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#1 Walt's Daughter

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Posted 25 January 2005 - 08:45 PM

Nevin emailed me the other day. I decided to post it here because others may be looking for info on the 49th too.
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Hi Marion,

I am trying to do research on my Great Uncle... a WWII US army veteran.

He was in the 49th Engineering Combat Battalion. B Company
Name: William Mattie.

Enlisted April 1942 in Boston Mass.
Discharged Oct 1944

Service: Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland.

Would you know any details on how I can find any history specific to the 49th Engineering Combat Bn? Photos, books, stories etc.

I have already contacted National Personnel Records in St Louis. According to their records his files were lost in the fire back in 1973.

Thank you for you time.

Nevin Gaudet
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Okay here we go. I hope this helps. I will continue looking too.

Yes you are correct, he was part of VII Corps.

http://www.jeroenkop.....0US Corps.htm

You may want to contact Janet Williamson and see what she can tell you about the 49th. Looks like she has some info, even though she is looking for more specifics too. I have not talked to her, but am passing on the info that I saw on a board. janet.williamson2@verizon.net

"My father Olan Coy Cowardin was a truck driver and power shovel operator in the combat engineers in Europe in WWII, Co. A, 49th Engineers. He served between Sept. 1943 and Dec. 1945 and was at St. Lo, The Battle of the Bulge, D-Day and others. He once told me about being where a Concentration Camp was just liberated and the condition of the prisoners.. I would like to know which camp it was. He also told of driving off the ship at Normandy D-Day and how scary it was. I would like to know more about the method of building the long ramps from the ships and how this was all managed."

Here is a link on the seaborne assault that was Task Force U. The 49th were part of this assault.

http://www.army.mil/.../utah/utah3.htm

Here is a link for the divisions and units that were part of the Normandy assault June 6 & 7th. You will see his unit listed under the 101st Airborne Division. I will try and find out more. I have several friends that belonged to the 101st and in fact I am having lunch with them next month.

http://www.dday-over....com/fepeng.htm

Here is the gentleman you should contact regarding the 49th CE.

49th Engineer Combat Battalion
Mr Wilbur Vickers
1209 Ambridge Dr
Louisville, Kentucky 40207-2467


I am hoping to have more unifying details later but this should get you started. You may also wish to see the research suggestions I have listed on my board. I strongly urge you to contact the army corps of engineers. They are a wonderful wealth of info. You may also want to contact Richard Horrell, especially if you come to spot where you aren't getting any further. It is a pay-for service, but he is a good friend and has a 5000 plus book library at his personal disposal. If you do contact him, please tell him I sent you. I would appreciate it.

http://www.6thcorpsc...hp?showtopic=23

Warm regards and the best of luck to you. Do not hesitate to ask for more help.

Edited by Walt's Daughter, 25 November 2009 - 11:17 AM.
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Posted 01 March 2005 - 07:17 PM

My grandpa Ernest Napier was a carpenter, his rank was PFC in HHC 49th Combat Engineers during WWII. I have pictures of him during the war and I have a few of his buddys at Camp Carson Colorado - I think one was named Guy Mills and a Lt. Christian?

Where could I post the pictures so they might possibly be identified?

I also have some sketchy information about the unit's reorganization and deployment dates and places I would like to share.

Thanks!

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Posted 05 March 2005 - 10:46 PM

You can post them right here on this page with your post. The easiest way is to send them to me and I will post them for you. Let me know if you need anything else.
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Posted 30 April 2005 - 07:23 PM

You can find Ernest Napier's page here:

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Posted 07 July 2005 - 04:31 PM

Hi, My name is James D. Neville.
My father, now deceased, was with the 49th ECB from start to finish. He joined them as a Second Lieutenant, fresh out of Fort Belvoir OCS, in Camp Carson as part of the initial cadre, and served on the battalion staff througout the war.
I am currently conducting research in order to publish a book on the history of the 49th Engineer (Combat) Battalion in WW II. I have managed to locate two other veterans, and the daughter of another deceased veteran, from whom I've received photographs and information. I have the factual information I need to outline the story of the stateside training and oversees operations of the battalion. I nee the personal experience of 49th ECB veterans to 'flesh-out and humanize' the story.
I would like to hear from any other living veterans of the 49th ECB or the families of deceased veterans. I have a questionnaire that I would like to provide ot the evetrans to capture their WW II memories as members of the 49th ECB.
Particularly, I am in need of good reproducible quality photographs to illustrate the book. Photos of the 49th ECB veterans themselves in uniform in WW II, and general photos taken by veterans of the battalion;Colorado, Louisiana, UK, North Africa, continental Europe. Photos of construction projects (ie., bridges) in training or actiual operations, or enemy fortifications breached would be of particular value. I have, for example, a photo of a sawmill operated by the battalion in Belgium during December 1944.

