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December 21st, 1943 marked the day of activation of the 716th Railway Operating Battalion. The outfit, sponsored by the Southern Pacific-Railroad, began its life at Fort Sam Houston (San Antonio), Texas with officer personnel drawn chiefly from the sponsor and a cadre made up of "veterans" of the 726th, the unit that had recently completed its technical training on the Santa Fe at Clovis, New Mexico. For the most part, both the officer personnel and the cadre were former railroad men.
United States Army, Railway Operating Battalion 716th, World War 1939-1945, Regimental histories, Campaigsn, Western Front
United States Army, "The soldier-railroaders' story of the 716th Railway Operating Battalion" (1946). World War Regimental Histories. 35.
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