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The 388th Engineer Batallion


      The following information is from "A Postal History of the Canol Project" by Kevin O'Reilly (1992), and is used with permission.

      The battallion was formed on January 10, 1942 as the 388th Engineer Battalion (Separate). Strength at the time it was assigned to Task Force 2600 was 26 officers and 1,238 enlisted men. On January 1, 1943, it was designated a General Service Regiment, and renamed the 388th Engineer General Service Regiment. After leaving the Northwest Territories in September 1943, they were stationed at Camp Sutton, North Carolina.

      Locations
Camp Claiborne - Louisiana
Canol - Northwest Territories
Embarras Portage - Alberta
Fort Fitzgerald - Alberta
Fort Smith - Northwest Territories
Norman Wells - Northwest Territories
Peace River - Alberta
Resdelta - Northwest Territories
Sawmill Snye - Alberta
Waterways - Alberta

Dates are expressed as month/day/year

 

Headquarters and Service (H/S) Company
Location Arrival Departure Remarks
Camp Claiborne   06/?/42  
Waterways 06/07/42 06/?/42  
Fort Fitzgerald 06/22/42 10/42 (?)  
Fort Smith 10/42 09/?/43  

Company 'A'
Location Arrival Departure Remarks
Camp Claiborne   06/?/42  
Waterways 06/07/42 06/11/42 included 80 men from Co. 'B'
Fort Fitzgerald 06/13/42 10/42 (?) unloading pipe, wood cutting
Fort Smith 10/42 (?) 06/43 (?) 60 men at Yellowknife sawmill, Fall 1942. March 1/43, some men reorganized as Co.'E'
Fort Fitzgerald 06/43 (?) 08/31/43 unloading pipe, wood cutting
Waterways 09/?/43 09/?/43  

Company 'B'
Location Arrival Departure Remarks
Camp Claiborne   06/?/42  
Waterways 06/07/42 06/?/42  
Fort Fitzgerald 06/?/42 06/22/42  
Fort Smith 06/?/42 09/?/43 maintain Portage Road, winter road to Hay River. March 1/43, some men reorganized as Co.'E'
Waterways 09/?/43 09/?/43

Company 'C'
Location Arrival Departure Remarks
Camp Claiborne   06/?/42  
Waterways 06/07/42 10/09/42 pipe loading, road/railway/airport construction
Peace River 10/11/42 mid 03/43 winter road construction to Alex. Falls. Detail sent to Fort Smith fall /42, left Oct.13/42. Feb.26/43 some men to H/S Co. and new Co.'F'
Fort Smith late 03/43 08/31/43  
Waterways 09/?/43 09/?/43  

Company 'C' - Detachment
Location Arrival Departure Remarks
Embarras Portage 06/?/42   airport construction
Waterways 06/?/42   airport construction

Company 'D'
Location Arrival Departure Remarks
Camp Claiborne   06/05/42  
Waterways 06/10/42 06/30/42 loading barges, wood cutting
Fort Fitzgerald 07/03/42 07/03/42 51 men remained as part of Co.'A', to Wrigley Harbour 07/12 loading barges. Left 10/04, arrived Norman Wells 10/20/42
Fort Smith 07/03/42 07/04/42  
Norman Wells 07/13/42 07/16/42 25 men remained until 10/25 unloading barges
Canol 07/16/42 08/29/42 first Camp Canol, 16 miles down river
Canol 08/29/42 08/15/43 second Camp Canol, across from Norman Wells. March 1/43, some men assigned to new Co.'F'
Waterways 09/14/43 09/?/43  

Company 'D' - 1st Platoon
Location Arrival Departure Remarks
Waterways   06/20/42 103 enlisted men
Sawill Snye 06/22/42 07/04/42 unloading pipe, 20 men to Yellowknife sawmill
Resdelta 07/10/42 10/06/42 unloading pipe
Canol 10/17/42   rejoined Co.'D'

Company 'E'
Location Arrival Departure Remarks
Fort Smith   08/31/43 airport improvement. Formed 03/01/43 from some Co.'A' and 'B' men
Waterways 09/?/43 09/?/43  

Company 'F'
Location Arrival Departure Remarks
Peace River   early 03/43 formed 02/26/43 from some Co.'C' and 'D' men. One platoon at Norman Wells, left there 08/15/43
Fort Smith late 03/43 08/31/43 airport improvements
Waterways 09/?/43 09/?/43  

 


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