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  1. Guestbook Entry from Dean R. Kahler "My Father was in the 174 Combat Engineer in WWII. Leyte Island invasion and Okinawa invasion. I can not find any information about them anywhere. Could you help me?" The 174th Engineer Combat Battalion was assigned to the XXIV CORPS. Assault Credit Leyte, 20-22 Oct 44, WD GO 109-46 Assault Credit Okinawa, 1 April 45, DA GO 37-50 Occupation Okinawa, 15 Sept - 14 Nov 45 Occupation Korea 15 Nov 45 - 20 Feb 46 sailed aboard USS Sea Flasher from US to Hawaii landed on Leyte aboard USS Simon Bolivar I`ll have to check records of the Leyte operation to see if the is any mention of who they were attached to. For the Okinawa landings, the 174thECB was under the 1122 Engineer Group, and attached to the 96th Infantry Div for the landing US 10th Army (Okinawa) April 1945 XXIV CORPS: Lt. General Hodge 96TH DIVISION Attached as of L Day HQ & HQ Company, 1122nd Engineer Combat Group 170th Engineer Combat Battalion 173rd Engineer Combat Battalion 174th Engineer Combat Battalion 2nd Platoon, 1088th Engineer Depot Company When the war ended the 174thECB went to Korea, landed at Inchon went in LST to Pusan. Veterans History Project Interview with Victor Selinsky, member of Co C, 174th ECB http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/vhp-stories/loc.natlib.afc2001001.15293/ Unit records may be obtained from the National Archives in College Park MD, or from the Eisenhower Library in Abiline, KS.
  2. A WWII veterans discharge document is the best source for learning the facts of his time in service. When starting your research on a WWII veteran, the discharge document is the first thing you should obtain. See "Locating & Obtaining a copy of a WWII Veterans Discharge Document" in another post in this thread section. One important point i must make concerns an old adage: ' Things May Not Be What They Seem' The unit shown in Box 6 is a common source of confusion for some people starting their research. The unit shown in Box 6 may NOT be the unit the veteran served in during his or her entire time of service, but may only be the LAST unit he/ she was assigned to and discharged from. For example, many men in the Army Air Corp who flew on bomber crews have an Army Air Forces Base unit ( xxx AAF Base Unit) listed in Box 6. Thousands of high point infantrymen in Europe whose divisions were being redployed to the Pacific or staying for Occupation Duty were transferred to other units to be shipped home and this 2nd unit will be the one shown in Box 6. This help document is a little lengthy so i put it in a .pdf Reading & Understanding the WWII Discharge Document.pdf
  3. The OB for the Invasion of Southern France at a couple of sites. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Dragoon_order_of_battle This page has the same list but looks like it has translators for different languages. Operation Dragoon order of battle
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    Question !

    Me thinks your a little too young to be in this pic.
  5. The 342nd Engineer General Service Regiment was activated in April of 1942 at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana and sailed from New York to England in July 1942. Arrived In France at Omaha Beach 12 June 1944. On the 17th June they repaired the rail line north of Carentan then assisted in thr repair & reconstruction of the port of Cherbourg. Later the regiment played a major role in the completion of the Cherbourg to Paris Railroad. The regiment also served in the Ardennes ? Alcase and Rhineland campaigns. There is a book of the unit history, but you may have to search used book sellers to find a copy or do a WorldCat search to find it in a library. A History of the 342nd Engineer Regiment (General Service), United States Army Reserve, 1921-1948 United States. Army. 342d Engineers, Charles Harvey Roe, 1958
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    Update

    I`m still recovering from my 4th heart attack and have continuing upper resperatory problems. There`s been more bad days than good days and the colder weather isnt helping. Spending most of of my time on delayed major remodeling project that needs to be finished before the roof gets reshingled. So i`m still here, still breathin (sorta) & will try to get back doing research in the near future. Larry
  7. Hi Brian, the 1175th Engineer Combat Group was organized about 1 January 1945 by the Delta Base Section at Marsielle, France from disbanded Anti Aircraft Battalions. It`s most likely your grandfather was first with one of the disbanded units from `42 until reassignment to the 1175th. From the records of Delta Base Section: "The 1175th Engineer Combat Group with the 367th, 369th, and 370th Engineer Combat Battalions were activated from the the 106th AAA Headquaters Group: 406th, 215th, and 74th AAA Gun Battalions and a cadre from 7th Army. A twelve (12) week training was started 8 January 1945. The training program is designed to provide units with Combat Engineer Training in preparation for an operational role as Combat Engineers."
  8. Wow, we are a little behind here. I want to wish our own proud veteran of the 135th Regiment, 34th Infantry Division, Roque Riojas, a very special birthday greeting. Thank you for your service & your continuing service for your fellow veterans.
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    Camp near Siegberg Germany?

