1437th Engineer Treadway Bridge Company


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Entry: 96356
Subject: 1437 TREADWAY BRIDGE CO.

Melvin Strid wrote on September 16, 2018


City and State: SEABECK WA

Unit: 1437

Service or Relationship: Army/1437 Treadway Bridge Co

Comments: Update: Looking for information from anyone that might have served with my Dad. He was recalled Aug 1950 back to Ft. Lewis, WA to train a group of men from Michigan for combat engineer's. He was a Staff Sergeant. When they got to Korea they were pushing the Chinese and North Koreans back from Pusan and went up through Taeju supporting infantry to build bridges to get men and tanks across the river's in 1951. They were able to push them back up to the 38th parallel. When they got to Shongju the Chinese and Koreans blew up one of the bridges and one of our tanks went down in the river. If anyone relates to any of this; please contact me.

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Entry: 96352
Subject: FT LEWIS/KOREA

Melvin Strid wrote on September 15, 2018


City and State: SEABECK WA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Army/ Combat Engineers

Comments: Helped train infantry on front lines to help the tanks and infantry build bridges and to push forward in Korea.

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Entry: 91854
Subject: KOREAN WAR 1950- 1953

Jack Kessie wrote on September 6, 2015


City and State: GLENVIEW IL

Unit: 1437TH BRIDGE CO

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Anybody with me from 1950-1953 Young Dug Poy?

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Entry: 70035
Subject: LOOKING FOR ANYONE WHO KNEW MY FATHER

Connie Sechman wrote on May 1, 2009


City and State: PORTAGE MI

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments:

Keywords: He was in the 1437th Engineer Treadway Bridge Co. I have heard of mentioned "Porkchop" Hill.



Entry: 67487
Subject: LOOKING FOR OLD BUDDIES (1437 1954-55)

Don Collins wrote on October 13, 2008

Email Update Needed



City and State: BOZEMAN MT

Unit: 1437 FB 36TH COMBAT ENG.

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Looking for guys that were in 1437 FB from spring '54-dec.'55.Mike DiMuccio, Allen Zetler, Cpl. Stone, James Eaton, Mike Ruicci (brooklyn), "Long John" Cooper,"Tennesee".Anyone else who was there during that time that I haven't listed, sure would like to hear from you. I was the cowboy from Montana if that helps. I'd like to know how many of us are still alive and kicking.Have a good one and hope to hear from you.

Keywords: "Montana" "Cowboy" were my nicknames. Best buddy was Mike "Moose" DiMuccio from Long Beach,Ca.



Entry: 59657
Subject: FRONT LINE ENGINEERING - LOOKING FOR SPEAKER

Matthew Crawford wrote on January 19, 2007


City and State: RALEIGH NC

Unit: N/A

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: I am looking for a Korean War Veteran who served as a front-line engineer or surveyor who is willing to speak at our Society of Military Engineers (SAME, www.same.org) Cape Fear Post in Wilmington, NC. I am interested in scheduling speakers for two of our luncheon meetings: 1) a perspective of what front-line engineering was like in previous foreign wars, and 2) an engineer still in active duty. We wish to learn about an engineers projects, working conditions, experiences, successes and failures while on duty.
The presentations are usually 30 minutes in length. The rewards are small: free lunch, a certificate of appreciation and a (coveted) SAME coffee mug. Our appreciation is great.
Anyone interested may contact me to discuss arrangements and details:
   Matthew M. Crawford, PLS
   Vice President, Cape Fear Post, SAME
   Greenhorne and O'Mara, Inc.
   5565 Centerview Drive, Suite 107
   Raleigh, NC 27606
   Tel: (919) 851-1919
   Fax: (919) 851-8393
   Mcrawford@G-and-O.com

Keywords: Militray Engineers Surveyors North Carolina Korea



Entry: 53453
Subject: 1437 ENGINEER TREADWAY BRIDGE COMPANY

Virgil Plume wrote on October 6, 2005

Email Update Needed



City and State: MONTROSE CO

Unit: 1437 ENGINEER TREADWAY BRIDGE COMPANY

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: In Korea from Feb 1952 to June 1953. I was a mechanic in the motor pool. Some of the guys I remember include:


Eddie Abdow, Fall River, Mass

Bob Blythe, Hatboro, PA

Gunther Bruggenthis, Chicago

James D. Cox, Virginia, IL

Ray Rheamone, Sacremento, CA

Edward Stepnetz, Montclimans Michigan

Bill Shelton, Maybell, CO

Frank Smith, Huchinson, Kansas

Forrest P. Showalter, West Palm Beach, Fla

Clarence Cehner, Elbert Field, Indiana

Please contact me if you have any info on these guys.

