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12TH REINFORCEMENT DEPOT

Combined notes.

            The following report is a compilation of information transcribed from the 12th Reinforcement Depot History file obtained from the US National Archives at the end of 2017.  I have tried to keep the listing concise, but there were confusing and sometime illegible entries in the original material. For example, reports from a Battalion headquarters might record an attachment or release date of a company a day or two different from the date recorded in the company report. I suppose the battalion recorded the order date and the company may have recorded the actual activity date. In any case, there are several instances of conflicting dates within this report.

            This report is dreadfully incomplete. I have recorded as much information as I could find, and have tried to cross reference the names and dates as I went along, but there are gaps in names, dates and locations that I hope will be filled in in the future. It is also not a narrative, as much as a gathering of information put in some order.

            The report begins with a summary of the battalions and Regiments attached to the 12th Reinforcement Depot, followed by summaries of the Reinforcement Companies that were attached to the Battalions.

            At the beginning of the war effort the term replacement was used for soldiers trained to replace field losses in the war zones.  In late 1944 it was decided that the term reinforcement was better for the morale of the new soldiers, and replaced the term replacement.  I have tried to use reinforcement throughout this project for clarity, regardless of date.

 

 

 

The 12th Reinforcement Depot.

 

            The 12th Reinforcement Depot was activated on 25 May 1943 at Camp Sutton, Monroe, North Carolina, in compliance with War Department Letter AG 320.2 (3-23-43) OB –I-SPOBU – M. The Depot was organized with a Hq and Hq Company, and 5 Reinforcement Battalions as follows, per General Order No. 11:

           

UNIT                           T/O                                          OFF     NO       EM

Hq & Hq Co, 12                      20-42, 1 Apr, 1942, Change    31        2          187

Reinforcement Depot  No 1, Aug 29, 1942 Change

                                    No 2, Sept 30, 1942, Change

                                    No 3, Jan 11, 1943.

50th Reinforcement      20-45, Apr 1, 1942, Change                18                    117

Battalion                      No. 1, Oct 8, 1942, Change

                                    No 2, Feb 8, 1943.

51th Reinforcement      20-45, Apr 1, 1942, Change                18                    117

Battalion                      No. 1, Oct 8, 1942, Change

                                    No 2, Feb 8, 1943.

52th Reinforcement      20-45, Apr 1, 1942, Change                18                    117

Battalion                      No. 1, Oct 8, 1942, Change

                                    No 2, Feb 8, 1943.

53th Reinforcement      20-45, Apr 1, 1942, Change                18                    117

Battalion                      No. 1, Oct 8, 1942, Change

                                    No 2, Feb 8, 1943.

54th Reinforcement      20-45, Apr 1, 1942, Change                18                    117

Battalion                      No. 1, Oct 8, 1942, Change

                                    No 2, Feb 8, 1943.

 

  1. The units will be organized in accordance with table or organization indicated above.
  2. Upon activation, units are assigned to Fourth Service Command and will be prepared for extended field service.

Source: National Archives, REBN-54-0.2, 54th Repl BN History, 25 May-31 October 1945.

 

            Operation of the Depot included the classification, clothing, housing, messing, administering and conditioning of Reinforcements. Flexibility was important in that the demands placed on such a unit were necessarily highly variable, as to number of casuals and Reinforcements it was necessary to process at any given time.

 

The Depot was commanded by the following:

            Colonel GEORGE A MOORE, 05577, cavalry, from 25 May 1943 to 29 December 1944.

Colonel WILLIAM F. LEE, 04575, Inf. 29 Dec 44 to 8 Jan 45    

Colonel WILLIAM L. BLANTON, 07046, Inf. 8 Jan 45 to 8 March 1945.           

            Brigadier General OWEN SUMMERS, 08066, USA, 9 Mar 45 to 6 May 1945.

Colonel WILLIAM L. BLANTON, 07046, Infantry, 7 May 45 to 19 May 45.

Colonel MAURICE C. BIGELOW, 05129, Infantry, 20 May 45 to 1 September 1945 report date.

            Source: 12th Reinforcement Depot file from National Archives.

 

            Medical Department Officer personnel were authorized 28 September 1943 in accordance with T/O & E 20-46, dated 31 August 1943.  REBN-54

            On 24 August 1943 The 12th Reinforcement Depot and attached battalions received movement orders for permanent change of station form Camp Sutton NC to Camp Butner NC. 2 officers and 209 enlisted men moved by motor convoy.  Orders were received from Headquarters, Fourth Service Command, Atlanta, Georgia. REBN-54

            On 21 October 1943 The 12th Reinforcement Depot and attached battalions were reorganized as follows: letter AG 322 (28 Sept 43) OB-I-SPMOU-M, Subject: Reorganization and Redesignation of Reinforcement Depots and Battalions, 2 October 1943, the following Reinforcement units are redesignated, effective 1 November 1943, assigned to Fourth Service Command and reorganized in accordance with T/O indicated, and will continue preparations for extended field service.

 

Present Designation       New Designation                   T/O & E                       Auth. Strength

                                                                                    Number    Date                         OFF          WO                   EM

Headquarters and Head-                      No change                   20-42      31 Aug 43     29            2            169

Quarters Company, 12th                                                               c1         13 Sept 43

Reinforcement Depot

 

50th Reinforcement Bn:

Headquarters and Head-               Hq and Hq Det.                  20-46   31 Aug 43          9                         26

Quarters Detachment  

            Company A         197th Repl. Co.                    20-47   31 Aug 43          4                         31

            Company B         198th Repl. Co.                    20-47   31 Aug 43          4                         31

            Company C         199th Repl. Co.                    20-47   31 Aug 43          4                         31

Present Designation       New Designation                   T/O & E                       Auth. Strength

                                                                                    Number    Date                         OFF          WO                   EM

51th Reinforcement Bn:

Headquarters and Head-               Hq and Hq Det.                  20-46   31 Aug 43          9                         26

Quarters Detachment                

            Company A         200th Repl. Co.                    20-47   31 Aug 43          4                         31

            Company B         201th Repl. Co.                    20-47   31 Aug 43          4                         31   Company C                202th Repl. Co.                    20-47   31 Aug 43          4                         31

 

52th Reinforcement Bn:

Headquarters and Head-               Hq and Hq Det                   20-46   31 Aug 43          9                         26

Quarters Detachment         

            Company A         203rd Repl. Co.                    20-47   31 Aug 43          4                         31

            Company B         204th Repl. Co                     20-47   31 Aug 43          4                         31

            Company C         205th Repl. Co.                    20-47   31 Aug 43          4                         31

                                     

53rd Reinforcement Bn:

Headquarters and Head-               Hq and Hq Det.                  20-46   31 Aug 43          9                         26

Quarters Detachment                           

            Company A         206th Repl. Co.                    20-47   31 Aug 43          4                         31

            Company B         207th Repl. Co.                    20-47   31 Aug 43          4                         31

            Company C         208th Repl. Co.                    20-47   31 Aug 43          4                         31

           

54th Reinforcement Bn:

Headquarters and Head-               Hq and Hq Det.                  20-46   31 Aug 43          9                         26

Quarters Detachment               

            Company A         209th Repl. Co.                    20-47   31 Aug 43          4                         31

            Company B         210th Repl. Co.                    20-47   31 Aug 43          4                         31

            Company C         211th Repl. Co.                    20-47   31 Aug 43          4                         31

                                     

            All newly designated Headquarters and Headquarters Detachments of 50th to 54th Reinforcement Battalions, inclusive, as listed above, are attached to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 12th Reinforcement Depot and all newly designated Reinforcement Companies are attached to Headquarters and Headquarters Detachments of Reinforcement Battalions, respectively, as listed above.

Source: National Archives,  REBN-54-0.2, 54th Repl BN History, 25 May-31 October 1945.

            Records from the 54th Reinforcement Battalion state that the 54th Reinf. Bn was unattached from the 12th Reinforcement Depot by 18 December 1943.  It is unclear which other Reinforcement BN’s left the depot at the same time. REBN 54

            The 12th Reinforcement Depot left Camp Butner by rail with 172 EM and 2 officers, on 20 February 1944 for Camp Kilmer, N.J., arriving 21 February 1944. The Depot left Camp Kilmer, N.J. 2215Q, 12 March 1943, for permanent change of station. The Depot arrived at New York Port of Embarkation at 2345, 12 March 1944 They boarded ship at 0045Q, 13 March 1944, and departed 0900 hours.  The unit arrived at overseas station 21 March 1944, 172 EM and 2 Officers in this movement. Same number of Officers and 167 EM departed 21 March 1944 from port of demarcation for English Camp to billet overnight before proceeding to Castledawson, N.I. Arrived via boat and train at Castledawson 22 March 1944. Left Castlesawson on 13 April 1944 via train and boat for Haddon Hill, Somerset, England with 172 EM and 2 Officers and arrived at destination 14 April 1944. 12th Depot History

            On 14 June 1944 the 12th Reinforcement Depot, and attached Bns, were relieved from assignment to COMZ, ETOUSA and assigned to the Ground Forces Reinforcement System, ETOUSA, per Troop Assignment No. 82. REBN 54

            On 20 June 1944 the Depot left Haddon Hill (Devon), England for permanent change of station, arrived Camp Chard, Chard (Somerset), England, 20 June 1944. Movement made by truck and 199 EM and 2 Officers made this move in 2 hours and 15 minutes actual moving time.12th Depot History Another reference reports that the Depot and associated units left Haddon Hill, South Hill and Treborough, Somerset County and traveled to Hinston St. George, Chard, and Barwick House, Somerset on 26 June 1944.571D-47

 

            The Troop Assignment #3, Hq, GFRS, APO 871, dated 10 July 1944 listed the following attachments to the 12th Replacement Depot:

                        52nd Replacement Battalion

                        65th Replacement Battalion

                        70th Replacement Battalion

                        84th Replacement Battalion

                        89th Replacement Battalion

                        97th Replacement Battalion

                        101st Replacement Battalion

The following Replacement Companies were also reported in Troop Assignment #3:

            203      204      205      213      214      326      329      330

            331      341      342      343      356      357      358      365

            366      367      374      375      487      488      490.

The 2nd Battalion, 118th Infantry Regiment and the 551st Postal Unit were attached to the 12th at the time also.571D-124

            Per Troop Assignment #10, dated 5 August 1944, the 99th Replacement Depot, along with the 368th, 369th, 370th, and 371st Replacement Companies were released from attachment to the Replacement Staging Depot and attached to the 12th Replacement Depot.571D-130

                The 107th Replacement Depot, with the 506th, 507th and 568th Replacement Companies were released from the 15th Replacement Depot and attached to the 12th Replacement Depot on 13 August 1944 per Troop Assignment #11.571D-130

                The 70th Replacement Battalion was released from the 12th and assigned to the 15th Depot on 17 August 1944, along with the 356th, 357th, 358th, and 488th Replacement Companies.571D-131

                The 89th Replacement Battalion, along with the 213th, 214th, 487th and 490th Replacement Companies were order to the 15th Replacement Depot  on 15 August 1944.571D-131

            The 12th Depot left Chard, England, on 2 September 1944 for permanent change of station. Arrived at Tidworth, England by organic equipment 2 September 1944 with 202 EM and 1 Officer. 12th Depot History This move was to made so that the 12th Replacement Depot could replace the 9th Replacement Depot, which had moved from Tidworth to the continenet.571D-49

            In the pre-invasion planning the GFRC anticipated that the Depot would make this move by 31 August 1944. The Depot was anticipated to have the following attachments:

                        8 Replacement Battalions

                        32 Replacement Companies

                        118th Infantry Regt., 1st Battalion

                        551st Army Postal Unit

                        57th Finance Disbursing Section

                        92nd Finance Disbursing Section

                        100th Finance Disbursing Section. 571D-48

            Records for the Hq, 54th Reinforcement Battalion form 7 October 1944 state that the 54th performed depot duties from 20 August through 3 September 1944 as a filler for the time between when the 9th Reinforcement Depot left Tidworth and the 12th Reinforcement Depot arrived to take over.REBN-54

            As of 28 August 1944 the 54th Reinforcement Battalion, along with the following companies were attached to the 12th Reinforcement Depot:

(1) 209th Reinforcement Company, 1 November 1943 to 6 April 1944

(2) 210th Reinforcement Company, 1 November 1943 to 17 December 1944

(3) 211th Reinforcement Company, 1 November 1943 to 6 April 1944

(4) 325th Reinforcement Company, 18 August 1944 to 17 December 1944

(5) 333rd Reinforcement Company, 9 August 1944 to 18 August 1944

(6) 334th Reinforcement Company, 9 August 1944 to 18 August 1944

(7) 335th Reinforcement Company, 28 March 1944 to 6 April 1944

(8) Provisional Company “R”, 18 August 1944 to 8 September 1944.

(9) Provisional Company “U”, 8 September 1944 to 30 October 1944.

(10) 526th Reinforcement Company, 27 October 1944 to 17 December 1944.

                                    (11) 523rd Reinforcement Company, 4 December 1944 to 17 December 1944.

            The 54th Reinforcement BN began operating as a separate battalion assigned to HQ, GFRC on 17 December 1944. REBN-54

            On 11 February 1945 the 12th Reinforcement Depot, along with many other Reinforcement units, were reorganized from T/O &E 12-46 31 Aug 1943 to T/O & E 12-46 12 October 1944. REBN-54

                As of 26 February 1045 the Headquarters and Hq Detachment of the 12th Reinforcement Depot, and the following attachments were operating in the Com. Zone (in the UK) with distinctive missions to perform, and were no longer allocated to either USSTAF or SHAEF or the Com Zone.571D-103

                            Hq and Hq Det. 52nd Reinforcement Battalion

                                    203rd Reinforcement Company

                                    204th Reinforcement Company

                                    514th Reinforcement Company

                                                371st Reinforcement Company

                        Hq and Hq Det. 65th Reinforcement Battalion

                                    341st Reinforcement Company

                                    343rd Reinforcement Company

                                    513th Reinforcement Company

                                                522nd Reinforcement Company

                        Hq and Hq Det. 99th Reinforcement Battalion

                                    205th Reinforcement Company

                                    342nd Reinforcement Company

                                    369th Reinforcement Company

                                                370th Reinforcement Company

                                    518th Reinforcement Company

                                    519th Reinforcement Company

                        Hq and Hq Det. 101st Reinforcement Battalion

                                    374th Reinforcement Company

                                    375th Reinforcement Company

                                    512th Reinforcement Company

                                Hq and Hq Det. 107th Reinforcement Battalion

                                    506th Reinforcement Company

                                    507th Reinforcement Company

                                    508th Reinforcement Company

                                                516th Reinforcement Company

                                        521st Reinforcement Company

                                    527th Reinforcement Company571D-108

 

 

From March 1945 reports and papers:

            During the Month of March (1945) , the Training Section completed its reorganization with three Regiments and 60 companies, all designed to expedite the training program and fulfil the training mission. In March the Depot completed the conversion of 10401 Trainees. These trainees were forwarded to continental depots in continually improving style. As of the end of March 1945 there were 13661 trainees in the program.

