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85th Infantry Division, United States Army, World War I

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Popularly known as the "Custer Division." Insignia, a khaki circle on which are superimposed the letters "C D" in red. Organized at Camp Custer, Mich., in Oct., 1917. The division was composed of drafted men from Michigan and Wisconsin. First units embarked for overseas on July 21, 1918, and the last units arrived in France on Aug. 12, 1918. Upon arrival in France the division was designated as a depot division and ordered to Pouilly (Nievre). The division was then broken up and the special units were sent forward as corps and army troops. The infantry units were formed into training cadres for sending forward replacements to the combat division at the front.[1]


The 85th Infantry Division was assigned to:

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Primary subordinate units were:

  • Headquarters, 85th Division
  • 169th Infantry Brigade
  • 170th Infantry Brigade
  • 160th Field Artillery Brigade
  • 328th Machine Gun Battalion
  • 310th Engineer Regiment
  • 310th Field Signal Battalion
  • Headquarters Troop, 85th Division
  • 310th Train Headquarters and Military Police
    • 310th Ammunition Train
    • 310th Supply Train
    • 310th Engineer Train
    • 310th Sanitary Train
      • 337th Field Hospital and Ambulance Company
      • 338th Field Hospital and Ambulance Company
      • 339th Field Hospital and Ambulance Company
      • 340th Field Hospital and Ambulance Company

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