75th INFANTRY DIVISION

 

The division insignia consists of a red, white, and blue field with a blue "7" and a red "5" superimposed. Thin insignia has no heraldic significance.

 

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COMMAND AND STAFF

 

Commanding General

20 Oct 44 Maj. Gen. Willard S. Paul
22 Nov 44 Maj. Gen. Gay B. Prickett
24 Jan 45 Maj. Gen. Ray E. Porter

Assistant Division Commander

20 Oct 44 Brig. Gen. Gerald St. C. Mickle

Artillery Commander

20 Oct 44 Brig. Gen. Foster J. Tate
22 Nov 44 Brig. Gen. Albert C. Stanford
24 Jan 45 Col. Charles L. Dasher, Jr.
25 Mar 45 Brig. Gen. Charles L. Dasher, Jr.

Chief of Staff

20 Oct 44 Col. Herbert B. Powell
19 Feb 45 Col. Earl M. Miner

Assistant Chief of Staff G-1

20 Oct 44 Lt. Col. William J. Cashin

Assistant Chief of Staff G-2

20 Oct 44 Lt. Col. George C. Dewey

Assistant Chief of Staff G-3

20 Oct 44 Lt. Col. Robert C. Dean

Assistant Chief of Staff G-4

20 Oct 44 Lt. Col. Edward E. Hood
22 Nov 44 Maj. John W. Dean, Jr.
17 Mar 45 Lt. Col. John W. Dean, Jr.

Assistant Chief of Staff G-5

23 Dec 44 Maj. Hugh O. Davis
16 Apr 45 Lt. Col. Hugh O. Davis

Adjutant General

20 Oct 44 Maj. Robert T. Engle
1 Mar 45 Lt. Col. Robert T. Engle

Commanding Officer, 289th Infantry

20 Oct 44 Col. Douglas B. Smith

Commanding Officer, 290th Infantry

20 Oct 44 Col. Carl F. Duffner

Commanding Officer, 291st Infantry

20 Oct 44 Col. Harry S. Robertson

 

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STATISTICS

 

Chronology

Activated 15 April 1943
Arrived ETO 20 October 1944
Arrived Continent (D+190) 13 December 1944
Entered Combat--First Elements 24 December 1944
Entered Combat--Entire Division 25 December 1944
Days in Combat 94

 

Casualties (Tentative)

Killed 888
Wounded 2,970
Missing 96
Captured --
Battle Casualties 3,954
Non-Battle Casualties 4,062
Total Casualties 8,016
Percent of T/O Strength 56.9

 

Campaigns

Rhineland

Ardennes

Central Europe

 

Individual Awards

Distinguished Service Cross 3
Legion of Merit 3
Silver Star 114
Soldiers Medal 21
Bronze Star 1,287
Air Medal 29

 

Prisoners of War Taken 20,630

 

COMPOSITION

289th Infantry

290th Infantry

291st Infantry

75th Reconnaissance Troop (Mechanized)

275th Engineer Combat Battalion

375th Medical Battalion

75th Division Artillery

897th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)

898th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)

899th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)

730th Field Artillery Battalion (155mm Howitzer)

Special Troops

775th Ordnance Light Maintenance Company

75th Quartermaster Company

575th Signal Company

Military Police Platoon

Headquarters Company

Band

 

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ATTACHMENTS

 

Antiaircraft Artillery

440th AAA AW Bn (Mbl) 2 Dec 44-4 Jun 45

Armored

750th Tk Bn 22 Dec 44-26 Jan 45
CC A (3d Armd Div) 29 Dec 44-30 Dec 44
…3d Bn, 32d Armd Regt (3d Armd Div) 29 Dec 44-30 Dec 44
…Co I, 36th Armd Inf (3d Armd Div) 29 Dec 44-30 Dec 44
…54th Armd FA Bn (3d Armd Div) 29 Dec 44-30 Dec 44
…67th Armd FA Bn (3d Armd Div) 29 Dec 44-30 Dec 44
…83d Armd Rcn Bn (3d Armd Div) 29 Dec 44-30 Dec 44
…Co A, 23d Armd Engr Bn (3d Armd Div) 29 Dec 44-30 Dec 44
…289th Inf (75th Div) 29 Dec 44-30 Dec 44
…1st & 2d Bns, 112th Inf (28th Div) 29 Dec 44-30 Dec 44
…509th Prcht Inf Bn (Non-Div) 29 Dec 44-30 Dec 44
…Co B, 87th Cml Bn 29 Dec 44-30 Dec 44
709th Tk Bn 31 Jan 45-11 Feb 45
Co B, 379th Tk Bn 12 Mar 45-14 Apr 45
701st Tk Bn 18 Mar 45-2 Apr 45
Br 52d Lothians & Border Yeo (- Tr) (Br 79th Armd Div) 30 Mar 45-14 Apr 45
744th Tk Bn 30 Mar 45-17 Apr 45
Sq B, Br 1st Fife & Ferfar Yeo (Br 79th Armd Div) 31 Mar 45-14 Apr 45
Co B, 747th Tk Bn 3 Apr 45-7 Apr 45
Sq B, 1st Lothians & Border Yeo (Br 79th Armd Div) 5 Apr 45-7 Apr 45
717th Tk Bn 17 Apr 45-18 Apr 45
744th Tk Bn 18 Apr 45-4 Jun 45

