11th US Armored Division "Thunderbolt"
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Divisional information Top

History
Activated 15.08.1942
Arrived ETO 05.10.1944
Arrived Continent (D+194) 17.12.1944
Entered Combat 23.12.1944
Inactivated 31.08.1945

Statistic
Days in Combat 96
Prisoners of War Taken 76.229

Casualties (Tentative)
Killed 614
Wounded 2.562
Missing 40
Captured 0
Battle Casualties 3.216
Non-Battle Casualties 1.921
Total Casualties 5.137
Percent of T/O Strength 48.1%

Individual Awards
Distinguished Service Cross3
Legion of Merit15
Silver Star227
Soldiers Medal2
Bronze Star2417
Air Medal51
Medal of Honor1
Distinguished Service Medal1

Medal of Honor Recipients
BURR, Herbert H.
Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company C, 41st Tank Battalion, 11th Armored Division.
Place and date: Near Dorrmoschel, Germany, 19 March 1945.
Citation: He displayed conspicuous gallantry during action when the tank in which he was bow gunner was hit by an enemy rocket, which severely wounded the platoon sergeant and forced the remainder of the crew to abandon the vehicle. Deafened, but otherwise unhurt, S/Sgt. Burr immediately climbed into the driver's seat and continued on the mission of entering the town to reconnoiter road conditions. As he rounded a turn he encountered an 88-mm. antitank gun at pointblank range. Realizing that he had no crew, no one to man the tank's guns, he heroically chose to disregard his personal safety in a direct charge on the German weapon. At considerable speed he headed straight for the loaded gun, which was fully manned by enemy troops who had only to pull the lanyard to send a shell into his vehicle. So unexpected and daring was his assault that he was able to drive his tank completely over the gun, demolishing it and causing its crew to flee in confusion. He then skillfully sideswiped a large truck, overturned it, and wheeling his lumbering vehicle, returned to his company. When medical personnel who had been summoned to treat the wounded sergeant could not locate him, the valiant soldier ran through a hail of sniper fire to direct them to his stricken comrade. The bold, fearless determination of S/Sgt. Burr, his skill and courageous devotion to duty, resulted in the completion of his mission in the face of seemingly impossible odds.

Campaigns
Rhinelandin WWII
Ardennes-Alsacein WWII
Central Europein WWII

Commanding General (CG)
05.10.1944 Brig.-Gen. Charles S. Kilburn
21.03.1945 Brig.-Gen. Holmes E. Dager
03.05.1945-Inactivation Maj.-Gen. Holmes E. Dager

Artillery Commander
05.10.1944 Col. John G. Howard

Chief of Staff
05.10.1944 Col. J.J.B. Williams
17.03.1945 Col. Edgar T. Conley (Jr.)

Assistant Chief of Staff G-1
05.10.1944 Lt.-Col. Ralph J. Olsen

Assistant Chief of Staff G-2
05.10.1944 Lt.-Col. William R. Prince
07.01.1945 Lt.-Col. William M. Slayden

Assistant Chief of Staff G-3
05.10.1944 Lt.-Col. Paul A. Chalmers
07.12.1944 Lt.-Col. George S. Downer (Jr.)

Assistant Chief of Staff G-4
05.10.1944 Maj. Johnnie B. Poole
16.11.1944 Lt.-Col. Johnnie B. Poole

Assistant Chief of Staff G-5
19.12.1944 Maj. Howard W. Decker
16.02.1945 Lt.-Col. Howard W. Decker

Adjutant General
05.10.1944 Lt.-Col. Lillar P. Millar

Commanding Officer, Combat Command A
05.10.1944 Brig.-Gen. Willard A. Holbrook (Jr.)

Commanding Officer, Combat Command B
05.10.1944 Col. Wesley W. Yale

Commanding Officer Combat Command R(eserve)
05.10.1944 Col. Virgil Bell

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Armor

22nd Tank Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
41st Tank Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
42nd Tank Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000

Field Artillery (FA)

Headquarters & Headquarters Battery 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
490th Armored FA Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
491st Armored FA Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
492nd Armored FA Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000

Infantry

21st Armored Infantry Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
55th Armored Infantry Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
63rd Armored Infantry Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000

Other troops

Headquarters & Headquarters Company 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Hq & Hq Company, Division Trains 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Hq & Hq Company, Combat Command A (CCA) 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Hq & Hq Company, Combat Command B (CCB) 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Hq & Hq Company, Combat Command R (CCR) 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
151st Armored Signal Company 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
56th Armored Engineer Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
41st Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mechanized) 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
133rd Ordnance Maintenance Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
81st Armored Medical Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Military Police Platoon 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Band 00.00.0000-00.00.0000


Attachments Top

Antiaircraft Artillery (AAA)

575th AAA AW Battalion (SP) 23.12.1944-24.05.1945

Engineer

991st Engineer Treadway Bridge Company (less 1 section) 04.03.1945-14.03.1945
996th Engineer Treadway Bridge Company 28.03.1945-01.06.1945

