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Hello Mr. Lambert,
Have done some digging here is what I found.
According to Shelby Stanton's "WW2 Order of Battle", the 531st Eng. Shore Regt. rated four campaign stars. These were Algeria-French Morocco, Sicily, Naples-Foggia, & Normandy. In addtion, this unit assaulted Arzew in Algeria, Gela in Sicily, Salerno in Italy, & Normandy on D-Day. However, Army regs permitted only one arrowhead on the EAME ribbon despite these four assaults. The 531st ESR was disbanded in August 1944, and its personnel were transferred to HHC, 1186th Eng. Combat Group. This Group included the 3051st, 3052nd, & 3053rd Eng. Combat Battalions.
Will be looking into this a little further.
The 1186th Engineer Combat Group fell under the 9th Army as well. You might be able to find unit histories for theses groups or at least some general orders.
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Dear Mr. Lambert,
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We searched the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1905-1981 (Record Group 407) and located histories, after action or operation reports, and general orders of the 531st Engineer Shore Regiment, the 3053rd Engineer Combat Battalion, and the 1186th Engineer Combat Group for WWII. These records rarely include the names of the individuals who served in the units except if your uncle received an award or medal of some kind. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference via email at email@example.com.
Copies of most of the monthly rosters from 1912-43 and 1947-59 for Army units (including Army Air Corps) are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis, MO. Rosters for units serving in World War II from 1944-46 were destroyed in accordance with Army disposition authorities.
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my father was 531st ESR historian. I have some info on the 5053rd. Do you know what company of the 5053rd his was in? I have some rosters, but most records that my father had went to the Engineer museum at Fort Leonard Wood. They might have some the roster info you're seeking.
Sir, do you have anything on a 1LT John . Hamilton, Chicago, IL. I believe he was with the 531 ESR and when he got to France, fell into the 3053d. Maybe Company C? I'm a friend trying to trace his legacy and if he was in Maastricht, Dec, 1944 at the start of the Battle of the Bulge. Thank you.