2nd Armored Division – Order of Battle – 1944-1945

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The 2nd Armored Division was activated on Jul 15 1940 at Fort Benning, Georgia. It participated in the VII Corps Tennessee Maneuvers from Jun 2 to Jun 28 1941 and moved to Ragley, Louisiana, on Aug 12 1941 to participate in the 2nd and 3rd Army Louisiana Maneuvers. The Division returned to Fort Benning Georgia on Sept 29 1941 and participated (Nov 2 1941), in the 1st Army Carolina Maneuvers, then returned to Fort Benning on Dec 2. Relocated to Monroe, North Carolina on Jul 10 1942 for the II Armored Corps Carolina Maneuvers the 2nd Armored was transferred to Fort Bragg, North Carolina on Aug 15 1942; staged at Fort Dix, New Jersey, on Nov 3 1942 until departed the New York Port of Embarkation on Dec 11 1942; arrived North Africa Dec 25 1942 (less elements which invaded Nov 8 1942). The 2nd Armored assaulted Sicily on Jul 10 1943 and departed Nov 12, arrived in England on Nov 25 and landed in France on Jun 7, 8 and 9 1944. It crossed to Belgium on Sept 2 1944 and Holland on Sept 11 1944, initially entered Germany on Sept 18, returned to Holland then to Belgium on Dec 22. The 2nd Armored Division re-entered Germany on Feb 4 1945, returned to the New York POE on Jan 19 1946 then arrived at Camp Hood, Texas on Feb 4 1946. The 2nd Armored Division was deactivated later in 1946.

M4 Sherman 76 of the 2nd Armored Division with concrete armor 1945
M4 Sherman 76 of the 2nd Armored Division with concrete armor 1945


2nd Armored Division – Casualties

Killed in Action : 1102
Wounded in Action : 5331
Missing in Action : 253
Captured : 65
Battle Casualties : 6751
Non-Battle Casualties : 7116
Total Casualties : 13867

Individual Awards

DSC 21
Legion of Merit 13
Silver Star 1954
Soldiers Medal 131
Bronze Star 5331
Air Medal 342
PWs Taken 76963

2nd Armored Division – Command & Staff

Commanding General
Maj Gen Hugh J. Gaffey : 24 Nov 1943 – 18 Mar 1944
Maj Gen Edward H. Brooks : 18 Mar 1944 – 12 Sep 1944
Maj Gen Ernest N. Harmon : 12 Sep 1944 – 18 Jan 1945
Brig Gen Isaac D. White : 18 Jan 1945 – 23 Mar 1945
Maj Gen Isaac D. White : 23 Mar 1945 – Deactivation

Artillery Commander
Col Thomas A. Roberts Jr : 24 Nov 1943 – 5 Aug 1944
Lt Col Carl I. Hutton : 5 Aug 1944 – 2 Nov 1944
Col Carl I. Hutton : 2 Nov 1944 – Deactivation

Chief of Staff
Col Redding F. Perry : 24 Nov 1943 – 18 Mar 1944
Col Charles D. Pamer : 18 Mar 1944 – 29 Sep 1944
Col Clayton J. Mansfield : 29 Sep 1944 – 30 Dec 1944
Col Gustavus W. West : 30 Dec 1944 – Deactivation

Assistant Chief of Staff, G-1
Lt Col Harold M. Forde : 24 Nov 1943 – 7 Oct 1944
Maj Calvin S. Hannum : 7 Oct 1944 – 10 Jan 1945
Lt Col Calvin S. Hannum : 10 Jan 1945 – Deactivation

Assistant Chief of Staff, G-2
Lt Col Harold M. Forde : 24 Nov 1943 – 27 Apr 1944
Lt Col Jesse M. Hawkins Jr : 27 Apr 1944 – 9 Sep 1944
Maj Eugene A. Trahan : 9 Sep 1944 – 16 Dec 1944
Lt Col Eugene A. Trahan : 16 Dec 1944 – Deactivation

Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3
Maj Lindsay C. Herkness Jr : 24 Nov 1943 – 27 Dec 1943
Lt Col Russell W. Jenna : 27 Dec 1943 – 23 Jan 1945
Lt Col Briard P. Johnson : 23 Jan 1945 – 24 Apr 1945
Lt Col Jasper J. Wilson : 24 Apr 1945 – Deactivation

Assistant Chief of Staff, G-4
Lt Col Charles C. Peterson : 19 Feb 1944 – 15 Dec 1944
Lt Col Lewis M. Flint : 15 Dec 1944 – Deactivation

Assistant Chief of Staff, G-5
Maj Marcel F.J. Brunow : 19 Feb 1944 – 15 Jul 1944
Lt Col Marcel F.J. Brunow : 15 Jul 1944 – 11 Dec 1944
Maj Byron L. Connell (Actg) : 11 Dec 1944 – 26 Dec 1944
Lt Col Marcel F.J. Brunow : 26 Dec 1944 – Deactivation

Adjutant General
Lt Col Robert H. Shell : 24 Nov 1943 – 19 Mar 1945
Maj Clem G. Hailey : 19 Mar 1945 – 7 Apr 1945
Maj Robert F. Smith : 7 Apr 1945 – Deactivation

CCA Commander
Brig Gen Rose : 24 Nov 1943 – 4 Aug 1944
Col John H. Collier : 4 Aug 1944 – 12 Nov 1944
Brig Gen John H. Collier : 12 Nov 1944 – Deactivation

CCB Commander
Col Isaac D. White : 24 Nov 1943 – 28 May 1944
Brig Gen Isaac D. White : 28 May 1944 – 19 Jan 1945
Col Sidney R. Hinds : 19 Jan 1945 – 21 Mar 1945
Brig Gen Sidney R. Hinds : 21 Mar 1945 – Deactivation

2nd Armored Division – Order of Battle 1944-1945

– Headquarters Company
– Service Company
– Combat Command A
– Combat Command B
– Reserve Command
– 41st Armored Infantry Regiment
– 66th Armored Regiment
– 67th Armored Regiment
– 17th Armored Engineer Battalion
– 82nd Armored Reconnaissance Battalion
– 142d Armored Signal Company
– 2nd Armored Division Artillery
– 14th Armored Field Artillery Battalion
– 78th Armored Field Artillery Battalion
– 92nd Armored Field Artillery Battalion
– 2nd Armored Division Trains
– 2nd Ordnance Maintenance Battalion
– Supply Battalion
– 48th Armored Medical Battalion
– Military Police Platoon

Attachments to the 2nd Armored Division
Antiaircraft Artillery
– 195th AAA AW Bn (SP) : 11 Jun 1944 – till VE Day
– Btrys C & D 129th AAA Gun Bn (Mbl) : 25 Jul 1944 – 30 Jul 1944
– Btrys A & B 474th AAA AW Bn (SP) : 28 Jul 1944 – 31 Jul 1944

Armored
– Sq B Br 1st Fife & Forfar Yeo (Br 79th Armd Div) : 15 Nov 1944 – 24 Nov 1944
– 40th Tk Bn (7th Armd Div) : 23 Nov 1944 – 24 Nov 1944
– Sq B Br 1st Fife & Forfar Yeo (Br 79th Armd Div) : 25 Dec 1944 – 18 Jan 1945
– Elm 738th Tank Bn (Mine Exploder) : 12 Jan 1945 – 17 Jan 1945
– A Co 739th Tk Bn : 27 Feb 1945 – 5 mar 1945

Cavalry
– 24th Cav Rcn Sq : 25 Jul 1944 – 28 Jul 1944
– 113th Cav Rcn Sq : 6 Aug 1944 – 15 Aug 1944
– 1st Plat 30th Rcn Tr (30th Div) : 7 Aug 1944 – 12 Aug 1944
– 4th Cav Gp : 23 Dec 1944 – 31 Dec 1944

