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  1. JeeperSam

    JeeperSam New Member

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    Hello everyone,

    I am looking for more information on where my grandfather was and where he went during WWII. He was a DUKW driver with the 453rd Amphibious Truck Co. I dont know whether or not this was part of the 1st or 5th ESB. My father told me his task was to transport ammunition and explosives from ships to either Utah or Omaha beach. Also crossed the Rhine (There is a newspaper article with his photo on the DUKW somewhere at my parents house) and he was also in Belgium somewhere. Anyone with info about this unit would make my day. My father was also 365th Engineer Batallion during Vietnam.

    Sam
     
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    The_Historian Pillboxologist Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Hello and welcome to the forums! I'm sure someone will provide you with some information about your grandfather.
     
  5. JeeperSam

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    Thank you both.
     
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    LRusso216 Graybeard Staff Member Patron  

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    Welcome to the forum. It looks as though his unit was part of the 5th ESB.

    5th Engineer Special Brigade (assigned and attached)
    HHC, 5th Engineer Special Brigade
    37th Engineer Combat Battalion
    336th Engineer Combat Battalion
    348th Engineer Combat Battalion
    533rd Quartermaster Battalion
    4141st Service Company
    4142nd Service Company
    4143rd Service Company
    619th Quartermaster Battalion
    97th Railhead Company
    559th Railhead Company
    Co A, 203rd Gas Supply Battalion
    131st Quartermaster Battalion
    453rd Amphibian Truck Company
    458th Amphibian Truck Company
    459th Amphibian Truck Company
    251st Ordnance Battalion
    616th Ammunition Company
    3466th Medium Automotive Maintenance Company
    61st Medical Battalion
    391st Collecting Company
    392nd Collecting Company
    393rd Collecting Company
    643rd Clearing Company
    210th MP Company
    30th Chemical Decontamination Company
    294th JASCO
    Attached:
    6th Naval Beach Battalion
    4042nd QM Truck Company
    26th Ordnance Bomb Disposal Squad
    2nd Plt, 440th Engineer Depot Company
    2nd Plt, 467th Engineer Maintenance Company
    Det P, 165th Signal Photo Company
    Det A, 175th Signal Repair Company
    Det 1, 215th Signal Depot Company
    2nd Squad, 1st Medical Depot Company
    3rd Surgical Group (8 teams)
    1219th Engineer Firefighting Platoon
    487th Port Battalion
    184th Company
    185th Company
    186th Company
    187th Company
    282nd Company (attached)
    283rd Company (attached)
    502nd Port Battalion
    270th Company
    271st Company
    272nd Company
    273rd Company
    http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?t=79481
     
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    TD-Tommy776 Man of Constant Sorrow

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    Welcome to the Forum, Sam.

    The 453d Amphibian Truck Co. did receive credit for a Bronze Arrowhead for Normandy, and campaign credit for Germany. That matches what your father told you.

    You may also be interested in one of the "Green Books", The Transportation Corps: Operation Overseas. Of particular interest is page 271 (or pg. 289 of the PDF version):

     
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    Sorry, I haven't logged on to this forum in a long time and just saw your post. What was your grandfather's name? My dad was with the 453rd and has a list of almost everyone who was with the unit at the end of the war. I could ask dad if he remember's him although he will be 99 this September and his memory has faded a lot these past few years. Even if dad does not remember him, I could fill you in some about the 453 Amphibian Truck Company but I'll wait till I here back from you to make sure you're still on the forum.

    Wayne
     

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