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kstuiber last won the day on October 13 2016

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  1. Boy, time flies. Last time I posted was over a year ago! There are some things I've been meaning to post for a while, but life keeps getting the way. I thought with Veteran's Day coming up it would be appropriate time. I still have my father's old Ike jacket and I thought it would be interesting to post some pictures of his patches and ribbons. The first photo is of the ribbons above the left pocket. From top to bottom, left to right: 1. WW II Victory ribbon 2. Army Good Conduct ribbon 3. WW II American Campaign ribbon The second photo is the honorable discharge patch above the right pocket, also called the "Ruptured Duck" . "This patch was issued to discharged soldiers to be work above the right pocket flap. This allowed soldiers to wear their uniforms while traveling home and not get ordered around by an officer." The third photo is the Engineer Special Brigade patch on the left shoulder. "The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved for the Engineer Amphibian Units on 17 June 1942. It was redesignated for all Army personnel assigned to the following amphibian units: Amphibian Tank Battalions; Amphibian Tractor Battalions; Engineer Amphibian Units; Joint Assault Signal Companies; Headquarters Ships Detachments (Type A); Headquarters Ships Detachment (Type B); Headquarters Section (Army); and Amphibian Training Command - Pacific Fleet on 10 June 1944. The insignia was redesignated for the 1st Engineer Brigade and amended to update the description and add a symbolism on 20 July 2007." The fourth photo is the 13th Army Corps patch on the right shoulder. The 13th corps was activated on 12/7/1942 and fought for 180 days in the European Theater of Operations. Wikipedia gives a good history of the corps. You may have noticed that the patch is swen on upside-down. I got a laugh out of this since my father could sometimes be dyslexic about things like that. I can just hear him saying, "The heck with it. I'm not going to sew it on again!" That is, assuming he is the one that sewed it on, but it wouldn't surprise me. The last photo is the lower left sleeve which has the three stripes for six months of service each and his private's stripe.
  2. Hello Randy,Ralph, I noticed that too. That could be the case since he joined in March 1943 and the 292nd was formed in November of 1943. Perhaps the picture is from boot camp graduation before he joined the 292nd ? I just found the national archives webpage for requesting veterans records: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/index.html I'm going to see if I can get a copy of his personnel file. Maybe that will give me a better picture of how he came to be in the 292nd. Kent
  3. Randy, That is interesting. Perhaps the picture is from a local watering-hole where soldiers would socialize ? Kent
  4. Randy, Thank you for the hi-res photo of Company C. It clears-up my question of whether my father is in the picture, and the answer is "no". Probably the combination of a blurry photo and some wishful thinking. Great work on the photo though, I am sure it will be a great help others identify their loved ones. Kent
  5. Hello ... Well, I was digging through old photos this evening and I found a few Army photos of my father with other soldiers. None of them are labeled, nothing written on the back. I though I would post them here just in case someone may recognize a face or a place. Enjoy. Kent
  6. Hello Ken, I think I see what you're getting at. I'm just getting oriented to the photos here, but it looks like my father could be in the photos of company A and company C, if that's possible. I've attached the enlargement of part of the company C photo and I think he's in the first row, 4th from the right with the Sargent stripes. My eyes say %80-%85 that's him, my gut says %100. I would welcome any other opinions. Also, does anyone have an idea when the company A photo was taken? Kent ------------------------------------------------------ A little later ..... I've added some photos from the same time period for comparison.
  7. Yup, that's him. I spotted it yesterday and was going to post about it today, but you beat me to it! Also, thank you for posting the his yearbook page from Kaukauna. That's the first time I've ever seen that. I remember my father mentioning Camp Butner once in a while and I've spotted him in the May 19, 1944 Camp Butner photo. I'll post about that in a bit. Kent
  8. Great resolution on the photo. Thanks Gary ! I can say without a doubt that my father, Sylvester A. Stuiber is the first man on the left in the second row, the one with his eyes closed. I cropped him out of the picture and attached it, he's the one in the center. He was probably 19 years old at the time.
  9. Let me introduce myself ... I just want say hello to all the descendants, relatives and friends of the members of the WWII 292nd Combat Engineers Battalion. My father was Sylvester A. Stuiber. He passed away last August 23 at the ripe old age of 92. http://www.zacherlfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Sylvester-A-Stuiber?obId=1047815#/obituaryInfo I came across this thread a while back when I was researching his WWII past. My Dad never talked much about the war. Frankly, he was not much for conversation in the first place and much less so when it came to the war. So, I was excited to find this thread and to find his name mentioned and pictures of him before he shipped out. I have a few things I can contribute here, some pictures and things I remember him mentioning. And, this is a bit of a tease, but I have an souvenir he brought back that I took out if the box today and discovered it has names and addresses on it! I'll post about it later when I get some good images of it. Most of all I want to thank all of you for posts and pictures and research. This gives me a better idea of what his experience was like in WWII, and, well, makes me feel a little more connected to him now that he's gone. Thanks.