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DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY Lineage and Honors 770th TRANSFORPADTON BARTALION Constituted and activated wee, Army of the United States 29 August 1942 as Engineer Railway Detachnent 9646 at Camp William C, Reid, Clovis, New Mexico Converted and redesignated 16 Novenber 1942 as 770th Rativay Operating Detachnent, Transportation Corps Redesignated 27 March 1943 and reorganized 1% April 1943 as 770th Ratlvay Operating Battalion, Transportation Corps Tnactivated 8 Novenber 1946 in Korea Redesignated 16 April 1959 as 770th Transportation Battalion and allotted to the Aray Reserve Activated 1 May 1959 at Fort Custer, Michigan CAMPAIGN STREAMERS: Wordd Mar 1 ‘e-Pacific Theater without inseription DECORATIONS + Streamer, Meritorious Unit Commendation, embroidered ALASKA wmscneras onan nesne — _2¢ SZ, wassneron a wn, BEE 2 9 1959 wue701 “ cages us ‘Transcript of: WP&YR Weekly Report (1943) Hq. 770th R.O. Det. Feb 16, 1943 HEADQUARTERS, 770TH RAILWAY OPERATING DETACHMENT Office of the Commanding Officer APO 985, Seattle, Wash. February 16, 1943. WPWifbb Subject: WP&YR Weekly Report No.6 (1943). TC Minn. ‘ommanding General, Military Railway Service, St. Paul, Commanding General, Northwest Service Command, APO 702, Seattle, Wash. 1, During the week February 5 -12, inclusive, a severe blizzard occurred over the entire line making the operation of trains impossible throughout that entire period. 2. In order to explain the severity of this storm I am giving below the daily occurrences on the line during this period: FEBRUARY 5 -Rotary plow with engines 81 and 62 in charge of the writer, were held at Carcross from 10:.30 AM, February Sth until 12:15 PM, February 6th, awaiting improvement in storm conditions, at which time it was decided that weather was such as to make possible the efficient operation of the rotary. All other traffic was held at terminals until line could be cleared by rotary. FEBRUARY 6 - Southbound Rotary: Rotary fleet with engines 81 and 62, while passing over north Fraser Loop switch, derailed lead engine trucks and all drivers of engine 62 due to wide gauge of ‘track st frog. Moderate wind from the north with temperature 30 degrees below zero. ‘Northbound Rotary: At2:11 PM Rotary extra 66-69 left the shops and plowed up as far as Mile Post 16.5. On account of heavy snow and very high winds still blowing on the hill, they were unable to get through and returned to Glacier where they tied up for the night. FEBRUARY 7 -Storm conditions increased. Very strong winds from the north with temperature 30 degrees below zero. Unable to rerail engine 62 at Fraser Loop switch due to severe weather conditions. Engines ren low on water and it was necessary to “snow-up". An attempt was made to retum rotary fleet engines 66- 69 from Glacier to Shops but was unsuccessful due to bad snow drifts near Mile Post 11. Engine 256 was dispatched from Shops at http://www ngdiscussion.net/egi-bin/NGDF pl?read=26252 12/18/2002 kerwrecre neces wwin \ ‘ 12:17 PM to plow out line to Glacier and enable Rotary to retum to shops. Rotary and Engine 256 arrived at Shops at 3:10 PM. FEBRUARY 8 -Rotary No.1 with Engines 71 and 10, accompanied by engine 256 was called out of Shops at 5:30 AM. Departed Shops at 7:30 AM, arriving Glacier at 9:50 AM. Engine 256, headed south, was coupled to rotary fleet out of Glacier. At Mile Post 16.5 draw bar was broken in baggage car 203 and engine 256 brought car back to Glacier. Rotary returned to Glacier for ‘water at 1:10 PM and departed Glacier going north at 1:55 PM. Working their way through drifts from 6 to 16 feet deep they made favorable progress to the American Shed where two car lengths of drift was encountered inside the shed. Rotary was stalled at this point and, while endeavoring to back away, broke casting in draw bar of engine 71 and pulled out draw-head of rotary. They were successful in patching up rotary and moving it back to a point _ about 500 feet north of Bridge 19 A. Engine 10 ran out of water and fire was killed and engine drained. Engine 71 and the rotary ‘were kept alive by shoveling snow in the tank but it finally became necessary to kill engine 71 account of shortage of coal. Engine 62 rerailed at Fraser Loop switch at 4:15 PM. Both engines 81 and 62 were out of coal and it was necessary to use ties to keep engines alive. Had to shovel out snow from the north Fraser Loop switch back to Fraser ( 4 mile) in order to get engines and rotary back to Fraser for coal and water. This required all night February 8th and the early morning of February 9th. Engine 256 returning to Glacier with coach after pulling out draw bar, stalled in snow at mile post 16.5 where engine was kept alive for some time by shoveling snow into the tank but it finally became necessary to kill engine and drain her. Summing the situation to date, we have one rotary at Fraser without sufficient coal to move forward and snowed in back of rotary so that we were unable to return to Log Cabin or Bennett for coal; one rotary 500 feet south of the American Shed alive with draw ber out of south end; engines 10 and 71 dead at north end of steel bridge; engine 256 dead at milepost 16.5. FEBRUARY 9 -Situation at Fraser beginning to look serious. With only six tons of coal on hand at Fraser and with an insufficient amount to start south, with the weather still 30 degrees below zero and a strong north wind blowing, a total of 23 man in the outfit and rations low, conditions were serious. It was decided that we would have to make every effort to keep engines alive with ties, using only enough coal as was absolutely necessary. During the PM of February Sth the the section foreman from Log Cabin with two men walked from Log Cabin to Fraser to bring supplies they could carry on their backs to assist us until relief could reach vs. All hands were thoroughly exhausted, however, morale was good and the men were caring for their health the best they could under existing conditions. At 2:15 PM on the 9th we were successful in getting engines 81 and 62 back to the tank at Fraser and were http://www ngdiscussion.net/egi-bin/NGDF pl?read=26252 12/18/2002 Do) Sg wrerrk K-zes ww rage 2 010 successful in getting the rotary back to the tank at 3:45 PM. The storm continued with temperature 22 degrees below zero. Arrangements were made with Bechtel, Price, Callahan Construction Company to start a D-4 tractor out of Carcross towing a sled with rations and to pick up four tons of coal at Bennett. Tractor with sled left Carcross at 7:00 PM, February 9th. Extra 66, north, was called from shops at 12:30 AM for Glacier and departed at 3:01 AM with a coach. The delay was due to water spout at the shops froze up. They arrived at Glacier at 5:25 AM after being delayed while stuck in a drift at M.P. 11.5, being helped out by engine 250 dispatched from the shops for that purpose. Engine 66 then tried to get up to the 256 at M.P. 16.5 but was unable to do so on account of high drifts. Engine 66 departed Glacier for Shops at 11:45 PM, but again became stalled in the snow at M.P. 11.5 and it was again necessary to send the 250 out to assist her. Both engines