The WWII 300th Combat Engineers

Harold Palmer
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The Dallas reunion in June 2009 provided a major contribution to the web site. Nettie Palmer, wife of Harold Palmer, has been attending 300th reunions in Dallas for several years with her son Adrian Lopez from California. This year, she brought with her a small metal box filled with photographs of the 300th taken during the campaign in Europe. The small photographs, about 2 x 2 inches, are in excellent condition. Many are of the men of the 300th, their equipment, destroyed towns, disabled German tanks and planes and American gliders. The photos were scanned at the reunion and returned safely to Nettie. Our tanks to Nettie for sharing these for the web site.

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Portrait of the war in Europe
Photo: HP

Portrait of the war in Europe

Dinant, Belgium fortress above town
Photo: HP

Dinant, Belgium fortress above town

Lockheed P-61 Black Widow night fighter, possibly in France
Photo: HP

P-61 Black Widow night fighter, possibly in France

Bridge in Moosburg, Germany
Photo: HP

Bridge in Moosburg, Germany

A fixed bridge. Note walkway with civilians
Photo: HP

A fixed bridge

Transporting a waterproofed jeep
Photo: HP

Transporting a waterproofed jeep

High vantage point of a village destroyed by bombing
Photo: HP

High vantage point of a village destroyed by bombing

The 300th training in England - bridge building on the Thames
Photo: HP

The 300th training in England - bridge building on the Thames

Men pose for photo on a completed bridge
Photo: HP

Men pose for photo on a completed bridge

Transporting captured German prisoners to compounds constructed by engineers
Photo: HP

Transporting captured German prisoners to compounds constructed by engineers

A convoy of U. S. equipment and men moving through a liberated town after being cleared by engineers
Photo: HP

A convoy of U. S. equipment and men moving through a liberated town after being cleared by engineers

Ferry with jeep crossing a river by engineer power
Photo: HP

Ferry with jeep crossing a river by engineer power

Test crossing of a newly constructed ponton bridge
Photo: HP

Test crossing of a newly constructed ponton bridge

It was a harsh winter in Belgium for the 300th
Photo: HP

It was a harsh winter in Belgium for the 300th

Large crane used by engineers to construct bridges and other heavy duty lifting
Photo: HP

Large crane used by engineers to construct bridges and other heavy duty lifting

Digging ditches in Tent City, Swindon, England
Photo: HP

Digging ditches in Tent City, Swindon, England

Engineers setting up a Bailey Bridge
Photo: HP

Engineers setting up a Bailey Bridge

Engineers with group of children, most likely in Germany
Photo: HP

Engineers with group of children likely in Germany

Engineers with a local girl
Photo: HP

Engineers with a local girl

Citizens watch setting up show, most likely in France
Photo: HP

Citizens watch setting up show, likely in France

Entertaining the troops, most likely in France
Photo: HP

Entertaining the troops likely in France

Entertaining the troops, most likely in France
Photo: HP

Entertaining the troops likely in France

Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) on parade in London, England
Photo: HP

Women's Auxiliary Air Force on parade in London, England

G.I. with two local ladies, most likely twins
Photo: HP

G.I. with two local ladies, most likely twins

G.I.s in the home of a local family, most likely three generations
Photo: HP

G.I.s in the home of a local family, most likely three generations

Aschaffenburg, Germany. Bottom-left is Charles Palmer, bottom-right is Carl Ford
Photo: HP

Aschaffenburg, Germany. Bottom-left is Charles Palmer, bottom-right is Carl Ford