you posted. I'm now sharing the group photo I recently sent you and your Pop. Attached is a group photo of 37 members of the 1264th ECB Company B 1st Platoon. Last names are included. Sherrill's pop is "Jones", 2nd row from the front, 3rd from the left! Photos are so amazing in their ability to tell a story and connect all these years later. In the notes I mention a photo of my Dad Ken Zino taken in Brussels at that time. I will post that one at a later date. -barbara
  3. Rosedale

    1264th Engineer Combat Battalion

    My Dad Kenneth Zino was 1264th ECB Company B and I can confirm that he & others did serve in Eisenach & Salach in that time period based on photos he saved and from records. I have an official letter dated 22 January 1946 from Commanding officer, Captain Arthur N Hibbs. It certifies that Sgt Kenneth Zino was an enlisted man who served in the "Army of Occupation" with the American Force in Germany for the period 9 May 1945 to 24 January 1946 inclusive. (The 1264th ECB History book has a farewell letter from Arthur H Lahlum, Lt Col dated 26 August 1945). Ken departed from Europe from Antwerp on the William & Mary Victory. They arrived in New York City 26th Feb 1946. The units listed on that boat were the 381st & 348th Eng Combat. My Dad separated 3rd March 1946 from the Separation Center at Ft Dix, New Jersey. The 1264th ECB History book has an "Occupation" chapter. It says they were in Eisenach for "a long time", "longer than any other town in the ETO". It lists some of the work they did. Company B built a "two hundred ten foot, semi-permanent wood trestle bent, class 40 one way bridge across the Werra river west of Eisenach. In order to complete the bridge before the battalion moved, the boys in "B" Company were working in two shifts from 8am in the morning until midnight". One item of interest I found from this time period in my Dad's box was the special order for a seven day fur to Switzerland dated 4 November 1945. It was signed by P. F. Bartow, 1st Lt Adjustant by order of Major Stickney.The men listed were: S Sgt Lesley J Carlson S Sgt Ernest L Redden S Sgt Frederick W Olson Sgt Kenneth Zino Tec 4 Lloyd C Baldwin Tec 5 Nicholas A Cavuto Tec 5 William E Gerstberger Tec 5 Cecil Young Pfc Fred A Padgett Pfc George Elfers Jr. I have a memory of my Dad telling me he had been in the hospital at one point for pneumonia (?) and if I recall correctly the hospital was in Paris. I haven't tracked down the dates / facts on this memory but thanks for the tip on the 203rd General Hospital, Paris, France. -barbara
  4. Rosedale

    1264th - Vaught

    PS: I contacted the Veterans History Project about correcting the titles in the Lesser collection for the 1264th. I already heard back from them that the corrections were made, although we might not see them right away. << BZ to VHP "1264th Communication Engineer Battalion" should be "1264th Engineer Combat Battalion", known for short as ECBs. These were part of the Army Corps of Engineers in WWII. >> Speaking of corrections, I meant to say "USO shows" (not WSO shows) in my original post with the link to these sketches. Others I only did a quick spot check by jumping around a few pages. You can do that by adjusting the last two digits on the links. Many more to be found -- On p32 I found 1110th ECB including Chaplain Wilson Canafax of the 1110th. http://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/story/loc.natlib.afc2001001.11904/artworks?page=32 -barbara
  5. Rosedale

    348th Eng. Combat Bn.

    Hello to the 348th - I found some wonderful soldier sketches from USO shows in Germany by Mimi Korach Lesser. There are quite a few for the 348th Engineer Combat Battalion from August 1945 from Eberbach, Neckargmund, Burstadt, & Walldurn. They are posted on the Veterans History Project site. I spotted ones for the 348th starting at the bottom of page 51, page 52, page 53 (could be others): http://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/story/loc.natlib.afc2001001.11904/artworks?page=51 http://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/story/loc.natlib.afc2001001.11904/artworks?page=52 http://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/story/loc.natlib.afc2001001.11904/artworks?page=53 Her bio page starts here: http://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/story/loc.natlib.afc2001001.11904/ Enjoy, barbara
  6. Rosedale

    1264th - Vaught

    Hi All - I found an artist's sketch of H.L. Vaught 1264th from a USO show, Salach, Germany, 19 July 1945. There are several others from the 1264th too and many, many others done in Germany of soldiers from various units, often sketched at the bedside of an injured soldier. Vaught is at the bottom of the page, on the right, at this link (and there are more 1264th Company B on the next page): http://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/story/loc.natlib.afc2001001.11904/artworks?page=33 Note they expanded the abbreviation from the photo incorrectly from Com to Communications instead of Combat and the words are out of sequence so as a result his caption reads: H.L. Vaught, 1264th Communication Engineer Battalion, Company B, Salach, Germany (7/19/1945) where it would be expected to be "Engineer Combat Battalion". These are part of the Veteran's History Project web site under "Art Works" from artist Mimi Korach Lesser. There are 702 posted here under her creative works: http://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/story/loc.natlib.afc2001001.11904/ PS: My Dad's collection has (blank) postcards from a USO show. I think I now know when and where it was! -barbara
  7. Marilyn - When I get the photo scanned, I will post it. Sorry for the confusion. -barbara
  8. Rosedale

