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Divisional History from WWI through WWII

The 4th Infantry Division nickname, the “Ivy Division,” comes from the design of its shoulder patch: four green ivy leaves joined at the stem and opening at the four corners. The word “Ivy” is a play on the roman numeral four, IV. Ivy leaves are symbolic of tenacity and fidelity, the basis of the Division’s motto, “Steadfast and Loyal”.

  The 4th Infantry Division has a long and distinguished history that includes combat in three wars. Twenty Ivy Division soldiers have been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and 21campaign streamers adorn its colors.

          The Division was formed in December 1917 and was commanded by Major General George H. Cameron.  Following the United States’ entry into World War I, the Division embarked for Europe as part of the American Expeditionary Force.  The 4th Infantry Division went into action in the Aisne-Marne campaign in July 1918, at which time its units were piecemealed and attached to several French infantry divisions. Almost a month later, the Division was reunited for the final days of the campaign.  During the next four months, the 4th Infantry Division saw action on the front lines and as reserves.  Suffering over 11,500 casualties in the final drive for the Allied victory, the 4th Infantry Division was the only division to serve in both the French and British sectors of the front.

Men of the 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division push toward Audouville-la-Hubert.


Men of the "Fighting Fourth" break to listen to the dulced tones of Axis Sally.

          As war clouds engulfed Europe, the 4th Division was reactivated on June 1, 1940 at Fort Benning, Georgia as America began to increase the size of our armed forces. Selected to act as an experimental unit for the development of methods recently demonstrated by the German blitz through Belgium and France, the 4th Motorized Division began a three year, wide-open experiment. From August 1940 through August 1943, the division participated in the Louisiana Maneuvers, was moved to the newly opened Camp Gordon, GA where they participated in the Carolina Maneuvers, and was moved to Fort Dix, New Jersey before being redesignated the 4th Infantry Division. A movement in September 1943 to Camp Gordon Johnston, Florida gave the division realistic amphibious training in preparation for the assault on fortress Europe. January 18, 1944 saw the Ivy Division embark the port of New York en route to a final training phase in England. Chosen as the spearhead amphibious division of the D-Day landing on the Normandy coast of France, the men of the 4th Infantry Division stormed ashore at H-Hour (0630 hours) on a stretch of the French coast named, for this operation, Utah Beach. It was for his actions on this day that assistant division commander, Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. earned the first Medal of Honor in the division. 


Gen. Raymond "Tubby" Barton, Division Commander Normandy June 6th, 1944

After their successful D-Day landing, the men of the Ivy division fought through the hedgerows of the Cotentin Peninsula en route to taking the critically important port of Cherbourg. The division was in continuous action during the period 6-28 June when the last resistance around Cherbourg was eliminated. During this period, the 4th Infantry Division sustained over 5,450 casualties and had over 800 men killed. With hardly a pause to catch their breath, the Ivymen continued to attack through the hedgerowed country and, along with the 2nd Armored Division, spearheaded the breakthrough that occurred at St. Lo on July 25, 1944. Exploiting the break in the German lines, the division continued the attack across France and on August 25, 1944 were, along with the French 2nd Armored Division, the troops who earned the distinction of liberating Paris from four years of Nazi rule. Passing through the wildly applauding Parisians, the Ivymen left the victory parade in honor of the liberation of Paris for outfits following in our wake and continued the pursuit of the Germans. On September 11, 1944, a patrol from the 4th Infantry Division became the first Allied ground force to enter Germany. Fighting in the Siegfried Line followed. Mid November found the division in the bloodiest battle of its history. The most gruelling battle in Europe was fought in the Hurtgen Forest. Fought in the cold rain and snow and in a forest of pine and fir trees 150 feet in height, the Ivymen slugged it out yard by yard and day by day against determined German artillery and infantry resistance. By early December, the division had fought through what now was a twisted mass of shrapnel-torn stumps and broken trees and had accomplished its mission. Casualties in the Hurtgen often exceeded 250% of the original strength of a rifle company. 

With the Hurtgen Forest behind them, the division moved into a defensive position in Luxembourg and were soon to be engaged in the Battle of the Bulge. General George S. Patton wrote to Major General Raymond Barton of the 4th Infantry Division - "Your fight in the Hurtgen Forest was an epic of stark infantry combat; but, in my opinion, your most recent fight - from the 16th to the 26th of December - when, with a depleted and tired division, you halted the left shoulder of the German thrust into the American lines and saved the City of Luxembourg, and the tremendous supply establishments and road nets in that vicinity, is the most outstanding accomplishment of yourself and your division." As the German push was halted in the Bulge, the Ivy division resumed the attack and continued the pursuit back through the Siegfried Line at the same location it had crossed in September and fought across Germany as the war ground on in the first four months of 1945. When the war ended on May 8, 1945, the 4th Infantry Division had participated in all of the campaigns from the Normandy Beach to Germany. Personnel of the Division during this period wear the five campaign stars for Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe. The division suffered almost 22,000 battle casualties and over 34,000 total casualties during their eleven months fighting across Europe. On July 11, 1945, the Ivy Division returned to New York harbor and began preparing for the invasion of Japan - fortunately, the war ended before that was required. 