Engineer
– Co B 327th Engr C Bn (102d Div) : 16 Nov 1944 – 25 Nov 1944
– Co B 105th Engr C Bn (30th Div) : 2 Apr 1945 – 16 Apr 1945

Field Artillery
– 65th Armd FA Bn : 3 Jul 1944 – 8 Jul 1944
– 65th Armd FA Bn : 13 Jul 1944 – 30 Sep 1944
– 62d Armd FA Bn : 25 Jul 1944 – 22 Sep 1944
– 258th FA Bn (155 Gun) : 6 Aug 1944 – 26 Aug 1944
– 258th FA Bn (155 Gun) : 3 Oct 1944 – 30 Oct 1944
– 65th Armd FA Bn : 5 Oct 1944 – 21 Dec 1944
– 62d Armd FA Bn : 6 Oct 1944 – 25 Oct 1944
– 70th FA Bn (105 How) : 25 Oct 1944 – 3 Nov 1944
– 557th FA Bn (155 Gun) : 30 Oct 1944 – 8 Nov 1944
– 83d Armd FA Bn : 4 Nov 1944 – 24 Nov 1944
– 380th FA Bn (102d Div) (105 How) : 17 Nov 1944 – 25 Nov 1944
– 957th FA Bn (155 How) : 22 Dec 1944 – 17 Jan 1945
– 87th Armd FA Bn : 22 Dec 1944 – 19 Jan 1945
– 65th Armd FA Bn : 5 Feb 1945 – 10 Mar 1945
– 696th Armd FA Bn : 6 Feb 1945 – 10 Mar 1945
– 258th FA Gp : 26 Feb 1945 – 5 Mar 1945
– 696th Armd FA Bn : 26 Mar 1945 – 19 Apr 1945
– 258th FA Bn (155 Gun) : 26 Mar 1945 – 19 Apr 1945
– 65th Armd FA Bn : 27 Mar 1945 – 19 Apr 1945
– 113th FA Bn (30th Div) (155 How) : 2 Apr 1945 – 5 Apr 1945
– 197th FA Bn (30th Div) (105 How) : 2 Apr 1945 – 17 Apr 1945

Infantry
– 22d CT (4th Div) : 21 Jul 1944 – 1 Aug 1944
– 44th FA Bn (4th Div) (105 How) : 21 Jul 1944 – 1 Aug 1944
– 1st Plat Co C 4th Engr C Bn (4th Div) : 21 Jul 1944 – 1 Aug 1944
– 2d Bn 119th Inf (30th Div) : 2 Aug 1944 – 12 Aug 1944
– 3d Bn 119th Inf (30th Div) : 3 Aug 1944 – 4 Aug 1944
– 3d Bn 120th Inf (30th Div) : 9 Aug 1944 – 12 Aug 1944
– 3d Bn 8th Inf (4th Div) : 11 Aug 1944 – 14 Aug 1944
– 99th Inf Bn (Non-Div) : 15 Aug – 18 Sep 1944
– 3d Bn 116th Inf (29th Div) : 4 Oct 1944 – 29 Oct 1944
– 2d Bn 116th Inf (29th Div) : 8 Oct 1944 – 11 Oct 1944
– 405th Inf (102d Div) : 26 Oct 1944 – 3 Nov 1944
– 1st Bn 405th Inf (102d Div) : 3 Nov 1944 – 6 Nov 1944
– 406th Inf (-1st Bn) (102d Div) : 6 Nov 1944 – 25 Nov 1944
– 1st Bn 406th Inf (102d Div) : 9 Nov 1944 – 25 Nov 1944
– 2d Bn 119th Inf (30th Div) : 11 Nov 1944 – 28 Nov 1944
– 335th CT (84th Div) : 22 Nov 1944 – 24 Nov 1944
– 1st Bn 119th Inf (30th Div) : 25 Nov 1944 – 3 Dec 1944
– 60th CT (9th Div) : 22 Dec 1944 – 23 Dec 1944
– 2d Bn 291st Inf (75th Div) : 25 Dec 1944 – 28 Dec 1944
– 1st 2d & 3d Bns 335th Inf (84th Div) : 1 Jan 1945 – 10 Jan 1945
– 335th Inf (84th Div) : 1 Jan 1945 – 11 Jan 1945
– 1st & 2d Bns 333d Inf (84th Div) : 10 Jan 1945 – 17 Jan 1945
– 3d Bn 333d Inf (84th Div) : 10 Jan 1945 – 17 Jan 1945
– 331st Inf (83d Div) : 28 Feb 1945 – 1 Mar 1945
– 908th FA Bn (83d Div) (105 How) : 28 Feb 1945 – 1 Mar 1945
– Co C 308th Engr C Bn : 28 Feb 1945 – 1 Mar 1945
– 379th Inf (95th Div) : 1 Mar 1945 – 4 Mar 1945
– 377th Inf (95th Div) : 29 Mar 1945 – 2 Apr 1945
– 119th Inf (30th Div) : 2 Apr 1945 – 17 Apr 1945

