September 27, 2009

109th Brief History



The 109th Combat Engineers were a National Guard Unit, with most members from South Dakota. We were part of the 34th Infantry Division.
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We were mobilized soon after Pearl Harbor. We got into the “Ground Floor” of the war, and were among the first into Europe. We spent more days in combat as we worked our way through Africa and Italy than any other American Division. 



Our Division casualties at the close of WWII were officially counted at: 3,737 killed, 14,165 wounded and 3,460 missing in action - a total of 21,362 battle casualties for a Division that started the war with about 14,000 men. ly use that term, but our children do, so we gratefully if reluctantly accept it.


The information on this blog was provided by numerous individuals.  Please email us any more information that you may have about the 109th. 








Clifford Harlan Hullinger

Clifhull@juno.com


Craig Harlan Hullinger


craighullinger@gmail.com







News Articles About the 109th Engineers
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South Dakotans Put Ruse Over on Nazis


Don't Fence Me In

Theses sketches were made for the Stars and Stripes in Italy in 1944  by Austrian born soldier-of-fortune, artist Rudoph Charles von Ripper.  The sketch shows Sgt Harding of my platoon laying barb wire concertina at Anzio. Von Ripper drew this because the squad "fenced" in a German outpost before identifying them and capturing them.  The wire took a sharp job at that point!





Our Ship Survives Torpedo Attack

From the August 1992 Edition of the Minnesota Legionnaire






We were on this ship when it broke down in the Atlantic, traveling from the US to Ireland.  We heard the explosions from the depth charges but didn't know about the three torpedoes that missed us or that the German sub had been sunk until 1998 when we saw this 1992 article from the Minnesota Legionnaire.

We wouldn't have known the difference between a sub-chaser and a destroyer and I didn't realize or had forgotten that we were towed back to Halifax.   What I did know was that the North Atlantic in February is bitter cold and that we wouldn't last over 15 minutes if we had to go into the water. It was a dark night and convoy had left and there would have been no rescue. 



Monte Cassino - The Hardest-Fought Battle



September 26, 2009

Leo J. Comeau Honored


Here’s a brief follow-up to the excellent, detailed memoir by Lyle Haug, a Staff Sergeant with Co. A. 109th Engr, 34th Division in WWII, posted Monday, February 11, 2008, which mentions Private First Class Leo J. Comeau of  the109th who died in action at Anzio, Italy.


In May 2008, Leo J. Comeau of the 109th was honored, along with his brother, at the dedication of the newly built Joseph C. Comeau Bridge in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Joe Comeau, Leo’s older brother, served in the182nd Infantry Americal Division, leading his anti-tank unit in the legendary and bloody battles of Guadalcanal and Bougainville in the Philippine Islands and earning the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantry Badge. In 1969 Joe Comeau died of a heart attack while pitching to the youth league baseball players he was coaching. He was 58.

Leo, 28, was killed in action in Anzio, Italy, May 22, 1944. Joe and Leo were among eight children raised in Haverhill. Their only surviving sibling, Evelyn Connolly, was at the dedication. A granite memorial at the flag pole at the bridge is “Dedicated to the memory of those who served Haverhill in the 182nd Infantry of the Americal Division,  Dec. 23, 1940–Dec. 2, 1945.” Marilyn Comeau, Joe’s daughter, has donated Joe and Leo’s medals to the City of Haverhill.

In 1972 the Legislature christened the bridge that spanned the Merrimack River from Haverhill to Bradford the Joseph C. Comeau Bridge. However, that bridge was razed in 2002. When the replacement bridge was built, a small faction of Haverhill residents wanted to name it after the poet John Greenleaf Whittier who had been born in Haverhill. Veterans and the Comeau family wanted to retain the name. Among those supporting them was Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry who expressed “outrage” at the possible name change.

Wreaths for both Joe and Leo were laid at the bridge dedication.


Submitted by


Maureen Ann Connolly


Cumberland Foreside, ME



March 1, 2009

History of the 109th Engineers







Nice history about the 109th Engineers written by Chief Warrant Officer Duke Doering






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Video Interviews 109th

World War II Interviews by Clifford Hullinger 109th Engineers

Click on the Picture or text, and it should play.  These memories of the 109th were recorded in 2002?  If you have trouble playing them you can go to http://www.youtube.com and search for the 34th Division


34th Division Intro
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34th Division Interview w/ Verne Jackson part 2
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34th Division interviews w/Clif Hullinger part 1
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34th Division Interview w/ R.Clair Brich part 2
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34th Division Interviews w/ Bob King part 2
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34th Division Interview w/ Clif Hullinger Part 2
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34th Division Interviews w/ Bob King part 1
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34th Division Interviews w/Harry Halverson part 2
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34th Division interview w/ Louise Hullinger
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34th Division Interview w/ Hilda Richie
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34th Division Interview w/ Connie Carsner part 1
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34th Division Interview w/ Hilda Richie
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34th Infantry Division Part 2
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Interview with Shifty
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The Battle of Monte Cassino
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Infantry Division, Squad 1 Danilo Cordani, Scott Verna, and Chris Gustafson As the German 1st Paratrooper Division Daniel Tolbert and Daniel ...
 
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Red Bull tour of Fort Lewis, Washington
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"Apple Valley-Rosemount Today" Thursday, April 2, webcast
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Battalion will handle logistics, support, communication and infrastructure; and 169 soldiers from the Stillwater-based Military Police Company will ...
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TS Sturdy NTC Marching Band
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The Marching Band of Training Ship Sturdy, 34th Division of the Nautical Training Corps. This routine was performed by TS Sturdy at the NTC's National ...
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Rang IDF Monday 18FEB08
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Army; CPT Perrin, Jeffrey T MNF-I JVB Commander; PFC Rang, 34th InfantryDivision; et al. My condolences to the families of any troops, US and ...
 
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Gearing Up with the Red Bulls
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Sgt. Paul Jungels shows you the latest and greatest gear utilized by the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division... "Red Bulls" "34th Infantry Division...
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Red Bull Chapel: Dealing with Stress
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Kline thanks Minnesota National Guard's "Red Bulls"
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pre-deployment training in Fort. Lewis, Wash., as the Guard's 34th Infantry Divisionprepares to take command of 16000 coalition forces in eight of ...
 
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