A special salute is in order for the arrival of the first American combat elements in Europe during WW II.
On 26 Jan 42, elements of the 34th Infantry Division came onto the friendly shores at Belfast, Northern Ireland. The division was transported by HMTS STRANDHARD and USAT CHATEAU THIERRY, having departed NY P/E, 15 Jan 42.
From there, they were dispatched to North Africa, the beginning of a long overseas tenure, with credit for six campaigns:
Tunesia, Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, North Apennines and Po Valley, during which it suffered these casualties:
Killed in Action, 2,866 Wounded in Action, 11,545 Died from Wounds, 484, for a casualty rate well in excess of 100%.
I was still a "high school Harry", when the Allies asaulted North Africa (8 Nov 42), but I well remember the exciting headlines generated by that operation, for it represented a light at the end of the tunnel.
Included in the assault on North Africa were:
II Corps 1st Armoured Division 9th Infantry Division 34th ID 18th Regimental Combat Team 39th RCT 168th RCT
So, "Salute" to the 34th ID,, the bellwether, as well as their companions going into Africa.