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20th Engineers Regiment (Forestry) of the US Army in World War I

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20th Engineers Regiment (Forestry)

The 10th and 20th Engineers operated in various areas of France’s forestlands, managing forest growth, felling and logging timber, and operating sawmills. The men of these regiments produced wood that was then transported to American forces throughout Europe. The wood was used for building roads and railroads, constructing barracks, erecting telephone poles, supporting trenches, and various other building and construction projects. The already highly experienced men making up the regiments were able to streamline the lumber manufacturing process almost immediately. The troops of the 10th and 20th Engineers, along with several other engineering regiments and battalions, were eventually combined in October of 1918 into the 20th Engineers (Forestry), the largest regiment in the entire American Army. The 20th would be referred to as “not a regiment, except in name, but a great manufacturing establishment.” [1]

Primary subordinate units were:

FORESTRY SERVICE COMPANIES
Final Designation Former Designation
First Engineers Service Co. (Forestry) Co. A, 503rd Engrs.
Second Engineers Service Co. (Forestry) Co. B, 503rd Engrs.
Third Engineers Service Co. (Forestry) Co. C, 503rd Engrs.
Fourth Engineers Service Co. (Forestry) Co. D, 503rd Engrs.
Fifth Engineers Service Co. (Forestry) Co. A, 507th Engrs.
Sixth Engineers Service Co. (Forestry) Co. B, 507th Engrs.
Seventh Engineers Service Co. (Forestry) Co. C, 507th Engrs.
Eighth Engineers Service Co. (Forestry) Co. D, 507th Engrs.
Ninth Engineers Service Co. (Forestry) Co. A, 517th Engrs.
Tenth Engineers Service Co. (Forestry) Co. B, 517th Engrs.
11th Engineers Service Co. (Forestry) Co. C, 517th Engrs.
12th Engineers Service Co. (Forestry) Co. D, 517th Engrs.
13th Engineers Service Co. (Forestry) Co. A, 519th Engrs.
14th Engineers Service Co. (Forestry) Co. B, 519th Engrs.
15th Engineers Service Co. (Forestry) Co. C, 519th Engrs.
16th Engineers Service Co. (Forestry) Co. D, 519th Engrs.
17th Engineers Service Co. (Forestry) Co. A, 523rd Engrs.
18th Engineers Service Co. (Forestry) Co. B, 523rd Engrs.
19th Engineers Service Co. (Forestry) Co. C, 523rd Engrs.
20th Engineers Service Co. (Forestry) Co. D, 523rd Engrs.
21st Engineers Service Co. (Forestry) Co. A, 531st Engrs.
22nd Engineers Service Co. (Forestry) Co. B, 531st Engrs.
23rd Engineers Service Co. (Forestry) Co. C, 531st Engrs.
24th Engineers Service Co. (Forestry) Co. D, 531st Engrs.
25th Engineers Service Co. (Forestry) Co. A, 533rd Engrs.
26th Engineers Service Co. (Forestry) Co. B, 533rd Engrs.
27th Engineers Service Co. (Forestry) Co. C, 533rd Engrs.
28th Engineers Service Co. (Forestry) Co. D, 533rd Engrs.

ENGINEER SERVICE BATTALIONS ATTACHED TO TWENTIETH ENGINEERS

Hq., 547th Engrs.
Co. A, 547th Engrs.
Co. B, 547th Engrs.
Co. C, 547th Engrs.
Co. D, 547th Engrs.

Hq., 548th Engrs.
Co. A, 548th Engrs.
Co. B, 548th Engrs.
Co. C, 548th Engrs.
Co. D, 548th Engrs.

Quartermaster Units engaged upon Fuelwood Project in Advance Section, either in conjunction with engineer forestry projects
or under technical supervision of forestry organization.

309 Labor Battalion - Det
314 Labor Battalion - Hq. and 4 Co.'s
320 Labor Battalion - Hq. and 4 Co.'s
323 Labor Battalion - Hq. and Co.'s A, B, and C
324 Labor Battalion - Hq. and 4 Co.'s
328 Labor Battalion - Hq. and 4 Co.'s
329 Labor Battalion - Hq. and Co.'s C and D
331 Labor Battalion - Hq. and 4 Co.'s
332 Labor Battalion - Hq. and 4 Co.'s
333 Labor Battalion - Hq. and Co.'s C and D
335 Labor Battalion - Hq. and 4 Co.'s
342 Labor Battalion - Hq. and Co.'s A, B, and C
Pack Trains 301, 305, 306, 307, 318, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328
101st Wagon Co.
303rd Wagon Co. (Det.)
304th Wagon Co.
Motor Truck Co. No.

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