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NAME:

Thirty-Second Infantry Division / 32nd Division

 

NICKNAME:

"Red Arrow" and "Les Terribles"

 

BATTLE HONORS:

 

World War I

Meuse-Argonne Offensive

Battle of Aisne

Battle of Marne

Battle of Oise

Battle of Aisne.

 

World War II

New Guinea

Southern Philippines

Leyte

 

 

ACTIVATED:

July 1917

Oct 15, 1940

 

DEACTIVATED:

April 5, 1919

Feb. 28, 1946

 

 

HISTORY:

 

World War I

 

Activated: July 1917 (National Guard Division, troops from Michigan and Wisconsin).

 

Major Operations: Meuse-Argonne Offensive, Battle of Aisne-Battle of Marne, Battle of Oise-Battle of Aisne.

 

Casualties: Total-13,261 (KIA-2,250; WIA-11,011).

 

Commanders: Maj. Gen. James Parker (August 26, 1917), Brig. Gen. William G. Haan (September 19, 1917), Maj. Gen. James Parker (December 7, 1917), Brig. Gen. W. G. Haan (December 8, 1917), (Maj. Gen. from February 7, 1918), Maj. Gen. William Lassiter (November 20, 1918).

 

Inactivated: April 5, 1919.

 

 

World War II

 

Activated: October 15, 1940 (National Guard Division from Michigan and Wisconsin).

 

Campaigns: New Guinea campaign, southern Philippines, Battle of Luzon.

 

Distinguished Unit Citations: 14.

 

Awards: MH-11 ; DSC-37 ; DSM-1 ; SS-657 ; LM-28; SM-77 ; BSM-2,403 ; A11-95.

 

Commanders: Maj. Gen. Irving A. Fish (October 1940-March 1942), Maj. Gen. Edwin F. Harding (March 1942-January 1943) Maj. Gen. William H. Gill (February 1943 to inactivation).

 

Inactivated: February 28, 1946 in Japan.

 

The 32nd Infantry Division arrived in Australia on May 14, 1942. With Australian Army units in the Kokoda Track campaign under increasing pressure from Japanese forces, the first elements of the 32nd left for Port Moresby, New Guinea by air on September 16, en route to the combat zone. They were joined by other elements, by sea, on September 28 and by air on October 2. Units of the 32nd were deployed defensively along the Goldie River on the left flank of the Australian garrison force for the Port Moresby area.

 

The remainder of the division was flown to the Buna area, to join Australian units in an assault on the main Japanese beachheads in eastern New Guinea. They were joined on November 15, 1942, by the 2nd Battalion, 126th Infantry Regiment, which had trekked over the Owen Stanley Ranges. General Douglas MacArthur dismissed the division's commander, Maj. Gen. Edwin F. Harding during the bloody Battle of Buna-Gona, because of the slow progress being made at Buna. Neverthless two members of the division were awarded the Medal of Honor for their gallantry during the battle. It ended on January 22, 1943, and the 32nd returned to Australia for rest and training.

 

On January 2, 1944, elements landed at Saidor on the north coast of New Guinea, and helped to end enemy resistance there on April 14, 1944. On April 23, elements took part in the landing at Aitape, the division arriving on May 3. After meeting slight initial resistance, the 32nd had to withstand savage counterattacks in the Driniumor River area. By August 31, Aitape was secured and the division rested. Elements landed on Morotai on September 15. The 32nd CP opened at Hollandia, Dutch New Guinea on October 1, to stage for the Philippines. It landed on Leyte, November 14, and went into action along the Pinamopoan-Ormoc highway, taking Limon and smashing the Yamashita line in bitter hand-to-hand combat. The division linked up with elements of the U.S. 1st Cavalry Division in the vicinity of Lonoy, on December 22, marking the collapse of Japanese resistance in the upper Ormoc Valley.

 

From Leyte the Division moved to Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, on January 27, 1945. It pushed up the Villa Verde Trail, on January 30, and after more than 100 days of fighting took Imugan and met the 25th Infantry Division near Santa Fe on May 28, securing Balete, Aklan Pass, the gateway to the Cagayan Valley. While elements of the division continued mopping-up activities near Imugan, other units moved to rest and rehabilitation centers. Active elements secured the Baguio area, wiped out Japanese forces in the Agno River Valley area, and opened Highway 11 as a supply route. Operations ceased on August 15, 1945 and the division moved to Japan for occupation duty on October 20.

 

Divisional history from:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/US_32nd_Infantry_Division

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Under the category of AWARDS for the 32nd ID in WWII, I saw this designation:

 

A11-95

 

What does "A11-95" signify?