    1264th Engineer Combat Battalion

    It is years later ... but this is the first time I am reading this post. What great info! Thank you for sharing. My Dad was Kenneth Zino [1923-2002] who served as a Sgt in the 1264th Engineer Combat Battalion, Company B, 1st Squad, 1st Platoon. I can confirm that command of the 1264th was Arthur H Lahlum. I found copies of two orders (one for Company B, one for all 1264th) in my Dad's collection that are signed by Arthur H Lahlum Lt Col (commanding). These are from Germany from dates in May 1945. My research turned up the following from the newspaper "The Hood County Tablet" of Granby, Texas. Two articles of interest were reported on page 1 in July 6, 1944 when the 1264th was due in town for a week for the training on the Brazos River "700 will arrive Sunday for a week". They were coming from Camp Bowie, Brownwood, Tx. Arthur H Lahlum was mentioned in the articles, he was a Major at that time. Same newspaper, page 1 May 24th 1945, there were highlights of a letter from Sgt Blandin from Germany on how the 1264th was doing. He mentioned that Major Lahlum was now a Lieut Colonel. Going back to 1944, page 1 July 27, 1944 has a reprint of the letter from Major Lahlum to Mayor Keith, thanking the town for their hospitality. He signed it as Arthur H Lahlum, Major, Engr, C Bn, Commanding. Would the 1264th Battalion C have had 700 members? My Dad was 1264th Company B and he was at Camp Bowie back in February/March 1943. He was studying Engineering at Purdue in Sept 1943. I'm still sorting out some details on the 1944 timeline. -barbara
  9. Rosedale

    1264th - Vaught

    I realize quite a few months have gone by since you posted, but I just recently joined the forum and I am seeing these posts for the first time. My Dad was Kenneth Zino [1923-2002] who served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in WWII, a Sgt in the 1264th Engineer Combat Battalion, Company B, 1st Squad, 1st Platoon. Your Dad also served in "Company B" in the 1264th. I see "Tec 5 Harold L Vaught" on the 1264th Company B order to receive the Good Conduct Medal, dated 19 May 1945 and signed by the commanding officer Lt Col Arthur Lahlum. I don't know if that is the exact day they received their Good Conduct medals, but that is the date I use when recording when my Dad received his. I don't see any labels with "Vaught" in the photos I have of my Dad's squad and platoon, although I still haven't gathered everything together. If you know which Squad and Platoon of 1264th Company B your Dad was in, can you let us know? M1 had pointed you to the place where there is some good info on their tour of duty at the time of your post. I will be adding some info there in the coming weeks. -barbara
  10. Thank you so for posting the passing of PFC Bert William Zimmerman. May he rest in peace. My condolences to his family & friends. I recently joined this forum, quite delighted to find you all. My Dad was Kenneth Zino [1923-2002]. Ken served as a Sgt in the Army Corps of Engineers in WWII in the 1264th Engineer Combat Battalion, Company B, 1st Squad, 1st Platoon. He was from Rosedale, Queens (Long Island), New York. He did his basic training at Camp Bowie, TX Feb 1943 and was sent to study Engineering at Purdue University in Sept 1943. He served overseas in Europe with the unit, returning home from Antwerp to NYC aboard the William & Mary Victory on 26 Feb 1946. I found photos with his Army papers/photos/items and one includes Bert Zimmerman! This particular group photo has 4 rows with a total of 37 men. "Zimmerman" is in the 1st row, 3rd from the right! I assume this is a photo of Company B 1st Platoon, although I am not sure. It has a list of last names but is not dated or labelled. I will provide the list of names below. Under the list of last names he added a note that said "I was in Brussels" so he is not in the photo. I have a photo he sent his mother from Brussels marked "Three Glorious Days" May 1945 so I'm assuming that is when the group photo was taken. btw, for anyone in the 1264th Company B who has photos, Ken Zino wore wired rimmed glasses, he was thin and ~ 6 ft tall. (I think there were 2 of them with wire rimmed glasses). Over time I will get photos scanned to be able to share. Note too "Jones" below, Sherrill posted a terrific article about his service on a separate thread! ======================================= 1st Row - Left to Right Soboj, Gemma, Spear, White, Dean, Gamble, Zimmerman, Mortensen, Flint 2nd row Warner, Miller, Jones, Vincent, Lund, Smith, Mancuso, Nap, Poore 3rd row Ernst, Williams, Miller, Gerling, Bizick, Switzer, Lee, Wright, Breeding, 4th row Parisi, Karp, Mills, Flynt, Foster, Fox, Brown, DeFiglio, Lucero, Cronin Missing from Photo: Zino (he was in Brussels) ======================================= PS: My Dad saved his "Lance" yearbook from St. Augustine's in Brooklyn, NY. He was Class of 1942. It listed "Camera Club" as one of his activities and he worked on the yearbook. So I guess he was "trained" to write down names on group photos! -barbara