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robert p eckstein from LUSBY MD wrote on April 28, 2021 at 2:43 am
Admin Reply by: F.C. "Chuck" Humphrey
Nice to hear from you. Hope you can attend our next reunion.

F C "Chuck" Humphrey
Justin Graham wrote on February 24, 2021 at 6:53 pm
Looking for anyone that served with my dad
Robert N. Graham
Spec 4
C Company
1st Engineer Battalion of the 1st Infantry Division

Thank you and welcome home
Admin Reply by: F.C. "Chuck" Humphrey
Dear fellow C Company First Engr Bn veteran Justin:
I apologize for not replying to your February 2021 Guestbook posting sooner. Contact me at 208-241-7499 or by e-mail at if you have any questions about our organization. When did your dad serve in the First Engineer Battalion?
I was the 3rd Platoon Leader in C Company from Aug 1965-Sept '66.
F C "Chuck" Humphrey
Website Coordinator (Webmaster)
Neal Teschendorf from Fond Du Lac wrote on October 18, 2020 at 12:41 pm
Served with D Co., 1st Eng. Bn., 1st IDF at Panzer Kaserne in Bรถblingen, Germany from May '88 to May '91. I participated in two major operations; Reforger '88 and Operation Desert Storm. On May 1st '91, it was the sadist day to watch, as their colors were encased. It was the last time D Co. was a combat arms unit.
Admin Reply by: F.C. "Chuck" Humphrey
Thanks for leaving a message on our Guest Book about your time in the First Engr Bn while in Germany โ€˜88-โ€˜91 in D Co.
F C Chuck Humphrey
Website Coordinator
Alan Simmons from Leland, North Carolina wrote on July 24, 2020 at 12:07 pm
Great job revamping our website Chuck. Hope your leg is healing. ADE NCO, HHC 70โ€™ - 71โ€™.
Admin Reply by: F.C. "Chuck" Humphrey
Thanks for your Guestbook posting, Alan. I didnโ€™t know That you were the ADE NCO for the battalion in 1970. I have fond memories of a major Gerald P Kelly who was the a ADE for the battalion in 1965-โ€˜66.
Chuck, Webmaster
Richard(Dick) Hillman, 1st Lt.(retired) from Los Angeles wrote on July 12, 2020 at 3:20 pm
I served as Assistant S3 under Major Treadwell, Di An, then XO, C Co under Captain Blair at Lai Khe, Vietnam, 1966-1967. As Asst. S3 helped develop and execute battalion operation plans in support of infantry ops...did much helicopter flying to field ops in support of their ops...As XO of C Co., spent much time keeping Highway 13 and 1 open through mine sweeping and demolition, road and bridge repairs from VC IED damages, tunnel destruction, iron triangle ops, conducted convoy ops, deep jungle work cutting landing zones dropping in from CH 47s, clearing out trees with explosives and chain saws, clearing massive jungle areas with bulldozers, explosives, reverting to infantry during the height of combat operations.
I am proud of my time "in country"...the scariest, most exciting and adrenaline-pumping time of my life...almost re-upped for a 2nd Nam tour...but hey! decided to go back to the world...
Admin Reply by: F.C. "Chuck" Humphrey
Dear Richard (Dick)
Thanks for leaving a message at the Guest Book of our website. I remember you as one of the lieutenants who came to Dian as a replacement for us โ€œfirst year folksโ€. (I went home on 28 September 1966). I also recognized your name as being on the members roster of Veterans of the First Engineer Battalion. I hope you can attend the 2021 reunion in the Washington DC area.
Bob Roby from Manhattan wrote on July 11, 2020 at 3:01 pm
Drafted in 1962 with five years of the Army Reserves & National Guard. Into active duty Army as an E-2, 12B. Because of being absent from meetings. Had two-week refresher training in Fort Carson, CO. Then began my 25 years of military service.
Served with Alpha Company 1st Engineer Battalion as a SSGT squad leader, third platoon. 1966 to 1967. Was wounded in June 67 on a road grader by an IED. Was flown to Tokyo Japan Military hospital for treatment, 4 months then to Irwin Army Hospital, Fort Riley KS for 3 months. Then was released back to active duty in Germany.
I was again assigned to 1st Engineer Battalion, Fort Riley in 1971 to 75.
Then again in 1978 & retirement in 1981 HHC 1st Engineer Battalion.
Robert ( Bob ) Roby 1SGT retired
Manhattan KS 66502.
Admin Reply by: F.C. "Chuck" Humphrey
Dear B companies most famous alum (aka Bob Roby):
Thanks for leaving a message at the website Guest Book. You have much to be proud of in your army career. FYI Iโ€™m grilling pork ribs tonight.
John W. Nelson III from Middletown wrote on July 10, 2020 at 11:24 am
I was the S-1 (Adjutant) from May 1968 to December for HQ & HQ Co. I was activated by the RI Army National Guard, sent to West Point as a unit with the 115th MP Co. After a year, was sent to the 1st Infantry Div. and assigned to the 1st Cbt. Engr. Bn. The guard was recalled and I went back to West Point, took command of the 115th MP Co. They used to kid me all the time as I was an MP in the Combat Engineers, a National Guardsman with all the West Point graduates there and from New England and my accent. Later I commanded the RI Military Academy RIANG and the 1021st Civil Affairs Group US Army Reserve. Retired at a Lt. Col. after 35 1/2 years of service. I was awarded 2 Bronze Stars while at the 1st Engr. Bn. I was diagnosed with cancer from agent orange and had a prostatectomy in 2000. The cancer came back in 2014 and I'm still dealing with it.
Admin Reply by: F.C. "Chuck" Humphrey
Dear John III,
Thanks for all the information about your army career. Sorry to hear that youโ€™re still battling agent orange caused cancer. Iโ€™ve been lucky so far. I recognize your name from my 11 years as a organization secretary there arenโ€™t too many John Nelsons III on the Members roster. Another member from the Vietnam war era, John Cookinham III also was from R Island & Brown University.
Hope to see you at our 2021 reunion in the Washington , DC area.
F C โ€œChuckโ€ Humphrey, Webmaster
Jd fisher from Lincoln,ca 95648 wrote on July 10, 2020 at 12:14 am
Company A 1961 Thur 1963
Admin Reply by: F.C. "Chuck" Humphrey
Dear Jd Fisher,
Nice to get a message from a member who is proud of his time in First Engineer Battalion, especially one who served in the unit before the Vietnam war. Are you getting the three newsletters a year OK? Another one is being published (will be dated July 2020) and will be emailed soon. Hope you can attend the sept 2021 reunion in the Washington, DC area.
F C โ€œChuckโ€ Humphrey
Darrell NICK Flannery from Hot Springs wrote on July 9, 2020 at 5:49 pm
I was with C Co Nov 68 to Nov 69. Spent a number of mornings walking Hwy 1. I think the web site is great. Just a note I get e-mail items but nothing nothing by mail.

