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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2005 1:35 am 
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David,

I was able to get all of the documents scanned into pdf format. Is there a place I can send these to so that they can be posted for you and William to use?

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2005 11:31 am 
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Thanks Spencer. Maybe someday I'll find a citation reference. I'm sure it is in the unit's monthly reports.

BTW: here's a description of the Bronze Star and what it takes to win it.

http://www.americal.org/awards/achv-svc.htm#BronzeStar

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David,

Do you have any resources to locate members of the 973rd?

I have been searching for any relatives of Capt. L. F. Tharp (LeRoy)commanding officer of the 973rd.

I searched the internet for any tharps in Waterloo, Iowa which is the area listed in the 973rd documents I have and have not found a site to search the entire state. The two names that I did come up with in Waterloo were not relatives.

The reason I am looking for him is because he was a 1st Lt in the 472nd Engineer maintenance Company with my uncle in the Pacific. He was part of a small group of officers and non commisioned officers that were the core group of the 973rd.

Any help from anyone would be helpful.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2005 6:51 pm 
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Hi Spencer. The site I use when trying to find someone is whitepages.com. It will let you search by last name and state. I did a quick search and found 144 Tharps in Iowa (plus 13 non-published numbers). Try that and see if you get any more luck.

Be aware that the site has some pop-up ads and they will try and sell you a more detailed person search. Just ignore them.

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I managed to contact the wife of Lester White who was a 2nd Lt in the 973rd. She said that she had some information about the unit and she would look for it and send me as much information as possible. Lester so far in my search is the only member that I have found still living.

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That's great Spencer. I would imagine that unfortunately there aren't many still with us. This was one of the smaller units so the numbers aren't really with us on this one.

I received your disk yesterday and will try and get the photos posted as soon as possible.

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Just found this site. Several years ago I undertook a search of information on the 973rd Engineer Maint. Co. My father, Robert E. Miller, was a member of the 973rd. He originally was from MecMechen, WV, but currently lives in Newark, Ohio...and yes my fater is still living. I have a number of photos which my father took while overseas with the 973rd. My father was burned rather badly while overseas with the 973rd, however I have been unable to locate or obtain any information concerning his injuries, any help would be appreciated. I do know he returned to duty with the 973rd while Contact was in Istres, France at the end of the war. My father also spent time with the 973rd in Germany until he returned to the US in 1946, through the port at Wilmington, De. I have also contacted several other members of the 973rd, and have obtained photos, and other documents. If anyone is interested, I would be glad to pass along information.

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Hello Chris and welcome.

I have added your father to the unit roster here.

I don't know if you've looked over the 973rd's First Anniversary booklet yet or not (http://ixengineercommand.com/units/973r ... -anniv.pdf) but on page 13 your father is listed.

There is also a unit history but we might have better luck getting details on your father's accident from the monthly reports. I am still acquiring and converting these documents. When I have completed the 973rd's I'll post a notice here.

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David,

Thanks...and I do have a copy of that first anniversary issue. I also received a copy of the hard bound book the company had printed while in Germany after the war - this was given to me by another member of the company I located in Zanesville, Ohio. It has individual photos of each member along with home town information. It also has a fold out map which traces the 973rd's movements through England, into France and finally into Germany. I also obtained a reel of microfilm with the unit history...which is what I have seen here on this site. At one time I had communicated with one member of the company who had been trasferred in from the 9th Infantry Div. He had been wounded in the Huertgen Forest and was re-assigned to the 973rd due to his wounds. He has since passed away. His last name was Bevelaqua - and the family has a construction business in Columbus, Ohio.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2010 3:35 pm 
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David,

Yes I have a copy of the First Anniversary booklet - along with a reel of microfilm which I obtained several years ago. The microfilm contains much of what I have seen scanned / posted here on this site. I also was able to obtain a copy of a hard bound book the company had published after the war while still in Germany. It has a fold out map which traces the company's movements through England, onto the continent through Omaha Beach on August 6th and on through France and into Germany. It shows Contact separated and located in southern France at Istres. I also was in contact with a member of the 973rd who had originally been a member of the 9th Division, but had been wounded in the Huertgen Forest. He was re-assigned to the 973rd after being returned to duty. His name was Bevelaqua and he was from Columbus, Ohio. There are still family members in Columbus running a construction business. I obtained the hard bound book from another member of the 973rd who was living in Zanesville, Ohio - he had two copies and was kind enough to give one to me. His name was Gordon Stotts, not sure whether he is still with us or not. As you can tell I too have done a fair amount of research on the 973rd. Another member of the 973rd sent me a photo of the entire 973rd company which was taken in California, prior to the company shipping over-seas. It is a large photo approximately 30 inches wide and possibly 14 to 16 inches high. As stated before I do have access to numerous photos my father took while in the 973rd - a number are over-seas photos.


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