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  1. Capt. O: As a old WW2 dogface from the 3rd Inf. Div. (7th Inf. Reg., 3rd Bn.) must agree with your take on the M-1 rifle for combat. It was one fantastic weapon and really put us ahead in firepower doe Infantry use. Must admit though that I also loved my Thompson sub which I used later. By the way, I too am from (and in NJ). Just recently got back ro

    this forum after a long time due to health problems. Many thanks to all the old and new posters which still show interest in WW2 history.. Hope to become a regular poster once again. Ex PFC. Joe Fournier Red Bank, NJ

  2. Hello once again guys and dolls. Seems like I got tangled up with oral cancer

    about a year ago. Been through radeiation and chemo and hospital stays plus

    all kind of rehabs. Hopefully I may be rid of the cancer but not certain. It is good to see many old friends on the forum and also hope to make some of the newer bunch. Now I have to revive some

    of my old computer skill that laid dormant for almost a year.

    Feels good to back once again. Hi Fred, Bajaan, Stever, Rocky, Capt O, and many others.

    Joe j3rdinf

  3. Ah yes, May 8 1945. A great day to be still alive. We were in a small village in Austria about half way between Berchtesgaden (*our last objective) and Salzburg (our home for a couple of months). We occupied civilian houses during this time and enjoyed the comfort after battle conditions for so long.

    A great celibration for the wars end i n the ETO and prayed for the end in the PTO also. It was great to live like a human once again and plan to see another day safely.

  4. Feeding your M-1 rifle...... Best buy I found is from Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). They have boxed and clipped M-1 ball ammo that is non-corrosive and boxer primed. Personally I think the sealed spam cans of clipped and bandoleered ammo (24 loaded clips for $ 60.00 plus $8.95 shipping to your doorstep) is the best buy as enbloc clips are getting pricey. 20 round boxes (non clipped) are a bit cheaper though but

    no clips.

  5. Far as the U.S. went, rifles were sent to the Director of Civilian Marksmansip and sold to qualified U.S.

    citizens at a nominal cost along with matching ammo. I believe helmets and liners were sold as surplus. I have purchased several surplus M-1 rifles from the DCMalong with ammo.

  6. Hello my name is Danny I living in the Netherlands I'm 33years "young"

    I'm working for the US Army in the Netherlands as local National.

    Before this if was a soldier for 13 years in the Dutch army.

    I have adopted a Grave at Margraten cemetery a coupel years back


    This is the info I have,



    TEC 5 138th ENGR COMBAT BN

    Service number: 34875432

    Born: 11 Oct 1925

    Died: 20 Aug 1945

    Enlisted in CP Shelby Mississippi

    On 26 Oct 1943


    But I don't find something from the 138th ENGR Combat Battalion

    Or from this person I would love to get in contact with family but he was not married and did not had kids so I think that's difficult but who knows any help I very welcome to find something about the 138th ENGR or about Jack B Hunter.


    Thanks and Regards Danny Janssen


    Danny: Many thanks for adopting a grave for one of our hereos. Joe: 3rd Inf Div, ETO WW 2.

  7. Anyone in any branch could easily get a CIB. Simply offer to transfer to a front line Infantry outfit, change your MOS to Infantry for good and qualify for it and become a Infantryman for your whole tour. Live in the dirt in a hole, no nice trucks to haul your bedrole and extra clothes ever. Eat K and C rations instead of 10 in ones or hot chow for long periods as per usual. This type of living was our day to day living, not a week or few weeks of it. That is why it is called a Combat Infantry Badge. And oh yea, we got $10.00 extra per month for living (existing) this way 24-7. Not just a occasional firefight but a expected continual string of firefights day after day was usual. No going back to your actual MOS for a change in living. Why was the

    Infantry casualty rate so overwhelmingly high ?

  8. Yes, slogged thrrough many cities, towns and villages om France and Germany. Believe that Nurenburg

    was a bad one. A total 3 day battle in that city with walls with in walls. Much house to house and building to building fighting. They just hated to give up cities and towns. Of course back then we didnt have the strict rules like are imposed on our troops now. Thank God, as these are stupid rules. We

    went all out to win, now it dont seem that way as we must please the enemy and to hell with our casualties in pleasing them.