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TRANSPORATION CORPS UNITS



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Port Battalions
Port Companies
Harbor Craft Companies
Railway Units705th Railway Grand Division
721st Railway Operating Battalion
725th Railway Operating Battalion
726th Railway Operating Battalion
745th Railway Operating Battalion
748th Railway Operating Battalion
758th Railway Shop Battalion
Other Railway Units
Other TC Units



Port Battalions

497th Port Battalion - Camp Tollygunge; Calcutta
Activated 25 Mar 43 at Fort Lawton, WA. Meritorious Unit Commendation:  1 Jun-31 Aug 44, GO 21, Hq SOS IBT, dtd 25 Jan 45; 1 Sep 44-28 Feb 45, GO 70, Hq SOS IBT, dtd 11 Apr 45.

  • 250th Port Co. - Calcutta
  • 251st Port Co. - Calcutta
  • 252nd Port Co. - Calcutta  (See CBI Unit Histories)
    • Meritorious Unit Commendation:  1 Jun-31 Aug 44, GO 21, Hq SOS IBT, dtd 25 Jan 45; 1 Sep 44-28 Feb 45, GO 70, Hq SOS IBT, dtd 11 Apr 45.
  • 253d Port Co. - Calcutta
    • Meritorious Unit Commendation:  1 Jun-31 Aug 44, GO 21, Hq SOS IBT, dtd 25 Jan 45; 1 Sep 44-28 Feb 45, GO 70, Hq SOS IBT, dtd 11 Apr 45.

508th Port Battalion - Camp Tollygunge
Meritorious Unit Commendation:  1 Sep 44-28 Feb 45, GO 70, Hq SOS IBT, dtd 11 Apr 45
  • 288th Port Co. (508th Port BN) - Calcutta
    • Meritorious Unit Commendation:  1 Dec 44-1 Mar 45, GO 70, Hq SOS IBT, dtd 11 Apr 45
  • 289th Port Co. (508th Port BN) - Calcutta
    • Meritorious Unit Commendation:  1 Dec 44-1 Mar 45, GO 70, Hq SOS IBT, dtd 11 Apr 45

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Port Companies

NOTE:  This section lists Companies whose Battalion assignments are not identified above.

250th Port Co.
Meritorious Unit Commendation:  1 Jun-31 Aug 44, GO 21, Hq SOS IBT, dtd 25 Jan 45; 1 Sep 44-28 Feb 45, GO 70, Hq SOS IBT, dtd 11 Apr 45.

286th Port Co. - Calcutta
Meritorious Unit Commendation:  1 Dec 44-1 Mar 45, GO 70, Hq SOS IBT, dtd 11 Apr 45

287th Port Co. - Camp Tollygunge; Calcutta
Meritorious Unit Commendation:  1 Dec 44-1 Mar 45, GO 70, Hq SOS IBT, dtd 11 Apr 45

540th Port Co. - Calcutta
541st Port Co. - Calcutta
702nd Port Co. - Calcutta

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Harbor Craft Companies

326th TC Harbor Craft Co. - Tezgaon
Activated 1 May 43 at Charleston POE, SC
Meritorious Unit Commendation:  1 Oct 44-31 Mar 45, Go 111, Hq USF IBT, dtd 5 Jun 45

327th TC Harbor Craft Co. - Calcutta  (See CBI Unit Histories)
Activated 1 May 43 at Charleston POE, SC

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Railway Units  (See CBI Unit Histories)

Source:  Mr. David Kaufman

Railway Grand Division:  Administrative unit which oversaw 4-5 Railway Operating Battalions (ROB) and 1-2 Railway Shop Battalions (RSB)

Railway Operating Battalion:  TO&E consisted of four (4) companies:

  • A:  Two (2) track platoons and one bridge platoon to handle construction
  • B:  Shop company: Two platoons responsible for equipment maintenance, one platoon shopped the rolling stock
  • C:  Operating & Supply company: provided engineers, conductors, and operations personnel
  • H & S:  Supplied the dispatchers, telegraphers, MPs, and other support personnel

Railway Shop Battalion:  Performed major/minor overhauls, electrical repair, blacksmithing

  • A:  Responsible for lathes, milling machines, locomotive repair
  • B:  Boiler repair, firebox rebuilds, blacksmithing
  • C:  Foundry operation
  • H & S:  Administrative duties, supply and maintenance of shop power and equipment

