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Histories for 39th Engineer Battalion (CBT)




39th Engineer Battalion (Combat)
Constituted 15 July 1940 in the Regular Army as 2d Battalion 39th Engineers (General Service) and redesignated 13 January 1941 as 2d Battalion 39th Engineers (Combat). Activated 25 April 1942 at Camp Bowie, Texas. Redesignated 1 August 1942 as 2d Battalion 39th Engineer Combat Regiment. (Departed New York Port of Embarkation 13 January 1943 for overseas service and arrived at Oran, North Africa on 27 January 1943. Moved to Sicily on 13 July 1943 and landed in Italy on 18 October 1943). Regiment broken up 1 March 1945 at Monghidoro, Italy, with the 2nd battalion redesignated as the 643d Engineer Combat Battalion. (Returned from overseas service and arrived at Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation on 24 August 1945). Inactivated 15 November 1946 at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Redesignated 29 April 1947 as the 39th Engineer Combat Battalion. Redesignated 23 November 1954 as the 39th Engineer Battalion. Activated 17 January 1955 at Fort Riley, Kansas. Inactivated 25 September 1956 at Fort Riley, Kansas. Activated 17 June 1962 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. (Arrived in Vietnam 2 January 1966 and initially located at Cam Ranh Bay. Later stationed at Tuy Hoa, Duc Pho, Chu Lai and Da Nang. Departed Vietnam for return to the United States on 18 April 1972). Inactivated 15 September 1992 at Fort Devens, Massachusetts. CAMPAIGNS World War II Sicily (with arrowhead) Naples-Foggia Anzio Rome-Arno North Apennines Po Valley Vietnam Counteroffensive 1965-1966 Counteroffensive, Phase II 1966-1967 Counteroffensive, Phase III 1967-1968 Tet Counteroffensive 1968 Counteroffensive, Phase IV 1968 Counteroffensive, Phase V 1968 Counteroffensive, Phase VI 1968-1969 Tet 69/Counteroffensive 1969 Counteroffensive Summer-Fall 1969 Counteroffensive Winter-Spring 1970 Sanctuary Counteroffensive 1970 Counteroffensive, Phase VII 1970-1971 Consolidation I 1971 Consolidation II 1971-1972 DECORATIONS Meritorious Unit Commendation, Streamer embroidered ITALY (643d Eng Cbt Bn cited; GO 22, Hq, 643d Engr Bn, 8 Jun 1945) Meritorious Unit Commendation, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1966-1968 (39th Engr Bn cited for period 1 Jan 1966-20 Jan 1968; DAGO 39, 1970) Meritorious Unit Commendation, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1968-1970 (39th Engr Bn cited for period 21 Jan 1966-3 Feb 1970; DAGO 2, 1971) Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Honor Medal First Class, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1970 (39th Engr Bn cited for period 29 Oct-11 Nov 1970; DAGO 5, 1973) Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Honor Medal First Class, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1970-1971 (HHC 39th Engr Bn cited for period 3 May 1970-30 Apr 1971; DAGO 6, 1974) COAT OF ARMS SHIELD: Gules, on a mound issuant from base a gigantic ox statant affronte argent, charged on the forehead with a mullet of the field, all within a bordure of the second. CREST: On a wreath of the colors (argent and gules) a mound vert and thereon a tower of the first charged with an arro SPECIAL DESIGNATION: THE BLUE BULLS

Posted by Jerry Bright
Nov 05 2010 11:45:30:000PM




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