PRESIDENTIAL CITATION AWARDED 150th ENGRS.On the 21st of August, the 150th Engineer Combat Battalion received recognition for a portion of its outstanding work done during the prosecution of the war. On that day the unit received word of the award of the Presidential Unit Citation for operations by the battalion during the drive in Luxembourg last winter. Almost concurrent with the receipt of the written orders publicizing the fact, many heard the radio. Published below is the Citation.
"Under the provisions of Section IV, Circular 333, WD, 22 DEC 43 and 2nd Ind, Hq Third U.S. Army, 3 Aug. 45 to Ltr, HQ 1135 Engr. C Gp, 24 Jun. 45, the 150 Engr. C Bn. is cited for outstanding performance of duty against the enemy from 7 Feb. 45, to 13 Feb, 45, on the Sauer and Our Rivers in Luxembourg and Germany. The 150 Engineer Combat Battalion was assigned the mission of ferrying the assault troops and supplies across the Our River during the 319 Infantry Regiment's assault Troops on the Siegfried Line. Following the attack, which began at 0200, 7 Feb, in the face of withering small arms fire from Pillboxes with heavy Artillery, Mortar and Rocket Fire from the carefully planned positions of the Siegfried Line, this Battalion waged a bitter struggle with the raging torrents of the flooded Our River Repeated efforts were made to construct foot bridges, infantry support bridges, and Treadway bridges. However due to excessively and accurate fire from the fortifications of the Siegfried Line and the torrential water of the Our River, all efforts to construct Bridges or ferries met with complete failure. It was therefore necessary for the 150 Engineer Combat Battalion to rely entirely on the use of assault boats to support the Bridgehead until it could be expanded sufficiently to eliminate the small arms fire and the observed artillery fire upon the only existing Bridge site. On the night of 9 Feb., when it had been decided that additional troops could not be ferried until the 319 Infantry Regiment's bridgehead was further expanded, the 150 Engineer Combat Battalion was given an additional mission of constructing a treadway bridge over the Sauer River in the vicinity of Dillingen. Despite the mailing casualties and the strain from the continual struggle against the flooded River, and with a spirit of grim determination, the officers and Men of the 150 Engineer Combat Battalion undertook their new mission. Throughout the night of Feb. 9 and the following day, small arms and accurate mortar fire from the Siegfried line repulsed every effort to construct the bridge. Although severely handicapped by the flooded river and the enemy's accurate mortar artillery fire, the battalion was able to complete the bridge on 13 Feb. The admirable spirit and devotion to duty of the gallant officers and men of the 150th Engineer Combat Battalion is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Corps of Engineering."
The 150th was activated on the 25th of February, 1943 at Fort Devens, Massachusetts and was under the supervision of the XIII Corps. The unit engaged in the West Virginia maneuvers in the fall of 1943, then moved to Fort Dix, New Jersey. They were staged for overseas duty at Camp Kilmer, and left the New York Port of Embarkation aboard the Queen Mary on the 23rd of December. Disembarking Greenock, Scotland, the battalion moved to Kings ton Bagpuize, near Oxford, England, thence to Clifton Hampden. The unit left Weymouth the 2nd of July bound for Normandy and the war.
The outfit moved through part of Normandy under Command of the First Army; then, when the Third Army became operational, they were assigned to the XX Corps, with which unit they swept through almost all of France. On September 7th, 1944, the 150th joined the XII Corps, under whose command they have remained since that date. Through France, Luxembourg, Germany, and Czechoslovakia, the unit continued performing all assigned engineer tasks in exemplary fashion. They were highly instrumental in bridging the Rhine at Oppenheim, as well as the Main River at Frankfurt. The end of the war found the 150th in Susice, Czechoslovakia, where they had traveled in support of the Fourth Armored Division.
The 150th Engineer Combat Battalion by receiving the Presidential unit Citation, has distinguished itself in the annals of the Corps of Engineers. Their every mission in this war has been a tale of heroism, devotion to duty, unstinted effort on the part of all its personnel. High praise is due the unit, and memories of their accomplishments will live on.