Friday, June 20, 2014

Our Beloved Marlin...You will be greatly missed.

You work so hard for all of us.  Your brought us together, and kept us together.  Together we share our past to enrich our future, and the future of others.  Thank you for going on this walk with us.  Say "hello" to the gang for us.  Raise a glass...

In Memory of

Marlin B. Kreighbaum

January 19, 1923 - June 19, 2014

Marlin B. Kreighbaum, 91, of Peoria, IL, passed away at 1:00 a.m. Thursday, June 19, 2014.

Marlin was born on January 19, 1923, to Bruce and Bernice (York) Kreighbaum in South Bend, IN. He had two wives who preceded him in death, Audrey (Yarnell) Kreighbaum (1971), married 24 years with two children and Erna (Maibaum) Kreighbaum (1981), married for 8 years.

He is survived by; his wife Helen (Demanes) Kreighbaum married October 23, 1982 and his two children, Vicki (Al) Schoedel , of Peoria, IL, and Bill (Karen) Kreighbaum of Dallas, TX, four stepchildren; Lynnette (Michael Fleming) Demanes of Peoria, IL , Steve (Debbie Lampert) Demanes of East Peoria, IL, Kim (Patrick) McSherry of Peoria, IL and Mark Demanes of Seattle, WA, ten grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Marlin graduated with honors from South Bend Central High School in 1941 and earned a National Honor Society membership. In 1941 he moved to Peoria, IL, to work for R. G. LeTourneau in the photo lab. December 1942 he entered the U. S. Army, at Scott Field, IL and continued basic training in Atlantic City for the Army Air Corps., later sent to Dale Mabry Field in Florida as a photographer. In 1943 Marlin was selected to study basic engineering and in a specialized training program at Rhode Island State University. Later he went to the 78th Division at Camp Pickett (VA) as a rifleman, and onto the 280th Engineer Combat Battalion at Camp McCoy (WI) in 1944. Marlin’s battalion joined the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium with General Patton’s 3rd Army, where he served as a photographer and serviceman. In 1945 the 280th, along with the Ninth Army crossed the Rhine River at Wesel, Germany, earning Marlin three battle stars for service in ETO.

After WWII Marlin came back to Peoria, working various jobs in advertising. He rose to president of Ross Advertising, then vice president of Ruppman Advertising. He left Ruppman in 1974 to form his own business, Mark IV Advertising and was named “Ad Man” of the year in 1994 by the Peoria Advertising and Selling Club. He retired from Mark IV in January 1997. He was a member of the American Legion, the VFW, a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Scottish Rite, a Shriner, and a Jester. In retirement he served as President of the 280th Engineer Combat Battalion Association for 20 years. He served as a director for the Boy Scouts Council, United Way of Peoria, and Rivinius. He also was a member of the United Presbyterian Church of Peoria for over 30 years.

Over the years, Marlin enjoyed maintaining, organizing, and archiving his war photographs. Marlin’s humor was his lifeline and he enriched all he was around with his laughter and jokes.

Funeral services for Marlin will be held at 10:00 AM Monday, June 23, 2014 at United Presbyterian Church, Pastor Patricia Stetson-Warning will officiate. Visitation will be held at Davison-Fulton-Woolsey Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria, on Sunday June 22 from 4 – 7 PM, and also a half hour prior to the service at church. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens.

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or The Greater Peoria Honor Flight.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

No Bridge Too Far

My friend Marion Chard has created part one of a series called No Bridge Too Far.  She is currently crowd funding for the remaining project.

She researches, documents, and produces wonderful DVDs representing the unsung, courageous, inventive, and ingenious men of the Engineering groups that fought along side, and sometimes ahead of, the better known infantry and battle groups of WWII.

Please consider visiting her site and checking out her project and possibly donating. Even just a little adds up when many people give.

This site is a proud sponsor of this project.

Monday, April 22, 2013

James "Jim" Merrigan 13 March 13

James "Jim" Merrigan, Co A

Dear Caryl,
I am the niece of James Merrigan, who served with the 280th Engineer Battalion during WWII.
I found your name attached to a blog. I'd like to let others know that my uncle (Jim) died on March 13 this year at the age of 87. He was very proud of his service and attended many reunions. I believe (but am not sure) that the last one he attended was in IL. I know he toured the Caterpillar plant there.
Please let me know that you've received this and also if you know if there's anyone else who might want to be contacted.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Sorry about the delay.

I've been working with this >> Our Future Leaders

Over 2700 extra people to chase around this Summer.  The final graduation is the Third Monday in August, so I will then be able to dig back into the stories and history of the 280th!

Thank you for you continued support and patience.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Let There Be Light

1946 US Army Film documenting the after effects of combat, modern day PTSD, and its treatment.  Fully restored and in its entirety.  Free for the viewing.  It will open in its own window.

Let there Be Light

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


Enjoy The LONG read, 43 searchable pages.  I hope historians, family researchers, or history buffs enjoy the full work.

OPERATION FLASHPOINT  < click text to read 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

It's May, it's May...the ...oh wait, wrong musical.

I sat down for a few hours and Added pages 24-33 of flashpoint.  Almost there everyone! Only 10 more pages to go!