I am Larry's brother. He commented below me here. Our grandfather was DONK.
Sounds like you have an interesting trip planned. I hope to trace the 85th’s path some day. I do not know if there are any remnants of where the 85th crossed
I am hoping to travel along the Volturno and Garigliano Rivers to see if there is any evidence of their bridges left. If you have any other info, would be appr
I do know there are remnants of where the 85th crossed the Rhine at Worms, Germany.
Rod. Thank you so much for putting this page together. It is very well designed and very informative. I will be traveling to Naples, Italy next month.
My name is Larry Burrows and my grandfather is Paul Burrows, a dozer driver nicknamed "Donk". He was is the *85th. I was curious if anyone had any stories?
There are photos of Donk in the Italy photos on the website. I remember my father mentioning Donk several times but I do not recall the specific stories.
85th landed at Oran, North Africa,not a safe place to visit. You might want to start in Italy at Port of Bagnoli. Then follow the “Italy” history here.
The history provides their path. From Italy they landed in France. The history on the website provides that route traveled. Same with Germany
My husband's father, Charles I Robertson from Pa, was in the 85th. We thought we might try and take a trip following in his footsteps. Is a route assembled?
I had to be cryptic in that message above.... few characters allowed. Anyone have a route which could be followed? Thx.
My Dad was Alfred Bila, would love to share stories with others.
I have just found a photo of the whole group of the Engineers in front of the Arch of Triumph in Paris. I need its date. Contact me at my email address. Thanks.
Sorry, but I can't help you with that photo. The 85th was never in Paris as a unit.
My Father Sam Hopkins was in the 85th engineer. I wonder if any one is still living that was with him. He was from Sneedville tennessee.
Hi Judy, Your father Sam visited my dad back around 2004. I sat in on their visit and had a great time hearing the stories. I am not aware of any still living.
Adam and and Hopkins are also listed in Leonard's book.
Rod, in Leonard's service book he listed his buddies.M.H Obarr, box 393 Cullman, Alabama, along with M.L. Obarr same address.your relation?
My Uncle was MH and my dad ML. They were twins.
Rod, I will try to get you a pic of Sgt. Kramer and his car. I also have his purple heart and diary leading up to days before his death.
Thank you sir! He deserves a special tribute.
Yes we have photos in uniform when he was in Milan,Ohio. My mom who is 92 used to ride in his car and still does. But she has photo.
Could I trouble you for a scanned copy emailed to me to put on the website.
Is there a possibility of sending me a scan? Would like to add it to the website.
My wife's great uncle Leonard Kramer killed in action Anzio Feb. 12, 1944 was part of this battalion. Buried in Sicily American Cemetary. We ride in his car now
Interesting! In the section on Italy under “Official History” you will find the official account of his death. Do you have any photos of Sgt. Kramer?
Learned a lot about what my uncle (Joseph E Foy) did in WWII -- thank you
Hi Rob, thanks for honoring my dad so beautifully. I miss him so. This site looks great! Wishing you well. Karen GENTRY Kleparek
Karen,Thank you so much for the contribution you and your father made to this website. Rod
I live a lunéville and I look at your photos,, I am a historian they are wonderful for look at our website (histoire-lorraine.fr)thank you to you for our freedom, we are working to duty of memory for 40 years for your soldiers
Can you send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org. I would like to ask your advice where to visit in order to follow the route of the battalion. Thank you.
Hello Louis. My name is Lance Burrows. My grandfather, Paul Burrows, was part of the 85th. I live in Barcelona and was planning a trip next year or maybe later
Rod - I like your new page. Nice layout. Marion J ChardProud Daughter of Walter "Monday" Poniedzialek540th Combat Engineer Regiment
Glad you enjoy the site. Your grandfather was a worthy commander.
LTC Perdue was my grandfather. I love reading about where he served and what he did during WWII. Thank you for your work on gathering all of this information.