HONORING FAMILY LtCol Wm Russell (1679-1757) VA Mil; Pvt Zachariah McKay (1714-97) Frederick VA Mil; BrigGen Evan Shelby, Jr (1719-94) VA Mil; Pvt Vincent Hobbs (1722-1808) Wythe VA Mil; Pvt Hugh Alexander (1724-77); Lt John R. Litton (1726-1804); Bvt BrigGen/Col Wm W. Russell (1735-93) 5th VA Rgmt; Lt James Scott (1736-1817); Capt John Murray, Sr (1747-1833); Capt John Sehorn, Sr (1748-1831) VA Mil; Pvt Corbin Lane (1750-1816) Franklin/TN Mil; Cpl Jesse D. Reynolds (1750-1836) 5th VA Rgmt; Capt. Solomon C. Litton (1751-1844); 1Lt Christopher Casey (1754-1840) SC Mil; Pvt Mark Adams (1755-1828); Pvt Randolph White (1755-1831) Bailey's Co. VA Rgmt; Capt. John R. Russell (1758-1838); Pvt Joseph T. Cooley (1767-1826) Fort Hempstead Mil; Pvt Thomas Barron (1776-1863) 1812; Capt. John Baumgardner (1787-1853) VA Mil; Pvt Joel Estep (1828-1864) Co B 5th KY Inf CSA & US; Pvt George B. Bell (1833-1910) Co C 47th IL Inf US; Cpl Daniel H. Barron (1838-1910) Co B 19th TN Rgmt Inf CSA; Capt Richard K. Kaufman (1908-1946) 7th PRG/3rd AF CCU; T-5 Vernon L. Bell (1926-95) 1802nd Spec Rgmt; PO2 Murray J. Heichman (1932-2019) HQSB/MCRD; PFC Jess Long (1934-2017) US Army; PFC Donald W. Johnson (1931-) 43rd ID HQ; A1C Keith W. Bell (1931-2011) 314th TCW; A3C Michael S. Bell (1946-) 3346th CMS; A1C Sam W. Lee (1954-2017) 2d BW; AW3 Keith J. Price (1975-) VP-10; 1Lt Matthew Wm Bell (1985-) 82nd Abn/SOC








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Under the category of AWARDS for the 32nd ID in WWII, I saw this designation:

 

A11-95

 

What does "A11-95" signify?

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HONORING FAMILY LtCol Wm Russell (1679-1757) VA Mil; Pvt Zachariah McKay (1714-97) Frederick VA Mil; BrigGen Evan Shelby, Jr (1719-94) VA Mil; Pvt Vincent Hobbs (1722-1808) Wythe VA Mil; Pvt Hugh Alexander (1724-77); Lt John R. Litton (1726-1804); Bvt BrigGen/Col Wm W. Russell (1735-93) 5th VA Rgmt; Lt James Scott (1736-1817); Capt John Murray, Sr (1747-1833); Capt John Sehorn, Sr (1748-1831) VA Mil; Pvt Corbin Lane (1750-1816) Franklin/TN Mil; Cpl Jesse D. Reynolds (1750-1836) 5th VA Rgmt; Capt. Solomon C. Litton (1751-1844); 1Lt Christopher Casey (1754-1840) SC Mil; Pvt Mark Adams (1755-1828); Pvt Randolph White (1755-1831) Bailey's Co. VA Rgmt; Capt. John R. Russell (1758-1838); Pvt Joseph T. Cooley (1767-1826) Fort Hempstead Mil; Pvt Thomas Barron (1776-1863) 1812; Capt. John Baumgardner (1787-1853) VA Mil; Pvt Joel Estep (1828-1864) Co B 5th KY Inf CSA & US; Pvt George B. Bell (1833-1910) Co C 47th IL Inf US; Cpl Daniel H. Barron (1838-1910) Co B 19th TN Rgmt Inf CSA; Capt Richard K. Kaufman (1908-1946) 7th PRG/3rd AF CCU; T-5 Vernon L. Bell (1926-95) 1802nd Spec Rgmt; PO2 Murray J. Heichman (1932-2019) HQSB/MCRD; PFC Jess Long (1934-2017) US Army; PFC Donald W. Johnson (1931-) 43rd ID HQ; A1C Keith W. Bell (1931-2011) 314th TCW; A3C Michael S. Bell (1946-) 3346th CMS; A1C Sam W. Lee (1954-2017) 2d BW; AW3 Keith J. Price (1975-) VP-10; 1Lt Matthew Wm Bell (1985-) 82nd Abn/SOC








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Seems to be endless variations of this rather simple design. Here is a somewhat large (4.25 inches) example from either WWI or the interwar period.

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