Running on time in a timeless land .. China- Burma- India Roundup 1950

Running on Time by Nancy

745th Railway Operating Battalion

752nd Co. B: From Camp Plauche, LA. to Karlsruhe With Company B of the 752 Railway Operating Battalion

752nd Railway Operating Battalion Co. B Unit History by Nancy

Thanks so much to the family of T.E. "Steve" Stephenson for this great document !!

T.E. (Steve) Stephenson March 1, 2012

T.E. (Steve) Stephenson of Duncan, Okla., formerly of Big Spring, Texas, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012. He was born April 3, 1924, in Odell, Wilbarger County, Texas, to George R. and Mary J. Stephenson. As a child, he and his family moved to Romney, Eastland County, Texas, where he lived until he went into the service. Steve served in the United States Army during World War II in Company B 752nd Railway Operating Battalion. He served 20 months in the European theater. On Nov. 5, 1948, Steve married the love of his life, Maudie Fay Perdue. In 1951, he started his career with Halliburton in Eunice, N.M., and ended it 34 years later in Big Spring, Texas.

Steve is survived by his wife of 63 years, Maudie Perdue Stephenson; son, Terry Stephenson and wife Mary of Midland, Texas; daughter, Vonda Stephenson and life partner Pat Dunham of Big Spring, Texas; son, Stanley Stephenson and wife Patti of Duncan, Okla.; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Della Pearl Richie of Seminole, Texas, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and four sisters. Steve was a terrific husband, father, PaPa and friend. He loved God, his family and friends. He impacted the lives of most anyone with whom he came into contact. He loved to fish, play cards and dominoes and watch his favorite western movies and sports teams. He will be missed by all who knew him. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 3, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Victory Assembly Church, 208 E. Eighth St., Cisco, Texas, with Pastor Ken McMeans of College Baptist Church of Big Spring, Texas, officiating.

 A gathering of family and friends will be held afterward at the Hillside Community Center, which is on the west side of Humble Ave. between E. 10th St. and E. 11th St. in Cisco. A private burial will be held prior to the memorial service at the Oakwood Cemetery in Cisco, Texas, under the directions of Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral Home of Marlow, Okla. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to College Baptist Church, 1105 Birdwell Lane, Big Spring, Texas 79720. 432-267-7429.

3rd Military Railway Service Persian Command

3rd Military Railway Service Persian Command

Frank Sinatra loves the 724th ROB too !

724 Frank Sinatra

724th ROB timeline

724th ROB Memories Wilson and William

724 Hal Wilson Memory

724william Memories

724th Railway Operating Battalion Co. A photo

753rd Railway Operating Battalion- Cunningham

763rd Railway Operating Battalion Weston

These great photos thanks to MikeC in the UK. He's working on a book and I'll post a link for how to purchase as soon as it's available ! Thanks Mike!

735th Railway Operating Battalion - Francis Lewis

Thanks so much to John, son of Francis Lewis for sharing these wonderful photos of his father's. More coming soon...

This amazing photo was taken by Francis Lewis as they landed on Omaha Beach

743rd Railway Operating Battalion Ralph Barber

Thanks so much to Peter Barber's son,  Peter for sharing this great document

 743rd Barber

754th Railway Operating Battalion- Albert Jones

From Thomas, Albert Jones' son... My father, Albert H. Jones, served approximately 3 years in Iran during WWII. Only
recently has he wanted to talk about his experiences. He started with the 754th Railway Shop Battalion and then went to the 730th Railway Operating Battalion. About a year ago I put him in contact with one of his army buddies and they have been sharing pictures. Unfortunately, some of the pictures I have are not the best quality but there are names and notes written on many of them. ( thanks so much to Albert's family for sharing this great info !) documents

730th Docs by Nancy

Transportation Corps Movements Training and Supply World War II

Transportation Corps Movements Training and Supply

Online Korean War Indexes & Records A Genealogy Guide

Online Korean War Indexes & Records
A Genealogy Guide

Online Korean War Indexes & Records

General Databases with Korean War Records

Online World War II Indexes & Records A Genealogy Guide Online World War II Indexes & Records - USA

Online World War II Indexes & Records
A Genealogy Guide Online World War II Indexes & Records - USA

  • World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (requires payment) from the Fourth Registration, referred to as the "old man's registration," conducted on 27 April 1942 -- for men born on or between 28 April 1877 and 16 February 1897. Digitized WWII fourth registration draft cards are presently available at Ancestry for the following states: Alaska, Arkansas (partial), California (partial), Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana (partial), Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York (partial), Ohio (partial), Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.
  • World War II Documents and Records at Fold3 (formerly Footnote) (requires payment) includes...
    • Interactive USS Arizona Memorial
    • WWII Hero Pages
    • WWII Photos
    • WWII Documents and Records including: Submarine Patrol Reports, Missing Air Crew Reports, Pearl Harbor Muster Rolls, Naval Press Clippings, Army and Navy JAG Files, and more
  • Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 (included with an Ancestry subscription/requires payment); The Beneficiary Identification Records Locator Subsystem (BIRLS) Death File contains birth and death dates, and other information, for more than 14 million veterans who received benefits from the VA while they were alive.
  • Access to Archival Databases (AAD) from the US National Archives - included are some WWII related databases such as...
    • World War II Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File (see description above)
    • World War II Prisoners of War File, ca. 1942 - ca. 1947
    • World War II Prisoners of the Japanese - Data File
    • Japanese-American Internee File, 1942-1946
  • American Merchant Marine Databases includes: Names of WWII Merchant Marine Killed, Names and Fates of WWII Merchant Marine POWs, Names of U.S. Naval Armed Guard Killed and Wounded

RS-1 Locomotive dedication Fort Eustis

The historic Army RS-1 locomotive which the Smithsonian donated to the Army Transportation Museum at Fort Eustis, VA was dedicated there on July 25, 2012.

