94th Infantry Division

Nickname: None recorded. ……. Shoulder Patch: Circular patch divided diagonally with fields of grey and black, black 9 on grey and grey 4 on black. ……. Training: The 94th Division was activated for service during World War II on Sept. 15, 1942, at Ft. Ouster, Michigan, moving soon after to Camp Phillips, Kansas. Maneuvers: Tennessee (1943); Second Army. After maneuvers, the 94th moved to Camp McCain, Mississippi. Overseas: July, 1944 (ETO via England). ……. Commanding Generals: Maj. Gen. Harry J. Malony, September, 1942, to May, 1945; Brig. Gen. Louis J. Fortier, June-July, 1945; Maj. Gen. Allison J. Barnett, Aug. 1, 1945, to present. ……. Component Units: (As of July, 1944) 301st, 302nd and 376th Infantry Regiments; 301st, 356th, 390th (M) and 919th (L) FA Battalions. Higher Commands: Twelfth Army Group, Third Army, Fifth Army and XXII Corps. ……. Combat Highlights: Bottling up of the Nazi holdout garrisons at Lorient and St. Nazaire, breaching of the main Siegfried Line, establishment of a bridgehead over the Saar River and a thrust to the Rhine are outstanding in th battle record of the 94th Division. In Lorient and St. Nazaire were 60,000 Nazis and first action of the 64th in September, 1944, was the investment of these submarine ports which were well protected by flak guns and concrete emplacements. The 94th covered 450 (airline) miles of front and the two pockets were effectively prevented from joining or breaking out. During the 94th’s 111 combat days in Brittany, it liberated Blain, trained and equipped 29 French infantry battalions. The division moved in January, 1945, to an area along the Moselle River southeast of the city of Luxembourg. Before them was the Siegfried Switch Line thrown up by the Nazis to protect the “bulge” and to act as buffer to the main Siegfried Line east of the Saar River. On January 14, the 94th captured Tettingten arid Butzdorf and three days later grabbed Nennig, Wies and Berg, breaching the Switch Line. Clearing of the Campholz woods began in February, and on the 7th the 94th took Sinz after bloody fighting. Striking east through Adenholz woods, the 94th captured Munzingen, Keblingen, Oberleuken and Faha, heading then for th Saar. The west bank of the Saar was cleared by February 22 and bridgeheads were established on the east bank and the division consolidated its gains. On March 16, the 94th took off again, this time as spearhead of the Third and Seventh Army drives on the Rhine. It reached the river in eight days, taking Ludwigshafen en route and running its total of prisoners captured to 17,000. The 94th crossed the river between Ludwigshafen and Worms and by war’s end had reached Schuettenhafen.

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