Re: Freeman, WWII, 22nd infantry, 4th div.
Good morning from Fort Worth, TX, Sue Freeman !!!
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Your dad was in the 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division.
Briefly, the division participated in these campaigns:
Normandy (ashore on D-Day, 6-6-44), Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace (Battle of the Bulge, 12-12-44), Central Europe .
It was on the line 299 days, and experienced the following casualties:
Killed in Action 4,097
Wounded in Action 17,371
Died from Wounds 757
Rate of casualties, 252%
From your notations, he may have reverted to the Military Police Platoon. I would assume that he was a rifleman first.
I would refer you to the following for an excellent Combat Narrative for the 4th ID:
WORLD WAR II ORDER of BATTLE
Shelby L. Stanton, author
Galahad Books, NYNY, publisher.
If possible, also refer to:
Stephen E. Ambrose, author,
Simon & Schuster, NYNY, publisher
This contains 19 direct references to the actions of the 4th ID from D-Day forward to the end of the war, 7 May 44.
Finally, the unit was probably being staged for the anticipated invasion of Japan,for it was routed back to the States, and was at
Camp Butner, NC, when the war ended,
15 Aug 45.
It appears that the 4th ID sailed from NY P/E on 18 Jan 44 aboard the USS GEO. WASHINGTON, and arrived Liverpool, England 29 Jan 44.
(SPECIAL NOTE: The 20th Field Artillery Battalion is listed specifically on the ship's manifest, and it was in the 4th ID. The line listing the Division is not complete).
On 2 Jul 45 the division sailed from ETO on an unidentified US Navy vessel, arriving at NY P/E 10 Jul 45, as attestedby one
L. Langston, who was aboard the ship.
That is about all I can provide at this time.
I hope this is helpful in your quest for more information pertaining to your father,
With best regards,
Louie Franklin Turner