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531st Engineer Shore Regiment & 3053rd Engineer Combat Batallion

Discussion in 'Information Requests' started by sandy1369, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. Annie McDonnell

    Annie McDonnell New Member

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    This is my first communication for this site. My father was Gerald Elmer McDonnell (Mac, Jerry) and a member of the 531st. I recall I had a list of names of men he fought with...not w/me now but will send when I pick it up. He also was in north Africa, Gela, Paestum, Salerno, Anzio, Normandy (Utah Beach), St. Lo, Ste. Mere Eglise, through France (the Ardennes) to Belgium and Germany with the Bulge. Prior to the invasion he was in England creating maps for the invasion from aerial photographs. He had written poems and drawn pictures for a Christmas card. He also drew and described enemy mines and how to diffuse them. Can anyone help me fill in the holes? He would tell funny stories but very few stories about things which haunted him. I will try to get all in order and forward anything I have to those who want it. He also had a publication about the size of an old Life magazine by another member of the 531st. I was under the impression that all recode for his time were lost in a fire. Can anyone confirm? Hope to hear from anyone who can help. Thanks in advance, Annie M.
     
  2. sunstreaker

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    NARA will likely claim his records were lost in the fire, however there are still methods to obtain his records.
    Do you have his dd 214? (See attachment)
    That’s really the starting point for tracking down his service info.
    Here is a link on how to obtain if you’re unable to find it.
    Request Military Service Records

    Here is a link for the researcher I used to track down all of my grandpa’s records(after action reports, morning reports, etc). Worth every penny.
    Golden Arrow Research-Research a Veteran
     

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    Sicily after action reports
     

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  4. Okie

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    I'm currently researching a uniform in our family from Austin H. Freed. I don't know what Engineer Special Service Brigade he served, as I'm just starting my research. His uniform has the bronze arrowhead as well as a Presidential Unit Citation and Meritorious Unit patch on the sleeve. Would you be so kind as to check your roster and please offer any other information you have. Interestingly, T/5 Freed was in the Quartermasters Corps. and not the Engineers.

    Thank you, Scott
     
  5. randall52

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    Hi Scott,I;m sorry but I don't find T/5 Freeds name on my list,but I have no knowledge of how the Quartermasters Corp. interacted with the Combat Engineers.Good Luck with your research and please post any information you might find.Thank you,Randall
     
  6. Okie

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    Thank you for the kindness of your response, Randall. I will certainly post what I find.
     
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    LRusso216 Graybeard Staff Member Patron  

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    His grave marker.
    Austin H Freed
    Birth 29 Jun 1917
    Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, USA
    Death 23 Dec 2004 (aged 87)
    Pottsville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, USA
    Burial
    Indiantown Gap National Cemetery
    Annville, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, USA
    Plot Section 35, Site 993

    It might help to hire a researcher who specializes in finding information. Several of us, me included, had a good experience with Geoff at Golden Arrow. He can give you some idea of what he can find and the cost of his research. Good luck.
     
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  9. CHri

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    Hello to all. My name is Christian and I live in Italy.
    I am a WWII Us Army history buff.
    I have items from an American veteran.

    PAUL STANLEY HANER Sgt
    32265988

    1st Engineer Special Brigade
    531st Engineer Shore Regiment
    3052 nd Engineer Combat Battalion Company C
     

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    Slipdigit Good Ol' Boy Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Welcome, Christian.
    Good collection of photos and the like. Is there a connection between you and Sgt Haner?
     
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  15. CHri

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    Hello, thank you!
    I am a collector.
    I am not a relative of Paul S Haner.
    I would like to find out more about Paul S Haner WWII service.
     

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