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Hello All. Grandson of 292nd Combat Engineer here, Introducing myself.

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Hello everyone,

 

I joined this forum more than a year ago when I began researching my grandfather's time in the army. He gave me a copy of his map which was given to him after the war that detailed all the places the 292nd went throughout Europe. There are pictures of ones like it here on this forum. His name is Paul Corzine and he is originally from Karnak Illinois. His brothers Ray and Jim also served at the same time in other sections of the army and he got to meet see each of them one time while they were all in Europe at the same time.

 

After a year of doing interviews with my grandfather and scanning in some photos, I finally thought it was time to share my photos on here. I'm still working on editing the interviews I've shot with him, but here are pictures which he shot while there. https://www.flickr.com/gp/129969616@N08/7nZA2a On the back of many of the photos he wrote names and such about what was in the picture. I have taken those words verbatim and titled the photos on Flickr the same way. Any photos which are titled "Corzinexxxx" is simply a picture which was not labeled in any way.

 

Please look through them and let me know if you recognize anyone or have any questions. My grandfather remembers some things very well about them, and some things not so much. I'm currently making a list of all the individuals notated in the photos, and I'll add that to this post later when it's complete so it's searchable by search engines, should anyone look for folks later.

 

One final note, there are several photos in this album which contain pictures of dead bodies. Most are from the Dachau concentration camp. I have marked those photos as "moderate" on Flickr's safety scale, so if you wish not to view them, please filter accordingly.

 

Thanks, Glad to meet everyone,

 

SaM Harrison

 

https://www.flickr.com/gp/129969616@N08/7nZA2a

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Hi Sam and Welcome.

I don't know if you have seen the reference to the 292nd in our "bible" - THE US ARMY IN WW2, The Corps of Engineers, the war against Germany: See pages 497/498. On 498 is a photo of engineers building a foot. bridge on the Roer The 292nd built a Type 70 Bailey Bridge over the Roer too.

 

You can see this volume online.

 

Colin.

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Hi Colin,

 

Thanks for the reply. I have seen the reference and the information about the 292nd there. Thanks for reminding me about it. I'm always looking for more things to use in my interview footage with my grandfather. A little about him:

 

My grandpa, Paul Corzine, was in Headquarters and Service company. He was a supply sergeant. He is 92 now and resides in Metropolis, IL

My great uncle, Julian Mizell (deceased), was in A company in the 292nd. I'm talking to some cousins to find out more info and hopefully some pictures about him.

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Looking forward to reading everything you have and talking with you. I'm off at out the door right now, so more later... Just wanted to know how happy I am that you joined. :waving:

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Ah, finally getting around to looking at all the great images you shared. Thanks so much. These are such a treasure, aren't they.

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Sadly, my grandfather had many more pictures, but when he got married in 1950, his mother (who was a very interesting individual) got rid of many of his pictures in protest because she didn't want him to leave home. Most of these photos that survived were pictures that he sent home to my grandmother while they dated during the war. He was rationed a certain amount of whiskey and cigarettes each week and neither drank or smoked so he used those items as currency to get his laundry done and have photos developed. I'm glad I have these at least.

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My mom got rid of my dad's German officer's sword and his Luger. She would never admit was she did till her dying day. I never forgave her for that. I simply can't. But as you say, at least I have what I have and am grateful for that.

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Sam,

 

As a new user also, I wanted to welcome you. I, too, am a grandson of a 292nd Engineer, H&S Co. veteran and have also had difficulty in finding much information on the unit. My Grandfather, Randall Gates, volunteered for the Army at the beginning of 1944 despite the fact he had four young sons to support. He came to Europe in Dec of 1944 with the rest of the unit as a mechanic (he was an auto mechanic in civilian life). We have letters that he sent home giving us some info on his service (subject to censoring) and was injured twice, once in a truck accident and once in the bombing of a building that he was in.

 

Thanks so much for posting the photos that your grandfather took of the unit. They are truly a treasure and makes me feel like I can understand my own grandfather better (he died back in the 70's when I was just a youth). In fact, I believe he was captured in one of the photos you posted entitled "The motor pool gang" (left soldier of the three kneeling).

 

I would be interested in any information that you may have on the unit (letters, interviews, etc.) and would welcome the chance to exchange anything that I and my siblings may have. I am so happy that there are others searching for info on this little documented unit and the men who were assigned to it.

 

I am so thankful to have found this forum and you post and for the honor to be able to post and contribute. Thanks.

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Gary, glad to have you aboard. There's a ton of great stuff on the boards to look through. It'd be nice to start some conversations again with some new blood. Sometimes it gets a little quite around here!

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Todd,

 

Thanks so much for your kind words. The search for understanding and honoring of the legacy of those who came before is ongoing and this seems like a great place to continue the search. I look forward tom any long and fruitful conversations in the coming weeks and months.

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Hey Everyone,

 

It is certainly nice to find more family of 292nd soldiers. I met sirgator (Gary) a few days ago when he introduced himself on the ww2f.com forum. I have been a member of that forum for about 5 years now. Gary led me to this fine forum and I am glad to be here. Until now I had only met one other gentleman who's father was a truck driver with Co. A of the 292nd, the same company my grandfather was a member of. We found evidence that his father and my grandfather may have been friends during the war. It was an exciting chance meeting with him.

 

My grandfather's name was Arthur A. Clark, he was living in St. Louis, Missouri at the time he was drafted and inducted into the army on 6 JAN 1944, He was married and had a 2 year old son (my father) at the time he left for basic training. He was a Demolition Specialist (533) with Co. A of the 292nd. My avatar is a picture of him that was taken in Belgium on 2 SEPT 1945. He did not return to St. Louis when he was discharged on 9 MAR 1946, but instead settled with his family in Centralia, Missouri. He passed away on 16 DEC 1972 when I was 10 years old, so I was never able to discuss with him about his time in service.

