723rd Railway Operating Battalion, Roland Lindale

712th Railway Operating Battalion R.J. Roberts HQ Co. footlocker

Guv writes from Belgium about footlocker.. I found it as a kid in the attic with my grandparents house in the ‘70’s. I never got around asking how he got it, as both passed away in 1982, and my mother doesn’t remember either She was a young girl during the war. I assume my grandfather must have met these GI’s at a railyard, close where they lived at Namur, Belgium, As my grandfather was a construction worker. I hoping posting on the blog might shed some light....

 If anyone knows about Roberts contact me thanks Nancy

 

.....I served in the Persan Gulf Command

Thank so much for MSaxton research into this amazing group the railway units involved in this command were:

  • 3rd Military Railway Service (702nd Military Railway Grand Division)
  • 711th Railway Operating Battalion
  • 730th Railway Operating Battalion 
  • 754th Railway Shop Battalion 
  • 762nd Railway Shop Battalion
  • 791st Railway Operating Battalion 
 This booklet has a list of units in the Persian Gulf Command.

What's included:

   -- The front cover and the first 2 pages

   -- All but the first page of the section by Joel Sayre, 27 pages,
      is left out for copyright reasons.

   -- The last 6 pages, on military aspects, freight tonnages, the
      list of units, and the song "Men of the Persian Gulf Command"

   -- The back cover is missing from the copy I have so I copied the jpeg file
      from the PERSIAN GULF COMMAND VETERANS ORGANIZATION World War II website
            http://pgcvowwii.homestead.com/home.html
      The organization has disbanded for reasons of age but the website has
      some good material.

Joel Sayre (1901) was a war correspondent who spent 49 weeks with the
Persian Gulf Command.  He wrote for the New Yorker and was a friend
of James Thurber.  Short biography at IMDb.

     http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0768540/bio

He published the Persian Gulf Command material in three places, basically the
same material.

1.  The New Yorker
    06 Jan 1945, Some Marvels between Khorramshahr & Kazvin, Part I
    10 Feb 1945, Persian Gulf Command, Part II
    24 Mar 1945, Persian Gulf Command, Part III, The Whirling Men
    31 Mar 1945, Persian Gulf Command, You Don't Fool Around with a Railroad, Part IV

2.  This Army publication

3.  His book. Persian Gulf Command Some Marvels on the Road to Kazvin.
    Published by Random House, New York, 1945.  Introduction by James
    Thurber.  It's easy to find a copy to buy, either an original or a
    reprint.  140 pages, 4-5/8 X 7-1/8 inches

In the Army "Green Books" series, UNITED STATES ARMY IN WORLD WAR II.
The Middle East Theater.  THE PERSIAN CORRIDOR AND AID TO RUSSIA.
by T. H. Vail Motter.  Available free online
http://www.history.army.mil/html/books/008/8-1/index.html


710th Log Of Locations To June 1945

1945 710th Log of Locations To June 1945 by Nancy

710th Murth -- Guide for Unit Censors

1944_GuideForUnitCensors by Nancy

710th Railway Grand Division Officers March 1944 Marth

Pictoral Handbook Of Military Transportatiion TCETO ( Transportation Corps European Theatre Operations)

19450801_PictoralHandbookOfMilitaryTransportatiion_TCETO by Nancy

710th Railway Grand Division camp map

julie

1945 Jul Maps of Railway Grand Division units France -Julie


Transportation Rules 55-265 May 25,1943

Transportation Rules 55-265 May 25,1943 by Nancy