107th ENGINEER BATTALION

PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION

Heroic warriors

CALUMET (Monday, May 14)

  The 254th Engineer C Battalion, in which a number of local men serve, received the  presidential  citation for its heroic work  against the  German  offensive last December.
  An Army paper reports on the citation as follows:

  "It has been officially announced that the 254th Engineer C Battalion has received  the  Presidential Unit Citation. The battalion won the citation for its courageous stand during Von Rundstedt's offensive in December. Single handedly they held off the 1st SS Panzer Division for nine precious hours on December 17, and diverted them from their intended route through Butgenbach. This gave time for the First US Inf. Div to come 

 

into positions from which they held the flank of the Corps-and the Bulge.
     "Slugging it out, even when actually overrun by tanks, the 254th saved huge stores of gasoline and rations in Butgenbach sorely needed by the Germans and deprived them of the use of the best routes to Liege and Aachen.
  "The citation is their reward for the determination, hero and esprit de corps displayed by the individual officers and men. Their successful action was carried out in spite of severe losses, and in spite of the fact that they were equipped only with small arms, rifles, grenades and bazookas, while their opponents attacked with tanks and armor."

Reprinted by permission from the Daily Mining Gazette(Houghton, MI), May 14, 1945


Also received for this action was the FRENCH CROIX de GUERE With SILVER STAR. But, not without cost ...

28 Casualties
54 Men missing in action.
Three members were received Silver Stars,
Eleven members received Bronze Stars...
Fifty German soldiers were also captured...

107th ENGINEER BATTALION
WWII CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDIT

Normandy (with arrowhead)
Northern France
Rhineland
Ardennes Alsace
Central Europe

COMPANY A, 107th ENGINEER BATTALION
(CALUMET) ADITIONALLY ENTITLED TO:

Northern Solomons
Luzon (with arrowhead)

DECORATIONS

Presidential Unit Citation (Army)
French Croix de Guerre with Silver Star, World War II, Streamer embroidered BELGIUM

The 107th Engr Bn was redesignated as the 254th Engr Bn on 19 August 1943. On 22 December 1945 it was once again redesignated as the 107th Engr Bn.

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