The Depot training staff, at the end of March 1945, consisted of 25 field officers, 432 company officers and 1668 NCO cadremen. These cadre officers and men were gradually developing cohesive and comprehensive training organizations, in addition to developing and adequate training program.   Source: 12th Reinf Depot file from National Archives.

 

April 1945:

                        In a way of standardization of training, the Depot Training Section completed a permanent block schedule, adapted the Fort Benning Subject Schedules to the current program and published required memoranda covering the non-commissioned officer schools, certification of record and familiarization firing, and training completion.

   

                        The following Subject Schedules were developed and published: Orientation and Army Talks, Organization of Infantry, Inspections, Physical Training, Hand to Hand combat, Obstacle Course, Bayonet, Rifle M1 and 03, Carbine, BAR, Light Machine Gun, 60mm Mortar, Hand Grenade, Rocket Launcher, Rifle Grenade, Mines and Booby Traps, Dismounted Drill, Extended Order, Marches and Bivouacs, Infiltration Course, Close Combat Course, Tactical Training of the Individual Soldier, Scouting and Patrolling, Tactics of the Rifle Squad and Platoon, Village Fighting, Assault on a Fortified Position, Military Intelligence Training, Combat Sanitation and First Aid.         

                        The 118th Infantry (1st Battalion) consolidated training aids section and operations warehouse went into efficient operation, the range construction program neared completion and other construction was outlined and arranged for.

             The Depot I and E department was reorganized and additional emphasis placed on plans for post-victory in Europe operation. Orientation boards were erected in each battalion and company area. Officer and non-commissioned officer I and E sections were assigned and began functioning for each battalion. The model Depot Orientation Board attracted considerable attention, particularly at night when the newly installed lights showed the model situation maps to best advantage.

           

                        Troop arrivals during the month of March 1945.

                                    Officers           EM                   Total

                                         292             12,410             12,702

                        Troop departures during the month of March 1945.

                                    Officers           EM                   Total

                                        258               11,172                  11,430

 

            Ranges were continually being improved. Several new ranges were completed including the Durham patrol firing problem range.

                        During the four Saturdays in April, a total of approximately 7500 retrainees participated in an Infantry-Tank-Artillery Demonstration. This problem involved a demonstration platoon of infantry attacking and taking a fortified position, supported by overhead artillery fire and a tank attack. The retrainees observed the problem from a slope, the point from which the demonstration platoon began its attack. Artillery fire for this demonstration was provided each week by the British 4th Royal Artillery Training Regiment, commanded by Colonel J.H. Gibbon, RA. The success of these demonstrations was due in no small measure to the splendid spirit of cooperation of Col. Gibbon.

            Under the direction of the Depot Training Section, battalion parades and reviews were held at least twice weekly with presentation of battle decorations featuring each. The employment of the newly acquired Depot Band, under the Training Section’s direction, aided materially in the presentation of the parades.

            A depot consolidated bakery began full operation at Tidworth during the month providing an adequate amount of baked goods, a feature of the menu very much appreciated by the troops.

            Memorial services for the late President Roosevelt, attended by the entire command, were held at Tidworth Barracks and at the outlying camps on Sunday 15 April 1945.       

 

 

 

 

From the 5 June 1945 monthly report:

            With the cessation of hostilities in the European Theater of Operations, emphasis on military training began to decline in this depot, and emphasis on Indoctrination and Orientation. Athletics and Special Service gradually increased.

            In step with the times, the Depot Training and Security Section swung gradually away from strictly military phases. On the other hand, Indoctrination, Orientation, Education and Athletics stepped further into the limelight.

            A one-week athletic conference for representatives from each regiment, battalion and company in the Depot was conducted during the month under the direction of 1st Lt. William C. Fannin, AUS, Depot Athletic Director.

            A two-day Indoctrination, Education and Orientation conference for all GFRC units in the United Kingdom was held on the post under the direction of Capt. Chester F. Pugh, Inf., Depot I&E Officer. Every unit of this command was also represented at this conference.

            By the end of the month, 59 officers, representing units down to company level, had attended the Army Indoctrination and Education Staff School for the United Kingdom.

            Frequent directives and publications, the increase of hours devoted to the subject, and close supervision from all portions of the Depot Training and Security Section were contributing to the success of the program.

            Military subjects were not being neglected. At the end of the month, the Depot still had approximately 12,000 trainees on hand. Of these, six training companies had not yet completed the basic six-weeks program, twenty training companies were in their first three additional weeks and the remainder entering their second three-weeks additional training period.

            The additional training period emphasized considerable field and tactical firing, individual and group athletics, orientation and discussion groups.

 

From the 30 June 1945 report:

            … this depot ceased to function as an organization handling reinforcements with the transfer of eleven reinforcement battalions and fifty reinforcement companies from this command during the month of June 1945. The end of the month found the cadre personnel readying itself for expected redeployment.

            Detachment “G”, GFRC, was disestablished by ltr, Hq GFRC, dated 18 June 1945. Par. 9, SO 176, this hq, dated 25 June 1945, placed the ordnance personnel formerly in this detachment on DS with this hq.

            The non-T/O band at this deport was shipped to the 19th Reinforcement Depot pursuant to TWX from Hq GFRC, dated 19 June 1945, Cite R1P106.

            The Tidworth Barracks Area (vU-6767) was turned over to the Commanding Officer, 14th Port Tidworth Staging Area, 20 June 1945.

                                                 

From 1 September 1945 report:

            Movement Orders, Shipment 10868, hq USFET (Rear) APO 887, dated 9 August 1945, gave this depot a readiness date for overseas movement on or after 10 August 1945. An Amendment No. 1 to this order issued under date of 14 August 1945, changing the agency responsible for final movement to CG, UK Base. Due to the sudden termination of hostilities in the Pacific, movement under these orders did not take place, and as of the end of August, this unit’s ultimate disposition had not yet been made known.

 

 

The following units were attached to the Depot in 1945:     

 

January 1945

            Cannon Company, 118th Infantry

            507th Medical College Company (Sep) was dropped this month         

March 1945                

Detachment G, GFRC, established at this Depot effective 23 March 1945, per ltr, Hq GFRC, APO 887, dated 22 March 45. (This detachment contains non T/O allotment of AES, Ordinance and CWS personnel for this Depot).

 

            6903rd Ground Force Training Detachment (Prov.) carried as Augmented unattached to Detachment 521 this Depot, and on detached service with this Depot, organized per Confidential letter, Hq, GFRC, APO 887, dated 23 March 45, file 322, Subject: Organization of Ground Force Training Detachments (Prov.). This letter authorizes ordnance equipment consisting of 10 Med Tanks, M4. 

 

            A 28 piece band reported to this Depot in accordance with 1st indorsement, Hq GFRC, APO 887, 22 March 1945, to letter, this hq., dated 17 March 1945, file 322, Subject: Authority to Organize Band.

May 1945

The 6979 GFRC School Battalion (Prov.) was established 6 May 1945.

June 1945       

             The 1st Training Regiment (Prov.), 2nd Training Regiment (Prov.), and 3d Training Regiment (Prov.), were deactivated 16 June 1945 by letter, this hq, dated 16 June 45, file 322, Subject: Deactivation of Provisional Units.

 

The 52nd Reinforcement Battalion, 107th reinforcement Battalion, 506, 507, 508, 518, 512, 513, 514, and 516 Reinforcement Companies, departed for redeployment through the United States on 12 June 45, pursuant to Troop Movement Order no. 76, Hq, GFRC, dated 6 June 45, and pursuant to Movement Order, Shipment 10346, Hq ETOUSA, dated 28 May 45.

 

The 99th Reinforcement Battalion and the 342, 343, 371, 519, 341, and 522 Reinforcement Companies departed for duty with the 10th Reinforcement Depot on 18 June 45 pursuant to Troop Movement Order No. 85, Hq GFRC dated 11 June 45.

 

The 65th Reinforcement Battalion departed for direct redeployment on 22 June 45 pursuant to Trp Movement Order #76, Hq GFRC, 6 June 45, and pursuant to Movement Orders, Shipment R-0818, Hq ETOUSA, dated 24 May 45.

 

The 6902 Reinforcement Battalion (Prov.), and 2918, 2919, 2920, 2921, 2922, and 2923 Reinforcement Companies (Prov.), departed 10 June 45, pursuant to Par. 1, Troop Movement Order No. 80, Hq GFRC, dated 7 June 45, for duty with Army University Center #1, Shrivenham, England.

 

The 6901 Reinforcement Battalion (Prov), and 6905, 6906, 6907, 6908, 6909, and 6915 Reinforcement Companies (Prov) departed 10 June 1945, pursuant to par. 2, Troop Movement Order No. 80, Hq. GFRC, dated 7 June 1945, for duty with Centralized Technical School #1, Tidworth England.

 

The 6903, 6921, 6922, 6923, and 6924 Reinforcement Battalions (Prov.) and 2900, 2901, 2902, 2903, 2904, 2905, 2906, 2907, 2908, 2909, 2910, 2911, 2912, 2913, 2914, 2915, 2916, 2917,6910, 6911, 6912, 6913, 6914, and 6915 Reinforcement Companies (Prov.), were transferred 20 June 1945 to the 14th Port Tidworth Staging Area, Tidworth, England, pursuant to Courier Message, Hq GFRC (REAR), Cite: FR-1553, dated 15 June 45.

July 1945

The 101st Reinforcement Battalion, and the 203, 204, 205, 369, 370, 374, 375, 517, 521, and 527 Reinforcement Companies departed for redeployment through the United States of 11 July 1945, pursuant to Movement Orders, Shipment 10205, Hq, ETOUSA, dated 26 June 1945.

Pursuant to letter, Hq GFRC, Subject 6979th School Bn (Prov), dated 13 July 1945, Hq and Service Company, Communications Platoon, Medical Platoon, and Truck Company of the 6979 School Bn were transferred to 6856 Centralized Technical School Overhead Detachment, Tidworth, England, 16 July 1945. The remainder of the 6979 School Bn was disbanded and personnel shipped to other depos on 16 and 17 July 1945.    

 

Movements by the Depot (based on movements listed for the Hq Company, 12th Reinforcment Depot).

 

            26 to 28 August 1943, move from Camp Sutton, N.C. to Camp Butner, N.C. by motor convoy. There were 2 officers and 209 EM involved in this move.

            Left Camp Butner by rail with 172 EM and 2 officers, on 20 February 1944 for Camp Kilmer, N.J. Arrived Cp Kilmer, N.J. 21 February 1944;

            Left Cp Kilmer, N.J. 2215Q, 12 March 1943, for permanent change of station. Unit arr at NYPOE at 2345, 12 March 1944, Unit boarded ship at 0045Q, 13 March 1944, ship departed NYPOE for overseas station at 0900Q, 13 March 1944.

             Unit arrived at overseas station 21 March 1944, 172 EM and 2 Officers in this movement. Same number of Officers and 167 EM departed 21 March 1944 from port of demarcation for English Camp to billet overnight before proceeding to Castledawson, N.I. Arrived via boat and train at Castledawson 22 March 1944. Left Castlesawson on 13 April 1944 via train and boat for Haddon Hill, Somerset, England with 172 EM and 2 Officers and arrived at destination 14 April 1944.

            Left Haddon Hill (Devon), England on 20 June 1944 for permanent change of station, arrived Camp Chard, Chard (Somerset), England, 20 June 1944. Movement made by truck and 199 EM and 2 Officers made this move in 2 hours and 15 minutes actual moving time.

            Left Chard, England, on 2 September 1944 for permanent change of station. Arrived at Tidworth, England by organic equipment 2 September 1944 with 202 EM and 1 Officer.

            Left Tidworth, England, 28 June 1945 for permanent change of station. Arrived Ogborne St George, England by organic equipment 28 June 1945. The attached Signal Section organized under TO 11-500 moved with company. EM of Det “G”, GFRC, who were relieved from that attachment and placed on DS with this Company also moved.  Strength: 2 Officers, 186 Assigned EM (Signal incl),  12 DS EM

            Hq and Hq Company, 12th Reinforcement Depot moved to Ogbourne St. George, England (vU-6494), 28 June 45, by motor transportation, with a strength of 30 officers, 2 warrant officers, and 198 enlisted men. Source: 12th Reinforcement Depot History file from National Archives.  30 January 1945, 5 April 1945, 5 June 1945, 30 June 1945, 4 July 1945, 1 August 1945,

 

12TH REINFORCEMENT DEPOT

HEADQUARTERS COMPANY

            The 12th Reinforcement Depot was activated on 25 May 1943 at Camp Sutton North Carolina. Authority for activation: War Department Letter AG 320.2 (3-23-32) OB –I*SPOPU – M, dated 27 March 1943. The original cadre was drawn from the New Orleans Port of Embarkation, 9th Replacement Depot. Fillers were drawn from various induction centers. The original designation was Hq and Hq Co., 12th Replacement Depot, with a strength of 2 Officers and 189 enlisted men. The unit was organized under TO & E 20-42 dated 1 April 1942.

            Three Companies were added as follows:

                        C 1, 29 Aug 1942

C 2, 30 Sept 1942

C 3, 30 Jan 1943

            On 14 June 1944 the Signal Section was now authorized for Hq and Hq Co, 12th Reinforcement Depot with 33 EM. Strength of Company now 199 EM and 2 Officers.

            The Depot Headquarters Company was commanded by the following:

Capt. GEORGE H. BECHTEL, Inf., from 25 May 1943 to 3 July 1943.

Capt. GILES G. BATCHELOR, Inf., 3 July 1943 to 3 July 1944.

1st Lt., THOMAS F. CUMMINGS, AUS, 13 July 1944 to 16 November 1944 report date.

Captain THOMAS F. CUMMINGS, AUS, 16 November 1944-30 August 1945.

                        Company Commander Captain Thomas F. Cummings, 01896080, promoted from 1st Lt to                Captain, per par 17, SO 318, Hq, ETOUSA, dated 16 November 1944.

 

The 30 June 1945 report contained the following:

            This company has been housing and messing APU 551, and messing 115th Finance Unit for the last ten (10) months. Both these units have now been released and have remained at Tidworth, England. Redeployment training for this company commenced 21 June 1945 with a regulation training schedule. All EM except four members of the Medical Section fired thirty-six (36) rounds with their basic weapon, carbine M1, 23 June 1945. Malaria control, typhus, and scrub fever lectures and demonstrations nave been given to the entire company. Training is still in progress.

 

The 1 August 1945 report contains the following:

Company redeployment training for this Company has been completed. Training schedule still being adhered to for conditioning purposes. 35 EM are on TD in Paris, France as of the 21 July 1945.

Strength: 2 Officers, 197 Assigned EM (Signal incl),  none DS EM

 

Movements since activation:

            26 to 28 August 1943, move from Camp Sutton, N.C. to Camp Butner, N.C. by motor convoy. There were 2 officers and 209 EM involved in this move.

