The 965th Engineer Maintenance Company
On the second of March 1943, a cadre, consisting of one officer and ten enlisted men arrived at camp Shelby, Mississippi to prepare an area on which a new Engineer Maintenance company would be activated and trained. This unit was to be designed as the 965th engineer maintenance company and was officially activated, the third of March nineteen forty three. The cadre, drawn from the 473rd engineer maintenance company, consisted of. 2nd Lt. Andrew Lundberg, 1st Sgt John Sheridan, Tec Sergeant Galden Dearoff, Tec Sergeant William fredenburg, Tec Sergeant William Moran, Tec Sergeant Joseph Remano, Staff Sergeant Casper Jasmin, Staff Sergeant Joseph Petranich, Corporal August Alberti, Private Oza Carroll, Private Abe Kornhaber. On the 15th of march 1943, a group of two hundred raw recruits, fresh from the reception area at fort Devans, Mass., arrived at the 965th engineers area and here at last was the back bone of the unit
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The 965th Deployments within the United States
1943 | United States
The United States
· Activated on the 3rd of March 1943 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi
· 24 July 1943 the unit left Camp Shelby, Mississippi for Base General Depot, San Bernardino, California on a 3,000 mile journey. They took the southern route by train crossing Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.
Company split up into three separate convoys to prepare living quarters under canvas and to train and perform maintenance on equipment within their respective locations.
· Early October – the entire units left Base General Depot; San Bernardino, California for Camp Young, California for movements oversees.
· Early November 1943- Entire units left Camp Young traveling in one convoy and returned to Base General Depot to complete the preparation for movement to the port of embarkation.
· 15 Dec 1943- Left Base General Depot for Camp Shanks, New York, the unit boarded troop trains which carried the troops on a northern route to Camp Shanks. The unit arrived at Camp Shanks on 20 Dec 1943.
· 26 Dec 1943, orders were received for reassignment to England to prepare for D Day.
· 27th Dec 1943- The Unit was move by train to the English owned ship, The Dominion Monarch, the unit’s personnel and equipment were loaded that day and night and the following morning they sailed to England.
So the 965th engineers spent a total of 10 months in the United States training. Now they were heading overseas for destinations unknown to them and to an uncertain future.
The 965th In England - 1944
9 Jan 1944 | England
- The 965th Engineers landed in Liverpool England on the 9th of January 1944.
- The next day boarded trains on the 10th for Newbury, England and arrived on the 11th.
- Then they were loaded into trucks to a new station at Camp Columbia “B” located near Thatcham Berks, England.
- On March 1, 1944 and advanced party of the 965th left on trucks to the Torr House” located in Chagford, Devonshire, England. The remainder of the company arrived on the 5th of March 1944.
- On the 8th of May 1944, the entire company pulled out of Chagford for Grenofen, Devonshire, England.
- On the 28 of May 1944, the entire company left Genofen for Camp Barrymore located one mile west of Cannington, Somerset, England.
- The Unit was re-assigned to a Marshalling Area at Camp B-8, Brockhurst, England (7)
on July 2, 1944.
- then the next day on the 3th of May 1944 (8) the unit left Camp B-8 and arrived at the White Star Docks at
Southampton, England, (8) for Deployment on D Day-31