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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Near shore view of the bridge site over Isar River in Moosburg, Germany, late April 1945.
Photo: RC

Moosburg near shore bridge site

Far shore being prepared for the bridge at Moosburg, Germany, late April 1945.
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Far shore being prepared for bridge

Far shore being prepared for the bridge at Moosburg, Germany, late April 1945
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Far shore being prepared for the bridge at Moosburg

Assembly site downstream on near shore for Moosburg bridge, Germany, in late April 1945.
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Assembly site downstream

Near shore approach being prepared for construction over the Isar River at Moosburg, Germany, late April 1945.
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Near shore approach being prepared for construction

Near shore pontoon assembly for bridge site in Moosburg, Germany, late April 1945.
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Near shore pontoon assembly for bridge site

Near shore approach for Class 40 Treadway Bridge over the Isar River at Moosburg, Germany. The bridge was started 1330 hours 30 April 1945.
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Near shore approach for Class 40 Treadway Bridge

Near shore view of the half complete bridge over the Isar River in Moosburg, Germany, late April 1945. General Patton is on far right of photograph discussing details with his aide.
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half complete bridge over the Isar River

Near shore view of the completed bridge at Moosburg, Germany, late April 1945.
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Moosburg bridge completed

View of the completed Moosburg bridge, Germany, late April 1945.
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View of the completed Moosburg bridge

Completed bridge from the far shore, Moosburg, Germany, late April 1945.
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Completed bridge from the far shore

Moosburg bridge constructed by Co. C and assisted by one platoon of Co. B and one squad of Co. A. Completed 30 April 1945.
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Moosburg bridge

Road maintenance on Route 2, southwest of Weiszenburg, Germany, 1945.
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Road Maintenance on Route 2

Road maintenance ½ mile southwest of Weiszenburg, Germany, 1945.
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Road maintenance

Water line being repaired between Ansbach and Winsbach, Germany, 1945. Lt. Daughtry, Co. A is on the bridge.
Photo: RC

Water line being repaired

Water line being repaired between Ansbach and Winsbach, Germany, 1945.
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Water line being repaired

Engineers prepare explosives for demolition, possibly for the tower in the photos that follow.
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Engineers prepare explosives for demolition

Tower prepared for demolition during reconstruction in Germany after V-E Day
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Tower prepared for demolition

Tower is ready to be blown. Note the explosive charges at the lower part of the tower.
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Tower is ready to be blown

Tower is gone.
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Tower is gone

Jeep crossing a bridge
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Jeep crossing a bridge

Sweeping for mines
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Sweeping for mines

Cement work
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Cement work

Cement work
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Cement work

Cement work
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Cement work

Cement mixer
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Cement mixer

Quonset hut with entrance
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Quonset hut with entrance

Ponton bridge work
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Ponton bridge work

Ponton bridge work
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Ponton bridge work

Ponton bridge work
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Ponton bridge work

Bridge work
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bridge work

Award presentation.
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Award presentation

Lt. Webendorfer receiving a medal
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Lt Webbendorfer receiving a medal

Awarding medals
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Awarding medals

Awarding medals
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Awarding medals

Awarding medals
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Awarding medals

Tec 4 Sidney F. Brock being awarded the Bronze Star from Battalion Commander Riel S. Crandall for heroic work in the construction of a bridge near Carentan, France while under enemy artillery fire. Maj. John Tucker, then commanding officer of the 300th, was killed during the attack on the bridge.
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Awarding medals

Group photograph
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Group photograph

Major Riel S. Crandall, Commanding Officer of the 300th Combat Engineers at Battalion Headquarters in Aschaffenburg, Germany - 1945.
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Riel Crandall

Letter from Col. Crandall to Silas B. Wright Sr, 14 May 1946, page 1
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Letter from Col Crandall to Silas Wright

Letter from Col. Crandall to Silas B. Wright Sr, 14 May 1946, page 2
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Letter from Col Crandall to Silas Wright

Letter to Col. Crandall from Silas B. Wright Sr, 18 May 1946, page 1
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Letter to Col Crandall from Silas Wright

Letter to Col. Crandall from Silas B. Wright Sr, 18 May 1946, page 2
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Letter to Col Crandall from Silas Wright