4th Engineer Battalion

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Battalion History

Campaigns

The Civil War

  • Peninsula
  • Antietam
  • Fredericksburg
  • Chancellorsville
  • Wilderness
  • Spotsylvania
  • Cold Harbor
  • Petersburg
  • Appomattox
  • Virginia 1863

War with Spain

  • Santiago

Philippine Insurrection

  • Streamer without Inscription

World War I

  • Aisne-Marne
  • St. Mihiel
  • Meuse-Argonne
  • Champagne 1918
  • Lorraine 1918

World War II

  • Normandy (with arrowhead)
  • Northern France
  • Rhineland
  • Ardennes-Alsace
  • Central Europe

Vietnam

  • Counteroffensive, Phase II
  • Counteroffensive, Phase III
  • Tet Counteroffensive
  • Counteroffensive, Phase IV
  • Counteroffensive, Phase V
  • Counteroffensive, Phase VI
  • Tet 69 / Counteroffensive
  • Summer-Fall 1969
  • Winter-Spring 1970
  • Sanctuary Counteroffensive
  • Counteroffensive, Phase VII

War on Terrorism

  • Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • Liberation of Iraq
  • Transition of Iraq
  • Iraqi Sovereignty
  • Operation Enduring Freedom
  • Consolidation II
  • Consolidation III
  • Transition I

History

Organized 31 December 1861 in the Regular Army at Washington, D.C., from new and existing companies of engineers as a provisional engineer battalion (constituted 28 July 1866 as the Battalion of Engineers). Expanded 14 March-7 June 1901 to form the 1st and 2nd Battalions of Engineers (1st Battalion of Engineers-hereafter separate lineage). 2nd Battalion of Engineers expanded, reorganized, and redesignated 1 July-1 August 1916 as the 2nd Regiment of Engineers. 2nd Regiment of Engineers expanded 21 May-20 June 1917 to form the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Regiments of Engineers (2nd and 5th Regiments of Engineers-hereafter separate lineages). 4th Regiment of Engineers redesignated 29 August 1917 as the 4th Engineers. Assigned 1 January1918 to the 4th Division. Inactivated 21 September 1921 at Camp Lewis, Washington. Company A activated 24 July 1922 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Relieved 15 August 1927 from assignment to the 4th Division and assigned to the 6th Division (Company A inactivated 30 September 1929). Relieved 1 October 1933 from assignment to the 6th Division and assigned to the 4th Division (later redesignated as the 4th Infantry Division) (Company A concurrently activated at Fort Benning, Georgia). Redesignated 19 October 1939 as the 4th Engineer Battalion. Activated (less Company A) 1 June 1940 at Fort Benning. Georgia. Reorganized and redesignated 19 September1942 as the 4th Engineer Motorized 8attalion. Reorganized and redesignated 1 August 1943 as the 4th Engineer Combat Battalion. Inactivated 19 February 1946 at Camp Butner, North Carolina. Activated 6 July 1948 at Fort Ord, California. Redesignated 5 June 1953 as the 4th Engineer Battalion. Inactivated 15 December 2004 at Fort Carson, Colorado, and relieved from assignment to the 4th Infantry Division. Headquarters and Headquarters Company activated 18 October 2006 at Fort Carson. CO to the present time.

Decorations

Belgian Fourragere 1940

  • Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action in Belgium
  • Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action in the Ardennes

Hurtgen Forest 1944

  • Presidential Unit Citation

Vietnam 1966-1969

  • Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm

Vietnam 1967-1968

  • Meritorious Unit Commendation

Vietnam 1969-1970

  • Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm

Vietnam 1966-1969

  • Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal, First Class

Alpha Company entitled to:

  • Presidential Unit Citation for Pleiku Province, Dak To District

Charlie Company entitled to:

  • Valorous Unit Award for Quang Ngai Province
  • Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm

Iraq 2003-2004

  • Valorous Unit Award

Afghanistan 2009-2010

  • Valorous Unit Award

4th Engineer Battalion Distinctive Unit Insignia

4th Engineer Battalion Distinctive Unit Insignia

Description/Blazon

A Gold metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Gules a fess wavy Argent; on a canton Or an anchor debruised by two oars in saltire of the field. Attached below the shield is a Gold scroll inscribed "VOLENS ET POTENS" in Red letters.

Symbolism

Scarlet and white are the colors of the Corps of Engineers. The wavy fess alludes to the outstanding feat accomplished by the organization in World War I, in which the regiment bridged the Vesle under heavy fire, making possible the forcing of the passage by the Division. The yellow canton, representative of the color of the Engineers' facing when the old companies of the regiment were organized in 1861, refers to the 2d Engineers, from which the 4th Engineers was organized in 1916. The device on the canton was the badge of the Engineers and Pontoniers of the Civil War.

Background

The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 4th Regiment Engineers on 18 February 1927. It was redesignated for the 4th Engineer Battalion on 5 December 1940.

4th Engineer Battalion Coat of Arms

4th Engineer Battalion Coat of Arms

Description/Blazon

Shield

Gules, a fess wavy Argent, on a canton Or an anchor debruised by two oars in saltire of the field.

Crest

From a wreath Argent and Gules a dexter cubit arm mailed Proper grasping four arrows Gules armed and feathered Argent.

Motto

VOLENS ET POTENS (Willing and Able).

Symbolism

Shield

Scarlet and white are the colors of the Corps of Engineers. The wavy fess alludes to the outstanding feat accomplished by the organization in World War I, in which the regiment bridged the Vesle under heavy fire, making possible the forcing of the passage by the Division. The yellow canton, representative of the color of the Engineers' facing when the old companies of the regiment were organized in 1861, refers to the 2d Engineers, from which the 4th Engineers was organized in 1916. The device on the canton was the badge of the Engineers and Pontoniers of the Civil War.

Crest

The mailed hand and arrows are indicative of the combat capabilities of the unit, the number of arrows corresponding to the numerical designation of the battalion.

Background

The coat of arms was originally approved for the 4th Engineers on 21 January 1921. It was redesignated for the 4th Engineer Battalion on 4 December 1940.



For more information about the Insignia and Coat of Arms visit The Institue of Heraldry

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4th Engineer timeline

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4th Engineer decorations