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Here is some information for you. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/84683120/john-c-hamilton
531st Engineer Shore Regiment, Company C. I've been told that some men had training in Ft. Belviour, VA. The 531st in England I think near Plymouth. The 531st ESR, had returned to England were they had been at Anzio, Italy. Then soon began training for the Normandy attack. The 531st was at Utah beach in Normandy. From what I know is the 531st ESR, in St Mere Eglise, St Lo, Carantan, Cherebourg, in France. Maastricht and Auchen in Holland, Belgium, and Germany. I also know that shortly after D-day sometime in 1944 the 531st was re-organized to the 3053rd Engineer Combat Battalion.
Sir - Thank you for your efforts. John S. Hamilton, Chicago, IL died in 1996 (car accident). He was involved in building Bailey bridge across Albert Canal and trying to demo a bridge in Maastricht Dec 1944. However, your information has been most helpful!
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Organizational Unit Records, 1943 - 1947 in the Records of Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, United States Army (World War II) (Record Group 498) that includes 3 file units titled 531st Engineer Shore Regiment 1944; 3053rd Engineer Combat Battalion (Amphibious) 1945; and 3053rd Engineer Combat Battalion (Amphibious) November 1944-August 1945. The records are not digitized. We also located the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917-1985 (Record Group 407) that may include records of the 531st and 3053rd Engineers during WWII. For more information, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at email@example.com.
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