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  testing Nov 2020
Posted by: Walt's Daughter - 11-30-2020, 11:25 AM - Forum: TESTING ONLY! - No Replies

testing to see if I can upload files

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  Happy Thanksgiving
Posted by: Walt's Daughter - 11-26-2020, 01:25 PM - Forum: MARION'S NEWS n UPDATES n BABBLINGS... - No Replies

Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. Stay safe, but enjoy the holiday. Try to focus on the positive during these trying times.

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  Some engineer unit rosters now available.
Posted by: ButnerMuseum - 11-13-2020, 04:12 PM - Forum: WWII ENGINEERS - Replies (2)

Good afternoon everyone,
 I wanted to share some of the work I have been doing at the Camp Butner Society and Museum lately. I have been slowly converting all found unit rosters over from their original format to searchable excel spreadsheets and have a few engineer units completed so far. Our website for viewing is at:


If you look under the "non-divisional unit rosters" tab at the top, you will find complete rosters for the 31st 283rd, and 292nd Engineer Combat Battalions. I have the segregated 389th Engineer GS Regt completed, but haven't posted it yet. 

I would love to have all the units that came through Camp Butner and I'm sorry. There is no "magical" roster of soldiers out there. These are all transcribed from known unit history books published after the war so if a unit did not have a printed roster (that I currently have access to) I will not be able to add them. This is all done in my spare time since I already work a 40+ hour/wk job. 

Not engineer related, but I am currently working on the entire 4th Infantry Division. We are talking about 25-35000 soldiers. I am 2700 names into one of the regiments and already have some of the smaller units completed.

Camp Butner Society

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  Looking for information on William Edward Purkess
Posted by: Mark D - 10-27-2020, 03:43 PM - Forum: LOOKING FOR... - Replies (4)

Bill Purkess was my grandfather and I am trying to find out about his service during World War II. Here is what I know. I have a picture of him in an officer's uniform with Engineer pins on the collar. No rank or unit is visible. I have a letter from him dated February 1945 talking about a recent R&R in southern France. Unfortunately according to what I got from the National records his service records were destroyed in the St Louis fire. Bill was born on January 6th 1920, and passed away on October 26th 1959. He lived in Brooklyn NY. Family lore has him as a Major, and having served in North Africa, Italy, and southern France. Sometime after the letter was written he had a major injury to his leg. The story was he had his ankle run over by a "tank". Would like any information that anyone might have on Bill. Thanks.

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  Marcel F James
Posted by: Lihou - 10-10-2020, 09:58 PM - Forum: LOOKING FOR... - Replies (1)

    Hi everyone, 

I'm looking for some informations about my grandfather. He was in ESB troup(but idk which one) and his crew had landed in Normandy (prehars near Colleville sur mer according to my grandmother). He met her in a little town called Mosles in june 1944. Unfortunately, he change his unit at the end of the war for the 716th MP bn (when he back inUsa) so idk his unit/regiment during the ETO. But 2 pictures show him wearing an ESB Patch and it's one of the only thing (his patch) that he left after burning down all his military stuff. I only know the departure of his boat from an to USA.  He fought in Normandy, Nothern France, Belgium and Germany (+ he had some adresses in Netherland and one picture with us soldiers but I don't know why. His name was Marcel F James, he was born in Normandy, he fought here and died here in 90's. So if someone could help me in my research, if someone see his name in a roster i'll be very thankful. 



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