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