Re: Tech 5 Wallace Hyder Simpkins
Greetings from Fort Worth, TX, Mr. Long !!!
I didn't know your kin. In fact, I did not serve in the Pacific, but I do have an excellent reference source by which I can provide you with data related to the 37th. Infantry Division's history.
Unit started as Ohio National Guard, and was inducted into federal service 15Oct40 at Columbus, Ohio;
trained Camp Shelby, Miss. starting 20Oct40;
participated in the V Corps Louisiana Maneuvers Jun41;
departed San Francisco P/E 11May42;
arrived Fiji Islands 11Jun42;
arvd. Guadacanal 5Apr43;
landed on Kokorana Island Solomons 21Jul43;
landed New Georgia Island 22Jul43;
returned to Guadacanal 9Sep43;
to Bouganville 8Nov43;
landed Huon Gulf New Guinea 18Dec44;
landed Manus Island 22Dec44 enroute to Philippines, where assaulted Lingayen Gulf Luzon 9Jan45;
arvd. Los Angeles P/E 18Dec45, and inactivated at Camp Anza, CA same date.
Location at war's end, 8-15-45: San Jose, P.I.
Campaigns: Northern Solomons, Luzon.
Killed in Action: 1,094
Wounded in Action : 4,861
Died of Wounds:250
Commander : Mj. Gen. Robert S. Beightler.
Reference: "World War "" Order of Battle" , Shelby L. Stanton , author, Galahad Books, NYNY, publisher.
This includes an impressive combat narrative for the 37th. ID. The 129th. Infantry Regiment is cited seven times in four paragraphs. No reference is made to any company units. (Nothing below Regimental level is mentioned)
The Division included 3 Infantry Regiments (129th, 148th and 149th), and four Field Artillery Battalions (6th.*, 135th*, 136th** and 140th*).(* = 105mm howitzer; **= 155 mm)
Hope this of interest and of some benefit. LFT.