231st Engineer Combat Battalion


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Entry: 91431
Subject: JUNE 1951 TO JAN 1952

Richard Pearson wrote on June 21, 2015


City and State: LEESBURG FL

Unit: CO A, 232ST COMBAT ENGINEER BN

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Rotated from Korea to 231st in June 1951 into Co A as co exec. Went as advance party to Desert Rock in August. We went back to Ft Lewis in December. I transferred to Ft Worden, WA
in January 1952. I believe we saw five or six test shots while there. Was a short but interesting assignment.

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Entry: 91430
Subject: JUNE 1951 TO JAM 1952

Richard Pearson wrote on June 21, 2015


City and State: LEESBURG FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: Retated from Kore to 231st in June 1951 into Co A as co exec. Went as advance party to Desert Rock in August. We went back to Ft Lewis in December. I transferred to Ft Worden, WA
in January 1952. I beleive we sas five or six test shots while there. Was a short but interesting assignment.

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Entry: 89830
Subject: 1LT CHARLES E. CONNER JR.

Charles Ellison wrote on October 21, 2014


City and State: WAYNESVILLE MO

Unit: 231ST ENGINEER COMBAT BATTALION

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments: I'm a Combat Engineering Officer from the 5th Engineer Battalion at Ft. Leonard Wood. Graduated in May 2012 from the Virginia Military Institute.

I'm looking for anyone who has any information on my grandfather, 1LT Charles E. Conner Jr. He commissioned in May of 1951 and was stationed at Ft. Lewis Washington. He went to Camp Dessert Rock for a while, and then to Japan and Korea. My mother was born in Japan at the Tokyo Army Hospital in 1954 and then returned to the United States through Ft. Lewis, Washington. She doesn't know anything about the Army. Any information would help.

Keywords: 231st Engineer Combat Battalion, Korea, Camp Dessert Rock.



Entry: 82651
Subject: AT FT LEWIS MARCH 1951

Thomas Steward wrote on April 2, 2012


City and State: SPRINGFIELD MO

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Air Force Veteran

Comments: I volunteered for the Army on February 27, 1952 at
St. Louis, MO. We were put on a troop train and sernt
to Camp Chaffee, Arkansas. After a week of or so we
were again put on a troop train and headed for Ft.
Lewis, WA. The train froze up somewhere in Montana
and we had no heat or warm food. At Yakma, WA they
loaded us up with apples. Went through basic
training and then learned to lay mine fields, build
bridges, how to kill with a banyonet and the rifel
butt of an M1. Fired Bazooka, threw hand granades and
practiced filled them with gun powder. Later
transferred to the 546th Field Artillery BN on the
Fort. Was the B battery communications switchboard
operator, wireman.
Was there until October 1951. Great place for a 17
year old, even with the rain. Went on to retire from
the Air Force in 1972.

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Entry: 66667
Subject: 2ND LT. ROBERT J. LEALOS

Pat Lealos wrote on July 26, 2008


City and State:

Unit: 231ST COMBAT ENGINEERING BN

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: A letter was found after his death on July 23rd, 2008. It was to a John from John H. Vold about my father. It mentioned a picture of him standing alone on Heartbreak Ridge, 1952. If anyone has information about him I would like to hear from you.
We are celebrating his life and death, he was a magnificant man.

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Entry: 63824
Subject: C CO 231ST

Patrick T. Copley wrote on January 14, 2008

Email Update Needed



City and State: GULPORT MS

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: Trained at FT Lewis WA, C Co Early 1951. Anyone out there trained at that time?



Entry: 54450
Subject: DESART CAMP ROCK

Howard Desart wrote on December 2, 2005

Email Update Needed



City and State: DIAMOND SPRINGS CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: I was wondering if anyone remembers why it was called Camp DeSart Rock??

Keywords: Roscoe Gililand wrote on 2001-03-05
Comments: I was Drafted Febuary 3 1951 and reported to Ft. Hayes in Columbus Ohio and sent to Ft. Knox Kentucky.Travled by Troop train to Ft. lewis Washington and joined the 231st Engineer combat Bn.late febuary, Dont rember the date. Went through Basic traineing and then Engineer traineing. Built all kinds of bridges anf falmerised driveing all kind of construction equiment. Can remember Sargent Worthington giving me hell about smokin the clutches on those cable driven blades on those Bulldosers. We even fought a couple of Forest fires. I learned quite a lot during that traineing but ended up being a carpenter. One day we got orders that we were shipeing out for the Panama Canoal then all of a sudden new orders came down that we were going to Nevada to build Camp Desart Rock. Actually at the time we didnt really know where we were going. Lots of rumors were going around. We built Camp Desart Rock and wittnessed a couple of Atomic bomb blasts. After we returned to Ft. Lewis I rember a quite few of our guys shipping out for Korea and being replaced by personall comeing in from Korea. I was kinda lucky cause i was never called on. The sad part was that some returned in a hurry and ended up at Madigan Hospital. I must say I couldnt have been in a better outfit than th 231st from North Dackoda. The were a great bunch of men, Officers and all. I wish i could remember there names. I do Remember Sgt.Garvey