            Left Camp Butner by rail with 172 EM and 2 officers, on 20 February 1944 for Camp Kilmer, N.J. Arrived Cp Kilmer, N.J. 21 February 1944;

             Left Cp Kilmer, N.J. 2215Q, 12 March 1943, for permanent change of station. Unit arr at NYPOE at 2345, 12 March 1944, Unit boarded ship at 0045Q, 13 March 1944, ship departed NYPOE for overseas station at 0900Q, 13 March 1944. Unit arrived at overseas station 21 March 1944, 172 EM and 2 Officers in this movement. Same number of Officers and 167 EM departed 21 March 1944 from port of demarcation for English Camp to billet overnight before proceeding to Castledawson, N.I.

            Arrived via boat and train at Castledawson 22 March 1944. Left Castlesawson on 13 April 1944 via train and boat for Haddon Hill, Somerset, England with 172 EM and 2 Officers and arrived at destination 14 April 1944.

                        Left Haddon Hill (Devon), England on 20 June 1944 for permanent change of station, arrived Camp Chard, Chard (Somerset), England, 20 June 1944. Movement made by truck and 199 EM and 2 Officers made this move in 2 hours and 15 minutes actual moving time.

            Left Chard, England, on 2 September 1944 for permanent change of station. Arrived at Tidworth, England by organic equipment 2 September 1944 with 202 EM and 1 Officer.

                        Left Tidworth, England, 28 June 1945 for permanent change of station. Arrived Ogborne St George, England by organic equipment 28 June 1945. The attached Signal Section organized under TO 11-500 moved with company. EM of Det “G”, GFRC, who were relieved from that attachment and placed on DS with this Company also moved.  Strength: 2 Officers, 186 Assigned EM (Signal incl),  12 DS EM

 

Source: 12th Reinforcement Depot History file from National Archives. Reports were obtained for 14 June 1944, 30 June 1944, 31 July 1944, 31 August 1944, 30 September 1944, 31 October 1944, 30 November 1944, 31 December 1944, 31 January 1945, 28 February 1945, 31 March 1945, 30 April 1945, 31 May 1945, 30 June 1945,

 

 

 

1st Training Regiment (Provisional)

The 1st Training Regiment was activated 26 February 1945, and deactivated 16 June 1945.

 

The Regiment was commanded by the following:

            Lt. Colonel JOHN G SHETTLE, Infantry, 0243794, 26 February 1945 to 1 May 1945 report.

             Captain WALTER W SEARS, Infantry, was Adjutant signing the 5 April and 1 May 1945 reports.

 

The Regiment was attached to the following organizations:

                 The 1st was one of three training regiments under the 12th Reinforcement Depot.

 

The following units were attached to the 1st Training Regiment for training:

                 6921st Reinforcement Battalion (P) (from 5 April 1945 report)

                                    203rd Reinforcement Company

                                    371st Reinforcement Company

                                    2902nd Reinforcement Company (P)

                                    2904th Reinforcement Company (P) ONLY

                                    2903rd Reinforcement Company (P) attached to another unit 16 March 1945.

                 6922nd Reinforcement Battalion (P) (From 1 May 1945 report)

                                    205th Reinforcement Company

                                    2905th Reinforcement Company

                                    2906th Reinforcement Company (P)

                                    2907th Reinforcement Company (P) ONLY

                                     513th Reinforcement Company attached to the 6924th Reinf. BN 9 April 1945.

 

The 5 April 1945 report contained the following:

                 “The following Training Companies completed training, were processed and shipped during the month of March by this Regiment:

                        T-57                 T-58                 T-61                 T-62                 T-67                 T-72                 T-75                    T-76                 T-78                 T-81                 T-83                 T-84                 T-86             T-89                 T-91                 T-92                 T-94                 T-96                 T-97                 T-99                    T-101               T-102”

                 “Incoming training companies are of approximately 300 strength, and are being assigned one per reinforcement company, within the regiment. This will greatly simplify training and administrative function.”

 

The 1 May 1945 report contained the following:

                 “The following Training Companies have either just completed training, or are still in training in this Regiment.

                        T-127               T-129               T-132               T-133               T-136               T-140               T-146              T-147               T-153               T-154               T-156               T-159               T-160           T-161               T-162               T-178               T-182               T-183

                        T-163”

 

Source: 12th Repl. Depot History file, National Archives. Reports for 5 April and 1 May 1945.

 

 

2nd Training Regiment (Provisional)

The 2nd Training Regiment was activated 26 February 1945 at Tidworth Barrack, Wilts, England, VU6869, and deactivated 16 June 1945.

 

The Regiment was commanded by the following:      

            Colonel CHARLES P. BIXEL, Cav, 1 March-12 April 1945.

            Lt. Colonel WILFRED JACKSON, Infantry, 13 April 1945 to 31 May 1945 report date.

            Captain L. VIVRETTE, Inf., was signing adjutant of 30 April 1945 report.

             2nd Lt. R.K. D’JERF, Inf, was signing adjutant of 31 May 1945 report.

 

The Regiment was attached to the following organizations:

            The 2nd was one of three training regiments under the 12th Reinforcement Depot.

                  

The following units were attached to the 2nd Training Regiment for training:

            From the 31 March 1945, 30 April 1945 and 31 May 1945 reports:

65th Reinforcement Battalion 

            107th Reinforcement Battalion

            6923rd Reinforcement Battalion (P)

            6924th Reinforcement Battalion (P)

            6922nd Reinforcement Battalion was added per the 31 May 1945 report.

 

The 31 March 1945 report contained the following:

                        “Completed its organization, assumed its function of coordinating the separate battalions formerly operating directly under the 12 Reinforcement Depot.

                        Effected a substantial reduction in the AWOL rate.

                        The administrative functions of the regiment have increased considerably during the month as additional duties and responsibilities have been allocated. A regimental Stockade was established to decentralize the training of prisoners and speed their departure to the far shore.

           

The 30 April 1945 report contained the following:

                        “The past period witnessed mainly a smoothing out of scheduling difficulties, the scheduling by regiment of its own ranges and an improvement in kind and quantity of training aids.

                        Tactical areas were assigned for particular periods of tactics so that each area could conform to the problems to be run. The acquiring of additional areas allowed larger space to be assigned each company.

                        The depot ranges were divided between regiments, allowing the regimental scheduling section more leeway in allotting ranges and making the assignment of ranges for makeup training much simpler.

                        The regimental training aid section started the automatic allotment and distribution of weapons and some training aids, simplifying the work of the companies and battalion committees. New training aids were made and acquired, necessitating the use of an additional building for storage.

 

The 31 May 1945 report contained the following:

                        “The past period, particularly since VE Day, 8 May 1945 has seen the beginning of redeployment of units in this regiment. Two Battalions, the 65th and the 107th Reinforcement Battalions, plus five companies have been alerted for movement and are no longer effective parts of this regiment.

                        The 6922nd Reinforcement Battalion (P) Hq was attached to this regiment and is operating with six companies.

                  

 Source: 12th Reinforcement Depot History file from the National Archives. Reports for 31 March 1945, 30 April 1945 and 31 May 1945 were obtained.

 

 

3rd Training Regiment (Provisional)

 

 The 3rd Training Regiment was activated 26 February 1945 at Tilshead, Wilts, England, site 1. The regiment was organized under Chart No 2, letter, Hq, GFRC, subject: Training Center, dated 12 February 1945. It was deactivated 16 June 1945.

 

The Regiment was commanded by the following:      

            Lt. Colonel BENJAMIN WEISBERG, 0330553, FA, 25-26 February 1945.

            Colonel RUSSELL F. WALTHOUR 07158 Inf., 27 February to 22 March 1945.

            Lt. Colonel JAMES N. LUTON, 0223344, Inf., 23 March to 11 April 1945.

            Lt. Colonel ORVIS D. MATHEWS, 0204029, Inf., 12 April to 15 May 1945.

            Lt. Colonel WILLIAM A. BIRD, 0280648, Cav, 16-28 May 1945.

            Lt. Colonel VAUGHN M. JAMGOCHIAN, 0224475, Inf., 29 May to 31 May 1945 report.

 

The Regiment was attached to the 12th Reinforcement Depot.

            The 3rd was one of three training regiments under the 12th Reinforcement Depot.

                  

The following units were attached to the 3rd Training Regiment for training:

             6901st Reinforcement Battalion (Prov), 25 February to 31 May 1945 report date.

                        6905th Reinforcement Company (P) from 25 February to 31 May 1945 report.

                        6906th Reinforcement Company (P) from 25 February to 31 May 1945 report.

6907th Reinforcement Company (P) from 25 February to 31 May 1945 report.

6908th Reinforcement Company (P) from 25 February to 31 May 1945 report.

6909th Reinforcement Company (P) from 25 February to 31 May 1945 report.

6915th Reinforcement Company (P) from 25 February to 31 May 1945 report.

            6902nd Reinforcement Battalion (Prov), 25 February to 31 May 1945 report date.

2919th Reinforcement Company (P) from 25 February to 31 May 1945 report.

2920th Reinforcement Company (P) from 25 February to 31 May 1945 report.

2921st Reinforcement Company (P) from 25 February to 31 May 1945 report.

2923rd Reinforcement Company (P) from 25 February to 31 May 1945 report.

2918th Reinforcement Company (P) from 16 March to 31 May 1945 report.

              6903rd Reinforcement Battalion, (Prov) 25 February to 31 May 1945 report date.

                        6910th Reinforcement Company (P) from 25 February to 31 May 1945 report.

                        6911th Reinforcement Company (P) from 25 February to 31 May 1945 report.

                        6912th Reinforcement Company (P) from 25 February to 31 May 1945 report.

                        6913th Reinforcement Company (P) from 25 February to 31 May 1945 report.

                        6914th Reinforcement Company (P) from 25 February to 31 May 1945 report.

                        6916th Reinforcement Company (P) from 25 February to 15 May 1945.

            101st Reinforcement Battalion from 25 February 1945 to 31 May 1945 report date.

                        374th Reinforcement Company from 25 February to 31 May 1945 report.

                        375th Reinforcement Company from 25 February to 31 May 1945 report.

512th Reinforcement Company from 25 February to 25 May 1945.

2922nd Reinforcement Company (P) from 25 February to 31 May 1945 report.

2903rd Reinforcement Company (P) from 16 March to 31 May 1945 report.

 

 

The 31 March 1945 report contained the following:

                        “This regiment is split into two camps. The 6901st and 6903rd Battalions are located at Tilshead, Sites not 3 and 2 respectively, while the 6902nd and 101st Battalions are located at Ogbourne-St. George a distance of 26 miles from the Tilshead Camp. This creates a delay in submission of reports, correspondence and other administrative papers that may be required by this headquarters. At present a courier system is being used.

                        A regimental stockade was established and erected by this regiment at Tilshead, Site No. 1, during the past month and is in full operation.

                        Two T-Companies completed one cycle of training, and men shipped during the past month.

                        The Tilshead Camp had no recreational facilities for enlisted men stationed there and during the month the American Red Cross was contacted, building furnished and a Red Cross Service Club put into operation.”

             

 

 

The 30 April 1945 report contained the following:

                        “A program of neatness and beautification of the camp site and buildings started during the past month with the employment of German POW’s. Unsightly holes filled, new sod layed, concrete-slab walks were put down around the headquarters building, a new flag pole erected and painting of the headquarters building now in progress.

                        The construction of two new hand grenade ranges completed during this past month and construction of a new village fighting course started which is expected to be completed early this month.

                        Ten T-Companies completed the training, processed and shipped to the far shore during the month.”          

                  

The 31 May 1945 report contained the following:

                        “The program on beautification of the camp sites and buildings which was started last month is continuing. The appearance of the entire camp and buildings have been improved considerably thru this program.

                        The village fighting course which was started last month completed and in full operation.

                        Eight T-Companies completed training and left this station during the past month.

                        V.E. Day was observed by everyone on 7th and 8th, passes were granted to all personnel who desired them, and many took the opportunity of the two-day holiday.

            Memorial Day observed by this organization on 30 May and appropriate band and flag raising and church services, both at Tilshead and Ogbourne-St. George camps.”

                  

 Source: 12th Reinforcement Depot History file from the National Archives. Reports for 31 March 1945, 30 April 1945 and 31 May 1945 were obtained.

 

 

 

50th Reinforcement Battalion

The following is a compilation of information drawn from monthly reports submitted to GFRC in 1943. The reports were obtained from the National Archives file for the 54th Reinforcement Battalion.

The 50th Reinforcement Battalion was activated at Camp Sutton, North Carolina, as part of the 12th Reinforcement Depot

The 50th Reinforcement Battalion was commanded by the following:

                       

 The following units were attached to the 50th Reinforcement Battalion:

Company “A” from 23 May 1943, changed to 197th Reinforcement Company 21 October 1943.  

Company “B” from 23 May 1943, changed to 198th Reinforcement Company 21 October 1943.  

Company “C” from 23 May 1943, changed to 199th Reinforcement Company 21 October 1943.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Locations for the 50th Reinforcement Battalion found in he Administrative History Collection, Historical Section, ETOUSA, Ground Forces Reinforcement Command, Chapter 3 and 4. From Fold3.com, 571D, pg 92, found Oct. 9, 2012.

            Omaha Beach, France                          21 September 1944 to 24 October 1944

            Formigny, France                                 25 October 1944 to 2 November 1944

            Bleville, France                                                3 November 1944 to 23 December 1944

            Etampes, France                                  24 December 1944 to 3 April 1945

            Charleville, France                               4 April 1945 to 18 April 1945

            Verviers, Belgium                                19 April 1945

    

Hq and Hq Det, 50th Repl Bn along with the 197th 198th ,199th and 229th Replacement Companies were assigned to the 15th Replacement Depot of 2 December 1944, per Troop Assignment no. 31, HQ GFRS, ETO, 2 Dec. 1944.

 

 51st Reinforcement Battalion

The following is a compilation of information drawn from monthly reports submitted to GFRC in 1943. The reports were obtained from the National Archives file for the 54th Reinforcement Battalion.

The 51st Reinforcement Battalion was activated at Camp Sutton, North Carolina, as part of the 12th Reinforcement Depot.

The 51st Reinforcement Battalion was commanded by the following:

 

According to planning records, the 51st BN was to be attached to the 3rd Replacement Depot on D-Day plus 31 or 32.571d-7

                       

 The following units were attached to the 51st Reinforcement Battalion:

Company “A” from 23 May 1943, changed to 200th Reinforcement Company 21 October 1943.  

Company “B” from 23 May 1943, changed to 201st Reinforcement Company 21 October 1943.  

