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20th Armored Division


 20th Armored Division

Chronology & Statistics

Activated 15 March 1943
Arrived in European Theater of Operations 17 February 1945
Arrived Continent 21 February 1945 (D+225)
Entered Combat 24 April 1945
Days in Combat 8


Central Europe

Division Composition

Organic Units

Headquarters Company
Combat Command A
Combat Command B
Reserve Command
9th Tank Battalion
20th Tank Battalion
27th Tank Battalion
8th Armored Infantry Battalion
65th Armored Infantry Battalion
70th Armored Infantry Battalion
30th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron (Mechanized)
220th Armored Engineer Battalion
160th Armored Signal Company

20th Armored Division Artillery

412th Armored Field Artillery Battalion
413th Armored Field Artillery Battalion
414th Armored Field Artillery Battalion

20th Armored Division Trains

138th Ordnance Maintenance Battalion
220th Armored Medical Battalion
Military Police Platoon

Commanding Officers

Division Commander

17Feb45 Maj. Gen. Orlando Ward

Artillery Commander

17Feb45 Col. Lewis H. Ham

Chief of Staff

17Feb45 Col. Edwin H. J. Carns
30Apr45 Lt. Col. William E. Leonhard

Assistant Chief of Staff, G-1

17Feb45 Maj. James R. Story

Assistant Chief of Staff, G-2

17Feb45 Lt. Col. Robert J. Williams

Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3

17Feb45 Lt. Col. Rex N. Anderson

Assistant Chief of Staff, G-4

17Feb45 Maj. William S. McElhenny
1Apr45 Lt. Col. William S. McElhenny

Assistant Chief of Staff, G-5

15Apr45 Lt. Col. William L. Wells

Adjutant General

17Feb45 Lt. Col. K. K. Gilbertson

Commanding Officer, Combat Command A

17Feb45 Brig. Gen. Cornelius M. Daly
4Apr45 Col. Thomas A. McCrary (Acting)
3May45 Brig. Gen. Cornelius M. Daly

Commanding Officer, Combat Command B

17Feb45 Col. Newton W. Jones
30Apr45 Col. Edwin H. J. Carns

Commanding Officer, Combat Command R

17Feb45 Col. Thomas A. McCrary

Attached Units

Antiaircraft Artillery

468th AAA AW Bn (SP) 4Apr45-3Jul45


6th Armored Group 18Apr45-6Jul45

Field Artillery

250th FA Bn (105mm how.) 27Apr45-3May45
975th FA Bn (155mm how.) 28Apr45-3May45

20th Armored Division World War II Missing in Action

There are 1 soldiers of the 20th Armored Division World War II still listed as missing in action.

Corporal Edward L. Strauss 20th Tank Battalion 04/30/1945





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