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    colinhotham got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in 527 Light Pontoon Company, photos from Bud Pendergast   
    Every now and then, especially if I wake early, I enjoy a journey through the latest posts on Marion's website. I was attracted to this post by the great photos and agree with both Todd and Marion that the photos here are an awesome collection. I particularly like the framed medals and badges, which I suppose is one man's WW2 history. Also in the photo of the truck, the young boy in light coloured shorts and shirt with his hands clasped behind his back would be around the same age as me if it was taken in 1942! The first and fourth photo remind me of the English seaside town and port of Margate near where I was born on the south east UK coast.
    Colin.
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    colinhotham reacted to steve boshko in 2827th Company C   
    My brother tells me that my dad was a chauffeur for the engineers. He drove the engineers back and forth to the DP (displaced persons) camp(s). Do you know anything about that aspect. 
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    colinhotham reacted to CaptO in 2827th Company C   
    That guy on the far right looks pretty young for a WWII vet!!
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    colinhotham reacted to Walt's Daughter in 2827th Company C   
    You could literally spend months perusing all the documents, memoirs, and gallery photos on the 36th. 

    Here's one of my fave photos from a past reunion. We had reenactors come out, and had a convoy through town. What a blast!


     

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    colinhotham reacted to steve boshko in 2827th Company C   
    Marion,
    Thank you for that information -- it's a start. Love this website. I spent an hour just reading some of the action reports and looking at the photos. 
    Regards,
    Steve
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    colinhotham reacted to Walt's Daughter in 2827th Company C   
    He was a 36th Engineer. You can read all about them on the main site. He is a 6th Corps Engineer, which this site is dedicated to. Please see their page, and then you can also read all the individual memoirs on the site too. 
    Redesignation
    In February 1945, the 36th Engineer Combat Regiment was reorganized as the 36th Engineer Combat Group.  Thus the following occurred:
    1st Bn became the 2826th Bn
    2nd Bn became the 2827th Bn
    3rd Bn became the 2828th Bn
    We had our last Seahorse reunion in 2017. Sorry you had to miss them. They were a blast. 
    Looks like I have a lot to share with you. 
     
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    colinhotham reacted to steve boshko in 2827th Company C   
    Hello everyone. I'm just starting to find out about this picture of my father, Walter Boshko. He's in front of a sign. Can someone fill me in on the 2827th? I can tell you that my father was not an American, he was a Ukrainian, so I'm confused by this picture What was the role of non-Americans in the Engineering Unit?. 
    Thank you.
    Steve



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    colinhotham got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in 343rd Engineer General Service Regiment   
    It is obvious that a person or persons are looking after that memorial, now I want to understand more!
    Colin.
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    colinhotham got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in 343rd Engineer General Service Regiment   
    It is obvious that a person or persons are looking after that memorial, now I want to understand more!
    Colin.
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    colinhotham got a reaction from Walt's Daughter in 527 Light Pontoon Company, photos from Bud Pendergast   
    Every now and then, especially if I wake early, I enjoy a journey through the latest posts on Marion's website. I was attracted to this post by the great photos and agree with both Todd and Marion that the photos here are an awesome collection. I particularly like the framed medals and badges, which I suppose is one man's WW2 history. Also in the photo of the truck, the young boy in light coloured shorts and shirt with his hands clasped behind his back would be around the same age as me if it was taken in 1942! The first and fourth photo remind me of the English seaside town and port of Margate near where I was born on the south east UK coast.
    Colin.
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    colinhotham reacted to Matt Malley in 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: 

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    colinhotham reacted to Mark Pendergast in 527 Light Pontoon Company, photos from Bud Pendergast   
    Attached are some of the photos my late father, O.W. "Bud" Pendergast took.  I don't know any of the names or locations, but they give a sense of what life was like in the company.  After the war ended he transferred to a harbor craft company, so some of these pictures might be from then.
    Mark Pendergast


























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    colinhotham reacted to CaptO in 527 Light Pontoon Company, photos from Bud Pendergast   
    I agree, Marion, the color photos are awesome!
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    colinhotham reacted to Matt Malley in 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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    colinhotham reacted to Walt's Daughter in Happy To Be Here Thank You   
    Hey Matt, I used to play bass in two bands in the Detroit area - Crime Control and Tubes of Fear (and yes, there's a story to how that name came about)! That's me in front with Tubes!