Company “C” from 23 May 1943, changed to 202nd Reinforcement Company 21 October 1943.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

The following locations were recorded for the 51st Reinforcement Battalion:

            St. Germain, France                             8 July 1944 to 9 July 1944

            Fontenay, France                                 10 July 1944 to 5 Sept 1944

            La Chapelle, France                             6 Sept 1944 to 6 Sept 1944

            St. Fray, France                                                7 Sept 1944 to 18 Nov 1944

            Fleury en Biere, France                                    19 Nov 1944 to 5 Dec 1944

            Neufchateau, France                            6 Dec 1944 to 18 Jan 1945

            Charleville, France                               19 Jan 1945 to 24 April 1945

            Verviers, Belgium                                25 April 1945571D-92

 

The 51st Replacement Battalion, along with the 200th, 201st, 202nd, 304, and Detachment #51 relieved from the 3rd Replacement Depot and assigned to the 14th Replacement Depot on 3 September 1944.571D-65

 

As of 24 September 1944 The 51st Repl Battalion was in La Bozoge, France, with the 14th Replacement Depot.571D-72

 

52nd Reinforcement Battalion

            The following is a compilation of information drawn from monthly reports submitted to GFRC in 1945. The reports were obtained from the 12th Reinforcement Depot History file at the National Archives. Reports were obtained for 1 April 1945, 31 May 1945,

            The 52nd Reinforcement Battalion was activated at Camp Sutton, North Carolina as part of the 12th Reinforcement Depot.

            The 52nd Reinforcement Battalion was commanded by the following:

            Major MAURICE G CLIFT, Inf, from 22 February 1945 to 5 March 1945.

            Lt. Col JEAN M GRAY, Infantry, from 5 March 1945 to 31 May 1945.

           

            The 52nd Reinforcement BN was attached to the 1st Training Regiment (prov) form 26 February 1945 to 1 April 1945 (per 1 April 45 report). The Battalion was not attached to another organization during the month of May 1945.

            The following units were attached to the 52nd Reinforcement Battalion:

            The following is a compilation of information drawn from monthly reports submitted to GFRC in 1945. The reports were obtained from the National Archives file for the 54th Reinforcement Battalion.

            The 52nd Reinforcement Battalion was activated at Camp Sutton, North Carolina.

            The 50th Reinforcement Battalion was commanded by the following: ?

 

            The following units were attached to the 52nd Reinforcement Battalion:

Company “A” from 23 May 1943, changed to 203rd Reinforcement Company 21 October 1943.  

Company “B” from 23 May 1943, changed to 204th Reinforcement Company 21 October 1943.  

Company “C” from 23 May 1943, changed to 205th Reinforcement Company 21 October 1943.  

513th Reinforcement Company – relieved from attachment to 6924 Reinf Bn and attached to the 52nd Reinf. BN 25 May 1945.

512th Reinf. Co. relieved from 101st  Reinf. Bn and attached to 52nd 26 May 1945.

518th Reinf. Co. relieved from 99th Reinf. Bn and attached to 52nd 26 May 1945.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

            On 26 February the battalion received the 2900th and 2901st Provisional Reinforcement Companies. These companies received their first reinforcements for infantry retraining on or about 13 March 1945. Cadre for these provisional units was drawn from limited assignment personnel of the 12th Reinforcement Depot, and are attached unassigned to Detachment 521, GFRC and are on detached service with their respective companies.

            Records show that on 26 February the 52nd Reinforcement Battalion, along with the 203rd, 204th, 514th, 517th and 371st Reinforcement Companies were operating in the Com Zone but were not allocated to USSTAF, SHAEF or Com Z, and had a distinctive mission to perform as part of the 12th Reinforcement Depot.571D-107

            During the month of March approximately 1413 enlisted men completed the Infantry Retraining Program and were processed by the 52nd Reinforcement Battalion for shipment to the far shore. Two Free Reinforcement “Critical Specialist” Companies totaling 329 men were also processed by this battalion for shipment to the far shore. As of filing of the 1 April report the battalion was giving infantry retraining to approximately 1100 enlisted men, who would later be forwarded to the continent.

            The 514th Reinforcement Company received their first reinforcements for infantry retraining on 21 March 1945. During a two-month period the enlisted cadre personnel augmented the Battalion in the Special Services Section, The Utilities section and operated the Battalion Stockade.

            During April 1945 the battalion processed and forwarded to the far shore two Critical-Specialist Reinforcement Companies, totaling 8 officers and 327 enlisted men. The battalion also processed and forwarded two Infantry Retrained Reinforcement Companies, consisting of 8 officers and 512 enlisted men.  Four new training groups of approximately 300 men each began Infantry retraining instructions.

            On 21 April 1945 Captain EMMANUEL P FRIEDMAN 01895571, of Hq and Hq Detachment, was placed on temporary duty with US Group Control Commission (Main) APO 42, US Army, for probable assignment. Captain Friedman was one of the original cadre Officers of the organization, joining the Battalion on 24 May 1943. During his tour of service with the battalion, Captain Friedman served in the various capacities of Supply Officer, Commanding Officer of Headquarters Detachment, and later when the organization began the large scale handling of troops, he was appointed Troop Movement Officer. Since 9 March 1945 Captain Freidman has served in the capacity of Information and Education Officer for the Battalion. Capable and willing to perform any duty which he was called upon to do, the work of Captain Friedman was highly commendable during his entire period of service with the organization.”

            At a battalion retreat parade held 6 April 1945, Captain ROY L FARMER, Commanding Officer of the 204th Reinforcement Company, was awarded the Silver Star Med by Brigadier General OWEN D SUMMERS, Commanding General of the 12th Reinforcement Depot. Captain Farmer was awarded the medal for heroic conduct while a member of the 95th Infantry Division.

            The Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 52nd Reinforcement Battalion departed Tidworth Barracks, 1600 hours on 24 May 1945, and traveled to Pennings Camp VU 6770, Wilts, by motor convoy. The arrived by 1615 hours with 8 officers and 24 enlisted men. Movement per letter, Hq, 12th Reinforcement Depot, Subject: Unit Attachment Orders.

            During the month of May 1945 all training companies attached to the 52nd Reinforcement Battalion entered the final stages of reconversion training.

            On 26 May 1945, the 204th, 517th, 2900 (prov) and the 2901st (prov) reinforcement Companies were relieved from attachment to the 52nd Reinforcement BN and attached to the 6921st Reinforcement BN (prov) per letter, Orders, 12th Reinforcement Battalion, subject: Unit attachment orders, dated 24 May 1945. The 204th had been attached to the Battalion since inception and was activated at Camp Sutton North Carolina on 25 May 1943. The 517th Reinforcement Company was attached to the battalion 6 October 1944.

            Headquarters and headquarters Detachment, 52nd Reinforcement BN with four attached companies (512th, 513th, 514th and 518th Reinforcement Co’s) were alerted for overseas movement 25 May 1945. The battalion with its attached companies moved from Tidworth Barracks to the 12th Reinforcement Depot Transient Area (Camp Pennings) to prepare for the movement.

            Three enlisted men of the battalion whose Adjusted Service Rating Scores were above 85, and who were eligible for discharge, volunteered to remain in the army for service in another theater of operations (per 31 May 1945 report).

            The 52nd Reinforcement Battalion, 107th reinforcement Battalion, 506, 507, 508, 518, 512, 513, 514, and 516 Reinforcement Companies, departed for redeployment through the United States on 12 June 45, pursuant to Trp Movement Order no. 76, Hq, GFRC, dated 6 June 45, and pursuant to Movement Order, Shipment 10346, Hq ETOUSA, dated 28 May 45.REBN-54

 

 

 

53rd Reinforcement Battalion

The following is a compilation of information drawn from monthly reports submitted to GFRC in 1943. The reports were obtained from the National Archives file for the 54th Reinforcement Battalion.

The 53rd Reinforcement Battalion was activated at Camp Sutton, North Carolina as part of the 12th Reinforcement Depot.

The 53rd Reinforcement Battalion was commanded by the following:

 

The 53rd Reinforcement Battalion was to be attached to the 3rd Army by D-Day plus 30, according to planning records.571d-7

             

 The following units were attached to the 53rd Reinforcement Battalion:

 Company “A” from 23 May 1943, changed to 206th Reinforcement Company 21 October 1943.  

Company “B” from 23 May 1943, changed to 207th Reinforcement Company 21 October 1943.  

Company “C” from 23 May 1943, changed to 208th Reinforcement Company 21 October 1943. 

 

 

Locations for the 52nd Reinforcement Battalion found in the Administrative History Collection, Historical Section, ETOUSA, Ground Forces Reinforcement Command, Chapter 3 and 4. From Fold3.com, 571D, pg 92, found Oct. 9, 2012.

 

            Banneville, sur Mer, France                 13 July 1944 to 30 July 1944

            Saint Eny                                             31 July 1944 to 10 August 1944

            Fougeres, France                                  11 August 1944 to 29 August 1944

            Fontainebleau, France                          30 August 1944 to 5 Sept 1945

            Auve, France                                       6 Sept 1944 to 14 Sept 1944

            Harville, France                                               15 Sept 1944 to 9 Oct 1944

            Conflans, France                                 10 Oct 1944 to 16 Dec 1944

            Bockange, France                                17 Dec 1944 to 10 Jan 1945

            Metz, France                                        17 Jan 1945 to 24 March 1945

            Baumholder, France                            25 march 1945 to 3 April 1945

            Freidberg, Germany                             4 April 1945 to 8 April 1945

            Eschenstruth, Germany                                    9 April 1945 to 12 April 1945

            Gotha, Germany                                  13 April 1945 to 18 April 1945

            Bamberg, Germany                              19 April 1945

 

54th Reinforcement Battalion

            The following is a summary compilation of information drawn from monthly reports submitted to GFRC I between 1943 and 1945. The reports were obtained from the 12th Reinforcement Depot History, and the 54th Reinforcement Battalion history files at the National Archives.  A separate, detailed history of the 54th Reinforcement Battalion is also being researched.

 The 54th Reinforcement BN was activated 25 May 1943 at Camp Sutton, North Carolina, which is located about one mile from Monroe, North Carolina, in compliance with General Orders No. 11, Headquarters, Camp Sutton, North Carolina, dated 13 April 1943. Activation based on War Department letter, file AG 320.2 (3-23-43) OB-I-SPOPU-M, subject, “Constitution and Activation of Reinforcement Units in May, 1943,” dated 27 March 1943, and letter, Headquarters, Fourth Service Command, file AG 320.2 Camp Sutton, subject, “Constitution and Activation of Reinforcement Units in May, 1943,” dated 9 April 1943.

The Battalion was authorized under T/O & E 20-45, (1 April 1943 version).

The 54th Reinforcement Battalion was commanded by the following:

            John R. Tindall, 0188045, Lt. Col., Infantry, 25 May to 5 April 44 report.

            Gerald C. Simpson, Major, Infantry, 24-28 June 1943 during Tindall absence.

            Roy M. Butler, Major, Infantry, 12019 September 1943 and 25-29 November 1943 during Tindall absences.

            Raynald B. Englebeck, Lt. Col., Cav., 7 April 1944 to 20 September 1944.

            Henry A Keipe, 0221163, Major, Inf., 20 September 1944 to 7 March 1945.

            Gustav M. Bacharach, Lt. Col. Inf., 8 March 1945 to 15 July 1945.

            Leroy S. Young, Major, Coast Artillery Corps, 16 July 1945 to 4 November 1945.

 

The Battalion had the following officers:

             The following list is a consolidation of various sources. A majority of this information was compiled by Delbert Williamson during his time as Battalion Historian with the 54th. It is no exaggeration to say that this project would not have succeeded without the unit history that Lot Williamson put together. My information on the Battalion becomes much less detailed after he was transferred out of the 54th.  If Mr. Williamson or his descendants see this, THANK YOU.

            These entries are incomplete.  The last date I have listed is not necessarily the last time the office was part of the Battalion. There are major gaps in the records obtained to this point.

 Adams, first name unknown. Chaplain in France.  Information from Frank Baker.

Chaplain Adams driving a stake in the Chapel. Frank Baker collection

Chaplains Baines and Adams at Chapel tent entrance. Baker collection

Barnett, James R. Jr. Captain, Chaplain, 0508062. SD from 9th Repl Depot on 21 Feb 1944 as BN Chaplain. Promoted to Captain 1 June 1944. On 12 August 1944 released from attached (?) and assigned. 19 August 1944 transferred (?)

 Berblinger, Willis B. 1st Lt, Cav. 01032126. Assigned to Hq from Casual on 10 March 1944. Personnel Officer 14 March 1944. Reld Asst Adj assigned Asst Classification Officer 11 April 1944. Reld Asst Class O, assigned Unit O, non-t 15 April 1944. On 29 May 1944 DS 94th Repl BN. 31 May 1944 released as CL “A” Finance Officer, reld add duty Spec Serv Officer. On 4 July 1944 reld DS re DY. 14 July 1944 transferred. No further information.

 Bing, Roland E. Jr. 2nd Lt, AUS, 01845952.  Was attached, unassigned to Co. A on 9 June 1943 from OCS#1, AAS, Fargo ND.  Assigned to Co. A, 19 June 1943. On 29 June transferred RC Ft Benning, Ba. 15 July 1943, O rescind SD only, never assigned. No further information.

 Binger, Albert E. 2nd Lt, AUS, 01895561. Trained at OCS#2, Grinnell, Iowa. Listed as Company C Platoon Commander in May 1943. 2 July 1943, transferred to QM Replacement Pool, Charlotte, NC. No further information.

 Boyer, Walter B. 2nd Lt, Ord. 01557618. Joined Battalion of 4 December 1944 from OORP, Ord School, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md. Adgd dy BN Trans Officer. 24 Jan 44 transferred to 211th Repl Co. 23 Jan 44 DS 9th Repl Depot. Reld from DS 18 Feb 44. 10 Apr 44 Apt Invest Officer, reld 22 Apr 44. 24 Apr 44 reld assignment 210th repl Co. assigned Hq Det, 54th Repl BN, asgd dy as Trans Officer. 25 Apr 44 Assigned additional duty, Utilities Officer.  July 44 Hq Trans Officer. 27 July 1944 Supernary Voting Officer. 

The followoing information was added from a 13 April 44 quarterly report from the 210th Repl Co.  28 March 44, Jd fr 211 Repl Co -Plt Comdr - Mess O, Railroad Camp.

 Butler, Roy M. Major, Infantry, 0315519. Trained at IRTC, Camp Croft, SC. Originally assigned to HQ as BN XO May 1943. On 28 Sept 1943 SD Hq Co, 12th Repl BN. Released from SD, 12th Repl BN on 24 November 1943, assumed command 54th Repl BN. Jan 44 BN XO. 1 Mar 44 on DS 94th Repl BN. Transferred to 94th Repl BN in April 44.  No further information.

 Cawthon, John A. 2nd Lt, AUS 01845960. Trained at OCS#1, AAS, Fargo ND. Assigned unattached to Co B on 9 June 1943. Assigned on 19 June 1943. 15 July 1943, O rescind SD only. 29 July 1943, released from SD.  No further information.

 Chapman, Willard K. 1st Lt, Inf, 01285895. Trained at IRTC, Camp Wheeler, GA. Co A Commander, May 1943. Listed as Co A Cmdr September 1943. Promoted to Captain on 25 September 1943. Jan 44 209th CO. 6 April 44 transferred to 71st Repl BN (209th Repl Co).  No further information.

