Display reveals Westwood’s contribution to two Army units
Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 — The military exhibit at the Westwood Museum has a new display which honors local men who served in special units during World War I and World War II. Both units required skills many men from Westwood had developed due to the environment in which they lived.
The 20th Engineers Regiment (forestry) in the United States Army, stationed in France during World War I, was established in August 1917 to supply lumber to re-enforce trenches and build barracks, warehouses and bridges. The regiment eventually operated 80 sawmills and produced 2 million board feet of lumber daily. Members of the regiment were often referred to as Lumberjack Soldiers. The battalions that made up the regiment worked near the front lines and came under enemy fire.