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88th Infantry Division Blue Devils

88th Infantry
Division


Blue Devils

1942 - 1945
88th Infantry Division
Blue Devils
World War II Research Website
88th Infantry Division Trust Period 1947-1954

88th Infantry
Division

Trust Period

1947-1954
349th Infantry "Kraut Killers" Regiment - 88th Infantry Division
349th Infantry
"Kraut Killers"
Regiment
350th Infantry "Battle Mountain" Regiment - 88th Infantry Division
350th Infantry
"Battle Mountain"
Regiment
351st Infantry "Spear Head" Regiment - 88th Infantry Division
351st Infantry
"Spear Head"
Regiment

313th Combat Engineers Battalion - 88th Infantry Division
313th
Combat
Engineers
Battalion
313th Medical Battalion - 88th Infantry Division
313th
Medical
Battalion
337th Field Artillery Battalion - 88th Infantry Division
337th
Field
Artillery
Battalion
338th Field Artillery Battalion - 88th Infantry Division
338th
Field
Artillery
Battalion
339th Field Artillery Battalion - 88th Infantry Division
339th
Field
Artillery
Battalion
913th Field Artillery Battalion - 88th Infantry Division
913th
Field
Artillery
Battalion
88th Infantry Division Band
88th
Infantry
Division
Band
88th Infantry Division Band
88th
Infantry
Division
Military Police Company
88th Infantry Division Band
88th
Infantry
Division
Quartermaster Company
88th Infantry Division Band
88th
Infantry
Division
Recon Troop (Mech)
88th Infantry Division Band
88th
Infantry
Division
Signal Company
88th Infantry Division Band
788th
Ordnance
Company

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88TH
INFANTRY
DIVISION
88th Anti Tank Co.
88th Band
88th Mil. Police Co.
88th Q'master Co.
88th Recon. Troop Co.
88th Signal Co.
913th Field Art'y Bn.
788th Ordnance Co.
UNITS
TEMPORARILY
ASSIGNED
TO THE 88TH
442nd Infantry Reg.
752nd Tank Reg.
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232ND
ENGINEER
COMBAT
COMPANY

232ND
ENGINEER COMBAT
COMPANY
History With The 88th


232ND
ENGINEER
COMBAT
COMPANY

The 232nd Engineer Combat Company, an integral part of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT), was activated on February 7, 1943 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, and is the only company in the United States Army whose entire officer and enlisted personnel is composed of Americans of Japanese ancestry. Unlike other companies of combat engineer battalions, this unique organization operated in training as a separate unit without being under the direct supervision of a combat engineer battalion or infantry regiment’s S-1, S-2, S-3, and S-4.

On the l6th of August 1944 the company was relieved from attachment to the 109th Engineer Combat Battalion and attached to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and further attached to the 310th Engineer Combat Battalion of the 85th Infantry Division. The company was relieved from attachment to the 310th Engineer Combat Battalion on 18 August 1944 and attached to the 313th Engineer Combat Battalion of the 88th Infantry Division in the vicinity of Castelfiorentino, Italy.

For the defense of the Arno River sector in the vicinity of Florence, Italy, the unit was put on infantry reserve for the 442d Infantry Regiment when the company entered its bivouac area in Scandicci, Italy on 21 August 1944. For the first time the men were used to accompany infantry patrols as engineers to neutralize booby-traps across the Arno River into enemy territory. On 2 September 1944 the second platoon of 232nd Engineers was attached to the 760th Tank Battalion to serve as infantry support in the 88th Infantry Division attack across the Arno River.

Throughout the Rome-Arno campaign which took them from Suvereto to Pisa from 26 June to 28 July and to the Arno River near Florence from 21 August to 7 September, the Engineers supported the attack by building, repairing, and maintaining supply and evacuation routes, neutralizing mine-fields and booby-traps, and selecting and building fording sites across the Arno River. On 5 September, in the vicinity of Signano, Italy, at two fording sites across the Arno, the company removed 97 Tellermines and 12 "S" mines from two large minefields which extended into water 2 1/2 to 3 feet deep and which necessitated probing with bayonets and using mine-detectors in waist-deep water. Some of the Tellermines were booby-trapped with 3 kilograms of explosives to make removal more difficult and dangerous. After the crossing was made, scores of schu-mines and booby-traps were removed on the north slope of the Arno River.

In the process of supporting infantry units, the 232nd Engineer Combat Company built 26 bypasses, six culverts, ten fills, four bridges including a foot bridge and a Brockway steel tread way bridge; removed approximately 24 booby-traps and over 300 anti-tank mines from mine-fields, road shoulders, road junctions and river fords; captured 20 prisoners; and removed over a ton of prepared demolition charges from five bridges the Germans failed to blow up.

The unit was relieved from attachment to the 88th Infantry Division and moved to the vicinity of Castiglioncello on 6 September 1944. On 10 September 1944 the company boarded the Liberty Ship, John Holms, at Piombino, Italy, together with the 100th Battalion and the Cannon Company for Naples. Organizational and part of individual equipment were loaded on company trucks that were driven down to Naples in a motor convoy via Rome.

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