Greetings from Fort Worth, TX, Crystal Thomson !!!
Sorry, I do not have any information on your grand father, Floyd Williamson Peterson.
However, I do know some of the military history of the 45th Infantry Division, which was activated into Federal service at Oklahoma City, OK, 16 Feb 40, as the 45th Division.
It was composed of National Guard units from
Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Oklahoma.
After training at Fort Sill, OK, Camp Barkley, TX, Camp Bowie, TX, and in Louisiana, it staged at Camp Patrick Henry, VA, and departed Hampton Roads, VA, P/E,
3 Jun 43;
(SPECIAL NOTE: The 157th IR, 45th ID, was listed on the manifest, and sailed on the HARRY LEE, and arrived at Oran, Algeria
21 Jun 43. This information attested to by one R.H.Ault, who was aboard the HARRY LEE.)
The balance of the division arrived North Africa 22 Jun 43, where it saw no combat;
assaulted Scoglitti, Sicily, 10 Jul 43;
asltd. Salerno, Italy, 10 Sep 43;
asltd. Anzio 22 Jan 44;
asltd. southern France 15 Aug 44;
re-entered Germany 17 Mar 45;
(SPECIAL NOTE; the combat narrative states in part "...a battalion of the 157th IR was decimated northeast of Reipertsweiler
18 Jan 45...")
end of hostitilities, 7 May 45;
arvd. Boston P/E 10 Sep 45;
returned to Camp Bowie, TX, 17 Sep 45;
inactivated there 7 Dec 45.
The 45th ID included three Infantry Regiments (157th,179th,180th), and four artillery battalions (158th,160th,171st,189th), plus other elements.
Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, Southern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace ( Battle of the Bulge), and Central Europe.
Killed in Action 3,547
Wounded in Action 14,441
Died from Wounds533
Rate of casualties, estimate 150%
Days in combat, 280
For an excellent combat narrative for the 45th ID, see:
WORLD WAR II ORDER of BATTLE
Shelby L.Stanton, author
Galahad Books, NYNY, publisher
For a day-to-day account of the armies in action, see:
Stephen D. Abrose, author
Simon % Schuster, NYNY, publisher
I am sorry that Floyd was a combat casualty, and that you possibly did not know him. If not, you missed out on the opportunity to have known a real hero, I am sure. His combat listing says so.
If you don't know, go to
which will provide you with his death date, plus a photo of the cemetery at Epinal, France (which was the site of a major engagement).
With best regards, and happy Veterans Day,
Louie Franklin Turner.