Keywords: Treadway Bridge Company, motorpool mechanic, Plume



Entry: 49000
Subject: REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (UPDATED)

Charles L. Collins wrote on February 17, 2005

Deceased

City and State: HUNTSVILLE AL

Unit: 5343TH ENGR TECH INTEL TEAM

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments: CORRECTION TO 1st MSG:
Photos of any bridges the unit built w/ dates, locations etc. or ferrys built, w/where and when!
Also want a defintion of a treadway as it differs from a pontoon bridge!
Finally did any unit use the aluminum pontoons in Korea?

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Entry: 48999
Subject: INFORMATION ONTREADWAY BRIDGES

Charles Collins wrote on February 17, 2005

Deceased

City and State: HUNTSVILLE A

Unit: 534TH ENGR TECH INTELL TEAM

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments: Am trying to write my memoirs of Svc in Korea '52-'53. Want photois and or definitionof a Treadway Bridge. SAlso, did nat unit use tealumnum pontoons Korea?

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Entry: 48209
Subject: LOOKING FOR MEMBERS OF 1437TH

Lisa Phillips wrote on January 17, 2005

Email Update Needed



City and State: WINDHAM ME

Unit: 1437TH

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments: My father is seeking anyone who may have served with him in the 1437th Treadway Bridge Company, IX Engineering Corps. His name was Frank A. Porcaro, he would like to correspond with veterans who served with him.

My e-mail address is lphillips5@verizon.net

Keywords: 1437TH Treadway Bridge Company, IX Engineering Corps.



Entry: 43884
Subject: TO ALL CONCERNED

David Shelton wrote on June 18, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State: CAMP COLBURN

Unit: C-CO. 304TH 1ST SIG BDE

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: My father has a friend who was in the Broken Hearts. He is dying. I am trying to do something nice for him. I noticed that alot of people are trying to reunite members of the Broken Hearts. Try this one: My father, George Jake China Groove, NC
Call him and get in touch with his friend

Keywords: broken heart



Entry: 42534
Subject: LOOKING FOR ANYONE WHO KNEW MY FATHER

Connie Sechman wrote on April 22, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: This is a update on my earlier posting, with new email address.

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Entry: 33091
Subject: LOOKING FOR FAMILY OF TOME.MOORE

Shirley Wilcox wrote on March 26, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State: BRIMLEY MI

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Friend of Veteran

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Entry: 28910
Subject: 36TH ENGINEER GROUP - LOOKING FOR VETERANS

Edward B. (Eddie) Usonis wrote on October 18, 2002


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments: 36th Engineer Group - Korea Army War Veterans
Looking for Korea Army War Veterans who served in Korea with units affiliated with the 36th Engineer Combat Group. - IX Corps Engineers. Our location was below the Iron Triangle between Chorwan and Kumhwa near a shelled out town of Tae-de-gul. Interested in the whereabouts and status of veterans and would like to contact any veterans to exchange views and recollections. The 36th Engineer Group was located alongside Route 22 east of MSR-3 near Tae-de-gul. There was also a small stream nearby also not far from 44th MASH and a water reservoir. Our working quarters were bunkers in a small hill. Affiliated Units – The 11th, 74th, 194th, 378th Engineer Battalions – 76th Dump Truck Co. – 86th Engineer Searchlight Co. – 323rd Engineer Co Light – 1437th Engineer Treadway Bridge Co The purpose of this web site is to re-connect with old buddies, exchange news and views, revive old stories, renew old acquaintances, and indulge in a bit of nostalgia. This web page is focused on all veterans who had some connection with the 36th Engineer Group while in Korea

The following is our Address; http://www.36engr.cityslide.com
Ed Usonis
36th Engr Group Hq Hq
edwardoo@msn.com

