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Important dates in the history of the 801st Engineer Battalion in World War II


1 February

801st Engineer Aviation Battalion activated at Davis Monthon Field, Tucson Arizona;
Second Lieutenant Arthur F. Paulsen, C.E., commanding; consisting of 37 enlisted men

11 February


Captain Erland L. Curtis, C.E. takes command

2 March


Battalion leaves by train for Gowen Field, Idaho

4 March


Major Ralph C. Brown, C.E. takes command
Battalion consists of 28 officers and 63 enlisted men 

18 April


Flood control activities on Boise River

30 June


Survey party of one officer and eight enlisted men leave for Wendover Field, Utah

July 20


Lieutenants Guldermam and Moffatt take 100 men to Wendover field to pave taxiways and landing strips

22 July


Battalion moves to Snake River bivouac

24 July


T/5 Maurice Halbruner and Pvt. Andrew Micelli drown in Snake River

5 August


Lt. Col. Phillip J. Galanti, C.E. takes command

24 August


The Wendover field detachment returns

30 August


Runway C completed at Melba Bombing Range

3 September


Dedication ceremonies for Runway C

10 October


Battalion field day in Nampa

15 October


Runway D completed at Melba Bombing Rang

23 October


Battalion returns to Gowen Field

11 November


Battalion participates in Armistice Day parade in Boise



Company parties in Boise

18 December


Battalion receives notification to ready for transport to Port of Embarkation

20 December


Battalion leaves for east coast on two trains at 1700 and 2000 hours

25 December


Christmas dinner on trains

26 December


Battalion arrives Camp Patrick Henry, Virginia for overseas processing and preparation


January 3


Most of battalion sails from Hampton Roads in convoy UGS-29 on John Clark,
LST44 and LST228

17 January


Battalion anchors in Angra harbor, Azores

19 January


Severe storm causes LST228 to ground on rocky reef

20 January


Battalion finishes setting up camp

21 January


Second storm causes fire on LST228; vital heavy equipment is lost

22 January


H&S company mess begins feeding battalion American rations

1 February


Gideon Wells arrives with remainder of battalion

3 February


Men from Gideon Wells land and join remainder of battalion

8 February


Quarantine ends; first passes to Praia

9 February


Electric generator provides camp with electricity



Work begins on runways, tank farm and contonment, to continue for next nine months

15 March


Emergency Runway A ready for use

17 April


Daily truck convoys to Angra begin for liberty men



600 Allied aircraft pass through Azores during the mont

14 October


Hurricane strikes Azores

5 November


Group leaves by air on furlough for States

30 November


Last of three runways completed


7 February


801st was awarded the Meritorious Service Unit Award for "superior performance of duty in the performance of an exceptionally difficult task"

23 February


Battalion boards William S. Evarts

25 February


William S. Evarts weighs anchor for the States

10 March


William S. Evarts docks in Hampton Roads

11 March


30 days leave (plus travel time) begins

21-22 April


801st reforms at Geiger Field, Spokane, Washington

28 April


801st takes first place in base parade

1 May


Bronze service star awarded battalion personnel from Azores

19 May


War Bond show in Cheney, Washington

24 May


Battalion again takes first place in base parade

26 May


War Bond show in Latah

28 May


War Bond show in Spokane

30 May


Battalion marches in Spokane Memorial Day parade

15 June


Live fire exercises at Yakima Gunnery Range

6 July


Battalion boards trains for Seattle

7 July


Battalion arrives Fort Lawton, Seattle, Washington

16 July


Part of battalion boards LSTs 205, 243, 731 and 790;
convoy sets sail at 1700 hours

28 July


LST convoy arrives Pearl Harbor

6 August


Remainder of battalion boards USS Pondera in Seattle; she sets sail at 1615 hours

12 August


LST convoy reaches Eniwetok

14 August


LST convoy sets sail for Saipan

18 August


LST convoy reaches Saipan

19 August


USS Pondera arrives Eniwetok

25 August


USS Pondera arrives Ulithi

29 August


LST convoy sets off for Okinawa

3 September


LST convoy reaches Okinawa

5 September


USS Pondera makes side trip to Guam

7 September


Men unload from LST convoy
USS Pondera sets sail from Ulithi for Okinawa

12 September


USS Pondera arrives Okinawa

13 September


Advance party from USS Pondera go ashore

14 September


Remainder of men on USS Pondera unload

7 October


Typhoon Louise

14 December


801st Deactivated