Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. – AL I:40
“That April Lt. Grady McMurtry submitted a poem/song he had written a few years earlier in 1942 to the Society of American Military Engineers for possible publication in their magazine, The Military Engineer. The “song” was titled “The Combat Engineer” and was published in the March 1944 issue (Vol. XXXVI No. 221). Soon after that the editor, Col. J. Franklin Bell, wrote Grady a rather nice letter dated March 6th, 1944, in which he states, ‘I am writing to express our high appreciation of your co-operation in preparing the song titled The Combat Engineer which appears in the current issue of The Military Engineer, and to express the hope that its display is entirely to your liking.’ Grady was elated. His song would become one of the many sung by the Combat Engineers during World War Two.”
THE COMBAT ENGINEERS
We are the Corps of Engineers,
The forts we build are made to stand for ever
We are fighting pioneers,
The Army rolls on roads of our endeavor.
Casements and bridges of steel,
Or mines that blow the foe to eternity;
We are THE COMBAT ENGINEERS,
We are the Essayons Fraternity.
Published 1944, Grady L. McMurtry, Second Lieutenant, Ordnance
Love is the law, love under will. – AL I:57