Leora Speed Emery 1st Div. 26th Inf to 99th Regt
I am hoping someone here may be able to help me in regards to my Father-in-Law's service record. My Father-in-Law was "Leora "Speed" Emery". He served with the "Big Red One" 1st Division, 26th Infantry and participated in the following campaigns including the landings in North Africa, Sicily and Normandy (D-Day), Algeria~French Morocco, Tunisia, Sicily, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe, and the Ardennes. However on his Seperation from the Army record he is listed as being in the 99th Div., 395th Regt. Anti-Tank Co. It appears somnetime during the Ardennes or "Battle of the Bulge" campaign he was transfered to the 99th Div which was basically made up of fresh green troops (no previous combat), My question is why would he have been transfered to the 99th Div? Did this happen to other soldiers of the 1st Div?, was it common practice? what would a reasonable explaination to this be. According to his service record he earned the Bronze Star medal during his service with the 1st Div. I have been trying to figure this out for some time and although I know the 1st Div., 26th Inf. were engaged during the Battle of the Bulge I have not found where members of this unit having been assigned to the 99th Div and until the end of the war, all the service photos we have of him show him wearing the 1st Div. insignia and uniform. Any help would be greatly appreciated in trying to understand this transfer.
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Mark K. Smith