The battalion was a non-divisional unit which would have been assigned to a headquarters higher than a division - corps, department, field army, etc. Members would have been authorized the shoulder patch of the unit to which the battalion was permanently assigned - even while attached to another major organization.
The following is an address for the battalion’s veterans' association but it’s anybody‘s guess as to whether it‘s current. It’d be wise to try the phone number before proceeding further:
279th Engineer (Combat) Battalion Association Mr. Joseph Smith Post Office Box 7036 Sun City, Florida 33586-7036 (813)645-1598
I have a schedule of military reunions reaching into early 2007. There’s nothing planned for the 279th but that may or may not be significant.
The battalion arrived in the European Theater late in the game. I did a brief look-up and found no divisional attachments. May possibly have been Corps Engineers for XIII (13th), XVI (16th) or XXII (22nd) but that’s just speculation (which I don’t usually engage in).
Contact the U. S. Army Center of Military History at
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1. A complete history of the 279th covering the period of 2 October 1944 to 9 May 1945, both dates inclusive.
2. A complete list of assignments AND attachments (the two terms are NOT synonymous).
3. A complete list of honors and campaign participation credits.
When you have all this - or as much as possible - contact me and we’ll go from there.