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        16 October 1943
        WVMA Elkins, West Virginia
  0830 11 1940 

15 Oct.

Field Message From S-3 - C.O. H&S Co. Please advise this office number and names of men in H&S Co. Who are authorized to carry the carbine but who have not yet fired or completed firing this weapon. (Runner)
  0830 12 1950 

15 Oct.

Field Message From S-3 - C.O. H&S Co. Check and amend attached list of men who have not fired M-1 rifle and send revised list to S-1 Section. Lyon, Eng., Huresky, Woody, Munyon, Pitts, Provencal, Weisman. (Runner)
  0930 13 1930 

15 Oct.

Field Message From S-3 - C.O. Co. B. Furnish 3 2 ½ ton trucks to 204th Engr. C. Bn. To report at 1200 16 Oct at Personnel unloading riding in Elkins, authority of Capt. Slear. (Runner)
  0830 14 2000 

15 Oct.

Field Message From S-3 - C.O. Co. B. Check and amend attached list of men who have not fired the M-1 rifle. Send revised list to S-1 Section - Irving, Mahoney, Bagley, LaForest. (Runner)
    15   The weather today was cold with heavy rains. 

At 1000 a small amount of hail fell.

    16   Disposition of Companies: 

Co. A,
Winterizing tents at the 27th Evac hosp. 

Co. B,
Worked on area and hauled men from 204th Engr. C. Bn. 

Co. C, 
road construction in Davis.

        16 October 1943
        WVMA Elkins, West Virginia
  1545 1 1520 Field Message from S-2 - Co. "A", Request all men of your Company be given the opportunity to Read (Pamphlet 21-1 "When you are over-seas") as soon as possible. (MM)
  1545 2 1535 Field Message from S-2 - Co. C, Request all men of your company be given the opportunity to read (Pamphlet 21-1 "When you are over-seas") As soon as possible.) (MM)
  1115 3   Field Message from S-3 - CO Co. C, Send 5 dump trucks to Co. A. (MM)
  1940 4 0900 Field Message from S-3 to CO Co A., Advise this office number and names of men in Co. Who are authorized to carry the carbine, but who have not yet fired or completed firing this weapon. (MM)
  0900 5 1930 Field Message from S-3 - CO Co. C, Please advise this office when Co. C will finish winterization of 27th Evac Hosp. MM
  0900 6 0900 Field Message from S-3 - CO Co. C, Advise this office number and names of men in Co. C who are authorized to carry the Carbine but who have not yet fired of completed firing this weapon. (MM)
  2000 7 0900 Field Message from S-3 - CO Co C, Check and mend attached list of men who have not fired the M-1 rifle. Send revised list to S-1 Section - Walsh, Moody and Rodgers. (MM)
  0830 8 2000 

15 Oct

Field Message From S-3 - Co C. Check and mend attached list of men who have not fired M-1 rifle and send revise list to S-1. Burzlaff, Clement, Lukins, McDonald, Kresge, Thibodeau, Benoit, Brennan, Chase, Facchiano, Frederick, Lamb, LeGrand, McKenna, Melanson, Sanborn, Shield, Soule, Sorrell, Sutcliffe, Ulmer, Venture. (MM)
  0830 9 1945 

