39th Combat Engineers - 1st & 2nd Bns
39th Engineer Combat Regiment
- Gela Sicily
- Anzio Italy
- Po Valley
- North Apennines
The unit was activated at Camp Bowie Texas on 25 April, 1942, as two battalions, and remained so throughout the war.
After WWII the following occured:
The 1st Battalion of the 39th Engineer Regiment became the 404th Engr Bn, which is now the 82nd Engr Bn.
The 2nd Battalion became the 643rd Engr Bn, which is now the 39th Engr Bn.
Marion's Honorary Member certificate - 39th Eng Bn (C) Alumni Association - added 03-05-11
39th Engineer WWII Campaigns - synopsis compiled by Jerry Bright - added 03-05-11
Historical unit data card for the 39th from 1942 activation to 1992 deactivation - added 03-05-2011
Thanks to Jerry Bright for the Coat of Arms - added 02-21-11
Thanks to Professor David Ulbrich for the high-res image of the designated unit insignia (dui) and documentation regarding the symbolism - added 02-16-11
Legend of the 39th
Fighting Engineers on Sicily - 1st Battalion, 39th Combat Engineers - Rex A. Knight
The above article can also be viewed on the History Net site - This copy provides for easier reading, but the first link was included so the viewer could also see the original photos within the article.
The Engineer Combat Battalion in the Infantry Role - by Stanley W. Dziuban, Lieutenant Colonel, Corps of Engineers
Fighting Engineers on Sicily - 1st Battalion, 39th Combat Engineers - added 03-13-05
When Engineers Fight as Infantry - The amphibious assault on Gela by a Ranger-Engineer force - by Col. Stanley W. Dziuban.
Marion's note: His article was recently featured in the March-April 2007 issue of Army Engineer Magazine, and is reprinted here. Added 07-01-07
History of the 39th - added 07-12-06
Please note this is a very large Adobe PDF file and may take some time to download, especially if you have a dial-up connection. If you have any problems let me know and I will be happy to send you a copy.
Weapons acquisition form - 2nd Lt Jesse James - added 12-08-2008