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1088th Engineer Battalion

The 1088th Engineer Battalion's heritage comes from the 88th Engineer Heavy Pontoon Battalion. The 88th was activated in June 1941 at Camp Beauregard, LA. The cadre was drawn from a similar unit at Fort Benning, GA. The balance of the unit was made of "selectees" from New York and Pennsylvania.

After training at Camp Beauregard, the 88th deployed to England in March 1944. Assigned to General Patton's Third Army, it participated in the assault of the Seigfried Line, bridged the Moselle River five times, the Rhine and Main Rivers, and then erected a floating bridge across the Danube as the war ended. The 88th was deactivated in November of 1945.

It was reactivated for the Korean War as the 88th Engineer Battalion (Service) where it served in France in the Communication Zone until it was once again deactivated in 1962.

On 2 September 1995, the 1088th Engineer Battalion (Heavy Division) was activated and federally recognized in the Louisiana Army National Guard.

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