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Central Headlight Railroad Magazine Jan 1945

Headlight 0145 by Nancy

721st Railway Operating Battalion Phillip Theander

Thanks to his son, Joseph M

721st theander by Nancy

753rd Railway Operating Battalion - football

740th Railway Operating Battalion bombed trains photos

740th Railway Operating Battalion Photo of Bombed Train in Belgium (Liege area). Top shows US Soldier guarding Train, back has no. 643; bottom left shows bombed train engine, tender and passenger car, back has stamps of Gevaert by Ridax and no. F743; right shows bombed train engine, back has stamp of Gevaert by Ridax and no. 643.

724th Documents Scholtes

724 docScholtes by Nancy

720th , 722nd , 723rd Railway Operating Battalion Casualties Killed in Action- Buried abroad


American Battle Monuments Commission
ABMC manages 24 overseas military cemeteries, and 25 memorials, monuments, and markers. The cemeteries and memorials honor those who served in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. Search for names from the honor rolls. Information presented includes service information, dates of birth and death, and notes which relate to the circumstances of death, status, and awards received. http://www.fold3.com/title_853/
 
Railway Operating Battalion Casualties Killed in Action- Buried abroad

World War II 1 Rank:Captain, U.S. Army
 Service Number:O-298849 1
Awards:Bronze Star 1
Regiment:720th Railway Operating Battalion 1
Howard O Hoonsbeen Full Name:Howard O Hoonsbeen 1
Death: Buried: Buried at: Plot M Row 4 Grave 10
Netherlands American Cemetery
Margraten, Netherlands 1 Death: 28-Aug-45 1 Death Date: 28 Aug 1945 1
 Memorial Cemetery: Netherlands American Cemetery 1
Memorial Country: Margraten, Netherlands 1 Memorial Location: Plot M Row 4 Grave 10 1 Residence:State: Illinois 1

World War II 1 Rank:Master Sergeant, U.S. Army 1
Service Number:36676899 1 Regiment:720th Railway Operating Battalion 1
Lonnie W Baker Full Name:Lonnie W Baker
Death:Buried: Buried at: Plot A Row 40 Grave 37
Epinal American Cemetery
Epinal, France Death: 14-Dec-44 Death Date: 14 Dec 1944
 Memorial Cemetery: Epinal American Cemetery
Memorial Country: Epinal, France Memorial Location: Plot A Row 40 Grave 37 Residence:State: Alabama

World War II 1 Rank:Technician Fifth Class, U.S. Army 1
 Service Number:34817627 1 Regiment:722nd Railway Operating Battalion 1
Melvin D Shaffer Full Name:Melvin D Shaffer 1
Death: Buried: Buried at: Plot A Row 31 Grave 52
Epinal American Cemetery
Epinal, France 1 Death: 7-Dec-44 1 Death Date: 07 Dec 1944 1
Memorial Cemetery: Epinal American Cemetery 1
Memorial Country: Epinal, France 1 Memorial Location: Plot A Row 31 Grave 52 1 Residence: State: Ohio 1

World War II 1 Rank:Private, U.S. Army 1
Service Number:35916807 1 Regiment:722nd Railway Operating Battalion 1
 Robert M Thomas Full Name:Robert M Thomas 1
Death:Buried: Buried at: Plot N Row 4 Grave 13
Brittany American Cemetery
St. James, France 1 Death: 20-Sep-44 1 Death Date: 20 Sep 1944 1
Memorial Cemetery: Brittany American Cemetery 1
Memorial Country: St. James, France 1 Memorial Location: Plot N Row 4 Grave 13 1 Residence:State: Tennessee 1

World War II 1 Rank:Captain, U.S. Army 1
 Service Number:O-487959 1 Regiment:722nd Railway Operating Battalion 1
Arthur R Hoveland Full Name:Arthur R Hoveland 1
Death:Buried: Buried at: Plot G Row 5 Grave 23
Netherlands American Cemetery
Margraten, Netherlands 1 Death: 2-Jun-45 1 Death Date: 02 Jun 1945 1
Memorial Cemetery: Netherlands American Cemetery 1
Memorial Country: Margraten, Netherlands 1 Memorial Location: Plot G Row 5 Grave 23 1 Residence:State: Montana 1

World War II 1 Rank:Private, U.S. Army 1
Service Number:39621562 1 Regiment:723rd Railway Operating Battalion 1
 John R Valentine, Jr Full Name:John R Valentine, Jr 1
Death: Buried: Buried at: Plot B Row 12 Grave 14
Brittany American Cemetery
St. James, France 1 Death: 10-Dec-44 1 Death Date: 10 Dec 1944 1
Memorial Cemetery: Brittany American Cemetery 1
Memorial Country: St. James, France 1 Memorial Location: Plot B Row 12 Grave 14 1 Residence:State: Montana 1

World War II 1 Rank:Technician Fifth Class, U.S. Army 1
 Service Number:39621500 1 Regiment:723rd Railway Operating Battalion 1
William G Miles Full Name:William G Miles 1
Death: Buried: Buried at: Plot F Row 15 Grave 14
Netherlands American Cemetery
Margraten, Netherlands 1 Death: 18-Apr-45 1 Death Date: 18 Apr 1945 1
Memorial Cemetery: Netherlands American Cemetery 1
Memorial Country: Margraten, Netherlands 1 Memorial Location: Plot F Row 15 Grave 14 1 Residence:State: New Jersey 1

 World War II 1 Rank:Technician Fifth Class, U.S. Army 1
Service Number:42100648 1 Regiment:723rd Railway Operating Battalion 1
 Merlin P Murnan Full Name:Merlin P Murnan 1
Death:Buried: Buried at: Plot O Row 15 Grave 7
Netherlands American Cemetery
Margraten, Netherlands 1 Death: 22-Aug-45 1 Death Date: 22 Aug 1945 1
Memorial Cemetery: Netherlands American Cemetery 1
Memorial Country: Margraten, Netherlands 1 Memorial Location: Plot O Row 15 Grave 7 1 Residence:State: Alabama 1

775th Railway Grand Division - Copenhaver obit

775th Rgd Copenhaven by Nancy

749th Railway Operating Battalion Pass

741st Railway Operating Battalion

741st Stuff by Nancy

749th Railway Operating Battalion reunion

garment bag ...


 

Railway Gazette 756th RSB January 1944

From RJE ...scans from the British railway magazine 'Railway Gazette' of 21 January 1944 outlining the work of 756 RSB in erecting ckd USATC rolling stock at Hainault near London.. Thanks !

Railway Gazette 21 Jan 44 by Nancy

746th Railway Operating Battalion - Benjamin Lamanna

Benjamin Henry LaManna, Jr. from the 746th Railway Operation Battalion, served in the European Theater of Operations in Belgium, France and Germany and fought at the battle of the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen.

He is survived by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.




Some annotated photos

730th Railway Operating Battalion in Iran

Wonderful photos thanks to Mark - amazing photos !

Dublar 755th Railway Operating Battalion

Gregory Dublar son of Clarence Dublar shared some of his documents and his obit

dublar by Nancy