Field Artillery (FA)

C Battery, 174th FA Battalion (155mm Gun) 15.02.1945-04.03.1945

Infantry

355th CT, 89th Infantry Division 16.03.1945-21.03.1945
- 914th FA Battalion, 89th Infantry Division (105mm Howitzer) 16.03.1945-21.03.1945
- C Company, 314th Engineer Combat Battalion, 89th Infantry Division 16.03.1945-21.03.1945
261st CT, 65th Infantry Division 28.03.1945-29.03.1945
328th CT, 26th Infantry Division 03.05.1945-06.05.1945

Tank Destroyer (TD)

602nd TD Battalion (SP) 29.12.1944-27.01.1945 & 04.02.1945-24.02.1945
811th TD Battalion (SP) 27.01.1945-04.02.1945
705th TD Battalion (SP) 24.02.1945-05.07.1945


Assignments Top

Date Assigned to Corps Assigned to Army Attached to Army Assigned to Army Group Attached to Army Group
26.09.1944   Ninth Army   ETOUSA  
02.10.1944 III Corps        
05.10.1944 III Corps   UK Base    
11.10.1944     UK Base    
13.12.1944       12th Army Group  
19.12.1944   Ninth Army   12th Army Group  
20.12.1944   First Army   12th Army Group  
23.12.1944 VIII Corps Third Army   12th Army Group  
31.12.1944 XII Corps Third Army   12th Army Group  
15.01.1945 VIII Corps Third Army   12th Army Group  
12.03.1945 XX Corps Third Army   12th Army Group  
16.03.1945 XII Corps Third Army   12th Army Group  
24.03.1945 XX Corps Third Army   12th Army Group  
01.04.1945 XII Corps Third Army   12th Army Group  


Detachments Top

Unit Attached to  
2 Platoons, A Company, 22nd Tank Battalion 87th Infantry Division 09.01.1945
41st Cavalry Recon Squadron 6th Armored Division 12.02.1945-21.02.1945
CC A 87th Infantry Division 24.02.1945-04.03.1945
- 42nd Tank Battalion 87th Infantry Division 24.02.1945-04.03.1945
- 63rd Armored Infantry Battalion 87th Infantry Division 24.02.1945-04.03.1945
- 490th Armored FA Battalion 87th Infantry Division 24.02.1945-04.03.1945
- 41st Cavalry Recon Squadron (less B Troop) 87th Infantry Division 24.02.1945-04.03.1945
- A Company, 56th Armored Engineer Battalion 87th Infantry Division 24.02.1945-04.03.1945


Command Posts Top

Date Town Region Country
13.10.1944 Warminster (vic.; Knock Camp) Wiltshire England
03.12.1944 Horst Limburg Netherlands
18.12.1944 Ell Limburg Netherlands
26.12.1944 Guignicourt-ser-Vence Ardennes France
30.12.1944 Longlier Luxembourg Belgium
03.01.1945 Vaux-les-Rosiers Luxembourg Belgium
13.01.1945 Sibret Luxembourg Belgium
14.01.1945 Hemroulle    
20.01.1945 Bastogne Luxembourg Belgium
06.02.1945 Wilwerdingen -- Luxembourg
13.02.1945 Ell Limburg Netherlands
16.02.1945 Wilwerdingen -- Luxembourg
18.02.1945 Tilburg North Brabant Netherlands
20.02.1945 Boxtel North Brabant Netherlands
05.03.1945 Herscheid Rhineland Germany
08.03.1945 Budesheim Rhineland Germany
12.03.1945 Neidermendig Rhineland Germany
21.03.1945 Winnweiler Pfalz Germany
31.03.1945 Langenselbold Hessen-Nassau Germany
01.04.1945 Grainfeld Hessen Germany
02.04.1945 Silges Hessen-Nassau Germany
03.04.1945 Unterweid Thuringia Germany
04.04.1945 Steinbach-Hallenberg Thuringia Germany
06.04.1945 Zellmellis Thuringia Germany
09.04.1945 Themar Thuringia Germany
11.04.1945 Schnackershausen Thuringia Germany
14.04.1945 Mainleus Bavaria Germany
19.04.1945 Bayreuth Bavaria Germany
20.04.1945 Oberbibrach Bavaria Germany
21.04.1945 Grafenwohr Bavaria Germany
23.04.1945 Schnaittenbach Bavaria Germany
24.04.1945 Stamsreid Bavaria Germany
25.04.1945 Patersdorf Bavaria Germany
26.04.1945 Schonberg Bavaria Germany
02.05.1945 Wegscheid Bavaria Germany
03.05.1945 Rohrbach Ober Oesterreich Austria
04.05.1945 Neufelden Ober Oesterreich Austria
05.05.1945 Ober Neukirchen Ober Oesterreich Austria
06.05.1945 Kirchschlag Ober Oesterreich Austria

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