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249th Engineer Battalion
(Black Lions)

Lineage and Honors Information as of 1 March 2004

249th Engineer Battalion Lineage

Constituted 25 February 1943 in the Army of the United States as the 249th Engineer Combat Battalion

Activated 5 May 1943 at Camp Bowie, Texas

Inactivated 28 November 1945 at Camp Patrick Henry, Virginia

Redesignated 23 March 1948 as the 442d Engineer Construction Battalion and allotted to the Organized Reserves

Activated 8 April 1948 with Headquarters at Ames, Iowa

(Organized Reserves redesignated 25 March 1948 as the Organized Reserve Corps; redesignated 9 July 1952 as the Army Reserve)

Inactivated 22 May 1950 at Ames and Council Bluffs, Iowa

Redesignated 25 June 1952 as the 249th Engineer Construction Battalion

Redesignated 9 December 1954 as the 249th Engineer Battalion; concurrently withdrawn from the Army Reserve and allotted to the Regular Army

Activated 9 February 1955 in Germany

Inactivated 15 October 1991 in Germany

Activated 16 November 1994 at Fort Belvoir, Virginia

249th Engineer Battalion Honors

Campaign Participation Credit

World War II: Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe

Southwest Asia: Defense of Saudi Arabia; Liberation and Defense of Kuwait; Cease-Fire


Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army) for SOUTHWEST ASIA 1990-1991

Army Superior Unit Award for 1994-1995

Army Superior Unit Award for 1995-1996

Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for actions in the Ardennes

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