arrived back at the Shops at 5:30 PM. Engine 250 again departed Shops at 7:00 PM with acar of men, tools and rations, arriving Glacier at 8:00 PM. Engine 250 then returned light to Shops, arriving 9:30 PM. Summary of the Situation on February 9: We still have the South- bound Rotary at Fraser without coal. We have the northbound Rotary 500 feet south of the American Shed with draw bar out of south end. We have engines 71 and 10 dead at north end of steel bridge. We have the 256 dead and snowed in at MP. 16.5. FEBRUARY 10 -Still storming. Temperature 22 degrees below zero. D-A tractor with rations and four tons of coal arrive at Bennett 4:55 AM. Left Bennett at 7:30 AM for Fraser, using the lake from Carcross to Bennett and the tracks from Bennett to Fraser. At 2:30 PM tractor driver and two men walked into Fraser and reported tractor stalled in snow 1% miles north of Fraser. Men ‘were sent out from Fraser to assist in digging them out and the tractor with sled arrived Fraser at 6:00 PM. ‘At 4:30 PM the right front cylinder head was knocked out of engine 81 while making a move at the water tank at Fraser and it was necessary to disconnect the right side of engine, leaving us with an engine and one-half and the rotary. Engines 66 and 69, coupled, departed shops at 6:00 AM carrying ‘men, picked up two outfit cars at Boulder occupied by Hatfield Electric Company, and arrived at Clifton at 8:30 AM. where ‘engine 69 blew top valve on right hand water glass. It was necessary for engine 66 to return engine 69 and train to shops. Engine 66 with engine 4 left shops 11:59 AM with one coach and men with shovels, arriving Glacier 2:04 PM. Engine 66 remained at Glacier and engine 4 retuned to shops at 9:05 PM. ‘Weather conditions unchanged. Very high north wind and snow blowing and drifting. Summary of situation February 10: Same as February Sth except ‘engine 69 in the shops at Skagway, dead. http://www ngdiscussion.net/cgi-bin/NGDF pl?read=26252 12/18/2002 Ke: WHOL TIC K=28'S WW FEBRUARY 11- Weather clearing, wind ceased blowing. ‘Temperature 15 degrees below zero. During the night of February 10 and the early moming of February I, three trips were made between Fraser and Log Cabin with the D-4 tractor and sled hauling coal, handling 5 tons the first trip, 6 tons the second trip and 7 tons the third trip. At 12:45 PM the rotary with engine 62 only left Fraser to plow snow as far as possible with a tank and then retuned to Fraser for water and put on the balance of the coal that had been sledded from Log Cabin. ‘At 6:25 PM, on the 11th we left Fraser with the rotary fleet fully watered and every available pound of coal aboard. We bucked snow from 6 to 16 feet deep practically all the way, arriving at the Canadian Shed at 12:40 AM, Feb, 12th, There was very heavy snow between the Canadian Shed and the Boundary Shed. The rotary and engine 62 were out of water and it was necessary to syphon water from an adjoining lake. We arrived at the water tank at White Pass at 8:00 AM, February 12th, completely out of water and it was necessary to pack coal with section-men from the north end of the Boundary Shed to the south end of the Canadian Shed to keep engines alive and working. ‘At about 9:00 AM we were advised that the barge carrying engine 253 and several hundred tons of rail broke loose at Haines and ‘went on the rocks and was entirely submerged. Extra 66 was out of Glacier at 7:00 AM Feb. 11th with men to shovel snow and attempt to move engine 256 from M.P. 16.5. Engines 250 and 69 were called to leave the Shops at 4:00 AM and departed 7:01 AM, arriving Glacier 7:55 AM with four cars of tools, rations and equipment. ‘At 7:00 PM engine 66 returned to Glacier and reported having pulled engine 256 down grade about 1000 feet but snow piling up behind plow stalled further progress. Engine 66 returned to shops, arriving there at 9:00 PM. Engines 250 and 69 then left Glacier to bring back the 256. They retumed with engine 256 in tow arriving Glacier 9:00 PM. All three engines, 250, 69 and 256, arrived at the Shops 11:25 PM. Summary of situation night of February 11: Southbound Rotary working between Fraser and White Pass, Northbound Rotary still alive with draw bar out 500 feet south of American Shed. Engines 71 and 10 dead at north end of steel bridge. New engine 253 in the Bay at Haines. Weather moderating with wind down and temperature 6 degrees below zero. FEBRUARY 12 - Southbound Rotary laid up at White Pass for rest of crews, this being the first rest crews have had since February 4th. Extra 66, north, called at 4:00 AM, departed shops 5:40 AM for Glacier with one coach. Arrived Glacier 6:35 AM. Crew of 65 men ‘worked cutting down drifts and blocking out snow to a point where the rotary could handle it. Rotary No.3, received on Feb. 7th, left shops at 2:00 PM with engines 69 and 4, arriving Glacier at 2:50 PM. The No.4 returned http://www ngdiscussion.nev/ogi-bin/NGDF pl?read=26252 12/18/2002 JA / Be wreeinaccos mm | to Shops. The Rotary with engines 69 and 250 then preceded to plow out drifts between Glacier and stee! bridge. They picked up engine 10 and retumed to Glacier, went back to steel bridge and picked up engine 71 and retumed to Glacier. Then with the rotary ‘No.3 they plowed out to the Rotary stalled 500 feet south of the ‘American Shed. Rotary #3 was then returned to Glacier and the engines went back and picked up the stalled rotary and moved her to Glacier. Engine 66 broke rear driving wheel axle at M.P. 15 and while refurming this engine to shops, engine was derailed at MP. 12.5. Engine was rerailed at 4:30 PM, Feb. 13th, and retuned to the ‘Shops at 6:55 PM. Summary for February 12th: Southbound Rotary at White Pass on rest, ‘At Glacier Rotaries 1 and 3; engines 10 and 71 dead; engines 250 and 69 alive and O.K,; engine 66 derailed at M-P 12.5 with a broken axle; new engine 253 submerged in the bay at Haines. FEBRUARY 13 -Weather calm with light snow. Six inches of new snow, very light. S.B. Rotary left White Pass at 10:15 A.M. found drifts 6 to 15 feet high between White Pass and the American Shed and south of the American Shed for 500 feet where Rotary No. 3 had plowed up to Rotary No.1. $.B. Rotary No. 2 derailed forward trucks of rotary at M.P, 19 caused by ice over rails. Engine 250 with coach and 60 men was sent from Glacier to shovel snow between derailment and where Rotary No. 3 had stopped and to clear track so that engine 250 could shove rotary back on track. Engine 62 handling this rotary, could not handle her up hill and rerail her. Engine 81 on one side was helpless. Rotary No.2 was rerailed at 6:10 PM, Left point of derailment at 6:20 PM, arriving at Skagway 9:00 PM. Engine 69 had moved engines 10 and 71 and Rotary No.1 from Glacier to Skagway, arriving 7:10 PM. Engine 250 moved the balance of work equipment and Rotary No. 3 from Glacier to Skagway, arriving 8:55 PM. Road clear of all equipment 9:00 PM, Saturday, February 13th. We also had word that engine 253 had bean recovered from the bay at Haines. FEBRUARY 14 -REST. FEBRUARY 15 -Due to the storm that had existed after the southbound rotary had arrived at Fraser, it was necessary to run a rotary over the line to Carcross before train operations could be resumed. Consequently Rotary No.2 with engines 71 and 62 departed from Skagway at 5:15 AM Monday, February 15th, followed by Extra 250-69 with company coal, arriving Log Cabin at 3:45 PM, account heavy snow between Fraser and Log Cabin necessary to return to Fraser for water. On return to Log Cabin from Fraser, at M.P. 29 rear axle of rotary tank broke. An extra has dispatched from Skagway immediately with a pair of wheels to replace and when accomplished rotary will proceed. http://www.ngdiscussion.net/ogi-bin/NGDF pl?read=26252 12/18/2002 By Capt, RICHARD L. NEUBERGER Aumid Alaskan blizzards too cold for a polar bear, the Army played Casey Jones toa vital stretch of railroad too steep for a goat. 