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26th Infantry Division

On March 20, 1945, one phase of the European War ended and another was ready to begin. When, on that day, the Third and Seventh Armies made a junction 12 miles west of Kaiserslautern, in southwestern Germany, they sealed the fate of some 70,000 Germans trapped in the Saar Palatinate, and virtually eliminated the last enemy resistance west of the Rhine.

The 6th Armored Division represented the Seventh Army in that significant meeting. And the Third Army colors were carried by the “Yankees” of the 26th Division.

There are plenty of soldiers from all over the country, including the deep South, who now proudly wear the “YD” monogram on their shoulders, but the original Yankees were Massachusetts National Guardsmen who went on active duty nearly a year before Pearl Harbor.

In World War I, the 26th led all other Guard divisions in numbers of combat decorations, but in World War II the Division thought for a while that it might not earn any at all. It wasn’t until after nearly four years of training that the Yankees had a chance to play for keeps.

On September 29, 1944, the 26th went into action on the Third Army front southeast of Verdun, taking up positions between the Meuse and the Moselle Rivers. Within a month, the outfit had seen plenty of action east of St.Mihiel, near Nancy, and north of the Forêt de Parroy. Till early November, however, the 26th had primarily defensive missions.

But on November 8th came the order the Yankees had been waiting for—“Attack!” The Third Army set out to reduce the fortress of Metz. The 26th didn’t go after that city. Instead, operating on the southern flank of the assault forces, it advanced 50 miles in a month, crossing the Seille and Saar Rivers, pushing through rugged enemy resistance, and fighting under weather conditions so adverse that its supporting armor and other forces couldn’t maneuver effectively, compelling the 26th’s Infantrymen to fight on their own.

They did well, taking Morville, by-passing Dieuze to go after Sarreguemines, and, on December 12, plunged into Germany itself at the Blies River.

On December 14, the Division returned to Metz, and a few days later rushed to the aid of the First Army in the Ardennes sector. On Christmas Day, the 26th celebrated its arrival at the scene of trouble by launching an attack on the south side of the German salient extending into Belgium. Many units in that area were trying desperately to break through the German lines and relieve the 101st Airborne, making its stand at Bastogne. One of the first outfits to reach the beleaguered forces was the 26th. Santa Claus himself couldn’t have been better received.

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

"Yankee Division"

During World War I, a press conference of Boston newspapermen was called by the Commanding General to determine a nickname for this division, which had just been inducted from New England National Guard units. The adopted suggestion was, "Call it the 'Yankee Division' as all New Englanders are Yankees", and a dark blue monogrammed 'YD' on an olive drab background was officially designated as the division insignia.


Commanding General

7 Sep 44 Maj. Gen. Willard S. Paul

Assistant Division Commander

7 Sep 44 Brig. Gen. Harlan N. Hartness

Artillery Commander

7 Sep 44 Brig. Gen. Morrill Ross

Chief of Staff

7 Sep 44 Col. Bernice M. McFadyen

Assistant Chief of Staff G-1

7 Sep 44 Maj. George A. Sullivan, Jr.
1 Dec 44 Lt. Col. George A. Sullivan, Jr.

Assistant Chief of Staff G-2

7 Sep 44 Lt. Col. John Cotter

Assistant Chief of Staff G-3

7 Sep 44 Lt. Col. John L. Pauley, Jr.

Assistant Chief of Staff G-4

7 Sep 44 Lt. Col. Walter H. Lippincott

Assistant Chief of Staff G-5

12 Oct 44 Maj. Edward I. Condren
1 Mar 45 Lt. Col. Edward I. Condren

Adjutant General

7 Sep 44 Lt. Col. Cecil A. Hileman

Commanding Officer, 101st Infantry

7 Sep 44 Col. Walter T. Scott

Commanding Officer, 104th Infantry

7 Sep 44 Col. Dwight T. Colley
10 Nov 44 Col. Ralph A. Palladino

Commanding Officer, 328th Infantry

7 Sep 44 Col. Ben R. Jacobs
26 Dec 44 Lt. Col. Paul Hamilton
15 Mar 45 Col. Aloysius E. O'Flaherty, Jr.



Inducted 16 January 1941
Arrived ETO 7 September 1944
Arrived Continent (D+105) 19 September 1944
Entered Combat 12 October 1944
Days in Combat 199

Casualties (Tentative)

Killed 1,678
Wounded 7,379
Missing 740
Captured 159
Battle Casualties 9,956
Non-Battle Casualties 6,895
Total Casualties 16,851
Percent of T/O Strength 119.6


  • Northern France
  • Rhineland
  • Ardennes
  • Central Europe

Individual Awards

Distinguished Service Cross 38
Legion of Merit 7
Silver Star 927
Soldiers Medal 42
Bronze Star 5,331
Air Medal 98

