326th ENGR 101st ABN DIV

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March 4th, 2018, 11:54 am #1

I finally received my grandfather's discharge papers and I'm trying to piece together his service through WW2. How was the 326th structured? His papers say he was a unit commander and he's cited for 2 purple hearts. (still waiting on the paperwork for his award citations)
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March 7th, 2018, 6:39 am #2

jhueby, according to the information I have - the 326th ABN Engineer Battalion was activated in August 15, 1942. They were part of the 101st Airborne and one of the first airborne engineer battalions ever activated (along with the 82 ABN and the 307th AEB).

They were originally organized into companies as follows:
- Headquarters Company
- Headquarters & Service Company
- 2 Glider Companies (Cos. "A", "B" - 2 platoons)
- Parachute Company (Co. "C" - 3 platoons)
- Medical Company

By the time of D-Day, the organization was roughly the same, except that the two headquarters companies were combined into one ("H&S").
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March 7th, 2018, 3:58 pm #3

anim8tr wrote: jhueby, according to the information I have - the 326th ABN Engineer Battalion was activated in August 15, 1942. They were part of the 101st Airborne and one of the first airborne engineer battalions ever activated (along with the 82 ABN and the 307th AEB).

They were originally organized into companies as follows:
- Headquarters Company
- Headquarters & Service Company
- 2 Glider Companies (Cos. "A", "B" - 2 platoons)
- Parachute Company (Co. "C" - 3 platoons)
- Medical Company

By the time of D-Day, the organization was roughly the same, except that the two headquarters companies were combined into one ("H&S").
Thank you!

His service record states he was a "Parachute Engineer Unit Commander 1339" his rank was 1LT and his date of entry was 05AUG42
So where does that put him in the COC?

My next question is about the citations. They read:
"Purple Heart (GO 36 HQ 101 ABN DIV 7 APR 45)
1 Oak Leaf Cluster (GO 165 HQ 101 BN DIV 16 JUL 45)"

GO 35 is general order 35 (authority issuing)
does that mean the 101 ABN/ 101 BN(typo?) mean he was attached to HQ company?
It also says he was attached to "326 ABN ENGR BN 101, ABN DIV"
Puts his first injury at Caretan and his second at Bastogne

I'm still waiting on the FFA request for his citations.  Seems the record building that stored most of his documents caught fire and all they can send are photocopies of the water and fire damaged papers (luckily they got saved)
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March 8th, 2018, 7:30 am #4

jhueby, what was his name? (or private message me if you prefer). I've got a complete list of all soldiers in the 326th on D-Day.

In regard to the FFA (NARA ?), I've also been told that the army records I was looking for were lost in a 1973 fire and are no longer available. BUT, a few researchers have told me that this is a common response and not always accurate. I plan on visiting the one in St. Louis in May to try to see if I can get more info. It took them about 9 months to respond this way to my original inquiry.
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March 9th, 2018, 1:51 am #5

Hi there,

I have also done a little research on one of the members of the 326th AEB, (Sgt Thomas A. Betrus) of who I've in my possession his M43 jacket (from later in the war). He was in C Co., 1st Platoon on D-day.
I've put together a little text of his life during the war (in the matter that it was possible of course)
So if you're interested I always could share this. If you have additional information on the subject and you would like to share it, it's also welcome.

Grts from Belgium
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March 9th, 2018, 10:46 am #6

Email me at gliderman327@yahoo.com and I might be able to help some.
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March 10th, 2018, 11:19 am #7

anim8tr wrote: jhueby, what was his name? (or private message me if you prefer). I've got a complete list of all soldiers in the 326th on D-Day.

In regard to the FFA (NARA ?), I've also been told that the army records I was looking for were lost in a 1973 fire and are no longer available. BUT, a few researchers have told me that this is a common response and not always accurate. I plan on visiting the one in St. Louis in May to try to see if I can get more info. It took them about 9 months to respond this way to my original inquiry.
FFA: Federal Freedom of Information Act  sorry short hand
Keep trying. I finally received his discharge paper, and service record.  Both are copies with water damage and some charred edges

His name was Harry Naramore
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March 10th, 2018, 11:20 am #8

schaduwfax wrote: Hi there,

I have also done a little research on one of the members of the 326th AEB, (Sgt Thomas A. Betrus) of who I've in my possession his M43 jacket (from later in the war). He was in C Co., 1st Platoon on D-day.
I've put together a little text of his life during the war (in the matter that it was possible of course)
So if you're interested I always could share this. If you have additional information on the subject and you would like to share it, it's also welcome.

Grts from Belgium
I would love whatever information youre willing to share!
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March 11th, 2018, 8:25 am #9

jhueby wrote:
anim8tr wrote: jhueby, what was his name? (or private message me if you prefer). I've got a complete list of all soldiers in the 326th on D-Day.

In regard to the FFA (NARA ?), I've also been told that the army records I was looking for were lost in a 1973 fire and are no longer available. BUT, a few researchers have told me that this is a common response and not always accurate. I plan on visiting the one in St. Louis in May to try to see if I can get more info. It took them about 9 months to respond this way to my original inquiry.
FFA: Federal Freedom of Information Act  sorry short hand
Keep trying. I finally received his discharge paper, and service record.  Both are copies with water damage and some charred edges

His name was Harry Naramore
Hmmm, I'm having a tough time locating him in my 326th records. Are you sure he was in the 326th? Do you know what Company?
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March 11th, 2018, 5:37 pm #10

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