Desert Photo, Brief Bio, and Folding ID Card

  Photo below: 1LT Chris Brous (left) and 1LT Jack Hewitt, Company Commanders in the 23rd Engineer Bn, share a lighter moment in the summer of 1942 in a world far removed from war, but not from hard training. The location was the Mojave Desert in Calif., where the 3AD trained for a period in anticipation of fighting Germans in North Africa, which proved not to be the case.

Brief Bio of Chris Brous

  Chris enlisted in the Army on July 30, 1940 and served with the 27th Combat Engineers in Puerto Rico until selected for the first Corps of Engineers Officer Candidate School at Ft. Belvoir, VA in 1941. He was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the Corps of Engineers on Sept. 27, 1941 and assigned to the 3rd Armd. Div. at Ft. Polk, LA. (His time with the Division in combat in Europe is summarized on the preceding web page.) After disability retirement from the Army in 1945, Chris reentered New York University to complete his credits for a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Degree in July 1946. He entered the work force as a Development Engineer of land-based gas turbines for power systems. In 1950, he redirected his efforts to the development of nuclear reactor components initially for the nuclear submarine, Nautilus at the Argonne National Laboratory and then at AMF for the production reactors at Savannah River. This led to work for the next 20 years at the nuclear divisions of AMF, North American Aviation and General Dynamics/Gulf Oil in directing the development, design, manufacture, construction and initial operation of nuclear reactor systems of many types for nuclear research facilities and central station power stations in the USA and in many other countries. After a further 10 years involvement in the management of the engineering and construction of nuclear power plant facilities for electric generating stations in many countries, he retired in 1984 as Vice President from Ebasco Services a major international engineering-construction firm.

  Brous ID Card Below: Though simplified for new soldiers in 1943, the Army's 1939-1942 version (shown above in sections) was a relatively elaborate "pocket" ID that was over 7 inches long, but folded down to 2.5 x 3.75 inches.

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