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posted 4/8/2018 5:45:16 PM  Reply w/Quote
Hello,
I am looking for any information that may be out there about my husband's uncle John F. Greene. He became a firefighter when he returned to Boston after the war and unfortunately died of cancer at 36 years old. The family knows very little about his time during the war and what little we have learned has been from the videos you have posted here. Any additional info you can give is greatly appreciated!


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posted 4/12/2018 7:38:15 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello, Have you seen John Parkison's memoir?
On the left column, go to BOOKS AND WRITTEN
EXPERIENCES. Scroll down to the 119th Engineers.
This is a good start. The engineer battalion was
assigned as follows: Co A, to Combat Command A,
Co. B to Combat Command B, and Co. C to
Combat Command C. Each combat command were composed of infantry, tank and field artillery battalions. They built bridges and
destroyed mines and, when they were needed,
they became regular infantry soldiers. I am not sure how Headquarters company fit into this story. I will look into it. To be sure if you have seen the videos for the battalion, click on the word BATTALION at the top of the column. The
members of each battalion will be grouped together.
You should begin reading the division histories.
Read about Herrlisheim, the Colmar Pocket, the
advance to the Rhine from Trier ("Speed is the Password", when the division was temporaily assigned to General Patton's 3rd Army. Then the advance to Wurzburg and then south to
the Danube and the capture of the bridge at Dillingen. Then south to Landsberg and the concentration camps ... I will try and find out
where HQ company was assigned.

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posted 4/13/2018 7:18:09 AM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote

Please check out the following web addresses.
Use Standard View and also Zoom View

Good Conduct Medal, March 1945

https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth639086/m1/205/zoom/?q=%22John%20F.%20Greene%22&resolution=0.5&lat=2787.985697185495&lon=2820.8900284625597

Motor Vehicle driver qualification

https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth639086/m1/206/zoom/?q=%22John%20F.%20Greene%22&resolution=1&lat=3236.904572861122&lon=988.6437527208807

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posted 4/14/2018 12:07:51 PM  Reply w/Quote
Thank you very much! I did read the account by John Parkinson. The entire website has been very informative. I'd be interested to see what you can find out on where HQ company fit in to the 119th Battalion. Again, thank you for taking the time to reply and for the documents you've shared.