26th INFANTRY DIVISION

 

"Yankee Division"

 

During World War I, a press conference of Boston newspapermen was called by the Commanding General to determine a nickname for this division, which had just been inducted from New England National Guard units. The adopted suggestion was, "Call it the 'Yankee Division' as all New Englanders are Yankees", and a dark blue monogrammed 'YD' on an olive drab background was officially designated as the division insignia.

 

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COMMAND AND STAFF

 

Commanding General

7 Sep 44 Maj. Gen. Willard S. Paul

Assistant Division Commander

7 Sep 44 Brig. Gen. Harlan N. Hartness

Artillery Commander

7 Sep 44 Brig. Gen. Morrill Ross

Chief of Staff

7 Sep 44 Col. Bernice M. McFadyen

Assistant Chief of Staff G-1

7 Sep 44 Maj. George A. Sullivan, Jr.
1 Dec 44 Lt. Col. George A. Sullivan, Jr.

Assistant Chief of Staff G-2

7 Sep 44 Lt. Col. John Cotter

Assistant Chief of Staff G-3

7 Sep 44 Lt. Col. John L. Pauley, Jr.

Assistant Chief of Staff G-4

7 Sep 44 Lt. Col. Walter H. Lippincott

Assistant Chief of Staff G-5

12 Oct 44 Maj. Edward I. Condren
1 Mar 45 Lt. Col. Edward I. Condren

Adjutant General

7 Sep 44 Lt. Col. Cecil A. Hileman

Commanding Officer, 101st Infantry

7 Sep 44 Col. Walter T. Scott

Commanding Officer, 104th Infantry

7 Sep 44 Col. Dwight T. Colley
10 Nov 44 Col. Ralph A. Palladino

Commanding Officer, 328th Infantry

7 Sep 44 Col. Ben R. Jacobs
26 Dec 44 Lt. Col. Paul Hamilton
15 Mar 45 Col. Aloysius E. O'Flaherty, Jr.

 

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STATISTICS

 

Chronology

Inducted 16 January 1941
Arrived ETO 7 September 1944
Arrived Continent (D+105) 19 September 1944
Entered Combat 12 October 1944
Days in Combat 199

 

Casualties (Tentative)

Killed 1,678
Wounded 7,379
Missing 740
Captured 159
Battle Casualties 9,956
Non-Battle Casualties 6,895
Total Casualties 16,851
Percent of T/O Strength 119.6

 

Campaigns

Northern France

Rhineland

Ardennes

Central Europe

 

Individual Awards

Distinguished Service Cross 38
Legion of Merit 7
Silver Star 927
Soldiers Medal 42
Bronze Star 5,331
Air Medal 98

 

Prisoners of War Taken

 

COMPOSITION

101st Infantry

104th Infantry

328th Infantry

26th Reconnaissance Troop (Mechanized)

101st Engineer Combat Battalion

114th Medical Battalion

26th Division Artillery

101st Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)

102d Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)

263d Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)

180th Field Artillery Battalion (155mm Howitzer)

Special Troops

726th Ordnance Light Maintenance Company

26th Quartermaster Company

39th Signal Company

Military Police Platoon

Headquarters Company

Band

 

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ATTACHMENTS

 

Antiaircraft Artillery

390th AAA AW Bn (SP) 14 Oct 44-25 May 45

Armored

Co E, 33d Armd Regt (3d Armd Div) 11 Oct 44-22 Oct 44
3d Bn, 33d Armd Regt (3d Armd Div) 15 Oct 44-22 Oct 44
37th Tk Bn (4th Armd Div) 17 Oct 44-26 Oct 44
761st Tk Bn 29 Oct 44-12 Dec 44
735th Tk Bn 21 Dec 44-25 Jan 45
778th Tk Bn 29 Jan 45-16 Feb 45
Co C, 778th Tk Bn 16 Feb 45-8 Mar 45
Co B, 778th Tk Bn 11 Mar 45-18 Mar 45
778th Tk Bn 19 Mar 45-20 Jul 45

Cavalry

2d Cav Gp 12 Oct 44-22 Nov 44

Chemical

Co A, 81st Cml Mort Bn 15 Oct 44-25 Oct 44
Cos A&B, 3d Cml Mort Bn 22 Dec 44-25 Jan 45
Co D, 81st Cml Mort Bn 29 Jan 45-20 Feb 45
Co A, 81st Cml Mort Bn 29 Jan 45-7 Mar 45
Co C, 91st Cml Mort Bn 7 Mar 45-12 Apr 45
97th Cml Mort Bn (- Co B) 12 Apr 45-13 Apr 45
Co B, 97th Cml Mort Bn 13 Apr 45-14 Apr 45

Engineer

249th Engr C Bn 22 Dec 44-25 Jan 45
1152d Engr C Gp 30 Jan 45-7 Mar 45
1258th Engr C Bn 28 Feb 45-7 Mar 45
179th Engr C Bn 1 Mar 45-7 Mar 45

