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  2. PVT John Mitchell Holt 1923-1944 (left photos), Killed in Action December 10th 1944 in Mertzwiller France, buried in the Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold France. He stands in the unbroken line of patriots who have dared to die that freedom might live, and grow, and increase its blessings. Freedom lives and through it, he lives - in a way that humbles the undertakings of most men.
  3. TTUHolt

    36th Engineers Company H, Uncle KIA

    Marion, Yes I have dug through it some, thank you so much for hosting all of this. I noticed in the interview with John Fallon that said he was injured going to install a bridge in Mertzwiller about 5am and was injured in the shelling. A later paragraph implied that was before Christmas. I think he might be the officer that was injured in the column when my uncle was killed. Paul Carrell said he was just behind the lieutenant in the column and drug the lieutenant into a building to give first aid. My uncle John was in the left on both pictures. The other image is the 'after action report' letter my uncle Francis wrote in 1945. I saw John Fallon had health issues is he still of good mind? I would love to know if he has any memory of this, I really wish I had started researching this 15 years ago Thanks, Shad
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  5. Walt's Daughter

    36th Engineers Company H, Uncle KIA

    This is fantastic. Have you seen all the info on the main site, including memoirs. Pleasure meeting you online.
  6. Tom V

    1264th Engineer Combat Battalion

    Thank you. Much appreciated.
  7. Walt's Daughter

    1264th Engineer Combat Battalion

    I have eight people in my 1264th email list. I will put you in contact with them. Don't know how many addresses are still viable, but it's worth a shot.
  8. Tom V

    1264th Engineer Combat Battalion

    Any way to get a copy?
  9. Tom V

    1264th Engineer Combat Battalion

    Does a copy of the mentioned report exist somewhere? Would love to get a copy of it.
  10. Tom V

    1264th Engineer Combat Battalion

    Hi, I am very interested in the book you mention. Would you be willing to sell or send a copy of it? My dad was a T Sargent in the 1264th and I have very little information besides a few remembered stories. Trying to identify his path through Europe and maybe match a couple photos we have.
  11. I'm researching my uncle John Mitchell "Red" Holt who was in the 36th, company H. I don't have his military records but I have a decent collection of letters he wrote home. John joined the 36th when he was 20 years old, after the North Africa landing but before the invasion of Sicily. He did four amphibious landings: Sicily, Salerno, Mairoi, and Anzio. He wrote a short poem about those experiences that was published in a local paper. He described his duties as "among hundreds of other things our duties are to remove enemy mines and booby traps and when necessary put out a few of our own, build bridges and blow up bridges, make tank traps, fix roads, and fight as infantrymen when we are needed. We also do demolition work behind enemy lines at times." While serving in Italy in early 1944 he got trenchfoot and frostbite in the wet and cold winter conditions, and spent some time in a military hospital in March 1944. After rejoining the unit he participated in the invasion of southern France. On December 10th 1944 the 325th was going to install a bridge in a town called Mertzwiller on the French border with Germany, they were ambushed and shelled with mortars before daylight. There were no infantry units to support so H company of the 36th was sent in to support. They were moving through the town in a double column and a mortar hit a building above the unit and killed John and several others and injured their LT. There were 8 total KIA that day and they took them to the cemetery in nearby Hochfelder where they buried them about 5 pm the same day. John was later re-interred in St. Avold Cemetery. This information was from an "after action report" letter that his brother Francis Holt wrote after interviewing people from his company in late 1945. He spoke with Paul and Russel Carrell, brothers out of Pikeville, KY, who were with the unit through the whole war. Also Page Willever of Morris Plains, NJ; John Grabbel of Pittsburg PA; Manual Castillo from Texas. I'd be glad to hear from anybody with information about the 36th or who has record of John. I am busy getting what I have scanned and cleaned up to post.
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  13. Hi All, I'm a new member that just recently found this site. My dad, Edward A Voshell Jr. was a Technical Sargent in the 1264th. I'm working to find information on this unit, their travels through Europe so I might be able to connect stories I remember him telling to real life events. I heard these stories when I was very young, which was many years ago. Sadly my dad passed away in 1978 and I didn't get the opportunity to talk with him about his experiences when we were both adults. I've discovered there is a book on the 1264th that was published in 1945, but have not been able to find a copy. If anybody knows where I can get a copy it would be appreciated. I'm just starting my journey on this discovery. At some time I'd like to go to Europe and follow the path they took, if possible. We have a few pictures that don't provide much information. A bridge over a river, the Rhine? and one labeled SS Headquarters in Switzerland. I faintly remember a story that related to a concentration camp. Not sure if this was Dachau or not. Trying to connect these memories. Most of the posts I'm seeing are a few years old. Hoping there are enough people researching their parents that I can gain some information. Points, ideas, existing material are greatly appreciated. Tom V.
  14. Glad you joined. I'm sure the more people who see your request, the better. Welcome to the forum. Hope we can help you.
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  16. My name is Valentino Rossetti and I am the webmaster of the site dalvolturnoacassino.it . I have collaborated with Marion J. Chard in relation to the 1108th presence in Italy. I am conducting a research about a unit of German self-propelled guns that fought at Monte Porchia in the days between 3 and 8 January 1944 (just the days when the 48th companies were called to operate as infantry to give help to the conquest of this position). The German unit was named (in German) 2.Batterie SturmGeschutz Abteilung 242 and was equipped with 75 mm guns. There are some photographs that show some of these S.P. guns, hit or broken, taken January 9, 1944. The shooting location is generally referred to as "San Vittore area" but it is almost certain that it is near Monte Porchia (also included in the San Vittore area). Photo list: monte-porchia. Do you have any informations / photos that help me to identify the location of this unit in those days? Greetings and thanks for the help you can give me. Valentino
  17. Walt's Daughter

