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7th Engineer Battalion:
Lineage and Honors

Last updated:
Wednesday, November 1, 2006 4:18 PM
 
The U. S. Army maintains a record of the heritage of each unit (a family tree), with some units tracing their line back to the Revolutionary War. The following is an extract of the 7th Engineer's "Lineage and Honors" certificate in Charlie Marks "History of the 7th Engineer Battalion: World War II in Europe" (1993). The certificate is not dated, the Seal in the letterhead says "United States of America, War Office", however it has Honors for A Co in Viet Nam, but does not mention the inactivation of the battalion in Dec 1992 so it was produced between 1971 and 1992.
 


5th Inf. Div
WW I

France to 1923


5th Inf. Div
WW II

1939 to ?

5th Inf. Div.
WW II

1950's? to Present

LINEAGE AND HONORS

Parent unit constituted 3 August 1861 in the Regular Army as the Battalion of Engineers

Organized 31 December 1861 from one existing company and three new companies of engineers

Battalion of Engineers organized 26 February 1901 into three battalions of engineers, one of which was the 1st Battalion of Engineers to include:

Company A (Constituted 15 May 1846 as Company of Sappers,
Miners and Pontoneers and organized June 1846 at the U.S. Military
Academy, West Point, New York
Company B (Organized 1861)
Company C (Formerly Company E, Battalion of Engineers,
organized in 1865)
Company D (New)

Companies E and F, 1st Regiment of Engineers expanded 15 May 1917 to form the 7th Regiment of Engineers (remainder of the 1st Regiment of Engineers expanded to form the 1st and 6th Regiments of Engineers - hereafter separate lineages)

Redesignated 29 August 1917 as the 7th Engineers

Assigned 17 November 1917 to the 5th Division (subsequently the 5th Infantry Division)

Inactivated (less Company A) 10 October 1921 at Camp Jackson, South Carolina (Company A inactivated 1 October 1933 at Fort Benning, Georgia)

Redesignated 16 October 1939 as the 7th Engineer Battalion and activated at Fort Logan, Colorado

Redesignated 28 May 1943 as the 7th Engineer Combat Battalion

Inactivated 20 September 1946 at Camp Campbell, Kentucky and Ladd Field, Alaska

Activated 6 July 1948 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina

Inactivated 30 April 1950 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina

Activated 1 March 1951 at Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, Pennsylvania

Inactivated 1 September 1953 at Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, Pennsylvania

Redesignated 7 April 1954 as the 7th Engineer Battalion

Reactivated 25 May 1954 in Germany

Inactivated 1 June 1957 at Fort Ord, California

Activated 19 February 1962 at Fort Carson, Colorado

Inactivated (less Company A) 15 December 1970 at Fort Carson, Colorado (Company A inactivated 6 August 1971 in Vietnam)

Activated 21 July 1975 at Fort Polk, Louisiana

(Webmaster note: 7th Engineer Battalion (Combat) inactivated 24 Nov 92 at Fort Polk, Louisiana)

Activated 27 October 06 as 7th Engineer Battalion at Fort Drum, New York

CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDIT

 

Civil War
Peninsula
Antietam
Fredericksburg
Chancellorsville
Wilderness
Spotsylvania
Cold Harbor
Petersburg
Appomattox
Virginia 1863

War With Spain
Santiago

World War I
St. Mihiel
Meuse-Argonne
Alsace 1918
Lorraine 1918

World War II

Normandy
Northern France
Rhineland
Ardennes-Alsace
Central Europe

Company A additionally entitled to:

Vietnam
Counteroffensive, Phase V
Counteroffensive, Phase VI
Tet 69/Counteroffensive
Summer-Fall 1969
Winter-Spring 1970
Sanctuary Counteroffensive
Counteroffensive, Phase VII
Consolidation I

First Platoon, Company A additionally entitled to:
Panama - 20 Dec 89 - 31 Jan 90

DECORATIONS

Company A entitled to:

Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm. Streamer embroidered
VIETNAM 1968

Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Streamer embroidered
VIETNAM 1971

BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY:


J. C. PENNINGTON
Brigadier General, USA
The Adjutant General

 

 
The ribbons shown below represent medals awarded to anyone who served in the Army (and therefor, the 7th Engineers) during the applicable time periods and Theaters of Operation. Ribbons are worn on the Dress (Class A) uniform in lieu of the full medal. Not included are individual awards for Valor or Service such as The Medal of Honor, Bronze Star, or Purple Heart. To learn more about these awards and to see the full medal, go to http://www.perscom.army.mil/tagd/tioh/ribbons.htm, the Official Army page for awards.

top to bottom and left to right in each row

World War I
World War I Victory Medal, 6 Apr 1917 Through 11 Nov 1918 (also awarded for service in Russia)

World War II
American Defense Medal, 8 Sep 39 Through 7 Dec 41
American Campaign Medal, 7 Dec 41 Through 2 Mar 46
European-Arican-MiddleEastern Medal, 7 Dec 41 Through 8 Nov 45
World War II Victory Medal, 7 Dec 41 Through 31 Dec 46
Army of Occupation Medal, 9 May 45 Through 8 Nov 45

Viet Nam
National Defense Service Medal, 27Jun 50 - 27 Jul 54, 1 Jan 61 - 14 Aug 74, 2 Aug 90 - 30 Nov 95
Vietnam Service Medal, 3 Jul 65 - 28 Mar 73
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, 1 Mar 61 - 28 Mar 73 (Awarded by the Republic of Vietnam)




WW I

WW II

VIET NAM

5th Div History
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