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6th Engineer Battalion

  • 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 2d Battalions of Engineers (2d Battalion of Engineers--hereafter separate lineage)
  • 1st Battalion of Engineers expanded, reorganized, and redesignated 1 July 1916 as the 1st Engineer Regiment
  • 1st Regiment of Engineers expanded 15 May 1917 to form the 1st, 6th, and 7th Regiments of Engineers (1st and 7th Regiments of Engineers--hereafter separate lineages)
  • 6th Regiment of Engineers redesignated 29 August 1917 as the 6th Engineers
  • Assigned 1 October 1917 to the 3d Division
  • Regiment broken up 12 October 1939 and its elements reorganized and redesignated as follows:
  • 1st Battalion as the 6th Engineer Battalion, an element of the 6th Division (later redesignated as the 6th Infantry Division)
  • (Headquarters and Headquarters and Service Company disbanded; 2d Battalion as the 10th Engineer Battalion--hereafter separate lineage)
  • 6th Engineer Battalion reorganized and redesignated 9 April 1942 as the 6th Engineer Motorized Battalion
  • Reorganized and redesignated 1 May 1943 as the 6th Engineer Combat Battalion
  • Inactivated 10 January 1949 in Korea
  • Activated 4 October 1950 at Fort Ord, California
  • Inactivated 3 April 1956 at Fort Ord, California
  • Redesignated 15 May 1958 as the 6th Engineer Battalion and relieved from assignment to the 6th Infantry Division; concurrently activated at West Point, New York
  • Inactivated 1 May 1966 at West Point, New York
  • Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 6th Engineer Battalion, redesignated 15 June 1967 as the 6th Engineer Company, assigned to the 11th Infantry Brigade, and activated at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
  • Inactivated 15 January 1968 in Vietnam, and relieved from assignment to the 11th Infantry Brigade
  • Redesignated 17 August 1988 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 6th Engineer Battalion, assigned to the 6th Infantry Division, and activated at Fort Wainwright, Alaska (organic elements concurrently activated)
  • Inactivated 15 June 1994 at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, and relieved from assignment to the 6th Infantry Division
  • Headquarters and Headquarters Company activated 16 October 2008 at Fort Richardson, Alaska (Support Company concurrently constituted and activated)
  • Assigned 16 October 2014 to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division (Support Company concurrently inactivated and lettered companies activated)

Campaign Participation Credit

  • Civil War
  • Peninsula
  • Antietam
  • Fredericksburg
  • Chancellorsville
  • Wilderness
  • Spotsylvania
  • Cold Harbor
  • Petersburg
  • Appomattox
  • Virginia 1863
  • Philippine Insurrection
  • Streamer without inscription
  • World War I
  • Somme Defensive
  • Champagne-Marne
  • Aisne-Marne
  • St. Mihiel
  • Meuse-Argonne
  • Champagne 1918
  • World War II
  • New Guinea (with arrowhead)
  • Luzon (with arrowhead)
  • Vietnam
  • Counteroffensive, Phase III


  • French Croix de Guerre with Palm, World War I, Streamer embroidered CHAMPAGNE-MARNE AISNE-MARNE
  • Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, Streamer embroidered 17 OCTOBER 1944 TO 4 JULY 1945

By Order of the Secretary of the Army:

Chief of Military History

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