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PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2004 9:19 am 
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Hi:

A good friend of mine, Art Morneweck a flyboy from WWII, turned me onto your site. I stopped by because not only do I have an avid interest in WWII, but I am the daughter of a combat engineer. I was very pleased to see all the great info, history and photos that you have and will be happy to add your link to my site today.

I created and dedicated a site to my dad and his fellow VI Corps Combat Engineers in June of this year. I am also collecting stories/memoirs from engineers and other WWII vets and must say what an honor it's been to meet all these great men.

I hope that we can continue to bring to light all the great accomplishments of these wonderful, brave and dedicated engineers. I don't know how many times I get asked, "What did engineers do during the war?" Few people know of the important role they played throughout WWII and it's up to us to spread the news. 8)

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2004 9:12 am 
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Thanks for joining us Marion. Your site looks great!

Have you investigated films and photos at the National Archives? I spent a few days there a couple months ago and researched holdings in both the motion and still picture collections. If you have the right equipment you can copy the films and scan the photos. I'm planning a return trip to do some of this myself. I'm sure they have material on the VI Corps Combat Engineeers.

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Hi David:

Thanks for the welcome and for the compliments on my site. As you know it's a lot of work, but one of the most rewarding things I've ever done in my life. I so enjoy it and look forward to each person I meet, especially the vets of course!

I am planning a trip to NARA for morning reports, etc., but unfortunately that won't be for a while yet. I always have the option of hiring a research student too, but of course would prefer to do it myself, if at all possible.

Continued success. Let's keep in touch.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2004 10:30 am 
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If you're interested in the Motion and Still Pictures Unit, it's in College Park, MD just north of DC. You can search their catalog (called ARC) here ...

http://www.archives.gov/research_room/arc/index.html

I just did a quick search for "combat engineers" and found a little over 20 items. The catalog is not complete though so you also have to search the card index. You can search by unit or location.

If you want to convert the films you have two (well actually three options) depending on what format the Archive item is on. Some have already been converted to tape (both VHS and large format) and the Archives has machines to paly these. You can hook up your own laptop and copy the video and audio outs. If it's still on 16mm or 35mm film, you can set up a video camera and capture the film as it's projected. The thrid option is to pay someone to do this but it can be expensive.

The still photos are easier ... you can search the index by unit or location and then scan the photos is you bring your own scanner and laptop.

I'm planning a return trip to do some video capture for my site.

Good luck and let me know if you find a good researcher who would be willing to do some of these conversions for a good price. I'll do the same.

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Hi again David:

I was going to go to Maryland in October, but it fell through. Was planning on spending a couple of days at College Park. Alas, it was not meant to be. I will get there one way or another...

As you said, the "stills" are a lot easier to come by and copy, but I sure would love to see some of the old films and get them for my collection.

One of my new friends that I met through my site had told me about College Park and about going to St Louis. Said they spent several days at each and walked out with HUNDREDS of copied docs. Sounds like fun to me. Being a real little detective.

So they will actually let you bring in your own scanner, etc.? Now that would be handy. Before I go I will have to get my hands on a laptop. Even if I have to borrow one for a while. I have a few people who owe me favors. :wink:

Yes of course if I find a good researcher, etc. I will let you know right away. After all we are here to help one another and in doing so we honor our great heroes from WWII.

Till later...

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2005 11:09 am 
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Hi David and all!

Haven't been by in a while, so thought I'd drop in and get everyone up to speed.

Since my last post here, I have been acquiring a ton of info on the VI Corps engineers and other engineering units. I now have a number of people who write to me on regular basis asking if I have any data on various units, especially in the ETO. As I gather info, I post it on the forum so everyone can benefit from it.

If anyone is interested, please check out this section of the forum.

http://208.56.11.96/Invision/index.php?showforum=6

David thank you for your help earlier this year with a question regarding one of the aviation units. I really appreciate your assistance, as did my friend.

Continued success with your site. Have a great autumn and let me know if there is anything I can assist you with. 8)

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2005 5:43 pm 
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Thanks for your note Marion and here's a head's up. I just recently purchased the June-July 1945 edition of Air Force Engineer. It is a war end recap of aviation engineer units in North Africa and Italy. It should have info on the 838th EAB. I'll pass along what I find when it arrives.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2006 6:46 am 
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Hi David:

Some very good news this morning that will make my dad's unit feel very proud! My article on the 540th Combat Engineers is going to appear in Army Engineer Magazine in the 2006 May/June issue. It will also appear in WWII Magazine in their 2006 September issue. Talk about excited. This is a real break for me and the guys are just thrilled to be able to see something regarding their history.

Army Engineering Magazine is available through membership through their site and can't be bought at newsstands, etc. If anyone is interested in the magazine now or in the future, you can find out more about it here:

http://www.armyengineer.com/AEA_Magazine.htm

Of course WWII Magazine is much easier to acquire since it is available through subscription and magazine and newsstands.

I also plan on having the articles available for download on my site when they come out.

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This is great Marion. I look forward to reading it. I'll watch for the posting on your site as well as the magazine on the stands.

Congratulations.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 10:08 am 
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Well the article came out in the September issue of WWII Magazine. Hey guys, I'm a real published author now. Sure hope I can make my guys proud. They waited 60 long years to get their story published.

Ya it was edited, but they didn't do too bad of a job. Guess that's the way things are. 8)

The article in Army Engineer Mag will now appear in their Nov/Dec issue. I had to push it back due to the contract I have with WWII Mag. A real learning experience.

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walts daughter wrote:
Well the article came out in the September issue of WWII Magazine.


I looked a couple weekends ago to see the article was out yet. They still have the oder issues. I'll watch for it at my local bookstore.

Thanks for letting us know.

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I have the article posted on my site, if anyone would like to read them. The latest one in Army Engineer Magazine (nov/dec 2006), turned out really nice. In fact the editor, Mike Morgan, agreed to be the editor for my book. It's a pleasure and honor to be working with him.

My article is split into two sections to make downloading a bit easier:

http://www.6thcorpscombatengineers.com/ ... ticle1.pdf

http://www.6thcorpscombatengineers.com/ ... ticle2.pdf

I've been working with Mike this month on another article he is putting together on engineer reunions. He is going to use much of the material from my book intro, and that article should be coming out in the near future.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 11:24 pm 
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Dear David:

I haven't been around in a very long, long time. My apologies. I do stop by the site now and then, but haven't logged into the forum and said hi in many moons.

One reason is I have been so darned busy with my documentary, and in fact, part one was published a few weeks ago. I am excited to have made it this far. What a great feeling.

Hope all is well with you, and hope your research is still taking you to new places.

If you or anyone would like more info on No Bridge Too Far, please check out the following link:

http://www.6thcorpscombatengineers.com/NoBridgeTooFar.htm

Thanks and God bless,
Marion

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 10:09 am 
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Hey Marion. Like you, I've been very busy.

I finally got a chance to see your post and immediately hopped over to the site to get a copy of the DVD. I look forward to getting it. Looks like you put a lot of love and effort into it. I wish you all success.

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