    I got the Missing Air Crew Report for Steve Pisar, i`ll send it to you when i get the pages assembled into a .pdf He was a crew chief on a C -47, shot down 23 Dec 1944 on the resupply drop to Bastogne.
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    Camp near Siegberg Germany?

    Just a quick note, research on this topic is continuing, just waiting for Jean to catch up and hopefully hear from some more veterans we are trying to contact.
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    Happy Bdays to SonofaMP, Barbara P and John R

    Belatedly thank you all for the birthday wishes & kind words. Hey Todd, thanks for the photo of uncle Hoppy! ( actualy 17th cuzin, 14 x removed on wife`s side of da family )
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    Looking for John Clemont Drimala (sp.)

    Hi Michele, we would like to send your grandfather a Thank You for his service to our country. I find nothing on a John Clemont Drimala using that spelling. Not sure if this who your looking for but there was a Clemont John Drymala, b. 1924 from Baltimore , Maryland, ASN: 33736403. Unfortunately Mr Drymala passed away August 28, 2008. Clement J. Drymala Obituary: View Clement Drymala's Obituary by Baltimore Sun http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/baltimoresun/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=116636883#fbLoggedOut
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    3044th QM GR Co

    Hi Caleb, welcome to the forum. I trying to contact a source that may have the records for the 3044th, so please bear with us. There are some mentions of the unit and a great deal of the GRS operations in the Med Theater in the book: The United States Army in World War II, The Technical Services, The Quartermaster Corps: Operations in the war against Germany by William F. Foss and Charles F. Romanus You can download a copy at: http://archive.org/details/quartermastercor00ross or at: http://www.history.army.mil/html/books/010/10-15/
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    First ponton across the river in Heidelberg

    To find who built the other bridges and when they were built, we`d have to obtain records for the XXI Corps and maybe the XV Corps and it looks like the 1150 Engineer Combat Group that was in support of 44th Infantry Div in Mannheim & then the 63rd Inf Div after march 28/29. The 263rd Engineer C Bn, organic to the 63rd Inf Div did not build any of the bridges across the Nekar before 1 April. There were 2 infantry foot bridges & a Ferry at Landenburg. The ferry was operated by the 289th Eng Combat Bn. In the operations reports of the 263rd Eng, an M2 Treadway bridge was completed at 2400 hrs 29/30 March but does not give its location, but it would have Mannheim or near Landenberg, not Heidelburg. The first and only bridge that i can find built on or before 1 April in Heidelburg itself was the Class 40 reinforced Heavy Ponton built by Co B, 555th EHPB.
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    Camp near Siegberg Germany?

    Since that entire book is available online for free you vant to buy it? another book that might be helpful is " Memoirs of Edwin P. Parker " by the Commander of the 78th Div. not available on amazon.com but is on a couple of booksellers: http://www.abebooks.com/Memoirs-Edwin-P-Parker-P-Author/1353217826/bd http://www.antiqbook.com/books/bookinfo.phtml?nr=1263087154&l=en&seller=ver
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    Camp near Siegberg Germany?

    From what we know so far, your dad & Guidry entered the 78th division line on the morning of 21 March 1945 contacting some guys in a jeep. The Sieg River was designated by General Bradley as the northern limit of the Remagan bridgehead. On 13 March the 78th`s line had reached Honnef, about 4 miles from the Sieg. The 78th reached the Sieg River ON the 21st establishing their line from the Rhine eastward to the autobahn. The north side of the Sieg was well defended by the germans so there would have no patrols across the Sieg and the units of the 78th would not have been close to the river in sight of german artillery, but back maybe half a mile to a mile from the river. So for them to see a jeep, they had to have crossed the Sieg. Wherever the farmhouse was, north or south of the Sieg, the farmer knew the american armies were coming soon and figured it was in their best interest to help the escapees. http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-E-Last/USA-E-Last-11.html
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    Camp near Siegberg Germany?

    This is what a VI G POW number tag looks like
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    Camp near Siegberg Germany?

    List of Buettner`s missions
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    Camp near Siegberg Germany?

