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79th Engineer Construction Battalion
39th Engineer Group

Looking for more information from military/civilian personnel assigned to or associated with the U.S. Army in Germany from 1945 to 1989. If you have any stories or thoughts on the subject, please contact me.

406th Engr Bn 

79th Engr Bn

406th Engineer Battalion History
406th Engineer Bn DUI
(Source: Email from Richard Dolan)
I was in the 406th Engr. Bn. from Sept 1953 until Feb. 1955, at which time the 406th became the 79th Engr. Bn. We were stationed at Neureut Kaserne. We were under the 39th Gp.

I think that the 406th arrived at Neureut in 1952 as all colored unit at which time it was slowly integrated.

I rotated back to the States in Apr. 1955
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79th Engineer Battalion History

Group photo of A Company, 79th Engineer Construction Battalion (Richard Martin)
79th Engineer Bn DUI
(Source: Email from Richard Martin, A Co, 79th Engr Bn and HHC, 39th Engr Gp)
I was with the 79th Engr Const Bn at Neureut Kaserne, Karlsruhe (and Pirmasens; Toul, France; Wildflecken; and all the places we had been) then Hq. Co 39th Engr Gp. Worked at Group Hq.

Was wondering if Donald Steffanus, Bruce DeLassus, Willie Sparkman, the Red Head Thomas who dated a fräulein in the village, and a lot of the others from that period are still around. We used to work out together at the gym. Don and his wife Brigitte visited me in Md in 2000. Still married to the fräulein from Rastatt.

I'm now in Western MD and still kicking at 77 years young. Lot of changes made since that era. Ich habe doch heimweh dazu. Schön war die zeit. If my Deutsch is still correct..

Miss that era and the guys and of course the German atmosphere which of course has changed

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Company sign in front of "A" Company, 79th Engineer Construction Bn, Wiley Ksn, around 1967

Some of "C" Company's heavy construction equipment, Wiley Ksn, around 1967
(Source: Unit History of 79th Engr Construction Bn on Norm Snowdon's website (see link below))
The 79th Engr Bn moved from Husterhoeh Kaserne, Pirmasens to Wiley Kaserne in March 1966. At this time the Battalion fell under the control of the 39th Engineer Construction Group.

"D" Company was reduced to a skeleton status due to engineer troops being levied for the war in Vietnam. This left the 79th with only two functioning construction companies.

79th Engr Bn
Wiley Ksn, Neu Ulm


1. "A" Company barracks
2. Shop truck

3. Motor pool

4. POL station

Related Links:
  79th Engineer Battalion History - a revamped unit website created by Bruce Christman for fellow veterans and friends who are interested in the history of the 79th Engineer Battalion - from the unit's initial activation in 1942 to 1992. Lots of history and photos!  
  79th Engineer Battalion (Const) - Norm Snowdon's website that covers his father's service with the 79th in Germany between 1959-1962.  
  Gerszewski Barracks Yahoo Group - a place for discussing the "old days" at the now-closed and torn down Gerszewski Kaserne located in Karlsruhe.