15 Oct

Field Message from S-3 - C.O. Co. B. Advise this office number and names of men on Co. B. Who are authorized to carry the Carbine, but who have not yet fired or completed firing this weapon.
  0830 10 1930 Field Message From S-3 - C.O. H&S Co. Furnish 3 2 ½ ton trucks to 204th Engr, C. Bn. To report at 1200, 16 Oct. At personnel unloading siding in Elkins - authority of Capt. Slear via Capt. Gruber.
        17 Oct 1943
        WVMA Elkins, West Virginia
  1000 1 1000 Field Message from Lt. Sparling - CO Co. A, Chaplin from Dilr Hqs requests you send Pvt. Chase clothing. He is wet and has no change of clothing. (MM)
  1000 2 1000 Field Message from Trans. Officer - CO 204th Engrs you will have to unload your trucks immediately. If you need trucks get in touch with transportation office. (MM)
  1100 3 1045 Field Message from Lt. Lyon - CO Co. A, Submit report immediately to this Hqs as list showing ASN & SSN of EM not qualified for foreign service. Also number of men needed to full to T/O Strength including expected losses such as cadre etc. Ref. W.D. Cir 161 5 Oct/43 and AR 615-360 Sect. II&III. (MM)
  1100 4 1050 Field Message from Lt. Lyon - CO Co A, Submit list of officers as per message #9 17 Oct, 1943 Ref: W.D. Cir #82. (MM)
  1955 5 1530 Wire sent to Commanding General XIII, from Lt. Lyon - Request amendment to Par. 9 SO # 218, 16 Sept. 1943. Reason for non-compliance with original order was due to fact that Pvt. Leary was under Court Martial Restriction which terminated 15 Oct./43.
1744   6 1645 Field Message from Maj. Powell - S-3, Have 2 Dump tks Rpt to Qm. WVMA at 0800 18 Oct/43 tks to haul coal for 2 days. (MM)
1724   7 1705 Field Message from Maj. Powell - S-3 - Install furnace at YMCA all materials to be furnished by YMCA. (MM)
      Disposition of Companies: 

Co. A,
Winterizing tents at 27 Evac. Hosp. 

Co. B,
One platoon helping Field Art. Taking down field gun from Mt. Rest of Co. In Kerens. 

Co. C,
Road Const at Davis

    9   The weather today was cold and windy with continuous rainfall all day long.
        18 October 1943
        WVMA, Elkins, West Virginia
  0915 1 0900 Fld Msg fr S-3 to Companies A, B, C & MP O All CO's to instruct their drivers to keep vehicles within limits marked by stakes and tracing tape along roadway to MP and S-4
    2   S-3 to CO Co "B" Five trucks will report at coal mine (8) miles west of Elkins on Hwy #33 at 0800 19 October 1943
        Weather today was warm and clear
        Disposition of Companies: 

Co. A,
Winterizing tents at 27th Evac Hosp 

Co. B,
One plat helping FA taking down field gun from Mountain. Rest of Co. In Kerins. 

Co. C,
Rd constr at Davis 

        19 October 1943
        WVMA, Elkins, West Virginia
  0930 1 0900 Fr S-4 to CO. 403rd Engr Company We are out of drinking water. Requested delivery today but did not make any contact by phone. Hence this field message. (JEEP)
  1115 2 1020 Fr S-3 to All companies All Co's will fire M-1 transition on Dailey Range. Prior to dates of firing all Co's will conduct preliminary marksmanship pertaining to M-1 trans firing - ie sight -setting range estimation, etc. All co's will also contact S-4 for ammunition ad equipment. All personnel must complete this firing. Furloughs and passes must be arranged to allow for maximum attendance. 

Dates of Firing 

H&S - October 26 and 27, 1943) 

"A" - October 24 and 25, 1943) 

"B" - October 22 and 23, 1943) 

"C" - October 28 and 29, 1943)

  1335 3 1330 FR S-3 to Lt. King, Co. "C" A gas mask with above named O's serial No. Has been found. Lt. King to verify and pick it up.
        Weather today was clear and cool.
        20 October 1943
        WVMA Elkins, West Virginia
  0830 1 0815 Fr S-1 to CO, Company "A" 

Lt. McCann, Lt. Monzione, Lt. Mann, Cpl Fyrbeck and Pvt Densky will report to this headquarters at 1330 today to confer with Capt. Duncan, TJA of General Court.

        Weather today was clear and warm.
        Disposition of Companies: 

Co. A,
Winterizing tents at 27th Evac Hosp 

Co. B, 
One plat helping FA taking down field gun from mountain. Rest of Co. On Kerins. 

Co. C,
Rd constr in Davis.

