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813th ENGINEER BATTALION


The 813th ENGINEER BATTALION was constituted 17 November 1941 in the Regular Army as 813th Engneer Battalion, Aviation. Activated 15 December 1941 at McCord Field, Washington. Departed the San Francisco Port of Embarkation on 1 May 1942 and arrived in Alaska on 8 May 1942. Returned to Washington State; Redesignated 27 August 1944 as the 813th Engineer Aviation Battalion. Departed the Seattle Port of Embarkation on 25 April 1945 and landed in the Territory of Hawaii on 5 May 1945. Moved to Guam on 13 June 1945 and Okinawa on 5 July 1945. The unit was on Okinawa at the end of World War-II (15 August 1945 location). Served in the Army of Occupation of Okinawa from 15 September 1945-5 January 1946. Returned to the United States and inactivated on 7 January 1946 at Camp Stoneman, California. Activated 25 September 1946 at Geiger Field, Washington. Reorganized and redesignated 27 June 1956 as 813th Engineer Battalion (Heavy Construction). Inactivated 16 December 1957 in Alaska. Withdrawn from the Regular Army and allotted to the Army Reserve, and assigned to United States Army, Alaska, 17 November 1960. Activated 3 January 1961 at Fort Richardson, Alaska. HOME AREA: United States Army, Alaska CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDIT (World War II): Aleutian Islands DECORATIONS Meritorious Unit Commendation, Streamer embroidered: ASIATIC-PACIFIC THEATER BLAZONRY SHIELD: Gules, issuing from base a mountain argent, charged with a pine tree proper, a chief bendy of eight of the second and first. CREST: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: On a wreath of the colors (argent and gules) the Lexington Minute Man proper. The statue of the Minute Man, Captain John Parker, (H. H. Kitson, sculptor) stands on the Common in Lexington, Massachusetts. MOTTO: Nidum Pro Avibus (A Nest for the Birds) DESCRIPTION: The snow capped mountain represents the mountains in the State of Washington, the place of activation. The fir tree, taken from the shield of the 43rd Engineers, denote the parent organization from which the cadre was chosen. The scarlet and white are the colors of the Corps of Engineers. The numerical designation is indicated by the eight divisions of the chief, the single pine tree, and the three colors employed. DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA: The distinctive unit insignia is the shield and motto of the coat of arms (Ltr 16 January 1943). VETERANS: The Army Museum at Schofield Barracks is seeking photos and momentos of this unit and its association with Hawaii. 1SG Charles W. Aresta, The Hawaiian Military Insignia Collectors and Study Group, 1813 Sereno Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817-2318 (e-mail: ra1sgt@hawaii.rr.com) Ph or Fax: 808-537-2753



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