Looking for WWII records for the 529th Engineer Light Pontoon Co.

I'm trying to find information about the 529th Engineer Light Pontoon Company during World War II. A relative who served has the following information listed on his headstone application in 1961 in section #8 of the form: Grade Branch of Service, Company, Regiment and Division: "Private. Army. 529th Engr. Light Pontoon Co.I've looked on the Center for Military History website, in the Order of Battle, Europe and haven't found anything. I've looked generally on the web with no results although there is some data on other Light Pontoon companies. (Sometimes the spelling is 'ponton.')

Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

  • Dear dstoten,


    Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


    We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917 - 1985 (Record Group 407) that includes histories and operations reports of the 529th Engineer Light Pontoon Company during WWII under file heading ENCO-529. For more information about these non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


    Photographs of various U.S. Army activities dating from 1940 to 2007 are in the custody of the National Archives at College Park - Still Picture (RDSS). Please contact RDSS via email at stillpix@nara.gov to request a search for photographs of specific units. Please note that RDSS does not have photographs of every individual unit or soldier that served during World War II.


    We also located Morning Reports, ca. 1912 - 1946 for Army units during WWII. For more information about these non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL) via email at stl.archives@nara.gov


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    If you have not already done so, we suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for enlisted men of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after October 1912 and before 1960 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis. In many cases where personnel records were destroyed in the 1973 fire, proof of service can be provided from other records such as morning reports, payrolls, and military orders, and a certificate of military service will be issued. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail it to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. Veterans and next of kin of deceased veterans also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.


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    Lastly, you may wish to contact the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013-5021 for any additional information about the 529th Engineer Light Pontoon Company during WWII. The telephone number is 717-245-3971.


    We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!


  • Hi I saw your post about the 529th.  My father was in the 529th - Robert Leslie Andersen hometown Blackfoot Idaho.  I have my father’s travels in the 529th during the war.  I could send them to you. Let me know your email.  Jason Andersen 

  • Hi Jason. I was raised in an English village called Shenstone, where I understand the 529th were stationed during WW2. From your records of your father's travels, do you have any information about the 529th and Shenstone, Staffordshire? Many thanks. Mike

  • RE: Looking for WWII records for the 529th Engineer Light Pontoon Co.

    Sort of a long story.  My Dad was in the 529th and I was able to get his service records from the US government.  I do have those now.  Every Company has a scribe, and they log every day of what the company did that day. Some are short and some report casualties and other activities.  But their location of their movement is in those records.  They however start when they were in France after the 529th Landed on Utah Beach.  I'd be glad to send those to you.  I don't believe anything in those documents refer to their time in England prior to their arrival in France.  I'd be glad to email you those if you like. 

    I was curious where my Dad was before their landing on Utah Beach.  I found on this website, somewhere, the 529th were camped in Shenstone.  I think I remember seeing some pictures of Shenstone at that time.  None of those pics have my Dad in them.  Some of the pictures do have some explanation of the picture. 

    Lastly, my Dad did keep a diary of when he arrived in France through the end of the war.  It's kind of interesting what he saw.  I transferred it from his paper diary to an electronic version and was beginning to document with pictures of things his diary mentions.  I can also send that to you if you like. 

    I cant however post my email addrs...not allowed here.  

  • Hi Jason. That's awesome information to know of, thank you. It's great to hear you've been able to get so much detail about your Dad. Excellent work!

    Yes, it would be great to see what you've offered, thank you.

    So, how best to swap contact details? Is Facebook a viable option?



  • My wife's Grandfather was in the 529th Orvedale H Hopfinger St.louis He unfortunately died long before my wife and I were a couple. He witnessed some awful things and did not speak very often or openly about his time in Europe. My wife knows very little, he served, was wounded and came home on Thanksgiving. My wifes Aunt has some information on her Dad's service and the 529th but she lives out of state. She even attended some of the 529th reunions in the 90s and met members of the 529th. 

    The past few days I have done a lot of researching on my wife's Grandfather and the 529th. There is not much information available publicly as you know.

    I hope someone might be able to tell me a little more about their group I know they were in Pattons Third army, arrived in France a week after D day. They saw action. I am unfamiliar with battalions, units and their grouping. I am intrested in who or what they may have been attached with, in hopes of learning a little more about ww2.

    I have found some interesting stories about the war and the time guys spent in the 529th. Eugene"Gino"Bettini a Truck driver and cook shared several stories in The Ukiah Daily Journal in July 1995. He even shares pictures he took with the camera he snuck over to Europe. I was able to view the stories via Newspapers on Ancestry. 

    Last night I discovered a book from a solider who was in Boot Camp with the 529th before being put into another group. I will post the title later.

    Best wishes


  • I just was given some records on the 529th. I have not been able to look into much detail as I got them last night. 

    MIikeG I did see a short l piece in regards to your questions I. Regards to Shenstone.

    "On April 27 1944 at 1250 Hours, the Queen Elizabeth docked at Greennock Scotland.Here we were fed a d then at 2350 hours the same day left for Shenstone, Staggorside, England." On July 5th 1944 at 1300 the 529th departed for Cokethorpe Camp, Ducklington, Oxford. ENGLAND. Copies from This is it! A saga of the 529th by PFC Arthur E Erni

     I have received a few diaries of members from the 529th that my wife's family must have gotten from reunions. 

    It is my hope to figure out how to post these documents to the internet via a website or even get copies made.



  • My dad was in the 529th and use to talk about a guy that would be in a fox hole and he would raise his arm and take pictures. And I do believe his name was Gino. My mom and dad use to meet with his army buddies until 911. That is when he was stuck out west during a reunion. He lived in Madrid NY next to the Canadian border. Any ways not sure when it was maybe his last reunion. But flying and sitting in the middle seat when the man next to him got a beer from the steward. Dad handed it to him and he said donka. So dad started a conversation with him. And found out he was in the German army at the Rhine in Remagen the same time dad was there. The guy said to dad (that was a bad war) and dad's reply was, depends on what side of the war you were on. That German soldier was a preacher in Canada and his son was in the US army. Dad has been gone 11 years now.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Steven

  • Hi Tom

    Interesting stuff. What you refer to must indeed be a reference to Shenstone, Staffordshire.

    I would very much like to see copies of those diary documents, please. Feel free to reach out so we can figure out how best to make this happen, so the history can be shared for all.

    Great work Tom, thank you.



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