        21 October 1943
        WVMA, Elkins, West Virginia
  0930 1 0915 Fr S-3 to all companies 

To facilitate M-1 Transition firing, arrangements should be made for men to fire with other companies when scheduled for furlough, prior to or after absence. 

Company "B" firing - October 22, and 23rd

Company "A" firing - October 24, and 25th

Company H&S firing - October 26, and 27th

Company "C" firing - October 28, and 29th

  0945 2 0915 CO 1103rd Engrs to CO, 150th Engr C Bn. Requesting copy of General Engineer Reconnaissance conducted by our battalion. 

Weather today was cool and windy. It rained for one hour beginning at 0815. 

Disposition of Companies: 

"A" Co. - Kerens Bivouac Area 

"B" Co. - Same - Firing M-1 Rifle Trans 

"C" Co. - Winterizing tents at 27th Evac. Hospital.

        22 October 1943
        WVMA, Elkins, West Virginia
  0930 1 0915 FR S-2 to Lt. Graham, 1103rd Engr C. Gp Informed Lt. Graham that General Engr Recon. Data obtained by this bn has been borrowed by 61st Bn and has not been returned as yet.
  0945 2 0800 Fr S-3 to CO Company "B" To send ten (10) men to YMCA in Elkins, to remove existing boilers and replace.
  0945 3 0800 Fr S-3 to all Companies Schedule of Trans Firing as per Msg#1,2,3 and 4 rescinded. Revised schedule as follows: Co. "B" Oct 21, 22. Co. "A" Oct 23, 24. Co. "C" Oct 27, 28, H&S Oct 25, 26.
  1500 4 1500 Fr S-2 to C.O. Company "C" Requesting return of key to Transit Case if in possession of Capt Goodkind. 

Disposition of Companies: 

"No Change" 

Weather today was cold and WINDY. 

All members of the Cadre were grouped together and are stationed in the area behind Company "B".

        23 October 1943
        WVMA Elkins, West Virginia
0900   1 0835 Fr CO 1103rd Engrs to CO, 150th Engrs Have one CO who has had fire fighting instr rpt to oprns tent of 1103rd for purpose of instructing o's from 204th Engrs in methods of control. Designated o take green umpire flags for each vehicle atchd to problem.
1630   2 1545 Fr S-3 to Lt. Anderson 15 men fr our orgn will rpt to Lt. Golding at 94th Sig Bn for aptitude test on Monday morning at 0900. Test will last 3/4 of and hour. Trans will wait until test is over in order to transport men back.
1630   3 1545 Fr 94th Sig Bn to Lt. Anderson Classes are to begin at 0800 Tue morning Men will mess at 94th. Transportation is to be furnished by us.
  1730 4 1700 Fr S-3 to Co's A B C & H&S Radio operators aptitude tests to be given 25 October. Companies to send men, exclusive of radio operators, with musical talent and I.Q. scores of at least 100 is possible H&S - 6 men Each line company - 3 men. Rosters are to be submitted to Lt. Anderson Men to rpt to msg center at 0745 25 October., Class "A" uniform.
  2020 5 2000 Fr Adjutant S-1 to All company Cmdrs and Staff Officers A meeting of Company commanders and staff officers will be held at 0900, 24 Oct 43. 

Weather today was clear and warm. 

Disposition of companies: 

No Change.

        24 October 1943
        WVMA, Elkins, West Virginia
  1400 1 1125 Fr CO, Company "C" to S-1 Requesting change on Officers duty roster to a later date the name of Lt. Helstrom.
2230   2 2226 Fr Telegram, Westport, Conn. to Pvt Joseph Valinate, Company "C" 

"Mary had a baby boy, both doing fine."

2230   3 2226 Telegram fr Putman, Conn. To Sgt Edward Vose, Company "A" 

"Dad in hospital with pneumonia. Come home if possible. Wire back." 

Weather today has been clear and cold 

Disposition of companies: 

No Change.

