6th ARMORED DIVISION

"Super Sixth"

The mixture of insignia and distinctive colors of several arms incorporated in the Armored Force symbolize integrity and esprit. It is an interlocked ornament, found in Nordic monuments, composed of three torques: red for Artillery; blue for Infantry; and yellow for Cavalry. The symbols represent the characteristics of Armored Divisions: the tank track, mobility and armor protection; the cannon, fire power; and the red bolt of lightening, shock action.

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COMMAND AND STAFF

Commanding General

22 Feb 1944 Maj Gen Robert W Grow
30 Apr 1945 Brig Gen George W Read Jr

Assistant Div Commdr

24 Feb 1945 Brig Gen George W Read Jr

Arty Comdr

22 Feb 1944 Col Lowell M Riley
16 Jul 1944 Lt Col William R Jesse
14 Sep 1944 Col Lowell M Riley

CofS

22 Feb 1944 Col Glen C McBride

ACofS G-1

22 Feb 1944 Lt Col James S Moncrief Jr

ACofS G-2

22 Feb 1944 Maj Ernest W Mitchell Jr
1 May 1945 Lt Col Ernest W Mitchell Jr

ACofS G-3

22 Feb 1944 Lt Col Michael J Galvin

ACofS G-4

22 Feb 1944 Lt Col James C Boggs

ACofS G-5

12 May 1944 Maj Walter C Bowman
27 Jul 1944 Capt Royce S Weisenberger
1 Nov 1944 Maj Royce S Weisenberger

Adj Gen

22 Feb 1944 Maj George W Moore Jr
1 May 1944 Lt Col George W Moore Jr

CC A Comdr

22 Feb 1944 Brig Fen James Taylor
30 Aug 1944 Col Harry F Hanson
8 Nov 1944 Col John L Hines Jr
25 Mar 1945 Col Albert E Harris

CC B Comdr

22 Feb 1944 Col George W Read Jr
24 Feb 1945 Col Harry F Manson
18 Apr 1945 Lt Col Embry D Lagrew

CC R Comdr

22 Feb 1944 Col Harry F Hanson
30 Aug 1944 Lt Col Albert E Harris
27 Jan 1945 Col Albert E Harris
25 Mar 1945 Lt Col Embry D Lagrew
18 Apr 1945 Lt Col Ralph H McKee

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STATISTICS

Chronology

Activated 15 Feb 42
Arrived ETO 25 Feb 44
Arrived Continent (D/42) 18 Jul 44
Entered Combat:
    First Element 27 Jul 44
    Entire Division 28 Jul 44
Days in Combat 226

Casualties (Tentative)

Killed 1,169
Wounded 4,198
Missing 152
Captured 7
    Battle Casualties 5,526
    Non-Battle Casualties 7,290
    Total Casualties 12,816
Percent of T/O Strength 120.1

Campaigns

Normandy

Northern France

Ardennes

Rhineland

Central Europe

Individual Awards

DSC 20
Legion of Merit 21
Silver Star 1,400
Soldiers Medal 31
Bronze Star 5,213
Air Medal 79

PW's Taken: 61,864

COMPOSITION

ORGANIC UNITS

Headquarters Company

Reserve Command

Combat Command A

Combat Command B

15th Tank Bn

68th Tank Bn

69th Tank Bn

9th Armored Infantry Bn

44th Armored Infantry Bn

50th Armored Infantry Bn

86th Cavalry Rcn Sq (Mecz)

25th Armored Engineer Bn

146th Armored Signal Co

6th Armored Division Artillery

128th Armored Field Artillery Battalion

212th Armored Field Artillery Battalion

231st Armored Field Artillery Battalion

6th Armored Division Trains

128th Ordnance Maintenance Battalion

76th Armored Medical Battalion

Military Police Platoon

Band

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ATTACHMENTS

Antiaircraft Artillery

777th AAA AW Bn (SP) 22 Jul 44-29 Jun 45

Armored

737th Tk Bn 22 Nov 44-3 Dec 44
11th Armd Gp 19 Apr 45-still atchd 9 May 45

Cavalry

6th Cav Gp 21 Dec 44-24 Dec 44
    6th Cav Rcn Sq 21 Dec 44-24 Dec 44
    Tr E 28th Cav Rcn Sq 21 Dec 44-24 Dec 44
    5th Ranger Inf Bn 21 Dec 44-24 Dec 44
    Co B 295th Engr C Bn 21 Dec 44-24 Dec 44
    Co C 602d TD Bn (SP) 21 Dec 44-24 Dec 44
41st Cav Rcn Sq (11th Armd Div) 11 Feb 45-21 Feb 45

Chemical

Co A 86th Cml Mort Bn 6 Oct 44-10 Oct 44
Co B 3d Cml Mort Bn 6 Jan 45-26 Jan 45
Co C 3d Cml Mort Bn 26 Jan 45-4 Feb 45
161st Cml SG Co 9 Feb 45-24 Feb 45

Engineer

284th Engr C Bn 9 Feb 45-15 Feb 45
184th Engr C Bn 9 Feb 45-15 Feb 45
1252d Engr C Bn 9 Feb 45-24 Feb 45