The purpose of this web site is to re-connect with old buddies, exchange news and views, revive old stories, renew old acquaintances, and indulge in a bit of nostalgia. This web page is focused on all veterans who had some connection with the 36th Engineer Group while in Korea. While in Korea we knew lots of people and now all this time has passed and you wonder. Just what happened to them all? Locating and finding old friends or acquaintances from about fifty years ago from your time in the service can be difficult. It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the world and lose track of the people who made that point in time very memorable. ---Email -- Ed Usonis edwardoo@msn.com

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Entry: 25425
Subject: UNIT HISTORY OF THE 1437TH

William J. Barrett wrote on May 13, 2002


City and State: GRAND RAPIDS MI

Unit: 1437TH ENGINEER COMPANY

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments: 1437th Engineer Company (Float Bridge)
This chronology is written from the unit history of the 1437th Engineer Company (Float Bridge). The unit history was written in Korea by the contributor when the 1437th Engineer Company (Float Bridge) was deactivated and returned to the control of the Michigan National Guard on March 18, 1955. At that time, all men and equipment in Korea were transferred to the newly activated 547th Engineer Company (Float Bridge).

14 August 1950
1437th Engineer Treadway Bridge Company, a unit of the Michigan National Guard located at Sault Ste. Marie, was ordered into Federal military service.

28 August 1950 to 10 January 1951
The 1437th shipped to Fort Lewis Washington and went into training.

11 January to 4 February
Shipment to Japan from Fort Lawton Washington.

5 February 1951 to 1 March 1951
Outfitting and further training at Sendai, Japan.

2 March 1951
The 1437th arrived in Korea and was assigned to the 19th Engineer Combat Group, IX Corp.

Spring/Summer 1951
The 1437th operated a ferry service at the Hwachon Reservoir for United Nations troops operating in the rugged, inaccessible mountains north of the man made reservoir lake. Scheduled trips were made around the clock to provide a vital supply link over a 26 mile route.
Ammunition, food, and replacements were ferried across the reservoir and up the Pukhan River to UN forces. On the return trip, engineer assault boats powered by outboard motors evacuated wounded.

16 November to 27 November 1951
The 1437th held the mission to support the 19th Regiment, 6th ROK Division, and the 21st Regiment, 8th ROK Division, during the offensive across the Pukhan River north of the Hwachon Reservoir. On the south flank, the 1437th's Support Platoon conducted operations up and down the river in M2 Assault Boats and M4 Pontoons equipped with outboard motors. 393 round trips, each 11 miles were completed in 12 days of the operation carrying ammunition, food and replacements forward while evacuating wounded and prisoners to the rear. Along with ROK Infantry, two US Combat Engineer platoons with all equipment and dozers were brought to the front line area to build a supply road.

On the north flank of the offensive, the two Bridge Platoons of the 1437th worked with two other Combat Engineer platoons to construct thirteen semi-fixed and two tactical floating Treadway Bridges. These bridges served as vital links in the supply chain to the Korean Infantry fighting across the Pukhan and Humsong Rivers. In one case, a floating bridge was assembled upstream and floated to the site before the land road had reached the river. Another bridge was built across the river while ROK Infantry was engaged with the enemy 800 yards from the bridge site.

5 December 1951
The 1437th Engineer Treadway Bridge Company was reassigned to the 36th Engineer Combat Group.

1952
Records of unit operations in 1952 and January through August 1953 were not available to the writer. It is known that the wear and tear on the World War II equipment brought to Korea intensified maintenance needs and the replacement of virtually all of the units vehicles and equipment.

Addendum to Unit History with 36th Group.
Located below the Iron Triangle between Chorwan and Kumhwa near town of Tae-de-gul. Affiliated with the 36th Engineer Group. Other affiliated Units - The 11th, 74th, 194th, 378th
Engineer Battalions, 76th Dump Truck Company, 86th Engineer Searchlight Company, 323rd Engineer Light equipment Company.

23 January 1953
Redesignated as 1437th Engineer Float Bridge Company.

1 April 1954
Redesignated as 1437th Engineer Company (Float Bridge).

1953 - 1955
After the truce, the 1437th's mission focused on training, bridge missions to cope with the rainy seasons, assistance for the relocation of units as the farm line was moved north, AFAK projects, and establishment of the Army in hardened camps. The unit moved to Camp North Star with other units of the 36th Engineer Group (Combat), As force levels were reduced, the 1169th and 52nd Engineer Bridge Companies were merged into the 1437th.

