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74th Engineer Company (Multi-Role Bridge)
74th Engineer Company (Assault Float Bridge)
"River Rats"

The 74th Engineer Company (Multi-Role Bridge) is a separate company that was attached to the 62nd Engineer Battalion since 1992. When it was first attached it was known as the 74th Engineer Company (Assault Float Bridge). The 74th Engineer Company has received two Army Meritorious Unit commendations, one for the Alean Highway and one in Korea.

The number of assault float-bridge companies assigned to a corps was based on the number of heavy and light divisions assigned. The 74th Engineer Company provided personnel and equipment to transport, assemble, disassemble, retrieve, and maintain the assault float bridge at one or multiple bridge sites. It provided engineer mission hauling of palletized cargo, in emergencies, by immobilizing bridge loads. It had about 213 meters of Class 96 wheeled/75 tank float bridge or 6 Class 96 wheeled/75 tank rafts based on 0 to 3 feet per second velocity. The Company could transport up to 560 tons of engineer mission cargo in a single haul over highways and 280 tons of engineer mission cargo in a single haul over unimproved roads and combat trails when the bridge load has been immobilized.

The unit was first activated on 15 July 1941. It served in World War II in Rhineland and Central Europe Campaign. The unit was inactivated on 31 January 1946 at Camp Killmer, New Jersey.

The unit was reactivated at Fort Bragg, North Carolina on 1 October 1949. On 2 August 1950, the 74th Engineer Company was sent to Korea and served in all 10 Korean War campaigns. The 74th Engineer Company was deactivated on 25 June 1958.

The 74th Engineer Company was once again reactivated on 17 October 1992.

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