Cavalry

15th Cav Gp (- 1 Cav Rcn Tr) 11 Mar 45-26 Mar 45

Chemical

Cos B&C, 87th Cml Mort Bn 24 Dec 44-1 Jan 45
Cos B&C, 86th Cml Mort Bn 10 Jan 45-20 Jan 45
Co B, 99th Cml Mort Bn 31 Jan 45-9 Feb 45
74th Cml SG Co 27 Mar 45-29 Mar 45
83d Cml SG Co (-4th Sec) 27 Mar 45-29 Mar 45

Engineer

298th Engr C Bn 25 Dec 44-26 Dec 44
51st Engr C Bn 13 Jan 45-15 Jan 45
1 plat, Co B, 121st Engr C Bn (29th Div) 3 Apr 45-7 Apr 45

Field Artillery

187th FA Bn (155mm How) 28 Dec 44-31 Dec 44
18th FA Bn (105mm How) 30 Dec 44-7 Jan 45
460th FA Bn 11 Jan 45-12 Jan 45
254th FA Bn (155mm How) 11 Jan 45-25 Jan 45
969th FA Bn (155mm How) 30 Jan 45-5 Feb 45
283d FA Bn (105mm How) 11 Feb 45-12 Feb 45
Hq & Hq Btry, 40th FA Gp 11 Feb 45-12 Feb 45
692d FA Bn (105mm How) 11 Mar 45-25 Mar 45
691st FA Bn (105mm How) 11 Mar 45-2 Apr 45
215th FA Bn (155mm How) 12 Mar 45-18 Mar 45
25th FA Bn (105mm How) 24 Mar 45-26 Mar 45
70th FA Bn (105mm How) 24 Mar 45-26 Mar 45
65th FA Bn (105mm How) 24 Mar 45-26 Mar 45
696th FA Bn 24 Mar 45-26 Mar 45
807th FA Bn 25 Mar 45-26 Mar 45
275th Armd FA Bn 31 Mar 45-2 Apr 45
751st FA Bn (155mm How) 31 Mar 45-2 Apr 45
215th FA Bn (155mm How) 31 Mar 45-14 Apr 45
691st FA Bn (105mm How) 3 Apr 45-14 Apr 45
751st FA Bn (155mm How) 3 Apr 45-14 Apr 45
Hq & Hq Btry, 219th FA Gp 3 Apr 45-14 Apr 45

Infantry

2d Bn, 112th Inf (28th Div) 28 Dec 44-4 Jan 45
509th Prcht Bn (Non-Div) 29 Dec 44-1 Jan 45
3d Bn (- Co C [sic]), 517th Prcht Inf (Non-Div) 30 Dec 44-1 Jan 45
504th Prcht Inf (82d Abn Div) 1 Jan 45-3 Jan 45
Br 115th Inf Bde 21 Feb 45-29 Feb 45
Neth 6th Ind Co 21 Feb 45-2 Mar 45
Belg 15th Fusilliers Bn 24 Mar 45-29 Mar 45
116th Inf (29th Div) 1 Apr 45-7 Apr 45
320th Inf (35th Div) 7 Apr 45-13 Apr 45

Tank Destroyer

772d TD Bn (T) 22 Dec 44-4 Jun 45
629th TD Bn (SP) 24 Dec 44-1 Jan 45
814th TD Bn (SP) 30 Dec 44-5 Jan 45
628th TD Bn (SP) 10 Jan 45-15 Jan 45
654th TD Bn (SP) 24 Mar 45-25 Mar 45
807th TD Bn (SP) 25 Mar 45-29 Mar 45

 

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DETACHMENTS

(Attached to)

 

Cavalry

75th Rcn Tr 15th Cav Gp 11 Mar 45-26 Mar 45
75th Rcn Tr XVI Corps 15 Apr 45-16 Apr 45

Engineer

Co A, 275th Engr C Bn Br VIII Corps 4 Mar 45-10 Mar 45

Field Artillery

75th Div Arty 3r Armd Div 24 Dec 44-7 Jan 45
730th FA Bn 84th Div 25 Jan 45-26 Jan 45
897th FA Bn Br VIII Corps 4 Mar 45-10 Mar 45
899th FA Bn 35th Div 8 Mar 45-10 Mar 45

