Significant Dates in the 30th's History
Below are listed some of the most significant dates in the history
of the 30th Division upon its creation, and since its activation in
1940 and throughout WWII.
|July 18, 1917
||The 30th Division, Old Hickory, was created.
(2006 - 89th Birthday!)
|August 3, 1917
||The 30th Division assembled at Camp Sevier, S.C.
|May 1, 1918
||The 30th Division sailed for England
|July 9, 1918
||The 30th Division was committed to the Front Line
Significant Dates at Camp/Ft. Jackson, SC and during
|August 15, 1940
||Camp Jackson becomes Fort Jackson, per G.O. #7,
and AR 210-10, par 2c.
|September 16, 1940
||30th Division activated and called to Federal active
duty at Ft. Jackson, S.C. where the Division trained until October
|September 25, 1940
||117th Infantry Regiment & 118th F.A. Bn. arrive
at Ft. Jackson
|October 1, 1940
||113th F.A. Bn. Arrives at Ft. Jackson
| January 9, 1941
||First contingent of Selective Service men assigned
to the 30th Infantry Division.
|March 9, 1941
||President Roosevelt visits the 30th Infantry Division
at Ft. Jackson, S.C.
|May 20-28, 1941
||30th Division departs for Tullahoma and the Tennessee
|August 1, 1941
||Maj. Gen. Henry Russell relieved of command of
the 30th Division, and assumes command of the First Army Corps in
|September 21, 1941
||30th Division departs for the First Army Carolina
|December 2, 1941
||30th Division returns to Ft. Jackson from the Carolina
|December 7, 1941
||Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.
|February 21, 1942
||30th Division reorganized from a Square Division,
(4 Regiments) to a Triangular Division, (3 Regiments) and renamed
the "30th Infantry Division".
|May 3, 1942
||Maj. Gen. William H. Simpson assumes command of
the 30th Infantry Division.
|May 30, 1942
||B.G. Arthur M. Harper assumes command of the 30th
|June 15, 1942
||Lt. Col. Richard W. Stephens assumes position of
G-3, 30th Infantry Division.
|June 24, 1942
|| Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Secretary
of War, Henry L. Stimson visits 30th Infantry Division and witnesses
|July 23, 1942
||Gen. Ben Lear visits Ft. Jackson and inspects 30th
|August 3-16, 1942
||118th Infantry Regiment relieved from duty with
the 30th Infantry Division and departed for duty as a Separate Regiment
|August 28, 1942
||Maj. Gen. William H. Simpson is relieved of duty
with the 30th Infantry Division and assumes command of the XII Corps
at Columbia, S.C.
|September 10, 1942
||119th Infantry Regiment activated and assigned
to the 30th Infantry Division.
|September 12, 1942
||Maj. Gen. Leland S. Hobbs assumes command of the
30th Infantry Division
| October, 1942
||30th Infantry Division moves to Camp Blanding,
Florida for 1 year of intensive training. They trained here until
Significant Dates at Camp Blanding, Florida
||B.G. William K. Harrison Jr. becomes Ass't. Div.
|February 9, 1943
||Sale of beer or other liquor, stronger than 3.2
% is strictly forbidden on any Old Hickory premises, by order of
L. S. Hobbs!!
|April 29, 1943
|| Last Division Review at Camp Blanding, Fla.
Significant Dates at Camp Atterbury, Ind.
||30th Infantry Division arrives at Camp Atterbury,
|February 1, 1944
||30th Infantry Division leaves Camp Atterbury, Ind.
|February 2, 1944
||30th Infantry Division arrives at Camp Myles Standish,
Significant dates during Combat Era
|February 12, 1944
||30th Division leaves Boston POE for Europe, aboard
the SS Argentina, SS Brazil & SS John Ericsson
|February 22, 1944
||30th Division arrives at Glascow, Scotland (120th),
and Liverpool England (117th & 119th) and proceeds to south
coast of England by train.
|Feb.- June 6, 1944
||Intensive training period in England.
|June 8-15, 1944
||30th Division crossed the English Channel.
|June 15, 1944
||30th Division went into combat south of Isigny,
relieving elements of the 101st A. B. Division and the 29th Infantry
|June 17, 1944
||Col. Hammond D. Birks, C.O. 120th Regiment, awarded
a Silver Star Medal. The First man in Division to receive this high
|July 7, 1944
||Liberated St. Jean-de-Daye, the 1st major town
in Normandy to be liberated by the 30th Infantry Division.