Field Artillery

Btry C 965th FA Bn (155 How) 29 Jul 44-31 Jul 44
83d Armd FA Bn 31 Jul 44-21 Aug 44
174th Armd FA Bn 31 Jul 44-21 Aug 44
969th FA Bn (155 How) 15 Aug 44-19 Aug 44
45th FA Bn (8th Div) (105 How) 18 Aug 44-21 Aug 44
28th FA Bn (8th Div) (155 How) 18 Aug 44-21 Aug 44
161st FA Bn (35th Div) (105 How) 22 Nov 44-30 Nov 44
696th Armd FA Bn 16 Dec 44-23 Dec 44
193d FA Gp 29 Dec 44-27 Jan 45
    177th FA Bn (155 How) 29 Dec 44-27 Jan 45
    253d Armd FA Bn 29 Dec 44-27 Jan 45
    696th Armd FA Bn 29 Dec 44-27 Jan 45
    776th FA Bn (155 How) 29 Dec 44-27 Jan 45
216th FA Bn (35th Div) (105 How) 13 Jan 45-18 Jan 45
161st FA Bn (35th Div) (105 How) 20 Jan 45-1 Feb 45
208th FA Gp 19 Mar 45-23 Mar 45
    991st FA Bn (155 Gun) 19 Mar 45-23 Mar 45
    995th FA Bn (8" How) 19 Mar 45-23 Mar 45
191st FA Bn (155 How) 18 Apr 45-27 Apr 45

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Infantry

1st Bn 28th Inf (8th Div) 8 Aug 44-18 Aug 44
28th Inf (8th Div) 18 Aug 44-21 Aug 44
1st Bn 134th Inf (35th Div) 23 Sep 44-26 Sep 44
134th Inf (35th Div) 22 Nov 44-27 Nov 44
5th Ranger Inf Bn 24 Dec 44-25 Dec 44
320th Inf (-1st Bn) (35th Div) 10 Jan 45-18 Jan 45
1st Bn 134th Inf (35th Div) 15 Jan 45-1 Feb 45
134th Inf (-1st Bn) (35th Div) 18 Jan 45-1 Feb 45
318th Inf (80th Div) 30 Mar 45-1 Apr 45
261st CT (65th Div) 30 Mar 45-4 Apr 45
    869th FA Bn (65th Div) (105 How) 30 Mar 45-4 Apr 45
    65th Rcn Tr (65th Div) 30 Mar 45-4 Apr 45
    1st Plat Co C 265th Engr C Bn (65th Div) 30 Mar 45-4 Apr 45
Co A 691st TD Bn (T) 30 Mar 45-4 Apr 45
Btry D 546th AAA AW Bn (Mbl) 30 Mar 45-4 Apr 45
Co C 81st Cml Mort Bn 30 Mar 45-4 Apr 45
3d Bn 304th Inf (76th Div) 7 Apr 45-8 Apr 45

Tank Destroyer

603d TD Bn (SP)              -29 Jun 45
691st TD Bn (T) 15 Dec 44-23 Dec 44

DETACHMENTS

(Attached To)

Armored

CC A VIII Corps 18 Aug 44-21 Aug 44
    Co A 68th Tk Bn VIII Corps 18 Aug 44-21 Aug 44
    50th Armd Inf Bn VIII Corps 18 Aug 44-21 Aug 44
    Trs A & E 86th Cav Rcn Sq VIII Corps 18 Aug 44-21 Aug 44
    Co B 25th Armd Engr Bn VIII Corps 18 Aug 44-21 Aug 44
CC B XII Corps 17 Sep 44-20 Sep 44
    69th Tk Bn XII Corps 17 Sep 44-20 Sep 44
    44th Armd Inf Bn XII Corps 17 Sep 44-20 Sep 44
    212th Armd F Bn XII Corps 17 Sep 44-20 Sep 44
    Tr B 86th Cav Rcn Sq XII Corps 17 Sep 44-20 Sep 44
    Co C 25th Armd Engr Bn XII Corps 17 Sep 44-20 Sep 44
CC B 35th Div 21 Sep 44-23 Sep 44
    69th Tk Bn 35th Div 21 Sep 44-23 Sep 44
    44th Armd Inf Bn 35th Div 21 Sep 44-23 Sep 44
    212th Armd FA Bn 35th Div 21 Sep 44-23 Sep 44
    Tr B 86th Cav Rcn Sq 35th Div 21 Sep 44-23 Sep 44
    Co C 25th Armd Engr Bn 35th Div 21 Sep 44-23 Sep 44
CC R XX Corps 23 Sep 44-29 Sep 44
    68th Tk Bn (-) XX Corps 23 Sep 44-29 Sep 44
    9th Armd Inf Bn XX Corps 23 Sep 44-29 Sep 44
    128th Armd FA Bn XX Corps 23 Sep 44-29 Sep 44
Co C 15th Tk Bn 17th Abn Div 31 Jan 45-7 Feb 45
CCAA 63d Div 19 Mar 45-20 Mar 45
    15th Tk Bn 63d Div 19 Mar 45-20 Mar 45
    9th Armd Inf Bn 63d Div 19 Mar 45-20 Mar 45
    Tr A 86th Cav Rcn Sq 63d Div 19 Mar 45-20 Mar 45
    Co B 25th Armd Engr Bn 63d Div 19 Mar 45-20 Mar 45
Task Force LaGrew 76th Div 8 Apr 45-9 Apr 45