Tank Destroyers
– 702d TD Bn (SP) : 11 Jun 1944 – 21 Sep 1944
– 702d TD Bn (SP) : 1 Oct 1944 – 7 Feb 1945
– Co A 814th TD Bn (SP) : 23 Nov 1944 – 24 Nov 1944
– 702d TD Bn (SP) : 27 Feb 1945 – VE Day

2nd Armored Division – Detachments to
Armored
– 1st Bn 66th Armd Regt : 101st Abn Div – 16 Jun 1944 – 28 Jun 1944
– 1st Bn 66th Armd Regt : 83d Div – 28 Jun 1944 – 6 Jul 1944
– CCA : XIX Corps – 28 Jul 1944 – 16 Aug 1944
– G Co 66th Armd Regt : 113th Cav Gp – 22 Sep 1944 – 1 Oct 1944
– 3d Bn 66th Armd Regt : 30th Div – 12 Oct 1944 – 22 Oct 1944
– A Co 67th Armd Regt : 7th Armd Gp – 18 Dec 1944 – 22 Dec 1944
– CCB : 3d Div – 26 Feb 1945 – 27 Feb 1945
– CCR : 83d Div – 14 Apr 1945 – 20 Apr 1945
– 3d Bn 67th Armd Regt : 83d Div – 19 Apr 1945 – 30 Apr 1945

Cavalry
– 82d Armd Rcn Bn : 4th Cav Gp – 19 Jan 1945 – 21 Jan 1945

Engineer
– Co E 17th Armd Engr Bn : 1153d Engr C Gp – 9 Mar 1945 – 31 Mar 1945

Field Artillery
– 78th Armd FA Bn : 4th Cav Gp – 19 Jan 1945 – 21 Jan 1945
– 2d Armd Div Arty : 30th Div – 7 Feb 1945 – 27 Feb 1945
– 2d Armd Div Arty : 113th Cav Gp – 11 Mar 1945 – 26 Mar 1945

2nd Armored Division Assignments & Attachments to

Date (As.) — Corps (At.) — Army (As.) — Army Group (At.)
– 24 Nov 1943 – . – First – ETOUSA
– 27 Nov 1943 – VII – First – .
– 8 Feb 1944 – XIX – First – .
– 12 Jun 1944 – V – First – .
– 18 Jul 1944 – VII – First – .
– 2 Aug 1944 – XIX – First – 12th
– 7 Aug 1944 – VII – First – 12th
– 13 Aug 1944 – XIX – First – 12th
– 18 Aug 1944 – V – First – 12th
– 19 Aug 1944 – XIX – First – 12th
– 28 Aug 1944 – XV – First – 12th
– 29 Aug 1944 – XIX – First – 12th
– 22 Oct 1944 – XIX – Ninth – 12th
– 22 Dec 1944 – VII – First – 12th – Br 21st
– 18 Jan 1945 – VII – First – 12th – Br 21st
– 16 Feb 1945 – XIX – Ninth – 12th – Br 21st
– 4 Apr 1945 – XIX – Ninth – 12th – Br 21st
– 8 May 1945 – . – Ninth – 12th