Vital Statistics of the 4th Infantry Division
Statistics From: Order of Battle of the United States Army War II, European Theater of Operations,
US Army Center for Military History. 

COMMAND AND STAFF 

Commanding General

28 Jan 44  Maj. Gen. Raymond O. Barton 
18 Sep 44  Brig. Gen. Harold W. Blakeley 
21 Sep 44  Maj. Gen. Harold R. Bull 
30 Sep 44  Brig. Gen. James A. Van Fleet 
5 Oct 44  Maj. Gen. Raymond O. Barton 
27 Dec 44  Brig. Gen. Harold W. Blakeley 
18 Mar 45  Maj. Gen. Harold W. Blakeley 

Assistant Division Commander

28 Jan 44  Brig. Gen. Henry A. Barber 
9 Jul 44  Col. George A. Taylor 
1 Aug 44  Brig. Gen. George A. Taylor 
19 Sep 44  Brig. Gen. James A. Van Fleet (Acting) 
10 Oct 44  Col. James S. Rodwell 
7 Dec 44  Brig. Gen. James S. Rodwell 

Artillery Commander

28 Jan 44  Brig. Gen. Harold W. Blakeley 
28 Dec 44  Col. Richard T. Guthrie 

Chief of Staff

28 Jan 44  Col. James S. Rodwell 
2 Jul 44  Lt. Col. Richard S. Marr 
28 Jul 44  Col. Richard S. Marr 

Assistant Chief of Staff G-1

28 Jan 44  Maj. William E. Walkup 
15 Mar 44  Lt. Col. Garlen R. Bryant 

Assistant Chief of Staff G-2

28 Jan 44  Lt. Col. Harry F. Hansen 

Assistant Chief of Staff G-3

28 Jan 44  Lt. Col. Orlando C. Troxel, Jr. 
13 Jun 44  Maj. David B. Goodwin 
16 Jul 44  Lt. Col. David B. Goodwin 
31 Aug 44  Maj. John L. Delaney 
27 Sep 44  Lt. Col. John L. Delaney 
10 Apr 45  Lt. Col. Dee W. Stone 

Assistant Chief of Staff G-4

28 Jan 44  Lt. Col. Richard S. Marr 
2 Jul 44  Maj. Guy O. Deyoung, Jr. 
20 Oct 44  Lt. Col. Guy O. Deyoung, Jr. 

Assistant Chief of Staff G-5

10 Apr 44  Maj. Philip A. Hart, Jr. 
31 May 44  Lt. Col. Dee W. Stone 

Adjutant General

28 Jan 44  Lt. Col. Garlen R. Bryant 
15 May 44  Maj. George H. Garde 
28 Aug 44  Maj. Frank C. Castagnetto 
28 Sep 44  Lt. Col. Frank C. Castagnetto 

Commanding Officer, 8th Infantry

28 Jan 44  Col. James A. Van Fleet 
2 Jul 44  Col. James S. Rodwell 
22 Sep 44  Col. Richard G. McKee 

Commanding Officer, 12th Infantry

28 Jan 44  Col. Russell P. Reeder, Jr. 
11 Jun 44  Col. James S. Luckett 
21 Nov 44  Col. Robert H. Chance 

Commanding Officer, 22d Infantry

28 Jan 44  Col. Hervey A. Tribolet 
26 Jun 44  Col. Robert T. Foster 
19 Jul 44  Col. Charles T. Lanham 
3 Mar 45  Lt. Col. John F. Ruggles 
22 Apr 45  Col. John F. Ruggles 

STATISTICS 

Chronology

Activated  3 June 1940 
Arrived ETO  28 January 1944 
Arrived Continent (D day)  6 June 1944 
Entered Combat  6 June 1944 
Days in Combat  299 

Casualties (Tentative)

Killed  4,488 
Wounded  16,985 
Missing  860 
Captured  121 
Battle Casualties  22,454 
Non-Battle Casualties  13,091 
Total Casualties  35,545 
Percent of T/O Strength  252.3 

Individual Awards

Distinguished Service Cross  54 
Legion of Merit 
Silver Star  814 
Soldiers Medal  19 
Bronze Star  5,096 
Air Medal  63 

