The 85th would make its way to Salzburg, Austria and from there elements would make runs into Berchtesgaden, the site of Hitler's famous Eagle's Nest retreat.
From Salzburg the 85th would make its way back to France beginning the trip on June 5, 1945 and arriving at Stenay, France on June 19. On June 14 the Battalion was awarded "The Meritorious Service Unit Plaque" for superior performance of duty
in France and Germany from October 1, 1944 to April 10, 1945. On June 21, 1945 the Battalion was relieved from assignment to the Seventh Army. On June 24 all vehicles departed for Brussels, Belgium to be turned in. On July 11 the Battalion traveled to Camp
Twenty Grand near Le Harve, France. On July 17 they departed from Camp Twenty Grand and traveled to the port of Le Harve, France where at 1300 hrs the unit boarded the S.S. Santa Maria. On July 18 the ship sailed for the port of Boston. Rough seas led to much
seasickness but morale remained high, and on July 27 the ship docked at Boston, Massachusetts. From there it traveled by rail to Camp Miles Standish, Massachusetts.
Throughout the entire time
the 85th was engaged in the campaigns overseas it was commanded by Lt. Col. Leonard A. Perdue. The XO was Major Raughley L. Porter. H&S Company was commanded by Capt. Sylvester F. Brand. Company A was commanded by Capt. Luther E. Hunt. Company B was commanded
by Capt. Robert R. Parker.
The following awards were made to the following members of the 85th: THE LEGION OF MERIT was awarded to Lt. Col. Leonard Perdue; THE CROIX DE GUERRE was awarded to
Lt. Col. Leonard Perdue; THE BRONZE STAR was awarded to the following: 1st Lt. Jacob M. Isenberg, Sergeant Charles Opaska, and Sergeant William S. Hahlbohm.
The 85th Engineer Heavy Ponton Battalion
was redesignated the 85th Engineer Ponton Bridge Company at Camp Swift, Texas on November 15, 1945. The unit was inactivated on January 31, 1946.