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Claiborne , Tas fov hi, |_7 Aug Gecibortoas Tat Comma Gp, Anza, Calif. fur LS | 25-aug LS | Starini dation f Alaska) [rAPOE "SS_CHA ES LORE dug LS[2h Sap Le | Shin #L86T= Philjpnine Islands Sp iS [Jun area Tan Vow L6 | HIACTTWATED, re, Custer, Wiel Tay 59 [31 INACTIVATED Engineer Railway Detachment 9646 is CONSTITUTED, ASSIGNED to Eighth Service Command, will be ACTIVATEN at Cn. William C. Reid, Clovis, N. Mex. effective 29 Aug 1942 - AG 320.2 (29 Aug l2)MR-M-SP, 30 Aug 1912. WIL TRINSFER on permanent change of station from Clovis, Ne Mex. to Seattle Port of Tnharkation (Staging: Ft. levis, Wash.) enroute to Alaska, Shipnent Nr. 96i6-A & B- AC 370. (27° Aug 2)MS-SPOPT-M, 29 Aug 19:2, NEPAPTED Clovis, N. Mex. Sep 19h2 - Radio, 2 Sep 1942. ARRIVED Ft. Lewis, Wash. 192 - Itr. AC 37.5 (e Sen }), Seattle, Yash., © Seo 19). Buipmant Nr. 9646-4 DEPARTED 12 Sep 19h2 on PRINCESS LOUISE and ARATVED Alaska 16 Sep 19k2 - Transnortation Renort, Seattle Port of Embarkation, 29 Sep 15 pment Nr. 966-B DEPARTED 11 Sep 192 on OTSPGE and ARYIVED Alaska 16 Sen 19h? Transportation Report, Seattle Port of Embarkation, 29 Sev 192. ae Engineer Railway Detachment 9646 will be CONVERTED and REDESIGNATED 770th Railway Operating Netachnent, Transnortation Corps, effective 16 Nov 1942 - AG 320.2 (25 Nov 2)OB-I-SP-M, 1 Dec 192. ‘770th Railway Operating Detachment, Transvortation Corns will be REDESTCNATEN 70th Tatlway Operating Pattalion, Transportation Corps, Co's A, 3 & C are CONSTITUTED, Rattalion will he REORGANI7AD W/Med Net under Snecial 7/0 = AG 329.2 (26 Mar 13)03-I-SPOPU-M, 27 Mar 1943. Effective Ui Aor 193 - 1st Ind., 770th Railway Onerating Rattalion, 11 Mav 103, Wi11 be REORGANIZED under Special 1/0, renains ASSICNED to the Northwest Service Command - AG 372 (1 Sen L3)0%T- SpMOUAM, b Sep 1943. Effective 20 Sev 193 - Radhogram, Skagway, Alaska, 27 Sep 1913. ‘Will TRANSFER on permanent change of station, Shipitent Nr. 2068-C, from Alaska to Seattle Port of Enharkation for further movenent to Army Service Forces Training Center, Co. Claiborne, La., ASSIGNED to Army Service Forces * Pighth Service Command oon arrival ~ WD 370.5 (13 Oct hl)OB-S-E-SPMOT-M,-17 Oct 19h. DEPARTED Alaska 17 Nov loin and AR*IVED Port Rawards Staring hrea, Prince Rupert, B. C. 19 Nov 19h _ Water Transportation Revort, 27 Nov 19h. DEPARTS Port Eiwards Staring 22 Nov ‘gh’ and ARRIVED Cp. Ciatteren tan 28 28 Nov 19h - 1st Ind., 770th Railway Overating Rattalion, 26 Mar 19/5, WALL be REORGANIZED under TOE 98-225, 1913, Ch 3s Med Det unter TOE 8-500, 19l5; Ho, Hq & Sve Co RMESTONATEN Ho & Ho Co, with a strength of 28 Off, 1 WO, 82h BNL, effective 9 Apr 19:5 - AG 322 (27 Mar {\S)O3-T-SPMOT_M, 28 Mar 1Oh€, COMPToEN_ Ltr. Eighth Service Command, 10 Apr 19)5. Det, will TRANSFER from Cp. Claiborne, La. to Jefferson Rarracks, Mo. (will TRANSFER to Pooular "luff, Yo. for two weeks and return to Jefferson Barracks, Mo.) - SPX 370.5 (28 Mar l5)08-S-SPMOT-M, 29 Mar 195. AMENDED ~ SPY 370.8 (13 Apr 5)03-S-SPMOT-M, 13 Apr 1953 SPX 370.5 (2 May h5)03-S-SPMOT-M, h May 19h5. ‘Wi11 TRANSFER on permanent change of station from Cp. Claiborne, La. to Los Angeles Port of Embarkation (Staging: Co. Anza, Calif) enroute to Philippine Island, Shipment Nr. L861-A - WD 370.5 (29 Jun 15)03-S-E-SPMOT-M, bh Jul 19)5, NEPARTEN Gp. Claiborne, Ia. 7 Aug 195 and ARRIVED Op. Anza, Calif. 10 Aug 195 - Troon Movement Table, 11 Ade 195. NEPAPTEN Los Angeles POE 29 hug TIS and ANTVED Pyrryeqine. Telands 2h Sap TLS — Water Nransvortation evort, 10 Oct TOL, Will be 2B) (Incl atehed chaplain) under TOE S*-225-0S 193, Ch 3 (Less Co A), with a strength of 7 OF, 1. WO, 605 ENL - AG 322 (20 Jun 46)AO-I-"DGOT-M, 1 Jul 196. Effective 25 Jun 19h6 in Korea - GO 191, YXIY Corns, 22 Jon 19h6. AMENDED - GO 112, XV Corps, 26 Jul 19h6. : ‘oth Railway Operating Battalion, Transvortation Coros will be TMACTTVATED - AG 322 (34 Aug 16)AO-T--"GOT-M, 30 Jul Igh6. Effective 8 Nov 196 in Korea ~ CO Uk, XXIV Coros, 5 Nov 19h6. ‘770th Railway Operating Battalion, Transportation Corps is YEDESTGYATED 770th Transvortation Battalion, ALTOTTAN to the amy Reserve, effective 16 Jge 1953, Hq & Hq Co is ASSIGNED to Fifth US Army, will be ACTIVATHN at Ft. Guster, Wich. ag (Boat) under TOE 55-516R, I (0-0 (M) 322 (2h Mar 59)RES, 16 Apr 1959. ‘Effective 1 May 1959 with Co C AbrrvaT=n at Muskegon, Miths (Less Sth and 6th Platoons at Traverse City, Mich.) - GO 38, YI US Army Gorns, 25 Avr 1950. fo A is ACTIVATED at Green Bay, Wisc. under TOE 55-1270, 1959; Co 3 1s ACTTVATEN ,4 Marinette, Wise, unter TOR 9, VT US Aray Corps, 17 Mar 1960. 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GENIE POST 27 mov 93 vypnee Bane PT 60 BeLony* Geasee P2? Vv | RBSTRIOTSD S3CTION 1 ees ortation Corps Truck Company (Troop) 334th Station Fospital (500 bed) 62d Medical Base Depot Company 875th Medical Optical Repeir Detechnent (2ype 6. 1) 418th Quarternaster Service Company 238th, *239th and *348th Quarternaster Laundry Detachments (Mobile) 4957th Quartermaster Laundry Detachnont (Hospital) *?8th Signal Heavy Coastructicn Battalion 198th, 866th end.925th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Yeapons Battalions (Seni-Kiobile) 294th antiaircreft artillery Searchligtt Battalion (Type A) 706th Tank Battalion 3Llth end 345th Ordnance Depct Corpanies 128th Transportation Corps Car Company 3818th Quortermaster Gas Supply Conpany 2324 Ordnance Tire Repair Conpany 216th and 217th Ordnance Bomb Disposal Detachments 3094th Quartermaster Refrigeration Company (Fixed) *(4lst Cuertermster Laundry Detachment (Eospits)) 547th Signal Bese Devot Company ‘787th Base Depot Company, Transportat 244th Ordnance Depct Company Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 299th in Corps ‘Transportation Corps Truck Pattelion 13624 end *3069th Engineer Dump Truck Comp: 499th Engineer Heavy Shop Company 12a Veterinary Food Inspection Detachment 436th Wedicsl Prophylactic Detachnent 52a, 62d and COth Military Gevernn: and Headquarters Comyanies. 