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Company D, 342nd General Service Regiment Engineers in WWII

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Does anyone have information about this group? My dad was a part of Company D, 342nd General Service Regiment , Engineers throughout most of WWII, but near the end of the war was transferred to the 49th Engineer Combat Battalion. I found some research which indicated that he was doing engineer work after D Day near Utah Beach then was a part of the Battle of the Bulge. He was also in charge of a German POW camp during the war. Where could I find out more about what he did during the war? Thanks, Peg

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Wow, have tons of info on the 341st, but will have to do some exploring on the 324nd. Welcome to the forum, Peg!

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The 342nd Engineer General Service Regiment was activated in April of 1942 at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana and sailed from New York to England in July 1942. Arrived In France at Omaha Beach 12 June 1944. On the 17th June they repaired the rail line north of Carentan then assisted in thr repair & reconstruction of the port of Cherbourg. Later the regiment played a major role in the completion of the Cherbourg to Paris Railroad. The regiment also served in the Ardennes ? Alcase and Rhineland campaigns.

 

There is a book of the unit history, but you may have to search used book sellers to find a copy or do a WorldCat search to find it in a library.

A History of the 342nd Engineer Regiment (General Service), United States Army Reserve, 1921-1948

United States. Army. 342d Engineers, Charles Harvey Roe, 1958

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The New York Library has a copy: http://catalog.nypl.org/search/o40548407

 

Here's an article on a member of the 342nd - http://www.etypeservices.com/SWF/LocalUser/th3pampan3ws/Magazine18393/Full/files/assets/basic-html/page10.html

 

 

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Joseph Mitchell Phillips

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War and Navy Departments V-Mail Service Penalty 1943 New York, N.Y. Grand Central Annex [A.P.O. 505] Tidworth, England 342nd Engineer Regiment V-Mail to Lemont, Ill. Army Censor.

 

http://www.postalhis...up=20&pagenum=5

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Found this after action report for the 11th Armored Division - It lists the 342nd as an attached unit. Enjoy!

 

http://www.11tharmoreddivision.com/history/after_action_report-dec_jan.htm

 

Here's history on the Battle of the Bulge. The 342nd is mentioned beginning on the Dec 22nd, along with several other engineer units.

 

http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Ardennes:_Battle_of_the_Bulge/Chapter_XXII

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There is a mention of the role played by the 342nd in the history of Marvin Emmett FRYE

 

http://www.frontierfolk.net/ramsha_research/Notes/frye.html

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Peg, My Dad was in the 342nd Engineers General Services Regiemnt...Hqtrs and Supply Company. Formed at Camp Claiborne, LA. If you can let me know your Dad's name, I'll be happy to check my Dad's files to see if your Dad is mentioned or if there are any pictures of your Dad. Austin

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Great to have you hear Peg!

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Mr. Abraham,

Would you mind checking your dad's files for a William Jennings Bell (went by Jennings)? He was in the 342nd, company B. I recently found some pictures and will post them as soon as possible. Most of the pics have several men in them, but no identification noted on the back. Thank you!

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My dad was in the 342nd Engineers Company C. His name was Royal Burdette Langsdon. Does anyone have any photos or information that might include him? Thanks, Phillip

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Winter is when I'll next have time to go through my Dad's pictures and files. I'll be happy to look for anything on William Jennings Bell and Royal Burdette Langsdon. Not sure I'll have anything as most of my Dad's pictures are of the H&S Company but you never know. The 2 volume album on the history of the 342nd in the New York City Library is a treasure for anyone looking for history on the 342nd Engineers in WWII. I was there and spent hours looking through this one-of-a -kind collection by Col. Roe. Many many pictures!

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