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    John Cherry got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in The Rugged Few - 36th Combat Engineers LHG   
    I am ecstatic to find that the reenactment community is finally recognizing the Engineer Amphibious units! I look forward to seeing more from this Unit in the future. If I can help them in any way, I will do so.
     
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    John Cherry got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in Cape Cod Military Museum   
    Marion, it is I that would be honored to have you post my review! I look forward to assisting you in any way possible. I have an e-mailed Cape Cod Museum Newsletter that I want to share with you. I will send it to you for your interest. We are on Facebook (Cape Cod Military Museum) and are online (WWW.capecodmilitarymuseum.org). We share our Museum with the Bourne Historical Society here in Bourne, MA (right on the Cape Cod Canal).
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    John Cherry reacted to Walt's Daughter in Bronze star (campaign) versus the Bronze Star medal   
    Well, even though these topics are interspersed throughout the forum, thought is was time I touched on this topic and compared the two, for this is a constant point of contention and confusion. I can't tell you how many letters I get from people telling me that their father received four Bronze Stars during the war, etc. Well...
     
     
    Leave it to the Army to confuse the hell out of ya! Couldn't we have come up with another name, etc. for these? C'mon now!!!
     
    There are two different types of Bronze/bronze stars.
     
    The first one is actually an awarded MEDAL -

    For heroic or meritorious achievement of service, not involving aerial flight in connection with operations against an opposing armed force. Authorized on February 4, 1944 the Bronze Star Medal is awarded to members of all branches of military service and may be awarded either for combat heroism or for meritorious service. It looks like this - The 2nd kind were worn on the ribbon bar. For example if you see three bronze stars:They are "ribbon devices" for participation in major campaigns The three stars on an ETO ribbon means a veteran served in 3 campaigns in the European Theater of Operations. If a vet was in more than 5 campaigns - the bronze stars would've been replaced by one silver star.
     
     
    Hope that helps clarify the confusion.
     
     
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    John Cherry reacted to Walt's Daughter in RESEARCH ASSISTANCE - PLEASE READ FIRST!!!!   
    I received the morning reports and can't tell you how excited I was to get them. Thanks so much Norm. I learned some new things too! It was worth the expense, for now I have filled in more of the blanks.
     
    I plan to scan and upload them to the site, within the next few weeks.
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    John Cherry reacted to Walt's Daughter in RESEARCH ASSISTANCE - PLEASE READ FIRST!!!!   
    Completely revamped August 2015

     
    Resources at Your Fingertips - Advice for Family Members Seeking Info/Documentation Regarding WWII Veterans
     
    Years ago, while still living in Detroit, I began my quest to discover my father’s WWII history. I was only twelve when he passed away, and now I wanted to find out as much as I could, putting the various puzzle pieces back together. While he was one of the veterans who were willing to share his experiences, a long time had passed and those stories I treasured so much as a child, began to fade. I retained a box which held his keepsakes from the war, including photos and army patches; nonetheless, I could no longer recall various details including his unit designation.
     
    One of the first things I was advised to do, was to contact the National Archives in St. Louis, but it took three successive tries, and many months before I finally received a letter at our new home in northern Michigan in autumn 2003. Sorry, they informed me, your father’s records burned in a huge fire in 1973. That was it. There were no instructions on what to do next. Was this a dead end?
     
    I was so distraught it took me almost three weeks before I could show the letter to my husband. I then began to feel angry and that anger led me to one conclusion; I would not give up and this would not defeat me. I had the Internet didn’t I? Without going into a long diatribe, my research led to a happy ending, even though the path proved arduous at times.
     
    However, it is not my intent to share my entire story today, but to provide you with a helpful guide. I’m hoping that my knowledge and experience will facilitate your research into your loved one’s history and save you from all the headaches and red-tape that so many of us have experienced.
     
    Note: this article/advice is intended for families of veteran’s who returned home from the war. Also please be aware that during World War II the serial number was NOT the same as the veteran’s social security number. Many people often get this confused.
     
     
     
     
    Obtaining a Copy of Their Discharge Documents - DD214

    These documents contain various information, such as the veteran’s unit, campaigns/battle info, discharge date and more. Please see this link for further explanation.
     
    There are numerous ways to obtain copies and contrary to popular belief, NARA is not the only place to acquire this documentation.

    · The National Archives - St Louis, MO - This can take weeks or months so be prepared to wait. I strongly suggest going another route first and using this as a last resort. Also many of the personnel records WERE destroyed in the fire of ’73, so...
    · The Veteran’s Administration - This is how I obtained a copy of my father’s discharge papers. Within three weeks, I had received a copy of his DD214’s.