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Posted 08 July 2005 - 03:41 PM

Good luck in your endeavor. I am right in your court. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance. Would love to help.

We'd love to see some of the photos and of course would love to hear about the history of the 49th ECB's.

The best to ya...
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Posted 14 October 2007 - 02:09 AM

It appears there hasn't been much activity on this forum for a while.

I recently viewed Ken Burns series "The War". I was interested not only because of its documentation of its history, but because my father went through it.

The reason I'm writing in this forum is that my dad was also in the 49th combat engineers. I do not know what company, however.

He died a couple of years ago.

He, like many, had little that they wanted to share after their experiences there. He was a quiet man, so all the more reason that little is known about it. My mom may know more. I've been drilling her, and she's willing to gather all that she can to assist in piecing together as much as we can of that there is what may be tucked away.

I'll contintue. I just wanted to let you know that I'm out here and will continue to share what I can when its discovered.

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Posted 14 October 2007 - 12:54 PM

Welcome Ken:

Yes it's unfortunate, but until you posted yesterday, there has been no activity in this area regarding the 49th since 2005! A real shame, but who know what else we can find out in the interim, right?

I hope you are able to piece together at least a brief history with the memories and items your mother is willing to supply. Yes, DO get them before it's too late.

Unfortunately you are amongst the thousands of sons and daughters who are desperately trying to find out anything they can about their fathers. But always remember there is a ray of hope; my story is one of those hopeful cases and shows that anything IS possible. clapping.gif

I am going to try and email a few of the people who posted here and see if I can get in touch with them for you.

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 07:20 PM

QUOTE (Walt's Daughter @ Apr 30 2005, 07:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You can find Ernest Napier's page here:

Memories of Ernest Napier


This goes to Ernest Napier's grandson.

If he would like to talk to my Dad, he said he could call him. He has fond memories of Ernest and funny things too. Dad, Guy H. Mills used to read his letters from home to him and write letters for him too. Ernest at the time could not read or write. I will give you his phone number and you can post it or blank it out. But Dad asks if you will give it to the guy and hope he calls him.

Barbara

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P O. Box 224
Bluewater, NM 87005
505 876 2651 That is for anyone that wants to talk to Dad from the 49th Engineers B co.
and Battalion Headquarters, where he was transferred after 6 wks because of his specialization of Demolition,.
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 07:21 PM

QUOTE (Walt's Daughter @ Apr 30 2005, 07:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You can find Ernest Napier's page here:

Memories of Ernest Napier


This goes to Ernest Napier's grandson.

If he would like to talk to my Dad, he said he could call him. He has fond memories of Ernest and funny things too. Dad, Guy H. Mills used to read his letters from home to him and write letters for him too. Ernest at the time could not read or write. I will give you his phone number and you can post it or blank it out. But Dad asks if you will give it to the guy and hope he calls him.

Barbara

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505 876 2651 That is for anyone that wants to talk to Dad from the 49th Engineers B co.
and Battalion Headquarters, where he was transferred after 6 wks because of his specialization of Demolition,.
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Posted 28 August 2008 - 02:12 AM

Barbara:

Nice to have you here. I can put you in touch with everyone associated with the 49th. Will send you the list tomorrow. Getting ready for bed tonight. Have an early interview with a radio station in Ottawa, Canada tomorrow morning at 8 AM.

Welcome. Would love to hear your dad's stories!

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Posted 29 December 2008 - 02:49 AM

QUOTE (Barbara Patterson @ Aug 27 2008, 02:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This goes to Ernest Napier's grandson.

If he would like to talk to my Dad, he said he could call him. He has fond memories of Ernest and funny things too. Dad, Guy H. Mills used to read his letters from home to him and write letters for him too. Ernest at the time could not read or write. I will give you his phone number and you can post it or blank it out. But Dad asks if you will give it to the guy and hope he calls him.

