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#1 ADMIN

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Posted 02 November 2006 - 02:45 PM

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NAME:
"Cactus Division" Patch: Eighteenth Infantry Division / 18th Division
Ghost Division Patch with "Airborne" Tab: Eighteenth Airborne Division / 18th Airborne

NICKNAME:
18th Infantry Division: “Cactus Division”

BATTLE HONORS:
None reported.

ACTIVATED:
Aug 21, 1918 [Infantry]
1943 [Airborne]

DEACTIVATED:
Feb 14, 1919 [Infantry]
1944 [Airborne]


HISTORY:

World War I

18th Infantry Division

Insignia, the figure "18" superimposed on a green cactus plant, under which is written "Noli me tangere." Organized at Camp Travis, Texas on August 21, 1918. The 19th and 35th Regular Army Infantry Regiments were assigned to this division and these regiments furnished the nucleus for the organization of the other two infantry regiments of the division. The artillery brigade of this division was organized at Camp Stanley, Leon Springs, Texas, on August 14, 1918., from the 303d, 304th and 305th National Army Cavalry Regiments. This brigade joined the 18th Division at Camp Travis at the end of August. The engineer regiment of the division was organized at Camp Humphreis in the early part of September, 1918, and joined the division at Camp Travis on November 9, 1918. All units of the division except the engineer train were organized by the middle of October and undergoing intensive training in preparation for service overseas. Demobilization of the division commenced on January 17, 1919, and demobilization of all organizations except those belonging to the Regular Army was completed of February 14, 1919.

Brigadier General G. H. Estes was the commanding general.

The division was composed of the following organizations: 18th Hqs. Troop, 52d Machine Gun Bn., 35th Inf. Brig. (19th and 85th Inf., 53d Machine Gun Bn.), 36th Inf. Brig. (35th and 36th Inf, 54th Machine Gun Bn.), 18th Fld. Arty. Brig. (52d, 53d, and 54th Fld. Arty., 18th Trench Mortar Battery), 218th Engrs., 18th Train Hqs., and M.P., 18th Amm. Train, 18th Supply Train, 18th Sanitary Train (Field Hospitals and Amb. Cos. No. 269, 270, 271 and 272)."


World War II

18th Airborne Division

The 18th Airborne Division was a ghost division during World War II.

Divisional history from: http://ranger95.com/...th_div_ww1.html


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Posted 02 November 2006 - 02:45 PM

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 08:13 PM

18th ABN DIV (Ghost)

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 02:30 PM

An original 18th Airborne Division Patch

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Posted 21 September 2008 - 09:17 AM

duplicate, sorry!

Edited by Pawnshop, 21 September 2008 - 09:23 AM.


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Posted 21 September 2008 - 09:18 AM

This is the WWI 18th patch from my grandfather's uniform:

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Edited by Pawnshop, 21 September 2008 - 09:26 AM.


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Posted 08 May 2009 - 10:28 PM

Hello, I am reenactor from Czech Republic. I interested from ghost division - 18th ABN. http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/crying.gif I search information, veterans...ghost P.I.R. this division, leader / gen.Patton,.../, Very thanks, Dada.

Edited by combat.dada, 08 May 2009 - 10:29 PM.


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Posted 09 May 2009 - 02:13 AM

[quote]name='combat.dada' date='May 9 2009, 02:28 AM' post='327371']
Hello, I am reenactor from Czech Republic. I interested from ghost division - 18th ABN. http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/crying.gif I search information, veterans...ghost P.I.R. this division, leader / gen.Patton,.../, Very thanks, Dada.[/quote]


Hello Dada, and welcome to the board. The 18th Airborne Division only exsisted on paper and there were no personnel assigned to it. It was one of the "Operation Fortitude" divisions.

http://en.wikipedia....ation_Fortitude

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Posted 09 May 2009 - 04:31 AM

Hello Dada, and welcome to the board. The 18th Airborne Division only exsisted on paper and there were no personnel assigned to it. It was one of the "Operation Fortitude" divisions.

http://en.wikipedia....ation_Fortitude

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Hello, I know. This division is only camouflage , status " special division". Have you this division number PIR ? My reenactors club wont use fiction number paratroops infantry regiment. I dont know what. No 518th PIR exist. Help.me, please.Thanks.

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Posted 09 May 2009 - 03:30 PM

Hello, I know. This division is only camouflage , status " special division". Have you this division number PIR ? My reenactors club wont use fiction number paratroops infantry regiment. I dont know what. No 518th PIR exist. Help.me, please.Thanks.


I have no clue. I recall seeing the assigned units for planned units, but I haven't seen any TOE for Fortitude units. Maybe somebody on the board has them, if they exist at all.

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 09:25 PM

I have no clue. I recall seeing the assigned units for planned units, but I haven't seen any TOE for Fortitude units. Maybe somebody on the board has them, if they exist at all.

-Ski

OK, thanks.

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 04:22 PM

Here's a higher res image of the first patch in the opening post.

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e278/vargseld/Mlitaria/18-1.jpg

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 08:04 AM

Here is a period photo of the Commander, Brigadier General George Henson Estes. He later went to become the Commandant of the U.S. Army Infantry School from Sept. 25, 1933 to Sept. 30, 1936. Retired that year.
Born: January 30, 1873
Died: July 2, 1969
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Posted 02 February 2014 - 10:39 AM

In doing some research on the 19th Infantry, 18th Division, I found an 'Application for Medal" from a PFC Ellis Boon Thorp, of Company C, of the 19th Infantry.  It mentions in the application that it was "For service with 1st Bn. 19th Infantry El Paso, Texas, during the Villista engagement (Battle of Juarez) on June 15-16, 1919".   But when checking internet sources about the Battle of Juarez, there is no mention of the 19th Infantry's involvement in that battle.

 

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 10:51 PM

This is a one piece one I have.

 

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