Attached are two photos of the locomotive at the dedication of the new rail pavilion at the Museum and a picture when it was loaded at Strasburg, PA in December 2010.

Army Transportation Museum opens new railyard pavilion 
by Senior Airman Jason J. Brown
633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

7/26/2012 - FORT EUSTIS, Va.  -- The U.S. Army Transportation Museum celebrated the 70th birthday of the Transportation Corps by unveiling its new railyard pavilion at Fort Eustis July 24. The ceremony ushered in the beginning of a wave of improvements to the museum.

The pavilion encompasses 45,000 square feet, providing permanent shelter for the museum's railroad and other macro-artifacts, protecting them from the elements and providing a more accessible museum experience for patrons.

According to David Hanselman, the museum director, the project took approximately 18 months to finish, at a cost of $517,000. The U.S. Army Transportation Museum Foundation raised the funds for the construction.

"About every five years, any work we've done to protect the artifacts is nullified by the Virginia weather we battle here. Step one was to get a roof, and step two is to enclose it in a building, complete with a concrete floor and climate control," Hanselman explained.

Ultimately, the foundation plans to add a 1940s-era rail station mock-up inside the pavilion, allowing visitors to tour the interior of the train cars and locomotives from station platforms.

"We want to fully immerse our visitors in the Army railway experience," Hanselman said. "The roof is just the first step in achieving that goal."

The specially-designed roof does not use load-bearing center beams, instead relying on 11-by-11-foot concrete footers underground around the perimeter of the pavilion to support the roof, which Hanselman said is "about the size of a football field." The roof is designed to withstand hurricane conditions, a perennial threat in the Hampton Roads region.

This roof allows the foundation to focus on raising funds to complete the railway pavilion enclosure, and move on to a similar project to enclose their 25 aircraft artifacts in a pavilion on the opposite side of the museum grounds.

Retired Army Col. James Rockey, the foundation president, unveiled the pavilion before a crowd of Transportation Corps alumni, railroad industry representatives and excited guests.

"It's so very important to preserve these relics of our history, and we're excited and honored to have been able to do that, and look forward to making our museum even better," Rockey said.

Brig. Gen. Stephen Farmen, U.S. Army Chief of Transportation, traveled from nearby Fort Lee, Va., to attend the ceremonies, and observe the foundation's accomplishment.

"I've been watching this from its infancy, and if you saw this even just two months ago, you would be amazed at the amount of work that's gone on to bring it to the level that it's at today," said Farmen, as the audience applauded in approval.

"Here we are on our 70th birthday, and to have this dedication take place, we couldn't be more thrilled," the general continued.

Hanselman and Rockey said the foundation estimates the entire project will cost approximately $5 million, and will rely on foundation fundraising to continue construction.

The U.S. Army Transportation Museum, which opened in 1959 and relocated to its current located in 1976, boasts an artifact collection of approximately 7,000 objects and roughly 1,000 exhibit props. The collection includes nearly 100 macro-artifacts, ranging from planes, helicopters, tugboats and landing craft to trucks, jeeps, hovercraft and trains.

Some of the unique items in the collection include the only surviving gun truck from the Vietnam War, and the only surviving hovercraft to see combat in Vietnam. The museum also houses a unique collection of experimental aircraft, and the first helicopter to fly at the South Pole.

Editor's note: Want to visit the new railyard pavilion and experience the Army's transportation history? The U.S. Army Transportation Museum is located at 300 Washington Blvd., and is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

729th Harry Trager more photos

Some great notes from  Toni  PFC Trager's granddaughter

  • Harry Ruyle Trager was born December 20, 1912 in Indianapolis, IN. Trager entered the service of the New York Central System Railroad on December 12, 1936 as a yard brakeman and was promoted to yard conductor on September 3, 1941. On February 26, 1941 Trager left the service of the New York Central System to be inducted into the Army's Military Railroad Service on March 6, 1942 at Fort Benjamin Harrison at Indianapolis, IN. Pfc. Trager was assigned to Company C of the 729th ROB and was deployed to the European Theatre of Operations. Pfc. Trager served in England, France, and Germany and was awarded the Combat Infantry Man's Badge with Oak Leaves, the Rifle Sharpshooters Badge, the Decoration Medal for Good Conduct, the Medal for Campaign and Service Victory World War II, the Medal for Campaign and Service EAME Campaign Complete, and the Medal for Army of Occupation Germany. Pfc. Trager was discharged from the U.S. Army at Camp Attebury, IN on August 20, 1945. Harry Ruyle Trager continued his railroad service with New York Central System and Penn Central through the 1970s and counting MRS service accrued almost forty years on the railroad
  • While my grandfather was deployed to the European Theatre of Operations he fell from the top of a train and fractured his leg. On September 25th, 1942 he was admitted to the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary for the fracture and here are some photos from his stay. My grandfather didn't know a stranger. I honestly believe during his hospital stay he made friends with everyone there, thus the photos.
  • While my grandfather was deployed to the European Theatre of Operations he fell from the top of a train and fractured his leg. On September 25th, 1942 he was admitted to the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary for the fracture and here are some photos from his stay. My grandfather didn't know a stranger. I honestly believe during his hospital stay he made friends with everyone there, thus the photos.