3 Replies Latest reply on Aug 20, 2018 11:35 AM by Rebecca Collier

    Information on the 3053rd Engineer Combat Battalion during WWII

    Don Lambert Newbie

      I am looking for Unit Information on my uncle Tommy F. Lambert, Serial number 14 016 036. He was first affiliated with the 531st Engineer Shore Regiment during the landings in North Africa, Sicily, and Normandy, then his unit changed designations after Normandy to the 3053rd Engineer Combat Battalion as part of the 1186th Engineer Combat Group. I would hope to see Unit Rosters or anything with his name on it.

        • Re: Information on the 3053rd Engineer Combat Battalion during WWII
          Elliot Schneider Adventurer

          Hello Mr. Lambert,

           

          Have done some digging here is what I found.

           

          According to Shelby Stanton's "WW2 Order of Battle", the 531st Eng. Shore Regt. rated four campaign stars. These were Algeria-French Morocco, Sicily, Naples-Foggia, & Normandy. In addtion, this unit assaulted Arzew in Algeria, Gela in Sicily, Salerno in Italy, & Normandy on D-Day. However, Army regs permitted only one arrowhead on the EAME ribbon despite these four assaults. The 531st ESR was disbanded in August 1944, and its personnel were transferred to HHC, 1186th Eng. Combat Group. This Group included the 3051st, 3052nd, & 3053rd Eng. Combat Battalions.

           

          Will be looking into this a little further.

           

           

          Thanks,

           

           

          Elliot

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          • Re: Information on the 3053rd Engineer Combat Battalion during WWII
            Elliot Schneider Adventurer

            The 1186th Engineer Combat Group fell under the 9th Army as well. You might be able to find unit histories for theses groups or at least some general orders.

            • Re: Information on the 3053rd Engineer Combat Battalion during WWII
              Rebecca Collier Tracker

              Dear Mr. Lambert,

               

              Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

               

              We searched the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1905-1981 (Record Group 407) and located histories, after action or operation reports, and general orders of the 531st Engineer Shore Regiment, the 3053rd Engineer Combat Battalion, and the 1186th Engineer Combat Group for WWII. These records rarely include the names of the individuals who served in the units except if your uncle received an award or medal of some kind. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.

               

              Copies of most of the monthly rosters from 1912-43 and 1947-59 for Army units (including Army Air Corps) are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis, MO. Rosters for units serving in World War II from 1944-46 were destroyed in accordance with Army disposition authorities.

               

              Morning reports for WWII Army units are also in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis, MO. Please contact them for access to both types of records. The address is the National Archives in St. Louis, 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002 and the email address is stl.archives@nara.gov

               

              We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!

               

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