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    SonofaMP got a reaction from Cynthia Sandor in Reading & Understanding the WWII Discharge Document   
    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
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    SonofaMP got a reaction from Cynthia Sandor in Reading & Understanding the WWII Discharge Document   
    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
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    SonofaMP got a reaction from Beazie Maurin in Fifth Army history.   
    The US Fifth Army was activated on this date, 5 Jan 1943.
     
    Part One of Fifth Army History can be seen here:
    Fifth Army history. Part I, from activation to the fall of Naples.
     
    This .pdf file, ANNEX NUMBER ONE Letters and Orders of Activation , conyains the activation letters & troop assignments:
     
    http___cgsc.cdmhost.com_cgi_bin_showfile.pdf
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    SonofaMP got a reaction from parker in Operation Dragoon order of battle   
    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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    SonofaMP got a reaction from chefjuke in World War II's Army Eng Fire Fighting Platoons   
    Hi Pat, one number is all i need. Here is the chronological locations of APO 887:
    APO 887
    London, England, 15 April 1942 - 1 Sept 1944
    Valognes, France, 1 Sept 1944 - 16 Sept 1944
    Paris, France, 16 Sept 1944 - 27 March 1947
    Liege, Belgium, 27 March 1947 - 28 March 1947
    ceased operation 28 March 1947
     
    The letter he recieved from your grandmother was sent to Paris.
    Valognes is a commune in the Manche department in Normandy in north-western France.
    It lies on the Merderet river, 20 km (12 mi) southeast of Cherbourg.
     
    After D-Day the platoon was most likey first under command of "ADSEC" (Advance Section, Communications Zone) until tranfrred to the permanent Base Section in Paris. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADSEC
     
    If he was stationed in or near Paris, the platoon was most likely under command of the Seine Section which arrived in Paris 25 August 1944.
    http://www.lonesentry.com/unithistory/seine/
     
    There are some records availible for these Base sections but it will take awhile to locate & go through them.
    Larry
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    SonofaMP got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in Looking for PFC Allan J. Mulgrew 1175th Engineer Combat Group   
    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."
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    SonofaMP got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in 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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    SonofaMP got a reaction from colinhotham in Happy Birthday to Roque Riojas   
    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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    SonofaMP got a reaction from caleb610 in 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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    SonofaMP reacted to Walt's Daughter in Putting members together - Happy Father's Day!   
    Just wanted to drop in and say how pleased I am to see the forum continue to grow. We've had dozens up folks sign up for membership this year, including a few WWII veterans. Wonderful!
     
    Pleased to report we have put a few veterans back together this year and in fact, just heard from a member of the 1251st, and added his name to that group this morning. Sent out a notice to the other six members of that email list and one of them is also a veteran. Can't wait to see what transpires. Days like this make me feel so good.
     
    While I'm here, Happy Father's Day to every veteran and every member of this group. A big heavenly hug sent upward to my dad. Love and miss you! Always, your little girl.
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    SonofaMP got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in STATUS: Died as Prisoner of War, Not Above Cases   
    Hi Paul, NARA`s records of POWs does not give all the codes before code 5: DIED AS PRISONER OF WAR. NOT ABOVE CASES. The only code before #5 is code #4:
    4. EXECUTED, DIED IN SHIP'S SINKING OR RESULT OF SHIP SINKING. SHOT WHILE ATTEMPTING ESCAPE
     
    "Not Above Cases would mean the death was not from one of the cases shown in code 4.
    Usualy code 5 was for those who died of wounds at a pow camp, camp hospital or german military hospital. Most of these men were wounded in a battle when they were captured.
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    SonofaMP got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in Camp near Siegberg Germany?   
    After all these years i finally got 1 right.
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    SonofaMP got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in S.Sgt John J. Walkonis, Co. "C" of the 36th combat Engineers WWII   
    For details on his death and burial, you will need to obtain his I.D.P.F. ( Individual Deceaced Personel File ).
    i reccommend that your grandmother, being next of kin, request the file & sign the letter.
     
     
    Requesting an I.D.P.F. , Individual Deceaced Personel File
    Write a letter
    Include the text:
    Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby make a request for the Individual Deceased Personnel File for (Enter the name of the serviceman or woman). (Enter the name) died or was killed-in-action while serving in the military during (Enter the name of the War).
     
