Summer and Fall 2014 events to celebrate the accomplishments of the MRS and the Transportation Corps




To Veterans and Friends of the Military Railway Service:

Just a quick update on the activities scheduled and being planned for the summer and fall to celebrate the accomplishments of the MRS and the Transportation Corps.   

Later this week the Chief of Transportation, BG John P. Sullivan, will be hosting the 2014 anniversary celebrations of the founding of the Transportation Corps in 1942 with events to be held at both Fort Eustis and Fort Lee.  
Following is a detailed listing of scheduled events:

July 24th Events
Regimental Run
Location: Ft. Lee, VA
Start Time 0600

Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom Exhibit Opening
Location: TC Museum
300 Washington Blvd.
Joint Base Langley Eustis, VA 23604
Start time: 1500
No fees or registration required. Open to the Public!

2014 Hall of Fame Ceremony
Location: TC Museum Regimental Room
300 Washington Blvd.
Joint Base Langley Eustis, VA 23604
Start time: 1630

Hall of Fame Registration
Regimental Picnic
Location: TC Museum
300 Washington Blvd.
Joint Base Langley Eustis, VA 23604
Start time: 1800

Regimental Picnic Registration 

July 25th Events
72nd Annual Transportation Corps Ball.
This year we will honor our Distinguished Members of the Regiment and Of the Year Winners during the event.
Location: Richmond Marriott
500 E. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23219
Social Hour begins at 1800 with dinner and dancing to follow in the grand ball room.
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In addition to the Corps' scheduled events, two Korean War MRS units, the 712th Transportation Railway Operating Battalion and the 765th Transportation Railway Shop Battalion, will be holding reunions in late August and early September.  They both extend an invitation to other MRS veterans and all interested in this component of TC history to come join them for some or all of their planned events.  I personally have attended several of these MRS reunions and have come away with a much greater appreciation of what the MRS Veterans of those units experiences and contributed in the service of our country.  I assure you that you will come away finding the trip was well worth the time and effort.


The 712th Transportation Railway Operating Battalion (TROB) yearly reunion that will be taking place in Nashville, TN. Arrival is scheduled for Friday, August 29th.  The reunion will begin on Saturday morning, August 30th and conclude with a banquet on Monday evening, Sept. 1st.  Departure will be on Tuesday, Sept. 2nd.  This year, due to the age of the members of our group, we are changing things up a bit.  My dad is 84, having served in Korea, and most of the rest are about the same.  I think the youngest member is 80. We are holding a "military muster" hosted by the 712th T.R.O.B.  It is open to any veteran who would like to attend.  We encourage younger veterans, (Cold War, Viet Nam, and newer), who may never have had a reunion or attended one of their own groups' reunion.

Interested persons can contact me at the below listed information for a registration form and details.:

Jim Werner
Secretary/Treasurer
712 T.R.O.B.
712trob@gmail.com
(812) 550-3138


The 765th Transportation Railway Shop Battalion will be holding its 2014 reunion at the Clarion Hotel (Airport) in Memphis, TN, from September 17th through the 21st. Like the 712th TROB, they extend an invitation to all veterans and those interested in military railway history to join them and share their reunion.  For further information contact:

MS William Hill
Jasper, TM
(423) 942-2644 or (423) 718-4248

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729th , 730th , 732rd Railway Operating Battalion Casualties Killed in Action- Buried abroad





Full Name:David O Champagne, Jr 1
Death:Buried: Buried at: Plot C Row 4 Grave 31<BR>Cambridge American Cemetery<BR>Cambridge, England 1
Death: 18-Jul-43 1
Death Date: 18 Jul 1943 1
Memorial Cemetery: Cambridge American Cemetery 1
Memorial Country: Cambridge, England 1
Memorial Location: Plot C Row 4 Grave 31 1
Residence:State: Connecticut 1
World War II 1
Rank:Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army 1
Service Number:11104351 1
Regiment:729th Railway Operating Battalion 1

Full Name:Edwin J Thompson 1
Death:Buried: Buried at: Plot A Row 6 Grave 23<BR>Cambridge American Cemetery<BR>Cambridge, England 1
Death: 12-Jun-44 1
Death Date: 12 Jun 1944 1
Memorial Cemetery: Cambridge American Cemetery 1
Memorial Country: Cambridge, England 1
Memorial Location: Plot A Row 6 Grave 23 1
Residence:State: Rhode Island 1
World War II 1
Rank:Technician Fifth Class, U.S. Army 1
Service Number:31245965 1
Regiment:729th Railway Operating Battalion 1

