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2nd Engineers

 
 

1918

2nd Engineer camouflage in Verdun (Toulon) Sector, France. Photograph taken after actual combat operations showing soldiers from Co D., 1st Battalion, 2nd Engineer Regiment, 2nd Division, AEF as they apply camouflage netting to the roof and along the sides of one of the new Divisional Headquarters Buildings they have just constructed for the 26th Division, AEF, while they were assigned to the Verdun (Toulon) Sector Lines.
Boucq, France, April 12th, 1918.
2nd Engineer comouflage at Toul, France 1918 Photograph (taken during the Defensive Sector at the La Reine (Toul), Sector Lines near the French town of Boucq, France on the morning of Friday, April 12th, 1918) of Engineers belonging to Co B. 1st Battalion, 2nd U.S. Engineer Regiment, 2nd Division, AEF as they apply new camouflage netting to the roof of the newly constructed headquarters building of the 26th Division, AEF.
Carlton Bowen, Co D., 2nd Engineers Photographed (taken while assigned to Co L. 3rd Battalion, 330th U.S. Infantry Regiment prior to his departure to the French Theater of Operations at his families home at Montgomery, Ohio on Saturday, November 10th, 1917) of Pvt. Carlton Bowen, Co D. 2nd Battalion. 2nd U.S. Engineer Regiment, 2nd Division, AEF.
Awarded the Purple Heart Medal for actions against the enemy.
KIA while serving as an Engineer with Co D. during an Engineering detail near the French town of Bar-le-Duc, France during the Defensive Sector at the Toul Sector Lines on the afternoon of Monday, April 22nd, 1918.
William Fleming, Co B., 2nd Engineers Photograph (taken while assigned to Camp Baker, Texas, on Thursday, May 11th, 1917) of Cpl. William Fleming, Co B. 1st Battalion, 2nd Engineer Regiment, 2nd Division, AEF. Awarded the Purple Heart Medal for actions against the enemy. KIA while serving as a Squad Leader on a Engineering Detail while in direct support of the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment's defense of the French village of Bouresches, France during the Battle of the Aisne (Belleau Wood) on the afternoon of Friday, June 7th, 1918. Participated in the Defensive Sector at Verdun (Troyon).
Dale C. Hyland, Co F. 2nd Battalion, 2nd Engineer Regiment Photograph (taken while assigned to Camp Baker, Texas, on May 5th, 1917) of Pvt. Dale C. Hyland, Co F. 2nd Battalion, 2nd Engineer Regiment, 2nd Division, AEF. Awarded the Purple Heart Medal for actions against the enemy. KIA while serving on a Engineering Detail while in direct support of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment's defense of Hill 142 near Lucy-le-Bocage, France during the Battle of the Aisne (Belleau Wood) on the afternoon of Monday, June 9th, 1918. Participated in the Defensive Sector at Verdun (Troyon).
Fred J. Morrison, Co D., 2nd Engineers Photograph (taken prior to his enlistment at Danville, Indiana on April 21st, 1916) of Cpl. Fred J. Morrison, Co D. 2nd Battalion, 2nd Engineer Regiment, 2nd Division, AEF. Awarded the Purple Heart Medal for actions against the enemy. WIA while serving as a Engineer Squad leader while in direct support of the 23rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade's assault towards the French village of Vierzy, France during The Aisne-Marne Offensive (Soissons), on the afternoon of Thursday, July 18th, 1918. Participated in the Defensive Sector at Verdun (Toulon/Troyon) and the Battle of the Aisne (Belleau Wood/Vaux).
Pvt. Paul E. Blust, Co. C. 2nd Engineers Photograph (taken after returning home to New Orleans, Louisiana from the French and German Theater of Operations on Saturday, August 30th, 1919) of Pvt. Paul E. Blust, Co C. 2nd Engineer Regiment, 2nd Division, AEF.
Awarded the Army Distinguished Service Cross for actions against the enemy while serving as part of an Engineer Assault Party with Co C. while in direct support of the 9th U.S. Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, AEF attack near Médéah Farm, France during the Battle of Blanc Mont Ridge on the early morning of Thursday, October 3rd, 1918.
Participated in The Defensive Sector at Marbache, The St, Mihiel Offensive, The Meuse-Argonne Offensive, and the 3rd U.S. Army Occupation of the Koblenz Bridgehead, Germany in 1919.
Mike Angigliere, Co C., 2nd Engineers Photograph (taken while assigned to Camp Baker, Texas, on Wednesday, May 15th, 1918) of Pvt. Mike Angigliere, Co C. 1st Battalion, 2nd Engineer Regiment, 2nd Division, AEF.
Awarded the Purple Heart Medal for actions against the enemy.
KIA while serving as part of an Engineer Assault Party with Co C. while in direct support of the 9th U.S. Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, AEF near the French village of Saint-Étienne, France during the Battle of Blanc Mont Ridge on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 9th, 1918.
Participated in the Defensive Sector at Marbache, and The St, Mihiel Offensive.
John J. F. Steiner, 2nd U.S. Engineer Regiment Photograph (taken while assigned as a Cadet to the United States Military Academy, Class of 1917. West Point, New York on Friday April 20th, 1917) of Cadet (future Maj.) John J. F. Steiner, CO. 1st Battalion, 2nd U.S. Engineer Regiment, 2nd Division, AEF. Awarded the Army Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star Medal, and the French Croix de Guerre w/Silver Star Purple for actions against the enemy. while serving as the CO of the 1st Battalion, 2nd U.S. Engineer Regiment while in direct support of the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, AEF near Médéah Farm, France during the Battle of Blanc Mont Ridge on the early morning of Wednesday, October 9th, 1918. Read more
Hugh G. Middleton, HQ's Co., 2nd Engineers Photograph (taken while assigned to Ft. Bliss, Texas, on Monday, May 14th, 1917) of Master Engineer, Hugh G. Middleton, Regimental HQ's Co. 2nd Engineer Regiment, 2nd Division, AEF. Awarded the Purple Heart Medal for actions against the enemy.
KIA while serving as an Master Engineer with Regimental HQ's Co. while in direct support of the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiments attack on enemy positions in the Central sections of woods during The Battle of the Aisne (Belleau Wood) on the morning of Friday, June 12th, 1918.
Participated in the Defensive Sector at Verdun (Troyon).
Clyde A. Smeltzer, Co D., 2nd Engineers Photograph (taken while assigned to Camp Baker, Texas, on Tuesday, June 19th, 1917) of Cpl. Clyde A. Smeltzer, Co D. 2nd Battalion, 2nd Engineer Regiment, 2nd Division, AEF. Awarded the Purple Heart Medal for actions against the enemy.
KIA while serving as a Engineer Squad leader while in direct support of the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiments attack in the Central and Northern sections of woods during the Battle of the Aisne (Belleau Wood) on the evening of Thursday, June 12th, 1918.
Participated in the Defensive Sector at Verdun (Troyon).
2nd Engineers construction at Neuwied, 1918. Photograph (taken during the 3rd U.S. Army Occupation of the Koblenz Bridgehead, at Neuwied, Germany on the morning of Tuesday, December 31st, 1918) of Engineers of the 2nd Battalion, 2nd U.S. Engineer Regiment, 2nd Division, AEF as they construct four of the nine buildings (barns) and horse corral that will be used to house 500 animals belonging to the 2nd Division Supply Trains, 2nd Division, AEF, during their stay at the Koblenz Bridgehead.
1st Lt. Samuel C. Watkins, Co E., 2nd Engineers Photograph taken of 1st Lt. Samuel C. Watkins, USA, Co E. 2nd Battalion, 2nd Engineer Regiment, 2nd Division, AEF (Awarded the Silver Star Medal, and the French Croix de Guerre w/ Gilt Star for actions against the enemy during the assault and defense of the French village of Saint-Étienne during the Battle of Blanc Mont Ridge on the morning of Friday, October 8th, 1918) as he supervises the soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Engineer Regiment as they construct buildings and stables for the 2nd Division Supply Trains, 2nd Division, AEF during the 3rd U.S. Army of Occupation of the Koblenz Bridgehead, Germany in 1918.
Neuwied, Germany, December 31st, 1918.
 

