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The 591st has a history dating back to WWII, serving in Northern France, Rhineland and the Ardennes-Alsace. The Company was deactivated in Germany on March 14, 1947. Then was again called to service prior to the Korean War and was deactivated once more on January 25, 1949.

The 591st was next activated July 1, 1966 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. As personnel and equipment arrived, the Company began the process of training for deployment to Vietnam and received orders for duty in the Republic of Vietnam on April 17, 1967. All of the equipment was loaded and sent to Vietnam and the men were flown to California then departed by troopship to Vietnam.

Upon arriving in Vietnam the Company was attached to the 27th (Combat) Engineer Battalion, in the 79th Engineer Group, in direct support of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment at Blackhorse Basecamp. The Company sent out platoons and individuals on support missions throughout the Four Corps Tactical Zones. Building a rock crusher site, air strips, and providing maintenance for Highway 1. The 591st was also one of the first Company's to provide equipment and personnel for the Rome Plow teams.

In April of 1968 the 591st and the 27th Eng. Battalion were transferred to the 18th Eng. Brigade, 45th Eng. Group and took up operations in I Corps tactical zone at Gia Le. Working at Camp Eagle, Bastone, Phu Thu, Phu Bai, and constructing Rt 547 into the A Shau Valley in support of the 101st Airborne Division. Once again building fire support bases, a quarry at Phu Loc, and a multitude of helicopter and artillery revetments.

The 591st was deactivated January 1, 1972. Having served 5 years in Vietnam, while receiving 3 Meritorious Unit Commendations in 1969, 1971 and 1972, and the Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Honor Medal 1st Class.

The 591st Engineer Amphibian Command was stationed at Camp Edwards, Massachusetts where they practiced waterborne assaults across Buzzards Bay. Then they went to England as the Brits had been working on the waterborne invasion tactics. They stayed a while and headed to North Africa for the real thing. They stayed a year moving through Morocco, Tunisia, Algiers, Bizerti, Oran and Casablanca. The invasion was November 1942.


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The plaque shown below (left) was donated to the Army Engineer Museum at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri on July 25, 2002, during our 2nd Reunion of the 591st Engineer Company.  To the right are pictures of the Dedication Ceremony.
591st Plaque at Fort Leonard Wood Dedication at Fort Leonard Wood
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Engineer Unit Regimental Links
An extensive list of links to websites dedicated to our Service Men & Women.
Lone Sentry
  Photos, Articles and Research on the European Theater in World War II.
Vietnam Commemorative Print
Well-known artist Richard Thompson pays tribute to the Vietnam Veterans of the 326th Engineer Battalion.
 
Lineage & Honors Information
Read more about the history of the 591st Engineer Company.
591st Remembered
Jerry Meyers, Combat Engineer, remembers the 591st 1966-68.
591st Engineers Merchandise
  Tee shirts, license plates, mugs, caps and more.
 
This site has received the following awards:
Veterans with Diabetes Award of Excellence  The Patriot Award

 

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