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113th Engineer Battalion

Conflicting sources claim the 113th Engineer Battalion, Indiana Army National Guard, to be a subordinate unit of the Engineer Brigade, 38th Infantry Division.

On September 16, 1917 the engineers were redesignated the 113th Engineer Battalion and assigned to the 38th Infantry Division.

Shortly there afterward, the engineers from northwestern Indiana were mobilized, trained at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, and subsequently sent overseas during World War I. Arriving in France on September 28, 1918, the engineers saw duty in the mission of construction, chiefly in the building of a large base camp near Brest. The engineers served in the Army of Occupation at Konz, Germany, prior to their return to the United States in the spring of 1919.

During the 1930s, the engineers faithfully served their country by providing support to the southern Indiana region during the Ohio River flood of 1937 and again in Wisconsin during the "Big Rain" of 1940.

It wasn't until January 17, 1941 that the engineers were again mobilized. This time they were called to serve in World War II. They landed on Leyte in December 1944 with their basic load of engineer equipment consisting of 400 tons of assault and pioneer equipment, 140 tons of 30-day engineer supplies, and a complete "Bailey Bridge" unit weighing over 89 tons. After Leyte came Luzon, ZigZag Pass, Corregidor, Caballo Island, and Zambales. The engineers saw action at all locations.



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