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108th ENGINEER COMBAT BATTALION

Building bridges was perhaps the most conspicuous of the Engineer tasks. And when done under enemy fire-which was much of the time - it was also the most hazardous. They constructed a variety of bridges: of prefabricated steel components, logs they felled themselves, of treads laid across rows of pontoons. They also repaired roads and constructed new ones to speed movement of men and material to the front. Another duty was the destruction of enemy emplacements. Captured pillboxes were dynamited. In defense, bridges were wired with explosives in case they needed to be destroyed to slow an enemy advance. They were also responsible for laying and clearing minefields. The engineers were also responsible for providing water for the whole Division.

The 108th was composed of the following units:

  • Headquarters Co.
  • Company A
  • Company B
  • Company C

During the course of combat operations, engineering companies were sometimes attached to Infantry Regiments to support combat operations.

Documents:

Citation for Bronze Star - Jerome B. Jones, B/108th ECB

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