The 30th Infantry Division Veterans of WWII


 

The 30th Infantry Division was made up of the existing National Guard units from the States of North and South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee at the beginning of WWII. During WWII, The 30th Infantry Division served in Europe with distinction, and was designated as the #1 Infantry Division in the European Theater by Gen. Eisenhower's Chief Historian, Col. S.L.A. Marshall.

   
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Although the 30th Infantry Division was not involved in the actual invasion of Normandy, the 30th served valiantly at St. LO and at Mortain in France; it was the first infantry division to enter Belgium and The Netherlands. The 30th was also instrumental in breaching the Siegfried Line in October 1944, and the capture of Aachen, Germany, the 1st large German city to be captured by the Allies in WWII.

The 30th made a rapid advance around the north side of the Ruhr Industrial Pocket, capturing Brunswick and finally capturing Magdeburg on the Elbe River on 17 April 1945.

Here the 30th Infantry Division met the Russians and remained in occupation of Magdeburg throughout the month of May, when it was turned over to the Russians for their permanent occupation, as this was their designated occupation territory. This brought the end of the war to the 30th Infantry Division.

After a brief occupation of an area on the Czech border, the 30th was alerted to return to the United States for further deployment to the Pacific. However, enroute to the U.S.A., the war in the Pacific came to an end by the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan.

The 30th infantry Division was proudly called "Old Hickory" after Andrew Jackson, the 7th President of the United States.

The 30th returned to Ft. Jackson, SC where it had originated, and was deactivated on 25 November 1945.

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Click here for our "Message Board" - The 30th Infantry Division has set up its own Message Board, which is called "Old Hickory".

Once at the Message Board page, click on the name "Old Hickory" in the gray box titled 'Default Category'. Then under 'Topic' click on the name of the message that you would like to view. At the bottom of the message is a list of functions for you to choose from. You may choose to post a new message by clicking on "New Post" or you may choose to reply to the message that you have read, by clicking on "Reply"

 

 

Updated June 28 , 2008
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