        25 October 1943
        WVMA, Elkins, West Virginia
  1400 1 1400 Fr Ex Officer to CO, Company "C" Requesting thorough search for letter concerning Pvt Pearalls. Neg rpt desired. 

Weather today has been cold and damp. A slight rain fell all thru the day. 

Disposition of Companies: 

No Change.

        26 October 1943
        WVMA, Elkins, West Virginia
  0930 1 0925 Fr Ex Officer to CO, Company "C" Requesting Company council book be for warded to the Ex O immediately for quarterly auditing.
1500   2 0930 Fr CO, 1103rd to Co, 150th Engrs We are to have six (6) dump trucks report to QM Depot for purpose of hauling coal today and tomorrow, 26 and 27 October.
1555   3 1330 Fr CO 1003rd Engrs to Co, 150th Engrs Grade and surface service road in the Evac Hosp Area. Surfacing material may be shale or mine failings. Road runs fr entrance of road to Wdp.
1350   4 1555 Fr CO, 1103rd Engr C Gp to CO, 150th Engrs. 4 ward tents Evac hosp are to be centrally heated. Make a survey to determine size of boiler, no. Of radiators, and design of boiler house. Send list of materials to Director's Headquarters.
1630   5 1036 Fr 1103rd CO to CO, 150th Engrs Requesting verbal report on status of YMCA furnace installations.
1630   6 1036 Fr CO 1103rd to CO, 150th Engrs Construct floors only in two additional ward tents at 27th Evac. Hosp. Info as to which tents available at hospital. 

Disposition of Companies: 

"A" - Unit training in Battalion area 

"B" - Construction of hand grenade court Northeast of battalion area. 

"C" - Transition firing - M-1 

H&S - Staff and Service functions 

Weather today was cool and cloudy

        27 October 1943
        WVMA, Elkins, West Virginia
  1600 1 1540 Fr S-3 to Co CO, "A" Company "A" is to provide a pit detail for Carbine firing on 28 Oct and 29 Oct. It will consist of 1 NCO and 26 men. Will provide own transportation and be ready to move out for Bueno Range at 0600 with convoy under Lt. Glasser.
  1600 2 1540 Fr S-3 to Co CO, "C" Above company will fire transition M-1. Firing will be held on Daily Range 28 and 29 October 1943.
0930   3 0930 FR CO, 1103rd to CO, 150th Engrs Construct grenade range according to plans and at site discussed October 25, 1943
  1600 4 1600 Fr S-3 to CO's, All companies Auth SMG's (12 per co.) Will be ready to move out at 0800, 28 Oct. To fire "B" course at Daily range. C Company will provide 3 trucks for transportation. Will rpt to Lt. Anderson at Bn Hqs. Uniform C-4. C or K rations for noon meal.
  1530 5 1530 Fr S-3 to CO's, all companies 

Carbine firing at Buena Range, 28,29,30,31 Oct. 1943. OIC of firing- Lt. Glasser 

Range Off. - Lt. Sparling 

Pit Officer - Lt. Mann. 

On Oct 28, each co. To send ½ of auth carbine armed EM's and O's plus four (4) potentially armed carbine men, who have not completed both known dist and transition carbine firing. The remaining EM's and O's to be sent 29 Oct. B co. To furnish 2-21/2 and 1/4 ton trucks. Convoy to leave at 0600 Un is C-4. H&S co. To pick up hot food from each company by 0930 to reach range by 1200 Remainder of H&S Co to fire familiarization on 30 and 31st of Oct. 

Weather today has been very cloudy. It has been drizzling all day long. 

Disposition of Companies. 

        28 October 1943
        WVMA, Elkins, West Virginia
  2105 1 2047 Fr S-3 to CO's of all companies Designated .50 cal machine gunners (12 per company exclusive of .30 cal gunners) will be ready to move out at 0800 29 October to fire at Dailey Range. H&S will provide 3 trucks for transportation. All men are to report to Lt. Anderson at 0745 at Bn. Headquarters.
  2105 2 2050 Fr S-3 to all CO's of all companies This message (No. 1 dated 28 Oct Msg Ctr #2) cancels all conflicting in messages No. 1, dated 27 October. All t/O carbine armed EM & O that are available, who have not carbine known distance and transition firing will fire 29 Oct on Buene Range. Co. To provide own transportation. Convoy to form in front of bn headquarters. 

