540th Combat Engineers - 2832nd & 2833rd Bns
page updated 12/8/15



540th Engineer Combat Regiment
D-Day Landings

  • North Africa
  • Licata and Gela Sicily
  • Naples-Salerno
  • Anzio Italy
  • Drammont Southern France

Campaigns

  • Algeria-French Morocco
  • Sicily
  • Naples-Foggia
  • Anzio
  • Rome-Arno
  • Southern France
  • Rhineland
  • Ardennes-Alsace
  • Central Europe




Activation

The unit was activated at Camp Edwards Massachusetts on 11 September, 1942. The unit began with three battalions, but the third was disbanded and transferred to join the 36th Engineer Combat Regiment, bringing their numbers to three full battalions. The 540th remained as a two battalion unit throughout the war.



Redesignation

In February 1945, the 540th Engineer Combat Regiment was re-organized as the 540th Engineer Combat Group.  Thus the following occured:

  • 1st Battalion (Co's A, B and C) became the 2832nd Bn
  • 2nd Battalion (Co's D, E and F) became the 2833rd Bn

Outstanding Performance

A Presidential Unit Citation was awarded to the 540th. They received the citation for their outstanding performance in Sicily in August 1943, when a platoon from 2nd Bn was attached to Lt Col Lyle A Bernard's (30th Inf Reg, 3rd Div) task force. More on this later.

The 540th also received a Unit Meritorious Service Award for their actions during the the Naples/Foggia Campaign, the Invasion of Italy.




National Archived Documents - Sit Reps and More
!

As of today, have begun (emphasis on begun) to scan and upload the over 2000 pages of the documents procured from the National Archives. The reports cover the period from January 1943 through November of 1945, and will include S-1 through S-4 reports (daily, weekly and monthly journals), after-action reports, general orders, document receipts, maps, photographs and more.

My friend Gerome who lives in the Alsace area, will be visiting Charmes, France next week, so I copied the files from October 1944 to assist him with his research of the VI Corps Engineers. This also allowed me to immediately share them with all of you. A win-win situation!

November 1942

36th and 540th in North Africa -added 11-14-2014

January 1943

Award of Purple Heart - added 07-23-08

April 1943

Historical Records and Histories of Organizations - added 07-23-08

May 1943

Award of Purple Heart - added 07-23-08

Landing Craft and Bases Amphibious Force Northwest African Waters - added 11-15-2014

