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Venger
Silver Spring MD USA
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Joined: 2022
57th Engineer Combat Battalion
2/12/2022 12:30:39 PM
Hello all! First time posting and I’m excited to dive back into my quest of finding more information about my grandfathers service. Archibald Dominick Kasulke was my hero and practically raised me. I am looking for any and all information about his unit in the Solomons.

He was a combat engineer with the 57th Engineer Combat Battalion, Americal Division. Over the years since his passing I have searched high and low but I really have trouble finding any concrete evidence on their whereabouts during the war.

It’s been a couple of years since I dis any heavy research but I am diving back in. Looking forward to reading all the info on this site as well as sharing my findings.

I have about 50 letters from my grandfather to his wife back home. I know the army was second on Guadalcanal but in one of his letters he alludes to being on Guadalcanal in early august 1942.

Do any of you know anything about (army) engineers being sent in early along with or directly behind the marines landing?

DT509er
Santa Rosa CA USA
Posts: 1149
Joined: 2005
57th Engineer Combat Battalion
2/12/2022 6:23:44 PM
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Hello all! First time posting and I’m excited to dive back into my quest of finding more information about my grandfathers service. Archibald Dominick Kasulke was my hero and practically raised me. I am looking for any and all information about his unit in the Solomons.

He was a combat engineer with the 57th Engineer Combat Battalion, Americal Division. Over the years since his passing I have searched high and low but I really have trouble finding any concrete evidence on their whereabouts during the war.

It’s been a couple of years since I dis any heavy research but I am diving back in. Looking forward to reading all the info on this site as well as sharing my findings.

I have about 50 letters from my grandfather to his wife back home. I know the army was second on Guadalcanal but in one of his letters he alludes to being on Guadalcanal in early august 1942.

Do any of you know anything about (army) engineers being sent in early along with or directly behind the marines landing?



Based on the information at JSTOR.org, the Americal Divisions' 164th Regiment did not arrive onto Guadalcanal until October 13. JSTOR first mentions the 57th ECB during the reorganization of the division in February 1943. It is unlikely that any Americals were at Guadalcanal in August.

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hope_engineering@msn
Spokane WA USA
Posts: 1
Joined: 2022
57th Engineer Combat Battalion
12/2/2022 1:49:48 PM
I sent a PM today re the 57th. If you did not receive, please post another message on this site and I will try again. Robert Richardson
RichTO90
Bremerton WA USA
Posts: 689
Joined: 2004
57th Engineer Combat Battalion
12/2/2022 2:58:25 PM
The 57th Engr C BN was organized by the redesignation of the 1st Battalion, 134th Engineers, which was assigned to Task Force 6814. It was reorganized and redesignated 18 April 1942 as the 57th Engineer Combat Battalion. Task Force 6814 was redesignated 24 May 1942 as the Americal Division. The battalion was Inactivated 10 December 1945 at Fort Lawton, Washington.

The early history of the Americal is at:

https://cgsc.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p4013coll8/id/3427/rec/2

It is unlikely he could have been on Guadalcanal in August since the first Army personnel from Americal arrived in October.

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