Vince Cavanagh (page 4)

The Canol Project

I have and item saved from the Legion Magazine of June/July 1944. The Canol - the word stands forCanadian Oil - pipeline was an American effort to ensure the safety of their oil supply to Alaska following the Japanese occupation of the Aluetian Islands. It was ultimately abandoned in 1945 andshut down the next year, after costs of between $133 and $144 million dollars had been incurred by the American government. It was later declared a junkyard of American stupidity, in part due to work of inferior quality, and was the subject of an investigation by the U.S. special committee known as the Truman Committee. More than 10,500 US military and several thousand civilians had worked on the pipeline. But the ugly scars of the project remained strewn along the Mackenzie Valley. They used 4-inch pipe, very small.

Royal Canadian Signals at that time were using "long wave" frequencies - around 200 KHz. It was very dependable and clear in winter but subject to very heavy static crashes in summer. The American Signals unit had only high frequency (HF) and they frequently brought us traffic that they could not clear.

The enlisted people that the US Army brought in to work on the project were black, with white officers. They lived in tents and the camp near Ft. Smith in 1943 was named Camp Lac Noo Kye.
- Vince Cavanagh


388th Engineer BattalionCamp Lac Noo Kye

For other information on the Canol Project and the 388th Engineer Battalion
go to the following links.

The Canol Project by Murray Lundberg

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