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Silent Heroes: The Story of the 284th ECB in WWII

The 284th's history has been bound into one volume and is now available in paperback and Kindle formats! Basic training, Infantry work under General Patton, Roer crossing, Remagen and V-2's, it is all in there!

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IF WE ADDED ANY ONE THING TO THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS THEN ALL OF THIS WAS NOT IN VAIN

Gentle readers, this is not intended to be a sage of history; a literary highlight. It is merely the doings of and the happenings to a group of men – draftees to be exact – who were dragged or thrown together to be welded into a group of Combat Engineers. Men, who when once organized, set about to do every task with which they were confronted to the best of their ability. If they have succeeded or failed you alone be the judge. Above all, they never forgot the one phrase “You’re an Engineer, be proud” and if we have added any one thing to the Corps of Engineers then all this was not in vain.

H&S Company

H&S Company

Company Commander:
Captain Whiter
1st Sergeant:
Darvin Street

A Company

A Company

Company Commander:
Captain Lorres Thomas
1st Sergeant:
Paul McAllister

B Company

B Company

Company Commander:
Captain Thomas Henry
1st Sergeant:
Jack Kerr

C Company

C Company

Company Commander:
Captain Heubach
1st Sergeant:
Samuel Brooks

17 DEC 1943

December 17, 1943 was the big day. It was the day of activation of the 284th Engineer Combat Battalion. It was the day that was going to affect the lives of approximately one thousand men. To some of these thousand men, it was going to be the beginning of a new, big adventure. To some it wasn’t going to materially affect their life in any way. And to some it was going to bring sorrow, suffering and in some cases death itself. It may seem strange to start a history of a battalion this way, but that is the way it goes. Some call it fate, some call it destiny, but it did become reality.

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