Infantry

290th CT 3d Armd Div 23 Dec 44-31 Dec 44
…898th FA Bn 3d Armd Div 23 Dec 44-31 Dec 44
…1 plat, Co B, 275th Engr C Bn 3d Armd Div 23 Dec 44-31 Dec 44
291st Inf (- 2d Bn) VIII Corps 24 Dec 44-27 Dec 44
289th CT 3d Armd Div 24 Dec 44-29 Dec 44
…730th FA Bn 3d Armd Div 24 Dec 44-29 Dec 44
…897th FA Bn 3d Armd Div 24 Dec 44-29 Dec 44
2d Bn, 291st Inf 2d Armd Div 25 Dec 44-28 Dec 44
290th CT 83d Div 31 Dec 44-1 Jan 45
...898th FA Bn 83d Div 31 Dec 44-1 Jan 45
…1st Plat, Co B, 275th Engr C Bn 83d Div 31 Dec 44-1 Jan 45
290th Inf 84th Div 1 Jan 45-10 Jan 45
291st Inf Br 6th Abn Div 19 Feb 45-21 Feb 45
290th Inf Br 6th Abn Div 20 Feb 45-21 Feb 45
289th CT Br VIII Corps 4 Mar 45-10 Mar 45
291st CT 35th Div 8 Mar 45-10 Mar 45
290th CT 30th Div 26 Mar 45-27 Mar 45
290th CT (- 1st Bn) 8th Armd Div 27 Mar 45-30 Mar 45
1st Bn, 290th Inf 8th Armd Div 27 Mar 45-31 Mar 45

 

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ASSIGNMENT AND ATTACHMENT TO HIGHER UNITS

 

DATE CORPS ARMY ARMY GROUP
Assigned Attached Assigned Attached
9 Nov 44     UK Base ETOUSA  
9 Dec 44     (-) 12th  
9 Dec 44   Ninth   12th  
11 Dec 44 XVI Ninth   12th  
22 Dec 44 VII First   12th Br 21st
29 Dec 44 XVIII Abn First   12th Br 21st
2 Jan 45 VII First   12th Br 21st
7 Jan 45 XVIII Abn First   12th Br 21st
25 Jan 45 (-) First   6th  
30 Jan 45 XXI Seventh First French (Opns) 6th  
11 Feb 45 (-) Seventh (-) 6th  
14 Feb 45   (-) (-) 12th  
17 Feb 45 Br VIII Ninth (Adm) 2d British (Opns) 12th  
1 Mar 45 XVI Ninth (-) 12th  

 

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COMMAND POSTS

 

DATE TOWN REGION COUNTRY
2 Nov 44 Tenby Pembrokeshire England
14 Dec 44 Yvetot Seine-Inferieure France
20 Dec 44 Wilfre Limburg Netherlands
21 Dec 44 St Herren Eldreen Liege Belgium
22 Dec 44 Ocquier Liege Belgium
30 Dec 44 Villers St-Gertrude Liege Belgium
10 Jan 45 Theux Liege Belgium
12 Jan 45 Haute Bedeaux Liege Belgium
12 Jan 45 Odrimont (Adv.) Liege Belgium
13 Jan 45 Abrefontaine Liege Belgium
19 Jan 45 Vielsalm Liege Belgium
22 Jan 45 Commanster (1 mile west; Adv.) Liege Belgium
31 Jan 45 Ribeauville Haut-Rhin France
2 Feb 45 Bischwihr (2 miles north) Haut-Rhin France
3 Feb 45 Bischwihr Haut-Rhin France
8 Feb 45 Andolsheim Haut-Rhin France
14 Feb 45 Rehainviller Haut-Rhin France
17 Feb 45 Roclenge sur Geer Limbourg Belgium
18 Feb 45 Panningen Limburg Netherlands
2 Mar 45 Echt Limburg Netherlands
4 Mar 45 Venlo Limburg Netherlands
10 Mar 45 Lintfort Rhineland Germany
29 Mar 45 Hiesfeld Rhineland Germany
30 Mar 45 Imloh Rhineland Germany
2 Apr 45 Marl Westphalia Germany
4 Apr 45 Erkenschwick Westphalia Germany
6 Apr 45 Mecklinghoven Westphalia Germany
9 Apr 45 Ickern Westphalia Germany
12 Apr 45 Castrop-Rauxel Westphalia Germany
15 Apr 45 Braumbauer Westphalia Germany
22 Apr 45 Plettenberg Westphalia Germany

 

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