|July 12-13, 1944
||Designated as the lead unit in Operation Cobra,
to spearhead the breakthrough at St. Lo.
|July 15, 1944
||Col. Edwin M. Sutherland assumes command of the
|July 24, 1944
||Bombed by the 8th Airforce, in error, killing 25
men and wounding 131 men. Delayed jump-off for one day.
|July 25, 1944
||Bombed again, in error, by 8th Airforce, killing
111 men, including Lt. Gen. Leslie Mc Nair, and wounding 490 men.
Operation Cobra took off despite these two tragic errors and losses.
|July 26, 1944
||B.G. Raymond S. McLain relieved of duty as CO of
the 30th Division Artillery, to assume command of the 90th Inf.
|July 26, 1944
||B.G. James M. Lewis assumes command of the 30th
|July 29, 1944
||Col. Walter M. Johnson assumes command of the 117th
|August 6-12, 1944
||Battle of Mortain - 2nd Battalion of the 120th
Regiment surrounded on Hill #314 for 5 days. German High Command
declared this Battle to be the major turning point of the war, leading
to the ultimate defeat of the German Army.
|August 14, 1944
||Started the 'Rat-Race' across northern France.
|August 17, 1944
||First contact made with the King's Own Scottish
Battalion, 3rd Division, 2nd British Army, was made at Flers at
|August 23, 1944
|August 27, 1944
||First troops of the 30th crossed the Seine River
at Mantes-Gassicourt, France.
|September 1, 1944
||First Allied troops to enter the Kingdom of Belgium.
|September 3, 1944
||Captured and liberated the City of Tournai, the
1st City liberated in Belgium.
|September 10, 1944
||30th Division crossed the Meuse River at Vise and
|September 12, 1944
||First Allied troops to enter The Netherlands.
|September 14, 1944
||Liberated the City of Maastricht, Provincial capitol.
1st City in The Netherlands to be liberated.
|September 17, 1944
||First troops of the 30thInfantry Division enter
Germany, (120th) at Horsbach.
|September 24, 1944
||Evacuation of Kerkrade begins.
|October 2, 1944
||Attack on Seigfreid Line at Aachen, Germany begins.
|October 6, 1944
||Col. Birks transferred to 9th Inf. Div. as Ass't
|October 6, 1944
||Col. Branner P. Perdue assumes command of the 120th
|October 16, 1944
||Captured the City of Aachen, Germany, in conjunction
with the 1st Inf. Div. First City in Germany to fall to the Allies.
|October 18, 1944
||Maj. Gen. Raymond S. Mc Lain assumes command of
the XIX Corps.
October 22, 1944 XIX Corps transferred into the newly formed Ninth
Army under Lt. Gen. William H. Simpson.
|December 17, 1944
||Beginning of the participation of the 30th Inf.
Div. in the Battle of the Ardennes at Malmedy, Belgium. Stopped
the penetration of the 1st SS Panzer Division at Stavelot-Stoumont-La
|December 27, 1944
||Col. Russell A. Baker assumes command of the 119th
|January 13, 1945
||30th Division launched the counteroffensive to
return the front line to original position as of December 16, 1944.
|January 30, 1945
||Line of the Breakthrough returned to original line.
|February 2, 1945
||30th Division returns to original Roer River position
|February 23, 1945
||The Roer River was successfully crossed near Julich,
|March 24, 1945
||30th Division crossed the Rhine River.
|April 12, 1945
||30th Division reached the Elbe River, 40 mi. SW
|April 18, 1945
||Captured the City of Magdeburg, one of the easternmost
penetrations in the Ninth Army sector.
|May 4, 1945
||Russians were contacted by 30th Inf. Div. at Grunewald
on the Elbe River.
|May 8, 1945
||Victory in Europe
|May 9, 1945
||30th Infantry Division starts Occupation duties
||30th Infantry Division was alerted for deployment
for action in Japan.
|August 16-21, 1945
||30th Infantry Division returned to the U.S.A. aboard
the Queen Mary, except the 119th Regiment which returned
to Boston, Mass., on the USS Gen. Black.
|November 25, 1945
||30th Infantry Division deactivated at Ft. Jackson,
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