2nd Armored Division – Command Posts Locations
1942
(no infos available on file for Torch and Tunisia)
(informations welcomed)
(same for Sicily)

1943
– 27 Nov – Tidworth – Wiltshire – England

1944
– 7 Jun – St-Laurent-sur-Mer – Calvados – France
– 10 Jun – La Mine – Calvados – France
– 2 Jul – St-Paul-du-Vernay (vic NW) – Calvados – France
– 18 Jul – La Mine – Calvados – France
– 24 Jul – Le Dezert – Manche – France
– 25 Jul – Pont Herbert (vic W) – Manche – France
– 26 Jul – Notre-Dame-de-Cenilly (vic SW) – Manche – France
– 3 Aug – Percy (vic S) – Manche – France
– 4 Aug – Courson (vic N) – Manche – France
– 7 Aug – Le Teilleul (1 Mi NE) – Manche – France
– 10 Aug – Barenton (2 Mi W) – Manche – France
– 18 Aug – Sees (1 mi S) – Orne – France
– 19 Aug – Longny-au-Perche (vic W) – Orne – France
– 20 Aug – Brezolles (vic N) – Eure-et-Loire – France
– 25 Aug – Le Neubourg (3 mi S) – Eure-et-Loire – France
– 27 Aug – Mantes-Gassicourt (4 mi W) – Eure-et-Loire – France
– 30 Aug – Magny-en-Vexin (vic N) – Seine-et-Oise – France
– 31 Aug – Beauvais (2 mi S) – Oise – France
– 1 Sep – Peronne (vic NW) – Somme – France

– 2 Sep – Rumes – Hainaut – Belgium
– 6 Sep – Archennes (vic W) – Brabant – Belgium
– 8 Sep – Louvain (vic SE) – Brabant – Belgium
– 9 Sep – Hasselt (4 mi W) – Limbourg – Belgium
– 16 Sep – Maastricht (2 mi NE) – Limburg – Neth

– 18 Sep – Schimmert – Limburg – Netherlands
– 19 Sep – Oirsbeek (1 mi SE) – Limburg – Netherlands
– 4 Oct – Nieuwenhagen – Limburg – Netherlands

– 9 Oct – Grotenrath – Rhineland – Germany

– 11 Oct – Waubach – Limburg – Netherlands

– 11 Nov – Ubach Palenberg (1/2 mi E) – Rhineland – Germany
– 17 Nov – Ubach Palenberg (1 mi SE) – Rhineland – Germany
– 24 Nov – Baesweiler (1/2 mi SE) – Rhineland – Germany

– 22 Dec – Havelange (2 mi S) – Namur – Belgium
– 25 Dec – Mohiville (1 mi W) – Namur – Namur
– 28 Dec – Leignon – Namur – Belgium
– 29 Dec – Mohiville (1 mi W) – Namur – Belgium

1945
– 2 Jan – Weris – (Prov) Luxembourg – Belgium
– 7 Jan – Fisenne – (Prov) Luxembourg – Belgium
– 11 Jan – Erpigny – (Prov) Luxembourg – Belgium
– 13 Jan – Odeigne – (Prov) Luxembourg – Belgium
– 14 Jan – St-Jean (Farm) – (Prov) Luxembourg – Belgium
– 20 Jan – Florze – (Prov) Liege – Belgium

