104th INFANTRY DIVISION

 

"Timberwolf Division"

 

The division insignia is a gray Timberwolf's head on a balsam green disc. It was designed by Charles Livingston Bull, artist and authority on wild life, and represents the northwest. It was in this section of the country that the 104th conducted its training in 1942-43 when it was activated.

 

Motto: "Nothing in Hell Can Stop the Timberwolves"

 

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COMMAND AND STAFF

 

Commanding General

7 Sep 44 Maj. Gen. Terry de la Mesa Allen

Assistant Division Commander

7 Sep 44 Brig. Gen. Bryant E. Moore
26 Feb 45 Col. George A. Smith
3 Mar 45 Col. Charles T. Lanham

Artillery Commander

7 Sep 44 Brig. Gen. William R. Woodward

Chief of Staff

7 Sep 44 Col. Bartholomew R. DeGraff

Assistant Chief of Staff G-1

7 Sep 44 Lt. Col. Scott T. Rex

Assistant Chief of Staff G-2

7 Sep 44 Lt. Col. Mark S. Plaisted

Assistant Chief of Staff G-3

7 Sep 44 Maj. Leo Hoegh
18 Nov 44 Lt. Col. Leo Hoegh

Assistant Chief of Staff G-4

7 Sep 44 Lt. Col. Clyde L. Pennington

Assistant Chief of Staff G-5

3 Oct 44 Maj. Templar S. Cawthorne
1 Jan 45 Lt. Col. Templar S. Cawthorne

Adjutant General

7 Sep 44 Capt. Melvin M. Kernan
13 Oct 44 Maj. Melvin M. Kernan
18 Nov 44 Lt. Col. Melvin M. Kernan

Commanding Officer, 413th Infantry

7 Sep 44 Col. Welcome P. Waltz
4 Mar 45 Lt. Col. William M. Summers
3 May 45 Col. William M. Summers

Commanding Officer, 414th Infantry

7 Sep 44 Col. Anthony J. Touart
1 Mar 45 Lt. Col. Gerald C. Kelleher
2 Mar 45 Col. Gerald C. Kelleher

Commanding Officer, 415th Infantry

7 Sep 44 Col. John Hamilton Cochran

 

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STATISTICS

 

Chronology

Activated 15 September 1942
Arrived ETO 7 September 1944
Arrived Continent (D+93) 7 September 1944
Entered Combat: First Elements 23 October 1944
………Entire Division 24 October 1944
Days in Combat 178

 

Casualties (Tentative)

Killed 1,294
Wounded 5,305
Missing 385
Captured 27
Battle Casualties 7,011
Non-Battle Casualties 6,396
Total Casualties 13,407
Percent of T/O Strength 95.1

 

Campaigns

Northern France

Rhineland

Central Europe

 

Individual Awards

Distinguished Service Cross 16
Legion of Merit 3
Silver Star 503
Soldiers Medal 16
Bronze Star 1,869
Air Medal 39

 

Prisoners of War Taken 51,727

 

COMPOSITION

413th Infantry

415th Infantry

415th Infantry

104th Reconnaissance Troop (Mechanized)

329th Engineer Combat Battalion

329th Medical Battalion

104th Division Artillery

385th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)

386th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)

929th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)

387th Field Artillery Battalion (155mm Howitzer)

Special Troops

804th Ordnance Light Maintenance Company

104th Quartermaster Company

104th Signal Company

Military Police Platoon

Headquarters Company

Band

 

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ATTACHMENTS

 

Antiaircraft Artillery

555th AAA AW Bn (Mbl) 26 Oct 44-24 May 45

Armored

Br 147th Armd Regt (Br 34th Armd Brig) 23 Oct 44-7 Nov 44
750th Tk Bn 16 Nov 44-23 Dec 44
784th Tk Bn 31 Dec 44-3 Feb 45
750th Tk Bn 6 Feb 45-22 May 45
CC A (7th Armd Div) 2 Apr 45-4 Apr 45

