The following was shared with me by Al McCloud, son of Private Lee McCloud, who served with 85th Custer Division in 310th Engineer Combat Battalion, Company C. The engineers built roads and bridges under combat conditions. Private McCloud was wounded on September 13, 1944, while the 85th Division was assaulting Mount Altuzzo on the Gothic Line. The title photo was taken at Camp Shelby, MS, probably in February 1943.

He was discharged in October 1945 and married Dorothy Willis on April 26, 1946. They had three sons, (Al, Roy, & Marvin) and one daughter (Patricia), nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Sons Al & Roy have 44 years of Air Force service between them. Both retired; Al from active forces, Roy from Reserves. Roy is a veteran of the Gulf War.

Bailey Bridge Built by 310th - Circa Italy 1943

Note: June 2011 - All the links below became inoperable. They have now been updated. Sorry for the inconvenience.

The History of the 310th Combat Engineer Battalion of the 85th Division

History of the 85th 'Custer' Division

Photos of Lee McCloud and Company C