Cummings, Thomas F. 2nd Lt, AUS 01895707. Trained at OCS#2, AAS, Grinnell Iowa. Listed as Hq, BN Supply Officer, May 1943. Transferred to 12 Repl Depot on 5 June 1943. On 15 July 1943 O rescind SD 12th Repl Depot.  Again transferred to 12th Repl Depot on 11 August 1943. No further information.

Dean, Russell, W. 1st LT. 01291434. Listed on the 8 October quarterly report. 5 September 44, assigned and joined from Hq, 1st Provisional Replacement Battalion as Executive Officer. On 20 September 44 Transferred to Det. 101 GFRS APO 551.

Eicks, Clement,S. Captain, Inf, 0452032. Trained at Infantry School, Ft Benning Ga. Listed as BN Adj, CO of Hq Det, May 1943. 1 June 1943, reld CO Hq Det. 13 June 1943, Reld Adj, assigned Asst P&T Officer. 28 Sept 1943, Transferred to IRP, IRTC Camp Croft, SC.  No further information.


Engelbeck, Ranald B. Lt Col. Cav. 0221966. Joined from Hq GFRC 6 April 44 (replaced Tindall). Assumed command of Bn of 8 April 44.  Listed as BN com officer Jul 44. Transferred 19 Sept 44.

 

 Ranald B. Engelbeck, 0221966, Cavalry, who assumed command of the 54th Replacement Battalion on 8 April 1944, was born on 6 August 1904. He was appointed a Second Lieutenant, Field Artillery Reserve, on 10 August 1925 and since that time has had the following promotions: First Lieutenant, Cavalry Reserve (based on Federal recognition), 28 July 1928; Captain, Cavalry (based on Federal recognition), 13 November 1928; appointed Captain, Cavalry, National Guard of the United States, 4 April 1934. Federally recognized as Major, Cavalry, Iowa National Guard, 1 November 1938; appointed Major, Cavalry, National Guard of the United States, 3 December 1938; promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, Cavalry, 12 August 1942. Colonel Engelbeck entered on active duty pursuant to order or the President, dated 27 December 1940.

Prior to his assignment as Commanding Officer, 54th Replacement Battalion, Colonel Engelbeck has served as the Commanding Officer, 2nd Squadron, 113th Cavalry (H –Mecz); and Instructor, Department of Tactics, Cavalry School; Commanding Officer, 3rhd Reconnaissance Squadron Mechanized (later redesignated as the 38th Reconnaissance Squadron Mechanized). Colonel Engelbeck has also served brief tours of duty with Headquarters, 2nd Cavalry Group; and Headquarters, Ground Force Replacement System.

 Notes from Ranald Engelbeck’s son Ronnie:

Ranald Engelbeck was a National Guard Cavalry officer from Iowa.  He went overseas in October or November of 1943 as commander of the 3rd Reconnaissance Squadron from Camp Maxie, near Paris, Texas.  That unit saw action in Normandy with many buried at Ste-Mere-Eglice off Utah Beach.

Ronnie Engelbeck (son) wrote that, “I was eleven at the time and recall that Dad was assigned to a replacement battalion in the summer of 1944.  However, I thought it was after the invasion.  He had participated in the planning for the invasion in early 1944 and that may be where they sent him until September 1944.”  He also wrote that, “The final months of the war Dad spent in Paris as Commander of an MP Unit.  I understood that it was composed of combat veterans, in order to have some stature in order to control our combat veterans in the city on R&R.”

 Erdman, George B. 2nd Lt, Inf, 01316395. IRTC, Camp Wheeler, GA. Listed as BN Mess Officer May 1943. On 6 June 1943, SD Mess O 12 Repl Depot. 1 July 1943, transferred to Co A. On 4 September 1943 transferred to Co B and assumed command. Promoted to 1st Lt on 23 October 1943. Listed as 210th Co in Jan 44.  7 Feb 44 Plt Ldr from CO. 18 March 44 transferred Det of Ptnts (?) 298 Gen Hospital. 15 April 44, Joined Bn from 10th Repl Depot, assigned Plt Ldr, 210th Repl Co. Abby Park.  Listed on Detached Service on 1 May 44 to 10th Repl Depot.

The following information was found in the 210th Repl Co. Unit report dated 13 April 1944. 19 jan 1944 CO. 22 Jan 44 to 160 Sta Hosp.  7 Feb 44 Hosp to CO Abby Park. 21 Feb 44 to 160 Sta Hosp. 18 March 44 Trfd to Det of Ptnts 298 Gen Hospital.

Also from 13 April 44 210th Repl Co report:

     "George B. Erdman, First Lt, Infantry, 01316395, was Commanding Officer of the 210th Replacement Company when it arrived in the United Kingdom, having assumed command of the company of 4 Sept 1943, relieving Second Lt. Alton U. Robinson, Infantry, who had commanded the Company (then Co B), since its activation. Lt Erdman had been assigned to Headquarters and to Co A of the Battalion prior to the time he joined Company B.

     Lt Erdman was born 16 Jan 1903. He has had an extensive military background, having served with the United States Marine Corps from 26 August to 25 August 1922 and from 26 April 1923 to 17 May 1927, and with the Marine Corps Reserve from 18 May 1927 to 17 May 1931. He was inducted into the army of the United States on 18 June 1942 and was commissioned a 2nd Lt, Infantry, 1 April 1943, following graduation from Infantry Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning, Georgia. He was promoted to 1st Lt on 23 October 1943.

     Following a period of hospitalization, Lt Erdman was transferred to the Detachment of Patients, 298th General Hospital, on or about 18 March 1944."

Additional information from 8 October 1944 report.  After the 298th "he was then reassigned and joined from the 10th Replacement Depot to this Company on 14 April 1944. Appointed Camp Commander of Abby Park Camp. On 1 May 1944, he went on Detached service to 10th Replacement Depot, APO 874. On 24 May 1944 he was transferred to Casual Detachment 56, 15th Replacement Battalion."

 Fine, Louis L. 2nd Lt, AUS 01895774. OCS#2, AAS, Grinnell Iowa. Co A Commander May 1943. Listed as A Co Platoon Commander September 1943, 11 October 1943 transferred to Battalion Headquarters as Battalion Transportation Officer. 23 November 1943, Commanding Officer of headquarters Detachment. On 6 December 1943 promoted to 1st Lt. On 9 December transferred to 211 Replacement Company. Listed in January 1944 as Platoon Commanding Officer 211th. 24 Jan 44 transferred to HQ as Trans Officer.  24 April 44 released from assignment Hq, assigned 210th Repl Co, primary duty, Platoon Ldr and Mess Officer of Railroad Camp, also Supply Officer. Listed as Commanding Officer on 23 June 1944. 29 July 44 appointed Post Exch Officer, Special Services Officer,  Cl A aft Officer. 31 July 44 transferred to BN Hq Unit Officer, Non-T. 11 Aug 44 released Cl A agt Officer, appointed Alt Cl A aft O. 18 Aug 44 released BN Special Services Officer. 15 Sept 44 appointed BN Special Services Officer.  No further information.

 Gosch, George, Jr. Capt. Cav. 0297981. 1 Mar 44 DS from 94th Repl Bn, assigned dy Ex Officer. 17 April 44 released from add duty as Operations Officer. 1 May 44 DS 10th Repl Depot. 9 May 44 released add duty as Summary Court. 6 July 44 released DS returned to duty.  22 July 44 transferred.

Graham, Frank K. 2nd Lt, Cav, 01023082. 13 Mar 44 assigned to 210th from Casual, Plat Co.  Listed on 210th Repl Co report as Plt Comdr and Mess O, Abbey Park. Release as Supply Officer on 25 April. 1 May 44 listed as Commanding Officer of Abby Camp. In June (day not listed) Released from CO Abby Camp. 23 June listed as Supply Officer, Plt Commander and Mess Officer of Abby Camp. In July 1944 he is listed as Supply Officer and Platoon Commander.

 Hart, Ira W. Capt. AUS 01895711. OCS#2, AAS, Grinnell Iowa. Listed as C Co Platoon Commander May 1943. Listed as C Co Platoon Commander Sept 1943. Promoted to 1st Lt on 10 December 1943. 29 Jan 44 transferred to CO 210th Repl Co.

Capt Ira Hart, 210th Repl Co. Cmdr, Septemes France. Baker collection.

     The following information was added from a 13 April 44 quarterly report of the 201th Repl Co. 2 Feb 44 joined from 211 Repl Co- assumed command of Co and of Railroad Camp. He is listed as Commanding Officer of Company and Railroad Camp  in April 44.

     Also from the same 13 April 44 report of the 210th Repl BN: "Ira W. Hart, 1st Lt, Army of the United States, 01895711, was transferred to, and assumed command of, the 210th Repl Co on 2 Feb 1944, from the 211th Repl Co (formerly Company C 54th Replacement Battalion), with which he had served with since being graduated from Officer Candidate School No. 2, Army Administration Schools, Grinnell Iowa, on 12 May 1943.

     Lt. Hart was a former Regular Army enlisted man, having served form 11 June 1931 to 10 June 1934. He again entered service on 13 January 1942 and was serving as a Master Sergeant with the 7th Air Force when he was selected to attend Officer Candidate School. He has seen service in the Hawaiian Department and at Midway, as well as in the United States and in England, and, as a civilian, witnessed the bombing of Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. He was born in Colfax, Washington, 26 August 1907."    

On the 8 October quarterly report for the 210th Repl Co. Hart is listed as Captain and commanding officer for the 210th. No date of promotion given.      

 Helterbran, David J. 1st Lt, AGD, 01895630. Joined Bn 1 June 44 from 183rd Repl Co. Assigned duty Asst Adj, promoted to 1st Lt, assigned add duty as Spec Serv Officer. 10 June 44 assigned add dty as Bond and Insurance, assigned add dy as Bn Postal O. 29 July 44 released add dy as Bn Spec Serv Officer.

Horvath, Steven, J. 2nd Lt. 01182862 Listed on the 8 October quarterly report. 31 July, Asgd not yet joined from Hq 54th Repl BN. Detached Service with Provisional Co. "C" 10th Repl Depot, APO 874.  On 28 August transferred to Casual Det. #56, 15th Repl BN effective 24 may 44.

 Jeunelot, Charles E. 2nd Lt, AUS 01895630. OCS#2, AAS, Grinnell Iowa. Listed as B Co Commander in May 1943. Listed as BN Supply Officer in June and September 1943. Promoted to 1st Lt on 14 December 1943.

 Keipe, Henry A. Major, Inf 0221163. Assumed command of this Battalion of 20 September 1944 was born 30 July 1902.  He has served a period of three years in the Wisconsin National Guard (1922-1925) as Enlisted Man. Upon his graduation from Ripon College, Wisconsin, he was commissioned a 2nd Lt in the Officer’s Reserve Corps on 30 July 1925.  During 1928 Major Keipe served a tour of four weeks duty at the second Lieutenant’s School at Fort Sheridan, Ill.  During this same year, he was promoted to permanent grade of 1st Lt. In the Officer’s Reserve Corps. As a 1st Lt. Major Keipe was on duty with Headquarters Company, 6th Infantry during 1930. In 1935 Major Keipe was promoted to permanent grade of Captain in the Officer’s Reserve Corps and served another tour of duty as company commander of Company “A”, 2nd Infantry. From 1936 to 1939 inclusive, Major Keipe was a company commander at a CMTC camp. During the Wisconsin Maneuvers of 1940, he served as Executive Officer of the 2nd Battalion, 128th Infantry, Wisconsin National Guard. Major Keipe was called to active duty 10 January 1941 pursuant to order of the President and at the same time was promoted to permanent grade of Major in the Officer’s Reserve Corps.

Following his call to active duty, Major Keipe served as a Battalion Commander at the Reception Center, Camp Grant, Illinois. Subsequent to this assignment, tours of duty have been served my Major Keipe as Executive Officer of the 611th Tank Destroyer Battalion and Commanding Officer of the 649th Tank Destroyer Battalion (Colored), as well as assistant to the Chief of Staff XVI Corps.

Prior to his assignment as Commanding Officer of this Battalion, Major Keipe served as Camp Commander of Camp #17, 9th Replacement Depot, and Executive Officer of his present command. During his military career, Major Keipe has attended the following schools: the Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia, 1942; the Tank Destroyer Orientation School, Camp Hood, Texas, 1942; and the Command and General Staff School (G-2), Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, 1943.

 24 April 44 released DS CP #17 assigned Ex Officer-placed on DS as CO CP#17.  July 44 BN XO. 17 July 44 DS as CO cP 17. 8 Aug 44 released DS as CO Cp 17. 12 Sep 44 appointed Unit Claims Officer. 20 Sep 44 assigned BN CO, released Unit Claims Officer.

 Kredo, Albert H. 1st Lt. DC 01517317. Joined from 1479 SCU, Camp Sibert, AL of 15 December 1943, assigned BN Dental Officer. Promoted to Captain in July 44,

 Kroll, John G. 1st Lt, MC,0469016. Joined as BN Medical Officer on 15 December 1943 from 1456 SCU, Camp Gordon, GA. Promoted to Captain 15 May 44. No further information.

 Larsen, Harold W. 2nd Lt. AUS, 10895782. OCS#2, AAS, Grinnell Iowa. Listed as B Co Plat Commander in May 1943. Additional duty, BN Mess Officer on 6 June 1943. Transferred to BN Mess Officer on 10 July 1943. Transferred to Co A on 18 August 1943. Listed as A Co Plat Commander September 1943. 209th Plat Cmdr Jan 44. 6 April 44 transferred to 71st Replacement BN (209th Repl Co.) No further information.

 Levison, David H. 2nd Lt, FA 01179935. Joined 209th Repl Co on 15 December 1943 from 3419 SCU, ASTP, API, Auburn, GA. 6 April 44 transferred to 71st Replacement BN (209th Repl Co.) No further information.

 Maas, Robert D. 2nd Lt. 01032370. Listed as officer in 1944, no details.

 McLain, William O. 2nd Lt. AUS, 01895715.

OCS#2, AAS, Grinnell Iowa. Listed as Plat A Commander in May 1943. Transferred to B Co on 21 July, 1943. Listed as B Co Plat Commander in September 1943. 19-29 Feb 44 additional duty as Exchange Officer. Transferred to 211th Repl Co 28 March 44. April 44 211th Plat Ldr. 6 April 44 transferred to 71st Replacement BN (209th Repl Co.).  Currently (April 2011) living in Palm Springs, CA. Mr McLain added much information to this project.

The following information was added from a 210th Repl Co. quarterly report dated 13 April 1944.  19 Jan 44, Plt Comdr - Sup O-Sp Serv O. 2 Feb Reld Sup O - CO Abby Park. 7 Feb 44 reld CO Abby Park. 21 Feb 44, Plat Comdr - Mess O Abby Park.  28 March 44 Trfd to 211 Repl Co.

 McNew, Harry C Jr. Captain, FA, 0266897. From HQ, 12th Repl Depot. Joined BN on 16 June 1943. Listed as BN Adj 23 June 1943. Listed as CO, HQ Det 29 June 1943. On 15 July order rescinded, attached only. On 12 August released from Adj and CO Hq Det, assigned Asst P&T.  Released from SD with 54th on 17 August 1943. No further information.

