741st ROB Headquarters List

741st ROB Headquarters List All by Nancy on Scribd

Dutch family tends grave of Bend soldier Emmet C. De Laney died in the last days of WWII

* I frequently hear from the European ( Belgium and France) families that take care of these graves as the try to learn more about their soldier -- it's just wonderful and not commonly known.

 Jonas Daemen woke Sunday in the Dutch village of Heerlen, loaded some flowers into the family car and made the half-hour drive to a green swath on the edge of the village of Margraten.
At the Netherlands American Cemetery, he walked into the 65 acres of green lawns where 8,301 nearly identical headstones march into the distance. The regiments of graves can be confusing to navigate, but Jonas knew his way. He is the fourth generation of his family to come to Margraten this time of year, and the destination is always the same: Plot K, Row 3, Grave 6.
The white marble cross is chiseled with the name of a man his family has known for 72 years:
T. Sgt 736 Tk Bn
Oregon April 19 1945
Jonas is the newest guardian of this one small plot of hallowed ground holding the remains of a Bend box factory worker who went off to war and never came back.
Since 1945, De Laney’s grave has been watched over by four generations of Jonas’ family.


More from 722nd Railway Operating Battalion and the 709th Railway Grand Division

722 and 709th Greg Thanks to Greg for sharing his grandfather's photos Robert Seeley of 722nd Company C

722nd Railway Operating Battalion Reunion album

722 reunion album

Reunion Photos Name List
1. Andy Anderson
2. Atlas Irvin
3. Bob Seeley
4. Clarence Lahn
5. Dock Williams
6. Gil  Miller
7. Henry Green
8. JD Baldwin
9. Killian Tucker
10. Luis Kupser
11. Osmond Mabry
12. Warren Lawhorne
Guitar Group 1
• George ?
• Earl (Red) Grass (C Company)
• Joe DiCaffa (?)
• Benny Burch (?)
Guitar Group 2
• George Irvin
• Earl (Red) Grass (C Company)
• J Bunch (?)
• Joe DiCaffa (?)
• Joe Jones
• Charles Zachary

Thanks to Greg  for sharing his grandfather's photos Robert Seeley of 722nd Company C

714th Railway Operating Battlion ~~ Alfred Lambert McKinley Park

714 Mckinley Park Thanks Alfred Lambert Jr

714th Railway Operating Battalion- Chaumont

Thanks so much to Lambert's son Alfred M. Lambert,Jr for sharing

714th Transportation Battalion - history

714th Transportation Battalion

The 714th Transportation Battalion (Railway Operations) (Steam and Diesel Electric) was constituted on 18 October 1927 and was originally known as the 56th Engineering Battalion (Railway). From then until the outbreak of World War II it existed only on paper. Although it was disbanded on 14 November 1940, it was reconstructed as the 56th Engineering Battalion (Railway Operating) because the entry of the United States into World War II was eminent. On 21 February 1941, it was redesignated as the 714th Engineer Battalion (Railway Operating). Then on 1 April 1942, it is again redesignated the 714th Engineer Railway Operating Battalion (ROB). Finally on 31 October 1942, the 714th ROB was activated at the Engineer Unit Training Center at Camp Clairborne, Louisiana. The skill of running a railroad battalion was not something that the US Army could train men to do overnight. Railroading required years of experience. Therefore, the US Army had an agreement with civilian railroad companies that in event of war they would sponsor railroad battalions. They would provide key personnel and training for the organization.

The Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway sponsored the formation of the 714th ROB and the recruiting took place primarily in St Paul, Minnesota. However, when the recruiting was completed, the men came from far and wide across the country. Since railway battalions were part of the Engineer Corps, the majority of the officers of the 714th were Engineer Reserve officers. The Engineer Center was not as improved as the rest of the camp so the men accustomed themselves to the rugged life. They first lived pyramid tents with dirt floors then moved into tar-paper shacks. Because of the preponderance of mutton on the menu, the men of the battalion took to calling their new home, “Goat Hill.” They later moved over to the main camp and replaced the 759th ROB on the Camp Clairborne-Polk Railroad. Read on

714th Railway Operating Battalion ~~ Alfred M. Lambert documents

Alfred M. Lambert photos and documents 714th Railway Operating Battalion 714 Lambert docs

714th Railway Operating Battalion -- Alfred M. Lambert,Sr Alasa

714 lambert  alaskaden 714 Lambert Dad 2
Thanks so much to Lambert's son Alfred M. Lambert,Jr for sharing

721st Railway Operations Battalion ~ Clyde O. Bosworth Jr.

Phil send along a photo of his dad, PFC Clyde O. Bosworth Jr., from Halifax, MA.
He served with the 721st Railway Operations Battalion in India.
Thanks Phil

What unit is this pin from?

Friend of the blog Tim writes:
 That's the unit crest ("distinctive unit insignia" -- DUI) worn by the Transportation Center & School, formerly at Fort Eustis (now Joint Base Langley-Eustis) and now at Fort Lee, VA, where Transportation, Quartermaster, and Ordnance training has been consolidated.
 I first saw this insignia in early 1975 when I was right out of basic training and assigned to the 1st Railway Detachment at Fort Eustis. My unit, however, didn't wear this insignia. Instead, we wore the TRADOC (Training & Doctrine Command) DUI seen here: Link Our shoulder patch was the diamond-shaped TC school insignia. I would have preferred to wear the TC&S insignia because it had railroad tracks on it. Unfortunately nothing we wore gave any hint that we were members of a railway unit.
By that point our little detachment was the last active duty rail unit in the Army and a year later our MOSs would be eliminated and limited only to the Army Reserve, and at the end of September 1978 the little 1st Rail Det disappeared for good.
Thanks to Greg for sending photo and question and for working on our Facebook page visit it and 'like' it today. https://www.facebook.com/militaryrailwayservice/

735th Railway Operating Battalion ~~ David W. Pirkle

Last know unit survivor!

PIRKLE, David Wiley David Wiley Pirkle, age 91, died peacefully with his three children by his side on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Born October 21, 1925 in New Holland, Georgia. He lived through the great depression, and survived the Battle of the Bulge. David was an entrepreneur at a very early age and founded one of the last family owned scrap metal businesses in Atlanta.
Survivors include children: David W. Pirkle, Jr (Joyce); Nancy Pirkle Little (Charles), and Patricia Pirkle Coury; Grandchildren David W. Pirkle III; David Simpson (Shannon); Alisha Goldsworthy (Daniel); Elizabeth Pirkle Cook (Peter). Great grandchildren: James Connor Simpson; Julia Sierra Riley Simpson; Tyler Austin Goldsworthy, Ella Rose Goldsworthy; and Mason Oliver Cook.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the Peachtree Corners Chapel of Crowell Brothers
Funeral Homes & Crematory. A reception will follow the service. Relatives and friends are welcome to join us. On-line condolences may be made at www.crowellbrothers.com. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory, 5051 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092. 770-448-5757. Blog post by Tom Luthan http://planettom.livejournal.com/328167.html Photos thanks to Tom Lutham and Mary Vernoy whose dad served with Pirkle