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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Co. B constructing culvert on by-pass between Carentan and Isigny, France, 12 July 1944. Note two children (one standing and one squatting down) right of center of crossroads.
Photo: RC

Co B constructing culvert

Co. C constructing a by-pass between Carentan and Isigny, France, 12 July 1944.
Photo: RC

Co C constructing by-pass

Co. C constructing a by-pass between Carentan and Isigny, France, 12 July 1944.
Photo: RC

Co C constructing by-pass

Battalion operating a gravel pit 2 miles southeast of Isigny, France, 15 July 1944.
Photo: RC

Battalion operating a gravel

Co. C constructing French drains at by-pass 2 miles southeast of Isigny, France, 16 July 1944.
Photo: RC

Co C constructing French drains

Co. C constructing French drains at by-pass 2 miles sourtheast of Isigny, France, 16 July 1944.
Photo: RC

Co. C constructing French drains

Co. C finished the construction of French drains 2 miles southeast of Isigny, France, 16 July 1944.
Photo: RC

Co C finished the construction of French drains

Dragline furnished by the 613th Light Equipment Company and used for loading gravel, France, 16 July 1944.
Photo: RC

Dragline

Battalion operating a water point consisting of three units, 3 miles southeast of Isigny, France, 19 July 1944.
Photo: RC

Battalion operating a water point

Battalion operating a water point consisting of three units, 3 miles southeast of Isigny, France, 19 July 1944.
Photo: RC

Battalion operating a water point

End view of a completed overpass looking south on highway N-174, 20 July 1944.
Photo: RC

End view of a completed overpass

300th reconstructing a railroad bridge five miles north of Saint Jean de Daye, Normandy, July 23 1944. On the left Maj. Crandall, Battalion Commander, observes the work.
Photo: RC

reconstructing a railroad bridge

300th reconstructing a railroad bridge five miles north of Saint Jean de Daye, Normandy, July 23 1944.
Photo: RC

reconstructing a railroad bridge

300th reconstructing a railroad bridge five miles north of Saint Jean de Daye, Normandy, July 23 1944.
Photo: RC

reconstructing a railroad bridge

300th reconstructing a railroad bridge five miles north of Saint Jean de Daye, Normandy, July 23 1944.
Photo: RC

reconstructing a railroad bridge

TEC 5 Charles "Bud" Palmer operating a D-7 dozer being used to clear rubble from the old pier for the construction of a Candol Bridge, 4 August 1944.
Photo: RC

D-7 dozer being used to clear rubble from the old pier for the construction of a Candol Bridge

Co. B constructing the footers for a Candol Bridge 3 miles southwest of St. Lo, France, 5 August 1944.
Photo: RC

Co B constructing the footers for a Candol Bridge

Co. B constructing the footers for a Candol Bridge 3 miles southwest of St. Lo, France, 5 August 1944.
Photo: RC

Co B constructing the footers for a Candol Bridge

Co. B erecting bents for a Candol Bridge 3 miles southwest of St. Lo, France, early August 1944.
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Co. B erecting bents for a Candol Bridge 3 miles southwest of St Lo

Co. B completed the construction of a Candol Bridge 3 miles southwest of St. Lo, France, 7 August 1944.
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Co B completed the construction of a Candol Bridge

Side view of Candol Bridge showing traffic crossing, 3 miles southwest of St. Lo, France, 7 August 1944. View is looking upstream.
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Side view of Candol Bridge

Co. B completed the construction of a Candol Bridge 3 miles southwest of St. Lo, France, 7 August 1944. View is looking north.
Photo: RC

Co B completed the construction of a Candol Bridge

Battalion operating a rock quarry near Beau Costil, France, 8 August 1944.
Photo: RC

Co C constructing French drains

Sawmill operated by Co. C in vicinity of Pont De Bonner, Belgium. They started operating the mill 9 November 1944 with an average output of 1,406 board feet per day.
Photo: RC

Sawmill operated by Co C

Sawmill operated by Co. C in vicinity of Flemalle, Belgium. They started operations 15 November 1944 with an average daily output of 3,505 board feet per day.
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Sawmill operated by Co C in vicinity of Flemalle

Sawmill operated by Co. B in vicinity of Glemette, Belgium. They started operations 17 November 1944 with an average daily output of 1.419 board feet per day.
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Sawmill operated by Co B in vicinity of Glemette

Battalion repairing a building for hospital occupancy in Aachen, Germany, 23 November 1944. Construction began 11 November 1944.
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Battalion repairing building for hospital occupancy

Battalion completed building for hospital occupancy in Aachen, Germany, November 1944.
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Battalion completed building for hospital occupancy

Battalion completed building for hospital occupancy in Aachen, Germany, 25 November 1944. Job order completed 1 December 1944.
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Battalion completed building for hospital occupancy