|1 June 1945
Work in connection with repairing of badly damaged
RR Bridge across the Danube at Regensburg and the laying of water mains
comprised the more important tasks of "A" Company. Many P.W.'s were used.
"B" Company and "C" Company continued in same work. Supplying water to
Regensburg and P.W.'s in vicinity and the repair of sewerage system head
list of major problems at moment. The disruption was caused by our earlier
bombing raids and by the latter blowing of bridges by SS Troopers.
2 June 1945
"A" Company engaged in some tasks at Regensburg.
"B" & "C" Companies continued at Straubing. The second group left for
the States headed Captain Doyle.
3 June 1945
Group announced that only emergency jobs would be
done on Sunday from now on. The necessary maintenance of the two Treadway
Bridges on the Danube River at Straubing was done by ½ Squad from
"C" Company. All others had the day off. The first of a series of recreational
trips went to Nurnberg. There was one truck from each company. In addition
to the sight seeing they attended a concert at the Stadium featuring Grace
Moore and Nino Martini.
4 June 1945
"A" Company had one squad assigned to repairing
of RR Bridge in Regensburg. This is a big job and about 6% completed. In
addition men were laying water main, procuring plumbing supplies, hauling
for crusher operations, hauling materials for repair of I&E School
and repairing roads. Operation of saw-mill and rock quarry took 1 ½
Squads of "B" Company. All others were engaged in construction of 549'
fixed bridge across the Danube River at Straubing. This is now 40% completed.
"C" Company, one squad between operations of two saw-mills and clearing
demolished bridge debris. The other men were busy at their 514' 6" fixed
bridge which is now 33% completed. The Personnel Officer announced that
we are eligible for the newly announced campaign stars. This gives us a
total of five.
5 June 1945
All companies continued in same operations. Preparation
of Battalion history is nearing completion. Not only are all notes if interest
included, but carefully chosen photographs make for excellent illustration.
It is planned that all members of this unit, present and past will be presented
with a copy.
6 June 1945
D + 365. The battalion assignments remained the
same. Here in Regensburg the concentration of effort for "A" Company is
on pipe lines, sewers and roads. Two additional Treadway bridges have been
assigned to us for maintenance. "B" Company was given the one at Eengilfing
and "C" Company the one at Landau.
7 June 1945
Except for additional of the maintenance of the
bridges at Dengolfing and Landau the Battalion work in progress remained
untouched. There are some 17 separate jobs assignments at this time. The
"A" Co. and H&S Co. billets are now in good state of repair with beds
for all men and adequate furniture. Kitchen facilities are good with pleasant
dining halls adjoining. We have had benefits of electricity right along
but as yet the only source of water is from tanks mounted on pole type
trailers and brought to area from water points. "B" & "C" Companies
remain at Straubing near sites of their fixed bridges construction.
8 June 1945
"A" Company was engaged in the following tasks.
½ Squad as security for an Engineer dump at Frucht, 1 Squad on stockpiling
and road materials at Duerrling, Regensburg and Pfatter, 2 Squads repairing
RR Bridge and hauling materials at Regensburg, 1 Squad laying water main,
2 Squads on road repair, 1 Squad on repair of billets and area, ½
Squad on I&E School repair, ½ Squad on repair of Regensburg
bridge, water main, and ½ Squad maintaining Treadway Bridge at Kelheim.
"B" Company had ½ Squad operating saw-mill near Worth. ½
Squad operating rock quarry, near Straubing, 1 Squad maintaining Treadway
Bridges at Dingolfing, and Landau, all other men on construction of their
549' fixed Bridge on the Danube River at Straubing. This is now 58% completed.
The disposition of men from "C" Company was ½ Squad who completed
approach road to Enemy Ordnance depot at Straubing, ½ Squad operating
two saw-mills near Laderweinting, ½ Squad clearing bridge debris,
½ Squad maintaining the two Treadway bridges and all other men were
on the construction of 514' 6" fixed bridge at Straubing. This is now 48%
9 June 1945
All companies continued on same jobs. 1700 P.W.'s
being used on Battalion jobs. Recreational facilities are improving all
the time. A ball field is available in area and arrangements for basketball
are being completed in a suitable building. What was an arena is now converted
to a theater that is capable of handling its usual large attendance. Movies
and shows are presented almost nightly. In the city two civilian theaters
are now operated by the Fourth Special Service for troops in this area.
