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The 302nd Engineers


The 302nd ENGINEERS

by,
Gilbert H. Crawford
Thomas H. Ellett
John J. Hyland


F O R E W O R D

THE HISTORY of the 302nd Engineers, like that of the other units which went to make up the 77th Division is a record of duty well done and the accomplishment of the most difficult tasks under the most trying conditions.

On the Vesle and the Aisne the Regiment had its representation always with the front line Infantry of the Division, ready to facilitate the advance of their comrades by all of their engineering resources. The opening of roads by means of which supplies reached the front line, maintaining the physical and technical supplies required by the Infantry, which in turn maintained the morale without which no success is possible; the construction of the necessary bridges, the crossing of uncut wire and other obstacles and not infrequently, participation in the continual combat of the front, were all part of the duties which the 302nd Engineers were called upon to perform. Much of this duty was carried out under the close fire of the enemy and the Regiment paid its share of the price of victory.

Every duty which fell to the lot of the Regiment was well performed and to their efforts much of the success which marked the service of the 77th Division should be ascribed . In the advance across the Vesle to the Aisne; in the Forest of the Argonne; at the crossing of the Aire and the capture of the towns of St. Juvin and Grand Pre, in the subsequent advance to the Meuse, the 302nd Engineers played their full part and when, at last, the 77th Division stood upon the heights south and southeast of Sedan, on the afternoon of November 6th, 1918, dominating the railroad upon which the enemy depended for his supply and his forced withdrawal from the westward, it was the 302nd Engineers who placed the bridges which that night permitted an advance of the 153rd Infantry Brigade across that stream.

All this participation in the active work of the campaign was paid for in full by the Regiment. The crossing of the Meuse was especially costly in life, but the Regiment performed its work as always, in spite of the difficulties encountered.
It is indeed well that such a record of duty well performed should be preserved as an inspiration to succeeding generations. Those qualities of courage, honor and self sacrifice demanded by the stern requirements of war are no less essential in our relations as citizens and the example of the fathers should be to the sons, a guiding light of patriotism which, if followed, will maintain inviolate the best traditions of this Republic.
Robert Alexander
Major-General, U. S. Army,
Commanding 77th Division
23rd September, 1919

Chapter 1. The Beginning
Chapter 2. From Upton to France
Chapter 3. France at Last
Chapter 4. Organization of an American Division
Chapter 5. Baccarat
Chapter 6. Military Situation in August, 1918
Chapter 7. The Vesle Sector
Chapter 8. To the Argonne Forest
Chapter 9. First Phase of the Battle
Chapter 10. Second Phase of the Argonne Battle
Chapter 11. The Armistice
Chapter 12. After the Eleventh
Chapter 13. Once more on the Ocean
Chapter 14. The End

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