Admin Reply by: F.C. "Chuck" Humphrey
Give me your mailing address and I will have our secretary (Kent Austin) check on why you havenโ€™t gotten US Mail from us. He will also check your membership status.(We donโ€™t send much stuff by US Mail, though.)
I, too walked one of the Vietnam
highways (Rte 13 I think) as a platoon leader in C Co (Aug โ€˜2965-Sept โ€˜66 - checking for mines & IEDโ€™s.
F C โ€œChuckโ€ Humphrey
Gary Wheeler from Jacksonville, Alabama wrote on July 9, 2020 at 5:27 pm
Gary Wheeler A co. 1967-68
Jerry Blalock from Angier wrote on July 9, 2020 at 4:00 pm
Jerry Blalock First Engineer Company D 69 lai khe. Drove jeep for Captain Thorp.
Joseph Chitwood from Winnie wrote on May 26, 2020 at 11:19 am
Sgt Chitwood, Joseph. 72nd MAC Coldsteel!!! Served in OIF 10-11 and OEF 12-13. Buffalo operator in OEF. Could perform hard surgery with that buffalo arm at the time. PCSd to FLW after OEF to be assigned to the Mine Detection Dog unit. Missed the 1st EN the day I left. Love each and everyone of yall. Always first. Diehard!

John Devine from Manhattan Kansas wrote on April 27, 2020 at 11:55 am
41st ENCO 2008-2012
Bravo Company 2014-2015
Admin Reply by: F.C. "Chuck" Humphrey
Dear John Devine,
Thanks for leaving a message at the guestbook for our website. I see that you were in bravo Company, 2014-15. Was the the 41st engineer company a part of the first engineer Battalion when it was under the triple nickel organization?
Hope you will join our organization if you are not already a member.
Chuck Humpfrey , website coordinator
Mark cook from Myrtle Beach wrote on April 15, 2020 at 7:17 pm
Cco A&O 2000-2003
Bob Roby from Manhattan Kansas wrote on April 15, 2020 at 5:21 pm
Diehard Engineer first time 66 -67 Alpha Company. Other units 24th EB 62 -64 , 5th EB 64 -65 , 1st EN 66-67 , 82nd EB 68- 75, 1st EB 76 - 77 , 12th EB 77-79, 55th EB and retirement HHC 1st EB 1981!
Germany 62-64, Fort Leonard Wood MO , training in Panama,65 , Vietnam ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ 66-67, Fort Riley KS, Germany, Fort Riley , Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช, Fort Riley KS , Retirement
Home Manhattan KS
Eugene C Reynolds Jr from Fosston wrote on April 15, 2020 at 4:20 pm
I was with D Company 1st Engineers while stationed in Germany from 1984 to 1986 as a 12B Combat Engineer. I was in a line Platoon when i first got there then went over to the support platoon, I also filled is as the company photographer and as fuel handler, I logged in more then 1 million miles while there. I have taken many photos of the personal in the company but do not remember names except for a few
Admin Reply by: F.C. "Chuck" Humphrey
Dear Eugene Reynolds,
T for the email you recently sent to the Veterans of the First Engineer Battalion Battalion website. I have posted it to the GUESTBOOK section so others can read it too. Hope you will become a member of our organization.
F C โ€œChuckโ€Humphrey
Website Coordinator
Kevin Chioma wrote on April 9, 2020 at 12:47 pm
Heavy equipment operator assigned to Tank Gunnery Complex for the 1st 6 months at Fort Riley, then assigned special duty to the fire department for my last year.
28 FEB 2020 - HHC 1st Engineer Battalion '78 & '79
terry pedersen wrote on April 9, 2020 at 12:46 pm
saying hi to my old unit Dco. 1st eng I was in the motor pool
14 JAN 2020 - aug 75 to sept 78
van Davidson wrote on April 9, 2020 at 12:45 pm
Looking for a friend that was in rome plowes with me at Lai Khe we were in HHC,1st engineer Battalion, 1st Inf. Div. in 1969-1969 He was from KoKoMo,Ind
14 JAN 2020 - HHC. 1st. Engineer Battalion, 1st Inf. Div. 1968-1969
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