– 3 Feb – Gulpen (1 mi W) – Limburg – Netherlands

– 24 Feb – Aachen (2 mi NW) – Rhineland – Germany
– 27 Feb – Mersch – Rhineland – Germany
– 28 Feb – Garzweiler – Rhineland – Germany
– 1 Mar – Glehn – Rhineland – Germany
– 2 Mar – Heide – Rhineland – Germany
– 3 Mar – Krefeld (4 mi S) – Rhineland – Germany
– 14 Mar – Schiefbahn – Rhineland – Germany
– 28 Mar – Bruckhausen – Westphalia – Germany
– 29 Mar – Altschermbeck – Westphalia – Germany
– 30 Mar – Hullern (1 mi E) – Westphalia – Germany
– 31 Mar – Walstedde – Westphalia – Germany
– 1 Apr – Stromberg – Westphalia – Germany
– 2 Apr – Schloss Holte – Westphalia – Germany
– 4 Apr – Lemgo – Westphalia – Germany
– 5 Apr – Schwobber – Hannover – Germany
– 7 Apr – Elze – Hannover – Germany
– 10 Apr – Soder – Hannover – Germany
– 11 Apr – Hornburg – Hannover – Germany
– 12 Apr – Klein Wanzleben – Hannover – Germany
– 13 Apr – Gross Ottersleben – Hannover – Germany
– 21 Apr – Wolfenbuttel – Hannover – Germany
– 22 Apr – Braunschweig – Forst Konigslutter – Germany

2nd Armored Division Combat Narrative

North Africa : Elements of the 66th and 67th Armored Infantry landed at Mehdia, Fedala and Safi respectively on Nov 8 1942 in North Africa. CCB received the surrender of Mazagan on Nov 11 1942 and later some elements fought at Beja, Tunisia.

Sicily : The division entered combat as a whole during the invasion of Sicily on Jul 10 1943. CCA assaulted Licata while the rest of the division landed east of Gela. CCB mopped up the Niscemi area while CCA advanced, and on Jul 15 1943 the division assembled at Campobello and then followed the army advance to exploit breakthroughs. It was committed into action Jul 22 1943 and rapidly drove to the outskirts of Palermo.
The division was then sent to England and trained for the invasion in Normandy.

France : The division landed in France on Jun 9 1944 and initially employed to strengthen the Auville-sur-le-Vey Bridgehead. It attacked Jul 26 1944 through 30th Infantry Division and took St Denis le Gast on Jul 28 1944, being relieved in the Percy area on Jul 29 1944. Tessy fell to CCA on Aug 1 1944 and on Aug 7, the division was committed to stop the German drive on Avranches.
On Aug 14, CCA overran Domfort.
On Aug 19 1944 the division attacked west of Dreux to cut German forces off from the Seine between Paris and Elbeuf. It reached Le Neubourg Aug 23 1944 and resumed the advance on Aug 30 1944, reaching positions northwest of Cambrai by Sep 1 1944.

Belgium & Nethelands : CCA crossed the Albert Canal on Sep 13 1944 and reached the Mass River the next day as the German defenders withdrew, CCB crossed the Albert Canal at Meerseen Sep 15 1944, but its bridgehead was subjected to heavy fire the following day and CCA crossed at Valkenburg. The Germans were forced back to Sittard which was taken Sep 18 1944 as the division effected a breakthrough and drove to Gangelt, but a strong German counterattack restored their lines Sep 19 1944. The division then took up defensive positions near Geilenkirchen.

Germany : The division attacked Oct 3 1944 as it crossed the Wurm River at Marienburg to expand the 30th Infantry Division Bridgehead. CCB attacked from Ubach Palenberg the next day, suffering heavy tank losses, and CCA reinforced. CCB was stopped short of Geilenkirchen Oct 6 1944.
The division fought through heavy combat at and Oidtweiler to attack Aachen Gap at Wurselen starting Oct 13 Oct 44. The division attacked Nov 16 Nov 44 and took Puffendorf on the outer ring of the Jülich defenses with CCB, which was counterattacked the next day and CCA committed. Against strong opposition, CCB took Apweiler and held it against counterattack Nov 18 – 19 1944. The division renewed its attacks in heavy rain on Nov 20 1944 and CCA fought the Battle for Merzenhausen Nov 22 – 27 1944. CCA then took Barmen and reached the Roer River on Nov 28 1944. The division then assumed defensive positions along the Roer until released as a result of the German Ardennes Counteroffensive, moving to the Durbuy – Marche area in Belgium Dec 20 to 24 1944.