Prisoners of War Taken 75,377

COMPOSITION
8th Infantry
12th Infantry
22d Infantry
4th Reconnaissance Troop (Mechanized)
4th Engineer Combat Battalion
4th Medical Battalion

4th Division Artillery
29th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)
42d Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)
44th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)
20th Field Artillery Battalion (155mm Howitzer)

Specialized Troops
704th Ordnance Light Maintenance Company
4th Quartermaster Company
4th Signal Company
Military Police Platoon
Headquarters Company
Band

ATTACHMENTS 

Antiaircraft Artillery
 
377th AAA AW Bn (Mbl)  14 Jun 44-22 Mar 45 
Btry B, 453d AAA AW Bn (Mbl)  18 Jun-3 Jul 44 
129th AAA Gun Bn (Mbl)  9-10 Jul 44 
Btry D, 129th AAA Gun Bn (Mbl)  11-15 Jul 44 
377th AAA AW Bn (Mbl)  23-27 Mar 45 
377th AAA AW Bn (Mbl)  6 Apr-9 May 45 

Armored
 
899th Tk Bn (- 1 co)  7-8 Jun 44 
Task Force Barber (6th Armd Gp)  9-12 Jun 44 
70th Tk Bn (- Co C)  9-13 Jun 44 
70th Tk Bn (- 1 plat)  13-16 Jun 44 
899th Tk Bn (- 1 co)  14-28 Jun 44 
70th Tk Bn  18 Jun-16 Jul 44 
70th Tk Bn  10 Jul 44-10 Mar 45 
CC Boudinot (3d Armd Div)  30 Jul-5 Aug 44 
33d Armd Regt (3d Armd Div)  30 Jul-5 Aug 44 
36th Armd Inf (- 3d Bn) (3d Armd Div)  30 Jul-5 Aug 44 
391st Armd FA Bn (3d Armd Div)  30 Jul-5 Aug 44 
83d Armd Rcn Bn (3d Armd Div)  30 Jul-5 Aug 44 
Cos B&D, 23d Armd Engr Bn (3d Armd Div)  30 Jul-5 Aug 44 
87th Armd FA Bn  30 Jul-5 Aug 44 
Cos B&C (- 3d Plat), 703d TD Bn (SP)  30 Jul-5 Aug 44 
Btry B, 413th AAA AW Bn (SP)  30 Jul-5 Aug 44 
Btrys A&B, 486th AAA AW Bn (SP)  30 Jul-5 Aug 44 
759th Tk Bn  11-21 Aug 44 
3d Armd Gp (- 741st Tk Bn)  30 Aug-7 Sep 44 
CC A (5th Armd Div)  2-3 Sep 44 
Co D, 10th Tk Bn (5th Armd Div)  6-13 Oct 44 
Co C, 709th Tk Bn  21 Nov-2 Dec 44 
CC A (5th Armd Div)  29 Nov-12 Dec 44 
Co A, 19th Tk Bn (9th Armd Div)  16-17 Dec 44 
Task Force Rhino  7-10 Mar 45 
70th Tk Bn  20-21 Mar 45 
70th Tk Bn  27 Mar-9 May 45 
Co C, 772d Tk Bn  9-18 Apr 45 

Cavalry
 
4th Cav Gp  16-17 Jun 44 
Co F, 24th Cav Rcn Sq  16-29 Jun 44 
4th Cav Rcn Sq  11-15 Jul 44 
4th Cav Rcn Sq  29-31 Jul 44 
4th Cav Rcn Sq  13-14 Aug 44 
38th Cav Rcn Sq  23-25 Aug 44 
102d Cav Gp  23-25 Aug 44 
102d Cav Gp  5-6 Sep 44 
102d Cav Gp  10-17 Sep 44 
38th Cav Rcn Sq  17-27 Sep 44 
Tr B, 102d Cav Gp [sic] 7-15 Oct 44 
24th Cav Rcn Sq  15 Nov-5 Dec 44 
Trs A&C, 89th Cav Rcn Sq (9th Armd Div)  7-13 Dec 44 
5th Rcn Tr (5th Div)  21-24 Dec 44 
101st Cav Gp  31 Mar-7 Apr 45 
101st Cav Rcn Sq  31 Mar-7 Apr 45 
116th Cav Rcn Sq  31 Mar-7 Apr 45 