Disposition of companies: 

A, B, C, H&S - First three grades and potential carbine armed EM firing on Buena range. All line companies engaged in unit training, H&S staff and service functions. 

It has been raining hard all day long.

        30 October 1943
        WVMA, Elkins, West Virginia
  1801 1 1800 Fr S-3 to CO, H&S Company 

On 30 Oct. 43 Co. Will fire familiarization with carbine on the 1000" range at Dailey. Supply, safety, range control at discretion of company commander.

  1600 2 1600 Fr S-3 to CO's, all companies 

A memorandum in dup will be submitted to this section by 1200, 30 Oct 1943 showing the following: 

a. List of O and EM who have completed M-1 transition firing, with their individual scores. 

b. List of O and EM who have not completed such firing and their disposition. 

Totals of par's a&b must equal co. strength

1620   3 1600 Fr S-3 to CO, 1103rd Engrs Gp 

Status of assigned projects as of 2400, 28 October 1943 

Ref Msg 1, 27 Oct 43 - Ren completed 

Ref Msg 3, 28 Oct 43 - Action pending word from YMCA officials. 

Ref Msg 2, 27 Oct 43 - Ren completed 

Ref Msg 4, 27 Oct 43 - Ren completed 

Ref Msg 5, 27 Oct 43 - Job ½ completed

  1641 4 1640 Fr S-3 to CO's all companies 

Designated 50 cal gunners to fire on Dailey range, 30 Oct. H&S to provide trans. 

  1701 5 1700 Fr S-3 to CO. Company "A" 

Lt. Mann chg of pit detail of 20 men on 30 October on Dailey range.

  1701 6 1700 Fr S-3 to CO's all companies 

T/O armed personnel not completed known distant and unknown distance firing on carbine will fire Buena range 30 Oct 43. Co. "B" to provide transportation. Lt. Glasser in charge. H&S will provide truck to pick up messes from all companies. 

Weather today has been cloudy. 

Disposition of companies

  1335 1 1330 S-2 To CO's all companies 

Requesting return of all maps not necessary for routine opr of company.

  1805 2 1800 Fr S-3 to CO's, all companies 

Correction to memo on trng sched dated 30 October 1943 

Par 2 (d) cancel report Launcher Firing on 3 Nov. Corrected time - 1700 2 November 

Weather today has been: rain and cold 

Disposition of companies. 

All men who have not completed firing on range are firing today. H&S - staff functions, - COMPANY A, B, C - Unit training.

        31 October 1943
        WVMA, Elkins, West Virginia
  0845 1 0845 Fr S-3 to CO's of all companies 

Designated 50 cal gunners plus weapons sgts to leave for Buena Range at 0700 1 Nov 1943. Each company to supply own transportation. Lt. Anderson in charge. C Company to provide truck to pick up mess fr each company.

  0950 2 0950 Fr Ex O to CO's of all companies 

WVMA Directive on 1st Echelon School to be conducted in area, To be complied with.

  1720 3 1700 Fr S-3 to CO's all companies 

All T/O armed men who have not qualified with TSMG to fire Daily Range 1 Nov at 0700 Substitutes will be taken. Lt. nelson in charge. "B" Co. To supply transportation.

  1853 4 1850 Fr S-3 to CO's of all companies 

To comply with fire fighting instructions to be given by Mr. Barr. 

H&S - 2 NCO's and 10 EM 

"A", "C" - 2 NCO's and 20 EM 

"B" Company - 2 NCO's and 10 EM 

Weather today has been warm and clear. 

Disposition of companies: 

Co's A, B, C - Unit training 

H&S - Staff functions.

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