Cavalry

4th Cav Gp 1 Apr 45-6 Apr 45

Chemical

87th Cml Bn (-) 10 Dec 44-22 Dec 44

Field Artillery

188th FA Bn (155mm How) 10 Nov 44-22 Dec 44
987th FA Bn (155mm Gun) 26 Nov 44-10 Dec 44
87th Armd FA Bn 29 Nov 44-15 Dec 44
268th FA Bn (8" Gun) 18 Dec 44-26 Dec 44
60th FA Bn (9th Div) (105mm How) 19 Dec 44-22 Dec 44
65th Armd FA Bn 23 Dec 44-5 Feb 45
87th Armd FA Bn 7 Feb 45-25 Feb 45
957th FA Bn (155mm How) 7 Feb 45-28 Feb 45
802d FA Bn (105mm How) 20 Feb 45-9 Mar 45
283d FA Bn (105mm How) 1 Apr 45-6 Apr 45
87th Armd FA Bn 1 Apr 45-28 Apr 45
957th FA Bn (155mm How) 4 Apr 45-28 Apr 45
981st FA Bn (155mm Gun) 12 Apr 45-27 Apr 45
Btry B, 13th FA Obsn Bn 15 Apr 45-17 Apr 45
987th FA Bn (155mm Gun) 16 Apr 45-18 Apr 45
Btry A, 991st FA Bn (155mm Gun) 16 Apr 45-22 Apr 45
Btry B, 13th FA Obsn Bn 17 Apr 45-23 Apr 45
142d FA Gp 19 Apr 45-27 Apr 45

Infantry

60th Inf (9th Div) 18 Dec 44-21 Dec 44
272d Inf (69th Div) 1 May 45-6 May 45

Tank Destroyer

Br 103rd AT Bty 24 Oct 44-7 Nov 44
692d TD Bn (SP) 29 Oct 44-7 Mar 45
Co C, 644th TD Bn (SP) 21 Mar 45-25 Mar 45
817th TD Bn (T) 1 Apr 45-9 Jun 45

 

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DETACHMENTS

(Attached to)

Infantry

413th Inf 1st Div 21 Mar 45-23 Mar 45
414th Inf 3d Armd Div 23 Mar 45-12 Apr 45
2d Bn, 414th Inf 3d Armd Div 12 Apr 45-22 Apr 45
2d Bn, 413th Inf 9th Div 15 Apr 45-16 Apr 45

 

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ASSIGNMENT AND ATTACHMENT TO HIGHER UNITS

 

DATE CORPS ARMY ARMY GROUP
Assigned Attached Assigned Attached
24 Aug 44   Ninth   ETOUSA  
28 Aug 44   Ninth   12th  
5 Sep 44 III Ninth   12th  
15 Oct 44 I Br (Opn) Ninth (Admin) First Cdn (Opn) (-) Br 21st (Opn)
5 Nov 44 (-) First (-) 12th (-)
8 Nov 44 VII First   12th  
20 Dec 44 VII First   12th Br 21st
22 Dec 44 XIX Ninth   12th Br 21st
3 Feb 45 VII First   12th (-)

 

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COMMAND POSTS

 

DATE TOWN REGION COUNTRY
7 Sep 44 Valognes (staging area) Manche France
10 Oct 44 Barneville Manche France
20 Oct 44 Malines Brabant Belgium
22 Oct 44 Westmalle Antwerp Belgium
25 Oct 44 Oostmalle Antwerp Belgium
1 Nov 44 Ruephen North Brabant Netherlands
3 Nov 44 Hoeven North Brabant Netherlands
7 Nov 44 Grenhof Rhineland Germany
10 Nov 44 Brand Rhineland Germany
24 Nov 44 Eschweiler Rhineland Germany
12 Dec 44 Weisweiler Rhineland Germany
24 Feb 45 Langerwehe Rhineland Germany
25 Feb 45 Duren Rhineland Germany
27 Feb 45 Buir Rhineland Germany
3 Mar 45 Sindorf Rhineland Germany
5 Mar 45 Brauweiler Rhineland Germany
8 Mar 45 Cologne Rhineland Germany
22 Mar 45 Honnef Rhineland Germany
25 Mar 45 Herborn (vic. South; airstrip) Hessen-Nassau Germany
26 Mar 45 Flammersfeld Hessen-Nassau Germany
27 Mar 45 Hachenburg Hessen-Nassau Germany
28 Mar 45 Herborn Hessen-Nassau Germany
29 Mar 45 Friedensdorf Hessen-Nassau Germany
30 Mar 45 Medebach Westphalia Germany
31 Mar 45 Nieder Marsberg Westphalia Germany
6 Apr 45 Warburg Westphalia Germany
7 Apr 45 Trendelberg Hessen-Nassau Germany
9 Apr 45 Adelebsen Westphalia Germany
10 Apr 45 Duderstadt Westphalia Germany
12 Apr 45 Nordhausen Westphalia Germany
14 Apr 45 Ober Teutschenthal Westphalia Germany
16 Apr 45 Morl Westphalia Germany
19 Apr 45 Landsburg Westphalia Germany
22 Apr 45 Delitz Westphalia Germany

 

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