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149th Engineer Battalion - Omaha Beach 2nd wave

Started by pchepurko , Sep 30 2012 07:02 AM

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#1 pchepurko

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 07:02 AM

Does anyone have anything to or about the 149th Engineer Battalion. They were in the second wave at Omaha Beach.

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 07:34 AM

Are members of the 149th Engineer Combat Battalion recipients of the Combat Infantryman badge?

Does anyone have anything to or about the 149th Engineer Battalion. They were in the second wave at Omaha Beach.


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Posted 30 September 2012 - 07:57 AM

I can't say for sure but I would say yes.

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 10:52 AM

I can't say for sure but I would say yes.


Combat infantry Badges are only properly bestowed on Infantrymen while serving in an infantry role. Members of the 149th Engineers were NOT entitled to a CIB.

Moderator Dave's Father-In-Law had a cousin, Jack M. Lee who was KIA on D-Day with the 149th Engineer Bn. There is a threadhere on the forum with a little bit of info on him.

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 11:07 AM

Yeah they wore this :whistling: But as Allan stated Engineers in WWII did not get the CIB, even if they fought as Infantry, which they did alot, not to mention leading Amphibious Assaults, River Assaults, Assaults against Bunker and Pillbox emplacements (Maginot Line and Siegfried Line, Nip fortifications out in the Pacific) no CIB, my belief is they should have got something, maybe the unautherized one above, you know making it official.

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 01:26 PM

Yeah they wore this :whistling: But as Allan stated Engineers in WWII did not get the CIB, even if they fought as Infantry, which they did alot, not to mention leading Amphibious Assaults, River Assaults, Assaults against Bunker and Pillbox emplacements (Maginot Line and Siegfried Line, Nip fortifications out in the Pacific) no CIB, my belief is they should have got something, maybe the unautherized one above, you know making it official.


Actually, these combat badges for other branches are associated with service in the Korean War and were never official- yet they were worn. I distinctly recall an Ike jacket that showed up at an ASMIC convention about ten years ago that had the only bullion Combat Artillery Badge in bullion that I've ever seen. The jacket even had a second loose bullion Badge with a Japanese tailor's label on the back side.

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 03:34 PM

I wrote about the 149th in Spearheading D-Day.

And no, no CIB as only infantry get that. And for good reason. Look at the stats of WW2 casualites by branch. Also, consider how the other branches get pulled out of the line when not in use, while the infantry have to stay and man the line. There is a very good reason why mmany WW2 vets will tell tyou the only award that means anything is the CIB.

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 02:58 AM

Thanks for the help. I found the post to the unit diary and it confirms information that I have and pegged the person I am researching, Orie Krieger, to Company B.

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Posted 19 October 2015 - 08:46 AM

Anyone ever see a pin back WWII period Combat Engineer Badge?? If so, I'd love to purchase it. My dad in law landed on Omaha with 82nd ECB attached to 29th ID.

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Posted 20 October 2015 - 01:21 AM

Below is a pic of the 149th Eng. Bat. standard. I acquired it from the daughter of the battalion intel officer. It flew last June when the town of Hawthorne dedicate a street to Pvt. Orie Krieger who was KIA June 6, 1944.

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Posted 20 October 2015 - 01:33 AM

Anyone ever see a pin back WWII period Combat Engineer Badge?? If so, I'd love to purchase it. My dad in law landed on Omaha with 82nd ECB attached to 29th ID.

 

Such a thing doesn't exist.  As stated above, these unofficial "combat" badges came out in the Korean War.  The only ones I've seen that I felt were vintage were Combat Artillery - all Japanese-made.  The Cavalry and Armored Cav badges I've seen are all 70's era (or newer) collector creations.  I don't believe the 70's era collector badges include Combat Engineer badges.  Any of those you see would probably be even newer manufacturer. 




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