  Summary of Agreement for Operation of Portions of B & A Railway (USAF CBI memo, 30 May 44)

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705th Railway Grand Division - (Military Railway Service Hq, Gauhati, India)
Meritorious Unit Commendation:  1 Mar 44-30 Sep 45, GO 6, Hq USF IBT, dtd 5 Jan 46

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721st Railway Operating Battalion, Transportation Corp - Parabatipur  (See CBI Unit Histories)

Source:  "World War II Order of Battle", Shelby L. Stanton, 1984; Mr. David Kaufman

Formed:  8 Apr 43, Camp Harrahan, New Orleans, LA
Activated  14 Apr 43, ASFUTC, New Orleans, LA
Inactivated:  29 Oct 45, Camp Kilmer, NJ
Locations:  Departed Zone of the Interior 10 Dec 43 (Company A remained in the ZI); India 11 Jan 44; Calcutta, India Aug 45; NY Port of Embarkation 16 Nov 45.

Associated with:  New York Central RR

Meritorious Unit Commendation:  1 Mar 44-15 Sep 45, GO 6, Hq USF IBT, dtd 5 Jan 45.

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725th Railway Operating Battalion, Transportation Corp - Lalmanirhat  (See CBI Unit Histories)


(Courtesy of Mr. David Kaufman; used with permission)

Source:  "World War II Order of Battle", Shelby L. Stanton, 1984

Formed:  17 Feb 43, New Orleans, LA
Inactivated:  29 Oct 45, Camp Kilmer, NJ
Locations:  Departed Zone of the Interior 10 Dec 43; India 11 Jan 44; Lalmanirhat, India Aug 45; NY Port of Embarkation 28 Oct 45.

Associated with:  Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific RR

Meritorious Unit Commendation:  1 Mar 44-15 Sep 45, GO 11, Hq USF IBT, dtd 8 Jan 45.

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726th Railway Operating Battalion, Transportation Corp - Pandu to Lumding

Source:  "World War II Order of Battle", Shelby L. Stanton, 1984

Formed:  18 Jun 43, New Orleans, LA
Inactivated:  26 Nov 45, Camp Kilmer, NJ
Locations:  Departed Zone of the Interior 10 Dec 43; India 11 Jan 44; Calcutta, India Aug 45; NY Port of Embarkation 24 Nov 45.

Associated with:  Wabash RR

Meritorious Unit Commendation:  1 Mar 44-15 Sep 45, GO 11, Hq USF IBT, dtd 8 Jan 45.

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745th Railway Operating Battalion, Transportation Corp - Lumding to Mariani  (See CBI Unit Histories)

Source:  "World War II Order of Battle", Shelby L. Stanton, 1984

Formed:  12 May 43, New Orleans, LA
Activated:  19 May 43, ASFUTC, New Orleans, LA
Inactivated:  29 Oct 45, Camp Kilmer, NJ
Locations:  Departed Zone of the Interior 10 Dec 43; India 11 Jan 44; Jorhat, India Aug 45; NY Port of Embarkation 28 Oct 45.

Associated with:  Chicago, Burlington & Quincy RR

Meritorious Unit Commendation:  1 Mar 44-30 Sep 45, GO 6, Hq USF IBT, dtd 6 Jan 46.


Photo courtesy of Mr. Brian McManus, son of T/5 William McManus, 745th ROB, Co. C

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748th Railway Operating Battalion, Transportation Corp - Mariani to Tinsukia (End of the line)  (See CBI Unit Histories)

The 748th ROB was authorized the CBI and Services of Supply SSI in WW II. As with other railroad outfits in the CBI, the 748th ROB had an unauthorized SSI. This patch is a orange felt disc, with the unit's numbers, a telephone pole with X-shaped crossarms emitting electronic signals, "ROB" spelled out utilizing a train's wheels for the "O", and border, all in red. The examples are U.S. made, and appear in two sizes. It would appear that the patch may have been designated for the battalion's signal section, but neither signal section man surviving today recalls it. None of the men whom I contacted from the rest of the battalion recalled the patch either. It appears that the patch may have been made in limited numbers while the battalion was training in the Zone of Interior. The design artist may himself be deceased, as unfortunately unfortunately are many members of the battalion. -- Courtesy of Mr. David Kaufman; used with permission.

