Arrival in Newfoundland – 29 Jan 1941

US Army Transport Edmund B. Alexander
Colonel Maurice Welty
Travels of 3d Battalion from 13 Jan 1941 – 29 Jan 1941

🇺🇸 On This Day – 80 years ago 🇺🇸

On January 29, 1941, the US Army Transport Edmund B. Alexander arrived in St. John’s Harbor, Newfoundland, Canada. The 3d Battalion, 3d Infantry Regiment, along with the 24th Coast Artillery and the 62d Anti-Aircraft Artillery, made up the 977 soldiers who deployed to what would become Fort Pepperrell.

The force would be commanded by Colonel Maurice Welty. Though base construction began the previous year, the troops would live aboard the “Alexander” for several months until May 1941. In just two-weeks time, member of the Old Guard’s 3d Battalion traveled from Fort Snelling, MN by train to New York City. From NYC they boarded the “Alexander” and cruised up the East Coast to Newfoundland to their new home. More later about the the USAT Alexander, its history and its namesake.

1941-Deploying to Newfoundland

Co A & Co B barracks-Fort Snelling, MN – mid1930s
Co F, 3rd Infantry inspection-Ft. Snelling, MN – Mid1930s

⭐ 80 Years Ago Today ⭐
On January 13, 1941, members of the 3d Battalion, 3d Infantry Regiment departed Fort Snelling, MN on their way to Newfoundland. These men would be among the first service members to deploy outside of the United States in preparation for World War II.

In September 1940, the US & UK signed the “Destroyers for Bases” agreement. The agreement sold US destroyers to the UK in exchange for leases at various British possessions. The soldiers of The Old Guard were headed to Fort Pepperrell, Newfoundland, Canada via New York City and a US Army Transport Ship. More on that leg of the trip later!

Here are photos of Fort Snelling and some of the barracks where Old Guard soldiers lived, where the Regiment spent the previous 20 years.