Prisoners of War Taken


  • 101st Infantry
  • 104th Infantry
  • 328th Infantry
  • 26th Reconnaissance Troop (Mechanized)
  • 101st Engineer Combat Battalion
  • 114th Medical Battalion
  • 26th Division Artillery
  • 101st Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)
  • 102d Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)
  • 263d Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)
  • 180th Field Artillery Battalion (155mm Howitzer)
  • Special Troops
  • 726th Ordnance Light Maintenance Company
  • 26th Quartermaster Company
  • 39th Signal Company
  • Military Police Platoon
  • Headquarters Company
  • Band


Antiaircraft Artillery

390th AAA AW Bn (SP) 14 Oct 44-25 May 45


Co E, 33d Armd Regt (3d Armd Div) 11 Oct 44-22 Oct 44
3d Bn, 33d Armd Regt (3d Armd Div) 15 Oct 44-22 Oct 44
37th Tk Bn (4th Armd Div) 17 Oct 44-26 Oct 44
761st Tk Bn 29 Oct 44-12 Dec 44
735th Tk Bn 21 Dec 44-25 Jan 45
778th Tk Bn 29 Jan 45-16 Feb 45
Co C, 778th Tk Bn 16 Feb 45-8 Mar 45
Co B, 778th Tk Bn 11 Mar 45-18 Mar 45
778th Tk Bn 19 Mar 45-20 Jul 45


2d Cav Gp 12 Oct 44-22 Nov 44


Co A, 81st Cml Mort Bn 15 Oct 44-25 Oct 44
Cos A&B, 3d Cml Mort Bn 22 Dec 44-25 Jan 45
Co D, 81st Cml Mort Bn 29 Jan 45-20 Feb 45
Co A, 81st Cml Mort Bn 29 Jan 45-7 Mar 45
Co C, 91st Cml Mort Bn 7 Mar 45-12 Apr 45
97th Cml Mort Bn (- Co B) 12 Apr 45-13 Apr 45
Co B, 97th Cml Mort Bn 13 Apr 45-14 Apr 45


249th Engr C Bn 22 Dec 44-25 Jan 45
1152d Engr C Gp 30 Jan 45-7 Mar 45
1258th Engr C Bn 28 Feb 45-7 Mar 45
179th Engr C Bn 1 Mar 45-7 Mar 45


51st Armd Inf Bn (4th Armd Div) 19 Nov 44-29 Nov 44
5th Ranger Inf Bn 29 Jan 45-9 Feb 45
359th CT (90th Div) 6 Apr 45-10 Apr 45

Tank Destroyer

704th TD Bn (SP) 14 Oct 44-26 Oct 44
691st TD Bn (T) 15 Oct 44-7 Dec 44
602d TD Bn (SP) 23 Oct 44-12 Dec 44
610th TD Bn (SP) 12 Nov 44-12 Dec 44
818th TD Bn (SP) 21 Dec 44-20 Jul 45


26th Infantry Division World War II Missing in Action

There are 27 soldiers of the 26th Infantry Division World War II still listed as missing in action.

Private First Class Joseph H. Blaney 328th Infantry Regiment 02/22/1945
Private First Class Leon A. Carr 328th Infantry Regiment 03/14/1945
Private Stephen J. Castilone 104th Infantry Regiment 11/22/1944
Sergeant Charles S. Chovanec 104th Infantry Regiment 11/20/1944
Sergeant Ray Combs 328th Infantry Regiment 02/18/1945
Private First Class Robert A. Crews 104th Infantry Regiment 10/16/1945
Private First Class Gustav Eriksen 104th Infantry Regiment 10/23/1944
First Lieutenant Joseph D. Fisher 101st Field Artillery Battalion 09/17/1945
Sergeant Roland J. Giroux 101st Infantry Regiment 02/13/1945
Private Henry M. Hein 328th Infantry Regiment 02/22/1945
Sergeant William W. Hopkins 101st Infantry Regiment 11/22/1944
Private First Class John J. Hulboy 104th Infantry Regiment 03/13/1945
Private First Class Forest R. Humphress 328th Infantry Regiment 03/15/1945
Private First Class Edward K. Lindsey 104th Infantry Regiment 11/19/1945
Private First Class Earl C. Lofton 104th Infantry Regiment 12/01/1944
Private John J. McDonough 104th Infantry Regiment 11/20/1944
Private First Class Chester H. Mundelius 328th Infantry Regiment 03/14/1945
Private Olin A. Pratt 101st Infantry Regiment 04/11/1945
Private Angelo W. Rancilio 328th Infantry Regiment 12/30/1945
Staff Sergeant Allan R. Robertson 328th Infantry Regiment 02/22/1945
Private Arthur J. Schroeder 104th Infantry Regiment 12/01/1944
Private Albert A. Smith 104th Infantry Regiment 10/17/1945
Private First Class Howard P. White 328th Infantry Regiment 03/15/1945
Private James R. White 328th Infantry Regiment 02/20/1945
Technician Fifth Grade Chester H. Wilson 101st Infantry Regiment 02/13/1945
Private First Class Peter J. Winiarski 104th Infantry Regiment 10/23/1944
Corporal Edward J. Yoblonski 101st Engineer Combat Battalion 05/04/1945

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