69th INFANTRY DIVISION

 

"Fighting 69th"

 

The division insignia is a red block "6" and a blue block "9" which interlock. It has no heraldic significance.

 

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COMMAND AND STAFF

 

Commanding General

13 December 1944 Maj. Gen. Emil F. Rheinhardt

Assistant Division Commander

13 December 1944 Col. Lloyd H. Gibbons

Artillery Commander

13 December 1944 Brig. Gen. Robert V. Maraist

Chief of Staff

13 December 1944 Col. Charles P. Lynch

Assistant Chief of Staff G-1

13 December 1944 Lt. Col. Edward J. Leary

Assistant Chief of Staff G-2

13 December 1944 Maj. Maxwell Snead
1 March 1945 Lt. Col. Maxwell Snead

Assistant Chief of Staff G-3

13 December 1944 Lt. Col. Richard C. Conran

Assistant Chief of Staff G-4

13 December 1944 Lt. Col. Gordon D. Ingraham

Assistant Chief of Staff G-5

1 March 1945 Maj. Claude E. Post

Adjutant General

13 December 1944 Lt. Col. Harold Pengelly

Commanding Officer, 271st Infantry

13 December 1944 Col. Henry B. Margeson

Commanding Officer, 272d Infantry

13 December 1944 Col. Walter D. Buie

Commanding Officer, 273d Infantry

13 December 1944 Col. Charles M. Adams, Jr.

 

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STATISTICS

 

Chronology

Activated 15 May 1943
Arrived ETO 13 December 1944
Arrived Continent (D+234) 26 January 1945
Entered Combat 11 February 1945
Days in Combat 65

 

Casualties (Tentative)

Killed 309
Wounded 1,191
Missing 55
Captured 1
Battle Casualties 1,556
Non-Battle Casualties 1,791
Total Casualties 3,347
Percent of T/O Strength 23.8

 

Campaigns

Rhineland

Central Europe

 

Individual Awards

Distinguished Service Cross 1
Legion of Merit 1
Silver Star 90
Soldiers Medal 7
Bronze Star 1,847
Air Medal 30

 

Prisoners of War Taken

 

COMPOSITION

271st Infantry

272d Infantry

273d Infantry

69th Reconnaissance Troop (Mechanized)

269th Engineer Combat Battalion

369th Medical Battalion

69th Division Artillery

879th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)

880th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)

881st Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)

724th Field Artillery Battalion (155mm Howitzer)

Special Troops

769th Ordnance Light Maintenance Company

69th Quartermaster Company

569th Signal Company

Military Police Platoon

Headquarters Company

Band

 

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ATTACHMENTS

 

Antiaircraft Artillery

461st AAA AW Bn (Mbl) 11 Mar 45-30 Jun 45

Armored

Co A, 777th Tk Bn 6 Mar 45-8 Mar 45
777th Tk Bn 29 Mar 45-15 Jun 45

Chemical

Co A, 86th Cml Mort Bn 7 Apr 45-28 Apr 45

Field Artillery

955th FA Bn (155mm How) 29 Mar 45-28 Apr 45
953d FA Bn (155mm How) 14 Apr 45-19 Apr 45
Btry A, 978th FA Bn (155mm Gun) 17 Apr 45-19 Apr 45
Btry B, 997th FA Bn (8" How) 17 Apr 45-19 Apr 45
186th FA Bn (155mm How) 20 Apr 45-30 Apr 45
Btry B, 997th FA Bn (8" How) 23 Apr 45-25 Apr 45
Btry A, 978th FA Bn (155mm Gun) 24 Apr 45-25 Apr 45

Tank Destroyer

661st TD Bn (SP) 7 Feb 45-16 Jun 45

 

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DETACHMENTS

(Attached to)

 

Cavalry

69th Rcn Tr V Corps 31 Mar 45-5 Apr 45

Engineer

Co B, 269th Engr C Bn V Corps 26 Mar 45-28 Mar 45
269th Engr C Bn 20th Engr Gp 31 mar 45-3 Apr 45

Field Artillery

724th FA Bn 406th FA Gp 16 Mar 45-28 Mar 45
880th FA Bn 406th FA Gp 22 Mar 45-28 Mar 45
881st FA Bn 406th FA Gp 22 Mar 45-28 Mar 45
879th FA Bn V Corps 26 Mar 45-28 Mar 45

Infantry

273d Inf V Corps 16 Mar 45-25 Mar 45
3d Bn, 271st Inf First Army 23 Mar 45-28 Mar 45
3d Bn, 272d Inf First Army 23 Mar 45-28 Mar 45
1st Bn, 273d Inf V Corps 26 Mar 45-28 Mar 45
2d Bn, 273d Inf 9th Armd Div 9 Apr 45-18 Apr 45
3d Bn, 273d Inf 9th Armd Div 9 Apr 45-20 Apr 45
271st CT 2d Div 18 Apr 45-19 Apr 45
879th FA Bn 2d Div 18 Apr 45-19 Apr 45
1 plat, Co A, 269th Engr C Bn 2d Div 18 Apr 45-19 Apr 45
272d Inf 104th Div 1 May 45-6 May 45

 

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ASSIGNMENT AND ATTACHMENT TO HIGHER UNITS

 

DATE CORPS ARMY ARMY GROUP
Assigned Attached Assigned Attached
25 Nov 44     UK Base ETOUSA  
18 Jan 45     (-) 12th  
7 Feb 45   Fifteenth   12th  
7 Feb 45 V First   12th  
28 Apr 45 VII First   12th  

(-) Indicates relieved from assignment.

 

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COMMAND POSTS

 

DATE TOWN REGION COUNTRY
13 Dec 44 Winchester Hampshire England
21 Jan 45 Forges-les-Eaux Seine-Inferieure France
4 Feb 45 Liesse Aisne France
12 Feb 45 Murringen Liege Belgium
8 Mar 45 Schmidtheim Rhineland Germany
25 Mar 45 Bad Neuenahr Rhineland Germany
28 Mar 45 Bad Ems Hessen-Nassau Germany
30 Mar 45 Elz Hessen-Nassau Germany
31 Mar 45 Weilburg Hessen-Nassau Germany
2 Apr 45 Naumburg Kurhessen Germany
6 Apr 45 Kassel Kurhessen Germany
9 Apr 45 Witzenhausen Kurhessen Germany
10 Apr 45 Heiligenstadt Thuringia Germany
10 Apr 45 Dingelstadt Thuringia Germany
11 Apr 45 Schlotheim Thuringia Germany
11 Apr 45 Kolleda Thuringia Germany
13 Apr 45 Naumburg Halle-Merseburg Germany
16 Apr 45 Pegau Halle-Merseburg Germany
18 Apr 45 Leipzig Saxony Germany
18 Apr 45 Naunhof Saxony Germany

 

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