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My Dad Stephen F. Baker was in 345th engineers. He lived in Springfield,Mass. He was in the Rome Arno ,North appennines campaign, He was in the motor pool, and went to mine and demolition school in Naples in 1944. any info ,pictures , would be appreciated. I have a picture of him at the beach on the balcony of the red cross club overlooking the prominade with some war buddies. I wonder where that was located. I also have a picture of him with a jeep (lizzie) was painted on hood.The ID numbers on the hood last four I could make out was 5206 any pics of 345th would be appreciated as I post-205-0-53897700-1316308932_thumb.jpgmight spot him in pics.One of hid buddies was " Bull Nelson" wrote on back of picturepost-205-0-53897700-1316308932_thumb.jpgpost-205-0-50163200-1316309053_thumb.jpgpost-205-0-26716300-1316309645_thumb.jpg

 

Bob Baker email (removed for privacy sake by M1 - too many spammers can get a hold of your email - Our policy is for members to get in touch with you via private messages on our forum. They simply click your username to get in touch with you. If non-forum members need to get in touch with you, they can write to me and I will put you in touch.)

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The 345th Engineer General Service Regiment was activated on 15 June 1942 at Camp Crowder, Mo. The 345th was deactivated at Foggia, Italy on June 30, 1946.

In Italy they were under the command of The Peninsular Base Section.

Campaign Credits:

29. Naples-Foggia

31. Northern Apennines

35. Rome-Arno

Meritorious Unit Commendations:

1 Jan - 6 Aug 44, General Order 47, Hqs. Peninsular Base Section, dated 9 Feb 45.

6 Aug 44 - 1 April 45, General Order 208, Hqs. Peninsular Base Section, dtd 6 Aug 45.

 

There are several mentions of the 345th EGSR in "THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS: THE WAR AGAINST GERMANY".

 

Tasks of Base Section Engineers

 

Base section engineers drew a multitude of assignments. Many of them were calls for a few men to sweep mines, clear away debris, or repair plumbing. Others' tasks were larger. The ninety-five work orders the 345th Engineer General Service Regiment handled in August 1944 ranged from repairing a water faucet at Villa Maria (the General Officers Rest Camp in Naples) to installing 225 pieces of equipment for a huge quartermaster laundry and dry cleaning plant at Bagnoli.

This unit was the first base section engineer construction organization in Na-

ples. Its early assignments included setting up an engineer and a quartermas-

ter depot, repairing railroads, building POW camps, and working on the Serino

aqueduct. The 345th was also responsible for all street and sewer repair in

Naples, although civilians did the actual work.

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Thunder38, did you just post your first post after 5 years? I just found that interesting! Well thanks for the photos. Pictures with things like the Jeep named "Lizzie" are always prized from the point of view of modelers. Those are the kinds of things that you like to add to your models but you want to keep things accurate to what really happened. Thanks for sharing!

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Nice to see your first post. Looks like you joined in 2006. Thanks for sharing those photos and the information you have. Many thanks to Larry for posting info for you.

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Thunder38, did you just post your first post after 5 years? I just found that interesting! Well thanks for the photos. Pictures with things like the Jeep named "Lizzie" are always prized from the point of view of modelers. Those are the kinds of things that you like to add to your models but you want to keep things accurate to what really happened. Thanks for sharing!

 

Thanks all I do is work and lost the site for sometime. I have a pic of him with a motorcycle somewhere he was in motorpool. I wish could find out more. 345th is short on info

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My father was also in the 345th Engineer General Service Regiment in WWII in Africa, Italy & Greece. He has a 16 page (abut 11 pages of text) paper about the regiment's activities. It is titled "Mission: In Support Of ..." subtitle: "A breif history of the 345th Engineer General Service Regiment, covering the first three years of its existence -- from 15th June '42 to 15 June '45" by Lieutenent Colonel Lawrence M. Hoover, Commanding Officer.

 

If you do not have a copy let me know.

