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I wanted to show you guys my collection about the 26th Infantry Division. Some of you know have seen the other topics, but they are not really up to date.

So I decided to post a new one.

Some of you may already know why I collect items from the 26th Infantry Division and some may not.

Here is a little bit of background information why I started to collect items from the 26th Division.

 

When I was about 16, I was really interested in the Battle of the Bulge. At the time I was trying to represent a GI which fought during the Battle of the Bulge wearing a overcoat.

After some searching on the internet I came across a photograph showing GI's from the 101st Combat Engineer Battalion. Afterwards I started to read their Unit history and found out that it was pretty interesting. Especially because not many people were collecting items from them.

 

It all started with this particular photograph:

 

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"A snapshot of 101st Combat Engineer Battalion, Company B, 1st Platoon, after being relieved from their position in the woods before Wiltz, Luxembourg. From left to right; Pfc. Leo Ludwikowski of Brooklyn, S. Sgt. Joe Kiser of Valliant, Oklahoma and Pfc. Rubin Maran of Waterburry, Connecticut."

 

From here on I started to collect everything related to the Yankee Division. Since last year I even started to do a lot of more research behind these men.

Which resulted in a website with lists containing every name of those who were Killed in Action while serving with the 26th Division. I even went to all American Cemeteries and Memorials in Europe to visit their graves and photograph it. Which again resulted in background information for relatives on my website.

As I am still working on it, it will be a project for several years. As I can not photograph graves in the United States, I have to rely on people in the US.

 

My website which contains the information and photographs, my collection can be shown there as well.

 

www.yankee-division.com

 

I will start with one of the items I really like of my collection.

 

"Papergrouping which belonged to Corporal Clyde E. Gilbert from Spartanburg, South Carolina. He was with the 26th Infantry Division, 104th Infantry Regiment, Company A during the war and got wounded in France, 1944. He recieved a Purple Heart and Bronze Star during his service."

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"Papergrouping with hand drawings of other GI's of Forward Observer Robert G. Blackhart, 26th Infantry Division, 104th Infantry Regiment."

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"Medal grouping from Theodore J. Dombkowski, 26th Infantry Division, 328th Infantry Regiment, Company C. Theodore first served with the Coastal Artillery before joining the 26th Infantry Division. Theodore was twice awarded the Purple Heart for wounds recieved in Europe. His daughter has his Purple Heart and everything pictured came directly from her."

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This is all for now. Will keep posting more in the future!

Thanks for looking and giving feedback.

Best regards,

 

Silvano


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"When you initially attacked for seven days and nights without halting for rest, you met and defeated twice your own number. Your advance required the enemy to turn fresh divisions against you, and you in turn hacked them to pieces as you ruthlessly cut your way deep into the flank of the "bulge". Your feats of daring and endurance in the sub-freezing weather and snow-clad mountains and gorges of Luxembourg are legion; your contribution to the relief of Bastogne was immeasurable. It was particularly fitting that the elimination of the "bulge" should find the Yankee Division seizing and holding firmly on the same line held by our own forces prior to the breakthrough. I am proud of this feat by you as well as those you performed earlier. We shall advance on Berlin together." -- Major General Willard S. Paul, commanding general of the 26th Infantry "Yankee Division on February 1, 1945

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Collector and "amateur" historian/researcher of the US 26th Infantry "Yankee" Division from 1939 - 1945. Always looking for ID'ed or non-ID'ed 26th Infantry Division items!

My personal website about the 26th Infantry Division:

 

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"A mapcase which belonged to Robert J. Bartlett. While serving with the 26th Infantry Division, 104th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Company G, TK CO."

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*Does anyone know what TK CO means?*

 

"Duffel bag which belonged to Sergeant Wallace E. Bratton, 26th Infantry Division, 328th Infantry Regiment, Company K. Wallace was from Roanoke, Virginia and served in the following countries during the war: France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia. Wallace was awarded the Purple Heart twice and the Bronze Star Medal."

