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First Railway Operating Battalion In Germany  3-14-45
Secretary's note: Various Military Railway Service (MRS) elements had entered
Germany prior to this date, the 723rd ROB entered as a complete battalion
   The 723d was originally organized as the 614th Railway Engineer Battalion, an organized Reserve unit, in 1924. In 1933 it was redesignated as the 614th Engineer Battalion. It affiliated with the Union Pacific Railroad Company in 1940. 
   It was redesignated as the  723d Engineer Railway Operating Battalion on 21 February, 1941 and redesignated as the 723rd Railway Operating Battalion, Transportation Corps, on 1 December, 1942. 
   It was ordered into active military service in December, 1943 and inactivated on 3 January, 1946 at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey. It was reactivated on 29 November 1947 at Cheyenne Wyoming as the 723d Transportation Railway Operating Battalion. It was inactivated on 27 February 1951. 
   During World War II it received campaign credit for Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe. It had occupation duty in Germany from 2 May-30 October 1945.
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Association Reunion Photos

Mr. Hill: Just got off the phone with James Johnson who informed me that you are the primary point of contact for the 723rd ROB Veterans. I would like to take this opportunity to forward the latest Army Transportation Museum press release highlighting events at this years TC Week. This years theme is honoring the MRS Veterans of WWII and Korea. I extend a personal invitation to you and the 723rd to join us and request your assistance in forwarding this information to additional MRS veterans you may know that we may not have reached through other channels. We expect to have a detailed schedule of MRS related events released this coming week. Mark Metz The Army's Chief of Transportation, Brigadier General Brian R. Layer, will host the annual Transportation Corps (TC) Conference at Fort Eustis, Virginia, from July 29 to August 1, 2009. One special group of individuals who will be recognized during this week is the Military Railway Service (MRS) veterans of World War II (WWII) and Korea. During WWII over 43,500 soldier-railroaders served in over 50 commercial railroad sponsored MRS units stationed in theaters around the world. Specific events scheduled to honor MRS veterans include "Staff Ride" visits to nearby rail facilities, tours of the Army Transportation Museum, showing of 50s era Army rail training films, history presentations on the Military Railway Service and the Claiborne and Polk Military Railway, and access to the locomotive simulator trainer. The Museum Foundation General Membership Meeting luncheon and Conference Ball will not only enable the veterans to meet with their contemporaries but to meet and share their knowledge and learn from today's generation of TC soldiers. Guest speaker at the Museum Foundation luncheon will be LTG (Ret.) Richard F. Timmons, President of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association. Throughout the event, an Army History Detachment will be on hand to record the personal MRS experiences and impressions of these veterans for future generations. A detailed schedule listing times and locations for specific events will be published in the near future. Additional events remain being worked and will be announced as they are confirmed. Most TC Conference events will be open to the public. A special invitation, though, is extended to post Korean-era soldiers who served, or are currently serving, in Active or Reserve MRS units. MRS veterans of WWII and/or Korea, desiring to participate in TC Conference activities, please contact Mark Metz, LTC-USAR (Ret.), at e-mail: m-m-e@comcast.net or (717) 597-2636. Other individuals desiring to attend TC Conference activities should go to the Fort Eustis website : < http://www.eustis.army.mil > after June 1st and complete the registration form. END of PRESS RELEASE
No reunions currently scheduled
723rd Railway Operating Battalion Association
Photo page added: Julian Peters Photo Pages added (4)
Running out of room on site, some photo pages are on other websites. Just copy and paste the below urls.
Photo page added: http://www.geocities.com/usmrr2000/esker.html
Photo page added: http://www.geocities.com/usmrr2000/millikinpage1.html


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