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LOOK FOR THE SIGN BELOW AT THE KOKOMO INDIANA VIETNAM VETERANS REUNION...STOP BY AND SAY HI.  3RD WEEKEND OF SEPT.  OVER 25,000 IN ATTENDANCE.  SEE YOU THERE!

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62nd Combat Engineers

In August of 1965, the 62nd Engineer Battalion deployed to Vietnam.  Its first mission was to construct a 10,000 foot airstrip and contonement at Phan Rang.  In 1966 the battalion moved to Long Binh where it spent two years constructing and repairing roads and logistical facilities. 

In January 1969, the 62nd Engineer Battalion was chosen to become one of the most unique Engineer Battalions in the history of the US Army.  Its new mission was to clear away jungle cover used so effectively by the Vietcong and the North Vietnamese.  In order to accomplish the mission each company was equipped with bulldozers with specially designed blades manufactured in Rome, Georgia and heavy duty protective cages.  During the period July 1969 through October 1970, the battalion's D7 "Rome Plows" cleared 240,000 acres of jungle in South Vietnam while supporting II Field Force.  While in Vietnam, the 62nd Engineer Battalion took part in 14 campaigns.  During this time, the battalion was awarded its fourth, fifth and sixth Meritourious Unit Citations and the Vietnamese Civic Action Medal.

The 62nd Engineer Battalion departed Vietnam for Fort Hood, Texas in October 1971.

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