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Sergeant Wallace E. Bratton:

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"When you initially attacked for seven days and nights without halting for rest, you met and defeated twice your own number. Your advance required the enemy to turn fresh divisions against you, and you in turn hacked them to pieces as you ruthlessly cut your way deep into the flank of the "bulge". Your feats of daring and endurance in the sub-freezing weather and snow-clad mountains and gorges of Luxembourg are legion; your contribution to the relief of Bastogne was immeasurable. It was particularly fitting that the elimination of the "bulge" should find the Yankee Division seizing and holding firmly on the same line held by our own forces prior to the breakthrough. I am proud of this feat by you as well as those you performed earlier. We shall advance on Berlin together." -- Major General Willard S. Paul, commanding general of the 26th Infantry "Yankee Division on February 1, 1945

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Collector and "amateur" historian/researcher of the US 26th Infantry "Yankee" Division from 1939 - 1945. Always looking for ID'ed or non-ID'ed 26th Infantry Division items!

My personal website about the 26th Infantry Division:

 

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"Killed in Action Purple Heart of Staff Sergeant Frank D. Soucy. Frank served within the 26th Infantry Division, 104th Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion, Company C. Frank was killed in action on 19 November 1944. S/Sgt. Soucy was Missing in Action on 11 October 1944. Later he was listed as an KIA by a severe head injury. His skull was shattered and his left humerus, tibia fibula, left and right radiu, and ulnu were fractured. This was most likely happened after a artillery shell fell near him. At the time of his death the 104th Infantry Regiment in the Moncourt Woods area. Where the 4th Armored Division was being relieved by the 26th Infantry Division. After this the Division took up defensive positions. On 22 October 1944 the 26th Infantry Division launched an attack towards Moncourt Woods with help of the 704th Tank Destroyer Battalion. On 19 November the 104th and 101st continued the attack in an envelopment from north and south intended to encircle the road center at Marimont and seize Marimont Hill (Hill 334), lying just west of the village and overlooking the route along which the left wing of the 26th Division would have to advance."

 

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Frank's grave at the Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial, located in Saint-Avold, France.

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"When you initially attacked for seven days and nights without halting for rest, you met and defeated twice your own number. Your advance required the enemy to turn fresh divisions against you, and you in turn hacked them to pieces as you ruthlessly cut your way deep into the flank of the "bulge". Your feats of daring and endurance in the sub-freezing weather and snow-clad mountains and gorges of Luxembourg are legion; your contribution to the relief of Bastogne was immeasurable. It was particularly fitting that the elimination of the "bulge" should find the Yankee Division seizing and holding firmly on the same line held by our own forces prior to the breakthrough. I am proud of this feat by you as well as those you performed earlier. We shall advance on Berlin together." -- Major General Willard S. Paul, commanding general of the 26th Infantry "Yankee Division on February 1, 1945

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Collector and "amateur" historian/researcher of the US 26th Infantry "Yankee" Division from 1939 - 1945. Always looking for ID'ed or non-ID'ed 26th Infantry Division items!

My personal website about the 26th Infantry Division:

 

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"A yard long photo of 26th Infantry Division, 101st Field Artillery Battalion, Service Battery, 2nd Battalion."

 

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"Paper and photo grouping of a soldier who served within the 26th Infantry Division, 180th Field Artillery Battalion."

 

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"When you initially attacked for seven days and nights without halting for rest, you met and defeated twice your own number. Your advance required the enemy to turn fresh divisions against you, and you in turn hacked them to pieces as you ruthlessly cut your way deep into the flank of the "bulge". Your feats of daring and endurance in the sub-freezing weather and snow-clad mountains and gorges of Luxembourg are legion; your contribution to the relief of Bastogne was immeasurable. It was particularly fitting that the elimination of the "bulge" should find the Yankee Division seizing and holding firmly on the same line held by our own forces prior to the breakthrough. I am proud of this feat by you as well as those you performed earlier. We shall advance on Berlin together." -- Major General Willard S. Paul, commanding general of the 26th Infantry "Yankee Division on February 1, 1945

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Collector and "amateur" historian/researcher of the US 26th Infantry "Yankee" Division from 1939 - 1945. Always looking for ID'ed or non-ID'ed 26th Infantry Division items!

My personal website about the 26th Infantry Division:

 

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"A 26th Infantry Division, 101st Combat Engineer Battalion, B Company Unit History. Which belonged to Private First Class W. M. Hulme, 26th Infantry Division, 101st Engineer Combat Battalion, Company C."

