9th Armored Engineer Bn
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Received this email this week.

 

 

WATT, Jack B.
1921
1944
Cpl 9th Armored Eng WWII; Repatriated May 1949
SCWB
My Uncle jack died in the early days of the Battle of the Bulge. Dec 18 or 19th, 1944 I have heard his unit only lost 10 guys. Jack was the swim instructor for the Battalion back in LA before the shipped over on the Queen Mary(?)
Jack was very muscular , a football player, tall over 6'4" and a man of great compassion and character.
He and my dad were orphaned in 1939 when he was 16 yrs old and survived alone in the mountains of Western Pennsylvania until they were "taken in" by a local pastor.
His widow, though she remarried, kept his medals and a scarf he bought for her in Paris; giving them to our family when she passed away. Her son not related to Jack said he felt like Jack was his own father - She loved him that much.
I have asked for his war record to get any more details of his last days.Unfortunately the records may have been in the fire that destroyed the records of so many.
My hope is to visit the site where he could have been KIA. I would very much like to place something of remembrance for my Uncle Jack.
I plan to travel to Bastogne on Friday September 4th 2015 and would like to get as much info about the 9th Armored Engineers between Dec 16 - 20th,1944.

 

 

 

 

So I am doing a bit of research for her, including sending her the link to the STATES Veteran's Admin, so she can contact them for records. Below find related links. Will add to this as I go.

 

 

 

http://www.9tharmored.com/

 

http://www.history.army.mil/documents/eto-ob/9ad-eto.htm

 

http://www.history.army.mil/html/forcestruc/lineages/branches/eng/0009enbn.htm

 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/9th-Engineer-Battalion/122347161121274

 

http://www.globeatwar.com/article/us-9th-armored-division-liberation-western-czechoslovakia-1945

 

http://www.battleofthebulgememories.be/stories26/32-battle-of-the-bulge-us-army/551-ccb-9th-armored-division-battle-of-the-bulge.html

 

http://www.lonesentry.com/gi_stories_booklets/9tharmored/

 

http://www.allworldwars.com/The%20Remagen%20Bridgehead%20March%201945.html

 

Rhine River Crossing - 9th Armored Eng Bn - pdf

 

https://www.flickr.com/people/9thenginnerbattalion/

 

 

 

 

Also recommending that you contact the Army Corps of Engineer's Office of History in Alexandria, VA and NARA in Maryland, for they would have unit records from the war. 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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She also sent this a bit later...

 

 

I found his discharge card online
Jack KIA December 18. 1944 in Luxembourg.
If anyone knows which company saw action in Luxembourg Dec18.1944; I will be able to find more precise records at the National Archives.
Thanks,
Joan Watt

 

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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