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Port Arthur in Jefferson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

111th Combat Engineers

111th Combat Engineers Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, May 22, 2020
1. 111th Combat Engineers Marker
The original engineer unit in the "Texas National Guard” originated in Port Arthur in 1916 and was designated "Company A Texas Engineers.” The Company was first called into service in June 1916 for duty in the Mexican border disturbance of 1916-17 where it remained until its release in March 1917. Company A was again ordered into Federal service on 5 August 1917, and assigned to the 111th Engineer Regiment of newly organized 36th Infantry Division and departed for France in July 1918. Later the 111th was detached from the Division and operated as a separate Regiment where it participated in two major campaigns before the November 11th armistice was signed. After its demobilization and return to the u.s. the 111 th was again reorganized as an element of the 36th Division. Port Arthur was assigned headquarters and service, Companies A, D and the Band. These units served normal peacetime functions until 25 November 1940 when president Roosevelt ordered the National Guard into Federal service. Later due to the restructuring of the 36th Division, more than half of the Port Arthur personnel were destined to serve from Australia
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to Alaska in the Pacific Theater of operations. Some formed the cadre for a new battalion, the 176th Engineers which served a support role in Alaska in the only campaign fought on North America soil for control of the Aleutian Islands. The troops who remained with the 111th engineers moved with the division to Florida, then to the Carolinas and finally to Cape Cod Massachusetts before transport overseas to north Africa. Next on D-Day they were to wade ashore across the beaches south of Salerno, Italy as an element of the initial assault by American troops of the European continent. For many months as the engineer support element for the 36th Division they were exposed to some of the most savage combat of World War II, including the Rapido River crossing, the breakout at Anzio and capture of Rome, D-Day in southern France, crossings of the Moselle and Rhine rivers, the final mop-up and capitulation of the German forces, and the celebration of V-E Day in southern Bavaria. Subsequent to demobilization and return to the U.S. the 111th was again reorganized and assigned to the golden triangle. units were located in Beaumont, Orange, Port Neches and Port Arthur and remained active as an engineer battalion until the deactivation of the 36th Division in 1968.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Military
111th Combat Engineers Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, May 22, 2020
2. 111th Combat Engineers Marker
War, World IWar, World II.
Location. 29° 57.206′ N, 93° 52.659′ W. Marker is in Port Arthur, Texas, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Gulfway Drive (State Highway 87) and U.S. 73, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7626 Gulfway Dr, Port Arthur TX 77640, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thirty Sixth Infantry Division (here, next to this marker); World War II 36th Division Support Troops (here, next to this marker); 143rd Infantry Regiment (here, next to this marker); 'Man's Best Friend' (a few steps from this marker); Women's Peacetime and Wartime Service (a few steps from this marker); The Four Chaplains (within shouting distance of this marker); Spanish-American War (within shouting distance of this marker); Merchant Marine Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Arthur.
More about this marker. Located inside the Golden Triangle Veterans Memorial Park
Credits. This page was last revised on October 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 17, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 157 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 17, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.

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Jun. 10, 2023