 Morrissey, Harold R. 2nd Lt, AUS 01895761.  OCS#2, AAS, Grinnell Iowa. Listed as C Plat Commander May and Sept 1943. On 27 October 1943, SD CMP, Camp Butner.  Released from SD 27 November 1943. Tranferred to Hq Co. 12th Repl Depot, 7 December, 1943. No further information.

 Muller, Harold G. 2nd Lt, Inf, 01316189. IRTC, Camp Wheeler Ga. Listed as C Co Commander in May 1943 and September 1943. Promoted to 1st Lt on 22 October 1943. April 44 CO 211th. 6 April 44 transferred to 71st Replacement BN (209th Repl Co.)  No further information.

 Noffsinger, William G, 2nd Lt, US 01845289. USA Rectg Sta. Tampa FL. Originally assigned to B Company, date unknown. Joined and was assigned to Co C on 20 July 1943.  Listed as C Co Plat Commander in September 1943. Transferred to BN Hq, BN Asst Adj on 24 September 1943. Transferred to Co C, 15 October 1943. Transferred to 209th Repl Co on 9 December 1943. Transferred to BN Hq BN Asst Adj. On 11 December 1943.  Jan 44 Personnel Officer. 14 March 44 reld Per Officer and assigned Classification Officer. 1 June 44 promoted to 1st Lt. 10 June 44 released add dy as BN Postal Officer. No further information.

 Prettyman, William O. Jr. 1st Lt, AGD 0529397. 13 April 44 joined from FFRD#2, assigned duty as Assistant Classification Officer. 3 May 44 additional duty as BN Historiam. 31 May 44 appointed Cl “A” Finance Officer. July 44 HQ Asst Class Officer. 29 July 1944 released Class A Finance Officer. 1 August 44 promoted to 1st Lt.

O'Connell, Brendan A. 1st Lt. 0435576. Listed on 8 October 44 quarterly report. 5 September 44, assigned and joined from Hq, 1st Provisional Repl Bn as Mess Officer.  On 21 September listed as Executive Officer.

 Raichart, Richard B. 2nd Lt, AUS 01995326. USA Rctg Sta, Savannah Ga. Joined Hq on 20 July 1943. Listed as Asst Adj on 26 July 1943. Released Asst Adj and assigned Adj CO HQ Det on 12 August 1943. Listed as BN Adj Co Hq Det in September 1943. Reld Adj and assigned Asst Adj on 9 November 1943. Released as Asst Adj and assigned Adj on 15 November 1943. On November 9, Released CO HQ Det. Transferred to 210th Repl Co 12 November 1943. Transferred to 209th Repl Co on 11 December 1943. Transferred to Sta Comp, Camp Butner NC on 18 December, 1943.  No further information.

 Remsing, Joseph R. 2nd Lt, AUS 01845614. USA Rctg Sta, Raleigh NC. Joinedd Hq on 20 July 1943. SC Co B on 23 July 1943. Assigned to Co B 31 August 1943. Listed as B Co Plat Commander in September 1943. Transferred to BN Asst Adj on 15 October 1943. On 9 November 1943 CO HQ Det Asst Adj to Adj. On 15 November 1943 Adj to Asst Adj. On 23 November 1943 Released CO Hq Det. Promoted to 1st Lt on 6 December 1943. On 11 December 1943 Asst Adj to Adj. Adjutant through at least August 44. Promoted to Captain 15 July 44. 26 Sept 44 Aptd actg CO Hq Det. No further information.

 Robinson, Alton U. 2nd Lt, Inf 01313131, IRTC, Camp Wheeler, Ga. Listed as B Co Commander in May and September 1943. Transferred to Co A on 4 September 1943. Promoted to 1st Lt on 24 October 1943. Jan 44 209th Plat Commander. 6-Trfd 71st Repl BN (209th Repl Co.) No further information.

 Schommer, Harvey C. 2nd Lt, QMC 01584860. Joined from Hq Co, 12th Repl Depot Camp Butner NC. Joined and assigned 211th Repl Co on 7 December 1943. Jan 44 211th Plat Cmdr. 23 Jan 44 DS 9th Repl Depot. April 44 DS 9th Repl Depot. No further information.

 Stukalin, Samual M. 1st Lt, 0522177. Joined as BN Dental Officer on 2 November 1943 from 1479 SCU, Camp Silbert, Ala. On 4 December 1943 transferred to Repl Pool Stark General Hospital, Charleston, SC.  No further information.

 John R. Tindall, 0188045, Infantry, who has commanded the Battalion from its activation on 25 May 1943, was born 26 September 1900. During World War I, he attended Infantry Officer Candidate School. His commission as a Reserve Officer was secured on 11 December 1923 and since that date he has received the following promotions: First Lieutenant, January 1929; Captain, November 1933; Major, February 1939; and Lieutenant Colonel, 21 December 1943. Colonel Tindall has had, in addition, five years duty with the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Colonel Tindall has, prior to assignment to this Battalion, completed tours of duty as a Camp Intelligence Officer, a Camp Inspector, and on Instruction in Infantry Tactics. Colonel Tindall has seen the strength of the Battalion grow from a small cadre to an organization competent to cope with the problems of a replacement battalion. He guided the Battalion during its training period and, now, during its working period. 7 April 44 transferred to 10th Repl Depot.

 Williams, Tracy. 2nd Lt, AUS 0506976. Joined from Sta Comp Camp Mackall NC, 19 July 1943 and assigned to Co A. On 18 August 1943 assigned to BN Hq, Bn Mess Officer. On 12 November 1943 transferred to 210th Repl Co. Promoted to 1st Lt on 6 December 1943. Transferred to 211th Repl Co 29 Jan 44. 30 Jan to 18 Feb 44 on DS 9th Repl Depot. 6 April 44 transferred to 71st Replacement BN.  No further information.

The following information is added from a 210th Repl Co. quarterly report dated 13 April 1944.  19 Jan 44, Plt Comdr Mess F. 22 Jan 44, assummed Comd.  29 Jan 44 Trfd to 211 Repl Co.

 Williamson, Delbert E. 2nd Lt. AUS, 01895546. OCS#2, AAS, Grinnell Iowa. Listed as Bn Asst Adj in May 1943. 1 June 1943, CO Hq Det. 14 June 1943 Reld Asst Adj assigned Adj. 23 June 1943 reld Adj, assigned Asst Adj. 29 June 1943 reld Co, Hq Det.  Transferred to Co B on 24 September 1943. Jan 44 210th Repl Co Platoon Commander. 18 Feb 44 transferred to BN Hq, Assistant Classification Officer. 11 April 44 released as Assistant Classification Officer and assigned Assistant Adj. 25 April 44 transferred G01 ETOUSA. 3 May 44 released additional duty BN Historian. Author’s personal note.  I have relied very heavily on the unit history information recorded by Lt Williamson.  No further information.

 Wilson, LeRoy jr. 2nd Lt. UAS 01895762. OCS#2, AAS, Grinnell Iowa. Listed as B Plat Commander in May and September 1943. Transferred to Hq, BN Asst P&T on 12 November 1943. CO of Hq Det on 17 December 1943. Listed as Operations Officer in Jan 44. 9-18 Feb 44 additional duties as Exchange Officer. 18 March 44 released as Operations Officer and assigned as Assistant Training Officer. 14 April 44 released from additional duty CO Hq Det. 15 April 44 released as Cl A finance Officer. July 44 Asst Training Officer. 10 July –11 August 44 alternate Cl A Agt Officer. 20 September 44 appointed Exchange Officer, released duty as Training Officer. No additional information.

 Young, Leroy S. Capt. CAC 0294480. Joined BN from FFRD#2 on 8 April 44. Assigned duty as Training Officer 13 April 44. Assigned duty as Summary Court 9 May 44. July 44 listed as Training Officer. Promoted to Captain on 15 July 44. No additional information.

The following officers are listed as part of the 54th Battalion Headquarters in a June 1943 report, but do not appear again in the records obtained to date (May 2018):

Rose, Rex R., 2nd Lt., AUS, Joined 9 June 1943.

Edmonds, Alonzo L, Major, Infantry, Joined 18 June 1943.

Flinn, William A, Major, Infantry, joined 18 June 1943.

Love, Dean S., Captain, Infantry, joined 19 June 1943.

Stanchos, Alvin A.E., Captain, Infantry, joined 20 June 1943.

Rettinger, Joseph, 1st Lt., Infantry, joined 20 June 1943.

Gordon, John R., 1st Lt., Infantry, joined 21 June 1943.

Fitzgibbon, Roy L., 1st Lt., Infantry, joined 21 June 1943.

Watkins, Parkman, 2nd Lt., AUS, joined 22 June 1943.

 

The 54th Reinforcement BN was attached to 

            12th Reinforcement Depot, 25 May 1943 to 18 December 1943.

            ? Operated as separate Battalion 18 December 34 to 19 Jan 44 ?

            9th Reinforcement Depot, 19 January to 20 August 1944

            Operated as a separate battalion 20 August 1944 to 3 September 1944

            12 Reinforcement Depot, 28 August 1944 to 17 December 1944.

            Per Troop Assignment #31, GFRS, ETO, 2 December 1944, Hq and Hq Detachment, 54th Replacement Battalion, along with 210th, 325th, and 523rd Replacement Companies, were relieved from attachment to the 12th Replacement Depot and assigned to the GFRS Hq, for duty at the port of Marseilles.571D-137

            Operated as a separate BN in the Marseilles France area, attached to Headquarters, GFRC from 17 December 1944 through 4 November 1945 Deactivation.

 

The following units were attached to the 54th Reinforcement Battalion:

 Company “A” from 23 May 1943, changed to 209th Reinforcement Company 1 November 1943, to 6 April 1944.

Company “B” from 23 May 1943, changed to 210th Reinforcement Company 1 November 1943, to 4 November 1945 deactivation.

Company “C” from 23 May 1943, changed to 211th Reinforcement Company 1 November 1943, to 6 April 1944.

325th Reinforcement Company, 18 August 1944 to 23 September 1945.

333rd Reinforcement Company, 9 August 1944 to 18 August 1944.

334th Reinforcement Company, 9 August 1944 to 18 August 1944.

 

335th Reinforcement Company, 28 March 1944 to 6 April 1944.

Company “R” Provisional, 18 August 1944 to 8 September 1944.

Company “U” Provisional, 8 September 1944 to 30 October 1944.

526th Reinforcement Company, 27 October 1944 to 4 November 1945 deactivation.

523rd Reinforcement Company, 4 December 1944 to 4 November 1945 deactivation.

5th Provisional Training Battalion Headquarters, 12 May 1944 to 31 May 1944.

188th Reinforcement Company, 6 July 1945 to 4 November 1945 deactivation.

189th Reinforcement Company, 6 July 1945 to 4 November 1945 deactivation.

190th Reinforcement Company, 6 July 1945 to 4 November 1945 deactivation.

354th Reinforcement Company, 6 July 1945 to 30 September 1945.

355th Reinforcement Company, 6 July 1945 to 30 September 1945.

 

The Battalion made the following movements:

 

25 August 1943; Camp Sutton, North Carolina to Camp Butner, North Carolina.  Movement by truck convoy.  Twenty (20) officers, 117 enlisted men, per Letter Order 103, Headquarters Camp Sutton, North Carolina 1943.

18-19 December 1943; Camp Butner, North Carolina to Camp Kilmer, New Jersey by rail.  Nine (9) officers, twenty-six (26) enlisted men.  Each attached company, four (4) officers, thirty-one (31) enlisted men, per par 12, Special Orders 305, Camp Butner, North Carolina 1943.

 

7 January – 19 January 1944; Camp Kilmer, New Jersey to Glastonbury, Somerset, England. Rail and Ferry from Camp Kilmer to dock; ship to Liverpool, England; rail to Frome; motor convoy to Glastonbury. Nine (9) officers, twenty-six (26) enlisted men. Each attached company, four (4) officers, thirty-one (31) enlisted men. 211th Reinforcement Company going to Midsomer Norton.  Movement in accordance with letter, Headquarters Camp Kilmer, New jersey, file CKH 3705 (#4), dated 5 January 1944.

 

2 February 1944 – 209th Reinforcement Company to Street, Somerset. Four (4) officers and thirty-one (31) enlisted men. 18 February 1944 – 211th Reinforcement Company to Street, Somerset. Four (4) officers, thirty-one (31) enlisted men.

              8 August, moved from Glastonbury to Tidworth Barracks, Hants (Tidworth Park Camp).

            17 August, moved to Tidworth Barracks, Wilts, (Lucknow Area). 

            6-17 December 1944, moved from Tidworth Barracks, England, to Septemes France.         

            3 March 1945, moved from Septemmes France to the Calas Staging Area, France.        

 

The Battalion was inactivated 4 November 1945.       

 

65th Reinforcement Battalion

            The following information was compiled from monthly reports found in the 12th Reinforcement History file at the National Archives. Reports were obtained for 31 January 1945, 31 March 1945, 30 April 1945 and 31 May 1945.

The 65th Reinforcement Battalion was activated at Camp Roberts, California.

The 65th Reinforcement Battalion was command by:

            EARL B. BARKLEY, Major, Inf, from 1-31 January 1945

                          V.H. VOGEL, Major, Inf, 1-31 March 1945, 1-25 May 1945.

                          GEORGE C. MARTIN, Lt. Col., Inf., 25-31 May 1945.

             

The Battalion was attached to:

12th Reinforcement Depot.

2d Training Regiment (Prov.), 26 February 1945 to 31 March 1945, 1-31 May 1945.

 

The following units were attached:

-          341st Reinforcement Company was attached from 4 April 1944 to 14 May 1945? Released and attached to 6924th Reinf. Bn (Prov) 14 May 1945.

-          342nd Reinforcement Company was attached from 1-23 January 1945.

-          343rd Reinforcement Company was attached from 4 April 1944 to 14 May 1945? Released and attached to 6924th Reinf. Bn (Prov) 14 May 1945.

-          522nd Reinforcement Company was attached from 6 October 1944 to 14 May 1945 ?. Released and attached to 6924th Reinf. Bn (Prov) 14 May 1945.

-          2913th Reinforcement Company (prov) was attached from 25 February 1945 to 14 May 1945 ? Released and attached to 6924th Reinf. Bn (Prov) 14 May 1945.

-          2914th Reinforcement Company (prov) was attached from 25 February 1945 to 14 May 1945 ?  Released and attached to 6924th Reinf. Bn (Prov) 14 May 1945.

-          513th Reinforcement Company attached on unknown date. Listed with BN on 26 Feb 45.

-          522nd Reinforcement Company attached on unknown date. Listed with BN on 26 Feb 45.

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Records show that on 26 February 1945, the 65th Reinforcement Battalion, along with the 341st, 343rd, 513th, 522nd Reinforcement Companies were operating in the Com Zone but were not allocated to USSTAF, SHAEF or Com Z, and had a distinctive mission to perform as part of the 12th Reinforcement Depot.571D-107

 

The 31 March 1945 report contained the following:

            “Seven Training Companies attached to static companies as indicated finished six week retraining program and were transferred to Far Shore.