July 1943 - updated with searchable PDF's - April 2012

Biscayne - July 20, 1943 off the coast of Sicily - added 11-14-2014

Monthly Activity Journal

Historical Records and Histories of Organizations

August 1943 - updated with searchable PDF's - April 2012

Award of Purple Heart

Letter of Commendation from Colonel Marvin

Daily Synopsis through August 10

Tonnage Report

Report from Lt Rice - August 16

Daily Journals

1st and 2nd Special Forces Missions

Special Mine Clearing

Letter from Chaplain

September 1943

Activity Journal

Casualty Report

Daily Journal Report - 2nd Battalion

Engineer Reconaissance Reports

Field Order No 2

1st Battalion Journal

Supply Officer Journal

S-2 Journal

S-3 Journal

Monthly Journal

Tactical and Technical Reports

October 1943

1st Battalion Journal

2nd Battalion Journal

19th Engineer Report - R-4 Bulldozer

Activity Journal

Assigned Present and Absent Strength

Casualty Report

Daily Journal Report - 2nd Battalion

Engineer Tactical and Technical Report

Journal for Month of October

Letter Regarding Prepared Reports - Office of General Clark

Minefield Clearance Report

Monthly Journal

Monthly Report

S-3 Report

November 1943

Activity Journal - Captain Robeysek

Casualty Report

Changes During Month

Daily Journal Report

Dispostion from Sept 9 - Nov 30

Journal 1st Bn - 1st Lt Rankin

Monthly Journal - 1st Lt Brown

Monthly Journal - Capt Hardeman

Monthly Journal - Capt Sass

S-2 Journal

S-3 Journal

December 1943

1st Bn Journal for Month of Dec 1943 - 1st Lt Rankin

Activity Journal - Dec 1943

Daily Journal Report - 2nd Bn - Dec 1943

Daily Journal Report - Dec 1943 - Major Monnier

General Order No 7 - Dec 1943

Journal for Month Of Dec 1943 - Capt Hardeman

540th - Journal for Month of Dec 1943 - 1st Lt Brown

Monthly Activity Journal - Col Marvin - Dec 1943

S-2 Journal - Month of Dec 1943 - Capt Fizdale

S-3 Journal for Dec 1943 - Major Knapp

Journal for Month of Dec 1943 - Capt Robeysek

January 1944

Daily Journal Report - Major Monnier

Monthly Journal - Captain Gowan

Monthly Journal - Captain Brown

Monthly Journal - 1st Lt Rankin

Monthly Journal - Captain Robeysek

S-2 Journal - 1st Lt Gavura

S-3 Journal - Major Knapp

February 1944

USS LCI 17 - Task Force 81 - Feb 3, 1944 Anzio - added 11-14-2014

Daily Journal Report - Lt Col Monnier

General Order No 1 - Award of Purple Heart - Capt Robeysek

Monthly Journal - Capt Brown

Monthly Journal - Capt Gowan

Monthly Journal - Capt Robeysek

Monthly Journal - 1st Lt Rankin

S-2 Journal - 1st Lt Gavura

S-3 Journal - Major Knapp

March 1944

USS LCI 5 - Anzio - March 1944 - added 11-14-2014

Activity Journal - 1st Lt Clifford

Awards of Purple Heart

Daily Journal - Lt Col Monnier

Monthly Journal - 1st Lt Rankin

Monthly Journal - Capt Gowan

Monthly Journal - Capt Robeysek

Monthly Journal - Capt Brown

S-2 Journal - 1st Lt Gavura

S-3 Journal - Major Knapp

April 1944

Monthly Activity Journal - April 1944 - Col Marvin

Activity Journal - April 1944 - Capt Clifford

Daily Journal - April 1944 - 2nd Bn -Lt Col Monnier

Journal - April 1944 - Capt Gowan

Monthly Journal - April 1944 - 1st Lt Rankin

Monthly Journal - April 1944 - 1st Lt Woods

S-2 Journal - April 1944 - 1st Lt Gavura

S-3 Journal - April 1944 - Major Knapp

May 1944

540th - Activity Journal - May 1944

540th - Daily Journal - 2nd Bn - May 1944 - Major Knapp

540th - General Order 10 - Award of Purple Heart - Capt Robeysek

540th - General Orders - May 1944 - Col Marvin

540th - Journal for Month of May 1944 - 1st Lt Finnegan

540th - Journal for Month of May 1944 - Capt Gowan

540th - Monthly Activity Journal - May 1944 - Col Marvin

540th - Monthly Journal - May 1944 - 1st Lt Gavura

540th - Monthly Journal - May 1944 - 1st Lt Rankin

540th - Monthly Journal - May 1944 - 1st Lt Woods

June 1944

June 29th regarding the Invasion of Sicily - added 11-14-2014

July 1944

Eight Beach Bn July 1944 - added 11-14-2014

August 1944

Operation Reports Southern France - Commander Task Group 80.2 - added 11-14-2014

Eight Beach Bn Aug 1944 - added 11-14-2014

Monthly Activity Journal - Colonel George Marvin

Award of Purple Heart - Captain Robeysek

Activity Journal - 1st Lt Finnegan

Journal for Month of August - Captain Gowan

Monthly Journal - Major Looney

Activity Journal - Captain Clifford

General Order #17 - August 28 - Colonel George Marvin

Commendation of Pvt Elwin L. Jennings - Captain Booth

Daily Journal - 2nd Bn - Major Knapp

Daily Journal - 1st Bn - Captain Casey

S-2 Journal - Captain Gavura

September 1944

540th - Activity Journal September 1944 - Ist Lt Frederick J Finnegan

540th - Monthly Activity Journal - September 1944 - Colonel George W Martin

540th - Monthly Activity Journal September 1944 - S3 - Major Carl A Looney

540th 1st Bn - Daily Journal Report Month of September 1944 - Captain Donald E Casey

