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104th Infantry Division

"Nothing in hell must stop the Timberwolves" is the slogan of the 104th Division. Nothing in Germany did. From the moment it went into action as part of the Canadian First Army in Belgium on October 23, 1944, the “Timberwolf” Division compiled an impressive record of wartime achievements. Under the command of Major General Terry de la M. Allen, already famous for his leadership of the 1st Infantry Division in North Africa, the 104th had scarcely arrived in Europe when it began to make news, by its realistic training in forward areas which had been cleared of the enemy only a short time before. In Holland, the Division spearheaded the drive of the British I Corps across the Mark River and to the Maas River. Both British and Canadian forces expressed official admiration of the courage and enthusiasm of the Timberwolves.

Moving over to the American First Army front, the 104th relieved the 1st Infantry Division at Aachen and, on November 16, jumped off toward the Roer River. In ensuing battles, it distinguished itself by the effectiveness of its night operations. It surprised its own superiors by the speed with which it conquered the great industrial cities of Eschweiler, Weisweiler, and Stolberg, prompting Lieutenant General J. Lawton Collins, commander of the VII Corps, to pay tribute to the “leadership, dash and sound training of the division.”

On its way to the Roer, the 104th forced a crossing of the Inde River, in a brilliant series of night attacks that confused the Germans and upset their defensive plans. In a few days, the Timbervvolves had cleared the entire sector assigned to them between the Inde and the Roer, and had won further credit for themselves by their skill in taking Lammersdorf, Inden, and Lucherberg.

During Rundstedt’s breakthrough, the 104th occupied a defensive sector on the Roer, opposite Düren, remaining there until nearly the end of February, with the principal mission of preventing the Germans from advancing again in Aachen. That job completed, the Division headed toward Cologne, seizing Düren and Huchem-Stammeln on the way, and taking their main objective on March 7. Once again the Timberwolves’ prowess at night featured their progress.

Fifteen days later, the 104th crossed the Rhine at the Remagen Bridgehead, and in nine days advanced a total of 193 miles east and north, ending up at Paderbom. Linking up with the 3d Armored Division there, the 104th halted briefly and then started off on anôther quick advance, this time covering 175 miles in 15 days and culminating at the Mulde River. On its way the 104th crossed the Weser and Saale Rivers, and captured Halle, Bitterfeld and Delitzsch.

Finally, just before V-E Day, the 104th linked up with the Russians along the Elbe River.

From Fighting Divisions, Kahn & McLemore, Infantry Journal Press, 1945-1946.

"Timberwolf Division"

The division insignia is a gray Timberwolf's head on a balsam green disc. It was designed by Charles Livingston Bull, artist and authority on wild life, and represents the northwest. It was in this section of the country that the 104th conducted its training in 1942-43 when it was activated.

Motto: "Nothing in Hell Can Stop the Timberwolves"


Commanding General

7 Sep 44 Maj. Gen. Terry de la Mesa Allen

Assistant Division Commander

7 Sep 44 Brig. Gen. Bryant E. Moore
26 Feb 45 Col. George A. Smith
3 Mar 45 Col. Charles T. Lanham

Artillery Commander

7 Sep 44 Brig. Gen. William R. Woodward

Chief of Staff

7 Sep 44 Col. Bartholomew R. DeGraff

Assistant Chief of Staff G-1

7 Sep 44 Lt. Col. Scott T. Rex

Assistant Chief of Staff G-2

7 Sep 44 Lt. Col. Mark S. Plaisted

Assistant Chief of Staff G-3

7 Sep 44 Maj. Leo Hoegh
18 Nov 44 Lt. Col. Leo Hoegh

Assistant Chief of Staff G-4

7 Sep 44 Lt. Col. Clyde L. Pennington

Assistant Chief of Staff G-5

3 Oct 44 Maj. Templar S. Cawthorne
1 Jan 45 Lt. Col. Templar S. Cawthorne

Adjutant General

7 Sep 44 Capt. Melvin M. Kernan
13 Oct 44 Maj. Melvin M. Kernan
18 Nov 44 Lt. Col. Melvin M. Kernan

Commanding Officer, 413th Infantry

7 Sep 44 Col. Welcome P. Waltz
4 Mar 45 Lt. Col. William M. Summers
3 May 45 Col. William M. Summers

Commanding Officer, 414th Infantry

7 Sep 44 Col. Anthony J. Touart
1 Mar 45 Lt. Col. Gerald C. Kelleher
2 Mar 45 Col. Gerald C. Kelleher

Commanding Officer, 415th Infantry

7 Sep 44 Col. John Hamilton Cochran



Activated 15 September 1942
Arrived ETO 7 September 1944
Arrived Continent (D+93) 7 September 1944
Entered Combat: First Elements 23 October 1944
Entire Division 24 October 1944
Days in Combat 178

Casualties (Tentative)

Killed 1,294
Wounded 5,305
Missing 385
Captured 27
Battle Casualties 7,011
Non-Battle Casualties 6,396
Total Casualties 13,407
Percent of T/O Strength 95.1


