The 362nd Quartermaster Battalion and the 162nd Ordnance Platoon of the 2nd Engineer Amphibian Brigade left San Francisco on 13 February 1943. They arrived in Brisbane on 8 March 1943.
On 11 March 1943, both units left Brisbane by train for Rockhampton in central Queensland. On 4 July 1943, Company “A” of the 362nd Quartermaster Battalion was redesignated as the 189th Quartermaster Gasoline Supply Company and Company “C” of the 362nd Quartermaster Battalion was redesignated as the 695th Quartermaster Truck Company.
The entire 362d Engineer Boat Maintenance Battalion was also awarded the Meritorious Service Unit Plaque for its excellent work in maintaining craft of the Brigade during the critical Leyte operations. Their preliminary work in New Guinea was so thoroughly done that not a single landing craft broke down due to mechanical deficiency although the companies of this battalion were frequently moved throughout the various islands of the Philippines. They al- ways set up promptly in their new areas and worked day and night in keep- ing up the maintenance standards of the Brigade. During most of this period the Battalion was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Ralph T. Simpson of Knoxville, Tennessee.