729th Railway Operating Battalion Trager and many others

Toni Alexandra, the granddaughter of Pfc. Harry Ruyle Trager of the 729th Railway Operating contacted me and wanted to share information on her grandfather's service in the 729th.

She is also looking to contact others from or connected to that unit - email me cunningb2@gmail.com if you have a connection.

Thanks Toni ...

Photo #90 is my grandfather, Pfc. Harry Ruyle Trager, 03-20-1942.

Photo #65 L to R is PFC. Harry Trager; T-4 J. Bogan; Pvt. A. Peterson; and T-5 R. Umbanhower; 03-20-1943


Phyllis said...


My name is Phyllis Ann Trager Evola, and I am the daughter of Harry R. Trager.
I appreciate all the work and research my daughter, Toni, is doing to preserve the history of these men that served during W.W.II in the Railroad Battalion. They put their lives on the line every day as they rode the rails. Supply trains were a very important part of the War effort of the U.S., and the enemy knew it. They constantly bombed and strafed them. My Dad came home with what they called "shell shock" from this. Now they would probably call it PTSD. I was in the sixth grade before he could drive a car again. However, he continued his train service in civilian life, and I grew up around it.

Thank you for helping to preserve this legacy and honor these men.