The WWII 300th Combat Engineers

Pushing a jeep in snow
300th Engineers Co A stuck in snow, Belgium, January 29, 1945



This web site recognizes the 300th Engineer Combat Battalion from its activation on March 1, 1943 to their return home from Europe to the United States on November 2, 1945. Following training in the U.S. and England, combat for the 300th Engineers began at Utah Beach in Normandy, France. The site follows the 300th through France, Belgium and Germany to Schroding, Germany where they were when the war in Europe (V-E Day) ended and then on to Aschaffenburg, Germany completing the 300th tour in Europe. This site is designed to document the accomplishments and recollections of the 300th while providing a vehicle of two-way communication for the engineers, their families, historians and others with an interest in military history. It is a narrative history of the 300th based on available information, government records and personal remembrances of these brave men caught in a moment of time.

About This Site provides background on the authors, why this site was been created and the process that brought it to where it is today as well as recognition of the contributions of the veterans of the 300th and their families.

Chronology is a date chronology of the 300th from March 1, 1943 to November 2, 1945 obtained from official Army records of the 300th recorded during the war.

History is a detailed history of the 300th in WWII from training in the States through combat in Europe until their return home including related recollections of the veterans of the 300th.

The interactive Map details the route of the 300th from Utah Beach to Schroding, Germany. Click on the red dots or areas in red to access more information detailing that location or image.

What They Did describes the training of the 300th and the variety and complexity of the tasks they performed in Europe.

Men of the 300th provides a place for the veterans and their families to share a photo, their service record and their remembrances of their training and service in Europe.

Image Gallery is a place for sharing images of the 300th shared by veterans and their families in training, the European theater and later at Stateside reunions. The Gallery includes Army photographs of the 300th while in combat in Europe. Click on each image to enlarge it.

Newsletters includes the material from the quarterly newsletter of the 300th

This site is a tribute to the men of the 300th and their families compiled by Jan Ross, daughter of 300th veteran Donald H. Ross, and her husband, Brad Peters. All text on this site, unless otherwise attributed, was researched and written by Brad Peters and Jan Ross who are responsible for the content.

Without the significant contributions of the veterans of the 300th and their families, this site would not be possible. They have contributed facts, recollections, photographs, and most importantly, their encouragement and new friendships.

The authors wish to especially thank three of these veterans who have given us many, many hours of their time over the development of this site. They are:

Randy Hanes
Randy HanesFor his historic documentation, collections of images and information
Warren Chancellor
Warren ChancellorFor his information, meticulous review of our materials and his encouragement
Don Richter
Don RichterFor his information, recollections, support and his more than a decade of friendship with Jan and Brad

Nearly three dozen other veterans and their families have provided significant contributions that you will see throughout the site.

Authors note: Information on this web site came from a variety of sources including U.S. Army records and reports and the memory of the veterans of the 300th Engineer Combat Battalion. Information also came from letters written home and handwritten notes written on photographs of the period. The authors recognize that specific information, especially locations, may not be entirely consistent 70 years later. In the case of captions for photographs in the Image Gallery the names of the men of the 300th have been corrected where necessary by using the official names as recorded in U.S. Army records in our files.