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  1. Matt Malley

    343rd Engineer General Service Regiment

    Hi Marion and all, here's something cool - possibly the ship that my dad, (and some if not all?) of the 343rd sailed off to war on: (2 links) - please let me know if this looks accurate or not: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Argentina_(1929) http://moore-mccormack.com/SS-Argentina-1938/SS-Argentina-1938-Timeline.htm
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    343rd Engineer General Service Regiment

    Hi Marion and anyone who might be watching - here is some real gold - I saw that this memorial has been mentioned but I can't seem to get a photo to load. My childhood friend Mike Detwiler has been on this case for a few days and found a pic on Google of the 343rd Memorial in Nettlebed, (closer to Highmoor than Nettlebed proper). First here's a link to the spot on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/ApaohxDnjPT2 And a close-up of the memorial:
  3. Matt Malley

    343rd Engineer General Service Regiment

    Lol good to know I’m not alone!
  4. Matt Malley

    343rd Engineer General Service Regiment

    Got it thank you!!
  5. Matt Malley

    343rd Engineer General Service Regiment

    Just called one of your recommendations in VA thank you!! Looking at dad’s honorable discharge laminated card, it confusingly says “369 Engineer Combat Batalion”... different unit from the first one I found...so begins my quest down the rabbit hole - thank you for your awesome site Marion!!
  6. Matt Malley

    343rd Engineer General Service Regiment

    Wow!! Reading your dad's page right now and I am shocked at our similarities - "the box"!! That's what I'm going through now, at 55 years old, as we're getting my 90 year old mother ready to live with us and she's having me sort through the "treasure vs. trash" in her existing house where I grew up! You, and your site here are such a great resource Marion!! I tried getting dad's records from the St. Louis archives and you must know about this but in the 70's I believe, there was a fire or flood and letters M-Z (or something like that) were lost forever. Dad's records were one of them. So great to be connected here...reading the rest of your dad's page now....the foreign currency...and the Luger! Dad had one too...even the twitch or jump...PTST I think and dad had it too.
  7. Matt Malley

    343rd Engineer General Service Regiment

    Marion this is some serious gold! Is it a huge coincidence that you befriended this person from my dads regiment or are you just in touch with so many vets? I just missed this man by a couple of years. National treasures leaving us daily! Thank you for this - reading now.
  8. Matt Malley

    Happy To Be Here Thank You

    Lol I can relate. Raising three boys has taken up most of my brain. It was so easy being in a band when I had nothing else to worry about! I still love my classic rock though. My 18-year-old keeps trying to get me into new bands but I’m a bit of a dinosaur! It’s all about the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin etc. I got in on a little bit of co-writing on our catalog but not a lot. And writing is where most of the money is so lesson learned! Adam is credited with over 90% of the publishing on the catalog but he really was a good songwriter and we all believed in him. I envy a band like Fleetwood Mac though with three songwriters in the band. Or Crosby Stills and Nash or of course the Beatles. It was more of a team experience. Thing is, I’m not really a songwriter because when I do write something, it’s really hard and feels like pulling teeth. A true songwriter has a gift and once a week or so, Adam would play a little masterpiece on the piano like “A Long December” and we would hear the whole band in his piano and all come up with our own parts on our instruments. I have another friend like Adam but he’s happier flipping eggs in a café in Berkeley and he’s now in his mid-50s like me. A true musical genius who just didn’t have the urge to make a career out of it.
  9. Matt Malley

    Happy To Be Here Thank You

    Yes Adam definitely has a set of pipes! And he can occasionally write a song as well. We formed in Berkeley in ‘90 so I got in at the beginning. It was a great run due mostly to good timing, management etc. We were well aware that there were plenty of other bands as good or better than we were but we got lucky!
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    Happy To Be Here Thank You

    Excellent - you can't go wrong with a P! I had a '64 that I sold...still kicking myself for that.
  11. Matt Malley

    343rd Engineer General Service Regiment

    This is excellent thank you Marion!
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    Happy To Be Here Thank You

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    Happy To Be Here Thank You

  14. Matt Malley

    343rd Engineer General Service Regiment

    Hi everyone I'm new here and this is my 2nd post. My dad, a WW2 vet passed away in '03 and I'm trying to connect some dots about where he was during the war. Please let me know if anyone here might have a relative who knew him etc. His name was Patrick Lawrence Malley from Berkeley, CA. Attaching some interesting snapshots from a box that I'm presently going through regarding my father's service in the 343rd including a pic with 7 names of soldiers that he apparently knew. Please let me know if any of these photos strikes anything, also what the ribbon medal is for (I can't find any info on it). Also how many soldiers were in the 343rd? Are we talking hundreds of soldiers or just a handful? Thank you, Matt Malley
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