 

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"Two Unit History books belonged to Elroy Tainter, 26th Infantry Division, 104th Infantry Regiment."

 

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"Papergrouping which belonged to Private Marvin Barclay Macoubrie. Marvin served with the 26th Infantry Division, 328th Infantry Regiment. He was from Missouri and enlisted in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas."

 

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"When you initially attacked for seven days and nights without halting for rest, you met and defeated twice your own number. Your advance required the enemy to turn fresh divisions against you, and you in turn hacked them to pieces as you ruthlessly cut your way deep into the flank of the "bulge". Your feats of daring and endurance in the sub-freezing weather and snow-clad mountains and gorges of Luxembourg are legion; your contribution to the relief of Bastogne was immeasurable. It was particularly fitting that the elimination of the "bulge" should find the Yankee Division seizing and holding firmly on the same line held by our own forces prior to the breakthrough. I am proud of this feat by you as well as those you performed earlier. We shall advance on Berlin together." -- Major General Willard S. Paul, commanding general of the 26th Infantry "Yankee Division on February 1, 1945

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Collector and "amateur" historian/researcher of the US 26th Infantry "Yankee" Division from 1939 - 1945. Always looking for ID'ed or non-ID'ed 26th Infantry Division items!

My personal website about the 26th Infantry Division:

 

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Awesome collection Silvano ! Really fine items !

 

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http://rauch-lorraine.fr/index.php

Looking for identified items related to units having fought in the Moselle crossing during WW2 :
5th, 35th, 26th, 80th, 90th and 95th infantry divisions, 4th, 6th, 7th and 10th armored divisions, XII and XX Corps, 3rd Army

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All I can say is wow! Nice job! I like the picture with the caption of the soldier being from Ok. I know there was tons of troops from Oklahoma, but I never seem to see anything which states them so.

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Great collection - I also like your website. Nice tribute to the Yankee Division.


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Thanks for the replies so far.
Let's add another item from my collection to the thread.

 

 

"Ike Jacket of an GI who served with the 26th Infantry Division 101st Infantry Regiment. After the war he was transferred to the 6th Armored Division."

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"When you initially attacked for seven days and nights without halting for rest, you met and defeated twice your own number. Your advance required the enemy to turn fresh divisions against you, and you in turn hacked them to pieces as you ruthlessly cut your way deep into the flank of the "bulge". Your feats of daring and endurance in the sub-freezing weather and snow-clad mountains and gorges of Luxembourg are legion; your contribution to the relief of Bastogne was immeasurable. It was particularly fitting that the elimination of the "bulge" should find the Yankee Division seizing and holding firmly on the same line held by our own forces prior to the breakthrough. I am proud of this feat by you as well as those you performed earlier. We shall advance on Berlin together." -- Major General Willard S. Paul, commanding general of the 26th Infantry "Yankee Division on February 1, 1945

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Collector and "amateur" historian/researcher of the US 26th Infantry "Yankee" Division from 1939 - 1945. Always looking for ID'ed or non-ID'ed 26th Infantry Division items!

My personal website about the 26th Infantry Division:

 

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"Class A Jacket with paper grouping of Technician Third Grade Jack W. Collins. Jack served with the 26th Infantry Division, 101st Infantry Regiment, B Company, Signal Corps detachment."

 

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"When you initially attacked for seven days and nights without halting for rest, you met and defeated twice your own number. Your advance required the enemy to turn fresh divisions against you, and you in turn hacked them to pieces as you ruthlessly cut your way deep into the flank of the "bulge". Your feats of daring and endurance in the sub-freezing weather and snow-clad mountains and gorges of Luxembourg are legion; your contribution to the relief of Bastogne was immeasurable. It was particularly fitting that the elimination of the "bulge" should find the Yankee Division seizing and holding firmly on the same line held by our own forces prior to the breakthrough. I am proud of this feat by you as well as those you performed earlier. We shall advance on Berlin together." -- Major General Willard S. Paul, commanding general of the 26th Infantry "Yankee Division on February 1, 1945

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Collector and "amateur" historian/researcher of the US 26th Infantry "Yankee" Division from 1939 - 1945. Always looking for ID'ed or non-ID'ed 26th Infantry Division items!