Just west of Regensburg a section of beach along the Danube River was being
reserved for troops only. A day room has been set aside in H&S Barracks
where books & magazines are available. We are gradually reaping the
many benefits as well as the disadvantages of Garrison Life.
10 June 1945
Only necessary work was done today. "A" Company
had 2 ½ Squads for four jobs hauling lumber to Regensburg dump.
I&E School repair, maintain Treadway bridge at Kelheim, and security
for Engineer dumps at Feucht. "B" Co. used 2 Squads for maintenance of
Treadway bridges at Landau and Dingolfing. "C" Company had ½ Squad
hauling tools to Regensburg dump. The second recreational trip proved interesting
and pleasant. Munich was the choice for today.
11 June 1945
Effective 0800 hours we were officially assigned
to 1137th Engineer Combat Group. "A" Company had 11 assignments but water
supply, sewers and roads are the priority jobs. 505 P.W.'s were used. "B"
Company had 2 platoons and 150 P.W.'s on their fixed bridge construction
at Straubing. The other min were operating a saw mill, a rock quarry and
maintaining the 2 Treadway bridges at Straubing. "C" Company had 150 P.W.'s
at their Fixed bridge. The company also operated 2 saw mills, maintained
Treadway bridges at Dingolfing and Landau, cleared bridge debris near their
construction site, and hauled spikes to the Engineer Dump at Regensburg.
12 June 1945
All companies continued same operations. 985 P.W.'s
were employed on Battalion jobs. 900 P.W.'s were turned over to Military
Government for Public Works.
13 June 1945
The emphasis is still on water supply and sewers
for "A" Company and the Fixed bridges for "B" and "C" Companies. A total
of 900 P.W.'s were used.
14 June 1945
"A" Company continued providing security for the
Engr. dump, maintaining Treadway bridge, repairing & I&E School,
repairing roads out of Regensburg, hauling pipe & fittings, constructing
recreation pier on Danube River. 815 P.W.'s were used on these jobs. "B"
Company operated saw mill & Rock quarry, maintained 2 Treadway bridges
& worked on construction of their 549' Fixed bridge on the Danube River
at Straubing. This is now 75% Completed. 150 P.W.'s were used. "C" Company,
operated 2 saw mills, maintained 2 Treadway bridges, cleared bridge debris,
and constructed their 514' 6" fixed bridge on the Danube River at Straubing.
This is now 58% complete. 150 P.W.'s were used.
15 June 1945
"A" Company was relieved of maintenance of Treadway
bridge at Kelheim & "B" Company of bridge at Landau. "A" Company was
given repair work at 101 Evac. Hosp. & use of 25 P.W.'s. All other
work continued as assigned with total of 1000 P.W.'s employed.
16 June 1945
All assignments remained the same, however, only
650 P.W.'s were used
17 June 1945
As many men as possible were given the day off.
"A" Company had total of 2 ½ Squads out on Security of Engineer
sump, I&E School repair, RR bridge repair, and construction at Recreation
pier. "B" Company needed 2 squads to operate rock quarry and saw mill,
and to maintain Treadway bridge. Two squads from "C" Company operated saw
mills, maintained Treadway bridges, and cleared Bridge Debris. No P.W.'s
were used on these jobs.
18 June 1945
A small group of men left for U.S.A. by air this
morning headed by T/4 Castle. This makes his second trip west this year.
The jobs in and around Regensburg continue to occupy "A" Company. "B" and
"C" Companies are expending their main efforts in bridging the Danube River
at Straubing. To assist in jobs within the area, H&S Company employed
some 30 P.W.'s each day. Feeding these men constitutes the main problem.
They are supplied breakfast and supper at the enclosure, but mid day meal
is our responsibility.
19 June 1945
The same distribution of jobs remained effective.
Special progress being made on "B" Companies 549' Fixed Bridge across the
Danube River at Straubing. Now 92% Complete.
20 June 1945
"A" Company provided security at Engineer Dump at
Raucht, maintained battalion area and prepared roads at Regensburg, die
repair work at I&E School and RR Bridge, also worked at recreation
field. The second platoon of "B" Company moved to Viechtach for road maintenance
and construction of athletic fields. Seven guards were supplied for P.W.
pen and 1 Squad maintained Treadway bridge. All others were engaged in
construction of fixed bridge. Two platoons from "C" Company worked on fixed
bridge construction. The 3rd Platoon was split up for maintenance of two
Treadway bridges, operation of two saw mills, guarding P.W. cage and maintaining
detour in Straubing. Also road maintenance was assigned from Aterhofen
21 June 1945
"A" Company was engaged in 10 separate assignments
with 715 P.W.'s being used. "B" Company completed flooring of their fixed
bridge and laid 50' of walkway, also 52 loads of rock were loaded to complete
the 200' of approach road. "C" Company worked on their fixed bridge.