 

I have been interested in WWII history for many years and started researching my grandfather's unit in earnest the last several years. I have aquired from the National Archives the Unit Journals, After Action Reports,and History of the 292nd, a total of some 250 pages of documents. I of course will be glad to share all information that I have about the 292nd, and look forward to whatever others have to share in return, Last year I made a trip to the NPRC in St. Louis to look and copy some Morning Reports of Co. A. One of the documents I have I believe SamHarrison is really going to like. It is a company order dated 2 FEB 1945 and contains a list of soldiers names to be promoted to the rank of Private First Class. SamHarrison's great uncles name, Julian A. Mizell, appears on this list. I have attached a copy of the document below.

 

Glad to be here on the forum, look forward to contributing, everyone have a good one!

 

Randy Clark

 

 

 

 

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Randy,

 

Great to see you over here, also! You are a man of men (or maybe a man of a man of a man of men). :) I look forward to contact with you in the very near future and to discuss the materials you have gathered. Thanks so much for your offer of help and I am glad I could lead you to another resource of folks passionate about the greatest generation and their service to this great nation!

 

Talk to you soon my friend!

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So thrilled to read this post and all the replies.

 

Gary, glad to have you aboard. There's a ton of great stuff on the boards to look through. It'd be nice to start some conversations again with some new blood. Sometimes it gets a little quite around here!

 

I agree with Todd, it's nice to have some new blood stirring through our veins and seeing the back and forth chatter regarding the 292nd.

I am so delighted to put like-minded people together. Everyone has so much to offer and each time we find another piece of this giant jigsaw puzzle. What I especially love reading about, is how so many people who come here, sound so much like me, albeit eleven years ago. I think of myself sitting in my office, winter 2004, and deeply yearning to know anything I could about my dad's wartime journey and experiences. I felt so lost and so lonely. Wow, that seems like a million years ago. So it's a wonderful feeling to be able to give back to the community.

Little do many of you know, that when I started this forum eons ago (LOL), I was so afraid that it would never go anywhere. Eventually I had two or three members and we would laugh among ourselves and joke that someday we could have a whopping TEN members. Truly, I DID fret about that. I kept thinking, well, we give 'er a shot. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. It took a long time to get it going and much to my surprise, it not only survived, it thrived. I'm still pinching myself; how did this happen. We went from utter obscurity to having over 1400 members as of August 2015. I think my dad would have been floored. I know I certainly am.

This main site and forum have literally transformed my life!

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That's great to hear what a positive impact this forum has had on your, Marion - I know it is a lot of work.

 

As for the document Randy posted - I wonder what PFC Beukoma did to get reduced to PVT!!

 

I just found this from TM 27-255:

 

Reduction of noncommissioned officers or privates first class is not authorized as punishment under AW 104, but may be accomplished administratively in accordance with paragraphs 130' and 15, AR 615-5, 30 June 1943.

 

That's all I could find with a limited search.

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Hi Sam,

 

I have really enjoyed looking through all the pictures you posted, thanks so much for sharing them, they are great! Glad to see your grandfather labeled many of the photos, that's very helpful . I have many photographs of my grandfather's during his time in service but most of them have no labeling at all. Leaves you wondering where they were taken and about the people in them, Isn't it great that other 292nd family members are beginning to gather on this site? I think it's awesome and believe we will learn a lot from each other. Look forward to anything more you may have to share with us. Don't know if you have been following on the other thread that is going on about the 292nd or not. I posted this document, attached below, there and noticed your great-uncle's name appears on it as well. His name is in the first column towards the bottom and I have underlined it. Because of the age and multiple copying etc., it is not that easy to read but I have tried to darken it as best I could. Have a good one Sam and hope to hear from you soon.

 

Randy

 

 

 

 

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I think it's all wonderful too. I am so pleased that I have a place for people like you to gather. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside! :armata_PDT_01::SuperNigel:

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Hello everyone,

New user here. I was recruited to join by Gary. My grandfather was Anton "Tony" Pagoria from La Salle, IL and was a member of C Company of the 292nd.

 

His information was drafted as a plumber, but was placed in the 669th Engineer Topographical Corps, 1149th Combat Group. The 669th was a transportation corps unit that included railroad training. This was a natural fit for him since his occupation prior to the war was a Railway Section Hand. He trained at Camp Clairborne, Lousiana. He was the last of his italian brothers to be enlist/be drafted. He was the 6th of his family to be in WWII and the first 6 star family in La Salle, IL. He also had 6 cousins in the war and one brother and one sister work at the LST shipyard in Seneca, IL. Amazingly only 1 cousin and 1 brother wounded and all returned to the US.

 

After the V-E Day he re-upped and was at a POW camp for Germans.

 

I have some photos that I will be contributing very soon with more information.

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A very warm welcome. Glad to hear that Gary recruited you. How wonderful that all got through the war safely.

 

Thanks for joining.

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Hi Colin,

 

Thanks for the reply. I have seen the reference and the information about the 292nd there. Thanks for reminding me about it. I'm always looking for more things to use in my interview footage with my grandfather. A little about him:

 

My grandpa, Paul Corzine, was in Headquarters and Service company. He was a supply sergeant. He is 92 now and resides in Metropolis, IL

My great uncle, Julian Mizell (deceased), was in A company in the 292nd. I'm talking to some cousins to find out more info and hopefully some pictures about him.

 

Hi Sam,

 

Have you had an opportunity to locate your great uncle Julian Mizell in the Company A photo? You may have read in the other 292nd thread that we are trying to name as many members in the picture as possible. If you have a photo of him to post, we could help you find him in there if you want.

 

Randy

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