Don, I'm a WW II history buff and just learned of the John Deere battalion last week when I had lunch with an 89 year old veteran that served in the battalion. He shared some of his experiences and showed me about 20 pictures he had taken. We both live in Moline, Il and I'm sure he would like to hear from you. Please send me a message or call me at 309 762-2868.
ps As you can see from my e-mail address I was in the 545 Ordnance Company, Special Weapons, Munster Germany from 1962-1964.