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Army Quartermaster
Petroleum and Water History

Refueling Operations World War IINCO from the 4th Quartermaster Company water section, Germany 1951

Spc. Herbert O. Howard, a petroleum laboratory specialist, tests a vial of Jet A-1 fuel to determine the additive injection composition necessary to produce JP-8. Howard, a Mobile, Ala., native, is assigned to the 260th Quartermaster Battalion at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., and is attached to the 530th Logistics Task Force in Bagram, Afghanistan. (US Army Photo by Capt. Tom Bryant, CFLCC-PAO)

Petroleum & Water Historical Photos
(Quartermaster Museum website)


World War I

Supply of Petroleum Products
Storage and distribution of petroleum to the American Expeditionary Force in France during World War I , 1917-1918

World War II

Fuels and Lubricants for Johnny Doughboy
The Quartermaster Review  May-June 1944   
POL Supply in World War II

Fueling Up for D-Day
WWII gasoline supply in England  in support of the invasion of France, June 6, 1944

POL on the Red Ball Express
Getting fuel from the beach to the front lines as U.S. Divisions raced across France in 1944

Refuel on the Move:
Resupplying Patton's Third Army


Petroleum Supply in Korea
1951 Article on how the "life blood of the Army" was supplied to UN troops in Korea

The Drum 55-Gallon and 5-Gallon as Petroleum Containers
Petroleum supply during the Korean War, 1952

NCOs of the 262nd QM Bn inspect valves of a POL jetty used in the off load of fuel from cargo ships, Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam 1966

The POL Story: To Keep 'Em Running
Petroleum operations of the 1st Logistical Command, Vietnam, 1968

259th Quartermaster Battalion
U.S. Army Reserve unit from Pleasant Grove, Utah, the only Army Reserve Petroleum Battalion which served on active duty in Vietnam


267th Quartermasters in Somalia 
bulk petroleum operations during Operation Restore Hope 1993 

NCO Viewpoints from Somalia 
267th Quartermaster Company NCOs comment on petroleum operations


World War I

Water Purification in War
Water purification during and after World War I

1980s Transition

Water Operations Overview
Overview on the transition of Water Operations mission & training from the Engineer to the Quartermaster Corps in 1981

Desert Storm

14th Quartermaster Detachment
Unit suffered the greatest number of casualties of any allied unit during Operation Desert Storm due to a SCUD Missile attack on February 25, 1991


Water Support in Somalia
water support during Operation Restore Hope in Jilib, Somalia

Desert Shield-1990 Water Purification NCO checks PH balance of stored water
Desert Shield-1990
Water Purification NCO checking PH balance of stored water


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