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94th Infantry Division

The 94th would arrive in the European Theater of Operations (ETO) on 11 August 1944 under the command of Major General Harry J. Malony. They would set foot on the European continent on 5 September, D-Day plus 91 (D+91)  and in relief of the 6th Armored engaged the German garrisons located in the ports of Saint Nazaire and Lorient on the Brittany penninsula.

In January of 1945 the 94th moved east to relieve the 90th Division in the Saar-Moselle Triange. From an initial position opposite the Siegfried Switch Line they began offensive operations on the 14th of January and took the towns of Tettingen and Butzdorf followed by Nenning-Berg-Wies before being blocked at Orscholz. February would bring victories at Campholz Woods, Sinz and Munzingen Ridge. By the end of the month the division working with the 10th Armored Division had secured the area from Orscholz-Saarburg to the junction of the Saar and Moselle Rivers.  By March the division crossed the Saar via a bridgehead at Serrig and established allied lines through Zerf, Lampaden, and  Ollmuth and were moving toward the Rhine.  They reached the Rhine on the 21st and began a battle for Ludwigshafen.

April had the 94th located on the west side of the Ruhr pocket and by the middle of the month were operating the local military government in Krefeld.   They were located in Dusseldorf when the V-E Day arrived. The 94th Infantry Division had been activated on 15 September 1942 at Fort Custer near Kalamazoo, Michigan. The core composition of the Division was comprised of the 301st, 302nd and 376th Infantry Regiments. Major General Malony was their only commanding officer during their war time service stepping down following the German surrender.  The division returned to the US in 1946.

 

94th ID Insignia Patch 94th Infantry Division

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Chronology & Statistics

Activated 15 September 1942
Arrived ETO 11 August 1944
Arrived Continent (D+91) 5 September 1944
Entered Combat - First Elements 10 September 1944
Entered Combat - Entire Division 17 September 1944
Days in Combat 183

Campaigns

Northern France
Ardennes
Rhineland
Central Europe

Division Composition

Organic Units

301st Infantry Regiment
302d Infantry Regiment
376th Infantry Regiment
94th Reconnaissance Troop (Mechanized)
319th Engineer Combat Battalion

94th Division Artillery

301st Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)
356th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)
919th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)
390th Field Artillery Battalion (155mm Howitzer)

319th Medical Battalion
794th Ordnance Light Maintenance Company
94th Quartermaster Company
94th Signal Company
Military Police Platoon
Headquarters Company
Band

Commanding Officers

Division Commander

11 Aug 44 Maj. Gen. Harry J. Malony

Assistant Div Commander

11 Aug 44 Brig. Gen. Henry B. Cheadle

Arty Comdr

11 Aug 44 Brig. Gen. Louis Fortier

Chief of Staff

11 Aug 44 Col. Earl C. Bergquist

Assistant Chief of Staff G-1

11 Aug 44 Lt. Col. William H. Patterson, Jr.

Assistant Chief of Staff G-2

11 Aug 44 Lt. Col. Robert L. Love
27 Jan 45 Maj. Carl H. Schofield (Acting)
8 Apr 45 Lt. Col. Robert L. Love

Assistant Chief of Staff G-3

11 Aug 44 Lt. Col. Rollin B. Durbin

Assistant Chief of Staff G-4

11 Aug 44 Lt. Col. John D. F. Phillips

Assistant Chief of Staff G-5

26 Aug 44 Maj. William K. St. Claire
30 Oct 44 Capt. Harry Green
17 Dec 44 Maj. William K. St. Claire
1 Jan 45 Lt. Col. William K. St. Claire

Adj Gen

11 Aug 44 Lt. Col. Harold MacDonald

Commanding Officer, 301st Infantry

11 Aug 44 Col. Roy N. Hagerty

Commanding Officer, 302d Infantry

11 Aug 44 Col. Earle A. Johnson

Commanding Officer, 376th Infantry

11 Aug 44 Col. Harold H. McClune
22 Feb 45 Lt. Col. Raynor E. Anderson
14 Apr 45 Lt. Col. John W. Gaddis

Attached Units

Antiaircraft Artillery

473d AAA AW Bn (SP) 17 Sep 44-27 Nov 44
465th AAA AW Bn (SP) 7 Jan 45-12 Jun 45

Armored

Co A, 748th Tk Bn 16 Jan 45-25 Jan 45
CC A (8th Armd Div) 19 Jan 45-28 Jan 45
Cos C & D, 748th Tk Bn 25 Jan 45-29 Jan 45
Co B, 748th Tk Bn 29 Jan 45-21 Feb 45
778th Tk Bn (- Co C) 16 Feb 45-19 Mar 45
778th Tk Bn (- Co C) 23 Mar 45-24 Mar 45
CC A (12th Armd Div) 23 Mar 45-24 Mar 45

