Hello again, Ginger !!!
Your Dad was a member of a National Guard unit comprised of men from North and South, Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.
The 30th. Division was activated 16 Sep 40 at Fort Jackson, S.C., and redesiganated 30th. Infantry Division 16 Feb 42.
The 30th ID included three infantry regiments (117th, 119th and 120th), four artillery battalions (1 x 155mm, 3 x 105mm),3 tank battalions, 1 tank destroyer battalion and other elements.
It trained at Camp Blanding, FL, Camp Forest, TN and Murfreesboro, TN, staged at Camp Miles Standish, Mass. 31 Jan 44, departed Boston P/E 11 Feb 44, arrived England 23 Feb 44,
landed in France 10 Jun 44, fought in Belgium (2 Sep 44), Holland (13 Sep 44) and Germany (17 Sep 44).
Returned to Belgium 17 Dec 44 (for the Battle of the Bulge), arrived NY P/E 21 Aug 45, thence to Fort Jackson, S.C., where inactivated 25 Nov 45.
Campaigns (all of the tough ones in Europe):
Normandy 6-6-44 /7-24-44
Central Europe 3-22-45/5-7-45
Location at war's end, 15 Aug 45 : Wolmarstadt, Germany.
Major General Henry D. Russell Sep 40
MG Wm. H. Simpson May 42
MG Leland S. Hobbs Sep 42
MG Albert C. Cowper Sep 45.
Killed in Action 3,003
Wounded in Action 13,376
Died of wounds 513
Total casualties exceeded 100%. A division would number 10,000/12,500 men.
The division landed on Omaha Beach, France on 10 Jun 44...The 117th. attacked across the Vire River... As the division advanced on St. Lo it checked a German counterattack along the main Hauts-Vents Highway 11 Jul 44, and Pont Hebert fell 14 Jul 44. Patrols reached the Periers-St Lo road 18 Jul 44.
The division took Nonancourt 21 Aug 44It crossed into Belgium 2 Sep 44, and on 14 Sep 44 the 117th and 119th advanced into Maastrict. On 3 Oct 44, the 117th took Uebach
after house-to-house fighting.The division encircled and captured Aachen 16 Oct 44.
The division was rushed to the Malmedy-Stavelot sector on 17 Dec 44, in response to the German drive in the Ardennes, the Battle of the Bulge was on.
After the Bulge, the division assembled at Aachen in preparation for the Roer River Offensive....the 117th. crossed the river and attacked toward Steinstrass.
Next, the division assaulted across the Rhine River, three infantry regiments abreast, on 24 Mar 45. After Braunschweig fell to the 117th. 11 Apr 45 the division crossed the Elbe River 13 Apr 45, and regrouped.
The division made contact with the advancing Soviet Army 5 May 45, and was in occupation duty when the war ended 7 May 45.
WORLD WAR II ORDER OF BATTLE,
Shelby L. Stanton, author
Galahad Books, NYNY, publisher.
This is still in print and features a host of information.
I hope this reads well to your Dad. It is sure to evoke many memories and emotions.
With my best regards to fellow Texans.
Louie F. Turner