Military History/WWI 51st Pioneers

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My great uncle Albert Norman Belden trained at Wadsworth in SC as a  baker/cook.  He was from Gloversville NY ( not far from Albany) in Company D of the 51st regiment. I know he went overseas.  Can you tell me more?

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Hi Joanne,

First you can request his service record.
He is how
https://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/dd-214.html

Here is the unit history.
https://archive.org/stream/storyoffirstpion00davirich/storyoffirstpion00davirich_djvu.txt

These two Pioneer Infantry Regiments served as Corps Engineer support with the 4th Corps.  His death in the 4th Corps Artillery Park may tie him to one of these two New York national Gaurd Pioneer Infantry Regiments.



1917 OCT 29  Camp Wadsworth  Personnel assigned to other Regiments

1918 JAN 4 10th redesignated 51st Pioneer Regiment 1st re-designated 1st Pioneer Regiment (later companies of the 1st became part of 10th regiment prior to WWII)

1918 JUL 29 Left Camp Wadsworth for Port of New Jersey Steamer “KROONLAND” to France

Assigned to Corps Engineers, 4th Army Corps, US AEF

1918 AUG 8  arrive Brest, France



I do have most of the 51st Pioneer actions and movements in WWI.  It's most notible action was the 1918 SEP 12 St Mihiel campaign

Field Order #14 for Engineer Support indicated the 51st would provide 2 companies per division, 4 companies to Corps Engineers and one company each to the 3 main routes of advance.  Three companies of Engineers and 1 Pioneer in rear of advance.  

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