Corps - 1st U.S. Army - 9th U.S. Army
European Theater 1944-45
This website was created to recognize and honor the men who served with the 82nd Engineer Combat Battalion during WWII. On June 17, 1944, 634 men of the 82nd landed on the shores of Normandy, France. Their mission ended 326 days later, on May 8, 1945, when the German Army surrendered unconditionally!
Most of these men were in their teens or early 20's, many right out of high school, when they joined the 82nd, at Camp Swift Texas in January 1943, to begin military training.
The role of the combat engineer is to assist the infantry and armor by removing or laying mines, opening and maintaining supply routes, bridging the rivers, using explosives to facilitate infantry and armor movement, provide water supplies and a myriad of other engineering assignments.
From D-Day, June 6, 1944, through May 8, 1945, 5.5 million young men entered the European theater of operations. When it was over 465,000 allied soldiers lay dead including 165,000 American boys who would never return home.
We have attempted, with this website, to present the story of WWII. First, by describing the events leading up to the second world war and America's response. We have documented the Normandy landings (Operation Overlord) followed by the history of this battalion as we carried our our mission all across Europe. And finally, we have presented a capsule of the entire WWII conflict! These historical accounts are accompanied by hundreds of photographs.
We hope you will find interest in our recording of these WWII historical events!
Ed Husted, the official 82nd Historian and Web Master, passed away on February 5, 2014 at his
home in Lily Dale, NY. He was 90.
The former Mayor of Olean, NY, is survived by his wife Alpha, who performed secretarial duties at many 82nd reunions. He is also survived by 4 sons, 6 grandchildren and 13 great- grandchildren.
Ed was always up for a speech, and was passionate about WWII, the 82nd, and the Battalion Association. Most of the writings, history and narratives on this site were written by Ed over the past 10 years.
Ed also produced two DVDs chronicling the history of the 82nd with interviews and member's stories from various reunions.
It's been said that "Ed never met a microphone he didn't like." And at 90, Ed may have been the country's oldest living webmaster (this site).
Ed is off to join his other brothers-in-arms.....all members of the greatest generation.....embodied in the men of the 82nd and their legacy.....
Rest in Peace Soldier......We Prevailed!