My personal website about the 26th Infantry Division:

 

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Hope to see some new Yankee Division veterans soon!!


Visit My 76th Division Collection Website!

http://76thdivisioncollection.blogspot.com/

Always looking for 76th Infantry Division Items and Information!!

385th, 304th, and 417th Infantry Regiments : 355th, 364th, 901st, 302nd Field Artillery Battalions

301st Medical and 301st Engineer Battalions


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Great items, good display. I like your site. The 26th is very interesting for myself because in April 1945 this division was west of Hof/Northern Bavaria. And Mr. St.Onge from which I own his uniforms startet in the 26th, and after the war he was back in this unit

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Hope to see some new Yankee Division veterans soon!!

You ask and I will provide!

 

Some of my newest additions.

 

"Two letters written by Private First Class Vincent R. Cook. Vincent served with the 26th Infantry Division, 104th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Battalion, Headquarters Company."

 

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Great items, good display. I like your site. The 26th is very interesting for myself because in April 1945 this division was west of Hof/Northern Bavaria. And Mr. St.Onge from which I own his uniforms startet in the 26th, and after the war he was back in this unit

 

Thanks for your reply! That is interesting, looking forward to see some photographs of that jacket!


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"When you initially attacked for seven days and nights without halting for rest, you met and defeated twice your own number. Your advance required the enemy to turn fresh divisions against you, and you in turn hacked them to pieces as you ruthlessly cut your way deep into the flank of the "bulge". Your feats of daring and endurance in the sub-freezing weather and snow-clad mountains and gorges of Luxembourg are legion; your contribution to the relief of Bastogne was immeasurable. It was particularly fitting that the elimination of the "bulge" should find the Yankee Division seizing and holding firmly on the same line held by our own forces prior to the breakthrough. I am proud of this feat by you as well as those you performed earlier. We shall advance on Berlin together." -- Major General Willard S. Paul, commanding general of the 26th Infantry "Yankee Division on February 1, 1945

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Collector and "amateur" historian/researcher of the US 26th Infantry "Yankee" Division from 1939 - 1945. Always looking for ID'ed or non-ID'ed 26th Infantry Division items!

My personal website about the 26th Infantry Division:

 

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"A 1920's pillow cover made of leather."

 

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"Distinctive Unit Insignia of the 101st Field Artillery Battalion."

 

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"A pre 1940's wool Yankee Division Military Police Patch. This is one of the two variations."

 

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"When you initially attacked for seven days and nights without halting for rest, you met and defeated twice your own number. Your advance required the enemy to turn fresh divisions against you, and you in turn hacked them to pieces as you ruthlessly cut your way deep into the flank of the "bulge". Your feats of daring and endurance in the sub-freezing weather and snow-clad mountains and gorges of Luxembourg are legion; your contribution to the relief of Bastogne was immeasurable. It was particularly fitting that the elimination of the "bulge" should find the Yankee Division seizing and holding firmly on the same line held by our own forces prior to the breakthrough. I am proud of this feat by you as well as those you performed earlier. We shall advance on Berlin together." -- Major General Willard S. Paul, commanding general of the 26th Infantry "Yankee Division on February 1, 1945

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Collector and "amateur" historian/researcher of the US 26th Infantry "Yankee" Division from 1939 - 1945. Always looking for ID'ed or non-ID'ed 26th Infantry Division items!

My personal website about the 26th Infantry Division:

 

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SilvanoUS16, here are two pics of his jacket. Have his postwar summer jacket, too. Here some facts from the 26th Division After Action Report:

Headquarter CO at Wallenfels (30 kilometres west of Hof - it seems the division had a great area to secure)

Co. E, 101st Regiment, 16. April, Location: Marktleugast (25 kilometres southwest of Hof)

We continue to outpost this town. All man contiune to clean up and try to have haircut.

Co. F, 101st Regiment, 16. April, Location: Marienweiher (between Helmbrechts and Marktleugast)

The men devoted their spare time to cleaning weapons.

Co. K, 101st Regiment, 16. April, Location: Helmbrechts (10 kilometres west of Hof, Hof fell at April 16., 1945 to the 90th Division)

Still Waiting for Mission als Task Force. Usual Front Line Duty

It seems this days are quiet. the 90th Division had some fighting, the german forces retreat eastwards to the former czech republic so between them and the 26th was a full division, and as backbone behind and beside the 26th was the US 11th Armored Division.

