6th Infantry Division
Nickname: Red Star Division. Shoulder Patch: Red star with six points for the numeral. Source: Regular Army units. History: Organized: November, 1917. Stations: Camp McClellan, Alabama; Camp Forrest, Tenn., and Camp Wadsworth, S. C. Actions: Vosges Mountains, Meuse-Argonne, Argonne. The 1st Infantry Regiment dates back to 1784 and the 20th to 1812. Training: Reactivated: October, 1939, Ft. Lewis, Washington. Other stations: Ft. Jackson, S. C.; Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.; Camp Young, California, and Camp San Luis Obispo, California. Maneuvers: Tennessee, 1942; Desert Training Center, 1943. Overseas: July, 1943 (T. H.) . Commanding Generals: Brig. Gen. Clement A. Troll, Oct., 1939, to Oct., 1940; Brig. Gen. Frederick E. Uhl, Oct. to Dec., 1940; Maj. Gen. Clarence S. Ridley, Jan., 1941 to Aug., 1942; Maj. Gen. Durward S. Wilson, Sept. to Oct., 1942; Maj. Gen. Franklin C. Sibert, Oct, 1942 to Aug., 1944; Maj. Gen. Edwin D. Patrick, Aug., 1944, to Mar., 1945. (KIA); Maj. Gen. Charles K. Hurdis, Mar., 1945 to present. . Component Units: (As of July, 1943) 1st, 20th and 63rd Infantry Regiments; 1st, 51st, 53rd (L) and 80th (M) FA Battalions. Higher command: Sixth Army. . Combat Highlights First Hawaiian chore of the 6th was defense of Southern Oahu; the next, defense of the whole island. In Jan.- Feb., 1944, the division moved to Milne Bay, New Guinea, moving on to enter combat in the Toem – Wakde area, June, 1944. The 6th beat the Japs in bloody battle at Lone Tree Hill. The 6th made an amphibious landing at Sansapor, July 30, secured the Sansapor coast from the Ker to the Wesan River. Landing in Lingayen Gulf, Jan. 9, 1945, the 6th entered a phase of bitter mountain fighting to clear Luzon of Japs. No more intense artillery fire from the Japs had been encountered by American troops. It was exceeded only later in Okinawa. Moving from peak to peak, the 6th killed 5000 Japs. In a fierce at Munos, the Red Star troops wrecked 57 Jap tanks and many artillery pieces. Later in Cagayan valley, the 6th fought through to Dingalen Bay, Feb. 12, 1945, splitting Luzon, and moved on to dig the Japs out of the Carrabelle Mts. Elements of the 6th supported the landing of the 38th Division at Mariveles Harbor. The clearing of Marakina water shed followed.. With the 1st, Cavalry Division and the 43rd Infantry Division, the 6th cracked the Antipolo – Wawa line Mt. Mataba (April 12) and Kayapa (June 23) fell to the 6th, Bolog (July 1), Mt. Santo Domingo (July 10) and Kiangan (July 15). By July 26, 1945, the 6th had contacted Philippine forces near Bonaue.
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