Barbara

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Bluewater, NM 87005
505 876 2651 That is for anyone that wants to talk to Dad from the 49th Engineers B co.
and Battalion Headquarters, where he was transferred after 6 wks because of his specialization of Demolition,.


+++++++++++++++++++++ For Barbara Patterson, daughter of Guy Mills ++++++++++++++++++++++

Hi Barbara, I tried calling Guy tonight but there was no answer. I am really looking forward to hearing stories about my grandfather. I actually wrote NARA and got all of the information on the 49th which has a few pictures in there of them building bridges. I had some momentos my grandfather gave me before he passed but they were stolen by a family member. I hope some day to get them back and post them online to be preseved and shared. There was a drawing of a unit insignia that included Pike's Peak and had all the men's names on the back, also there were maps of all the bridges built by the 49th overseas.

I am a veteran myself (Co C 2nd Battalion 11th Special Forces Group (Airborne)).

Your dad is welcome to write me and I will keep trying to get in touch.
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Posted 29 December 2008 - 03:11 AM

QUOTE (Walt's Daughter @ Aug 27 2008, 09:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Barbara:

Nice to have you here. I can put you in touch with everyone associated with the 49th. Will send you the list tomorrow. Getting ready for bed tonight. Have an early interview with a radio station in Ottawa, Canada tomorrow morning at 8 AM.

Welcome. Would love to hear your dad's stories!

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Hi Marion, I want to again thank you for being so kind and hosting such a great site, thank you for all your hard work, care and concern.

I've been working on an extract from the NARA files to try and find a way to provide information to everyone. I have spent a lot of time compiling a spreadsheet with quite a few tabs along the bottom listing personnel, unit info, etc. Can I upload it to this site as an attachment, do you want me to copy and paste it or would you prefer to screen it first and decide how best to display it? The file size is 438Kb. Here is one of the tabs - 49th ECB CO's.

49TH ENGINEER COMBAT BATTALION - COMMANDING OFFICERS
GENERAL ORDER RANK BRANCH FIRST NAME MIDDLE NAME LAST NAME DATE COMMAND LOCATION NOTES
1 Major CE R. Ernest Leffel Thursday, April 01, 1943 Camp Carson, CO CE = Combat Engineer
5 Major CE R. Ernest Leffel Tuesday, September 21, 1943 Camp Carson, Colorado
4 Major CE James P. Neville Wednesday, March 14, 1945
8 Major CE James P. Neville Sunday, June 03, 1945
14 Major CE Julius R. Noble Thursday, August 16, 1945
15 Major CE Charles D. McLeod Sunday, August 19, 1945
16 Major CE James P. Neville Monday, August 27, 1945
17 Major CE Charles D. McLeod Monday, September 03, 1945
18 Captain CE Dale E. O'Brien Sunday, September 30, 1945
19 Lieutenant Colonel FA Fred N. Wisehart Monday, October 08, 1945 FA = Field Artillery
20 Captain IN Jack J. Jarvis Tuesday, November 06, 1945 IN = Infantry


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Posted 29 December 2008 - 03:56 AM

Hi Bill:

So good to hear from you, and thanks for your kind comments.

Yes, you can upload it as an attachment and/or send it to me as an attachment, and I can convert it to a PDF also, for inclusion on the main site. Would love to see the whole thing. Thanks for compiling that data.

Well it's getting late this evening, and about time for me to close the laptop. YAWN! sleep.gif

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 01:01 AM

Thanks Marion! Iwill upload it as an attachment here.

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 01:08 AM

QUOTE (sf11dude @ Dec 30 2008, 09:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks Marion! I will upload it as an attachment here.



Marion, I might be doing something wrong. I chose the "browse" option below, and then "upload" but I don't see either of them on the site. It is giving me a message saying "Upload failed. You are not permitted to upload this type of file"

I tried to upload VII Corps Casualties and the 49th CEB History (both Excel files). I will send them to you via email and if you don't mind, you could add them here for the others to see.

Thanks!

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 10:03 AM

I will have to convert the files. We do not allow certain documents because of potential security risks and file size. Thanks! I should have the file completed later today. armata_PDT_01.gif
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Posted 02 January 2009 - 03:40 PM

[size=4]Okay, this took a while.... Sorry for the delay, but it's a HUGE document (several sheet Excel file)! I have included the Excel spreadsheet, which is in read-only mode and password protected. You can open the file, but NOT alter it.

I have also included an HTML file, for those who are unable to open an EXCEL spreadsheet.