22 June 1945
The Battalion operations continued with "A" Company
assigned many jobs in Regensburg Area and "B" & "C" Companies engaged
in bridge construction at Straubing, 1000 P.W.'s were used in all with
300 of these on RR Bridge in Regensburg.
23 June 1945
The jobs for "A" Company remain many and varied
in the vicinity of Regensburg. "B" Company nearing completion of their
fixed bridge with floor completely nailed and all of sub grade laid on
approaches. In addition to bridge construction "C" Company maintained road
from Aterhofen to Strasskirchon. Some 250 civilians as well as 1000 P.W.'s
came under Battalion supervision.
24 June 1945
Several operations continue today even though Sunday.
Hauling road materials by vehicles too busy during the week constituted
one of the principle jobs. The XII Corps recreation park on the Danube
had its opening program today. "A" Company had constructed the pier and
completed many other jobs of preparation. H&S Company supplied two
min who lettered many of the signs designating boating, swimming, games
and refreshments, etc.
25 June 1945
The repair work at the I&E School, one of "A"
companies jobs, is now some 62% complete. 50 P.W.'s and 12 civilians are
being used on this work with our men simply hauling materials and guarding
the P.W.'s. "B" Company Bridge is now complete except for hand rails and
concrete caps on 7 cribs. Also the top finish is needed on the approach
roads. Even the "C" Company had 5 jobs absorbing ½ of the men work
progressed on the Fixed Bridge very satisfactorily.
26 June 1945
"A" Company continues in full swing on their assignments
while "B" Company reports completion of bridge and "C" Company indicates
completion about July 6 1945.
27 June 1945
Road work now absorbs the majority of "A" Companies
men, however, the 5 repair and construction jobs are progressing right
on schedule. "B" Company reports completion of Air Strip for 255th FA Battalion
at Vietuch, Athletic field for 177th FA Group at Reding, and loading ramps
for 182nd FA Group for end loading on flat bed RR Cars. "C" Company furthered
completion on their bridge and continued road maintenance. Saw mill operation
and guarding P.W. Cage.
28 June 1945
"A" Company continues on all its assignment while
"B" Company reports completion of loading ramps for the 182 FA. Group and
continues work on approach roads to the bridge, and makes preparation to
put concrete caps on cribs. "C" Company continues on their bridge and maintains
of Treadway bridges, detours saw mills, and security of P.W. Cage.
29 June 1945
"A" Company continues on its Regensburg Assignments
and takes over the job of hauling I Beams from RR Siding at Bent Basin
to Engineer Dump No. 49. "B" Company relieved "C" Company on maintaining
two Treadway bridges at Straubing and continued to work bridge approaches
and cribs. "C" Company working regularly assignments. H&S Company demolition
crew completed destruction of a chimney and started to remove a bridge
span from River at Donaustauf. Also three dozers are out working on Farm
30 June 1945
"A" Company was kept bust in maintaining Battalion
area, preparing RR Bridge, fixing roads in Regensburg and vicinity, repairing
Corps I&E School, and constructing a Corps Recreation park on the Danube
River. Some of "A" Companies personnel was also utilized in hauling I Beams.
There is hardly a place in Regensburg, these days, where you can't find
and "A" Company detail of men hard at work. The operation of a rock quarry,
maintenance of three Treadway bridges, repair roads in the Straubing area,
and the construction of and approach to "B" Company's bridge consists of
the assignments for "B" Company today. "B" Companies bridge at Straubing
is one that the Battalion can be proud of. Plans are in the making for
a company party to be held tomorrow. "C" Company worked at its assignment
of repairing roads, operating a saw mill, maintaining a road detour, securing
a P.W. cage and construction of the fixed bridge. The fixed bridge is 85%
completed and is the pride and joy of Captain Helstrom and his company.
H&S Company had T/4 Dwelly, ace demolition man, alias Mouldin, removing
a bridge span from the river at Donaustauf 3 Dozers were also working filling
craters. S/4 has two water points in operation. S-1 is busy with a new
list of min to be transferred to other Battalion assigned to the C.B.I.
Category IV isn't making the 150th boys very happy.