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History of the Second Infantry Division, United States Army

October 26, 1917 - The Division is formed in France. Second Infantry Division was one of the most highly decorated Divisions in World War One, seeing action in major battles such as Chateau-Thierry, Belleau Wood, the Marne offensive, St. Mihiel and the Meuse-Argonne offensive.

June 7, 1944 - 2nd I.D., led by the 9th Infantry Regiment, landed at Omaha Beach, Normandy. It saw action in the Foret de Cerisy area and St. Lo. It then participated in Operation Cobra, breaking out of the Normandy area, and advancing upon the Vire River.

August 15, 1944 - The Second took Tinchebray, France and then moved into Brittany, beginning the assault upon the German-held, fortified city of Brest. After a 39 day siege, the city was captured.

September 26, 1944 - The Second then moved into the Schnne Eifel area, located on the German border.

December 13, 1944 - The Roer and Urft Dams are attacked, but the advance is slowed by the Battle of the Bulge. Under heavy attack, the Division withdraws to defensive positions on the Elsenborn Ridge in Belgium. The Division gives little ground to the German army, and attacks after the Battle of the Bulge, resuming its offensive.

March 3, 1945 - Second Infantry crosses the Roer River, led by the 38th Infantry Regiment.

March 12 - 20, 1945 - The Division guards the Remagen Bridge.

March 21, 1945 - 2nd I.D. crosses the Rhine River. The 38th Infantry Regiment clears the area between the Rhine and Wied Rivers.

March 23, 1945 - The 23rd Infantry Regiment crosses the Rhine. 9th & 23rd Regiments lead the fight, taking Ransbach and several other towns on the north flank of V Corps.

April 14, 1945 - The Division establishes a bridgehead over the Saale River. The 9th & 23rd Regiments lead the Division in taking Merseberg and Leipzig.

May 6, 1945 - The Division attacks and takes the city of Pilsen as the war ends.

July 1945 - The Second is moved to the U.S. preparatory to a planned invasion of the Japanese homeland. With the end of hostilities in the Pacific, the Division is left at Camp Swift, Texas.

Second Infantry Division Statistics

  • Major campaigns during World War Two: Five
  • Killed in action: 3,031
  • Wounded in action: 12,785
  • Missing in action: 109
  • Prisoners of war: 1,034
  • Days in combat: 337
  • Prisoners captured: 70,307
  • Presidential citations: 16

    History of Company A, Re-enacted
    Date of organization: February 28, 2001
    Commanding Officer: 1st Lt. Brian Earp

    August 15, 2002:
    1st Lt. Earp transferred to Company B, 2nd Infantry Division, Post Falls, Idaho. Sgt. Bill Creswell promoted to 1st Lt. and Commanding Officer of A Co.

    September 24, 2006:
    1st Lt. Bill Creswell promoted to Captain and Commanding Officer of A Co.