65th Eng. Bn. celebrates its 83rd birthday, honors traditions

| November 11, 2010 | 1 Comment

Story and Photo by
1st Lt. Brigida Sanchez
65th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

Pvt. Mathew Chavette (left), combat engineer, 95th Route Clearance Company, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, and the youngest Soldier in the battalion; Lt. Col. Koprowski (middle), commander, 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC; and Phillip Kham, World War II veteran and guest speaker, cut the battalion’s birthday cake, celebrating 83 years of service to the Army, Oct. 29. SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Soldiers of the 65th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, took great pride in celebrating the unit’s 83rd birthday, here, recently. 

The U.S. Army created the 65th Engineer Bn., Oct. 18, 1927, and the organization has served the Army with great audacity on numerous occasions. 

The battalion placed a Meritorious Unit Citation streamer for Iraqi Sovereignty on its guidon, held three re-enlistments, one promotion and, of course, a cake-cutting ceremony with the youngest member of the battalion and the guest speaker, a former 65th Eng. Bn. Soldier.

The speaker, Philip Kham, was born and raised here in Hawaii. He was part of the second draft that took place, March 24, 1941, when he served as an Army combat engineer. 

“We were drafted into the Army as Reserve Soldiers,” he said. “We did everything right here on the island, including basic training.” 

When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, he was told to report to Schofield Barracks.

“I remember driving in my little car and doing my best to avoid the shrapnel from the bombs, and it was after that day that we were activated,” Kham said.

The 91-year-old said he has so much respect for today’s Soldiers. 

“These young men and women are fighting a different war,” he said. “When I was in the Army, everyone supported the war 100 percent. It’s (harder) when you don’t have that support.” 

Soldiers spoke with the veteran and learned what it was like to be a Soldier during World War II, in the Pacific Theater.

“It seemed to be a lot different back then; the whole structure of the Army was different,” said Spc. Garrett Staurber, combat engineer, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde.

For many Soldiers participating in the event, the placement of the streamer and the review of the battalion’s history brought great honor. 

“The ceremony was emotionally charged, the historical remembrance was intriguing and it gave the battalion a sense of pride,” said 1st Lt. Christopher Gensler, operations officer, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde.

The 65th Eng. Bn. paid homage to its 83 years of service to the Army and re-enlisted Spc. Kevin Robinson, Spc. Gregory Vineyard and Spc. Anthony Stine, all combat engineers from the 95th Engineer Route Clearance Company, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde.

The birthday celebration commemorated the unit’s past, which formed the foundation that the 65th Eng. Bn. can continue to build on for a stronger future. 

Story and Photo by1st Lt. Brigida Sanchez65th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment CommandSCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Soldiers of the 65th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, took great pride in celebrating the unit’s 83rd birthday, here, recently. The U.S. Army created the 65th Engineer Bn., Oct. 18, 1927, and the organization has served the Army with great audacity on numerous occasions. The battalion placed a Meritorious Unit Citation streamer for Iraqi Sovereignty on its guidon, held three re-enlistments, one promotion and, of course, a cake-cutting ceremony with the youngest member of the battalion and the guest speaker, a former 65th Eng. Bn. Soldier.The speaker, Philip Kham, was born and raised here in Hawaii. He was part of the second draft that took place, March 24, 1941, when he served as an Army combat engineer. “We were drafted into the Army as Reserve Soldiers,” he said. “We did everything right here on the island, including basic training.” When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, he was told to report to Schofield Barracks.“I remember driving in my little car and doing my best to avoid the shrapnel from the bombs, and it was after that day that we were activated,” Kham said.The 91-year-old said he has so much respect for today’s Soldiers. “These young men and women are fighting a different war,” he said. “When I was in the Army, everyone supported the war 100 percent. It’s (harder) when you don’t have that support.” Soldiers spoke with the veteran and learned what it was like to be a Soldier during World War II, in the Pacific Theater.“It seemed to be a lot different back then; the whole structure of the Army was different,” said Spc. Garrett Staurber, combat engineer, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde.For many Soldiers participating in the event, the placement of the streamer and the review of the battalion’s history brought great honor. “The ceremony was emotionally charged, the historical remembrance was intriguing and it gave the battalion a sense of pride,” said 1st Lt. Christopher Gensler, operations officer, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde.The 65th Eng. Bn. paid homage to its 83 years of service to the Army and re-enlisted Spc. Kevin Robinson, Spc. Gregory Vineyard and Spc. Anthony Stine, all combat engineers from the 95th Engineer Route Clearance Company, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde.The birthday celebration commemorated the unit’s past, which formed the foundation that the 65th Eng. Bn. can continue to build on for a stronger future. 

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  1. Kevin Buchanan says:

    Happy Birthday to the 65th Eng BN My late Dad, 1st SGT Reed Buchanan US Army Retired was one of the first members of the 65th in OCT 41 He survived the Pearl Harbor attack and fought with the 65th in the Guadacanal/Soloman Island battles. I have quite a few pictures of the 65th in the Solomans during WW2 that Dad was able to bring home (well, the ones the Army censors allowed!) Dad was all solider, proud of his Country and the Army that he loved, His spirit is with the men and women of the 65th today. Thank you all for your service "First in Last out! Kevin Buchanan

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