Chemical
 
87th Cml Mort Bn  8-11 Jun 44 
87th Cml Mort Bn  13-15 Jun 44 
Cos C&D, 87th Cml Mort Bn  18-29 Jun 44 
Co D, 87th Cml Mort Bn  4-15 Jul 44 
Co B, 87th Cml Mort Bn  20 Jul-11 Aug 44 
Co B, 87th Cml Mort Bn  14-25 Aug 44 
81st Cml SG Co  26 Aug-19 Sep 44 
Co C, 87th Cml Mort Bn  10 Nov-3 Dec 44 
Co D, 87th Cml Mort Bn  23 Nov-4 Dec 44 
Cos A&B, 91st Cml Mort Bn  22 Dec 44-5 Jan 45 
Co A, 91st Cml Mort Bn  11-27 Jan 45 
99th Cml Mort Bn  27-29 Mar 45 
99th Cml Mort Bn (- 3 cos)  30-31 Mar 45 
99th Cml Mort Bn  1-3 Apr 45 
Co C, 99th Cml Mort Bn  3-19 Apr 45 
Co B, 99th Cml Mort Bn  28 Apr-3 May 45 

Engineer
 
15th Engr C Bn (9th Div)  8-9 Aug 44 
1121st Engr C Gp  2-4 Sep 44 
Hq & Hq Co, 1121st Engr C Gp  2-4 Sep 44 
112th Engr C Bn  2-4 Sep 44 
146th Engr C Bn  2-4 Sep 44 
254th Engr C Bn  2-4 Sep 44 
996th Engr Treadway Br Co  2-4 Sep 44 
610th Engr Light Equip Co (- 1 plat)  2-4 Sep 44 
1 br plat & Light Equipage Plat, 502d Engr Light Pon Co  2-4 Sep 44 
298th Engr C Bn  10-15 Nov 44 
294th Engr C Bn  23 Nov-5 Dec 44 
159th Engr C Bn  16-23 Dec 44 
Co C, 63d Engr C Bn (44th Div)  9-18 Apr 45 

Field Artillery
 
13th FA Obsn Bn  6-8 Jun 44 
Btry B, 980th FA Bn (155 Gun)  6-8 Jun 44 
Btry B, 65th Armd FA Bn  6-8 Jun 44 
915th FA Bn (90th Div) (105 How)  6-8 Jun 44 
Btry B, 980th FA Bn (155 Gun)  14 Jun 44 
183d FA Bn (155 How)  18-21 Jun 44 
183d FA Bn (155 How)  23-24 Jun 44 
951st FA Bn (155 How)  6-9 Jul 44 
951st FA Bn (155 How)  27-28 Jul 44 
690th FA Bn (105 How)  29 Jul-1 Aug 44 
26th FA Bn (9th Div) (105 How)  7-9 Aug 44 
18th FA Bn (105 How)  11-13 Aug 44 
196th FA Bn (105 How)  11-13 Aug 44 
183d FA Bn (155 How)  12-17 Aug 44 
186th FA Bn (155 How)  26-31 Aug 44 
190th FA Bn (155 Gun)  30-31 Aug 44 
17th FA Obsn Bn  30-31 Aug 44 
955th FA Bn (155 How)  13 Sep-5 Oct 44 
987th FA Bn (- 1 btry) (155 Gun)  7-28 Oct 44 
196th FA Bn (105 How)  13-23 Oct 44 
Hq & Hq Btry, 188th FA Gp  8-11 Nov 44 
196th FA Bn (105 How)  9 Nov-2 Dec 44 
172d FA Bn (4.5" Gun)  9 Nov-4 Dec 44 
951st FA Bn (155 How)  9 Nov-4 Dec 44 
981st FA Bn (155 Gun)  9 Nov-4 Dec 44 
Btry B, 285th FA Obsn Bn  9 Nov-4 Dec 44 
Btry C, 559th FA Bn (155 Gun)  7-8 Dec 44 
442d FA Gp  9-22 Dec 44 
81st FA Bn (155 How)  9-22 Dec 44 
174th FA Bn (155 Gun)  9-22 Dec 44 
2 btrys, 285th FA Obsn Bn  16-17 Dec 44 
290th FA Bn  18-21 Dec 44 
Hq & Hq Btry, 285th FA Bn  18-22 Dec 44 
66th Armd FA Bn (4th Armd Div)  12-30 Jan 45 
512th FA Bn (105 How)  26 Jan 45 
236th FA Bn  26 Jan 45 
752d FA Bn (155 How)  27 Jan-11 Feb 45 
58th Armd FA Bn  27 Jan-11 Feb 45 
66th Armd FA Bn (4th Armd Div)  5-23 Feb 45 
771st FA Bn (4.5" Gun)  27 Feb-4 Mar 45 
58th Armd FA Bn  27 Feb-5 Mar 45 
257th FA Bn (155 How)  27 Feb-6 Mar 45 
177th FA Bn (155 How)  6-10 Mar 45 
522d FA Bn (105 How)  30 Mar-9 Apr 45 
686th FA Bn (155 How)  30 Mar-9 Apr 45 
220th FA Bn (44th Div) (105 How)  9-18 Apr 45 
217th FA Bn (44th Div) (105 How)  13-18 Apr 45 
522d FA Bn (105 How)  20-24 Apr 45 
630th FA Bn (8" How)  26 Apr 45 
522d FA Bn (105 How)  28 Apr-3 May 45 
969th FA Bn (155 How)  28 Apr-3 May 45 