    info about 351st engineers general service

    We have quite a bit of info on this unit, right here on the forum. Please type in "351st" in the SEARCH box at the top of the home page of the forum. It will list any posts related to this unit.
  18. Walt's Daughter

    5th Engineer Special Brigade

    Well it looks like you are on your way Leslie.
  19. Walt's Daughter

    Introduction - 210th Military Police Company WWII

    Let me see what I can come up with for you.
  20. theron

    info about 351st engineers general service

    Hi.... You can find unit records: after action reports, message logs , aka unit journals etc. via. NARA.gov This following link will take you to a history: https://thefedorachronicles.com/worldwar2/mccarthy/SDOC0981.pdf
  21. Hello, I just joined today. I've been looking for information about the 351st engineers. My great-uncle was a member of the unit and information about him and this unit has been hard to find. I've lucked out so far discovering that this was his unit and I also found his serial number. His name was Earl Arnold and I believe he held the rank of Corporal. Any help would be great appreciated. I've included his picture in case anyone may have unit photos. Thanks!!!
  22. BCF

    5th Engineer Special Brigade

    Greetings Leslie, You are the first person with a family connection to the 210th that I've been able to connect with. Very happy that you posted. I have been collecting information on the Company for a while with the goal of assembling a simple book to follow my grandfather's time in the 210th. I'll assembly a summary and forward you a collection of documents in a couple of days. -Brice Freeman
  23. Hello, I am Leslie Krogh Feuerborn. My father, Ray Krogh, served in the 210th Military Police Company as a Private in WWII. He died when he was just 38 years old in a mountain climbing accident so our family wasn't able to find out any direct information about his experience in the war. Fortunately, his parents kept some of the letters that he sent home which has allowed us some insight into his experience. The 210th MP Company is not easy to find much information about so I'm hoping this site will help me out. He also served with Corporal Leslie E Haughs who died on December 25, 1944 and is buried at Henri-Chapelle Cemetery in Liège, Belgium. My dad thought so highly of Cpl Haughs that I was named after him (although I am female). I look forward to connecting with others through this site. Leslie
  24. Krogh Feuerborn

