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118th INFANTRY REGIMENT

The 118th Infantry Regiment was originally from So. Carolina, and on 16 September 1940, it was inducted into Federal Service at Charleston, SC and was assigned to the 30th Division. It then moved to Ft. Jackson, SC on 21 September 1940.

The 118th was an integral part of the 30th Infantry Division and they trained with them until August 1942, when there was a major reorganization in the make-up of Divisions from a "square division to a triangular division", and thereby the 118th was detached from the 30th Infantry Division. They left Ft. Jackson and went to Camp Kilmer, NJ, and departed from the P.O.E. of New York on 5 August, shipping out to Iceland and arriving there for security duty on 19 August, and were permanently relieved from assignment to the 30th Infantry Division on 24 August 1942.

They departed Iceland on 29 October 1943, arriving in England on 6 November, and then shipped to Ireland on 6 January 1944. Then they returned to England on 1 May 1944, remaining there until they crossed the English Channel to France on 13 December 1944.

They were immediately assigned to defend a bridge across the Meuse River at Givet, France during the German Ardennes counteroffensive in Belgium.

They entered Germany on 26 May 1945, took up occupation duties, and returned to the New York P.O.E. on 14 January 1946 and were inactivated at Camp Kilmer, NJ on 15 January 1946.

They were credited with Campaign credits for Northern France & Rhineland.

This is all of the history of the 118th that I have, with no description of the type of duty, or where they were specifically at any time.

I am not sure if there was a combat history of the Regiment written following the war.

Suggest that you contact:
The U.S. Army Military History Institute
22 Ashburn Drive
Carlisle Barracks
Carlisle, PA 17013-5008

Information: 717-245-3971

Website: Home page: http://carlisle-www.army.mil/usamhi/
Reference: http://carlisle-www.army.mil/usamhi/Hrmail.html

Also, books may be obtained on loan through your own local Public Library, reference department.

One other possible source of personal records is the:
National Personnel Records Center
Military Personnel Records
9700 Page Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100

(Be prepared to wait 6-12 months for response!)

This is the only information that we have on the 118th and the only known sources of information or records.

If we can assist you further, please do not hesitate to contact us again.

Yours in Old Hickory Friendship,

Frank W. Towers
Exec. Sec-Treas.
30th Inf. Div. Assoc.

 

Updated December 2003.
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