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531st Engineer Shore Regiment & 3053rd Engineer Combat Batallion

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  1. gamboa

    gamboa New Member

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    I have a roster of the 5053rd dated 5/30/45 awarding the Bronze Service Arrowhead for having participated in the Normandy invasion, and lists Harold Harris as a PFC. Lower is not listed but he may have been in the 5052nd or 5031st after the 531st.
     
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    I have a roster of the 5053rd dated 5/30/45 awarding the Bronze Service Arrowhead for having participated in the Normandy invasion, and lists Joseph Marino as a Private.

     
  3. randall52

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    Would you look for Charlie Meade please?
     
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    Howdy all, my grandpa Raymond(Ray) Ellerton was a Tec-5 radio tender on an anti-tank gun crew with the HQ&Supply company 3rd Battalion of both the 531st ESR & 3053rd combat engineer battalion. Reported to Camp Edwards on July 1st, 1942. Participated in the Algeria-French Morocco, Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Normandy, Northern France, Central Europe & Rhineland campaigns. Discharged from Camp McCoy August 13, 1945.
    Was TDY with the 38th General Service Regiment upon their arrival on d-day + 4 clearing mines & draining flooded areas until July '44.
    Was TDY special assignment with 15 others from 531st ESR HQ&Supply co. to the 2nd Battalion 531st ESR mapping & detailing German fortifications in the Cherbourg area from July '44 until the 531st ESR disbanded & reclassified as the 3053rd Combat Engineer Battalion in August '44.

    I have quite a bit of info to post/upload as time allows...
     
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    troop ships of note:
    USAT Thomas H. Barry (Staten Island, NY Aug 4 '42 - Belfast, Ireland Aug 14 '42) USAT Thomas H. Barry - Wikipedia
    H.M.T. Warwick Castle(Scotland Oct 13 '42 - Damesme, North Africa Nov 8 '42) https://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?17048
    LST 374 (Porto Empedocle, Sicily Aug 20 '43 - Bizerte, North Africa Aug 22 '43) USS LST-374 - Wikipedia
    USAT Samuel Lowensdale (Bizerte, North Africa Aug 22 '43 - Damesme, North Africa Aug 26 '43)
    USS Charles Carroll (Oran, North Africa Sep 3 '43 - Paestum, Italy Sep 9 '43) USS Charles Carroll (APA-28) - Wikipedia
    SS Champollion (Bagnoli, Italy Nov 18 '43 - Gourock, Scotland Dec 10 '43)
    LCI 84 (Gourock, Scotland Dec 31 '43 - Falmouth, England Jan 1 '44) Landing Craft Infantry LCI
    LST 491 (Truro, England Apr 22 '44 - Devonshire, England Apr 28 '44) USS LST-491 - Wikipedia
    LST 501 (Plymouth, England May 31 '44 - Normandy, France Jun 6 '44) Tank Landing Ship LST
     
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  7. randall52

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    Great,Welcome to the forum.
     
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    misc pics, don't have any names, not sure who soldiers are other than grandpa(Ray)
     

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    *part 1*
    General orders )2
    C battalion 3053rd combat engineer battalion
     

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    *part 2*
    General orders )2
    C battalion 3053rd combat engineer battalion
     

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    citation 246 - award "Croix De Guerre" w/ silver star
     

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    Great stuff,Thank you.
     
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    Ray was in Belgium at radio operator school when photo was taken
     

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    Skyline Bridge, Belgium & Volturno River Bridge, Italy
     

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    misc pages from the Unit History of 3053rd Engineer Combat Battalion book
     

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    Utah Beach operation area sketch. Ray was in the AT gun postions
     

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    recommended reading for D-Day/Utah beach in general:
    D-Day by Stephen E. Ambrose
    The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan
    Utah Beach by Joseph Balkoski
    Utah Beach To Cherbourg by Historical Division Department Of The Army https://history.army.mil/html/books/100/100-12/CMH_Pub_100-12.pdf
    amphibious engineer books:
    Breaching Fortress Europe by Sid Berger
    Down Ramp! by William F. Heavy
    531st specific books:
    Storming Ashore by Kenneth H. Garn
    We Never Had It So Good by Howard G Devoe(I believe only copy in circulation is at the Bruce C Clarke library Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri)
     
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    I used to work with a surgeon that landed with the 3053rd, but I don't know which company. He had not gone to medical school yet, though. He was also present at Sicily, Italy (twice I think), Utah and the Rhine River crossing.

    He was a great man. His name was Richard Harris.
     
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    here's a couple hq company unit history reports
     

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    Hello! This
     

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