540th - Journal for month of September 1944 - Captain C.E. Gowan

540th - Monthly Activity Journal - September 1944 - Colonel George W Martin

540th - Monthly Activity Journal September 1944 - S3 - Major Carl A Looney

540th 2nd Bn - Daily Journal Report September 1944 - Lt Col S.A. Knapp Jr

540th Document Receipts September 1944

S-2 Journal September 1944 - Aptain A.D. Gavura

October 1944

Monthly Activity Journal - added 05-01-08

Weekly Activity Journal - added 05-01-08

S-2 Journal - added 05-01-08

S-3 Monthly Activity Journal - added 05-01-08

Captain Decater Brown Monthly Journal - added 05-01-08

1st Lt Finnegan Monthly Journal - added 05-01-08

General Orders Number 24 - added 05-01-08

General Orders Numbers 23, 25, 26, 27 & 28 - added 05-01-08

Daily Journals - 2832nd Battalion - added 05-01-08

Daily Journals - 2833rd Battalion - added 05-01-08

November 1944

Document Receipt - added 05-01-08

March 1945

Diagrams 1st Signal Bn -7th Army March 1945 - added 11-14-2014

S-3 Daily Journal - 2833rd Battalion - Rhine River Crossing 25-27th March 1945

July 1945

290th Eng Bn - 540th Report

2832nd S1 S2 S3 S4 Reports

2833rd Bn Activity Journal

2833rd Bn General Orders

2833rd Bn S1 S2 S3 S4

Activity Journals - 2833rd Bn

General Orders 15 to 20 540th HQ

HQ 48th Engineer Bn - 540th Report

Monthly Activity Journal

Related Unit Historical Reports

I will place the reports from other associated units in this section. These documents will contain factual information regarding the 540th.

2nd and 4th Beach Bns - regarding 36th and 540th - Invasion of Sicily - added 11-14-2014

Historical Record Operations - 2nd Armored Division - Sicily - April 22 to July 25, 1943 - added 06-25-08

Specifically mentions 540th on pages 3, 5 and 14

Operations Report 3rd Inf Division- Sicilian Campaign - added 06-25-08

Specifically mentions 540th on page 43

Journal - 157th Combat Engineers - added 06-30-09

Specifically mentions 540th on page 55

U.S. 14th Armored Division History - mentions 540th - added 07-03-09

Other Documents

Marion's note: Some of these files are quite large. Please be patient while they download.

Theodore L Pederson - documentation regarding his service and his death in Italy - added 12-08-2015

Sgt Sidney E Dinner - discharge documents - added 11-14-2014

Roster of Officers & Enlisted Men Receiving Honors, Awards & Decorations since activation of the regiment. This roster was updated on 2-12-05 & contains a complete list from 1942-1945. I also plan on adding a column to this document in the near future with type of battle casualty incurred (MIA, KIA, WIA, etc.) where appropriate.
Note: The list may contain errors or inadvertent omissions, whether by the Army Corps of Engineers or myself during compilation. If you spot an error, please contact me.

Roster 1st Battalion - Company A


Rosters provided by Charles Bryant

A Brief History of the 540th Combat Engineers

540th Maps from the ETO - (special thanks for Charles Bryant for supplying these)

540th Engineer Combat Reg - by me - as published in WWII Magazine - added 07-25-06

World War II Amphibious Landings - 540th Engineer Combat Regiment - Army Engineer Magazine - Nov/Dec 2006

Overseas Bivouac Areas of Co D, 540th Engineers (later redesignated Co A, 2833rd) - as supplied by Bill Vander Wall - added 05-16-07

 

The following was provided by Tommy Duke, grandson of 1st Sgt Grady Duke, 540th Combat Engineer - added 12-19-2013

Mine training document awarded to Grady Duke

Sightseeing document - Paris, France

Citation for Award of the Soldier's Medal to Grady Duke

 

The following document was provided to me by Rick Lynch, grandson of Col Hugh M. Connors, USA (Ret), 540th Combat Engineer:

540th History and Officer Awards - added 07-27-08

36th's Fort Bragg Newsletter - September 20, 1942 - mentions 540th!

Post War History - 1945-1989 - added 09-02-08

Sailing Passenger List - added 11-14-09

America to Germany - location list - added 11-14-09


The following documents were provided to me by Bill Herron, 540th Combat Engineer and historian - added 02-09-11

Preface written by Bill and added to the book 'Overseas with the 540th Engineers' - not part of the original publication

Letter from John M Payne - Naval 1st Beach Bn to Mark Carpenter - Sept 1986 - (I do not have pages he referred to in document)

Letters addressed to the 540th regarding their reunion held in 2000


The following is from Karen Culler, daughter of Paul McGee

Letter from Karen - 03-09-11

Signed dollar bill belonging to Paul McGee - added 03-09-11

The following documents were provided by Richard Nuccio-Merlis, nephew of Charles J Nuccio

In order to aid me in writing a comprehensive history of the 540th, I have come up with a set of questions for the men who served with that unit. If you are a member of the 540th or a family member, please download a copy of the questions and fill in a much as you can. Then mail the answers back to me. My address can be found on the Contact Page. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

My Interview Questions for the 540th Combat Engineers



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