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579th Engineer Battalion

Organized and Federally recognized 6 May 1929 in the California National Guard at Santa Rosa as Company K, 184th Infantry, an element of the 40th Division

Inducted into Federal service 3 March 1941 at Santa Rosa (184th Infantry relieved in June 1942 from assignment to the 40th Division; assigned 23 August 1943 to the 7th Infantry Division)

Inactivated 20 January 1946 in Korea

Expanded and redesignated 5 August 1946 as the 579th Engineer Battalion and assigned to the 49th Infantry Division

Reorganized and Federally recognized 16 June 1947 with Headquarters at Santa Rosa

Reorganized and redesignated 1 February 1953 as the 579th Engineer Battalion

Relieved 29 January 1968 from assignment to the 49th Infantry Division

CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDIT
World War II
Aleutian Islands
Eastern Mandates (with arrowhead)
Leyte (with arrowhead)
Ryukyus

Company A (Chico) additionally entitled to:

World War I
Silver band without inscription

Company D (Petaluma) additionally entitled to:

War with Spain
Manila

Philippine Insurrection
Manila

World War I
St. Mihiel
Meuse-Argonne

World War II - European, African and Middle Eastern Theater
Central Europe

World War II - Asiatic and Pacific Theater
Bismarck Archipelago
Luzon
Southern Philippines
 
DECORATIONS
Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, Streamer embroidered 17 OCTOBER 1944 TO 4 JULY 1945


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