Re: William Metz 15th Infantry 3rd Division
Greetings from Fort Worth, TX, Joni Metz !!!
I can share a little history with you regarding Wm. Metz's unit, the 15th. Infantry Regiment, 3rd.
The unit was activated at Fort Lewis, Washington, and trained at Fort Ord, Cal. It arrived Camp
Picket, VA 22 Sep 42, and staged at Camp Patrick Henry, VA 27 Oct 42, and departed Hampton
Roads, VA the same day.
It assaulted Fedala North Africa 8 Nov 422, and assltd. Sicily 10 Jul 43:
arvd. Italy 18 Sep 43, and assltd. Anzio 22 Jan 44:
assltd. Southern France 15 Aug 43:
entered Germany 13 Mar 45;
The rest is well beyond his death, so I will not report on that portion of the record.
Algeria-French Morrocco,8 Nov 42 / 11 Nov 42
Sicily9 Jul 43 / 17 Aug 43
Naples-Foggia9 Sep 43 / 21 Jan 44
Anzio22 Jan 44/ 24 May 44
Rome-Arno22 Jan 449 Sep 44
Southern France15 Aug 44/ 14 Sep 44
Rhineland15 Sep 44/ 21 May 45
Ardennes-Alsace 16 Dec 44/ 25 Jan 45
Tunisia17 Nov 42/ 13 May 43
CASUALTIES for the 3rd. ID:
Killed in Action 4,922
Wounded in Action 18,766
Died of Wounds 636
The commander of the 3rd. ID in this time frame Major General John W. O'Daniel, who succeeded
MG Lucian K. Truscott, Jr. Feb 44.
The Combat Narrative for the period of interest follows:
"The division landed in the Bay of Cavalarie and Pampelonne, France 15 Aug 44, and cleared St.
Tropez by 17 Aug 44. The 15th. and 30th. Inf. Regiments swept down highway 7 toward
Toulon, and on 24 Aug 44 the division reached the Rhone River at Arles.It cleared rearguard
opposition from Montleimar, was relieved at the end of the month, and assembled at Voiron. On 6
Sep 44 it returned to attack and take Fort Fontain, opening the way to the outer defenses of
Besancon the following day.
On 11 Sep 44 the division invested Vesoul and reached the Moselle River , which it crossed over a
bridge found intact near Rupt at midnight 24 Sep 44."
Again, there is a little more narrative, but it is beyond the day he died.
I assume that Wm. died after the crossing of the Moselle, somewhere between the river and Rupt.
The division must have had a hectic experience from day-1, considering that there were well over
5000 deaths to personnel in their many engagements with the Germans. At that time there were
about 13,500 men to a division, which equates to over 33 1/3% deaths to the 3rd. Infantry Division.
I have used the following for reference:
"WORLD WAR II ORDER of BATTLE"
Shelby L. Stanton, author
Galahad Books, NYNY, publisher.
I have another source which I will chewck and if I find anything related to 16 Sept 44/Wm. Metz, I
will let you know.
With best regards, Louie Franklin Turner