97th Ordnance Berb Disposal Squx +3230th Quartermaster Service Conpany 150th and 1546th Engineer Hcbile Searchl igh jaintenanee Units Headquarters and He Ordnance Battalic 240th Ordnance Armunition Ge: ¥1530th Enginoer Durp Truck Cerpuny 2848th Engincer Gas G.ncrating Detachnont 4924 Wedic#l xaintenance Detechnent (Type Ho. 3) 90th *Nogro enlisted porsesnel. Page 1 - Inclosurel c RESTRICTED Units to be Inactivated (Cont'd During the lonth of July 1946 148th Voterinary Focd Inspection Detachnent’ 217th Melaris Survey Detachment (FB) 4Alst Ordnance Tire Repsir Company AL99th Quartermester Base Dopot Company 26th Quartermaster Refrigeration Platoon (licb *576th Transportation Corps Port Company Units to be Inactiveted During the Month cf August 1946 387th Kotor Ambulance Compeny 224 Ordnance Wedium licintenance Company 163d Transportation Corps Car Company 97th Veterinary Food Inspection Detachment *3118th end *4140th Quartermaster Service Companies Headquarters aid Headquarters. Coupany, 32915 Signal Base Depot Headquarters and Headquarters Detechrent, 117th Transpertation Gcrps Port Battelicn 136th, 243A and *406th Port Corpanios, Trensperteticn Corps 376th Transportation Corps Harbor Craft Compeny 3348th Transportation Corps Truck Corpany Ath Medical Museum’ and Arts Detachment 23lst Quartermaster Laundry Detachnent (Hospital) dovartars and Headquerters Detachment, 3906th Signal Service Bettelion 448th Engineer Depot, Company 3346th Transtortaticn Corps ‘Truck Company (Troop) 237th and 438th Vedical Prophylactic Detachnents 53d, 57th and 6éth lilitary Gcvernrents, Headquarters 42a Chemical: Laboratory (Com: 236th and 300th Finance Disbursing Sections *9824, *3291st and *4209th Quartermester Service Companies 566th, 567th, 568th, 569th, 570th and 574th Quartern:ster Office Nachine Repair Detachrents, Headquarters “ind Headquarters Dotachnont, 491st Port Battalion, Trenspcrtation Corps 52d and 167th Transpertaticn Corps Boat Crows (Class A) 38th Trensportaticn Corps Pert Marine liaintenance Detachment "Page 2 = tnelssure 2 RESTRICTED Mliegro enlisted perg nel. Gil C AIR MATL HEADQUARTERS, DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY Office of The Adjutant General Washington 25, D. C. AGAO-O (M) 322 (24 Mar 59) RES SURTEDT: Aetivation of Unite of the Amy Reserve | Commanding General Fifth United States Army 1. The following wits are constituted and allotted to the Army Reserve, effective 216 April 1959: Ha, 898th Professional Sve Ha & Ha Co, 300th MP Coma ove, BREUER grotto nat eat ata te A) See or 217th Onl Sve Co 2uqth cml Co 2alith Onl Base Depot Co 2alith Cnl Co 605th Malaria Survey Det 605th Med Det 606th Malaria Survey Det 606th Med Det 17th QM Sales Plat 17th WM Plat Trans Sve Plat ‘fG2a ‘trans Depot Co, TH 519th Fort Co 5h2a trans Trk Co 555th Trans Trk Co = Trans Plat [Gea Trans Co 579th Trans Co 5h2d Trans Co 555th Trans Co 3. Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 4olith Quartermaster Battalion is allotted to the Army Reserve, effective 16 April 1959. 4. The following units ere redesignated as indicated, effective 16 April 1959: Present Designation Hq & Hq Co, 333d Engr Cubt Gp Hq & Hq Co, 887th Engr Maint Bn 3lath Engr Panel Bridge Co 30th Engr Fonton Bridge Co 309th Engr Maint Co 486th Engr Hv Shop Co New Designation Hg & Hq Co, 333d Engr Gp Ha & Ha Co, 887th Engr Gp 312th Engr Co 30kth Ener Co 309th Engr Co 486th Engr Co oy Present Designation New Designation 4N6th Malaria Survey Det ub6on Med Det. 366th Ord Tk Maint Co 366th Ord Co Bist ord BD Sad, Sep Bist ord Det 906th Ora BD Sad 906th Ord Det. ‘TeTth QM Sve Co TeTth QM Co 273d Trans Trk Co 2734 Trans Co 1824 trans Trk Co 1624 ‘Trans Co 915th Trans ‘Tri Co glSth Trans Cc igtth Trans Hy Trk Co iggth Trans Co 478th Trans Auph Trk Co 178th Trans Co 3324 ‘Trans Trk Co 3324 Trans Co 5. Battery E, 29th Fleld Artillery is withdrew fron the Regular Amy, allotted to the Army Reserve azd redesignated as Eattery E, 29% Artillery, effective 16 April 1959, 6. The following units are assigned to Fifth United States Army and will be activated and organized as indicated, at the earliest practicable date: ‘PSN Unit TOE Location Priority 31025 3924 Cl. Co (Cnbt Spt) 3-10, 57 Adrian, Mich I 31025 217th Cm Co (Cubt Spt) 3-10, 57 ‘mderson, Ind I (less 5th & 6th Plat) 5th & 6th Plat Paoli, Ind 21062 22hth Gal. Co (Smoke Genr) 3-267D3 58 - Marion, Ind Ir (ess 24 Plat) 2a Plat Argos, Ind 31322 Hq & Ha Co, 333d Engr Gp 5-312R, 55 w/o 1 Arbor, Mich qr (Const) 31330 Ha & Hq Co, 887th Engr Gp 5+262R, 55 Dearborn, Mich Ir (aint & Sup) 31520 312th Engr Co (Sup Point) 5-48D, 58 w/C 1 Escanaba, Mich Ir 31520 30Kth Engr Co (Sup Point) 5-480, 58 w/o 1 Saginaw, Mich Ir 31520 309th Engr Co (Sup Point) 5-48D, 58-v/C 1 Calumet, Mich Ir 35 486th Engr Co (Bap Sup) P Deerbora, Mich = Subs Org: 5-260R, 55 21896 Btry E (Slt), 29th Arty 6=558C, 56 Connersville, Ind z (tess 2a & 32 Plat) 2a & 34 Plat Batesville, Ind 8-520D, 58 Ir 32980 605th Med Det (Surgical) 8-500, 56 werse City, Mich Tr ‘Team: “KA 32895 46th Med Det 32895 606th Med Det 32885 Ha, 898th Prof sve Gary, Ind I Warren, Mich I Iansing, Mich Ir 35501 300th MP Coma (POW Royal Oak, Mich I 33921 366th ord Co (est Grand Rapids, Mich Ir Oko Bist Ord Det (Stock Con) 9-510R, 55 Hastings, Mich = Det: . e € ~ BB1st or oven OKO a/...® ° its ~AGAO-O (M) 322 (24 Mar 59) RES ‘Bgpawett 19999 SUBJECE: Activation of Units of the Amy Reserve ‘TPSH Unit DOR Location Priority 34OKL 906th Ord Det (Stock Acct) 29-5000, 58 Hastings, Mich I ‘Team: FA 34515 Ha & Ha Det, holtn OM Ba 10-536D, 58 Evansville, ind I 34624 728th QM Co (Sve) 10-67¢, 56 Evansville, Ind I NGM 727th QM Co (sup Depot) 10-367C, 57 Rushville, ‘Ind r w/aug See 34652 17th QM Plat (Petrl op) 10=377C, 56 Indianapolis, Ind I Para 08 & 09 25 Ss-5len, 55 QURRIGHREY. =x 25590 Ss-hoo, 59 © iGaaytnd I 25695 915} (tac caer) 55e47D, 59 Hormona, Ind I 25695 782d Trans Co (Tac Carr) 55-470, 59 Gary, Ind I 25695 579th Trans Co (Tac Carr) 55-HTD, 59 Gary, Ind I 25695 5h2d Trans Co (Tac Carr; 55-47D, 59 Michigan Cit; I 25590 Bon, 59 panaapiaay any = 25695 1: vans Co (‘Tac Carr) 55-47D, 59 Grand Rapids, Mich z 25695 78th Trans Co (Tae Carr) 55-"7D, 59 Benton Harbor, Mich bg 25695 555th ‘Trans Co (Tac Carr) 55-470, 59 South Bend, Ind I 25695 332d Trans Co (Tac Carr) 55-"7D, 59 Folland, Mich s (35705 2734 Trans Co (Med Actt 55-Ne8P ) South Bend, Ind I Maint) } x Subs Org: . S5-45TR, 55 ( w/e 2d ) (35633 a fens Co (actt Main 55-h58P ) Detroit, Mich I 0S ) f ‘Subs Org: ssehs7R, 55 ) wel ) 35663 315th Trans Co (iv Boat) 55-68R, 55 Detroit, Mich I 35739 51ith Trans Plat (BARC Op & — 55-500R, 55 Benton Herbor, Mich Z Maint) Team: FS 7+ When the ection directed herein has been accomplished, copies of the orders will ‘be furnished this office in accordance with AR 310-1108, as amended. let By Order of Wilber M. Brucker, Secretary cf the ) h Copies furnished: je eral / Commanding General United States Continental Army Command wy ¢ oe * Am MATL ‘HEADQUARTERS, DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY Office of The Adjutant General. Washington 25, D. C. Aato-0 (0) 388 (2h tm 59) Es jas may 2959 SUBJECT: Redesignation and Reorganization of Certain Units of the Army Reserve 10; Commanding General Fifth United States Army 1. ‘he following unit will be reorganized as indicated, at the earliest practicable date: Iocation Priority 355h9 mage 55-1 1250, 59 Se, I 2. The following units will be redesignated and reorganized as indicated, at the earliest practicable date: Present New Designation Designation TOR Location Priority 35685 I 296585 (gq BpTOUNRERRBATUNORLRCGSSEATGSY 25-127, 59 wapsaanteny = T eee 3. When the action directed herein has been accomplished, copies of the orders will be furnished this office in accordance with AR 310-110B, as amended. 