Both documents can be found on Ernest's page also, as of this morning.

Bill, I can't imagine the HOURS you spent on this document. It's incredible. A gold star is sent your way. armata_PDT_37.gif If anyone wants to know anything about the 49th, well...it's pretty much ALL here.

Ernest Napier's Web Page


MARION's NOTE: Nov 25, 2009

Bill wanted me to temporarily pull these files from the server, for he found erroneous data, etc., which he would like modify before restoring to the server. Thank you for your patience. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Edited by Walt's Daughter, 25 November 2009 - 11:22 AM.
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Posted 12 October 2009 - 12:48 AM

Hi Marion, I hope all is well. Guy Mill's daughter Barbara Patterson and I finally made contact which was great - they sent me some information frm the 49th ECB. I am busy making a Google map of the movements of the 1106th ECG and plan to do one for the 49th ECB at some point. Is there a way for you to display them or will they have to be linked through URL?

Does anyone know if there are any 49th ECB reunions?

I am writing Total Army Personnel Center to get information on MIA and KIA's from the 49th - it takes a while to get a response. I was researching the 49th ECB casualty reports and noted that on Sunday September 17, 1944 near Dasburg Germany 4 personnel were declared MIA.

Major Ernest M Cassidy
1st Lt Vincent J Slomka
TSgt Albert H Meyer
Ssgt Chester W Morris

Does anyone know what happened on that day?

I learned about 1st Lt Slomka - O-1297797 SLOMKA VINCENT J ARMY European Theatre: Germany Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated GERMANY Oflag 64 or 21B Schubin (Moved to Usedom) Poland, Altburgund 53-17

Oflag64 was a German POW camp for Officers near Sczubin (not Schubin) Poland - the story of this group is incredible.

Here is a link:http://www.talkingproud.us/HistoryOflag64A.html

I haven't found any information on the others yet but I am looking.

Can I continue to send you information for posting? You can put all links on my granddad's page Ernest Napier.

Thank you!

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Posted 12 October 2009 - 02:57 AM

Great to hear from you again, and congrats on a job well done. Gratifying isn't it? armata_PDT_37.gif

Yes, will be pleased to add more to his page. Feel free to send me things and we'll see what will work.

Don't be a stranger.

I hope we can find more info for you too.

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Posted 13 October 2009 - 01:27 AM

I found some information on Major Cassidy and Lt Slomka - it seems to be easier to track POW Officers because they were located at specific areas.

Another link to search for Oflag64 POWs:
http://www.oflag64.u...W_Database.html

This link is to the Oflag64 "ITEM" newspaper with Major Cassidy in it.
http://www.oflag64.u.....Fall ITEM.pdf

Cassidy, Ernest  M,  Major
Unit: 49 Eng Bn
Division: 1st Army
Captured: 17  September  1944
Date of Arrival:  
Where Captured: Germany
Departure: Hammelburg
Camp: Oflag 64
Comments:  
Status: RMC

The 4th Division raided the prisoner camp at Hammelburg and Major Cassidy escaped. I recently moved from Lexington KY and in the newletter photo it mentions him in association to Lexington, KY. Odd...

Slomka, Vincent  J,  1st Lt
Unit:  49 Eng Bn
Division:  
Captured: 17  September  1944
Date of Arrival:  
Where Captured: Germany
Departure: Odessa
Camp: Oflag 64
Comments:  
Status: RMC

(RMC - Return to Military Control) - this says he went through Odessa but supposedly he dies in the POW camp, maybe his remains were returned through Odessa?

I am attempting to attach the MS Word doc with the photo and text about Major Cassidy.

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 03:50 PM

Thank you for all the 49th information. I have a new email address janet.williamson4@verizon.net and I am still looking for information regarding the liberation of a concentration camp. My father, PFC Olan Coy Cowardin told me he saw people who were walking skeletons and that the GI's rounded up some of the guards and gave the able liberated prisoners rifles and let them "guard" them. They of course retaliated against the guards and shot them. I am interested in any information and in particular which camp this was. (See my initial request.)

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 07:51 PM

Janet, good to hear from you. Please make sure you update your email addy in your profile, but do remove it from your post. Members can reach you privately via personal messenger and vice-versa. This keeps you protected from spammers, etc. It's way too easy to get hacked now and I urge everyone to NEVER post your email address anywhere in public areas; dangerous!

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