                                                Static               Finished           Date

T-Company     Strength          Company        Training          Transferred   

            T-56        217                   341                  12 Mar         15 Mar

            T-59        219                   522                  13 Mar         20 Mar

            T-74        196                   522                  17 Mar         21 Mar

            T-65        221                  341                  14 Mar         17 Mar

            T-70        222                   343                  16 Mar         19 Mar

            T-87        214                   341                  23 Mar         29 Mar

            T-82        218                   343                  20 Mar         23 Mar”

 

“Battalion organized into five companies, three assigned, two provision. Each company to have one training company within the company. The training companies organized are listed as follows:

            Reinf Co          Training Co      Strength

            341st                151                  327

            343rd                141                  299

            522nd                135                  315

2913rd             120                  312

2914th              131                  302”   

             

The 30 April 1945 report contained the following:

            “T-120 of 2913 Reinf Co completed six weeks training with strength of 254 EM and departed this command 18 April 1945.”

            “T-131 of 2914 Reinf Co completed six weeks training 28 April 1945 and departed on scheduled pass of three days.”

            “T-179 was organized in 2913 Reinf Co and began training 20 April 1945, strength 304.”

 

            “Following information is submitted on Training companies that began training in March.

            T-Company     Strength          Static Co         Finished training

                 T-135          305                  522                  5 May 1945

                 T-141          298                  343                  8 May 1945

                 T-151          303                  341                  12 May 1945”

             

 

 

 

The 31 May report contained the following:

            “Battalion alerted for direct redeployment 13 May 1945.”

            “All personnel were advised of the sentence under AW 28, its meaning, and that they were under Movement Orders involving important service within the purview of AW 28.”

             The 65th Reinforcement Battalion departed for direct redeployment on 22 June 45 pursuant to Trp Movement Order #76, Hq GFRC, 6 June 45, and pursuant to Movement Orders, Shipment R-0818, Hq ETOUSA, dated 24 May 45.

 

99TH REINFORCEMENT BATTALION

The 99th Reinforcement Battalion was activated at Camp Barkeley California. No date given.

 

The Battalion was commanded by:     

            Frank L. Hichisch, Lieutenant Colonel, Infantry, as of 28 January 1945 report.

            Homer L. Fry, Major, March 1945 to

 

The following units were attached to the Battalion:

 

            203rd Reinforcement Company, 26 January 1945 to 15 February 1945.

            205th Reinforcement Company, 26 January 1945 to at least 26 Feb 1945.

            205th Reinforcement Company, 25 May 1945 to 17 June 1945.

            518th Reinforcement Company, 21 January 1945 to 25 May 1945.

            342nd Reinforcement Company, 21 January 1945 18 June 1945 inactivated 30 October 1945.

            343rd Reinforcement Company, unknown date to 18 June 1945.

            371st Reinforcement Company, 17 June 1944 to 12 August 1944.

            371st Reinforcement Company, unknown date to 18 June 1945.

            519th Reinforcement Company, unknown (as of 26 Feb 45) date to 18 June 1945.

            341st Reinforcement Company, unknown date to 18 June 1945.

            522nd Reinforcement Company, unknown date to 18 June 1945.

            516th Reinforcement Company, 7 November 1945 to 6 January 1945.

            516th Reinforcement Company, 12 January 1945 to 21 January 1945.

            527th Reinforcement Company, 26 October 1944 to 6 January 1944.

            527th Reinforcement Company, 12 January 1945 to 21 January 1945.

            2905th Reinforcement Company (P), 25 May 1945 to unknown date.

            2906th Reinforcement Company (P), 25 May 1945 to unknown date.

            2907th Reinforcement Company (P), 25 May to unknown date.

            369th Reinforcement Company, unknown date (at least by 26 Feb 45) to 16 June 1945.

            370th Reinforcement Company, unknown dates other than 26 February 1945.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The Battalion made the following movements:

 

            24 May 1944: From Camp Barkeley, Texas by rail to Cp Kilmer, NJ as unit 6288BBB, 14 Officers and 44 Enlisted men.

            7 June 1944: From Camp Kilmer NJ by troop transport (water) NY682 to Liverpool, England, 14 Officers and  44 Enlisted men.

            8 June 1944: From Liverpool England by rail to Warminster, Wiltshire, England U3165, completed 8 June 1944, 14 officers and 44 enlisted men.

            16 June 1944: From Warminster, Wiltshire, England U3165 by rail to Barton Stacey, Hants, England vU8761, 14 officers and 44 enlisted men.

            6 August 1944: From Barton Stacey, Hants, England vU8761, to Houndstone Camp, Yeovil, Somerset, vT9483, 14 O and 44 EM.

            26 August 1944: From Houndstone Camp, Yeovil, Somerset, vT9483, to Mooltan Barracks, Tidworth, Wilts, vU6869, 12 O and 41 EM.

            21 January 1945: From Mooltan Barracks, Tidworth, Wilts, vU6869, to Bhurtpore and Candahar Barracks, Tidworth, Wilts, vU6869, 14 O and 44 EM.

 

 

The 31 March 1945 report contained the following:

                 The following was accomplished by this Battalion during the current month.

                        One (1) Reinforcement Company formed and shipped to far shore.

                        Five (5) Reinforcement Companies (T-Cos) completed training.

                        Five (5) Reinforcement Companies (T-Cos) shipped to far shore.

                        Three (3) Reinforcement Companies (T-Cos) transferred.

                        Five (5) Reinforcement Companies assigned and at present training.

 

 The April 1945 report contained the following                                                                                              

                 The following was accomplished by this Battalion during the current month.

                        One (1) Reinforcement Company formed and shipped to far shore.

            One (1) Reinforcement Company (T-Co) completed training and was shipped to far shore.

                        Five (5) Reinforcement Companies assigned and at present training.

 

The 31 May 1945 report contained the following:                                                                                

                  The following was accomplished by this Battalion during the current month.

                        Seven (7) Training Companies completed the normal six (6) weeks Infantry Training program and are now taking additional training.

                        One (1) Training Company now in the fifth week of Infantry training.

                        One (1) Training Company now in the fourth week of Infantry training.

                  

 Source: 12th Reinforcement Depot History file from the National Archives.

 

The 99th Reinforcement Battalion and the 342, 343, 371, 519, 341, and 522 Reinforcement Companies departed for duty with the 10th Reinforcement Depot on 18 June 45 pursuant to Trp Movement Order No. 85, Hq GFRC dated 11 June 45.REBN-54

 

 

101stTH REINFORCEMENT BATTALION

The following report was compiled from data contained in copies of the original reports submitted Headquarters, 12th Reinforcement Depot, in 1945.  The reports were obtained from the Declassified Holdings of the National Archives in the fall of 2017. The file primarily contained reports for March – July 1945.

Headquarters

The 101st Reinforcement Battalion was activated at Camp Berkeley, Texas (date unkown). The battalion was attached to the 12th Reinforcement Depot, APO 551 from 25 June 1944 to date, and attached to the 3rd Training Regiment (provisional) from 26 Feb. 1945 16 June 1945.

The battalion was commanded by :

Denzil R Lowe, Lt. Col., FA, from 21 March 1944 to 2 August 1944.

            Sam A. Cothran, Lt. Colonel, Infantry, commanded rom 2 August 1944 to date (per 29 June 1945 report).

 

The 101st Reinforcement Battalion was attached to the 12 Reinforcement Depot.      

The following Reinforcement Companies had been attached to the 101st per the 29 June 1945 report:

            374th and 375th from 25 February 1944 to 29 June 1945 report date.

            490th from 25 February 1944 to 4 August 1944.

            371st from 11 August 1944 to 14 Feb 1945.

            Provisional Reinforcement Company FF from 7 September to 11 October 1944.

            Provisional Reinforcement Company T from 12 September 1944 to 12 October 1944.

            513th from 1 October 1944 to 14 February 1945.

            519th from 12 October to 16 December 1944.

            523rd from 26 October to 4 December 1944.

            518th from 27 December 1944 to 21 January 1945.

            512th from 14 February 1945 to 24 May 1945.

            2922nd (Prov) from 23 February 1945 to 10 June 1945.

            2903rd (Prov) from 16 March 1945 to 21 June 1945.

            203rd Reinf Co from 16 June 45 to 11 July 45, then redeployed thru the US.

            204th Reinf Co from 16 June 45 to 11 July 45, then redeployed thru the US.

            205th Reinf Co from 16 June 45 to 11 July 45, then redeployed thru the US.

            369th Reinf Co from 16 June 45 to 11 July 45, then redeployed thru the US.

            370th Reinf Co from 16 June 45 to 11 July 45, then redeployed thru the US.

            517th Reinf Co from 16 June 45 to 11 July 45, then redeployed thru the US.

            521st Reinf Co from 16 June 45 to 11 July 45, then redeployed thru the US.

            527th Reinf Co from 16 June 45 to 11 July 45, then redeployed thru the US.

 

 

As of the 29 January 1945 report the Battalion was stationed at Tidworth Barracks, Wilts, VU6869, England.

As of the 31 May 1945 monthly report the 101st Reinforcement Battalion was stationed at Osbourne St. George, England, VU 6494.

This information was found in the January, March, April, May and June 1945 reports sent to CG, GFRC.

 

  

107th Reinforcement Battalion

The following information was compiled from monthly reports found in the 12th Reinforcement History file at the National Archives. Reports were obtained for 31 January, 31 March 45, and 30 April, 1945.

HEADQUARTERS, 107TH REINFORCEMENT BATTALION

The 107th Reinforcement Battalion was activated at Fort Bragg, North Carolina (no date reported).

 

The commanding officers for the Headquarters of the 10th Reinforcement Battalion were:

Lt. Colonel HENRY S BEARDSLEY, Infantry, 1-8 March 1945 inclusive. He is also the signing commanding officer on the 31 January report.

Lt. Colonel DEWEY J WILLIS, Infantry, 9 March 1945 - 11 April 1945 inclusive.

            Lt. Colonel WILLIAM R TOMEY, Infantry, 12-21 April 1945 inclusive.

            Lt. Colonel DEWEY J WILLIS, Infantry, 22 April to 31 May 1945 inclusive.

 

The following units were attached to the 107th Reinforcement Battalion

            516th Reinforcement Company, 6 – 11 January 1945 and 21-31 January 1945.

            516th Reinforcement Company listed with the 107th on 26 Feb. 1945

            527th Reinforcement Company, 6- 11 January 1945 and 21-31 January 1945.

506th Reinforcement Company, 1 March 1945 -31 May 1945.

507th Reinforcement Company, 13 – 31 May 1945.

            508th Reinforcement Company, 1 March 1945 -31 May 1945.

            516th Reinforcement Company, 13-31 May 1945.

            521st Reinforcement Company, 13-25 May 1945.

            527th Reinforcement Company, 1 March 1945-25 May 1945.

            2915th Reinforcement Company (prov), 1 March 1945 -25 May 1945.

            2916th Reinforcement Company (prov), 1 March 1945 -25 May 1945.

            2917th Reinforcement Company (prov), 13-25 May 1945.

           

            There was a 31 January 1945 report for 512th Replacement Company, and the 512th was submitted to higher headquarters, but does not appear on the above list.

 

The 107th Reinforcement BN was attached to the 2nd Training Regiment (provisional), APO 551, throughout the months of March, April and May 1945.

 

The battalion started March 1945 with 9 training companies and ended the month with 5. “..the fact that personnel to be trained was cut almost in half has allowed the battalion to organize itself better to carry out its mission.”

 

During April 1945 the battalion continued to retrain Communications Zone personnel as Infantry Riflemen. Four training companies of approximately 300 men each completed training during the month and were shipped to the continent. Four new training companies were immediately organized and their retraining started.

 

On Saturday, 26 May 1945, at about 1500 hours the battalion moved from Tidworth Barracks, Tidworth, Wilts, England, to Pennings Camp, Wilts, England.

 

During the month of May, the battalion completed training schedules of all Training Companies and started an additional program of three weeks training. This program was well underway when the battalion was alerted to prepare for movement on 23 May 1945. Four additional companies were attached on 13 May 1945 when the 65th Reinforcement Battalion was alerted, making a total of nine companies with the battalion. However, five of these were relieved on 25 May 1945. All preparations for movement to another theater were completed on 31 May 1945.

 

The 52nd Reinforcement Battalion, 107th reinforcement Battalion, 506, 507, 508, 518, 512, 513, 514, and 516 Reinforcement Companies, departed for redeployment through the United States on 12 June 45, pursuant to Trp Movement Order no. 76, Hq, GFRC, dated 6 June 45, and pursuant to Movement Order, Shipment 10346, Hq ETOUSA, dated 28 May 45.REBN-54

 

6901st REINFORCEMENT BATTALION (P)

The 6901st Reinforcement Battalion was activated   ?

 

The Battalion was organized under T/O & E  ?

 

The 6901st was commanded by the following:

             THOMAS J. MARTIN,0321654, Major, Inf., 21 February 1945 to 28 May 1945.

            ROBERT N. MURDOCK, 0285358, Lt. Col., Inf., 29 May 1945.

             

The Battalion was attached to the following organizations:

            3rd Training Regiment (?)

             

The following units were attached to the 6901st BN:

            6905th Reinf Co. (P)

            6906th Reinf Co. (P)

            6907th Reinf Co. (P)

            6908th Reinf Co. (P)

            6909th Reinf Co. (P)

            6915th Reinf Co. (P)

 

From the 31 March 1945 report:

T-63 trained and processed 15 March 1945. Departed 19 March 1945.

            T-68 trained and processed 15 March 1945. Departed 19 March 1945.

            T-105 in training 31 March 1945.

            T-108 in training 31 March 1945.

            T-109 in training 31 March 1945.

            T-113 in training 31 March 1945.

 

From the 31 May 1945 report:

            The following training companies completed 6 weeks basic training, and began additional 3 weeks training as shown.

            T-138   5 May 1945     Additional 3 wks began 13 May 1945

            T-144   11 May 1945   Additional 3 wks began 14 May 1945

            T-164   24 May 1945   Additional 3 wks began 29 May 1945

            T-167   26 May 1945   Additional 3 wks began 1 June 1945

            T-171   29 May 1945

            T-175   in training

           

The Battalion made the following movements: 

 

The 31 March 1945 report contained the following:

            “Usual administrative problems due to untrained and insufficient personnel. Unqualified personnel are being screened and necessary augmentation has been requested.”

“Brigadier General Owen Summers, Commanding General, 12th Reinforcement Depot, addressed retrainees 29 March 1945 on the importance of training.”

 

The 31 May 1945 report contained the following:

            “Usual administrative problems due to untrained and insufficient personnel. Unqualified personnel are being screened and necessary augmentation has been requested.”

 

 The 6901 Reinforcement Battalion (Prov), and 6905, 6906, 6907, 6908, 6909, and 6915 Reinforcement Companies (Prov) departed 10 June 1945, pursuant to par. 2, Trp Movement Order No. 80, Hq. GFRC, dated 7 June 1945, for duty with Centralized Technical School #1, Tidworth England.