    Provide as much of the following information as is known:
    •Full name:
    •Military service (serial) number:
    •Entered Service From:
    •Branch of the service:
    •Division, unit information:
    •Date and place of birth:
    •Date and place of death:
    •Relationship to the deceased:
     
    Send your letter of request to one of the following addresses:
     
    Department of the Army
    US Army Human Resource Command
    ATTN: AHRC-FOIA
    1600 Spearhead Division Avenue Dept. 107
    Fort Knox KY 40122-5504
     
    ( Fort Knox is the reccomended adress)
     
     
    Or Send your letter of request to:
    US Army
    Human Resources Command
    Attn: AHRC-PAO(FOIA), Room 7S65
    200 Stovall Street
    Alexandria, VA 22331-0400
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    SonofaMP got a reaction from MARNE in MARNE's Back!!! :D   
    Welcome back Marne, we always miss our MIA`s.
    Just in time too, we have a recent post about the bridge in Hiedelburg. Do you have info on the 3rd Inf there about 29 March 1945?
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    SonofaMP got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in 21st and 824th Engineer battalions   
    back to the mystery object
    Judging by the men in the photo, i`d say its about a 5ft x 6ft oval, looks to be cast concrete.
    My guesses:
     
    1. some kind of decoritive mottif that got blown off a building
     
    2. a well cover
     
    3. they discovered the secret entrance to a Foo - Fighter base and they lassooed a FOO.
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    SonofaMP got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in World War II's Army Eng Fire Fighting Platoons   
    There was a huge engineer depot in Gennevilliers, northwest Paris known as E 508A & E 508B. It was located in the present day Port of Paris. This would have been an installation covered by the Fire Fighting Platoons and sections would definitly would be stationed there. It doesnt look to far from where the 1222d was stationed in Montmartre so they problably have been called to go there.
     

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    SonofaMP got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in World War II's Army Eng Fire Fighting Platoons   
    Well, i found 1 location for the 1222EFFP in the U.S. Forces Paris Telephone Directory dated 5 April 1945.
    They were stationed on Linas (street name?), Montmarte, Paris. which is the old art district in north paris.
     

     
     
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montmartre
     
    The unit Lineage is from the 15th Engineer Company
    http://www.history.army.mil/html/forcestruc/lineages/branches/eng/0015enco.htm
     
    15th Engineer Company Lineage
    Constituted 5 May 1943 in the Army of the United States as the 1222d Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon
    Activated 15 July 1943 at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana
    Inactivated 8 May 1946 in France
    Activated 30 June 1946 in Japan
    Redesignated 30 June 1947 as the 538th Engineer Fire Fighting Platoon
    Reorganized and redesignated 5 December 1947 as the 538th Engineer Fire Fighting Company
    Redesignated 31 December 1947 as the 15th Engineer Fire Fighting Company
    Inactivated 15 September 1948 in Japan
    Campaign Participation Credit: World War II: Northern France
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    SonofaMP got a reaction from Christoph in 312th Engineer Combat Battalion, 87th Infantry Division   
    Thanks Jean, i`ve been sort of following your Siegborg thread but havent had much time to do any research on it. You`ve been in good hands with Christoph, he`s been a great contributor to the forum. If there`s anything you still need let me know, i`ll be happy to see what i can find for you.
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    SonofaMP got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in 21st and 824th Engineer battalions   
    Just post the photo in this tread, we love mysteries.
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    SonofaMP got a reaction from Christoph in 312th Engineer Combat Battalion, 87th Infantry Division   
    Thanks Jean, i`ve been sort of following your Siegborg thread but havent had much time to do any research on it. You`ve been in good hands with Christoph, he`s been a great contributor to the forum. If there`s anything you still need let me know, i`ll be happy to see what i can find for you.
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    SonofaMP got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in Attention veterans who fought - Tinian or Saipan   
    I`m not finding anything on Capt. Martin Tommer that put him in any unit. 8 out of 10 times just googling the name will bring up narative of a unit mentioning his name, this time i get zilch.
    According to the book, " United States Army in World War II, The Technical Services, The Corps of Engineers: The War Against Japan" by Karl C. Dod,
     
    The bulk of the airfield work on Saipan was done by the Engineer Aviation Battalions under the 1176th Constuction Group.
    The 804th Engineer Aviation Bn. started landing June 20th, D+5 and replaced a Seabee unit repairing the Japanese airfield.
    The 805th Engineer Aviation Bn, landed in late June, ( no date given).
    Units under the 1176th Construction Group were: 804th, 805th, 806th, 1878th, and 1894th Engineer Aviation Battalions.
     