    · Court House of the County that the veteran resided in after WW 2

    · Many Town Clerk’s offices have discharge documents on file

    · A copy may have been filed with estate records at the county Probate Court

    · The funeral home that handled burial arrangements will have a copy if the veteran had a military funeral or applied for a government headstone
     
    Obtaining Unit Records

    These are actual archived records from each branch of the service. Again, many facilities have these records, but it may vary from place to place. Some units, (i.e. infantry and airborne) will have more information than others. Smaller/lesser known units (i.e. an engineer mapping company) may have little to none at all, so there are no guarantees. Nonetheless, my research has led me to discover, that most people are successful with this part of their hunt.
     
     
    · National Archives - College Place, MD - This is how I obtained my father’s unit records. I hired a private researcher who painstakingly copied each document and mailed them to me. While this was not cheap, it was well worth the cost and effort for I gathered hundreds upon hundreds of daily journals, after-action reports, maps and more. Please read the page carefully for it is very detailed. It also explains how to arrange to copy the records yourself.

    · The Dwight D Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum

    · The Army Corps of Engineers Office of History - (If your veteran was an army engineer)

    When filling out the form please select the History Dept., as your recipient. You may also call them at 703-428-6563. They played an instrumental role in my early research, for my father was a member of the 540th Engineer Regiment.

    · Fort Leonard Wood - Office of Engineer History
    Historian, U.S. Army Engineer School
    320 MANSCEN Loop, Suite 043
    Ft. Leonard Wood, MO 65473
    573-563-6365

    · The United States Army War College

    · Center of Military History
    Other Helpful Links
    How Do I Request Military Awards and Decorations?
     
    · Military Awards and Decorations - The National Archives
    They will provide the medals for FREE, however, you may have to wait several weeks or more to receive the medals, once they receive your application.
    · My Military Medals
    However, if you KNOW which medals your loved one should have, you can also buy replacements for a small sum of money.




    If you would like a copy of this for your records, you can download the PDF version. This version also contains a short bio and photo of me, plus my website links, for it was written for a friend's blog.

    Resources at Your Fingertips August 2015.pdf
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    John Cherry reacted to Walt's Daughter in RESEARCH ASSISTANCE - PLEASE READ FIRST!!!!   
    The following is a document sent to me by Jim Miller.
     
    Master Index of Army Records
    Master_Index_of_Army_Records.pdf
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    John Cherry reacted to Walt's Daughter in RESEARCH ASSISTANCE - PLEASE READ FIRST!!!!   
    Thanks James Hennessey!
     
    Resources for Seabee and other military records in World War II

    http://www.battleofsaipan.com/SeabeeResources.html
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    John Cherry reacted to Walt's Daughter in RESEARCH ASSISTANCE - PLEASE READ FIRST!!!!   
    Wow, ran across this beauty this morning while performing research for a new friend. Can't believe I hadn't run across this reference material until today. It's a great source of information on numerous units, covering the time period from Operation Overlord through the end of the war in Europe.
     
    Armed Forces Oral History - World War II Combat Interviews
     
    According to this reference guide, these materials are located at the Washington National Records Center - Operated by the National Archives (NARA) in Suitland, Maryland.
     
    Each reference specifies a number such as CI-370. The CI stands for Combat Interviews, but as the user guide points out, the documentation includes narrative histories, operation reports, official journals, etc.
     
    The reference covers the gamut of military units including engineers. Yes you read that right - engineer units! We are not forgotten.
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    John Cherry reacted to Walt's Daughter in RESEARCH ASSISTANCE - PLEASE READ FIRST!!!!   
    Another great resource which can be found on Army Engineer Association's site. This is a list of which contains engineer unit links for:
     
    active and reserve | alumni | training | others
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    John Cherry reacted to Walt's Daughter in RESEARCH ASSISTANCE - PLEASE READ FIRST!!!!   
    Many, many thanks to Norm Richards, a researcher that I hired to obtain any morning reports from NARA in St Louis, MO. These specific reports are related to my father, Walter, and his time spent in the ETO during WWII. Yesterday, Norm wrote to me with great news; he found 38 morning reports! So happy, so delighted, so thrilled.

    Many thanks to Jenny Lasala, for turning me onto him. And many thanks to Mike Mikel Shilling, for telling me so many great things about Norm and his qualifications.

    It was well worth the money I spent, for I had been wanting to do this for over a decade. Some day would like to get all the morning reports for the unit, but that's a HUGE expenditure. I believe I will have to do a Go Fund me campaign in the near future, to see where it leads.