Infantry
 
359th Inf (- 2d Bn) (90th Div)  1-11 Jun 44 
39th Inf (9th Div)  11-15 Jun 44 
26th CT (1st Div)  29-30 Jul 44 
2d Bn, 60th Inf (9th Div)  1-25 Aug 44 
39th CT (9th Div)  7-9 Aug 44 
2d Plat, 9th Rcn Tr (9th Div)  7-9 Aug 44 
1st Plat, 9th Engr C Bn  7-9 Aug 44 
2d Ranger Inf Bn  11-13 Aug 44 
5th Ranger Inf Bn  11-13 Aug 44 
99th Inf Bn (Non-Div)  11-13 Aug 44 
330th CT (83d Div)  3-7 Dec 44 
323d FA Bn (83d Div) (105 How)  3-7 Dec 44 
Co B, 308th Engr C Bn (83d Div)  3-7 Dec 44 
Co C, 774th Tk Bn  3-7 Dec 44 
329th CT (83d Div)  7-10 Dec 44 
322d FA Bn (83d Div) (105 How)  7-10 Dec 44 
Co B, 774th Tk Bn  7-10 Dec 44 
Co C, 52d Armd Inf Bn (9th Armd Div)  7-12 Dec 44 
10th CT (5th Div)  21-23 Dec 44 
46th FA Bn (5th Div) (105 How)  21-23 Dec 44 
Co B, 7th Engr C Bn (5th Div)  21-23 Dec 44 
Co B, 737th Tk Bn  21-23 Dec 44 
Co C, 808th TD Bn (SP)  21-23 Dec 44 
347th Inf (87th Div)  14-16 Jan 45 
346th Inf (87th Div)  14-16 Jan 45 
319th Inf (80th Div)  25-26 Jan 45 
318th CT (- 1st Bn) (80th Div)  26 Jan-25 Feb 45 
3d Bn, 317th Inf (80th Div)  26 Jan-25 Feb 45 
324th Inf (44th Div)  9-18 Apr 45 
506th Prcht Inf (101st Abn Div)  2-3 May 45 

Tank Destroyer
 
Cos A&C, 899th TD Bn (SP)  9-13 Jun 44 
801st TD Bn (SP)  13 Jun-8 Oct 44 
Co C, 634th TD Bn (SP)  11-13 Jul 44 
Co C, 634th TD Bn (SP)  23 Jul-13 Aug 44 
Co A, 899th TD Bn (SP)  8-9 Aug 44 
893d TD Bn (SP)  23 Aug-29 Sep 44 
Co B, 893d TC Bn (SP)  30 Sep-15 Oct 44 
Co C, 893d TC Bn (SP)  1-13 Oct 44 
Co A, 893d TC Bn (SP)  6-7 Oct 44 
801st TD Bn (SP) (- Co B)  9-15 Oct 44 
Co A, 893d TC Bn (SP)  15 Oct 44 
Co C, 801st TD Bn (SP)  22-29 Oct 44 
801st TD Bn (SP)  30 Oct-5 Nov 44 
801st TD Bn (SP)  6-8 Nov 44 
803d TD Bn (SP)  9 Nov-25 Dec 44 
802d TD Bn (SP)  9 Dec 44-27 Jan 45 
610th TD Bn (SP)  25 Jan-10 Mar 45 
610th TD Bn (SP)  17 Mar-9 May 45 
776th TD Bn (SP)  9-18 Apr 45 

DETACHMENTS 

(Attached to)

