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, PA 17013-5008
Website: Home page:
may be obtained on loan through your own local Public Library,
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
If we can assist you
further, please do not hesitate to contact us again.
Yours in Old Hickory
Frank W. Towers
30th Inf. Div. Assoc.