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Backtheattack;

 

Thanks for the photo's! Great jacket, love that bullion? made CIB.

Seems like several YD'ers got one.

Also thank you for the AAR. Alwayd good to have information like that.


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"When you initially attacked for seven days and nights without halting for rest, you met and defeated twice your own number. Your advance required the enemy to turn fresh divisions against you, and you in turn hacked them to pieces as you ruthlessly cut your way deep into the flank of the "bulge". Your feats of daring and endurance in the sub-freezing weather and snow-clad mountains and gorges of Luxembourg are legion; your contribution to the relief of Bastogne was immeasurable. It was particularly fitting that the elimination of the "bulge" should find the Yankee Division seizing and holding firmly on the same line held by our own forces prior to the breakthrough. I am proud of this feat by you as well as those you performed earlier. We shall advance on Berlin together." -- Major General Willard S. Paul, commanding general of the 26th Infantry "Yankee Division on February 1, 1945

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Collector and "amateur" historian/researcher of the US 26th Infantry "Yankee" Division from 1939 - 1945. Always looking for ID'ed or non-ID'ed 26th Infantry Division items!

My personal website about the 26th Infantry Division:

 

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Here are some more pics, summer uniform - postwar, and two shirts. And detailed pictures from the CIB on the jacket and one shirt.

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Years ago I found a M-41 Jacket in very bad condition (missing the shoulder loops, arms shortened, dirt I couldn`t clean), but it was my first 26th item.

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Backtheattack;

Thanks for the photo! Great jacket not much original 26th Division M41 jackets are out there.


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"When you initially attacked for seven days and nights without halting for rest, you met and defeated twice your own number. Your advance required the enemy to turn fresh divisions against you, and you in turn hacked them to pieces as you ruthlessly cut your way deep into the flank of the "bulge". Your feats of daring and endurance in the sub-freezing weather and snow-clad mountains and gorges of Luxembourg are legion; your contribution to the relief of Bastogne was immeasurable. It was particularly fitting that the elimination of the "bulge" should find the Yankee Division seizing and holding firmly on the same line held by our own forces prior to the breakthrough. I am proud of this feat by you as well as those you performed earlier. We shall advance on Berlin together." -- Major General Willard S. Paul, commanding general of the 26th Infantry "Yankee Division on February 1, 1945

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Collector and "amateur" historian/researcher of the US 26th Infantry "Yankee" Division from 1939 - 1945. Always looking for ID'ed or non-ID'ed 26th Infantry Division items!

My personal website about the 26th Infantry Division:

 

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The last few weeks I've received several new Yankee Division related items. Here are some of these items.

Will try to post most of the items in the upcoming weeks.

 

"A small booklet with photographs of sons and daughters who were with the Armed Forces during WWII. These are sons and daughters of WWI YD'ers. Published in 1946."

 

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"A 26th Infantry Division Unit History which belonged to Sergeant Carl Grant. Sergeant Grant served with the 328th Infantry Regiment."

 

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Enjoy!

 


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"When you initially attacked for seven days and nights without halting for rest, you met and defeated twice your own number. Your advance required the enemy to turn fresh divisions against you, and you in turn hacked them to pieces as you ruthlessly cut your way deep into the flank of the "bulge". Your feats of daring and endurance in the sub-freezing weather and snow-clad mountains and gorges of Luxembourg are legion; your contribution to the relief of Bastogne was immeasurable. It was particularly fitting that the elimination of the "bulge" should find the Yankee Division seizing and holding firmly on the same line held by our own forces prior to the breakthrough. I am proud of this feat by you as well as those you performed earlier. We shall advance on Berlin together." -- Major General Willard S. Paul, commanding general of the 26th Infantry "Yankee Division on February 1, 1945

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Collector and "amateur" historian/researcher of the US 26th Infantry "Yankee" Division from 1939 - 1945. Always looking for ID'ed or non-ID'ed 26th Infantry Division items!

My personal website about the 26th Infantry Division:

 

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"A World War 1 Unit History of the 101st Engineers. The 101st Engineers was part of the 26th Infantry Division during World War I."