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Hello Bentspoke, welcome to the forum. The forum members would greatly appeciate any information on the 345th EGSR you would like to share with us. We do not have a copy of the unit history and would be very interested in obtaining a copy. Can you post a .pdf copy of the history or email a copy to me or Marion so we can post it?

 

(note: Marion will be out of town at the 36th/540th reunuion today thru sunday)

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My father would be very happy to share the 345th Engineer General Service Regiment history by Lt Col Hoover will all who would be interested. I am sure that Lt Col Hoover would be plesed too. Give me a little time to scan my hard copy to a pdf. I am not very experienced with forums. What is the proper procedure to post the pdf file?

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When you reply to a post, just below the reply window you`ll see the Attachments area.

click on the "Browse" button, find the file on your computer, click "open", then click on the dark blue "Atttach This File" button. The uploaded file will appear in a new line, then on the right side click on "Add to Post". when done click Add Reply.

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When you reply to a post, just below the reply window you`ll see the Attachments area.

click on the "Browse" button, find the file on your computer, click "open", then click on the dark blue "Atttach This File" button. The uploaded file will appear in a new line, then on the right side click on "Add to Post". when done click Add Reply.

 

 

Dear SonofaMP,

I got "Upload Skipped (This file was too big to upload)". It is a 3.25Mb pdf file. Any suggestions?

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I1m sorry, i should have mentioned the file size limit for uploads. The best thing to do is to make the large history .pdf into 2 or more parts, then you can upload the parts seperately. 2 parts should work for your 3.25mb.

The photos in the .pdf are what causes the large file size, so try to divide with an equal number of photos in each part.

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Ah, looks like you guys were in good hands while I was away. Many thanks to Larry for his able assistance. :theman: I'm looking forward to the history too!

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Attached is a histrory of the 345th Engineer General Service Regiment. The document is broken into 2 parts due to file size.

"In Support of ...."

subtitled

"A brief history of the 345th Engineer General Service Regiment, Covering the First three years of its existance -- From 15th June '42 to June '45."

by Lt Col Lawrence M. Hoover, Commanding Officer

 

 

Sumitted in honor of my father who was in the 345th Company F and who just passed away at age 90.

History of 345th Engineer General Service Regiment by Lt Col Lawrence M Hoover cover thru pg 5.pdf

History of 345th Engineer General Service Regiment by Lt Col Lawrence M Hoover pg 6 thru end.pdf

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Thank you for posting the history of the 345th as we have had numerous inquirys on them over the years.

We wish to offer our condolences to you & your family on the passing of your father.

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Thanks for all your hard work. It's great to have the history posted on our forum for all to see.

 

My condolences on your loss; a loss which everyone reading this post can truly appreciate.

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This thread seems to have been dormant for a long while. Let's see if we can revive it.

My father, Lawrence A. White, also known as "Red" White due to his red hair was from Leominster, Massachusetts. He was a construction foreman in the 345th Combat Engineers. He was trained at Camp Crowder, MO and then shipped out to North Africa. He said he saw the USS Massachusetts get hit by a shell from the French battleship Jean Bart and then saw the Massachusetts sink the Jean Bart. He mentioned he was in Casablanca and Bizerte. From there he was in the invasion of Sicily, then Salerno and Anzio. He said he was at Monte Cassino as well. He ended the war up in Milan where he obtained photos from a Bristish photographer of Mussolini, his mistress, and a few other fascists hanging from their feet at a gas station in central Milan. He said very little else about his service except that he told my mother that at one time he was face to face with a young German soldier at very close range. Dad simply said "And I'm the one telling the story and he's not." This haunted him for the rest of his life.

He also mentioned that he had a good buddy in his outfit from Watertown, Massachusetts, but I don't know his name.

I would love to know more about this unit if anyone has information. Dad died in 2011 at age 90.

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Welcome to the forum. Thanks for sharing his story. BTW, loved the nickname, Red White! :clappin: Hope you gleaned some info from the above posts. We are here to assist.

 

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