Cavalry

Trs A & E 86th Cav Rcn Sq 29th Div 21 Aug 44-10 Sep 44
Co F 86th Cav Rcn Sq 94th Div 16 Sep 44-14 Oct 44

Field Artillery

6th Armd Div Arty 3d Div 14 Mar 45-18 Mar 45

Infantry

50th CT VIII Corps 21 Aug 44-10 Sep 44
    Co A 68th Tk Bn VIII Corps 21 Aug 44-10 Sep 44
    50th Armd Inf Bn VIII Corps 21 Aug 44-10 Sep 44

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ASSIGNMENTS AND ATTACHMENTS

DATE CORPS ARMY ARMY GROUP
Assigned Attached Assigned Attached
8 Feb 44 VIII     ETOUSA  
3 Mar 44 VIII Third      
9 Mar 44 XX -      
25 Jul 44 VIII   First   Br 21st
1 Aug 44 VIII Third - 12th  
5 Sep 44 - Ninth   12th  
16 Sep 44   Third   12th  
20 Sep 44 XII Third   12th  
11 Dec 44 III Third   12th  
18 Dec 44 XII Third   12th  
21 Dec 44 XX Third   12th  
25 Dec 44 XII Third   12th  
28 Dec 44 III Third   12th  
11 Feb 45 VIII Third   12th  
4 Mar 45 - -   -  
8 Mar 45 XV   Seventh   6th
23 Mar 45 XX Third - 12th  
24 Mar 45 XII Third   12th  
28 Mar 45 XX Third   12th  
17 Apr 45 VIII Third   12th  
22 Apr 45 VIII First   12th  
6 May 45 VIII Ninth   12th  

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COMMAND POSTS

DATE TOWN REGION COUNTRY
1944
1 Mar Batsford Oxford England
15 Jul Batsford (Sezincote House) Oxford England
19 Jul Le-Mesnil-St-Martin Manche France
29 Jul Coutances (3 mi W) Manche France
30 Jul Brehal (1 mi N) Manche France
31 Jul Avranches (1 mi NW) Manche France
1 Aug Pontorson (3 mi NE) Manche France
2 Aug St-Domineu (N of Tinteniac) Ille-et-Vilaine France
3 Aug Merdrignac (1 mi E) Cotes-du-Nord France
4 Aug No set up (Enroute) Finistere France
5 Aug Huelgoat (5 mi E) Finistere France
7 Aug Plabennec (2 mi SW) Finistere France
9 Aug Plouvien (2 mi SW) Finistere France
14 Aug Plouay (1 mi W) Morbihan France
5 Sep Plouay (1 mi W) Morbihan France
16 Sep Chateaubriant Loire-Inferieure France
17 Sep Lorris (6 mi SW) Loiret France
19 Sep Colombey-les-Belles Meurthe-et-Moselle France
22 Sep Gremecy Wood (NW of Chateau Salins) Moselle France
26 Sep Saulxures (5 mi E of Nancy) Meurthe-et-Moselle France
8 Nov Pont-a-Mousson (5 mi E) Meurthe-et-Moselle France
10 Nov Nomeny Meurthe-et-Moselle France
11 Nov Luppy Moselle France
16 Nov Brulange Moselle France
24 Nov Hellimer Moselle France
5 Dec Farschviller Moselle France
19 Dec Ober Homburg Moselle France
24 Dec Metz Moselle France
26 Dec Udingen (Mersch)   Luxembourg
29 Dec Habay La Neuve Luxembourg Belgium
31 Dec Nives Liege Belgium
1945
11 Jan Assenois (2 mi SW of Bastogne) Liege Belgium
21 Jan Troine   Luxembourg
27 Jan Boevange   Luxembourg
11 Feb Clervaux   Luxembourg
23 Feb Dasburg Rhineland Germany
26 Feb Arzfeld Rhineland Germany
10 Mar Vic-sur-Seille Moselle France
18 Mar Ormingen Bas-Rhin France
20 Mar Zweibrucken Rhineland Germany
21 Mar Ebertsheim Rhineland Germany
25 Mar Gross Gerau Hessen Germany
26 Mar Morfelden Hessen Germany
27 Mar Neu Isenberg Nassau Germany
28 Mar Hochstadt Nassau Germany
29 Mar Steinbach Hessen Germany
30 Mar Homburg Bavaria Germany
2 Apr Friemen Kurhessen Germany
3 Apr Eschwege Kurhessen Germany
4 Apr Struth Kurhessen Germany
5 Apr Muhlhausen Thuringia Germany
9 Apr Langensalza Thuringia Germany
11 Apr Bad Sulza Thuringia Germany
12 Apr Osterfeld Halle-Merseburg Germany
14 Apr Zeitz Halle-Merseburg Germany

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