    I dont like to guess but the 804th EAB might be the best possibility for his unit. Hopefully you can obtain his discharge documents so we can get the facts. Keep in mind that he may have been in more than one unit, for example if he remained in the service after the war and his unit was inactivated, he would have been transferred to another unit.
    I see he has a government issued headstone, so the funeral home should have a copy of military file.
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    SonofaMP got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in 312th Engineer Combat Battalion, 87th Infantry Division   
    Hi Rick, i see you are also looking for the other Thomas Durham who entered service from Arkansas.
    Thomas Hansford Durham, Aviation Ordinanceman 3, U.S. Navy Serial No. 3470989.
    Thomas was born abt 1925 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the son of James Luther Durham & Bessie Durham.
    1930 census shows family living in Tulsa, OK.; 1940 shows family living in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
    He may have entered service from Arkansa but his records reference home address as Tulsa, OK.
    There seems to be a conflict on his date of death, The ABMC Memorial date of 18 January 1945 is incorrect.
    Its not the first time we`ve found an incorrect date at ABMC.
    The Defence Prisoner of War / Missing Personnel Office record list gives date of death/ missing as 17 January 1944.
    http://www.dtic.mil/...rts/nav_m_d.htm
    DURHAM, THOMAS H , 3470989, USN, AOM3, 01/17/1944
     
    From the war diary of Fleet Air Wing Four, based in the Aleutians, Thomas was a crew member on Catilina, No 34018, that reported on 17 January 1944 that it was having mechanical trouble while on patrol in the western Aleutians. The plane had not been found after a thorough four day search by air and surface craft.
     
    Another Arkansas boy that may be on your list, Franklin E. Fehr, Aviation Machinist's Mate, Third Class, U.S. Navy, Service # 6303485, from Watson, AR., was on the same plane.
     

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    SonofaMP got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in 312th Engineer Combat Battalion, 87th Infantry Division   
    Pfc. Thomas S. Durham was in Company A, 312th Engineer Combat Bn., 87th In Div.
    Roster of Co A: Durham, Thomas S. Pfc. Rt. 4, Charleston, Ark. KIA 11 Jan 1945, Purple Heart.
    Company A, 312th ECB was part of the 345th Infantry Regiment Combat Team.
    On 10 January 1945, 3rd Battalion, 345th, was attacking Tillet, Belgium, Company A, 312th, joined A & P platoon building supply road through the forest to the front line troops, On January 11, 3rd Bn, 345th was in Tillet, Belgium.
     
    Unit Histories of the 312th EECB & 345th Infantry Regiment , & the 87th Dinf Div can be downloaded here:
    http://www.87thinfan...Book/index.html
     
    Pfc Thomas S. Durham was buried in the temporary cemetery, Grand Failly Cemetery
    Section F, Row 6, Grave 139
    www.grand-failly.eu/lougneau/Grand_Failly_Book2.pdf
    All Graves were relocated in 1948 & 1949.
    Buried at: Plot E Row 16 Grave 56
    Luxembourg American Cemetery
    Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
     
    His enlistment record is not available, and he isnt showing up in census records for Franklin County ,Ar.
    will have to do more looking for family.
     
    Larry
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    SonofaMP got a reaction from chefjuke in World War II's Army Eng Fire Fighting Platoons   
    Hi Pat, welcome to the forum.
    Records for the Firefighting Platoons are mostly non existant, especialy for those units that were in Northern France. Most often the platoons would be under command of the Engineer Section of one of the Service Force Base Sections. Sometimes a numbered platoon will be found in a troop list of a Base Section if the list is included in the availible records. In thousands of pages of a Base Section histories, there will just be a mention like '1 section sent to depot' or '1 platoon assigned to port area' with no mention of the unit number. So it`s very hard to even find where a unit was.
    But there may be another way to find where your dad was. In your post you mention letters your dad recieved. Do you have any letters he sent or recieved when he was in France? If you do, look for APO numbers in the addresses or on envelopes. We might be able to find where that Army Post Office was located.
    The attached page is the ENTIRE firefighting plan in the Engineer Plan for Operation Neptune, the Normandy Invasion. It shows you the typical mentions of the FF Platoons.
     
    Neptune Fire Fighting Plan0001.pdf
     
    6 sections, probably about 40 men for the whole invasion force.
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    SonofaMP got a reaction from chefjuke in World War II's Army Eng Fire Fighting Platoons   
    Hi Pat, welcome to the forum.
    Records for the Firefighting Platoons are mostly non existant, especialy for those units that were in Northern France. Most often the platoons would be under command of the Engineer Section of one of the Service Force Base Sections. Sometimes a numbered platoon will be found in a troop list of a Base Section if the list is included in the availible records. In thousands of pages of a Base Section histories, there will just be a mention like '1 section sent to depot' or '1 platoon assigned to port area' with no mention of the unit number. So it`s very hard to even find where a unit was.
    But there may be another way to find where your dad was. In your post you mention letters your dad recieved. Do you have any letters he sent or recieved when he was in France? If you do, look for APO numbers in the addresses or on envelopes. We might be able to find where that Army Post Office was located.
    The attached page is the ENTIRE firefighting plan in the Engineer Plan for Operation Neptune, the Normandy Invasion. It shows you the typical mentions of the FF Platoons.
     
    Neptune Fire Fighting Plan0001.pdf
     
    6 sections, probably about 40 men for the whole invasion force.
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