Original U.S. WWII 27th Engineer Battalion Combat Airborne Officer Grouping

Item Description

Original Items: One-of-a-kind set. Original Items: One-of-a-kind set. Lieutenant Walter B. Evans Jr. ASn 01117599 was an officer in the 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat) (Airborne) and served in the Pacfic Theatre during WW2.

World War II erupted, and on 14 July 1941, the 37th Engineer Regiment was reactivated at Camp Bowie, Texas. The regiment was broken up in March 1943 and its elements were then reorganized and redesignated. The lineage of the 27th Engineer Battalion (Combat)(Airborne) springs from the 2d Battalion, redesignated as the 209th Engineer Combat Battalion. The 209th disembarked at Bombay, India on 23 October 1943, and immediately set to work on the Ledo Road.

Subsequently, the 209th participated in the India-Burma Campaign. While attached to the 5307th Composite Unit ("Merrill's Marauders"), it participated in the surprise attack to seize a critical Myitkyina airfield. The battalion sustained 71 killed in action and 179 wounded in action during the 70-day-long battle. The 209th was inactivated at the conclusion of World War II, and in 1947 was redesignated as the 27th Engineer Combat Battalion.

Included in this fantastic trunk grouping are the following items:

- Class A uniform with Medal Ribbons (note 2 battle stars) and insgina.

- Original Dog Tags.

- Overseas Garrison Cap with Lt. Bar.

- Dozens of war time photos.

- Dozens of wartime documents

- Dozens of wartime correspondence with 1945 dates and postage stamps.

- Field Gear

- Uniform pieces

- Native dagger and whip

- Foot locker with his name, rank, ASN, unit, and home address.

- So much more!
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