    5th Engineer Special Brigade

    BCF, my father was also in the 210th Military Police Company. I would love to hear more about what you have found about the activities of the 210th. I have some letters that my dad sent to his parents and have been able to find out some about the 210th on D-Day but don't know much about what they did and where they were after that. Can you share any of your information with me or tell me where you found information that I can go and search? Thanks. Leslie Krogh Feuerborn
  25. Walt's Daughter

    Interesting Articles

    Yes, I too read this and was going to post it. Glad one of us got around to it. Well, what can you say. He got to be with his sons, and other WWII veterans, then see the Memorial and exchange talk with the group. Truly, what a wonderful way to leave this earth.
  26. buk2112

    Interesting Articles

    Just saw this on Facebook, farewell Mr. Manchel NATIONAL Son tried to save his dad, a World War II vet, who died on Honor Flight to San Diego BY KAITLYN ALANIS MAY 07, 2019 03:33 PM, UPDATED MAY 07, 2019 03:33 PM World War II veteran Frank Manchel’s death on the Honor Flight was “almost instantaneous,” Honor Flight San Diego founder Dave Smith said, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. “He was laughing, chatting, having a good time — and then he collapsed,” Smith said, according to the newspaper. Manchel’s son, a doctor, and another doctor went to help — and the two doctors gave him CPR for 12 minutes, the newspaper reported. “Resuscitation measures were taken but he could not be revived,” Honor Flight San Diego posted to Facebook. Honor Flight San Diego is a nonprofit that “takes heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials at no cost to the veterans,” according to its Facebook page. “It is with our most deepest sympathy that we send our condolences to the Frank Manchel family,” the organization wrote. Manchel, 95, was a U.S. Army and World War II veteran, according to Honor Flight San Diego. When Manchel could not be revived, his body was draped in an American flag, according to the nonprofit. “It was our privilege to honor this true American hero during his final hours,” Honor Flight San Diego Chairman Julie Brightwell said, according to the Union-Tribune. While the plane began to land, people on board started singing “God Bless America” in honor of Manchel, the Union-Tribune reported. “Frank Manchel was so excited to go on Honor Flight. To be with both of his sons as well as his 93-year-old brother who met him in Washington, D.C. was so special,” his son, Bruce, said in the Facebook post. “My father’s passing was the ending to the most amazing weekend, surrounded by his newest best friends. “ ... Frank passed quickly and peacefully and the compassion and respect that that was shown to our family will be treasured always,” he continued. “May he rest in peace as he is now with his other beloved son Jimmy.” Honor Flight San Diego included a photo of Manchel on the American Airlines flight. The nonprofit says the photo was taken “just before he collapsed." American Airlines has since offered to fly Manchel and his family members to Michigan, where his body will be laid to rest, the post says. “We thank all of you – Honor Flight San Diego, American Airlines, San Diego International airport, friends, and supporters for your concern and for allowing the weekend to be so special for all of us to share together,” Bruce Manchel wrote. Six other people have died on Honor Flights, according to the Associated Press.
  27. Walt's Daughter

    1st Btn 358th Engineers

    It's very difficult to obtain info on one man within a unit. The best bet is to gather morning reports from NARA in St Louis, because this may give you some leads. You can also obtain unit records for the 358th from NARA in Maryland. Please see my instructions on how to obtain records here:
  28. Fluffy

    1st Btn 358th Engineers

    Hi, I am trying to find out what happened to 1st Lt Donald C. Grant, 0-1107445, of the 1st Btn 358th Engineers. Last heard of in 1944. Can anyone help?
  29. Walt's Daughter

    Exercise Tiger

    I appreciate you posting both of those. The images are very moving, especially the footprints in the sand.
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