55-127D, 59 By Order of Wilber M. Brucker, Secretary of the . copies furnished: Lg 7 Ak et Commanding General United States Continental Army Command Am MAT, Hr, David H. doeppinger 228 Goeppinger Building Sth and Story Streets Beone, Iowa Dear Mr. Geoppinger: This 4s in reply to your letter of 27 Kovexber 1959 requesting information on the White Pass and Yukon Railroad when it was operated by the 70s Hethvond RotésMon during Word war 2e A search of records in this office has failed to identify a Published history of the 770th Railroad Battalion or of the operations of the Waite Pass and Yukon Railroad during World War II. Your attention 41 which describes railroa: of World War II. ‘The official records of the Alaskan Dep Railroad Battalion are on ‘th the U.S. enPee Clee hace te ue, Kensas City 24, Missouri. Tt is suggested that you contact these agencies regarding availability of inferaation on your research project. Mel pongrey yx tl — LAE 976, Sincerely yours, F 'S- Ws FOOTE ft “1{Golonel, Artillery Executive we Wioe/Zeidlik/77317 30 Nov 59) DAMH-HSO LTC Lyman L. Woodman USAF Retired 117 Cook Avenue Anchorage, AK 99501 Dear Colonel Woodman: 48 FEB 1981 This is in response to your letter of 31 January 1981 requesting __ plgmminn stink oe sh and 116 tatny Operating Haein, Inclosed is a copy of the most recently prepared Lineage and Honors Certificate of the latter battalion. We have never prepar: Lineage and Honors Certificat In addition to tl Best of luck in your research. 1 Incl, As stated HENDRICKS/FG 2-12-81 Sincerely, ROBERT N. WAGGONER Colonel, FA Chief, Historical Services Division FILE Message: 16 Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2005 12:59:23 -0800 (PST) From: Frank Corley Subject: A week on the White Pass in February, 1943 ‘A week on the White Pass 2-43. I received this from my friend Ken Borg and it had been through some other hands before that. It's an incredible account of devotion to duty. A fascinating read. We don't know how good we have it today - Frank Corley. WP&YR Weekly Report (1943) Hq. 770th R.O. Det. “Feb 16, 1943 HEADQUARTERS, 770TH RAILWAY OPERATING DETACHMENT Office of the Commanding Officer ‘wPw/fbb ‘APO 985, Seattle, Wash. February 16, 1943. ‘Subject: WP&YR Weekly Report No.6 (1943). TO: Commanding General, Military Railway Service, St. Paul, Minn. ‘Commanding General, Northwest Service Command, APO 702, Seattle, Wash. 1. During the week February 5 -12, inclusive, a severe blizzard occurred over the entire line making the operation of trains impossible throughout that entire period. 2. In order to explain the severity of this storm I am giving below the daily occurrences on the line during this period: FEBRUARY 5 -Rotary plow with engines 8! and 62 in charge of the writer, were held at Carcross from 10:.30 AM, February 5th until 12:15 PM, February 6th, awaiting improvement in storm conditions, at which time it was decided that weather was such as to make possible the efficient operation of the rotary. All other traffic was held at terminals until line could be cleared by rotary. FEBRUARY 6 - Southbound Rotary: Rotary fleet with engines 81 and 62, while passing over north Fraser Loop switch, derailed lead engine trucks and all drivers of engine 62 due to wide gauge of track at frog. Moderate wind from the north with temperature 30 degrees below zero. Northbound Rotary: At 2:11 PM Rotary extra 66-69 left the shops and plowed up as far as Mile Post 16.5. On account of heavy snow and very high winds still blowing on the hill, they were unable to get through and returned to Glacier where they tied up for the night. FEBRUARY 7 -Storm conditions increased. Very strong winds from the north with temperature 30 degrees below zero. Unable to rerail engine 62 at Fraser Loop switch due to severe weather conditions. Engines ran low on water and it was necessary to "snow-up". An attempt was made to return rotary fleet engines 66-69 from Glacier to Shops but was unsuccessful due to bad snowdrifts near Mile Post 11. Engine 256 was dispatched from Shops at 12:17 PM to plow out line to Glacier and enable Rotary to return to shops. Rotary and Engine 256 arrived at Shops at 3:10 PM. FEBRUARY 8 -Rotary No.1 with Engines 71 and 10, accompanied by engine 256 was called out of Shops at 5:30 AM. Departed Shops at 7:30 AM, arriving Glacier at 9:50 AM. Engine 256, headed south, was coupled to rotary fleet out of Glacier. At Mile Post 16.5 draw bar was broken in baggage car 203 and engine 256 brought car back to Glacier. Rotary returned to Glacier for water at 1:10 PM and departed Glacier going north at 1:55 PM. Working their way through drifts from 6 to 16 feet deep they made favorable progress to the American Shed where two car lengths of drift was encountered inside the shed. Rotary was stalled at this point and, while endeavoring to back away, broke casting in draw bar of engine 71 and pulled out draw-head of rotary. They were successful in patching up rotary and moving it back to a point about 500 feet north of Bridge 19 A. Engine 10 ran out of water and fire was killed and engine drained. Engine 71 and the rotary were kept alive by shoveling snow in the tank but it finally became necessary to kill engine 71 account of shortage of coal. Engine 62 rerailed at Fraser Loop switch at 4:15 PM. Both engines 81 and 62 were out of coal and it was necessary to use ties to keep engines alive. Had to shovel out snow from the north Fraser Loop switch back to Fraser (? mile) in order to get engines and rotary back to Fraser for coal and water. This required all night February 8th and the early morning of February 9th. Engine 256 returning to Glacier with coach after pulling out draw bar, stalled in snow at mile post 16.5 where engine was kept alive for some time by shoveling snow into the tank but it finally became necessary to kill engine and drain her. Summing the situation to date, we have one rotary at Fraser without sufficient coal to move forward and snowed in back of rotary so that we were unable to return to Log Cabin or Bennett for coal; one rotary 500 feet south of the American Shed alive with draw bar out of south end; engines 10 and 71 dead at north end of steel bridge; engine 256 dead at milepost 16.5. FEBRUARY 9 -Situation at Fraser beginning to look serious. With only six tons of coal on hand at Fraser and with an insufficient amount to start south, with the weather still 30 degrees below zero and a strong north wind blowing, a total of 23 men in the outfit and rations low, conditions were serious. It was decided that we would have to make every effort to keep engines alive with ties, using only enough coal as was absolutely necessary. During the PM of February 9th the section foreman from Log Cabin with two men walked from Log Cabin to Fraser to bring supplies they could carry on their backs to assist us until relief could reach us. All hands were thoroughly exhausted, however, morale was good and the men were caring for their health the best they could under existing conditions. At 2:15 PM on