1919

Crown Prince Wilhelm Railroad Bridge, Engers, Germany Photograph taken of Pvt. Walter T. Haglund, Co A. 1st Battalion, 2nd Engineer Regiment, 2nd Division, AEF as he stands guard next to the stone tower on the Urmitz, Germany side of the Rhine River on the Crown Prince Wilhelm Railroad Bridge leading towards the German town of Engers, Germany (in the background) during the 3rd U.S. Army of Occupation of the Koblenz Bridgehead, Germany in 1919.
Engers, Germany, January, 8th, 1919.
2nd Engineer Regiment building pontoon bridge across Rhine River May 1919. Photograph taken of Engineers from Co's D, & F, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Engineer Regiment, 2nd Division, AEF as they work from both the Rheinbrohl, Germany side of the Rhine River towards the Hönningen, Germany side as the 2nd Engineer Regiment set a record for laying a pontoon bridge across the Rhine River that was completed in fifty-eight minutes and broke all records within the 3rd U.S. Army Bridgehead during the 3rd U.S. Army of Occupation of the Koblenz Bridgehead at Hönningen, Germany, on the morning of Sunday, May 25th, 1919.
2nd Engineers at Honningen, Germany 1919 Photograph taken of Engineers from the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Engineer Regiment, 2nd Division, AEF as they march from the Rheinbrohl, Germany side of the Rhine River towards the German town of Honningen, Germany after the 2nd Engineer Regiment set a record for laying a pontoon bridge across the Rhine River that was completed in fifty-eight minutes and broke all records within the 3rd U.S. Army Bridgehead during the 3rd U.S. Army of Occupation of the Koblenz Bridgehead, Germany in 1919.
Honningen, Germany, May 25th, 1919.
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Photographs and descriptive text contributed by:
SSG Steven C. Girard, (Ret.)
WWI Marine Corps Archivist/Historian.
 
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