Cavalry
 
4th Rcn Tr  Task Force Welborn  7 Aug 44 

Engineer
 
4th Engr C Bn  Task Force Welborn  7-23 Aug 44 

Field Artillery
 
4th Div Arty  90th Div  29 Jun-5 Jul 44 

Infantry
 
22d CT  2d Armd Div  19 Jul-2 Aug 44 
44th FA Bn  2d Armd Div  19 Jul-2 Aug 44 
1 plat, Co C, 4th Engr C Bn  2d Armd Div  19 Jul-2 Aug 44 
12th CT  30th Div  7-13 Aug 44 
42d FA Bn  30th Div  7-13 Aug 44 
8th CT  9th Div  10-11 Aug 44 
29th FA Bn  9th Div  10-11 Aug 44 
3d Bn, 8th Inf  2d Armd Div  11-14 Aug 44 
Co A, 12th Inf  V Corps  13-22 Oct 44 
Co A, 12th Inf  V Corps  25 Oct-7 Nov 44
4th Rcn Tr  V Corps  25 Oct-5 Nov 44 
12th CT  28th Div  7-10 Nov 44 
42d FA Bn  28th Div  7-10 Nov 44 
1 plat, Co B, 4th Engr C Bn  28th Div  7-10 Nov 44 
22d Inf  83d Div  3-7 Dec 44 
8th CT  83d Div  7-12 Dec 44 
29th FA Bn  83d Div  7-12 Dec 44 
Co A, 4th Engr C Bn  83d Div  7-12 Dec 44 
12th Inf  87th Div  9-18 Jan 45 
3d Bn, 8th Inf  5th Div  15-17 Jan 45 
1st & 2d Bns, 22d Inf  12th Armd Div  31 Mar-2 Apr 45 

ASSIGNMENT AND ATTACHMENT TO HIGHER UNITS

DATE CORPS ARMY ARMY GROUP
Assigned Attached Assigned Attached
10 Jan 44    First    ETOUSA   
14 Jan 44  First       
2 feb 44  VII  First       
16 Jul 44  VIII  First       
19 Jul 44  VII  First       
1 Aug 44  VII  First    12th   
22 Aug 44  First    12th   
8 Nov 44  VII  First    12th   
7 Dec 44  VIII  First    12th   
20 Dec 44  III  Third    12th   
21 Dec 44  XII  Third    12th   
27 Jan 45  VIII  Third    12th   
10 Mar 45    Seventh  12th  6th 
20 Mar 45  VI  Seventh  6th 
25 Mar 45  XXI  Seventh    6th 
8 Apr 45  Seventh    6th   
2 May 45    Third    12th   
6 May 45  III  Third    12th   

(-) Indicates relieved from assignment.

COMMAND POSTS
 
DATE TOWN REGION COUNTRY
1944 
26 Jan  Tiverton (Collepriest House)  Devonshire  England 
15 May  Southbrent    England 
6 Jun  Utah Beach  Manche  France 
6 Jun  Road U 5  Manche  France 
6 Jun  Audouville-la-Hubert  Manche  France 
8 Jun  Beuzeville-au-Plain  Manche  France 
10 Jun  Le Bisson  Manche  France 
20 Jun  Bois de Montebourg  Manche  France 
20 Jun  La Tardiverie  Manche  France 
24 Jun  Bois du Coudray  Manche  France 
28 Jun  Chateau de Tourlaville  Manche  France 
30 Jun  Gourbesville  Manche  France 
5 Jul  Groult  Manche  France 
6 Jul  Cantepie  Manche  France 
8 Jul  Meautis  Manche  France 
17 Jul  Lenauderie  Manche  France 
20 Jul  Charlemenerie  Manche  France 
26 Jul  La Couture  Manche  France 
27 Jul  Bas Marais  Manche  France 
29 Jul  Le Bourg  Manche  France 
30 Jul  Chasse-Doriere  Manche  France 
2 Aug  La Landerie  Manche  France 
3 Aug  La Beltiere  Manche  France 
5 Aug  Les Loges-sur-Brecey  Manche  France 
9 Aug  Travigny  Manche  France 
10 Aug  Buais  Manche  France 
11 Aug  Le Teilleul  Manche  France 
12 Aug  Nantrail  Mayenne  France 
17 Aug  Rouairie  Orne  France 
24 Aug  Ablis  Seine-et-Oise  France 
24 Aug  Bruyere  Seine-et-Oise  France 
25 Aug  Epinay-sur-Orge  Seine-et-Oise  France 
27 Aug  Paris (Bois de Vincennes)  Seine  France 
28 Aug  Montfermeil  Seine-et-Oise  France 
30 Aug  Montge  Seine-et-Marne  France 
30 Aug  Nanteuil-le-Haudoin  Oise  France 
1 Sep  Villers-Cotterets  Aisne  France 
1 Sep  Coeuvres-et-Valsery  Aisne  France 
2 Sep  Nampcel  Oise  France 
3 Sep  Urvillers  Aisne  France 
5 Sep  Tremblois  Ardennes  France 
6 Sep  Hargnies  Ardennes  France 
7 Sep  Graide (vic)  Luxembourg  Belgium 
8 Sep  Libin  Luxembourg  Belgium 
9 Sep  St-Hubert (vic west)  Luxembourg  Belgium 
10 Sep  Givroulle  Liege  Belgium 
11 Sep  Behe  Liege  Belgium 
13 Sep  Gruflange (vic east)  Liege  Belgium 
13 Sep  Bois de St-Vith (* mi north of Schlierbach)  Liege  Belgium 
15 Sep  Auw  Rhineland  Germany 
15 Sep  Schonberg  Liege  Belgium 
4 Oct  Bullingen (vic southwest)  Liege  Belgium 
7 Nov  Zweifall  Rhineland  Germany 
8 Dec  Luxembourg    Luxembourg 
27 Dec  Senningen    Luxembourg 
1945 
17 Jan  Heffingen    Luxembourg 
22 Jan  Fels    Luxembourg 
28 Jan  Trione    Luxembourg 
28 Jan  Durler  Liege  Belgium 
2 Feb  Lommersweiler  Liege  Belgium 
4 Feb  Amelscheid  Liege  Belgium 
7 Feb  Bleialf  Rhineland  Germany 
4 Mar  Prum  Rhineland  Germany 
6 Mar  Schwirzheim  Rhineland  Germany 
13 Mar  Gerbevillers  Moselle  France 
20 Mar  Batzendorf  Bas-Rhin  France 
26 Mar  Mussbach  Wurttemberg  Germany 
30 Mar  Heppenheim  Hessen  Germany 
30 Mar  Beerfelden  Hessen  Germany 
1 Apr  Walldurn  Baden  Germany 
2 Apr  Tauberbischofsheim  Baden  Germany 
3 Apr  Kirchheim  Bavaria  Germany 
13 Apr  Rottingen  Wurttemberg  Germany 
15 Apr  Creglingen  Wurttemberg  Germany 
18 Apr  Rothenburg  Bavaria  Germany 
20 Apr  Wettringen  Bavaria  Germany 
21 Apr  Maria Kappel  Bavaria  Germany 
22 Apr  Jagstzell  Bavaria  Germany 
23 Apr  Huttlingen  Wurttemberg  Germany 
24 Apr  Ober Kochen  Wurttemberg  Germany 
25 Apr  Heidenheim  Wurttemberg  Germany 
26 Apr  Aisingen  Bavaria  Germany 
27 Apr  Horgau  Bavaria  Germany 
28 Apr  Gross Aitingen  Bavaria  Germany 
29 Apr  Egling  Bavaria  Germany 
30 Apr  Ober Pfaffenhofen  Bavaria  Germany 
1 May  Wolfratshausen  Bavaria  Germany 
6 May  Amberg  Bavaria  Germany 


