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    Camp Butner NC engineer units. Trying to research

    Good morning, It's been a while since I've posted but wanted to provide an update on the museum progress. We are certainly running strong and never seem to slow down! The last weekend of April saw 20 volunteers from a local metal detecting club assist us with finding new artifacts for the museum. We spent the entire day in two locations and when we were done, 18 more dog tags were discovered. After researching the owners, I found the units for about half of them. Of those, 1 belonged to the 1019th Engineer Treadway Bridge Company, 1 was with the 31st Engineer Combat Bn, and 1 with the 281st Engineer Combat Bn. We already have 3 dog tags in the archives of soldiers from the 60th Engineer Cbt Bn (35th ID) and 1 from the 314th (89th ID). I haven't found much for rosters since my post in December but I did just find the 31st Eng Cbt Bn. I am converting it from a pdf to a searchable excel document like I am doing with all our rosters. For each battalion sized roster converted, it takes at least 6 hours of work to correct any OCR errors. So if anyone has a battalion yearbook that has a roster in the back (and they were at Camp Butner) we would be very interested in quality scans of those pages and would be happy to share the completed excel file! Mike
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    Camp Butner NC engineer units. Trying to research

    Oh awesome! In a brief search I discovered a discussion from last year about a couple members donating 292nd yard longs to our museum! They both hang proudly and I will have to get a picture of them on display the next time I'm up there.
  3. Hello, I just posted my introduction in another thread but I should mention a little here too. I am the curator for the Camp Butner Society and Museum in Butner, North Carolina. I am hoping to locate any histories, digital PDF yearbooks and/or rosters from the engineer units that were at the camp. We are lucky that we have the original quartermaster's log in which he noted all the units that came through which as far as we know, is complete. The other reason I am hoping to find rosters is because of something very special to us. In the museum we have a little over 800 identified dog tags that have been dug up over the years at the camp. I have cataloged every one and there are 19 soldiers that were killed in action. In the database, I am trying to determine which units each soldier was in and I currently have 30-40% confirmed. It is the smaller units that are hard to determine so rosters would be VERY helpful. These are the engineer units that were at Camp Butner. Some might have been here for inactivation after the war but not positive which ones as I write this post. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. I can be contacted through here, at butner.museum@gmail.com or our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CampButnerSociety Thanks so much! Michael 60th Engineer Bn (35th Infantry Div) 303rd Engineer Bn (78th Infantry Div) 314th Engineer Cbt Bn (89th Infantry Div) 1133rd Engineer HQ and HQ Co 1135th Engineer (Com) Group 1144th Engineers 1318th Engineer Regt 1318th Engineer Regt (GS) 1319th Engineer Regt (GS) 1324th Engineer cadre 1489th Engineer Maint Co 1556th Engineer Cbt Co 1564th Engineer DT Co 1699th Engineer Bn 281st Engineers 282nd Engineers 283rd Engineers 31st Engineer C Bn 389th Engineer Regt (GS) 414th Engineer Dump Truck Co. 500th Engineers LP Co. 602nd Engineer Cam. Bn. 632nd Engineer Co. 762nd Engineer LE Co 764th Engineer Dump Truck Co. 765th Engineer Dump Truck Co. 770th Engineer Dump Truck Co. 972nd Engineer Co. HQ 1112th Engineer Group
  4. Hello everyone, I am happy for my recent addition to the forums. My name is Michael Mercier and I am the curator for the Camp Butner Society and Museum in Butner, North Carolina. The camp was only in operation from 1942 to 1947 but in the first three years saw an estimated 50,000 soldiers come through for training. Now streets that were once lined with barracks, mess halls and admin buildings have houses and businesses. Our society has been around for about four years and the hardest part about starting a museum so long after the end of the war is not only finding decent, relevant displays for the museum but conducting research on the numerous units and soldiers that spent time here. We are lucky that we have the original post quartermaster’s log that he listed all the units that came to the camp and noted when they left and among them were numerous engineer units (that I will post about in a different thread). The museum is the least we can do to honor and remember the soldiers, civilians and even prisoners of war who called Camp Butner home. We are temporarily located in a side room of the camp’s original sports arena that was built in 1942 until we can raise the funds to restore our permanent building. Please visit our official Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CampButnerSociety Thanks so much! Michael
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