Infantry

51st Armd Inf Bn (4th Armd Div) 19 Nov 44-29 Nov 44
5th Ranger Inf Bn 29 Jan 45-9 Feb 45
359th CT (90th Div) 6 Apr 45-10 Apr 45

Tank Destroyer

704th TD Bn (SP) 14 Oct 44-26 Oct 44
691st TD Bn (T) 15 Oct 44-7 Dec 44
602d TD Bn (SP) 23 Oct 44-12 Dec 44
610th TD Bn (SP) 12 Nov 44-12 Dec 44
818th TD Bn (SP) 21 Dec 44-20 Jul 45

 

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DETACHMENTS

(Attached to)

 

Cavalry

26th Rcn Tr 2d Cav Gp 7 Oct 44-12 Oct 44

Infantry

328th Inf 80th Div 2 Oct 44-15 Oct 44
1st Bn, 328th Inf 4th Armd Div 6 Dec 44-8 Dec 44
3d Bn, 101st Inf 94th Div 23 Feb 45-24 Feb 45
2d Bn, 101st Inf 5th Div 23 Mar 45-24 Mar 45
104th Inf 4th Armd Div 24 Mar 45-26 Mar 45
328th Inf 4th Armd Div 26 Mar 45-28 Mar 45
328th CT 11th Armd Div 3 May 45-6 May 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  
28 Sep 44 (-) Third   12th  
1 Oct 44 XII Third   12th  
12 Dec 44 III Third   12th  
28 Jan 45 XX Third   12th  
23 Mar 45 XII Third   12th  

 

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COMMAND POSTS

 

DATE TOWN REGION COUNTRY
7 Sep 44 Valognes Staging Area (Division landed directly in France. Did not go to U.K.) Manche France
30 Sep 44 Aumeville-Lestre Manche France
4 Oct 44 Fontainebleau Seine-et-Marne France
6 Oct 44 Hoeville Meurthe-et-Moselle France
8 Nov 44 Arracourt Meurthe-et-Moselle France
10 Nov 44 Vic-sur-Seille Moselle France
13 Nov 44 Hampont Moselle France
19 Nov 44 Wuiss Moselle France
21 Nov 44 Bessingen Moselle France
27 Nov 44 Albenstroff Moselle France
2 Dec 44 Altweiler Moselle France
5 Dec 44 Saarunion Bas-Rhin France
8 Dec 44 Ormingen Bas-Rhin France
10 Dec 44 Achen Bas-Rhin France
13 Dec 44 Metz Moselle France
19 Dec 44 Eischen   Luxembourg
22 Dec 44 Redange   Luxembourg
25 Dec 44 Grosbous   Luxembourg
30 Dec 44 Donnal   Luxembourg
8 Jan 45 Eschdorf   Luxembourg
20 Jan 45 Bavigne   Luxembourg
22 Jan 45 Doncols   Luxembourg
24 Jan 45 Boevange   Luxembourg
28 Jan 45 Boulay-Moselle Moselle France
7 Mar 45 Saarburg Rhineland Germany
9 Mar 45 Serrig Rhineland Germany
17 Mar 45 Brotsdorf Pfalz Germany
17 Mar 45 Buprich Pfalz Germany
18 Mar 45 Huttersdorf Pfalz Germany
19 Mar 45 Dirmingen Pfalz Germany
20 Mar 45 Ottweiler Pfalz Germany
21 Mar 45 Landstuhl Pfalz Germany
23 Mar 45 Niederolm Pfalz Germany
25 Mar 45 Leeheim Pfalz Germany
26 Mar 45 Darmstadt Pfalz Germany
27 Mar 45 Jugesheim Hessen Germany
30 Mar 45 Hanau Hessen-Nassau Germany
31 Mar 45 Vonhausen Hessen Germany
31 Mar 45 Waldensberg Hessen Germany
1 Apr 45 Hosenfel Hessen-Nassau Germany
3 Apr 45 Fulda Hessen-Nassau Germany
4 Apr 45 Ceisa Thuringia Germany
5 Apr 45 Rossdorf Thuringia Germany
7 Apr 45 Suhl Thuringia Germany
11 Apr 45 Schleusingen Thuringia Germany
12 Apr 45 Schalkau Thuringia Germany
13 Apr 45 Sonneberg Thuringia Germany
15 Apr 45 Wallensfels Bavaria Germany
16 Apr 45 Helmbrechts Bavaria Germany
19 Apr 45 Stammbach Bavaria Germany
20 Apr 45 Kemnath Bavaria Germany
21 Apr 45 Pressath Bavaria Germany
22 Apr 45 Freihung Bavaria Germany
23 Apr 45 Schwartzenfeld Bavaria Germany
24 Apr 45 Bodenwohr Bavaria Germany
25 Apr 45 Falkenstein Bavaria Germany
26 Apr 45 Mitterfels Bavaria Germany
27 Apr 45 Egg Bavaria Germany
29 Apr 45 Zentig Bavaria Germany
30 Apr 45 Tittling Bavaria Germany
1 May 45 Hauzenberg Bavaria Germany
4 May 45 Lembach Bavaria Germany
6 May 45 Aigen Bavaria Germany

 

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