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  1. JohnnyNobody

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    Hi guys;
    I am looking for anyone who might remember my Dad, (Buck) Sgt. William P. O'Day U.S. Army,
    3053rd Engineer Combat Battalion, 531st Engineer
    Shore Regiment (Amphibian) "B" Company, First Platoon.....My Dad is still living, he is 85.
    This would be great if anyone could get back with me (his Son) OR direct me on where I Could go to contact or email others with the above info. Dad would be so surpriced. He tells me detailed storys all the time of WW2. He was also on Utah Beach. Thanks So Much for ANY info. May God Bless
    Mick O'Day
     
  2. Stevin

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    Write or call these people;

    531st Engineer Shore Regiment, 1st Engineer Special Brigade Association
    Mr. Stephen J. Semago
    4212 Medical Drive, Apt 1703
    San Antonio, TX 78229
    (210) 692-1707

    And if you are so inclined, DOCUMENT his stories! He is an historic eyewitness and lived in times most of us would want to know much more about than we do. Write his stories down and save them, so they be kept for the future!

    Also go to www.google.com and type in 531st Engineer ! It will come up with a lot of hits! Good luck

    Stevin
     
  3. FMBass

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    [FONT=&quot]My Dad was in the 3053rd Engineer Combat Battalion, 531st Engineer Shore Regiment. Just today I went through some papers he had (he passed in 1993) and found an original copy of General Order Number 2 that [/FONT]awards the bronze service arrowhead for assault on Normandy (issued 30 May 1945). Your dad, along with mine, is listed on this document.
     
  4. FMBass

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    My sister just called to tell me that she has found my dad’s copy of the “yearbook”, for lack of a better term, of his escapades with the 3053rd . I plan to pick it up shortly.
     
  5. Donlower

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    Hi,
    My dad was also in the 531st Shore Regiment, 1st ESB, and participated in Italian and Normandy landings. His name was Joseph G. Lower.
    Is his name mentioned in any of your documents.
    Thanks,
    Don Lower
     
  6. sandy1369

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    My grandfather is from the 531st Engineer Shore Regiment and 1st ESB, then he went to the 3053rd Engineer Combat Battalion. His name is Harold W. Harris. I am currantly working on getting him his medals and having them presented to him at the Veterans Day Services. I am surprising him with doing it at the serivces cuz he knows we are working on the medals. There is so much out there on the net about them but not a lot on the citations and medals they received.

    Does anyone know what the units received? Some of the stuff is on his dd-214 but he said that they were asking the men what awards they got while they were overseas and my grandfather forgot some so they did not get written down.

    The histroy on these men is just breath taking. I'm thankful to all the men and women that served. And honored that my grandfather is who he his.
     
  7. sandy1369

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    Okay all those 531st and 3053rd out there the Army Engineer Historain is sending me info on our loved ones and I am willing to share it when I get it.. He sent me an email today that it will be in the mail 2marrow. Super nice guy and he said it is a short history but there is really not a lot out there on these guys..

    I found tons of stuff on the net.. peices here and there but this should be some good stuff coming right from this source... I hope anyway..:D
     
  8. texson66

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    I hope so too, Sandy!
     
  9. Skipper

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    Excellent news Sandy and thank you for your efforts. Let us know when you get more news.
     
  10. DannyDepac

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    Hey Guys I'm new this this site but I'm just looking up some info on my grandfather. I knew him and he was great I was just wondering if any of your family members knew him or had a stories or comments on his character. I know my dad would really love to hear it. His name was Mario DiPasquale

    Thanks in advance
     
  11. chipm

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    FMBass,
    My Dad was in the 531st also. I would sure like to get a copy of this General Order! Can you scan and email to me?
     
  12. FMBass

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    Apologies for not logging into this site very often, I'm a busy guy!
    Yes, I will. I'm currently on "the road", but upon my return, I'll attempt to get you a copy.
    Visited Normandy Beach this past July (2011).
    Simply incredible, the distance from the water's edge, to the "high ground".

    I picked up my dad's “yearbook”, for lack of a better term, of his escapades with the 3053rd from my sister. I plan to scan that also and post it on the net.
     
  13. Skipper

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    Thanks for logging in FM , I just hope the others will return too now.
     