Full Name:Francis P Hearn, Jr 1
Death:Buried: Buried at: Plot I Row 8 Grave 12<BR>North Africa American Cemetery<BR>Carthage, Tunisia 1
Death: 16-May-43 1
Death Date: 16 May 1943 1
Memorial Cemetery: North Africa American Cemetery 1
Memorial Country: Carthage, Tunisia 1
Memorial Location: Plot I Row 8 Grave 12 1
Residence:State: Connecticut 1
World War II 1
Rank:Private, U.S. Army 1
Service Number:31121673 1
Regiment:730th Railway Operating Battalion 1

Full Name:Charles L Surface 1
Death:Buried: Buried at: Plot A Row 6 Grave 13<BR>North Africa American Cemetery<BR>Carthage, Tunisia 1
Death: 26-Jun-43 1
Death Date: 26 Jun 1943 1
Memorial Cemetery: North Africa American Cemetery 1
Memorial Country: Carthage, Tunisia 1
Memorial Location: Plot A Row 6 Grave 13 1
Residence:State: Oregon 1 E
World War II 1
Rank:Private, U.S. Army 1
Service Number:39454515 1
Regiment:730th Railway Operating Battalion 1

Full Name:Harvey N Blank 1
Death:
Buried: Buried at: Plot D Row 15 Grave 12<BR>North Africa American Cemetery<BR>Carthage, Tunisia 1
Death: 29-Jul-43 1
Death Date: 29 Jul 1943 1
Memorial Cemetery: North Africa American Cemetery 1
Memorial Country: Carthage, Tunisia 1
Memorial Location: Plot D Row 15 Grave 12 1
Residence:State: Idaho 1
World War II 1
Rank:Corporal, U.S. Army 1
Service Number:39832192 1
Regiment:730th Railway Operating Battalion 1

Full Name:Charles C Bain 1
Death:Buried: Buried at: Plot F Row 2 Grave 17<BR>Luxembourg American Cemetery<BR>Luxembourg City, Luxembourg 1
Death: 24-Feb-45 1
Death Date: 24 Feb 1945 1
Memorial Cemetery: Luxembourg American Cemetery 1
Memorial Country: Luxembourg City, Luxembourg 1
Memorial Location: Plot F Row 2 Grave 17 1
Residence:State: Alabama 1
World War II 1
Rank:Private First Class, U.S. Army 1
Service Number:34819143 1
Regiment:732nd Railway Operating Battalion 1

Full Name:Edward G Billman 1
Death:
Buried: Buried at: Plot D Row 5 Grave 76<BR>Cambridge American Cemetery<BR>Cambridge, England 1
Death: 1-Oct-44 1
Death Date: 01 Oct 1944 1
Memorial Cemetery: Cambridge American Cemetery 1
Memorial Country: Cambridge, England 1
Memorial Location: Plot D Row 5 Grave 76 1
Residence:State: California 1
World War II 1
Rank:Technician Fifth Class, U.S. Army 1
Service Number:39718129 1
Regiment:732nd Railway Operating Battalion 1

Full Name:Joe W Chandler 1
Death:Buried: Buried at: Plot G Row 6 Grave 27<BR>Luxembourg American Cemetery<BR>Luxembourg City, Luxembourg 1
Death: 9-Feb-45 1
Death Date: 09 Feb 1945 1
Memorial Cemetery: Luxembourg American Cemetery 1
Memorial Country: Luxembourg City, Luxembourg 1
Memorial Location: Plot G Row 6 Grave 27 1
Residence:State: Oregon 1
World War II 1
Rank:Technician Fourth Class, U.S. Army 1
Service Number:39342699 1
Awards:Purple Heart 1
Regiment:732nd Railway Operating Battalion 1

Full Name:Roman G Padilla 1
Death:Buried: Buried at: Plot B Row 9 Grave 6<BR>Rhone American Cemetery<BR>Draguignan, France 1
Death: 27-Sep-45 1
Death Date: 27 Sep 1945 1
Memorial Cemetery: Rhone American Cemetery 1
Memorial Country: Draguignan, France 1
Memorial Location: Plot B Row 9 Grave 6 1
Residence:State: Nevada 1
World War II 1
Rank:Technician Fifth Class, U.S. Army 1
Service Number:39913169 1
Regiment:732nd Railway Operating Battalion 1