712th Railkway Operating Battalion -- R. Edward Mitchell

Franklin writes of his father-in-law ...
My father in-law, Roy Edward Mitchell was with this group in WWII and Korea.

R. Edward Mitchell

R. Edward Mitchell, 90, of Lynchburg, passed away on Thursday, September 17, 2009. Born in Roanoke on October 7, 1918, he was the son of Virginia Dare and Robert Weldon Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell is survived by his wife of 62 years, Daphne Gray Mitchell. He is also survived by his children, Weldon G. Mitchell and wife Karen, Suzanne .J Mitchell, Stephen W. Mitchell, and Edie M. Swann and husband Franklin: and six grandchildren, Matthew, Sabrina, Danielle, Allan, Kaitlin and Mitchell.

He was the last surviving sibling of his family, preceded in death by Robert Mitchell Jr., Gladys Doss, Mary Dent, and two infant sisters. Mr. Mitchell was a veteran of WWII (D-Day) and Korea earning the Purple Heart, Silver Star, and many honors. He graduated from Newport News Ship and Drydock and later became owner and president of Mitchell Construction Company.

He was an active member of Centenary United Methodist Church, its’ board and property committee, secretary/treasurer and Past Grand Counselor of UCT, Lynchburg Council 130, a sixteen year member of the American Legion, a DAV Past Commander, the VFW, and an avid Bible reader.

Eddie enjoyed Smith Mountain Lake as well as travel with his wife throughout the US, Canada and Europe. He will be remembered as a happy and jovial person who loved and appreciated his family and friends.

Visitation will be held Saturday, September 19th at 11:00AM with funeral following at 12:00 Noon at Diuguid Funeral Home on Wiggington Road. A graveside service will be held at Evergreen Burial Park in Roanoke at 3:00PM.

Memorial contributions may be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, 1501 Rivermont Ave., Lynchburg, VA 24503 or The National D-Day Memorial, PO Box 77, Bedford, VA 24523.

741st Railway Operating Battalion -- Harmon Lindsey

Jay writes ...My dad's older brother, Harmon Braxton Lindsey, was in the 741st Railway OPR BN TC(Not sure what any of these acronyms mean). I also have a few pictures that are attached. If you have any information on my uncle, please let me know. He was KIA on 12/24/44 in Leige, Belgium. The 2 pictures where he is with his unit buddies, I have no idea who these men are or if they are even still alive. One of them is from Chicago I believe and had a nickname. I also have a picture of my Uncle on a Train with his name on the locomotive.Thanks Jay 741 Lindsey

763rd Railway Shop Battalion -- Ralph Glazer

Scott (Ralph's son ) writes....We have been able to find these so far – all of them are my dad, Ralph Glazer of HQ Co and in photo F, Abe Glanzman also of HQ Co. Thanks Scott ! 763rd Glazer

United States Transportation Corps Locomotives

United States Transportation Corps Locomotives by Nancy on Scribd

713th and 730th Railway Operating Battalion ~~ Schaller

713 730 Schaller Thanks to Erik for donating ....

757th Railway Shop Battalion - Albert J. Nevins

757TH RSB Newton Thanks to Mark , his grandson for sharing these !

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