Campaign Participation Credits

Normandy (with Arrowhead)
Northern France
Rhineland
Ardennes-Alsace
Central Europe



 

CMOH Recipients of the 
4th Infantry Division during WWII

ROOSEVELT, THEODORE, JR.

RANK AND ORGANIZATION: Brigadier General, U.S. Army, 4th Infantry Division. 

PLACE AND DATE: Normandy Invasion, 6 June 1944. 

ENTERED SERVICE AT: Oyster Bay, New York 

BORN: Oyster Bay, New York 

G.O. # 77, 28 September 1944


Left: Gen. Theodore Roosevelt Jr. in Italy as assistant divisional commander for the 1st. Infantry Division.
Right: Standing to the left of Gen. George S. Patton.

CITATION: For gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 6 June 1944, in France. After 2 verbal requests to accompany the leading assault elements in the Normandy invasion had been denied, Brig. Gen. Ro osevelt's written request for this mission was approved and he landed with he first wave of the forces assaulting the enemy held beaches. He repeatedly led groups from the beach, over the sea wall and established them inland. His valor, courage, and pre sence in the very front of the attack and his complete unconcern at being under heavy fire inspired the troops to heights of enthusiasm and self sacrifice. Although the enemy had the beach under constant direct fire, Brig. Gen. Roosevelt moved from one l ocality to another, rallying men around him, directed and personally led them against the enemy. Under his seasoned, precise, calm, and unfaltering leadership, assault troops reduced beach strong points an drapidly moved inland with minimum casualties. He thus contributed substantially to the successful establishment of the beachhead in France. 

MABRY, GEORGE L., JR.

RANK AND ORGANIZATION: Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division. 

PLACE AND DATE: Hurtgen Forest near Schevenhutte, Germany, 20 November 1944. 

