103d INFANTRY DIVISION

 

"Cactus Division"

 

The division insignia consists of a yellow disc with a green Saguaro cactus superimposed upon a patch of blue, and was adopted in 1922 when this reserve division had its headquarters in Denver, Colorado. The yellow disc represents a golden sky, while the green cactus growing out of the blue sage-covered earth characterizes the southwest.

 

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COMMAND AND STAFF

 

Commanding General

20 Oct 44

Maj. Gen. Charles C. Haffner, Jr.

11 Jan 45

Maj. Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe

Assistant Division Commander

20 Oct 44

Brig. Gen. John T. Pierce

Artillery Commander

20 Oct 44

Brig. Gen. Roger M. Wicks

Chief of Staff

20 Oct 44

Col. Guy S. Meloy, Jr.

Assistant Chief of Staff G-1

20 Oct 44

Maj. Walter E. Winter

20 Nov 44

Lt. Col. Charles A. Robinson

Assistant Chief of Staff G-2

20 Oct 44

Maj. Bland West

Assistant Chief of Staff G-3

20 Oct 44

Lt. Col. Russel R. Lord

13 Dec 44

Maj. Richard C. Thomas

16 Feb 45

Lt. Co. Richard C. Thomas

Assistant Chief of Staff G-4

20 Oct 44

Maj. Robert E. Myers

16 Dec 44

Lt. Col. Robert E. Myers

Assistant Chief of Staff G-5

10 Nov 44

Maj. Shelden D. Elliott

Adjutant General

20 Oct 44

Lt. Co. Alfred W. Croll

Commanding Officer, 409th Infantry

20 Oct 44

Col. Claudius L. Lloyd

19 Apr 45

Lt. Co. Hubert E. Strange

Commanding Officer, 410th Infantry

20 Oct 44

Col. Henry J. P. Harding

Commanding Officer, 411th Infantry

20 Oct 44

Col. Donovan P. Yeuell

 

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STATISTICS

 

Chronology

Activated 15 November 1942

Arrived ETO 20 October 1944

Arrived Continent 20 October 1944 (D+66)*

Entered Combat

…First Elements 9 November 1944

…Entire Division 11 November 1944

Days in Combat

 

 

Casualties (Tentative)

Killed 582

Wounded 3,276

Missing 662

Captured 23

 

Battle Casualties 4,543

Non-Battle Casualties 4,826

 

Total Casualties 9,369

Percent of T/O Strength 66.5

 

Campaigns

Rhineland

Central Europe

 

Individual Awards

Distinguished Service Cross 6

Legion of Merit 7

Silver Star 291

Soldiers Medal 12

Bronze Star 2,087

Air Medal 92

 

Prisoners of War Taken 57,517

 

COMPOSITION

409th Infantry

410th Infantry

411th Infantry

103d Reconnaissance Troop (Mechanized)

328th Engineer Combat Battalion

328th Medical Battalion

103d Division Artillery

382d Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)

383d Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)

928th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)

384th Field Artillery Battalion (155mm Howitzer)

Special Troops

803d Ordnance Light Maintenance Company

103d Quartermaster Company

103d Signal Company

Military Police Platoon

Headquarters Company

Band

 

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ATTACHMENTS

 

Antiaircraft Artillery

353d AAA SL Bn

25 Jan 45-5 Feb 45

354th AAA AW Bn (Mbl)

29 Mar 45-5 May 45

354th AAA AW Bn (Mbl)

6 May 45-9 May 45

Armored

Co B, 756th Tk Bn

15 Nov 44-3 Feb 45

1 tank co, CCA (14th Armd Div)

2 Dec 44-3 Dec 44

Co A, 43d Tk Bn (12th Armd Div)

5 Dec 44-7 Jan 45

Cos A & C, 47th Tk Bn (14th Armd Div)

14 Dec 44-19 Dec 44

781st Tk Ben (- Co A & 2d Plat, Co D)

17 Jan 45-5 Feb 45

Co A, 191st Tk Bn

25 Jan 45-5 Feb 45

Co C, 781st Tk Bn

7 Feb 45-22 Feb 45

Assault Gun Plat, Hq Co, 781st Tk Bn

17 Feb 45-22 Feb 45

756th Tk Bn

22 Feb 45-31 Mar 45

Cos A & C, 48th Tk Bn (14th Armd Div)

4 Mar 45-10 Mar 45

761st Tk Bn

10 Mar 45-28 Mar 45

781st Tk Bn

23 Apr 45-5 May 45

Cavalry

115th Cav Gp

24 Apr 45-3 May 45

117th Cav Rcn Sq

24 Apr 45-5 May 45

Chemical

Co B, 3d Cml Mort Bn

14 Nov 44-

Co B, 3d Cml Mort Bn

5 Dec 44-21 Dec 44

Cos B & C, 81st Cml Mort Bn

15 Mar 45-5 May 45

83d Cml Mort Bn

21 Apr 45-5 May 45

83d Cml Mort Bn

6 May 45-9 May 45

Field Artillery

495th Armd FA Bn (12th Armd Div)

26 Dec 44-2 Jan 45

69th Armd FA Bn

19 Feb 45-

242d FA Bn (105mm How)