March 18, 1955
The 1437th was deactivated and returned to Sioux Ste. Marie and control of the Michigan National Guard. All men and equipment remained in Korea in a unit activated as the 547th Engineer Company (Float Bridge).

Awards in Korea
Campaign Silver Band for First UN Counteroffensive
Campaign Silver Band for CCF Spring Offensive
Campaign Silver Band for UN Summer-Fall Offensive
Campaign Silver Band for Second Korean Winter
Campaign Silver Band for Korea Summer-Fall 1952
Campaign Silver Band for Third Korean Winter
Campaign Silver Band for Korea Summer-Fall 1953

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Entry: 23331
Subject: LOOKING FOR FRIENDS OF DILLON (TOOTSIE) DIEGEL OF 44TH ENGINEERS,BROKEN HEARTS, KOREA 1950-1952

Tom Diegel wrote on February 20, 2002


City and State: LEBANON OH

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I'm trying to help my father locate some friends from the war,If you knew him or know of any one in this unit or any web sites good for searching please drop me a line. Thanks, God Bless USA

Keywords: Dillon (Tootsie) Diegel, 44TH Engineers, Broken Hearts, In Country 1950-1952 Home Base FT.Lenord Wood



Entry: 19213
Subject: NEW 1437TH SOLDIER

Ryan Mayer wrote on September 4, 2001

Email Update Needed



City and State: PALATINE IL

Unit: 1437TH ENGINEERING COMPANY - SAULT STE. MARIE, MI

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: My uncles were Raymond, Orel, and Lawrence Mayer and all three of these men faught with the 1437th Engineering Company in Korea. If you know them, drop me a line and I may be able to get you more information about them. Uncle Orel passed away about 4 or 5 years ago and Uncle Raymond is retired from the Navy Seabees as a Master Chief. Uncle Lawrence is, well, I don't know about Uncle Lawrence. Drop me a line anytime. Email is best.

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Entry: 18431
Subject: LOOKING FOR JOHN MENZER

Jack Kessie wrote on August 2, 2001


City and State: GLENVIEW IL

Unit: 1437TH ENGR. HVY VEH. DRIVER

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments: Looking for an old friend John Menzer or mentzer from New York City. Can anyone help?

Keywords: was in korea from jan'52 to dec '53.driving jeep and then hvy vech driver





Entry: 16408
Subject: 36TH ENGINEER (C) GROUP

Edward B. (Eddie) Usonis wrote on May 7, 2001


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments: 36th Engineer (C) Group - Looking for veterans who served in Korea with units affiliated with the 36th Engineer Combat Group. - IX Corps Engineers. Our location was below the Iron Triangle between Chorwan and Kumhwa near a shelled out town of Tae-de-gul. Interested in the whereabouts and status of members and would like to contact any veterans to exchange views and recollections. The 36th Group Hq Hq was located alongside Route 22 east of MSR-3 near Tae-de-gul. There was also a small stream nearby also not far from 44th MASH and a water reservoir. Our working quarters were bunkers in a small hill. Affiliated Units – The 11th, 74th, 194th, 378th Engineer Battalions – 76th Dump Truck Co. – 86th Engr Searchlight Co. – 323rd Engr Co Light – 1437th Engr Treadway Bridge Co.

The following is our URL Address; http://www.36th-Engr-Korea.cityslide.com

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Entry: 15080
Subject: VETERNS WHO KNEW MY FATHER IN LAW

Mitch Osten wrote on February 18, 2001

Email Update Needed



City and State: CARROLL NE

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I am trying to find anyone who knew him in Korea. He didn't say much about what he did. My wifes family is interested about where he was at and what he did. And who some of the soldiers were who he served with.

Keywords: Father in laws name is Rudolph Buresh From North Bend, NE. He served with the 1437th Eng. Co. APO 264 in 1953 in Korea.



Entry: 7614
Subject: LOOKING FOR VETERANS WHO KNEW MY FATHER

Connie Sechman-Weatherspoon wrote on March 22, 2000

Email Update Needed



City and State: PORTAGE MI

Unit: ??

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: ??

Keywords: Balter Sechman, 24th Infantry Division Japan july 1949, Korea july 1950 and then went into engineer unit 1437th Engr Tdwy Br Company APO 301. One of his "buddies" was named William Pye. Also my mother had said something about my father being on "Pork Chop Hill"







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