(To the tune of “Its a Long Way to Tiparary”)

We’re the “Always First” Battalion
Born in eighteen forty-six
On the beaches or in jungles
Always first to take our licks
Whether building or destroying
From Viet Nam to Mexico
We’re the Combat Engineer Battalion
That’s always on the go

You’d have seen us at Tunisia
And the beach at Normandy
Where the fighting is the toughest
There a Diehard’s sure to be

From Antietam to Manila
To the shores of Sicily
Oh! They say you can always tell a Diehard
By the mud up to his knees