    The first 3 airmen that were at the Abby in Siegburg: SSgt. Lester E. Hix TSgt Frank C. Buettner SSgt. John A. Potsklan They were part of the crew on B-24H-15-FO, Serial Number: 42-52507, “MISS JUDY” 789th Bomb Sqdn, 467th Bomb Group, 2nd Air (Bombardment) Division, 8th Air Force. Plane was shot down 14 October 1944, on a mission to Cologne, crew bailed out over the western font lines. Apparantly all 3 went to transit camp Dulag Luft West then to Stalag Luft IV after leaving Siegburg. MACR#9489 Group Mission No.119 14th October 1944 Target: Marshalling yards, Cologne, Ger. Mission Narrative from the notes of Jim Pippenger, pilot in the 789th, along with observations from Sgt. James F. Brock, in charge of gunnery on Pippenger’s crew, and input from Phillip Day, pilot & group historian. “Another mission made up of 1100 planes. Our bomb load was mixed. Sixteen 250 lb GP plus four 500 lb incendiaries. We had German fighters trying to be effective, but they had trouble getting into a position to be able to make a real effective pass. The flak was intense and we sustained considerable damage on 14 of our 32 planes. The most problematic [aspect] of this mission was to get the formation together. From take-off we flew in a continuous overcast to 20,000 ft in order to find some blue. Was much to long in the air just to get to Cologne. We MADE it.” Details of Aircraft Loss B-24H-15-FO 42-52507 “MISS JUDY” 789th Sqdn Ship suffered engine fire and severe vibration. Crew abandoned ship near the front-line in western Germany. Two crew received shot wounds. Pilot rumored to have been shot and killed while hanging from a tree in his parachute. Remarks: Ship suffered engine fire and severe vibration. Crew abandoned ship near the front-line in western Germany. Two crew received shot wounds, Pilot rumoured to have been shot and killed while hanging from a tree in his parachute.Pilot was KIA, nine other crew made POW were, 2nd Lt. Ervin R. Estes (Co-pilot), 2nd Lt. Ben A. Bereskin (Navigator), T/Sgt. Frank C. Buettner (Eng.), S/Sgt. Elmer J. Barndt (Gunner), T/Sgt. Gerald L. Pucillo (Radio-oper.), S/Sgt. John A. Potsklan (Gunner), S/Sgt. Lester E. Hix (Nose-Gunner), Dominick J. Cerrito (Ball Turret Gunner), Cpl. Ralph C. Donovan (Tail Gunner).
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    Camp near Siegberg Germany?

    Christoph, Jean was asking if there were any men from the 106th Infantry Division at the hospital in Siegborg. The answer is no. We have not found anyone yet from the 106th or their regiments. By doing a NARA POW record seach just using parent Unit Number: 0106, the list shows alot of the enlisted men at camp: 006, Stalag 4B Muhlberg Sachsen 51-13. No doubt many of them must have passed through Bonn after being captured in the BOB.
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    Camp near Siegberg Germany?

    From a quick look at the NARA POW records, it looks like alot of the 106th Inf Div went to Stalag IV B. working on records of 4 definite & 1 probable air crew men from 2 separate bombers that were at the Military Hospital, Siegburg. All 5 survived & came home.
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    Camp near Siegberg Germany?

    another win for the VI Corps Team in co-operation with the International Order of the Joyful Bunny
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    Camp near Siegberg Germany?

