2nd Infantry Division

In World War I, the 2d Division included the 4th Marine Brigade, which consisted of the 5th and 6th Marine Regiments. The Navy furnished the hospital corpsmen for the Marine Brigade, and made a special uniform change which allows hospital corpsmen of this organization to wear a shoulder strap on the left shoulder of the "Dress Blues" so that the French Fourragere could be worn. This is the only Navy unit to wear the Fourragere.

After training in Ireland and Wales from October 1943 to June 1944, the 2d Infantry Division crossed the channel to land on Omaha Beach on D plus 1, 7 June 1944, near St. Laurent-sur-Mer. Attacking across the Aure River, the Division liberated Trevieres, 10 June, and proceeded to assault and secure Hill 192, the key enemy strongpoint on the road to St. Lo. With the hill taken 11 July 1944, the Division went on the defensive until 26 July. Exploiting the St. Lo break-through, the 2d Division advanced across the Vire to take Tinchebray 15 August 1944.

The Division then moved west to join the battle for Brest, the heavily defended fortress surrendering 18 September 1944 after a 39-day contest.

The Division took a brief rest 19-26 September before moving to defensive positions at St. Vith. The German Ardennes offensive in mid-December forced the Division to withdraw to defensive positions near Elsenborn, where the German drive was halted. In February 1945 the Division attacked, recapturing lost ground, and seized Gemund, 4 March. Reaching the Rhine 9 March, the 2d advanced south to take Breisig, 10-11 March, and to guard the Remagen bridge, 12-20 March.

The Division crossed the Rhine 21 March and advanced to Hadamar and Limburg, relieving elements of the 9th Armored Division, 28 March. Advancing rapidly in the wake of the 9th Armored, the 2d Division crossed the Weser at Veckerhagen, 6-7 April, captured. Gottingen 8 April, established a bridgehead across the Saale, 14 April, seizing Merseburg on the 15th. On the 18th the Division took Leipzig, mopped up in the area, and outposted the Mulde River; elements which had crossed the river were withdrawn 24 April. Relieved on the Mulde, the 2d moved 200 miles, 1-3 May, to positions along the GermanCzech border near Schonsee and Waldmunchen, and attacked in the general direction of Pilsen, reaching that city as the war in Europe ended.

Unit awards
Medal Of Honor
Medal Of Honor
Awarded: 6
Distinguished Service Cross
Distinguished Service Cross
Awarded: 34
Distinguished Service Medal
Distinguished Service Medal
Awarded: 1
Silver Star
Silver Star
Awarded: 741
Legion of Merit
Legion of Merit
Awarded: 25
Soldier's Medal
Soldier's Medal
Awarded: 14
Bronze Star
Bronze Star
Awarded: 5.53
Air Medal
Air Medal
Awarded: 89
Combat chronicle
  • 22 October 1943: Attached to First Army.
  • 24 December 1943: XV Corps, but attached to First Army.
  • 14 April 1944: V Corps, First Army.
  • 1 August 1944: V Corps, First Army, 12th Army Group.
  • 17 August 1944: XIX Corps.
  • 18 August 1944: VIII Corps, Third Army, 12th Army Group.
  • 5 September 1944: VIII Corps, Ninth Army, 12th Army Group.
  • 22 October 1944: VIII Corps, First Army, 12th Army Group.
  • 11 December 1944: V Corps.
  • 20 December 1944: Attached, with the entire First Army, to the British 21st Army Group.
  • 18 January 1945: V Corps, First Army, 12th Army Group.
  • 28 April 1945: VII Corps.
  • 1 May 1945: V Corps.
  • 6 May 1945: Third Army, 12th Army Group.

Second to none

2nd Infantry Division
Original WW2 patch
An Indian head on a white star superimposed on black shield.

Nicknamed: Second to none

Slogan: Second to none

Activated: October 1917
Inactivated: Still active

Days of combat: 303

Date overseas: 10 October 1943

Casualties of the 2nd Infantry Division
Killed in action: 2.999
Wounded in action: 10.924
Missing in action: 109
Captured: 1.034
Non battle: 10.818
Total casualties: 25.884

Unit Citations: 16
2nd Infantry Division
Commanders of the 2nd Infantry Division during WW2
Maj. Gen. John C. H. Lee

Maj. Gen. John C. H. Lee

6 November 1941 - 8 May 1942
Maj. Gen. Walter M. Robertson

Maj. Gen. Walter M. Robertson

9 May 1942 - June 1945
Brig. Gen. William K. Harrison

Brig. Gen. William K. Harrison

June - September 1945
Maj. Gen. Edward M. Almond

Maj. Gen. Edward M. Almond

September 1945 - June 1946




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