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"A World War I Unit History of the 101st Machine Gun Battalion. The 101st Machine Gun Battalion was part of the 26th Infantry Division during World War I."

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"When you initially attacked for seven days and nights without halting for rest, you met and defeated twice your own number. Your advance required the enemy to turn fresh divisions against you, and you in turn hacked them to pieces as you ruthlessly cut your way deep into the flank of the "bulge". Your feats of daring and endurance in the sub-freezing weather and snow-clad mountains and gorges of Luxembourg are legion; your contribution to the relief of Bastogne was immeasurable. It was particularly fitting that the elimination of the "bulge" should find the Yankee Division seizing and holding firmly on the same line held by our own forces prior to the breakthrough. I am proud of this feat by you as well as those you performed earlier. We shall advance on Berlin together." -- Major General Willard S. Paul, commanding general of the 26th Infantry "Yankee Division on February 1, 1945

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Collector and "amateur" historian/researcher of the US 26th Infantry "Yankee" Division from 1939 - 1945. Always looking for ID'ed or non-ID'ed 26th Infantry Division items!

My personal website about the 26th Infantry Division:

 

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Also a few GREAT 26th Division jackets came in last month. It felt like a early Christmas!

Here is one of these jackets with thanks to Allan H.

 

A Class A Jacket of a Sergeant within the 104th Infantry Regiment, Company B. This particular Sergeant received a Purple Heart and the French Croix de Guerre! Was with the YD the entire war as he has 4 battle stars.

Although I am not sure if the ribbon means that he actually received the French Croix de Guerre or not. But if so he was one of the two soldiers of the 104th Regiment to receive it. If anyone knows how to get the citation please let me know!

 

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"When you initially attacked for seven days and nights without halting for rest, you met and defeated twice your own number. Your advance required the enemy to turn fresh divisions against you, and you in turn hacked them to pieces as you ruthlessly cut your way deep into the flank of the "bulge". Your feats of daring and endurance in the sub-freezing weather and snow-clad mountains and gorges of Luxembourg are legion; your contribution to the relief of Bastogne was immeasurable. It was particularly fitting that the elimination of the "bulge" should find the Yankee Division seizing and holding firmly on the same line held by our own forces prior to the breakthrough. I am proud of this feat by you as well as those you performed earlier. We shall advance on Berlin together." -- Major General Willard S. Paul, commanding general of the 26th Infantry "Yankee Division on February 1, 1945

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Collector and "amateur" historian/researcher of the US 26th Infantry "Yankee" Division from 1939 - 1945. Always looking for ID'ed or non-ID'ed 26th Infantry Division items!

My personal website about the 26th Infantry Division:

 

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First of all I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year all the best for 2014!

I haven't posted anything for a while so here we go!

 

"Killed in Action Purple Heart of Private Gerald W. Turcotte. Gerald served with the 26th Infantry Division, 101st Infantry Regiment, Company M. Gerald W. Turcotte was born on 15 February 1923 in Potsdam, New York. He enlisted on 13 November 1942. While serving with the 101st Infantry Regiment, Company M he was probably Killed in Action on 19 November 1944 near Bedestroff, France. He died because of a Severe Concussion and a Back Wound."

 

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The headstone of Private Gerald W. Turcotte in Malone, Franklin County, New York.

 


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"When you initially attacked for seven days and nights without halting for rest, you met and defeated twice your own number. Your advance required the enemy to turn fresh divisions against you, and you in turn hacked them to pieces as you ruthlessly cut your way deep into the flank of the "bulge". Your feats of daring and endurance in the sub-freezing weather and snow-clad mountains and gorges of Luxembourg are legion; your contribution to the relief of Bastogne was immeasurable. It was particularly fitting that the elimination of the "bulge" should find the Yankee Division seizing and holding firmly on the same line held by our own forces prior to the breakthrough. I am proud of this feat by you as well as those you performed earlier. We shall advance on Berlin together." -- Major General Willard S. Paul, commanding general of the 26th Infantry "Yankee Division on February 1, 1945

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Collector and "amateur" historian/researcher of the US 26th Infantry "Yankee" Division from 1939 - 1945. Always looking for ID'ed or non-ID'ed 26th Infantry Division items!

My personal website about the 26th Infantry Division:

 

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