Belgium : CCA reached Buissonville Dec 24 1944 and CCB took Gelles the next day and held it against counterattack. The division cleared Humain against strong opposition and then was relieved in the Havelange area by 83rd Infantry Division, regrouping on Dec 28 1944. The division attacked toward Houffalize on Jan 3 1945 and fought the Battle for Odeigne on Jan 4 – 6 1945, reached the Ourthe River Jan 15 1945, and occupied Houffalize Jan 16 1945. The division then was relieved by the 4th Cav Group on Jan 19 and withdrew for rehabilitation.

Germany : The division assembled across the Roer River on Feb 27 1945 and attacked on Mar 1 across the Cologne Plain as it assaulted over the Nord Canal. It concluded the offensive on Mar 4 as CCB took Verdingen on the Rhine. It crossed the Rhine River Mar 27 and relieved the 17th A/B Div Mar 29. CCB then drove to Lippstadt where it made contact with the advancing 3rd Armored Division on Apr 1 1945. The division commenced the Battle for the Teutoburger Wald Passes on Apr 2 and by Apr 5 CCA had reached and crossed the Weser River at Ohr and CCB at Grohnde. CCA advanced to take the bridge at Schulenberg over the Leine River intact the next day.
After regrouping Apr 7, the division renewed its offensive on Apr 10 as CCB took the Oker River bridge at Schladen. CCB then drove 57 miles to reach the Elbe River south of Magdeburg on 11 Apr 45. CCA assaulted Magdeburg with the 30th Infantry Division Apr 17-18.
The division was moved to an occupation zone south of Braunschweig Apr 20 1945 and mopped up stragglers in Forst Konigslutter Apr 21 – 22 Apr 1945. Hostilities ended officially on May 7 1945.



6 COMMENTS

  1. Harris Dail – mac82gyver@aol.com – (75.227.132.207)

    hello my name is Harris Dail and my father was assigned to 2nd Armored Division at FT Benning GA when it was first standing up. Your history of the 2nd AD has two flaws in it. First off It never staged at Ft Dix NJ It left Ft Bragg and went straight to NY for Disembarkation and secondly it was never deactivated until 1885. It was the only continuous active duty armored division in the US Army for 55 years. I can attest to this since my father spent his whole time in the army in 2nd AD from 1940 to 1945. Also I am currently at Ft Hood TX (formerly Camp Hood) and have the honor of working in the old 2nd AD HQ’s building where there are several plaques recognizing the 2AD and its 55 year run in history. 1st AD was deactivated around 146 and reactivated during the start up of the korean police action.

  2. Snafu – eucmh.com – (gunter@eucmh.com) 80.236.228.68
    In reply to Harris Dail.

    Hello Harris
    I have read your comment and again and again but I am still trying to find out it’s purpose ! Who the hell do care about the fact that the 2nd A/D left Benning for Casablanca without even seeing the Atlantic ? Being the son of a 2nd A/D Veteran I would have loved to hear something about what your father did during the period and not about the only part of his unit’s history that no one care about !
    Fort Dix as well as Camp Shank and other ones were – I am not sure – places where units were assembled before being sent oversea ! POE Port of Embarkation – you can’t send a entire division straight from it’s Base to the POE without even checking if the entire unit is around ! You can’t do this along the docks …

    I am sure that someone (American) will take this over and fix you up with what really happened.
    🙂
    Gunter

  3. Our Grandfather, Paul R Dry, deceased in Coventry, PA in 2004, was in the 2nd Armored and i believe the 67th Regiment. Is there an ‘enlisted man’ record anywhere or any further ‘personal records’ availability?

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