Original U.S. WWI 2nd Infantry Division 1st Battalion 2nd Engineer Regiment Indianhead Patch

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Original Item: Only One Available. Red felt base patch with cotton white star and full painted Indian chief head. Measures approximately 3 1/2" wide by 2" high.

The 2nd Engineer Regiment was deployed to the Mexican border prior to US involvement in the First World War. On the US entry to the war the 2nd Engineers deployed to the Western Front in France as the organic Engineering element of the 2nd Division.

The regiment arrived in theater under strength. On 15 December 1917, 400 men from Companies D, E and F of the 116th Engineers (Idaho National Guard) assigned to the 41st "Sunset" Division. The remainder of the 116th Engineers formed the cadre of new military training depot in Angers, France.

The 1st and 2nd battalions of the 2nd Engineers participated in the Battle of Belleau Wood in direct support of the 4th Marine Brigade of the US Army's 2nd Division. Elements of the 2nd Engineers provided engineering support and fought as infantry throughout the battle. "There was always good feelings between the Marines of the 2d Division and the Regular Army units that formed it, but the Marines and the 2d Engineers – 'Say, if I ever get a drink, a 2d Engineer can have half of it! – Boy they dig trenches and mend roads all night, and they fight all day!'" -John Thomason.
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