The WWII 300th Combat Engineers

Riel Crandall
Major Riel S. Crandall

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Riel Crandall Album

Adrienne Manzone, daughter of Col. Riel Crandall, Commanding Officer of the 300th, visiting her mother in Cromwell, Connecticut found the bound album presented to Col. Crandall in June 1945 following VE-Day by the men of the 300th upon his leaving the command of the 300th. Jan Ross and Brad Peters travelled to visit Adrienne and her husband Paul in Connecticut and scanned nearly 200 pages of excellent quality photographs as well as several pages of information. Most of these photographs are from army photographers and are of excellent quality. Our thanks to Adrienne for sharing these for the web site.

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The cover of Riel Crandall's Photo Album
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Album Cover

The title page of Riel Crandall's Photo Album
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Album Title Page

300th illustrated map
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illustrated map

Major Riel S. Crandall West Point graduation photograph.
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Riel Crandall

300th Battalion Staff at Camp White, February 1943
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300th Battalion Staff at Camp White

1st Lieutenant Charles G. Spencer (left) and three other engineer officers at Swindon, England, 1944
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Engineer Officers

300th Engineer Combat Battalion in formation at Camp White
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300th Combat Engineer Battalion in Formation at Camp White

Co. A at Swindon, England, 1944
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Co. A at Swindon

Co. A at Swindon, England, 1944
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Co. A at Swindon

Co. A at Swindon, England, 1944
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Co. A at Swindon

Co. A at Swindon, England, 1944
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Co. A at Swindon

Co. B, HQ, at Tent City, Swindon, England, 1944.
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Co. B at Tent City

Co. B, 1st platoon at Tent City, Swindon, England, 1944.
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Co. B at Tent City

Co. B, 2nd platoon at Tent City, Swindon, England, 1944.
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Co. B at Tent City

Co. B, 3rd platoon at Tent City in Swindon, England, 1944.
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Co A

Co. B at Tent City in Swindon, England, 1944.
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Co C

Medics in Swindon, England, 1944.
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Medics

Commissioned officers at Tent City, Swindon, England, 1944. Left to right: Battalion Commander Maj. John Tucker, Lt. Orville Lutz, Capt. Gene Falvey, Lt. Henry Webendorfer, Lt. Lassen, and Lt. Kettler.
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Comissioned officers at Tent City

Co. C, 2nd platoon at Tent City, Swindon, England, 1944.
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group photo

Group photograph at Tent City in Swindon, England, 1944.
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group photo

Co. C, 3rd platoon at Tent City in Swindon, England, 1944.
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group photo

H & S Co. at Swindon, England, 1944.
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group photo

Co. C at Tent City in Swindon, England, 1944.
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Co B

Co. A at Tent City in Swindon, England, 1944.
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group photo

Company C with Clovis Brown, second row, fifth from left (holding a rifle across his chest with his helmet cocked over his right eye).
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Company C with Clovis Brown

Motor Pool and equipment on a D4 bulldozer
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Motor Pool and equipment

Motor Pool and equipment on a D4 bulldozer
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Motor Pool and equipment

300th Engineers working on a bridge.
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Engineers working on a bridge

300th Engineers working on a bridge.
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Engineers working on a bridge

300th Engineers on ponton in river working on a bridge they built.
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Engineers on ponton in river working on a bridge they built

Co. B poses for a photo after completing construction of the bridge.
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Co B poses for a photo

Battalion constructed Treadway Bridge at Pont L' Abbe, France, 21 June 1944.
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Battalion constructed Treadway Bridge

Tucker Bridge showing under pinning and piers of double Bailey Bridge in the rear, 29 June 1944. It was two days earlier on 27 June 1944 that Maj. John Tucker, Commanding Officer of the 300th, was killed while the 300th built this bridge under fire from the Germans.
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Tucker Bridge showing under pinning and piers

Tucker Bridge at Carentan, France, 29 June 1944. Sign reads: Tucker Bridge, In memory of Major John E. Tucker killed while supervising construction of this bridge.
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Tucker Bridge at Carentan

Battalion built roundabout at road junction N-13 and N-174 between Carentan and Isigny, 11 July 1944.
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Battalion built roundabout

Battalion built roundabout at road junction N-13 and N-174 between Carentan and Isigny, 11 July 1944.
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Battalion built roundabout

Clearing debris in Isigny, France, 11 July 1944.
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Clearing debris in Isigny

Clearing debris from the town of Isigny, France, 11 July 1944.
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Clearing debris in Isigny

Clearing debris from the town of Isigny, France ,11 July 1944.
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Clearing debris in Isigny