    Summary, Stolz list of 22 Americans buried in the civilian cemetery in Siegburg, Germany Siegburg Nordfriedhof Feld E 20 1. Sgt. John J. Culik, Jr., 36653803, Company A, 298th Combat Engineer Battalion POW# VI G - 13020, Died as Prisoner of War, camp: 349, Military Hospital Siegburg Date of death: 17 November 1944 Temporary Cemetery: 4650, Margraten Cemetery, Aachen, Holland Permanent Cemetery: 6100, Illinios, Burial: 1949, Evergreen Cemetery, B, Evergreen Park, IL, Cook County 2. Pvt. Dale J. Welsh, 36967800 Company K, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division POW# VI G - 13089, Died as Prisoner of War, Camp 011, Stalag 6G, Bonn Captured 13 November 1944 Date of Death 14 December 1944 Temporary cemetery: 4650, Margraten, Aachen, Holland Permanent cemetery: 6100, Illinios, Calvary Cemetery, Quincy, Adams County, Illinois, Plot: St. Joseph, Lot 282 3. 2d LT George E. Campbell, O -1057970, 28th Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division Death: Dec. 22, 1944, Died as Prisoner of War, Camp 349, Military Hospital Siegburg Captured 16 Dec 1944 Tempoary cemetery: 4650, Margraten Cemetery, Aachen, Holland Permanent cemetery: 5223, Camp Nelson National Cemetery, Nicholasville, KY. Section D Site 147 4. Pfc. Manuel M. Evaristo, 32765869, Company A, 393rd Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division Captured 21 December 1944 date of death: 22 December 1944, Died as Prisoner of War, camp: 011, Stalag 6G Bonn Temporary cemetery: 4650, Margraten, Aachen, Holland Permanent cemetery: 7944, Portugal, Cemiterio de Santo Antonio do Monte, Monte, Murtosa, Portugal 5. Pvt. Elbert Darnell Garrett, 39579290, 393 Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division Captured 26 December 1944 Death: 30 December 1944, Died as Prisoner of War, camp: 051, Stalag 6C Bathorn Munster Westfalen Prussia 52-07 Temporary cemetery: Margraten Cemetery, Aachen, Holland Permanent cemetery: 8700, Arkansas, Oakland Memorial Cemetery, Clarksville, Johnson County, Arkansas 6. Pvt. Roy Louis Westgate, Jr., 36676096, 774th Tank Battalion POW# VI G - 13152, Died as Prisoner of War, camp: 349, Military Hospital Siegburg Captured 10 December 1944, Died: 30 December 1944 Temporary cemetery: 1200, AGRS Mausoleum, Liege, Belgium Permanent cemetery: 1202, Neupre (Neuville-en-Condroz), Belgium ( Ardennes American Cemetery ) 7. Robert T, Geraghty, 20728245, Company A, 23rd Armoured Infantry Battalion, 7th Armored Division POW# VI G - 13022, Died as Prisoner of War, camp: 011, Stalag 6G Bonn Captured 29 October 1944 near Leisel, Holland Died 3 January 1945 at military hospital, Siegburg, Germany Temporary cemetery: 4650, Margraten Cemetery, Aachen, Holland Permanent cemetery: 7500, Missouri, Burial: 1949, Resurrection Cemetery, Affton, St. Louis County, Missouri, 8. 1st Lt. Philip C. Dryden, O-812956, 599th Bomber Squadron, 397th Bomber Group, Medium Died: 3 January 1945, Died as Prisoner of War, Stalag 6G Bonn Pilot, B - 26G - 1, 43 - 34159, Nickname: Hun, shot down 23 December 1944. MACR 11897 Temporary cemetery: 4650, Margraten Cemetery, Aachen, Holland Permanent cemetery: 4601, Margraten , Margraten, Holland ( Netherlands American ) 9. Pvt. Guy W. Wade, 39472161, Company K, 393rd Infantry Regiment, 99th Inf Div died 8 January 1945, Died as Prisoner of War, camp: 349 Military Hospital Siegburg wounded / captured area Elsenborn - Krinkelt, Belgium 19 December 1944 Temporary cemetery: 4650, Margraten Cemetery, Aachen, Holland Permanent cemetery: 6300, Wisconsin, burial: 1949, Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Hayward, Wisconsin 10. Sgt. Marvin C. Heiden, 37321413, Company D, 42nd Tank Battalion, 11th Armored Division POW# VI G - 13274, Died as Prisoner of War, camp: 011, Stalag 6G Bonn Died 6 February 1945, MIA / captured 1 January 1945 Temporary cemetery: 4650, Margraten, Aachen, Holland Permanent cemetery: North Dakota, Rosehill Cemetery, LaMoure, North Dakota 11. Pvt. Rueben Pepple, 37280381, 34th Tank Battalion 5th Armoured Division POW# VI G -13214, Died as Prisoner of War, camp: 011, Stalag 6G Bonn Died 18 January 1945 Captured 15 December 1944 Temporary cemetery: 4650, Margraten, Aachen, Holland Permanent cemetery: 4601, Margraten, (permanent cemetery), Margraten, Holland (Netherlands American Cemetery ) 12. Pvt. Clarence Mc Cauley, 33844012, 110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division Died 11 Feb 1945, Died as Prisoner of War, camp: 011, Stalag 6G Bonn captured 20 December 1944 Temporary cemetery: 4650: Margraten