65th US Infantry Division
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Divisional information
Divisional troops
Attachments
Assignments
Detachments
Command Posts


Divisional information Top

History
Activated 16.08.1943
Arrived ETO 21.01.1945
Arrived Continent (D+234) 26.01.1945
Entered Combat 09.03.1945

Statistic
Days in Combat 55
Prisoners of War Taken unknown

Casualties (Tentative)
Killed 186
Wounded 757
Missing 99
Captured 10
Battle Casualties 1.052
Non-Battle Casualties 1.250
Total Casualties 2.302
Percent of T/O Strength 16.3%

Individual Awards
Medal of Honor1
Distinguished Service Cross7
Legion of Merit11
Silver Star67
Soldiers Medal4
Bronze Star690
Air Medal19

Campaigns
Rhinelandin WWII
Central Europein WWII

Commanding General (CG)
16.08.1943 Maj.-Gen. Stanley E. Reinhart

Assistant Division Commander
21.01.1945 Brig.-Gen. John E. Copeland

Artillery Commander
21.01.1945 Brig.-Gen. Ronald C. Brock

Chief of Staff
21.01.1945 Col. William J. Epes

Assistant Chief of Staff G-1
21.01.1945 Lt.-Col. David H. Arp

Assistant Chief of Staff G-2
21.01.1945 Lt.-Col. James N. Robertson

Assistant Chief of Staff G-3
21.01.1945 Lt.-Col. George T. Duncan

Assistant Chief of Staff G-4
21.01.1945 Lt.-Col. Joseph S. Hardin

Adjutant General
21.01.1945 Lt.-Col. Burnett J. Brown

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Infantry

259th Infantry Regiment 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
260th Infantry Regiment 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
261st Infantry Regiment 00.00.0000-00.00.0000

Field Artillery (FA)

Headquarters & Headquarters Battery 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
867th FA Battalion (105mm Howitzer) 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
868th FA Battalion (105mm Howitzer) 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
869th FA Battalion (105mm Howitzer) 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
720th FA Battalion (155mm Howitzer) 00.00.0000-00.00.0000

Other troops

Headquarters & Headquarters Company 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Headquarters Special Troops 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
65th Reconnaissance Troop (Mechanized) 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
265th Engineer Combat Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
565th Signal Company 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
765th Ordnance Light Maintenance Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
65th Quartermaster Company 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
365th Medical Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Military Police Platoon 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Divisional Band 00.00.0000-00.00.0000


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Antiaircraft Artillery (AAA)

546th AAA AW Battalion (Mobile) 04.03.1945-end of war

Armored

C Company, 778th Tank Battalion 07.03.1945-11.03.1945
C Company, 748th Tank Battalion 13.03.1945-21.03.1945
749th Tank Battalion 29.03.1945-06.04.1945
707th Tank Battalion 06.04.1945
748th Tank Battalion 07.04.1945-end of war

Cavalry

3rd Cavalry Group 19.03.1945-21.03.1945

Chemical

A Company, 81st Chemical Mortar Battalion 07.03.1945-11.03.1945
C Company, 81st Chemical Mortar Battalion 27.03.1945-04.04.1945 & 20.04.1945-25.04.1945
A Company, 93rd Chemical Mortar Battalion 04.04.1945-16.04.1945
94th Chemical Mortar Battalion 25.04.1945-29.04.1945
A Company, 94th Chemical Mortar Battalion 01.05.1945-end of war

Engineer

1258th Engineer Combat Battalion 07.03.1945-16.03.1945

Field Artillery (FA)

176th FA Battalion (4.5inch Gun) 11.03.1945-14.03.1945
744th FA Battalion (8inch Howitzer) 11.03.1945-14.03.1945
- C Battery, 243rd FA Battalion (8inch Gun) 11.03.1945-14.03.1945

Tank Destroyer (TD)

691st TD Battalion (SP) 04.03.1945-06.04.1945
808th TD Battalion (SP) 05.04.1945-end of war


Assignments Top

Date Assigned to Corps Assigned to Army Attached to Army Assigned to Army Group Attached to Army Group
03.01.1945     UK Base ETOUSA  
18.01.1945       12th Army Group  
25.01.1945   Fifteenth Army   12th Army Group  
01.03.1945 XX Corps Third Army   12th Army Group  
04.04.1945 VIII Corps Third Army   12th Army Group  
17.04.1945 XX Corps Third Army   12th Army Group  


Detachments Top

Unit Attached to  
261st CT 11th Armored Division 28.03.1945-29.03.1945
261st CT 6th Armored Division 29.03.1945-04.04.1945
- 859th FA Battalion 6th Armored Division 29.03.1945-04.04.1945
- 65th Reconnaisance Troop 6th Armored Division 29.03.1945-04.04.1945
- 1st Platoon, C Company, 265th Engineer Combat Battalion 6th Armored Division 29.03.1945-04.04.1945


Command Posts Top

Date Town Region Country
21.01.1945 Le Havre Seine-Inferieure France
22.01.1945 Camp Luck Strike (vic. St-Valery-en-Caux) Seine-Inferieure France
03.03.1945 Ennery Moselle France
07.03.1945 Boulay-Moselle Moselle France
17.03.1945 Villing Moselle France
20.03.1945 Saarlautern Saarland Germany
20.03.1945 Reisweiler Saarland Germany
21.03.1945 Neunkirchen Saarland Germany
27.03.1945 Rockenhausen Pfalz Germany
28.03.1945 Schwabenheim Hessen Germany
31.03.1945 Laubach Hessen-Nassau Germany
01.04.1945 Hattenbach Hessen-Nassau Germany
02.04.1945 Ersrode Hessen-Nassau Germany
03.04.1945 Berneberg Kurhessen Germany
05.04.1945 Treffurt Thuringia Germany
09.04.1945 Berka Thuringia Germany
12.04.1945 Waltershausen Bavaria Germany
14.04.1945 Arnstadt Bavaria Germany
17.04.1945 Breitengussbach Bavaria Germany
20.04.1945 Altdorf Bavaria Germany
23.04.1945 Velburg Bavaria Germany
24.04.1945 Deuerling Bavaria Germany
27.04.1945 Regensburg Bavaria Germany
01.05.1945 Platting Bavaria Germany
02.05.1945 Furstenzell Bavaria Germany
03.05.1945 Neuhaus Bavaria Germany
04.05.1945 Scharding Ober-Oesterreich Austria
04.05.1945 Raab Ober-Oesterreich Austria
05.05.1945 Linz Ober-Oesterreich Austria

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