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#1 Walt's Daughter

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Posted 26 August 2004 - 08:57 PM

I always advise everyone to access the resources first. If you are looking for information on a particular engineer unit, your best bet is to begin with the Army Corps of Engineers, Office of History. While they DO NOT have data for every unit, they have a wealth of information on many, many regiments and battalions.

I contacted Michael Brodhead in 2005, and was surprised and overjoyed with the package I received. It not only contained the written history of the 540th, but many images as well. What a great find!

Many of you are aware of the GREAT fire which occurred within the St Louis National Archives building in St Louis, in 1973. Yes, the fire DID destroy many of the individual veteran's records, but not ALL. But many of our readers are under the false impression, the unit records were also destroyed; THIS IS NOT TRUE! The unit records are not located in St Louis, but can be found at the Maryland location.

If you are looking for regimental/battalion records, please contact NARA's Maryland office. As with the Army Corps of Engineers Office of History, NARA in Maryland also has records available to the public. I also contacted them several years ago, and discovered they had over 2000 pages of information on my father's unit. WOW!

While NARA will mail some information free of charge, most individuals will have to schedule a visit to the facility. You can also hire a research student, or private researcher, who will copy the information for you. DO NOT visit the facility without contacting them first, for files must be "pulled" ahead of time, and will only be ready for you with a scheduled appointment!

I wound up hiring a private researcher. Yes I had to pay for the services, but in my case, it was well worth it.

The VA Facilities link enables you to locate your state/local VA facility. If you were unable to obtain your discharge papers from NARA in St Louis, then give the VA a shot. I wrote to them and obtained my father's discharge papers within two weeks.

Happy hunting!
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OPA - ONLINE PUBLIC ACCESS - One of the central goals of Online Public Access is to let the public search multiple National Archives resources at once

The Online Public Access resource is the online public portal to our records and information about our records. The OPA prototype currently provides access to nearly one million electronic records currently in the Electronic Records Archives (ERA), which are not available elsewhere online. More electronic records from ERA will be included in OPA in the coming year.


This resource taps the following:

Dwight D Eisenhower Presidential Library

National Archives Online Database

Online Veterans & Military Documents

NARA, College Park, Maryland - official unit histories including daily, weekly and monthly journals, after-action reports, maps and much more

NARA -St. Louis - Discharge Papers/Morning Reports...


Written requests for archival Morning Reports and Unit Rosters are not accepted. Individuals may only access these records by:Military Awards and Decorations - National Archives


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Army Corps of Engineers - Office of History - revamped link - 01-2012

And also...
Fort Leonard Wood - Office of Engineer History
Historian, U.S. Army Engineer School
320 MANSCEN Loop, Suite 043
Ft. Leonard Wood, MO 65473
573-563-6365

United States Army Military History Institute

Historic Government Publications from WWII

WW2 Connections - private research site

Pike Military Research

Questia - World's Largest Online Library

US Army War College

Ben Myers Associations and Alumni Database

VETS HOME

VA State Facilities - very often (as in my case), your local (state) facility will have a copy of your loved one's discharge papers

Burial Locations - if your veteran is buried in a national cemetery, this database covers almost all 120 of them. Burials abroad are not covered.

American Battle Monuments Commission - if the veteran you are searching for was killed in action and is still buried overseas he should be listed in this database. Burials in the domestic United States are not covered.

Edited by Walt's Daughter, 18 June 2014 - 09:43 AM.
updated links - reworded post, etc.

Marion J Chard
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#2 Walt's Daughter

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Posted 07 March 2009 - 03:08 PM

The following is a document sent to me by Jim Miller. armata_PDT_37.gif

Master Index of Army Records

Attached Files


Marion J Chard
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540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon

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#3 Walt's Daughter

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Posted 13 June 2009 - 03:14 PM

Thanks James Hennessey!

Resources for Seabee and other military records in World War II

http://www.battleofs...eResources.html
Marion J Chard
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540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon

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Posted 11 July 2009 - 12:20 PM

Wow, ran across this beauty this morning while performing research for a new friend. Can't believe I hadn't run across this reference material until today. It's a great source of information on numerous units, covering the time period from Operation Overlord through the end of the war in Europe.

Armed Forces Oral History - World War II Combat Interviews

According to this reference guide, these materials are located at the Washington National Records Center - Operated by the National Archives (NARA) in Suitland, Maryland.

Each reference specifies a number such as CI-370. The CI stands for Combat Interviews, but as the user guide points out, the documentation includes narrative histories, operation reports, official journals, etc.

The reference covers the gamut of military units including engineers. Yes you read that right - engineer units! We are not forgotten. armata_PDT_37.gif

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon

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#5 Walt's Daughter

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 06:53 PM

Another great resource which can be found on Army Engineer Association's site. This is a list of which contains engineer unit links for:

active and reserve | alumni | training | others

Marion J Chard
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540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon

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#6 Walt's Daughter

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 06:53 PM

Hi, but we do have that listed above. :pdt12: That is how I obtained my father's. See link - VA FACILITIES. Thanks!
Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon

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