the 9th we were successful in getting engines 81 and 62 back to the tank at Fraser and were successful in getting the rotary back to the tank at 3:45 PM. The storm continued with temperature 22 degrees below zero. Arrangements were made with Bechtel, Price, Callahan Construction Company to start a D-4 tractor out of Carcross towing a sled with rations and to pick up four tons of coal at Bennett. Tractor with sled left Carcross at 7:00 PM, February 9th. Extra 66, north, was called from shops at 12:30 AM for Glacier and departed at 3:01 AM with a coach. The delay was due to water spout at the shops froze up. ‘They arrived at Glacier at 5:25 AM after being delayed while stuck in a drift at M.P. 11.5, being helped out by engine 250 dispatched from the shops for that purpose. Engine 66 then tried to get up to the 256 at M.P. 16.5 but was unable to do so on account of high drifts. Engine 66 departed Glacier for Shops at 11:45 PM, but again became stalled in the snow at M.P. 11.5 and it was again necessary to send the 250 out to assist her. Both engines arrived back at the Shops at 5:30 PM. Engine 250 again departed Shops at 7:00 PM with a car of men, tools and rations, arriving Glacier at 8:00 PM. Engine 250 then returned light to ‘Shops, arriving 9:30 PM. Summary of the Situation on February 9: We still have the South- bound Rotary at Fraser without coal. We have the northbound Rotary 500 feet south of the ‘American Shed with draw bar out of south end, We have engines 71 and 10 dead at north end of steel bridge. We have the 256 dead and snowed in at M.P. 16.5. FEBRUARY 10 -Still storming. Temperature 22 degrees below zero. D-4 tractor with rations and four tons of coal arrive at Bennett 4:55 AM. Left Bennett at 7:30 AM for Fraser, using the lake from Carcross to Bennett and the tracks from Bennett to Fraser. At 2:30 PM tractor driver and two men walked into Fraser and reported tractor stalled in snow 1?miles north of Fraser. Men were sent out from Fraser to assist in digging them out and the tractor with sled arrived Fraser at 6:00 PM. At 4:30 PM the right front cylinder head was knocked out of engine 81 while making a move at the water tank at Fraser and it was necessary to disconnect the right side of engine, leaving us with an engine and one-half and the rotary. Engines 66 and 69, coupled, departed shops at 6:00 AM carrying men, picked up two outfit cars at Boulder occupied by Hatfield Electric Company, and arrived at Clifton at 8:30 AM, where engine 69 blew top valve on right hand water glass. It was necessary for engine 66 to return engine 69 and train to shops. Engine 66 with engine 4 left shops 11:59 AM with ‘one coach and men with shovels, arriving Glacier 2:04 PM. Engine 66 remained at Glacier and engine 4 returned to shops at 9:05 PM. Weather conditions unchanged. Very high north wind and snow blowing and drifting. Summary of situation February 10: Same as February 9th except engine 69 in the shops at Skagway, dead. FEBRUARY 11- Weather clearing, wind ceased blowing. Temperature 15 degrees below zero. During the night of February 10 and the early morning of February II, three trips were made between Fraser and Log Cabin with the D-4 tractor and sled hauling coal, handling 5 tons the first trip, 6 tons the second trip and 7 tons the third trip. At 12:45 PM the rotary with engine 62 only left Fraser to plow snow as far as possible with a tank and then returned to Fraser for water and put on the balance of the coal that had been sledded from Log Cabin. ‘At 6:25 PM, on the 11th we left Fraser with the rotary fleet fully watered and every available pound of coal aboard. We bucked snow from 6 to 16 feet deep practically all the way, arriving at the Canadian Shed at 12:40 AM, Feb. 12th. There was very heavy snow between the Canadian Shed and the Boundary Shed. The rotary and engine 62 were out of water and it was necessary to syphon water from an adjoining lake. We arrived at the water tank at White Pass at 8:00 AM, February I2th, completely out of water and it was necessary to pack coal with section-men from the north end of the Boundary Shed to the south end of the Canadian Shed to keep engines alive and working, At about 9:00 AM we were advised that the barge carrying engine 253 and several hundred tons of rail broke loose at Haines and went on the rocks and was entirely submerged. Extra 66 was out of Glacier at 7:00 AM Feb. 11" with men to shovel snow and attempt to move engine 256 from M.P. 16.5. Engines 250 and 69 were called to leave the Shops at 4:00 AM and departed 7:01 AM, arriving Glacier 7:55 AM with four cars of tools, rations and equipment. At 7:00 PM engine 66 returned to Glacier and reported having pulled engine 256 down grade about 1000 feet but snow piling up behind plow stalled further progress. Engine 66 returned to shops, arriving there at 9:00 PM. Engines 250 and 69 then left Glacier to bring back the 256. They returned with engine 256 in tow arriving Glacier 9:00 PM. All three engines, 250, 69 and 256, arrived at the Shops 11:25 PM. Summary of situation night of February 11: Southbound Rotary working between Fraser and White Pass. Northbound Rotary still alive with draw bar out 500 feet south of American Shed. Engines 71 and 10 dead at north end of steel bridge. New engine 253 in the Bay at Haines. Weather moderating with wind down and temperature 6 degrees below zero. FEBRUARY 12 - Southbound Rotary laid up at White Pass for rest of crews, this being the first rest crews have had since February 4th. Extra 66, north, called at 4:00 AM, departed shops 5:40 AM for Glacier with one coach. Arrived Glacier 6:35 AM. Crew of 65 men worked cutting down drifts and blocking out snow to a point where the rotary could handle it. Rotary No. 3, received on Feb. 7th, left shops at 2:00 PM with engines 69 and 4, arriving Glacier at 2:50 PM. The No.4 returned to Shops. The Rotary with engines 69 and 250 then proceeded to plow out drifts between Glacier and steel bridge. They picked up engine 10 and returned to Glacier, went back to steel bridge and picked up engine 71 and returned to Glacier. Then with the rotary No.3 they plowed out to the Rotary stalled 500 feet south of the American Shed. Rotary #3 was then returned to Glacier and the engines went back and picked up the stalled rotary and moved her to Glacier. Engine 66 broke rear driving wheel axle at M.P. 15 and while returning this engine to shops, engine was derailed at M.P. 12.5. Engine was rerailed at 4:30 PM, Feb. 13th, and returned to the Shops at 6:55 PM. Summary for February 12th: Southbound Rotary at White Pass on rest. At Glacier Rotaries 1 and 3; engines 10 and 71 dead; engines 250 and 69 alive and O.K.; engine 66 derailed at M.P 12.5 with a broken axle; new engine 253 submerged in the bay at Haines. FEBRUARY 13 -Weather calm with light snow. Six inches of new snow, very light. S.B. Rotary left White Pass at 10:15 A.M. found drifts 6 to 15 feet high between White Pass and the American Shed and south of the American Shed for 500 feet where Rotary No. 3 had plowed up to Rotary No.1. S.B. Rotary No. 2 derailed forward trucks of rotary at M.P. 19 caused by ice over rails. Engine 250 with coach and 60 men was sent from Glacier