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6th Infantry Division, United States Army, World War I

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6th Infantry Division, US Army, WWI

The shoulder insignia of the division is a six pointed star of red with the numeral "6" in blue superimposed on the center of the star. Popularly known as the "Star Division." Organized at Camp Forest, Ga., and Camp McClellan, Alabama, on November 26, 1917. On March 13, 1918, headquarters moved to Camp Forrest, Ga., and later left on May 8th and was established at Camp Wadsworth, South Carolina. Practically every state in the Union was represented in the volunteer personnel of the division; however, the majority of the men were from the South.

The division, less artillery and engineers began embarking from New York on May 8, 1918, and began debarking in England on July 17th, the last units arriving in France, August 28, 1918. From England the troops were transported to France, beginning July 21st, debarking at LeHavre. Preceding the division, the engineers arrived on May 18th at Brest, and were engaged in construction work at Gievres before joining the division in August near Chateauvillain. The artillery landed at Le Havre on July 29th and began its training at Valdahon.

After training in the vicinity of Chateauvillain, the division, less artillery, left on August 27, 1918, for Gerardmer where it occupied, under French command, a sector in the Vosages until October 11, 1918. On October 27th the division was moved from Gerardmer by rail to the vicinity of Les Islettes and established headquarters at Beauchamp Farm. On November 2, 1918, the division began to march forward in the Meuse-Argonne offensive. On November 6th, headquarters was established at Stonne. Marched to a sector northeast of Verdun and entered the line on November 14th. Relieved on November 21st, and proceeded to the 14th training area. November 30th, the division headquarters was established at Aignay-le-Duc.

Battle casualties, 285, of which three were prisoners of war. Distinguished Service Crosses awarded, ten.[1]

  • Brigadier General James B. Erwin, November 26, 1917 to August 31, 1918
  • Major General Walter P. Gordon, August 31 to November 11, 1918.

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  1. http://www.newrivernotes.com/topical_history_ww1_oob_american_forces.htm

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