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Hello,

 

I'm Roy Queen, a new member of this forum. I thought that I would say hello, and introduce myself. Why am I here? I'm a former member of the 844th Engineer Battalion, USAR, and have a strong interest in anything relating to the US Army Corps of Engineers. My great uncle served in the 163rd Engineer Battalion in France and Germany, a distant cousin served in the 2nd Engineer Battalion and was KIA in Korea, and another cousin served in the 305th Engineer Battalion, and was KIA in France in October 1944.

 

I'm currently employed as a ranger for Georgia State Parks. I look forward to participating in the forums!

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A big, warm welcome to you, Roy. Sure is nice having another engineer amongst our members.

 

Here's to you, and to your family of engineers. I see you and they have served your country well.

 

I look forward to our chats. Looks like we'll have lots to talk about.

 

Essayons,

M1

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Welcome aboard. As one who is interested in WWII, you'll find lots of great stuff here.

 

There's plenty of great people (from here and Europe) on the forum, too!

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Roy; I will also add my WELCOME ABOARD, Enjoy this site. Kinda feels

like A BIG family. Just an old dogface,said it. Rocky WW11

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Thank you for your kind words. I've spent the better part of last night reading over information posted on the main site, and I am just amazed by how much information has been posted on thet USCOE! It is ironic that at the park where I work, we work very closely with the civilian side of the Corps of Engineers.

 

When I was the Interpretive Ranger, I would communicate with the COE Rangers at the Lake Allatoona office for permission to hold black powder weapons demonstrations on the Allatoona Pass Civil War Battlefield. They have been great to work with on various projects.

 

Recently, I ordered a book titled "Building For Victory" It is about the 1875th Aviation Engineer Battalion in the China Burma India Theater. Is anyone familiar with this book? It hasn't arrived yet, and was curious as to whether or not it will be a good read.

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Roy:

 

Great to read all this. Happy to hear they were always a pleasure to work with!

 

There is a great site dedicated to aviation engineers. My friend does a bang-up job, and you will find tons of info. Here ya go. His name is David Little.

 

http://www.ixengineercommand.com

 

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Welcome aboard Roy, Thank You for your service. You`ve come to the right place for anything on the COE in WWII. If there is anything we can help you find, just ask! There is alot of info available on the 163rd & 305th CE.

 

163rd Combat Engineer Battalion was a part of the 1109th Engineer Combat Group, except for brief special assignments.

The Group was assigned to 1st Army from 12 Mar 1944 to 6 Aug 1944, to 3rd Army from 7 Aug 1944 to 28 Sep 1944, and to 7th Army from 29 Sep 1944 to July 1945.

 

The 305th CE was the division engineers of the 80th Infantry Div.

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Thank you for the warm welcome, Larry! I do recall my great uncle telling me about buliding a pontoon bridge across the Rhine River at Worms, Germany, and later on, picking up an abandoned German rifle and going deer hunting to provide some venison for his comrades. At the time, I found this story interesting as at that time, I was using a German K98 Mauser rifle as a deer hunting rifle. I still have the rifle, and everytime I get it out of the rack, I think of Charlie and his hunting trip in Germany.

 

As far as research goes regarding the 305th, I've sent off to the Personnel Records Center in St. Louis for the records of a Captain Gordon Queen who was KIA serving in the 305th Engineer Battalion in France. I don't even know what company he was with, but hopefully the records will arrive shortly.

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Found a couple items on a Gordon B. Queen. If you recieve his IDPF file from St Louis it will have info on his death. There is no mention of him in any of the 80th Div Morning Reports or After Action Reports posted on the 80th`s website

 

From a database search at the American Battle Monuments Commision Website:

 

http://www.abmc.gov/home.php

 

Gordon B. Queen

Captain, U.S. Army

Service # O1100736

305th Engineer Combat Battalion, 80th Infantry Division

Entered the Service from: North Carolina

Died: 12-Oct-44

Buried at: Plot C Row 21 Grave 14

Lorraine American Cemetery

St. Avold, France

Awards: Purple Heart

 

 

Enlistment record from NARA AAD

 

Field Title Value Meaning

ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 20412227

NAME QUEEN#GORDON#B

RESIDENCE: STATE 46 NORTH CAROLINA

RESIDENCE: COUNTY 023 BURKE

PLACE OF ENLISTMENT 4653 MORGANTON NORTH CAROLINA

DATE OF ENLISTMENT DAY 16

DATE OF ENLISTMENT MONTH 09

DATE OF ENLISTMENT YEAR 40

GRADE: ALPHA DESIGNATION SGT# Sergeant

GRADE: CODE 5 Sergeant

BRANCH: ALPHA DESIGNATION CE# Corps of Engineers

BRANCH: CODE 82 Corps of Engineers

FIELD USE AS DESIRED # #

TERM OF ENLISTMENT 0 Undefined Code

LONGEVITY ### ###

SOURCE OF ARMY PERSONNEL 7 National Guard

NATIVITY 46 NORTH CAROLINA

YEAR OF BIRTH 17

RACE AND CITIZENSHIP 1 White, citizen

EDUCATION 4 4 years of high school

CIVILIAN OCCUPATION 432 Cabinetmakers

MARITAL STATUS 6 Single, without dependents

COMPONENT OF THE ARMY 4 National Guard (Officers, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men)

CARD NUMBER # #

BOX NUMBER 0344 0344

FILM REEL NUMBER 3.66# 3.66#

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As promised, here is more information on Captain Gordon Queen:

 

He was a sergeant in Company B 105th Engineers and took a commission as an officer in the 305th Engineer Battalion. If I am not mistaken, thte 105th Engineers were assigned to the 30th Infantry Division.

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