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    colinhotham reacted to Matt Malley in Happy To Be Here Thank You   
    Hello everyone - my name is Matt Malley and I am glad to be here! My father, WW2 vet Patrick Lawrence Malley passed away in April of '03 and I must have the worst timing because I've since become a bit obsessed with WW2, watching all the documentaries, reading all the books - and now I have a million questions for him but he's gone. In 5 days from now, on Feb 3rd it would have been dad's 100th birthday. In my 20's I co-founded a successful 90's rock band "Counting Crows" as their bass player and dad was proud of me in his quiet way - one of the highlights of my life is when mom said that he wears his Counting Crows t-shirt to the bar as a conversation piece! He's from Berkeley, CA and was in the "343rd Engineer General Service Regiment". I've been going through one of his boxes this week and found some great photos from Naples Harbor, Rome, North Africa, Southern France etc. Attaching a photo - dad is the handsome devil on the right with the cigar. I'm here to meet other sons/daughters of WW2 vets - all of these vets are national treasures who fought an undeniable evil and grew up too fast - and when they're gone, there will be no more first hand accounts of the war and that will be one of this country's greatest losses. I got a very limited report of dad from the St Louis archives but his original papers were destroyed in a flood that happened in the '70's I believe. Anyway great to be here, please write and hope to connect some of the dots! Matt Malley

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    colinhotham reacted to Walt's Daughter in Richard Overton passes at 112   
    Oldest WWII veteran passes at 112
    Richard was with the 188th Aviation Engineer Bn - God bless and RIP!
     
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    colinhotham reacted to CaptO in John Fallon - 36th Engineer - in critical condition   
    Wow! This is awesome, Marion! I'm glad you've gotten to talk to him. Hope he continues to do well!!!
     

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    colinhotham reacted to Walt's Daughter in John Fallon - 36th Engineer - in critical condition   
    GREAT NEWS!!
     
    Dear 36th'ers:   I'll be brief, but wanted to let you know that we've been blessed with a miracle - Captain John Fallon has made a complete recovery and is in good spirits. I just returned his phone call after he left a heartfelt message on my phone this week. Can't tell you how wonderful it was to speak with him and to hear him laugh and cajole with me.    Warmly, Marion
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    colinhotham reacted to Christoph in Ponton bridge remains found in the Rhine   
    After a long and very dry summer the river Rhine has historically low water, so a lot of interesting remains are found there the last days. Now two pontons of one of the combat engineer bridges in the vicinity of Remagen were found near Unkel, and also a JU-87 bomber and its pilots who where shot down on 6th March 1945 while trying to destroy the bridge of Remagen. French divers of the Société Generale de Traveaux Maritimes et Fluviaux have tried to find the bomber already in 1957, but without success.

    http://www.general-anzeiger-bonn.de/region/siebengebirge/bad-honnef/Wrackteile-und-menschliche-Knochen-im-Rhein-entdeckt-article3969924.html
    https://www.zeit.de/1957/52/noch-huetet-der-rhein-sein-geheimnis
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    colinhotham reacted to Walt's Daughter in John Fallon - 36th Engineer - in critical condition   
    Dear 36th'ers:   Got the dreaded notification the other day. It's the one you know is coming, but never quite prepared for, nonetheless.    It is with heavy heart that I tell you that Captain John Fallon is in critical condition in the hospital and not expected to pull through. I spoke with his son, John Jr, the other night and he kindly asked if I would inform everyone on my list. Certainly.   So many things that I would like to write, but know this, John was my first introduction to the 36th Engineers of WWII. At that point, I wasn't sure if my father was with the 36th or 540th, and John helped me sort through a lot of confusing data. Even though we discovered that my dad was in the 540th (the sister battalion to the 36th), he insisted that I come out to a reunion, and well, the rest is history. I wound up not only meeting a ton of wonderful people, but became the official historian of this unit. Lucky girl - I got adopted.    To me, attending the reunions every year, was even better than Christmas in my book. Everyone became my extended family and it brought me even closer to my dad (he passed when I was twelve). I so looked forward to every fall, and seeing the gang once again. It was such a joy and real learning experience. I've never met a nicer group of men and women.    As many of you know, we've lost the majority of men in the last few years, and John is the last. So difficult to write these words. Breaks my heart and I'm sure that everyone who had the pleasure of meeting John, will feel the same way.    I could go on and on, but suffice to say that John holds a special place in my heart, and always will. 

    (photo attached was taken by yours truly in 2006 - my first reunion)

    Stay rugged,   Marion
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    colinhotham reacted to CaptO in Carl Furtado and Colin Hotham 2012   
    Great picture - good to see you on the forum, sir!
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    colinhotham reacted to Walt's Daughter in Carl Furtado and Colin Hotham 2012   
    You are very welcome. Too bad he can't be with us this year in DC, but he already had big plans related to his Sicily research.
     
    Looking forward to seeing you in August!!!
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    colinhotham reacted to Walt's Daughter in vintage WWII British Mk IV Special T Mic respirator mask:   
    My buddy Dan is looking for this particular item of interest, so I'm helping him out with this one. Here goes. Thanks!

    vintage WWII British Mk IV Special T Mic respirator mask
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