728th Railway Operating Battalion -- Richard Fenzel Obituary

728th Richard Fenzel Obituary

729th Transportation Railway Operating Battalion Anthony Swiatowy Obit

729th Transportation Railway operating Battalion Anthony Swiatowy

Anthony Swiatowy
CORFU — Anthony Swiatowy, 83, of Corfu, formerly of Akron, died Thursday (Sept. 29, 2011) at home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Buffalo on May 26, 1928, the son of the late Felix and Pearl (Popek) Swiatowy.
Mr. Swiatowy attended Akron High School and went on to proudly serve in the U.S. Army from 1950-1951, in the 729th Transportation Railway operating Battalion at Fort Meade, Md.
He was employed at Bell Aircraft from 1951-1959, and retired from Buffalo Crushed Stone as a mechanic crusher operator in 1993 after 34 years of service.
A member of the First United Methodist Church of Akron, Tony will be remembered for his great sense of humor. He also loved his family and he will be greatly missed by his wife children, grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
He felt that his grandchildren and great grandchildren were a total blessing in his life. Following his retirement Tony enjoyed growing pumpkins on his small farm and collecting antique tractors. He also enjoyed hunting.
Tony is the loving husband of the former Patricia (Scarborough) Swiatowy, whom he married April 17, 1951. Loving father of David (Shirley Shankles), of S. Pittsburg, Tenn., Thomas (Erin) Swiatowy, and Deborah (Kevin) Schultz both of Akron.
He was the cherished grandfather of Jill (Martin) Heitzmann, Kelly Schultz, Michelle Swiatowy, Elizabeth Schultz, Jennifer (Richie) Kirkum, Peter (Jennifer) Swiatowy and Nicole (Michael) Beeken. Great-grand father of Natalie Beecken, Ryleigh Kirkum, Colin Kirkum, Cayden Beecken and Makenna Beecken. Dear brother of Celia (late Laslie) Matusek, Bernice (late Dominic) Delre, Dorothy (late Donald) Walf, Josephine (Dennis) Waldron and the late Florence (Darwin) Marble, Felix (Gladys) Swiatowy and Frank Swiatowy.
Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in the Childs Funeral Home, LLC, 10 Eckerson Ave., Akron, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. The Rev. David Weidman will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Lawn Cemetery, Akron. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Tony’s memory be made to Hospice and Home Care Batavia. Visit www.childsfuneralhomeofakron.com.

WWI 33rd Engineers (Company D) US Army of the American Expeditionary Forces, Nevers France July 1918

Lot of real photos in good condition, vintage World War I images of the American S.O.S. railroad workshop and camp at Nevers, France - circa 1918. Some edge wear and typical aging. 5 3/8 x 3.5 inches.
• 10 of the images are signed as by photographer Pierre Premery.
• The other seven are assumed to be by Premery but are not signed, there are several duplicates in this group of the interior of the railroad workshop.
• There is one card with a postcard back of the railroad yard exterior.
Company D, 33rd engineers of the American Expeditionary Forces, WWI, built the railroad car repair shops and yards, including a German prison camp and American barracks. The base began operations in July 1918 and served as a central depot in the Services of Supply (S.O.S) intermediate zone.
Pierre Premery was one of the foremost French photographers, he lived in Nevers and is the subject of the book, "Regard du Photographe Pierre Premery, Nevers et sa region de 1906 A 1956", by Monique Premery-Thuriot.

716th Railway Operating Battalion-- Thomas Lee Whittle

Thanks so much to Tom Whittle for sharing some of his Dad's (Thomas Lee Whittle) photos and documents from his service in the 716th ROB.
Tom would love to talk with others who's Dad or Grand Dad served with this unit.
You can contact him here: Thomas Whittle tlwhittle[at]cox.net

From Thomas ...My dad was a railroader for 7 years before enlisting and his dad was a railroader too. He was with the Southern Pacific, I think, in St. Louis or East St. Louis but was done with "the roads" after he mustered out in '45.

He married my mother (Bette) in 1940, worked on the Southern Pacific RR in St. Louis and attended night school classes until he joined the Army in '44. He mustered out of the Army in '45, attended Northwestern University in Chicago where he studied accounting, graduated in 1949. We lost him in Nov., 1960 at
age 42 from cancer and he is interred at Elm Lawn Cemetery in Elmhurst, IL.

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729th Railway Operating Battalion Jerry Pavia

Thanks to Jerry Pavia for sharing some of his Dad's wonderful photos !

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