Cemetery, Aachen, Holland Permanent cemetery: 4601, Margraten (permanent cemetery), Margraten, Holland (Netherlands American Cemetery ) 13. Pvt. Arthur E. Spurlock, 38600561, 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division POW # VI G13044, Died as Prisoner of War, camp: 011, Stalag 6G Bonn Died: 12 February 45 Temporary cemetery: 4650, Margraten, Aachen, Holland Permanent cemetery:4601, Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Holland 14. Pvt Donald H. Wedel, 42116613, Company L, 134th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division Died 13 February 1945, Died as Prisoner of War, camp: 011, Stalag 6G Bonn Captured 30 December 1944 Permanent Burial: April 7, 1949, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Rochester, Monroe County, New York, Section NO17, Lot 7, Plot 1N 15. Pfc. Kenneth M. Lampton, 36871132, Company I, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division POW# VI G - 13267, Died as Prisoner of War, camp: 011, Stalag 6G Bonn Died 13 February 1945 Captured 18 December 1944 Temporary cemetery: 4650, Margraten Cemetery, Aachen, Holland Permanent cemetery: 6200, Michigan; burial: White Chapel Memorial Cemetery, Birmingham, Michigan 16. Sgt. Charles S. Mitchell, 31063368, unit not verified, poss: 550th Field Artillery Battalion or 550th AAA AW Bn Died as Prisoner of War, Not Above Cases, camp: 011, Stalag 6G Bonn Captured 4 January 1945 Temporary cemetery: 4650, Margraten Cemetery, Aachen, Holland Permanent cemetery: 2300, New York 17. Pvt. Lee M. Larkin, 35576331, Company C, 1st Platoon. 811th Tank Destroyer Battalion POW# VI G - 13665, Died as Prisoner of War, camp: 011, Stalag 6G Bonn Died: 20 February 1945 MIA: 17 December 1944; Temporary cemetery: 4650, Margraten Cemetery, Aachen, Holland Permanent Cemetery: Margraten (Permanent Cemetery), Margraten, Holland (Netherlands American Cemetery ) 18. T/Sgt. Marcus Abner, 06900557, Company B, 28th Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division POW#: VI G - 13125, Status: 4, Executed, Died in Ship's Sinking or Result of Ship Sinking, Shot While Attempting Escape camp: 011, Stalag 6G Bonn Cause of death: Kriegsverletzung ( Kopfschuss ) Kriegsverletzung, translated = wounded; Kopfschuss, translated - Headshot MIA 30 December 1944 Temporary cemetery: 4650, Margaten Cemetery, Aachen, Holland Permanent cemetery: 5200: Kentucky; Burial: Liberty Cemetery, Egypt, Jackson County, Kentucky 19. Cpl. Jefferson W. Pafford Jr., 34339905, Battery A, 589 Field Artillery Bn, 106th Infantry Division POW#: VI G - 13669, Died as Prisoner of War, Camp not given Died 21 February 1945 MIA 16 February 1945 Temporary cemetery: 4650, Margraten Cemetery, Aachen, Holland Permanent cemetery: 4500: Mississippi; Burial: Southern Memorial Park, Biloxi, Mississippi 20. Sgt. Howard B. Jenkins, 20313549, 109th Field Artillery Battalion, 28th Division Pow#: VI G - 132776, Died as Prisoner of War, camp: 011, Stalag 6G Bonn Died 23 Feb 1945 MIA 17 December 1944 Temporary cemetery: 4650, Margraten Cemetery, Aachen, Holland Permanent cemetery: 3200, Pennsylvania; Burial: Odd Fellows Cemetery, Danville, Montour County, Pennsylvania 21. Sgt. Edward G. Morlock Jr., 35129778, Company A, 9TH Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division POW#: VI G - 13670, Died as Prisoner of War, camp: 011, Stalag 6G Bonn Died 25 February 1945 MIA 23 January 1945 Temporary cemetry: 4650, Margraten Cemetry, Aachen, Holland Permanent cemetery: 3322, Arlington National Cemetery, Ft Meyer, Virginia Returned with WWII Dead Program from Margraten - Aachen - Holland Interment Date: 9 Feb 1949, Section 12 Site 8020 22. Sgt. Ed L. Barlow, 37007262, 16th Armored Field Artillery Battalion, 9th Armored Division Died as Prisoner of War, camp: 332, Hospital at Muenstierel Laz (Serves Stalag 6-G) Bonn Died 17 March 1945 MIA 17 March 1945 Temporary cemetery: 4650, Margraten Cemetery, Aachen, Holland Permanent Cemetery: Margraten (Permanent Cemetery), Margraten, Holland ( Netherlands American Cemetery ) Plot: H Row: 7 Grave: 2 If anyone needs full details on any of these men, let me know.
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    Camp near Siegberg Germany?

    The pilot of Lefever`s plane was Philip Dryden who died at the military hospital in Siegborg and is on the Stolz list of those buried at Siegburg Nordfriedhof Feld E 20 Nr 123
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    Happy Birthday Capt O

    Oboy! Party Time!!!! Happy Birthday Todd
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