HEADQUARTERS 150TH ENGINEER COMBAT BATTALION
25 February 1943
Unit activated at Fort Devens, Massachusetts. Cadre assigned
and joined; trained cadre; constructed training aids.
19 March 1943
Filler replacements assigned through Reception Center,
Fort Devens. Average age of men 19 years; all from New England states.
24 March 1943
Major W. H. Van Atta joined unit and assumed command.
Military training program started.
19 June 1943
First Maneuver, one week at Potanopapond, New Hampshire
12 August 1943
Ten officer replacements assigned and joined
17 August 1943
Second maneuver, one week on Mount Monadnock and Merrimac
River, New Hampshire.
19 August 1943
First operational accident two (2) men drowned in practice
crossing of the Merrimac River. Maj. Van Atta, Capt. Knight, Lt. Lyon and
seven (7) enlisted men awarded the Soldiers Medal for Bravery.
1 September 1943 to 7 September 1943
This time was spent on the Rifle range, the men firing
their newly drawn M-1 rifles. Ninty-eight per cent (98%) of the unit qualified.
8 September 1943
Departed from Fort Devens for the West Virginia Maneuver
9 September 1943
Arrived at West Virginia maneuver area and assigned to
the 1111th Engineer Combat Group. Also assigned various service missions
for Provisional Corps Headquarters.
10 September 1943 to 9 November 1943
Involved in service work, road construction, plumbing,
rifle and machine gun practice, mountain climbing training and general
training in practice of Combat Engineering.
10 November 1943
Left West Virginia Maneuver Area and arrived at Fort
Dix, New Jersey.
11 November 1943 to 4 December 1943
Prepared for oversea movement by drawing equipment, replacements,
etc., at Fort Dix, N. J.