ENTERED SERVICE AT: Sumter, South Carolina 

BORN: Sumter, South Carolina 

G.O. # 77 September 1945 

CITATION: He was commanding the 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry, in an attack through the Hurtgen Forest near Schevenhutte, Germany, on 20 November 1944. During the early phases of the assault, the leading elements of his battalion were halted by a m inefield an immobilized by heavy hostile fire. Advancing alone into the mined area, Col. Mabry established a safe route of passage. He then moved ahead of the foremost scouts, personally leading the attack, until confronted by a booby trapped double con certina obstacle. With the assistance of the scouts, he disconnected the explosives and cut a path through the wire Upon moving through the opening, he observed 3 enemy in foxholes whom he captured at bayonet point. Driving steadily forward he paced th e assault against 3 log bunkers which housed mutually supported automatic weapons. Racing up a slope ahead of his men, he found the initial bunker deserted, then pushed on to the second where he was suddenly confronted by 9 onrushing enemy. Using the bu tt of his rifle, he felled 1 adversary and bayoneted a second, before his scouts came to his aid and assisted him in overcoming the others in hand-to-hand combat. Accompanied by the riflemen, he charged the third bunker under pointblank small-arms fire a nd let the way into the fortification from which he prodded 6 enemy at bayonet point. Following the consolidation of this area, he led his battalion across 300 yards of fire-swept terrain to seize elevated ground upon which he established a defensive pos ition which menaced the enemy on both flanks, and provided his regiment a firm foothold on the approach to the Cologne Plain. Col. Mabry's superlative courage, daring, and leadership in an operation of major importance exemplify the finest characteristic s of the military service. 
 

GARCIA, MARCARIO

RANK AND ORGANIZATION: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company C, 22nd Infantry, 4th Infantry Division. 

PLACE AND DATE: Near Grosshau, Germany, 27 November 1944. 

ENTERED SERVICE AT: Sugarland, Texas 

BORN: 20 January 1920, Villa de Castano, Mexico 

G.O. # 74, 1 September 1954 

CITATION: While an acting squad leader of Company B, 22nd Infantry, on 27 November 1944, near Grosshau, Germany, he single-handedly assaulted 2 enemy machine gun emplacements. Attacking prepared positions on a wooded hill, which could be approach ed only through meager cover, his company was pined down by intense machine gun fire and subjected to a concentrated artillery and mortar barrage. Although painfully wounded, he refused to be evacuated and on his own initiative crawled forward alone unti l he reached a position near an enemy emplacement. Hurling grenades, he boldly assaulted the position, destroyed the gun, and with his rifle killed 3 of the enemy who attempted to escape. When he rejoined his company, a second machine gun opened fire and again the intrepid soldier went forward, utterly disregarding his own safety. He stormed the position and destroyed the gun, killed 3 more Germans, and captured 4 prisoners. He fought on with his unit until the objective was taken and only then did he permit himself to be removed for medical care. S/Sgt (then private) Garcia's conspicuous heroism, his inspiring, courageous conduct, and his complete disregard for his personal safety wiped out 2 enemy emplacements and enabled his company to advance and secure its objective. 
 

RAY, BERNARD J. (POSTHUMOUSLY)

RANK AND ORGANIZATION: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company F, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division. 

PLACE AND DATE: Hurtgen Forest near Schevenhutte, Germany, 17 November 1944. 

ENTERED SERVICE AT: Baldwin, New York 

BORN: Brooklyn, New York 

G.O. # 115, 8 December 1945 

CITATION: He was platoon leader with Company F, 8th Infantry, on 17 November 1944, during the drive through the Hurtgen Forest near Schevenhutte, Germany. The American forces attacked in wet, bitterly cold weather over rough, wooded terrain, meet ing brutal resistance from positions spaced throughout the forest behind mine fields and wire obstacles. Small arms, machine gun, mortar, and artillery fire caused heavy casualties in the ranks when Company F was halted by a concertina type wire barrier. Under heavy fire, 1st Lt. Ray reorganized his men and prepared to blow a path through the entanglement, a task which appeared impossible of accomplishment and from which others tried to dissuade him. With implacable determination to clear the way, he p laced explosive caps in his pockets, obtained several bangalore torpedoes, and then wrapped a length of highly explosive primer cord about his body. He dashed forward under direct fire, reached the barbed wire and prepared his demolition charge as mortar shell, which were being aimed at him alone, came steadily nearer his completely exposed position. He had placed a torpedo under the wire and was connecting it to a charge he carried when he was severely wounded by a bursting mortar shell. Apparently re alizing that he would fail in his self imposed mission unless he completed it in a few moments, he made a supremely gallant decision. With the primer cord still wound about his body and the explosive caps in hi s pocket, he completed a hasty wiring syste m and unhesitatingly thrust down on the handle of the charger, destroying himself with the wire barricade in the resulting blast. By the deliberate sacrifice of his life, 1st Lt. Ray enabled his company to continue its attack, resumption of which was of positive significance in gaining the approaches to the Cologne Plain.