Roscoe


Keywords: Desart Rock



Entry: 49593
Subject: SHOULDER PATCH FOR 231ST COMBAT ENGINEER BATTALION

Norman Ladage wrote on March 16, 2005


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments: Assigned to the 231st Combat Engineer Battalion, Headquarters Company in October,1953 located at Fort Lewis(North Fort), Washington. Lt. Col Frey, Commanding Officer. The unit was assigned to Yakima Firing Center, Yakima, Washington in March, 1954 until May,1954 to prepare the Firing Center for the up coming manuvers for the 44th Division(located at the main fort of Fort Lewis.
During this time I was assigned to the Post Engineers Office on a temporary basis.
At this time I am looking for a photo or some other facimile of the 231st. shoulder patch. any help would be greatly appreciated.

Keywords: aSSIN



Entry: 49590
Subject: SHOULDER PATCH FOR 231ST COMBAT ENGINEER BATTALION

Norman Ladage wrote on March 16, 2005


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

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Entry: 45144
Subject: STATIONED FORT LEWIS 9/53 TO 1/55

William K. Thompson wrote on August 11, 2004


City and State: PINE BLUFF AR

Unit: 231ST COMBAT ENGINEER BN

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments: Will welcome hearing from any of my old unit mates

Keywords: Stationed Fort Lewis 9/53 to 1/55 at that time the old 231st had been returned to North Dakota NG and the unit made a part of the 71th Division and rename 271st Engineer BN.



Entry: 42726
Subject: GREENHAMCOMMON ARMY 231ST BATT

Donald Ecklund JR. wrote on April 30, 2004


City and State: MN

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father was in the 231st Engineer Battalion in Greenham Common, England for 24 months in 1953-56-I am having trouble finding information about his unit. If anyone can help me, we would both appreciate it!! Thank You!!

Donald H. Ecklund, Jr.

Keywords: 231st engineer battalion



Entry: 19308
Subject: FT. LEWIS

Ed Hynes wrote on September 8, 2001

Email Update Needed



City and State: SILVER BAY MN

Unit: HQ - SV CO. 231ST C.ENGRS

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments: Wounded twice in Korea. Ft. Lewis was a good Post. I remember the forest fires. Col. Gaulke was commanding officer of the 231st. Good Man.
It was all a long time ago.

Keywords: 2nd Inf. Div. 38th Reg.
Heartbreak Ridge - Kumhwa,



Entry: 15308
Subject: FORT LEWIS/DESART ROCK

Roscoe Gililand wrote on March 5, 2001

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Army Veteran - Korea

Comments: I was Drafted Febuary 3 1951 and reported to Ft. Hayes in Columbus Ohio and sent to Ft. Knox Kentucky.Travled by Troop train to Ft. lewis Washington and joined the 231st Engineer combat Bn.late febuary, Dont rember the date.
Went through Basic traineing and then Engineer traineing. Built all kinds of bridges anf falmerised driveing all kind of construction equiment. Can remember Sargent Worthington giving me hell about smokin the clutches on those cable driven blades on those Bulldosers. We even fought a couple of Forest fires. I learned quite a lot during that traineing but ended up being a carpenter.
One day we got orders that we were shipeing out for the Panama Canoal then all of a sudden new orders came down that we were going to Nevada to build Camp Desart Rock. Actually at the time we didnt really know where we were going. Lots of rumors were going around. We built Camp Desart Rock and wittnessed a couple of Atomic bomb blasts.
After we returned to Ft. Lewis I rember a quite few of our guys shipping out for Korea and being replaced by personall comeing in from Korea. I was kinda lucky cause i was never called on.
The sad part was that some returned in a hurry and ended up at Madigan Hospital.
I must say I couldnt have been in a better outfit than th 231st from North Dackoda. The were a great bunch of men, Officers and all. I wish i could remember there names. I do Remember Sgt.Garvey

Roscoe

Keywords: Desart Rock



Entry: 8492
Subject: NORTH DAKOTA INFO NEEDED!

Pete Conlin wrote on May 7, 2000

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: I am the Command Historian for the ND National Guard and preparing to build an exhibit detailing NDNG involvement in the Korean Conflict. If you have stories, books, diaries, artifacts, memorabilia, etc., please contact me immediately. My home phone is 701-572-5627 after 8PM. Deadline is July 1st.

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