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Posted 02 November 2006 - 02:41 PM

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Without "Airborne" Designation: Fifteenth Infantry Division / 15th Division
With "Airborne" Designation: Fifteenth Airborne Division / 15th Airborne

NICKNAME: [Infantry]
"Rattlesnake Division"

None reported.

Aug 28, 1918 [Infantry]
1943 [Airborne]

Feb 1919 [Infantry]
1943 [Airborne]

Insignia, a white rattlesnake.


World War I

Organized at Camp Logan, Texas, on Aug. 28, 1918.

The 43d and 57th Regular Army Infantry Regiments which were stationed at Camp Logan furnished the nucleus for the other infantry units of the division. The divisional artillery was organized at Camp Stanley, Texas, from National Army cavalry and remained at that camp for instruction. The engineer regiment and train was organized at Camp Humphries, Va., and joined the division at Camp Logan in the early part of November. By the 1st of November the organization of the division was about completed and all units were undergoing intensive training.

On Dec. 4th the breaking up of the division was begun, when one battalion of the 43d Infantry was sent to Camp Bowie, Texas, and one battalion to Camp MacArthur, Texas. On Dec. 18th the 57th Infantry entrained for Camp Pike, Arkansas. By the middle of Feb., 1919, all organizations of the 15th Division not belonging to the Regular Army had been demobilized.

Commanders of the division: Col. D. J. Baker, Aug. 28 to Sept. 11, 1918; Brig. Gen. Guy V. Henry, Sept. 11, 1918, until demobilization.

The division was composed of the following organizations: 15th Hqs. Troops; 29th, 30th Inf. Brigs.; 43d, 79th, 57th, 80th Inf.; 43d, 44th, 45th Machine Gun Bns; 15th Arty. Brig. (43d, 44th, 45th Fld. Arty., 15th Trench Mortar Battery, 15th Amm. Train); 215th Fld. Sig. Bn.; 215th Engr. Regt. And Train; 15th Train Hqs. And M.P.; 15th Supply Train; 15th Sanitary Train (Field Hospitals and Amb. Cos. Nos. 257, 258, 259 and 260).

World War II

In 1943, the 15th Division was scheduled to be activated as the 15th Airborne Division. However, before any official organization was formed and any patches were designed, the activation was cancelled.

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