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Anyone know more about JOHN SEEMAN, US 148th Engineers?

Discussion in 'Western Europe' started by fredvogels, Oct 13, 2018.

  1. fredvogels

    fredvogels Member

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    Hi Fred.congrats on a fantastic site , Fred i would like to share a story with you , but before i start , i would like you to know that i am 57 years old and i am in good health with no mental problems etc etc thank god , ok here is the story and it is 100% genuine and true
    i was in bed on sat 06/10/18 and i was drifting off to sleep , as i was drifting off to sleep i got an image like a dream , or a picture , it was of 3 to four american soldiers standing having coffee and smoking , it was on a battlefield or an outpost as there was a lot of movement going on , next thing there was a flash , as if an incoming shell had exploded , then i woke up , as soon as i awoke , i heard in my head a voice saying MY NAME IS JOHN SEEMAN I WAS KILLED IN NORMANDY IN 1944
    ok i said to myself this is strange very strange as for one i do not dream it is years since i had a dream , anyway i got out of bed and turned on the computer
    and to my SHOCK i found johns details , he was killed on 27/7/1944 in Normandy , he was a Major at 26 years of age and also an only child
    it is a really sad sad story. i checked as many records as i could , his mother and father have passed away and there are no relatives to contact .
    now i told the story to a close friend , and he said to me , it is a soul looking for a prayer , so i have got a Mass said for john at the Ho;y Shrine here in Knock
    i am located 20 km from Knock in the Rep of Ireland
    Fred there is no family connection to john , my father and uncle served in the RAF and Merchant NavY during WW11
    Fred i was wondering if you could find out anything about john as i have tried on the internet and all i can find out is that he was born in Shanghai to American parents then moved to California thats where he signed up , he was a store manager , before joing the army , his unit was the 148th Engineers
    Fred if it is possible to find out HOW and Where john was killed i would be very grateful , in fact any info at all would be fantastic
    i am thinking and thinking about this daily , and i am also going to visit his grave and lay some flowers
    we owe so much to them
    ok fred as i said before congratulations on a great site ,
    looking forward to hearing from you
     
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    fredvogels Member

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    Frank John Seeman Jr
    1918–1944
    BIRTH ABT 1918 • Shanghai, China
    DEATH 27 JUL 1944 • Unknown Buried in Normandy, France

    From an Ancestry family tree

    Perhaps you need him to contact the sister site across the pond - WWII Forums they may be able to hustle up more details

    World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas
    NameJohn F Seeman
    Inducted FromCalifornia
    RankMajor
    Combat Organization148th Engineers
    Combat BattalionDeath DateJul 27 1944
    MonumentNormandy, France
    Last Known StatusBuried
    U.S. Awards
    Purple Heart Medal
    Silver Star Medal

    U.S., Headstone and Interment Records for U.S. Military Cemeteries on Foreign Soil, 1942-1949
    NameJohn F Seeman
    GenderMale
    RankMAJ
    Residence PlaceCalifornia
    Death Date27 Jul 1944
    CemeteryNormandy
    Burial PlaceSt Laurent, France (Note its the one in Normandy on the Omaha Beach - its a common name in France)
    Next of KinMr Frank J Seema
     
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    TD-Tommy776 Man of Constant Sorrow

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    Per ABMC website: Plot D Row 21 Grave 13

    Draft (or Selective Service) Registration Card:

    Seeman_Pg_1_Draft_Reg_Card_WWII.jpg Seeman_Pg_2_Draft_Reg_Card_WWII.jpg
     
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    Dear Sir,
    My father was a member of the 148th Combat Engineers. Late in life he told me that his Captain saved many solders lives when the Captain stepped on a land mine and ordered all the trailing men to clear as quickly as possible. His Captain took the full hit, was killed but saved the life of my father and other men. He told me this took place in Normandy. To his regret he could not remember the Captain's name. He thought it was the same name of a store in Queens, NY. For many years there was a Seaman's furniture store. Also, the dates do not match. My father was wounded outside St. Lo, Normandy on July 22, 1944 in heavy artillery bombardment and Major Seeman was killed on July 27, 1944. My father passed in 2009. During his life he returned to Normandy and St Lo and visited the American Cemetery to pay his respects to the members of the 148th. He also visited the Shrine at Knock, Ireland. I too will remember Major Seeman in my prayers and hope to visit his grave someday.
     
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    fredvogels Member

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    Sorry for the delay. I was away for 10 days. I will pass this message. Thanks!!
     
  7. Michael Kendrick

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    Sirs,

    The Major John F Seeman, my family knew, was a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines in 1942, with and Engineer of Mines Processional Degree. He was a very good friend of my Uncle, Frank E. Kendrick III and Jack Roberts, both of Leadville Colorado, who were also 1942 graduates of CSM with Mining Engineering Degrees, as well. Jack was killed flying the hump in India and Frank was UDT leader who passed in February of 1944. All belonged to the SAE fraternity and were very good friends. My aunt, who was married to Frank, recounts many fond memories of John Seeman to this day. She is about to turn 100. In the mid 1950's my Dad (Robert Kendrick) was a shift boss underground at the Climax Mine in Colorado and heard some men on his crew describing the best officer they had ever known and they told this same story cited below, along with other positive antidotes about John Seeman. I hope this helps, Kind regards, Mike Kendrick
    Here is the Silver Star commendation for John Seeman:
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  8. chas12345

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    Thank you so Much for this , it is very very strange . as in my dream i knew it was an explosion , but know i know the facts
    i am truly overwhelmed
    Thank you again for the information
    what a hero john was { like so many } and so young
    i will do my best to visit his Grave in Normandy in 2020

    many many thanks to all who gave me the time and info on this

    Charles
     
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    chas12345 New Member

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    Just a long shot Mike
    would your Aunt have a photo of John ?

    best regards Charles
     
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    UPDATE . 22/11/2019 00.05 AM

    After seeing Mikes reply , i had a search around , and i came up with the idea of contacting the Colorado school of mines
    as i was about to mail them i noticed they has a library THE ARTHUR LAKES LIBRARY
    Which just happened to have a chat box for help
    so i joined the chat and got speaking to a wonderful guy called Joe Knaus
    i told joe the story and attached a link of this site for him to have a read
    and Amazingly he searched the records in the library and was able to find a photo of john
    so hats off to him , attached is a pic of John .
    i will now send this pic to the site with his memorial so they can add a photo to the profile
    many many thanks to all who have helped me along this journey

    best regards
    Charles [​IMG]
     
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