US Army Corps of Engineers

Historical Vignettes

The Office of History publishes short articles on activities and episodes from the Corps' past. On the left-side navigation bar, you will find archived vignettes organized by category. Please check back for new material.

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Here we are, under the shade of the sheltering palm. Lt. Tom Cullen - 311 Engr [left]. Lt. Frank Astig - U.S. Marines [right]. Yours Truly [Capt. John E. Hayden, 311 Engrs] [center]. In the yard of the Hotel Petrograd, Nice [France]. 1919.
American assault troops in a landing craft as it nears a beach head on the northern coast of France. 6 June 1944.
A soldier from the 8th Engineer Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, prepares to enter a tunnel while an armed soldier keeps guard.
Typical working conditions at Black Horse [Camp Blackhorse, near Xuan Loc, Vietnam]. 27 March 1968.
Sunken craft and debris in the port at Leghorn, Italy. 1944.