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71st Infantry Division

“Travel with us and meet everyone in Europe.”

That was the slogan of the 71st Infantry Division when V-E Day came around.

One of the most popular pastimes of the 71st Doughs was trying to figure out just where they had been, and under what commands they had served.

When the 71st reached France in February 1945, it was with the Seventh Army. It then was switched to the Fifteenth Army, and later served with the Third Army. It was with the XV Corps and the XXII Corps. As one GI quipped, “We just missed the K-9 Corps.”

In its time in action the 71st served alongside the 100th, 42d, 44th, 3d, 104th, 26th, and 5th Infantry Divisions, and the 10th and 12th Armored outfits. The 71st went into action in the bitter cold of March 1945, and for 15 days its mission was the destruction of German pockets west of the Rhine. When the 71sters hit the Siegfried Line, they kept right on going, breaching the famed defense wall to capture Pirmasens. When the Doughs swept through this city they liberated 8,000 slave laborers.

The 71st then drove across the Hardt Mountains and the Rhine plains, and cleaned up Nazi resistance on the west bank of the Rhine near Ludwigshafen and Speyer.

One of the most important achievements of the 71st was the cutting of the Berlin-Munich highway, main escape route from the capital of the Bavarian mountains. It was in this drive that ne 71st bagged upwards of 30 German generals.

The Division crossed the Danube in assault boats at several places east of Regensburg. It was in on the capture of Mannheim, aiding the 44th Division. This city fell when, after military officials had refused to heed the mayor’s request that the city yield to the Americans, the Yanks turned 26 battalions of artillery fire on the place.

On V-E Day the 71st was south of Linz, Austria, on the Enns River, and later it moved to Augsburg, Germany.

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

The division insignia is am Arabic design bearing close similarity to the numerical designation of the division. It appears as a blue "71" on a white circular background which is trimmed in red. It has no heraldic significance.


Commanding General

6 Feb 45 Maj. Gen. Willard G. Wyman

Assistant Division Commander

6 Feb 45 Brig. Gen. Onslow S. Rolfe

Artillery Commander

6 Feb 45 Brig. Gen. Frank A. Henning

Chief of Staff

6 Feb 45 Col. Oscar R. Johnston

Assistant Chief of Staff G-1

6 Feb 45 Lt. Col. Morton P. Brooks

Assistant Chief of Staff G-2

6 Feb 45 Lt. Col. Kenneth W. Foster

Assistant Chief of Staff G-3

6 Feb 45 Lt. Col. Norman H. Lankenau

Assistant Chief of Staff G-4

6 Feb 45 Lt. Col. Clifton D. Blackford

Assistant Chief of Staff G-5

22 Feb 44 [i.e., 1945] Maj. Rendle H. Russell

Adjutant General

6 Feb 45 Lt. Col. Claudius Beall, Jr.

Commanding Officer, 5th Infantry

6 Feb 45 Col. Sidney G. Wooten

Commanding Officer, 14th Infantry

6 Feb 45 Col. Donald Beeler
19 Mar 45 Col. Carfl E. Lundquist

Commanding Officer, 66th Infantry

6 Feb 45 Col. Augustus J. Regnier



Activated 15 July 1943
Arrived ETO 6 February 1945
Arrived Continent (D+245) 6 February 1945
Entered Combat--First Elements 10 March 1945
Entered Combat--Entire Division 12 March 1945
Days in Combat 49

Casualties (Tentative)

Killed 145
Wounded 599
Missing 31
Captured 13
Battle Casualties 788
Non-Battle Casualties 1,081
Total Casualties 1,879
Percent of T/O Strength 13.3


  • Rhineland
  • Central Europe

Individual Awards

Distinguished Service Cross 1
Silver Star 166
Soldiers Medal 7
Bronze Star 651
Air Medal 40

Prisoners of War Taken 107,406


  • 5th Infantry
  • 14th Infantry
  • 66th Infantry
  • 71st Reconnaissance Troop (Mechanized)
  • 271st Engineer Combat Battalion
  • 371st Medical Battalion
  • 71st Division Artillery
  • 607th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)
  • 608th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)
  • 609th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)
  • 564th Field Artillery Battalion (155mm Howitzer)
  • Special Troops
  • 771st Ordnance Light Maintenance Company
  • 251st Quartermaster Company
  • 571st Signal Company
  • Military Police Platoon
  • Headquarters Company
  • Band


Antiaircraft Artillery

530th AAA AW Bn (Mbl) 15 Mar 45-10 May 45


749th Tk Bn 15 Mar 45-23 Mar 45
761st Tk Bn 28 Mar 45-10 May 45


Co B, 91st Cml Mort Bn 5 Apr 45-15 Apr 45
Co A, 91st Cml Mort Bn 13 Apr 45-15 Apr 45
Co C, 97th Cml Mort Bn 15 Apr 45-17 Apr 45
Co A, 81st Cml Mort Bn 21 Apr 45-23 Apr 45
81st Cml Mort Bn (- Co A) 25 Apr 45-27 Apr 45

Field Artillery

93d Armd FA Bn 25 Mar 45-27 Mar 45
242d FA Bn (105mm How) 25 Mar 45-29 Mar 45
69th Armd FA Bn 25 Mar 45-29 Mar 45
744th FA Bn (8" How) 2 May 45-3 May 45
204th FA Gp 2 May 45-6 May 45
622d FA Bn 2 May 45-6 May 45

Tank Destroyer

635th TD Bn (T) 15 Mar 45-10 May 45


71st Infantry Division World War II Missing in Action

There are 9 soldiers of the 71st Infantry Division World War II still listed as missing in action.

Private First Class Matthew J. Christie 14th Infantry Regiment 03/28/1945
Corporal Domingo Cruz 5th Infantry Regiment 05/23/1942
Private First Class Roy B. Ferguson 14th Infantry Regiment 06/24/1945
Private First Class Acey E. Harrison 14th Infantry Regiment 03/26/1945
Private First Class Daniel P. Longbrake 5th Infantry Regiment 08/17/1945
Private First Class Robert D. Martin 271st Engineer Combat Battalion 03/27/1945
Private First Class Frank H. Noe 5th Infantry Regiment 05/17/1945
Private First Class Lewis A. Norman 5th Infantry Regiment 07/22/1941
Private First Class Howard W. Parkinson 66th Infantry Regiment 06/07/1945

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71ST INFANTRY DIVISION WWII patch, front view
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