Greetings from Fort Worth, TX, S. De Paola!!!
You mention that your dad entered the army before the outbreak of WW II, which goes way back in the history of the 1st. Infantry Division, which was initially stationed at Fort Hamiliton, NY, then relocated to Fort Benning, GA, 11 Nov 39. After training at several locations, the division departed NY P/E 1 Aug 42, arrived England 7 Aug 423, assaulted North Africa 8 Nov 42, assltd. Sicily 10 Jul 43, assltd. Normandy, France 6 June 44, entered Belgium 3 Sep 44, entered Germany 15 Sep 44.
SPECIAL NOTE FOR YOU !!!
The 1st. ID sailed from the Army Depot, NYNY, on Aug 2, 1942, aboard the QUEEN MARY, which was the first time in history that an entire division had been moved on one ship. It sailed alone, and arrived at Gourock, Scotland Aug 7, 1942. (This bit of info provided by TechSgt G.W.Eldrige, Weapons Platoon, Company I, 26th. Infantry Regiment, 1st. Infantry Division).
NOTE #2. This is the first unit I could tie down to an actual carrier enroute overseas.
Note #3. I can identify the carrier back to the states for the 2nd. ID, but not the 1st ID. Do youknow of his departure/arrival dates ?
Mind you, these were all of the battles in Africa and Europe except three in Italy, ROME-ARNO, NORTH APPENINES and PO RIVER. The
division was in combat in the north at this time.
I calculate that the division had 148 days in combat in Africa and Sicily, plus 292 in Europe from D-Day to V-E Day, or an estimated
442 days on the line.
Casualties, D-Day / V-E Day:
% of Turnover 205.9%
Total casualties, Africa /V-E Day
Killed in Action 3,616
Wounded in Action 15,208
Died from Wounds 664
Major General Donald Cubbison Jul 41
MG Terry de la Mesa Allen Jun 42
MG Clarence H. Huebner Jul 43
MG Clift Andrus Dec 44
The division included three infantry regiments (16th, 18th, 26th) , four artillery battalions (5th, 7th,32nd, 33rd) and other elements.
There is an excellent Combat Narrative included in WORLD WAR II ORDER of BATTLE,
Shelby L. Stanton, author, GALAHAD BOOKS, NYNY, publisher. (It is in print, and excellent reference material).
This devotes eight paragraphs to the 1st. ID, with at least 8 direct references to the 26th. IR.
The 26th. was in Schoenbach, Germany on V-E Day, 7 May 45. It was at Ansbach, Germany, 15 Aug 45, when Japan surrendered.
Another excellent reference is CITIZEN SOLDIERS by Stephen E. Ambrose, Simon & Schuster , NYNY, publisher. This has at least
10 direct references to 1st ID activities.
This one reads like a novel...hard to put down. Read it and you are in the hedgerows in France, or perhaps worse, at Hurtgen Forest, south of Aachen,Germany.
That is about all I can tell you about the 1st. Infantry Division, and the 26th. Infantry Regiment.
One more thing, try reading his papers under a black light. This often makes things stand out a little better than otherwise,and let me know how you make out.
I hope that this is helpful in your quest.
With best regards, Louie Franklin Turner.