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    John Cherry reacted to Walt's Daughter in Cape Cod Military Museum   
    Dear Jack:  Once again you have made my day, oh heck my week! I read your review twice and then read it out loud to my husband. All I can say is thank you and you are very welcome. It was a complete labor of love, done on a very small budget and took over a year to complete in my home office. May I use your review on my site, etc? I would be honored.
    I am receiving financial backing this year, in order to complete the documentary, so am quite thrilled and excited about the prospects. It has sat in limbo for far too long.
    Would love to visit your museum one day and will look forward to it.
    Kindly,
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    John Cherry reacted to Walt's Daughter in Cape Cod Military Museum   
    You have also made my day. I look forward to hearing from you after you have had a chance to digest all the info. Hope you are feeling better. :-)
     
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    John Cherry got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in Cape Cod Military Museum   
    Oh My Gosh! Where do I start to thank you for all of this information! I had both eyes dilated this afternoon and then had eye surgery at 4 PM. So, things are a bit blurry right now. I am VERY excited to go through all of the postings that you put up here. Tomorrow, I will be up early to dive into this information. I purchased your DVD. I also tried to call you using the number,which didn't go through. (Not a problem).I am so energized by these postings. I also have some ideas about utilizing your production company in the future. I will post more, very soon, re things that I have found and what you have posted here. Again, Thank you very much!
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    John Cherry got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in Cape Cod Military Museum   
    Hello Marion,
    I received my copy of "No Bridge too far", in today's mail. I just finished viewing it a few minutes ago and have one word to describe it. MAGNIFICENT! You are totally amazing. All of your work in assembling every detail has my darn near speechless.
    I spent most of today in Fall River, MA at Battleship Cove. They have an LCM there on shore that I went onto and took several photos of. The LCM (Landing Craft Mechanized) was what the Amphibious Engineers used to transport Tanks or Trucks to shore from the transports. They were also used with the early Landing Craft Personnel (LCP) and the Landing Craft Personnel Ramp (LCP-R of LCPR) that preceded the Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel (LCVP) that were built by the Higgins Boat Company in New Orleans, as well as many other boatyards all over the USA. We have a WWII DUKW Amphibious Truck at our Museum and they have one as well. I made some really good contacts there, which I will be working with, on future projects, beneficial to both Battleship Cove and the Cape Cod Military Museum. I have been going over all of the links that you posted here for me and cannot thank you enough. You have put faces and identities to the brave men like you Father, that trained and served overseas during WWII. As you know, many people today do not know of the Engineers pr their service. Like you, I see it as my mission to help to educate people as to the service and sacrifices that men like your Father made during WWII. Their story needs to be promoted as you know. I can't wait to see your next installment of their story and look forward to contributing to it in any and all ways that I can. Thank you again,
    Jack
     
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    John Cherry got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in Camp Edwards 1940-1945   
    I certainly meant no disrespect. I understood that this was an older post but, thought that I could contribute an "update" on the status of "Joint Base" Cape Cod, as it is now known as.
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    John Cherry got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in Camp Edwards 1940-1945   
    With all due respect, Camp Edwards STILL exists. US Army National Guard training is still done there.  There is a Mock Village that is used for training as well a a Forward Operating Base (FOB) located there as well. In regards to the Jets having to come from NJ is concerned, the Otis ANG F-15's were moved to Barnes Field in Western MA, where they continue to provide coverage for New England and New York. The ANG still has a sizeable presence on the base. There is an "Open House" held every other year. The next one will be during the year 2019.
     
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    John Cherry got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in WW1 - Tribute to the Escadrille (Squadron) Lafayette - American-French Heroes   
    There are two Lafayette Escadrille Pilots buried in Bourne, Massachusetts. I will post more on them as I uncover their information.
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    John Cherry got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in Cape Cod Military Museum   
    Hello,
    My name is John (Jack) Cherry. I am an unofficial Internet sleuth for the Cape Cod Military Museum, I am disabled and spend a lot of my time tracking down the Military History of Cape Cod. One of focal points is the Engineer Amphibious Command formed at Camp Edwards, on 15 June 1942. We are in search of accounts, photographs and memories of any and all of those that spent time on Cape Cod, as part of their Military service, in this or any other Commands here. In my short time here as a member, I have found a lot of material and am very thankful to M-1 for accepting me as a member and providing a great site to utilize in my search for information.
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    John Cherry got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in Cape Cod Military Museum   
    Hello Marion.
    I am most appreciative of anything that you may find to assist me in this endeavor! You have really done a Yeoman's work in bringing the History of the Engineers in WWII. Your Father's Service Hostry is very interesting, just as your story of how you explored your Fathers Service is..
    Many Thanks,
    Jack
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    John Cherry got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in Cape Cod Military Museum   
    Hello,
    My name is John (Jack) Cherry. I am an unofficial Internet sleuth for the Cape Cod Military Museum, I am disabled and spend a lot of my time tracking down the Military History of Cape Cod. One of focal points is the Engineer Amphibious Command formed at Camp Edwards, on 15 June 1942. We are in search of accounts, photographs and memories of any and all of those that spent time on Cape Cod, as part of their Military service, in this or any other Commands here. In my short time here as a member, I have found a lot of material and am very thankful to M-1 for accepting me as a member and providing a great site to utilize in my search for information.
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