509th engineer light ponton company

How can I find the operational records for the 509th engineer light ponton company during WW2?

It was my Dad's unit.

thank you

  • Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

    The Textual Reference Archives II Branch (RR2RR) has custody of the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917- (Record Group 407) and the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) (Record Group 338).  Military unit files among these records consist mostly of historical reports, after action reports, unit journals, and general orders. These records do not include personnel information, nor do we have a name index to these records.

    History files and operations (or “after action”) reports tend to be narrative accounts of unit actions either by the year or month, respectively. Journal files (a.k.a. “daily diaries”) are usually daily and hourly accounts. The journal files are usually written in pencil. Sometimes they list incoming and outgoing messages, and sometimes they include brief descriptions of information. If you are interested in an overview of unit activities, you may wish to concentrate on the histories and operations reports. However, if you are interested in actions covering a few specific days, journal files may prove of value to your research.

    General orders, as referenced above, do include information about the official bestowal of medals on individual service personnel. However, these records are arranged by unit, thereunder by date and thereunder by general order number. We would need this information to search our records. If you have a copy of his discharge certificate, this information might be included therein.

    We have reviewed our available finding aids and located the following information regarding the records of the 509th Engineer Light Ponton Company in our custody:

    Record Group 407

    Entry (NM3) 427

    Box 15424

    Operations (“after action”) Reports: August 1944-November 1944; January 1945-March 1945 

    G-1 (Personnel) Weekly Periodic Reports: 28 January 1945-7 April 1945

    Record Group 338

    Entry (UD) 37042

    Box 605

    Unit History 1944-1945

    Record Group 498

    Entry (UD) 494

    Box 3206

    Organizational Unit History, no date. 

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


    Textual Reference Archives II Branch (RR2RR)

  • My grandfather was in the 509th Light Pontoon.  Please send me a message . 

  • Chessie509LP

    My father Msgt. John Malley was in the 509th Eng.Light Ponton Compny. He enlisted in 1941 and.was discharged in 1946,.I know the 509th landed on Utah Beach in July 44. I'm looking for any info on the unit in general and /or any specific info on my Dad.

    anything you can add is greatly appreciated. Dad was from Philadelphia.

    How about your Grand father?

    Dan Malley

  • Hi everyone,

    Great to hear/read family from 509th Engineers Light Pontoon Company Engineers!
    I am Dennis Kiekebos, chairman of 'Pontoon Group '40-'45', a living history group based in The Netherlands. Because of our collection (an original M2 Assault Bridge), we choose to tell the story of the 509th ELPC. We did a deep historical research about the 509th and also tried to get in contact with family members. It seems this would be a chance to get in contact, we would like to know more about the men from the 509th. 

    It would be nice to share information about the history, places, pictures, etc.
    Please feel free to check our website and get in contact with us: www.pontoongroup4045.com 

    And hopefully you all are interested to get in contact.


    Dennis Kiekebos

  •  I am new here . My father was in the 509th engineer light panton in WW2

    I just stumbled on to this website looking for more information on them .

  • Hi Hydro1381

    I just made contact with Chessie509LP as my father also was in the 509th Engineer Light Pontoon . I’ve been looking over her pictures trying to find him in them . I also shared with her his honorable discharge papers . I would love to find out why he received 5 bronze stars . What did he do to earn them ? My father’s name was Joseph Hanlon but he often went by Pat or Patty because he looked so Irish . We all come from around the Washington DC area . 

  • Hi Nyce61. I also questioned the notation about my Dad recieving 5 bronze stars and I believe the answer is that these are campaign citations and not the Bronze Star Medal for valor. One of my Dad's ribbons is the European, African, Middle Eastern Service Ribbon with 5 Bronze stars which designates the battles / campaigns he was part of as noted on his Army Discharge papers: Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland & Central Europe. 
    I hope this helps. Look at your dad's discharge papers and it should have similar notations.

    besr regards

    Dan Malley

  • Hi Dan 

    Thank you for responding and yes my dad has the  same on his discharge papers . I just went and looked at it. Thank you so much Blush 
      I found my dad and also my uncle in the group picture Chessie has . My dad is on the left side of the picture on the top row 3rd one in the young blonde guy . My dad was 10 days shy of his 19th birthday when he enlisted in March of 1943 . My Uncle also the same age as my dad is also in the  picture next row down to the right of my dad . My Uncle was originally from Vermont became my dad best friend for life and married my mom’s younger sister and settled in the DC area too. I am just thrilled to meet both of you. I’ve searched many times but came up empty handed till last week. Btw my name is Teresa Nyce 

    Again Thank You 

  • I am new to this group.  My father was in the 509th ENGR LP Co from March 1943- November 1945.  He left me some photos and a few stories of his time there.  A couple years ago I looked up the friends he spoken of on the internet and at that point they had all passed also.  I was hoping to email photos to them or their families.  My father 's name was Claude Harlow.  I have looked at his photo notes and do not see the names of anyone on this string, I was hoping that I would but maybe eventually someone will show up that knew him. I have his medals, he received one Bronze star and his discharge papers say the same as you noted above.

    I'm glad I found this forum and will keep an eye on it for others from his company,

    Take Care,

    Annette Harlow