to shovel snow between derailment and where Rotary No. 3 had stopped and to clear track so that engine 250 could shove rotary back on track. Engine 62 handling this rotary, could not handle her up hill and rerail her. Engine 81 on one side was helpless. Rotary No.2 was rerailed at 6:10 PM. Left point of derailment at 6:20 PM, arriving at Skagway 9:00 PM, Engine 69 had moved engines 10 and 71 and Rotary No.1 from Glacier to Skagway, arriving 7:10 PM. Engine 250 moved the balance of work equipment and Rotary No. 3 from Glacier to Skagway, arriving 8:55 PM. Road clear of all equipment 9:00 PM, Saturday, February I3th. We also had word that engine 253 had bean recovered from the bay at Haines. FEBRUARY 14 -REST. FEBRUARY 15 -Due to the storm that had existed after the southbound rotary had arrived at Fraser, it was necessary to run a rotary over the line to Carcross before train operations could ‘be resumed. Consequently Rotary No.2 with engines 71 and 62 departed from Skagway at 5:15 AM Monday, February 15th, followed by Extra 250-69 with company coal, arriving Log Cabin at 3:45 PM, account heavy snow between Fraser and Log Cabin necessary to return to Fraser for water. On return to Log Cabin from Fraser, at M.P. 29 rear axle of rotary tank broke. An extra has dispatched from Skagway immediately with a pair of wheels to replace and when accomplished rotary will proceed. WILLIAM P. WILSON Lt. Col. -TC Commanding U.S. Army. 770th Railway Operating Battalion Page 1 of 1 The 770th Railway Operating Battalion was organized in New Mexico in September, 1942, as Engineer Railway Detachment 9646A. In April, 1943, it was redesignated as the 770th Railway Operating Battalion. The unit operated the narrow gauge White Pass and Yukon Railway from October 1, 1942 to October 22, 1944 after which it left Alaska. This document is the Traffic and Operation Survey of the White Pass and Yukon Route Rail Division. It is a survey of the physical and operating characteristics of the railroad as well as the statistical traffic record of the unit during the war. The survey was designed, compiled, and edited by Sat. Ralph Brown and assisted by Paul W. Malcolm. The document includes general information, a traffic statement concerning operations, reports of interruptions, and a list of rolling stock and equipment. This survey was acquired from Mr. Lyman Woodman of Anchorage, Alaska in 1981. Mr. Woodman received it from the author, Ralph Brown. HMC-0265 http://www. lib.uaa.alaska.edu/archives/CollectionsList/CollectionDescriptions/STtoUSArmy/usa770r... 10/26/04 U.S. Amny. 770th Railway Operating Battalion Page | of 1 UNITED STATES. ARMY. 770TH RAILWAY OPERATING BATTALION. Records; n.d., 1942-1944. .1 cu. fi \s organized in New Mexico in September, 1942, as Engineer Railway Detachment 9646A. In Apri h Railway Operating Battalion. The unit operated the narrow gauge White Pass and Yukon Railway from October 1, 1942 to October 22, 1944 after which it left Alaska. This document is the Traffic and Operation Survey of the White Pass and Yukon Route Rail Division. It is a survey of the physical and operating characteristics of the railroad as well as the statistical traffic record of the unit during the war. The survey was designed, compiled, and edited by Sgt. Ralph Brown and assisted by Paul W. Malcolm. The document includes general information, a traffic statement concerning operations, reports of interruptions, and a list of rolling stock and equipment. This survey was acquired from Mr. Lyman Woodman of Anchorage, Alaska in 1981. Mr. Woodman received it from the author, Ralph Brown, HMC-0265 Caboose 911 Last update: 11/26/98 Motive Power - Rolling Stock - Model - Other Divisions - Reference - Caboose 903 - Caboose 907 - Container galerie - Hoppers page - Other Freight Cars = Passenger Cars = Work Cars “| caboose Roster J Flat Car Roster “Hopper Roster Page | of 4 White Pass Caboos: |B coboose 91 by Robe ton (Robert. Hilton, collection of Soerres Burkhardt) Text from the Container Route News, March 1968. Wold War II Vet Recalled To Active Duty Former World War II Army Caboose 911, has been recalled from semiretirement to active duty to meet the demands of the increased freight service to the expanding Yukon. In 1943 this caboose was rebuilt from a Colorado & Southern box car for the U.S. Army, who leased the White Pass & Yukon Route during World War II. It served in the Military Rall Servict jorthern campaign, constructing the Alaska Highwa i" Base and several air fields along the Highway. Also involved in the wartime buildup was the Canol Project, which involved development of oil wells at Norma Caboose 911 Page 2 of 4 Wells, N.W.T., a crude oil pipeline to Whitehorse where a complete oil refinery had been transferred from Corpus Christi, Texas, and subsequent pipelines to Fairbanks, Skagway and Watson. 37 Trains in One Day During this period, trains were run around the clock hauling thousand of tons of war material, 14 northbound trains and 23 southbound trains operated. On August 4th, 1943, a record of 2085 net tons were hauled over the grueling White Pass Summit to Whitehorse. By the end of 1944 the invasion threat had been successfully combated. The Army gradually pulled out of Skagway, returning the operation of the railroad to civilian control. At the end of the War, the White Pass purchased much of the railway equipment and locomotives, including Caboose No. 911, The caboose lay in the Skagway yards until 1955 when it resurrected as a bunk car for the maintenance of way forces. By 1967, increased traffic demands required additional freight trains, so the veteran caboose was brought back to Skagway for reconversion to a caboose again. Completing the conversion, the old box car red color scheme was changed to the modern high-visibility White Pass green and yellow. Another story is found at the display of caboose 911 in Skagway. TRAIL OF '98 CITY MUSEUM by Carl Mulvihill Originally build in 1903 by the Colorado & Southern Railway as a composite type box car, it had a steel underframe, wood carbody and double sheathed wooden roof. It was 30'4" long, with a width of 93-1/2". The box car was converted to a caboose in 1943 fo r the U.S. Army The White Pass & Yukon Route leased by the U.S. Army in World ar Il, was operated by the 770th who brought the caboose to Skagway. Painted olive drab, the caboose, U.S.A. 90861, trailed the round - the - clock rush of freight trains, which often totaled as many as 37 trains per day over the railroad. These trains, vital to the war effort, hauled heavy duty equipment, supplies, troops and civilian contractors for the construction of the Alaska Highway, mil itary lend - lease airfields and oil field production installation and a complete petroleum refinery as well as miles of pipeline. Caboose 911 Page 3 of 4 Bunk & Office car X-14 More detail of X-14 X-14 side view. When the war was over and the Army terminated its lease, the White Pass purchased much of the surplus military railroad rolli ng stock. Slower postwar freight activity caused the caboose to placed in storage. In 1955 during an extensive rehabilitation of the narrow gauge railroad, the old caboose was returned to service. It was