Cavalry

Co F (Composite), 86th Cav Rcn Sq (6th Armd Div) 17 Sep 44-15 Oct 44
15th Cav Gp 22 Sep 44-4 Jan 45
15th Cav Rcn Sq 22 Sep 44-4 Jan 45
101st Cav Gp 4 Dec 44-4 Jan 45
101st Cav Rcn Sq 4 Dec 44-4 Jan 45
116th Cav Rcn Sq 4 Dec 44-4 Jan 45
3d Cav Gp 7 Jan 45-23 Jan 45
43d Cav Rcn Sq 7 Jan 45-23 Jan 45
3d Cav Gp 27 Feb 45-9 Mar 45

Chemical

Co C, 81st Cml Mort Bn 7 Jan 45-3 Mar 45
Co B, 81st Cml Mort Bn 7 Jan 45-24 Mar 45
162d Cml Co (SG) 21 Jan 45-30 Jan 45
81st Cml Co (SG) 22 Feb 45-9 Mar 45

Engineer

1258th Engr C Bn 24 Feb 45-27 Feb 45

Field Artillery

199th FA Bn (4.5" Gun) 22 Sep 44-4 Jan 45
688th FA Bn (105 How) 23 Sep 44-4 Jan 45
256th FA Bn (8" Gun) 23 Sep 44-7 Oct 44
12th FA Obsn Bn 23 Sep 44-12 Oct 44
201st FA Bn (105 How) 7 Jan 45-23 Jan 45
241st FA Bn (105 How) (atch 3d Cav Gp) 5 Mar 45-9 Mar 45
250th FA Gp 18 Apr 45-25 Apr 45
535th FA Bn (8" How) 18 Apr 45-25 Apr 45
747th FA Bn (8" How) 18 Apr 45-25 Apr 45
940th FA Bn (155 How) 18 Apr 45-25 Apr 45

Infantry

5th Ranger Infantry Battalion 9 Feb 45-11 Mar 45
3d Bn, 101st Inf (26th Div) 23 Feb 45-24 Feb 45
1st Bn, Neth 1st Regt Limbert 7 Apr 45-18 May 45
1st Bn, Neth 13th Regt 18 Apr 45-25 Apr 45

Tank Destroyer

Co B, 607th TD Bn (T) 7 Jan 45-21 Jan 45
774th TD Bn (T) 7 Jan 45-still atchd 9 May 45
Co A, 607th TD Bn (T) 21 Jan 45-23 Jan 45
704th TD Bn (SP) 23 Jan 45-4 Mar 45
691st TD Bn (T) 4 Mar 45
Co A, 818th TD Bn (SP) 4 Mar 45-9 Mar 45

94th Infantry Division World War II Missing in Action

There are 13 soldiers of the 94th Infantry Division World War II still listed as missing in action.

Sergeant Walter E. Ascey 301st Infantry Regiment 01/16/1945
Private First Class Millard W. Dale 302nd Infantry Regiment 03/06/1945
Private First Class Joseph R. Hill 301st Infantry Regiment 04/07/1945
Private First Class Curtis E. Holbrook 301st Infantry Regiment 01/20/1945
Private Edward Ikebe 376th Infantry Regiment 02/11/1946
Private First Class Clinton A. Isbell 301st Infantry Regiment 04/07/1945
Sergeant Alfred M. King 376th Infantry Regiment 01/19/1945
Private First Class Donald Meyer 301st Infantry Regiment 02/24/1946
Sergeant Randall A. Pilger 302nd Infantry Regiment 02/05/1945
Corporal Ralph F. Smith 301st Infantry Regiment 04/07/1945
Private First Class Donald J. Templeton 301st Infantry Regiment 04/07/1945
Private Robert B. Tinsley 376th Infantry Regiment 02/25/1945
Private First Class Al J. Zelnis 376th Infantry Regiment 02/10/1945


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