  • Northern France
  • Rhineland
  • Central Europe

Individual Awards

Distinguished Service Cross 16
Legion of Merit 3
Silver Star 503
Soldiers Medal 16
Bronze Star 1,869
Air Medal 39

Prisoners of War Taken 51,727


  • 413th Infantry
  • 415th Infantry
  • 415th Infantry
  • 104th Reconnaissance Troop (Mechanized)
  • 329th Engineer Combat Battalion
  • 329th Medical Battalion
  • 104th Division Artillery
  • 385th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)
  • 386th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)
  • 929th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)
  • 387th Field Artillery Battalion (155mm Howitzer)
  • Special Troops
  • 804th Ordnance Light Maintenance Company
  • 104th Quartermaster Company
  • 104th Signal Company
  • Military Police Platoon
  • Headquarters Company
  • Band


Antiaircraft Artillery

555th AAA AW Bn (Mbl) 26 Oct 44-24 May 45


Br 147th Armd Regt (Br 34th Armd Brig) 23 Oct 44-7 Nov 44
750th Tk Bn 16 Nov 44-23 Dec 44
784th Tk Bn 31 Dec 44-3 Feb 45
750th Tk Bn 6 Feb 45-22 May 45
CC A (7th Armd Div) 2 Apr 45-4 Apr 45


4th Cav Gp 1 Apr 45-6 Apr 45


87th Cml Bn (-) 10 Dec 44-22 Dec 44

Field Artillery

188th FA Bn (155mm How) 10 Nov 44-22 Dec 44
987th FA Bn (155mm Gun) 26 Nov 44-10 Dec 44
87th Armd FA Bn 29 Nov 44-15 Dec 44
268th FA Bn (8" Gun) 18 Dec 44-26 Dec 44
60th FA Bn (9th Div) (105mm How) 19 Dec 44-22 Dec 44
65th Armd FA Bn 23 Dec 44-5 Feb 45
87th Armd FA Bn 7 Feb 45-25 Feb 45
957th FA Bn (155mm How) 7 Feb 45-28 Feb 45
802d FA Bn (105mm How) 20 Feb 45-9 Mar 45
283d FA Bn (105mm How) 1 Apr 45-6 Apr 45
87th Armd FA Bn 1 Apr 45-28 Apr 45
957th FA Bn (155mm How) 4 Apr 45-28 Apr 45
981st FA Bn (155mm Gun) 12 Apr 45-27 Apr 45
Btry B, 13th FA Obsn Bn 15 Apr 45-17 Apr 45
987th FA Bn (155mm Gun) 16 Apr 45-18 Apr 45
Btry A, 991st FA Bn (155mm Gun) 16 Apr 45-22 Apr 45
Btry B, 13th FA Obsn Bn 17 Apr 45-23 Apr 45
142d FA Gp 19 Apr 45-27 Apr 45


60th Inf (9th Div) 18 Dec 44-21 Dec 44
272d Inf (69th Div) 1 May 45-6 May 45

Tank Destroyer

Br 103rd AT Bty 24 Oct 44-7 Nov 44
692d TD Bn (SP) 29 Oct 44-7 Mar 45
Co C, 644th TD Bn (SP) 21 Mar 45-25 Mar 45
817th TD Bn (T) 1 Apr 45-9 Jun 45


104th Infantry Division World War II Missing in Action

There are 19 soldiers of the 104th Infantry Division World War II still listed as missing in action.

Private First Class Guadalupe A. Alaniz 329th Medical Battalion 11/03/1944
Private William G. Axton 413th Infantry Regiment 12/02/1945
Private First Class Victor P. Corsini 414th Infantry Regiment 12/11/1944
Private First Class Jack P. Cottone 413th Infantry Regiment 02/27/1945
Technician Fourth Grade Floyd R. Crosby 804th Ordnance Company 10/29/1944
Private First Class Harry W. Durant 413th Infantry Regiment 02/25/1945
Corporal Roy F. Halbrook 414th Infantry Regiment 11/17/1944
Private First Class Charles Harlen 415th Infantry Regiment 11/17/1944
Private First Class Reyes Herrera 414th Infantry Regiment 11/20/1945
Private Albert C. Hickey 415th Infantry Regiment 02/24/1946
Private First Class Michael C. Hornyak 415th Infantry Regiment 11/11/1944
Private First Class Charles G. Juday 414th Infantry Regiment 11/08/1945
Staff Sergeant Stanley A. Kroll 414th Infantry Regiment 11/06/1944
Private William M. Mayfield 414th Infantry Regiment 02/06/1946
Corporal Herbert A. Meyring 329th Engineer Combat Battalion 02/23/1945
Private First Class Carlos Millan 413th Infantry Regiment 02/26/1945
Corporal William R. Reese 385th Field Artillery Battalion 11/13/1944
Private First Class Ernest R. Roberson 413th Infantry Regiment 03/21/1945
Staff Sergeant Herbert H. Thomas 413th Infantry Regiment 11/04/1944

104th ID Insignia Patch 104th Infantry Division

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