painted "boxcar red" and convert to a Bunk and Office Car. Number X-14 for the "Steel Gang" foreman. Increased traffic demands by 1967 required the car to be recalled to active service and reconverted as Caboose X- 14. When the traffic rush slowed in the winter the caboose was extensively refitted, and when it rejoined the train service, it spotted the current bright yellow and green color scheme. The new colors matched the diesel electric locomotives and the caboose was renumbered 911. In 1972 the ravages of time forced the retirement of Caboose 911 after 69 years of hard railroad service. It was the last wooden caboose operated by White Pass. More Caboose #911 information. Caboose 911 Page 4 of 4 Daryl B. Ryder mentioned, that in his picture of caboose #911, published in the Short & Narrow Rails Issue 18 showed the caboose with two different colors of ladders. One ladder was painted black the other one was painted silver. He took the picture in August 1969, Another picture of the same caboose in 1970 shows the same black colors on both ladders. That paint schemes were not completed was common. said Daryl. Caboose #911 in 1999 April 1999, caboose #911 at the shops. = Picture by Craig Williams Trucks are removed from the body. Please visit the official White Pass & Yukon http://www.whitepassrailroad.com/ web page at [News | Motive Power | Rolling Stock | Model | Other Divisions | References ) [ Homepage | US Gypsum] Stuttgart | Link | Library | About me ] contact Me Copyright © 1999 Container Route by Boerries Burkhardt.All rights reserved HEADQUARTERS XXIV CORPS APO 235 | GENERAL ORDERS ) : 5 November 1946 NUBER 14, ) INACTIVATION OF UNIT 1. Pursuant to authority contained in War Department radio W96060, 31 July 1946 and letter, AG 322 (5 Aug 46) GC, General Headquarters, United States Army Forces, Pacific, 5 August 1946, subject: "Inactivation of Units," the following unit is inactivated, effective 8 Novenber 1946, ‘770th Railway Operating Battalion 2. Compliance with provisions of letter, 319.1 (IFYSG), this headquarters, 29 ifay 1946 subject: "Final Medical Reports Required upon Inactivation of Non-Kedical Units.", is directed. 3, Records will be alsposed of in accordance with letter, AG 313.6 (TPxAG), this headquarters, 30 Larch 1946, subjects "Disposition of Records Upon Disbandnent and Inactivation of Units". 44, Final rosters will be submitted in compliance with letter,’ AG 330.32 (TPuRU), this headquarters, 29 March 1946, subject: , "Pinal Rosters", 5. Equipment Will be reported to the appropriate supply depot for disposition. 6, Funds will disposed of in accordance with AFPAC Ciroular Number 10, 16 February 1946. 7. WD AGO Forms 204 will be completed in compliance with letter AG 311.1 (TPXAG), this headquarters, 16 March 1946, subject: "Change of Address, Personal Mail", 8, Upon completion of the action herein directed, and not later than ten days after effective inactivation date, a written report of such action will be forwarded to this headquarters. BY COMMIND OF LIEUTENANT GENERAL HODGE: THOMAS W, HERREN Brigadier General, GenoralsStaff Corps Chief of Staff OFFICIAL y” CHARLES ENNIS Colonel, Adjutant General's Department ‘Adjutant General HSEEBUTION: HEADQUARTERS XXI¥ CORPS Office of the Surgeon APO 235 AG 314.7 (2FY60) 16 December 1946 SUBJECT: Final Medical Historical Report of the 770th IC Railway Ore Operating Battalion from 3 January 1945 to 6 November 1946. Add) QUST 70 1 Chief Surgeon, AFPAC, APO 500. de 70th TC Railway Operating Battalion was in~ activated on on 8 November 1946, per General Order Number 144, Headquarters XXIV Corps, dated 5 November 1946. 2. Boontion of Unit. Dostgnated Arent, The company aren of, the, 770th mR Batieay Operating Battalion was located within the con- Chosen fextile industries, utilising one row of large storage reons. or | hie medical dispene in two rooms of a cement fork de just north of the oity of Pusan, Korea, lying absat'two (2)'biles from the uain part of the oly, \ purpose by the Japanese when coy ran the mill, Most of the buildings wore one-story wooden construction. Eles- tricity was furnished by the mill. + troops Sel Served: Humber of troops served normally was around 850 men and officers. At the same‘ time this number jumped to as many a8 1100 andy a month bef Ddefore tnactivation had aropped ‘to 200 men and officer: ther unite were attached See lee tions oat the only location the Battallon ‘ogo es e 8 Bray arter coming to Korea last atober, 1945. Personnel: Insotivation wes a drawn-out ro tout re PTaoenents being bro ‘mont Baptain Edward J» Biuto was Battalion commander nost of the ar, followed by Captain Byron R, Boguey for a month, and eon'Captain Rufus A, Maxfield who was in commend at the tine Of inactivation, Redeployment ond discharge of all officers of the Bettalion except Captain Mextield istt hin oof only officer in charge of the Battalion for the last. tre nonths, Captain Francis Camorel, M. G,, was the officer $n change of the medical section, and after leaving: to re- turn te cr theists and dascharsey the Firat, part Suly, 1946, le too! tion. fens ib before Hint’ snnotiy cation etion was closed end all Td eal was sent to the "Fist Station Hospital Se Bed Sapastty: one. a. otal of Sean eat Surgice: eels and europayohiatric this Battal: the dis- if patient clin: gen val @ more serious natare wee sent to the 7ist Sta’ ion » in Posen. 6 “igsgua t The medical eee were plentiful ere lone, and were obtained b; ion and re- guises the pharmacy and med: el a of the 7lst ation Hospital. A few-medios) chests left by the Japanese were utilized ani the dental clinic contained a Japenese operat- ing unit and chai whish ware usable when sup ented by eausp- ‘and supplies brought with t#-from the Philippines, 7. Bandtation. a. Water ‘ly! Potable water Hu was obtained wy trailer tanks fron the. Di vision water points. Water for Fe ‘and other uses was obtained from Food Supply: The food supply was drawn entirely from the Guarteruastsey oth Divisions Corps. All persons Connested with the caré and handling of food were examined for any ¢) al evidences of communtcable disesses, Any indica~ tidns of disense or fatiare to msintain proper personal byeiene were carefully observed by all. . Measures Taken to Cheok the Spread of Disease: (2) Pertodie inspections of the latrines: and general company area by the ledical orf1~ Core (2) Short talks given by the Medical Officer to the assembled Battalion on safeguarding their personal health by citing specific lr ores. 8. an} Evaguation of 1 Any serious cas~ ney ae Ee ee eee Ee asepensary by. the Medical Officer if necessary, or by the trained EM techni- cians of the dispensary, and evacuated to the 71st Station Hospital, Pusan, Korea, to be examined there aa a pationt. After the departure of the Medical Officer in July, the Don- tist held sick call each morning, caring for minor’i11s, end by agreement with the Medical Officer in charge of the dis- pensary at the 7st Station Hospital, sent on to the hospital anyone with a complaint of a more serious nature. 9 ) Only minor clinical medicine was practiced a fspensary. FOR THE SURGEON: Captain, PC Copies of General order Assistant Number 144 1 Incis