2 Mar 45-25 Mar 45

Btry C, 991st FA Bn (155mm Gun)

20 Mar 45-24 Mar 45

242d FA Bn (105mm How)

28 Mar 45-29 Mar 45

242d FA Bn (105mm How)

26 Apr 45-5 May 45

69th Armd FA Bn

3 May 45-9 May 45

Infantry

274th Inf (70th Div)

17 Jan 45-22 Jan 45

Tank Destroyer

Co C, 601st TD Bn (SP)

15 Nov 44-5 Feb 45

Co C, 614th TD Bn (T)

7 Feb 45-31 Mar 45

Co A, 614th TD Bn (T)

21 Feb 45-31 Mar 45

824th TD Bn (SP)

24 Apr 45-5 May 45

614th TD Bn (T)

30 Apr 45-5 May 45

 

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DETACHMENTS

(Attached to)

Field Artillery

103d Div Arty

VI Corps

25 Mar 45-26 Mar 45

Infantry

409th Inf

45th Div

15 Jan 45-17 Jan 45

2d Bn, 411th Inf

45th Div

18 Jan 45-21 Jan 45

1st Bn, 410th Inf

79th Div

18 Jan 45-21 Jan 45

411th Inf (- 2d Bn)

79th Div

19 Jan 45-21 Jan 45

 

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ASSIGNMENT AND ATTACHMENT TO HIGHER UNITS

 

DATE CORPS ARMY ARMY GROUP
Assigned Attached Assigned Attached

9 Oct 44

 

 

 

ETOUSA

6th (Support & Operations)

1 Nov 44

 

Seventh

 

6th

(-)

6 Nov 44

VI

Seventh

 

6th

 

22 Dec 44

XV

Seventh

 

6th

 

9 Jan 45

XXI

Seventh

 

6th

 

16 Jan 45

VI

Seventh

 

6th

 

29 Mar 45

(-)

Seventh

 

6th

 

19 Apr 45

VI

Seventh

 

6th

 

 

(-) Indicates relieved from assignment.

 

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COMMAND POSTS

 

DATE TOWN REGION COUNTRY

20 Oct 44

Marseilles

Bouches-du-Rhone

France

30 Oct 44

Docelles

Vosges

France

9 Nov 44

Les Rouges Eaux

Vosges

France

17 Nov 44

L'Haute Jacques

Vosges

France

19 Nov 44

Les Rouges Eaux

Vosges

France

21 Nov 44

Nompatelize

Vosges

France

22 Nov 44

La Pecherie

Vosges

France

24 Nov 44

Provencheres

Vosges

France

26 Nov 44

Lubine

Vosges

France

27 Nov 44

Fouchy

Vosges

France

28 Nov 44

St-Martin

Bas-Rhin

France

2 Dec 44

Dambach-la-Ville

Bas-Rhin

France

4 Dec 44

Gugenheim

Bas-Rhin

France

8 Dec 44

La Walck

Bas-Rhin

France

11 Dec 44

Gundershoffen

Bas-Rhin

France

12 Dec 44

Woerth

Bas-Rhin

France

13 Dec 44

Gunstett

Bas-Rhin

France

14 Dec 44

Merkwiller

Bas-Rhin

France

15 Dec 44

Drachenbronn

Bas-Rhin

France

19 Dec 44

Rott

Bas-Rhin

France

22 Dec 44

Francaltroff

Moselle

France

24 Dec 44

St-Jean Rohrbach

Moselle

France

15 Jan 45

Reichshoffen

Bas-Rhin

France

20 Jan 45

Imbsheim

Bas-Rhin

France

15 Mar 45

Ober Modern

Bas-Rhin

France

17 Mar 45

Gumbrechtshofen

Bas-Rhin

France

18 Mar 45

Woerth

Bas-Rhin

France

18 Mar 45

Lembach

Bas-Rhin

France

19 Mar 45

Bobenthal

Pfalz

Germany

23 Mar 45

Birkenhordt

Pfalz

Germany

24 Mar 45

Klingenmunster

Pfalz

Germany

29 Mar 45

Schifferstadt

Pfalz

Germany

2 Apr 45

Neustadt

Pfalz

Germany

7 Apr 45

Bensheim

Hessen

Germany

20 Apr 45

Murrharat

Wurttemberg

Germany

20 Apr 45

Pfedelbach

Wurttemberg

Germany

21 Apr 45

Ober Urbach

Wurttemberg

Germany

22 Apr 45

Kircheim

Wurttemberg

Germany

25 Apr 45

Lonsee

Wurttemberg

Germany

25 Apr 45

Horvelsingen

Wurttemberg

Germany

25 Apr 45

Geislingen

Wurttemberg

Germany

27 Apr 45

Krumbach

Bavaria

Germany

27 Apr 45

Ketterschwang

Bavaria

Germany

28 Apr 45

Pfaffenhoffen

Bavaria

Germany

28 Apr 45

Bidingen

Bavaria

Germany

30 Apr 45

Partenkirchen

Bavaria

Germany

2 May 45

Mittenwald

Bavaria

Germany

2 May 45

Seefeld

Tyrol

Austria

4 May 45

Innsbruck

Tyrol

Austria

 

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