Source:  "World War II Order of Battle", Shelby L. Stanton, 1984

Formed:  12 May 43, New Orleans, LA
Inactivated:  26 Nov 45, Camp Kilmer, NJ
Locations:  Departed Zone of the Interior 10 Dec 43; India 11 Jan 44; Chabua, India Aug 45; NY Port of Embarkation 24 Nov 45.

Associated with:  Texas & Pacific Railway

Meritorious Unit Commendation:  1 Mar 44-15 Sep 45, GO 11, Hq USF IBT, dtd 8 Jan 45.

Co. "C" 748th Railway Operating Battalion
Camp Jesse Turner, Ark 11-5-43
(Photo courtesy of Mr. Tom Surface)

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758th Railway Shop Battalion - Dibrugarh  (See CBI Unit Histories)

What is interesting is that in the book, "Disney Dons Dogtags", it indicates that Company B had a Disney design for an insignia. Unfortunately, the book incorrectly identifies the unit as a Railway School Battalion - and no one in Company B ever saw the design, let alone the patch. A review of Walt Disney Company Archives in Burbank, California, turned up the note that the drawing was approved in May 1944, which is when the battalion was already in theater. However, very few members of the H & S Company not only were aware of the design - they also wore the patch. -- Courtesy of Mr. David Kaufman; used with permission.

Source:  Mr. David Kaufman

Formed:  6 Apr 43, Camp Harrahan, New Orleans, LA
Inactivated:  26 Nov 45, Camp Kilmer, NJ
Locations:  Camp Millard, Bucyrus, OH -unknown; Departed Zone of the Interior (POE Los Angeles, CA) Dec 43; India 11 Jan 1944-24 Nov 45.

Meritorious Unit Commendation:  1 Mar 44-15 Sep 45, GO 6, Hq USF IBT, dtd 5 Jan 45.

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Other Railway Units

28th Tranportation Corps Traffic Regulation Battalion, Military Railway Service
Meritorious Unit Commendation:  2 Nov 44-30 May 45, GO 11, Hq USF IBT, dtd 8 Jan 46

61st Transportation Corps, Composite Unit  (61st Transportation Railway Operations Co.)
Meritorious Unit Commendation:  30 Aug 44-31 Jan 45, GO 11, Hq USF IBT, dtd 8 Jan 45

Source:  Mr. David Kaufman

Designated as the 61st Transportation Corps Composite Company at Myitkyina, the 160 members (drawn from all the theater ROBs) began operation of the captured portion of the railway. The company set up its shops, mounted armed jeeps, and began moving supplies and personnel, principally in support of the British 36th Division. Operating on 38 miles of track, and despite Japanese raids, over 1,500 personnel and 1,880 tons were carried. Also repaired and returned to service available locomotives and freight cars running on the Myitkyina-Mandalay route.

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Other TC Units

28th TC Traffic Regulating Battalion - Parbatipur
Det, 28th TC Traffic Regulating BN - Calcutta

38th Staging Area Co, TC - Activated 24 Aug 45 in IB theater
76th TC Amphibian Truck Detachment - Calcutta

Source:  U.S. Army Center of Military History (76th Transportation Detachment)

Lineage:

  • Constituted 19 July 1945 in the Army of the United States as the 76th Transportation Corps Amphibian Truck Detachment
  • Activated 12 August 1945 in India
  • Inactivated 12 October 1945 in India
  • Redesignated 5 November 1962 as the 76th Transportation Detachment and allotted to the Army Reserve
  • Activated 15 February 1963 at New Haven, Connecticut
  • Inactivated 15 March 1972 at New Haven, Connecticut
  • Activated 30 September 1976 at Middletown, Connecticut
  • Inactivated 16 February 1981 at Middletown, Connecticut
  • Activated 16 October 1984 at Gainesville, Florida
  • Inactivated 17 October 1984 at Gainesville, Florida
  • Activated 16 September 1989 at Orlando, Florida
  • Ordered into active military service 2 February 2003 at Orlando, Florida; released from active military service 1 May 2004 and reverted to reserve status
  • Ordered into active military service 8 June 2011 at Orlando, Florida

Campaign Participation Credit:

  • World War II:  Asiatic-Pacific Theater, Streamer without inscription
  • War on Terrorism:  Campaigns to be determined

Decorations:

  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered SOUTHWEST ASIA 2003-2004

Lineage and Honors Information as of 13 July 2011

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