12th Engineer Battalion - History
12th ENGINEER BATTALION
Constituted 1 July 1940 in the Regular Army as the 12th Engineer Battalion (Combat) and assigned to the 8th Division (subsequently the 8th Infantry Division). Activated 1 July 1940 at Camp Jackson, South Carolina. Redesignated 21 May 1942 as the 12th Engineer Motorized Battalion. Redesignated 1 May 1943 as the 12th Engineer Combat Battalion. Inactivated 25 October 1945 at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Activated 17 August 1950 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Redesignated 15 June 1954 as the 12th Engineer Battalion (Combat). Inactivated 15 April 1995 at Fort Lewis, Washington.
World War II
Liberation and Defense of Kuwait
Presidential Unit Citation (Army), Streamer embroidered HURTGEN FOREST (12th Engr Cbt Bn cited for period 21-28 Nov 1944; WDGO 21, 1947)
Meritorious Unit Commendation, Streamer embroidered EUROPEAN THEATER 1944 (12th Engr Cbt Bn cited for period 8 Jul-8 Sept 1944; GO 166 Hq, 8th Inf Div, 25 May 1945)
Meritorious Unit Commendation, Streamer embroidered EUROPEAN THEATER 1944 (12th Engr Cbt Bn cited for period 9 Sept 1944-8 Mar 1945; GO 167 Hq, 8th Inf Div, 4 Jun 1945)
Luxembourg Croix de Guerre, Streamer embroidered LUXEMBOURG (8th Inf Div cited; DAGO 59, 1969).
COAT OF ARMS
SHIELD:Gules, in base throughout a bridge of five arches argent, masoned of the field.
CREST:On a wreath of the colors (argent and gules) a fleur-de-lis, the center petal azure and the outer petals of the second, fimbriated of the first and enfiled with a civic crown of four battlements of the like.
MOTTO: Id Perficiemus (We Shall Consummate the task).
The shield is in the colors of the Corps of Engineers. The bridge symbolizes the unit strength and constructive ability of the organization. The four battlements from the civic crown refer to the four campaigns in Europe during World War II while the tri parted colors of the fleur-de-lis symbolize the Presidential Unit Citation and two Meritorious Unit Commendations awarded to the unit during that period.
The insignia is the shield and motto of the coat of arms.
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