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with Division order confirming the verbal order of D + 3 at Salerno
making me Division Engineer and Commander of the 111th Engineer
Battalion.""
On the 26th of October, Stovall's diary read: "Battalion inspected
today by Lt. Col. Wilson and Major Smith" of II Corps. They 'find'
us again ready for combat.""
The next two weeks were spent chiefly in intense training, and on
November 12 Stovall began to move the battalion back into the line
and lost a couple of nights' sleep in the process. His diary of November
15 reports:
It has now rained three days and our job becomes bigger by the hour.
Roads are quagmires, bivouacs flooded, bypasses and bridges washed away
-but no one . . . [could] ask more from his men. .. .."
Two days later Stovall noted that he had lost a number of them:
Sergeant Robert N. Preston"6 of A Company, Sergeant John W. Mar-
quart,1" and four men of B Company-all wounded. The following day
his narrative casually mentioned his own misfortune.
Entire B[attalio]n supporting 142nd Inf." and Spec. Service Regt. on
left flank. Co. B finishes clearing trails of mines. Co. C completes bypass
on July 21, 1918. His last assignment was as commandant of the Infantry School, Fort
Benning, Georgia, in July, 1944. Walker's decorations include the Distinguished Service
Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal, and the Purple Heart. He retired in the grade of
major general on April 3o, 1946. Herman G. Goldbeck, Acting Assistant Director, Modern
Military Records Division, General Services Administration, National Archives and Rec-
ords Service, Washington, D.C., to R.L.W., June 16, 1967.
12Stovall Narrative, 47.
13The two officers who, inspected the 111th Engineer Battalion in 1943 cannot be iden-
tified with complete certainty. Records which might have contained the information have
been destroyed in accordance with army regulations. Records for Headquarters II Corps
show that a Lieutenant Colonel Harrison D. Wilson, 0243249, Corps of Engineers, and
a Major James W. Smith, 0287557, Corps of Engineers, were assigned to, that headquarters
during the period concerned. Frank Lilly, Chief, Reference Service Branch, General Serv-
ices Administration, Federal Records Center, Kansas City, Missouri, to R.L.W., May 5,
1967.
1"Stovall Narrative, 50.
15Ibid.
16Robert N. Preston, 20818284, was assigned to the 11ith Engineer Battalion from
November 22, 1940, to November 29, 1943. He was awarded the Purple Heart. General
Services Administration, National Personnel Records Center (Military Personnel Records),
St. Louis, Missouri, to R.L.W., July 25, 1967. References to letters from this office will
hereafter be cited as GSA, St. Louis.
17John W. Marquart, 38051337, was assigned to the 111th Engineer Battalion from
February 1, 1941, to December 5, 1944. He was awarded the Purple Heart. Ibid.
Y1The 142nd Infantry was one of the three infantry regiments making up the 36th
Division.

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