  14. braveheartls13

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    Hi, guys..am interested in Utah Beach area activities of Engineer, Ordnance and QM units involved in ammunition dumps in June and July 1944. Special interest in a 12 July 44 explosion and fires at Utah Beach Exit 3 ammo dumps at Audoville-la-Hubert, all aspects of fire- fighting ops and employment at Depot 101 and in fire-fighting of African American troops. Preparing a book, I have publisher's support but not yet an advance or research budget. Keen to note 1st ESB and 531st ESR HQ/battalion/company morning, action and ops reports and other docs ref Depot 101 explosion and ref attached depot units: (i) 33rd Chemical Decontamination Company (ii) 101st Ordnance Ammunition Battalion (iii) any other Depot 101 units. Cannot pay researcher's fees but will consider reasonable copying fees. Reciprocal research guaranteed. Best..Alan N. PS...Half-pint...literally just reading your 2009 reply to my original query in 2009. Bless and thanx. Great avatar :->
     
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    Howdy, All

    Just checking in to ask could any of you please help regarding my above 06th March 2012 appeal for information concerning a 12 July 44 explosion and fires at Utah Beach Exit 3 ammo dumps at Audoville-la-Hubert and the 1st ESB, 531st Engineer Shore Regiment (Amphibian), 1218 Engineer unit firefighters and the Ordnance Corps troops, including the 33rd Chemical Decontamination Company.... which units I know were involved with Depot 101 and / or the 12 July 1944 firefighting but about whose involvement I lack detail.

    I am interested, also, in all aspects of Engineer Corps and Ordnance Corps ammo and supply dump operations on and near Utah Beach and Omaha Beach in June and July 1944.

    From the above posts I can see that some of you fellow diggers have much interesting material and have or have had excellent connections with the Engineer Corps. I seek your support and encouragement and am happy to co-operate in your own searches.

    Best to all...Al:->
     
  16. Biak

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    Welcome Braveheartls13,
    Here is a snippet from CMH;
    Compared to the bloody landings on OMAHA Beach, the landings on UTAH Beach, on the Cotentin peninsula northwest of the Carentan estuary, were easy. The beach itself, nine miles long, was easier to cross. (Map 6) There was a gentle slope of wet sand, then a few yards of dry sand, and behind that a low concrete wall against a belt of dunes partly covered with beach grass. Inland were flooded pasture lands for a mile or two, crossed by causeways leading from the beach; to secure these causeways, two airborne divisions, the 101st and 82d, had been dropped beginning at 0115 on D-day.
    The sea was calmer at UTAH than at OMAHA, beach obstacles were fewer and less formidable, and although artillery shelling continued for some time from the heights at the northern and southern end of the beaches and some damage was suffered from the Luftwaffe, the assault forces encountered nothing like the hail of enemy fire that had met the OMAHA landings. The Germans sent their remote-controlled miniature tanks to blow up the boats as they beached, but the little Goliaths were no more successful here than they had been at Anzio. By nightfall on D-day, most of the assault units of the 4th Division had reached their first objective on the main highway between Carentan and Ste.-Mère-Eglise, and dumps were quickly established in the dune area to relieve the congestion on the beach.
    Ordnance troops assigned to the 1st Engineer Special Brigade got ashore early on D-day. At 1030 (H plus 4) an advance party of the 191st Ordnance Battalion and 4 officers and 56 men of the 625th Ammunition Company landed. The experienced team of the 625th had supported the engineers in Exercise TIGER.[SUP]8[/SUP] Next morning, when the first of the preloaded ammunition LCT's came in, the whole 625th was ashore and the first beach dump was set up about 600 yards behind Tare Green Beach. That afternoon a British destroyer brought in the commanding officer and some headquarters men of First Army's 101st Ammunition Battalion, who had been rescued from the USS Susan B. Anthony twenty-two miles offshore when she struck an enemy mine and sank. In the next few days, through the joint efforts of the 101st Ammunition Battalion and the 1st Engineer Special Brigade, the first inland dump was established near Audouville-la-Hubert. In spite of some enemy shelling and bombing, mostly at night, the dump was soon operating smoothly.[SUP]9[/SUP]

    There is much more that may help you here: Chapter 14 - The Ordnance Department: On Beachhead and Battlefront

    Oh and Maps, I like maps!
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  17. Biak

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    May as well throw in a picture of the fire!

    from page 252
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  18. TD-Tommy776

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    You and me both, Biak! :D
     
  19. Natman

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    Thanks for posting the CMH excerpt, Biak. I wasn't aware of this particular ammo dump incident and basically have no knowledge of the entire supply/delivery story in the ETO. My Dad's TD unit fired over 15,000 rounds of indirect fire in July, 44 alone. Throughout the war, I find many references in the unit documents to the gun companies needing ammunition but it "just seems to show up". Few of us give any thought to the vast network of men who made these deliveries possible.
     
  20. urqh

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    Maps....and more maps....pics with overlays of unit positions....We have 3 kinky ww2 rogues then...well 2 rogues one trustee...I'm certainly kinky on ww2 maps and diorama stuff...Good posts Biak...Brings stuff on areas of war I would not and am sure others would not generally be looking at. This forum certainly educates.
     

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