Source: 12th Reinforcement Depot History file from the National Archives. Reports for 31 March 1945 and 31 May 1945 were obtained.

 

 

6902nd Reinforcement Battalion, Provisional

The following information was compiled from monthly reports found in the 12th Reinforcement History file at the National Archives. Reports were obtained for 6 April 1945, 1 May 1945, and 1 June 1945.

The 6902nd Reinforcement Battalion was activated under T/O & E 12/46, dated 12 October 1944.

The 6902nd Reinforcement Battalion is attached to the 3rd Training Regiment.

The 6902nd Reinforcement Battalion was command by:

            BENJAMIN F. KEIST, 0304151, Major, Infantry, from 22 February 1945 to 1 June 1945.

            ROBERT M. PROCTOR, Captain, TC, signed as Adjutant on the 6 April 1945 report.

            LINCOLN P. GINIERES, 1st Lt, Inf, signed as Acting Adjutant on the 1 June 45 report.

 

 

 

The following units were attached:

            2918th Reinf. Company from 25 February 1945 - ?

            2919th Reinf. Company from 25 February 1945 - ?

            2920th Reinf. Company from 25 February 1945 - ?

            2923rd Reinf. Company from 25 February 1945 - ?

 

The 6 April 1945 report contained the following:

            “Problems: widely separated chain of command; from 12th Reinf Depot at Tidworth, Wilts, it is approximately 18 miles to Hq 3rd Training Regiment (Prov) Tilshead, Wilts and from HQ 3rd Regt (P) to this camp it is approximately 25 miles. Where possible telephone communication is used. Distribution of correspondence, orders, regulations and other matter is being successfully handled by messenger; one daily dispatch to and from Hq, 3rd Training Regiment. Two from and to 12th Reinf. Depot. During the month a stockade was completed at this camp. All prisoners formerly confined in stockade at 12th Reinf. Depot were transferred and confined at this camp.”

            “The training of T-112, 116, 117, and 118 is progressing successfully. None of the training companies are behind in scheduled subjects.”

            “T-112, 116, 117 will complete their training as Infantry Riflemen 7 April 1945.

              T-118 will complete training 13 April 1945.”

           

The 1 May 1945 report contained the following:

            “Problems: Qualified enlisted new personnel was a big factor in morale of trainees. The problem of qualified new enlisted personnel was alleviated by the relief of a number of unqualified cooks substituting therefor men with more experience in this type of duty. The problem of unqualified clerical personnel is causing considerable hardship on those men present capable of performing these duties. Two EM transferred to this organization with clerical MOS were reclassified as basics with MOS 521. Reinforcements for these men were requested.”

            “T-112, 116, 117 and 118 successfully completed their training, was given three day embarkation passes, returned and departed from this station. Trainees were received and assigned to T-149, 169, 173, 177 and 186. Training of these men as Infantry Riflemen is progressing satisfactorially. None of the training companies are behind in scheduled subjects.”

            “T-149 will complete training 12 May 1945.

              T-169 will complete training 25 May 1945.

              T-173 will complete training 28 May 1945.

              T-177 will complete training 30 May 1945.

              T-186 will complete training 3 June 1945.”

 

The 1 June report contained the following:

            “Problem: The maintenance of a high state of moral immediately after V-E day became a distinct necessity. This was effected by a renewed drive on the part of every member of this command.”

            “On 17 May 1945 a retreat parade was held in the Battalion Parade Grounds, at which decorations were awarded by the Depot Commander, Col BLANTON. On 31 May 1945 at the same type of formation, Col. BIGELOW, as new Depot Commander, made several presentation.”

            T-149, T-169, and T-173 completed training, were granted 72 hours and returned to this station. T-149 began second phase of training.”

            T-186 will complete training 5 June 1945.

            T-177 will complete training 1 June 1945.

The 6902 Reinforcement Battalion (Prov), and 2918, 2919, 2920, 2921, 2922, and 2923 Reinforcement Companies (Prov), departed 10 June 45, pursuant to Par. 1, Trp Movement Order No. 80, Hq GFRC, dated 7 June 45, for duty with Army University Center #1, Shrivenham, England.

 

6903rd Reinforcement Battalion (P)

The 6903 Reinforcement Battalion was activated at the 12th Reinforcement Depot.

 

The 6903 was commanded by the following:

            Lt. Colonel WILLIAM A. BIRD, Cavalry, 1 March 1945 – 5 May 1945.

            1st Lt., JACK GUSHIN, Infantry was listed as Adjutant for the 30 April 1945 report.

            Major SMITH L. MYERS, Inf., 6-24 May 1945.

            Major MAX W. MORRISON, Cav., 25-31 May 1945.

 

The Battalion was attached to the following organizations:

            3rd Retraining Regiment, APO 551, from 1 March 1945 to 30 April 1945.

           

The following units were attached to the 6903 Reinforcement Battalion.

            6910 Reinforcement Company (P) through March, April and May 1945

            6911 Reinforcement Company (P) through March, April and May 1945

            6912 Reinforcement Company (P) through March, April and May 1945

            6913 Reinforcement Company (P) through March, April and May 1945

            6914 Reinforcement Company (P) through March, April and May 1945

            6916 Reinforcement Company (P) through March, April and up to 15 May 1945

 

The Battalion made the following movements:

 

The following was contained in the 3 April 1945 report:

            The Battalion encountered one of its greatest problems in feeding over 2000 troops in 3 small mess halls, within a specified time. To overcome this difficulty, two separate mess lines were formed and food was served from mess tables set up under canvas. This plan worked well and cut the time required to feed the troops in half.

           

            “Another problem, equally as great, was the question of recreation for the troops. A daily run for nearby towns was established for enlisted men on evening pass. This scheme has worked wonderfully and with a surprisingly low rate of AWOL’s.”

           

            The Bn, since February 15, has opened and is operating two theaters, capacity 1500, a battalion Day Room a battalion War Room, in which the largest war map in Depot is located a bn Beer Garden a Post Exchange, a Barber Shop and a Bn Chapel. All Battalion Headquarters buildings have been repainted, concrete laid around the mess halls, radios installed in Day Room, weekly dances held for enlisted men, sidewalks installed throughout the area and all Bn grounds beautified. The Battalion, in addition to its primary mission, has accomplished many other things and is a Battalion which everyone connected with is very proud.”

 

The following was contained in the 30 April 1945 report:

            “In complying with existing regulations on food conservation, the BN instigated a Mess Program whereby a daily headcount is taken, personnel instructed that they must take only what they can eat, all shortages and overages in rations carefully observed, and a planned orientation lecture given to all personnel on the conservation of food. This program has gone far in eliminating all waste and has instilled in the minds of all, the urgent necessity for saving food.”

            “The Bn, beginning 1 April 1945, has had the use of approximately 15 German Prisoners of War and the work of beautifying the area has progressed wonderfully. Sod has been laid around all Bn Hqs administrative buildings and this eliminates to nuisance of mud and dust completely. The Prisoners of War are also employed in the construction of coal boxes, building sidewalks, police details which otherwise would have been done by trainees, assisting the Post Engineer in constructing needed partitions and alterations in Company Orderly Rooms and other buildings, and in general have made possible the more complete training of troops.”

           

            “The recreational program has progressed during the month and more facilities have been opened up to enlisted men. Transportation is authorized to nearly towns and an ARC Club has been opened on the post.”

           

            “A public address system has been installed, Music and the latest news are broadcast throughout the area during non-training hours. In view of the fact that radios are almost impossible to get, the public address system was a necessary factor in providing troops with entertainment.”

 

            “An Officer’s Club was opened this month for the benefit of all officers of this command. The walls were decorated and painted, a radio installed and it is felt that the club will go far in providing recreation and entertainment for the officers.”

 

            “To curb the danger of Malaria, a mosquito control program has been initiated and all ponds and ditches have been drained and sprayed with mosquito repellant.”

 

            “The battalion during the month of April completed the training and shipped to the far shore 1700 EM, completely trained and processed, and ready to do battle with the enemy. The Bn is particularly proud of the fact that the will to fight was instilled in all men and is sure, where ever they are employed, that their courage and fortitude will make a notable contribution to the speedy and successful ending of the war.”

 

The following was included in the 31 May 1945 report.

            “The conservation of food is the subject uppermost in the minds of the troops of this command. The strict necessity for saving food became more apparent daily and every soldier realizes that people of the liberated countries must be fed and the bulk of our food supplies must go to them and our growing army in the Pacific. One soldier expressed his attitude thusly, ‘The people at home and in the occupied countries sacrificed for us, now we will sacrifice for them. We must tighten our belts.’ Even though the rigorous training goes on and the daily ration is reduced, soldiers of this command are willing and eager to bear a hardship other people have borne so long.”

 

            “The job of beautifying the area is almost complete, and it is felt that the appearance as a whole is 100% better that when first occupied by this organization.”

           

            “The theater, barber shop, post exchange, and battalion day room are all operating efficiently, and completely supply the needs and desires of every soldier. The theater, especially, is filled to capacity nightly, and our Special Services Officer is to be commended on the wonderful job of acquiring new and better films, suitable to everyone.”

 

            “An athletic office has been opened and an officer appointed Battalion Athletic Officer. It is a full time job and already much equipment and supplies have been received for use in our recreational program. It is anticipated that many fine exhibitions of skill will be displayed and the morale and physical fitness of every soldier generally improved.”

           

            “All soldiers of this organization who so desired and who could be spared were given passes on VE day and the number of AWOL’s was remarkably low. Reporting to camp on expiration of passes was prompt and point to efficient and skillful leadership.”

 

            “The six weeks training period for the 1500 trainees in this Battalion in almost complete. To date, 500 troops have finished training and have departed on their 72 hour ‘Embarkation Passes’. The remaining 1000 will complete training and leave on ‘Embarkation Passes’ shortly.”

 

             The 6903, 6921, 6922, 6923, and 6924 Reinforcement Battalions (Prov.) and 2900, 2901, 2902, 2903, 2904, 2905, 2906, 2907, 2908, 2909, 2910, 2911, 2912, 2913, 2914, 2915, 2916, 2917,6910, 6911, 6912, 6913, 6914, and 6915 Reinforcement Companies (Prov), were transferred 20 June 1945 to the 14th Port Tidworth Staging Area, Tidworth, England, pursuant to Courier Message, Hq GFRC (REAR), Cite: FR-1553, dated 15 June 45.

 

  Source: 12th Reinforcement Depot History file from the National Archives. Reports for 3 April 1945, 30 April 1945 and 31 May 1945 were obtained.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6921 REINFORCEMENT BATTALION (Provisional)

The 6921 Reinforcement Battalion was activated at Tidworth Barracks, Wilts, VU6869.

 

The 6921 Reinforcement Battalion was commanded by the following:

            Major HARVEY A MILLS, Inf., 21 February 1945 to 31 May 1945.

            Captain RALPH E LIVINGSTON, AUS, was Adjutant on the 1 April 1945 and 1 May 1945 and 31 May reports.

 

The Battalion was attached to 1st Training Regiment, 12th Reinforcement Depot for 26 February 1945.

             

 The following units were attached to the 6921st:

            203rd Reinforcement Company 26 February 1945 (or 6 March 1945 as listed in the 203rd Reinf Co. 1 April 1945 report) to 31 May 1945 report.

            371st Reinforcement Company 26 February 1945 to 1 May 1945 report.

            2902nd Reinforcement Company (Prov) 26 February 1945 to 1 May 1945 report.

2904th Reinforcement Company (Prov) 26 February 1945 to 1 May 1945 report.

2903rd Reinforcement Company (Prov) 26 February 1945 to 16 March 1945.

6916th Reinforcement Company (Prov) 12-25 May 1945.

 

The following units were relieved from attachment to the 52nd Reinforcement Battalion and attached to the 6921st on 26 May 1945:

204th Reinforcement Company

517th Reinforcement Company

2900th Reinforcement Company (Prov)

2901st Reinforcement Company (Prov)

 

The Battalion made the following movements:  No movements reported in the March-May time frame.

             

The following was contained in the 1 April 1945 report:

                        Training Company 78 completed six week retraining cycle on 19 March 1945. 214 reinforcements qualified as Infantry Riflemen, MOS 745, and departed for far Shore at 0500  hours 21 March 1945.

Training Company 81 completed six week retraining cycle on 21 March 1945. 144 reinforcements qualified as Infantry Riflemen, MOS 745, and departed for far Shore at 0500  hours 23 March 1945.

Training Company 83 completed six week retraining cycle on 22 March 1945. 224 reinforcements qualified as Infantry Riflemen, MOS 745, and departed for far Shore at 0500  hours 24 March 1945.

Training Company 86 completed six week retraining cycle on 22 March 1945. 213 reinforcements qualified as Infantry Riflemen, MOS 745. Reinforcements received a seventy-two hour pass from 24-27 March and departed for far Shore at 0600  hours 28 March 1945.

Training Company 96 completed six week retraining cycle on 25 March 1945. 267 reinforcements qualified as Infantry Riflemen, MOS 745. Reinforcements received a seventy-two hour pass and departed for far Shore at 0500  hours 30 March 1945.

Training Company 104 completed six week retraining cycle on 31 March 1945. 231 reinforcements qualified as Infantry Riflemen, MOS 745. Reinforcements received a seventy-two hour pass from 25-28 March 1945.

Training Company 140 arrived 25 March 1945 and was processed within forty-eight hours after arrival. The trainees began their six week reconversion program 27 March 1945. Interest in the training and morale of the troops was good.

Training Company 146 arrived 28 March 1945 and was processed within forty-eight hours after arrival. The trainees began their six week reconversion program 30 March 1945. Interest in the training and morale of the troops was good.

Training Company 154 arrived 31 March 1945 and was processed within forty-eight hours after arrival. Morale of the troops was good.

 

The following was contained in the 1 May 1945 report:

                        “During the month of April the Special Services Section of this organization has provided a number of recreational facilities for the convenience of the trainees and training cadre. On 5 April 1945 a day-room was established for the use of the trainees, and on 20 April 1945 a day-room was established for the cadre. These day-rooms have been well furnished with books, magazines, radios and writing tables. The 203rd, 371st, and 2902nd Companies held dances during the month, all of which were well attended by the troops. The recreational program has helped considerably to bolster the morale of the troops.”

                        “The number of new AWOL cases reported in the battalion during the month of April was 35, as compared to 380 reported during the month of March.”

                        “On 7 April 1945 the Silver Star Award was presented to 2nd Lt., ARMAND M SPINOSA, 203rd Reinf Co, at a Retreat Parade.”

                        “The companies in this organization have been following the training schedule as prescribed by the 12th Reinforcement Depot S-3. Training Company 104 was processed for shipment 1 April 1945 And departed for the Far Shore 2 April 1945. Training Company 160 arrived 11 April 1945 and was processed within 48 hours of arrival. The trainees began their six-week reconversion program 14 April 1945. Interest in training and morale of the troops were good.”

 

The following was contained in the 31 May 1945 report:

            “During the month of May, all training companies in the battalion, with the exception of T-182 of the 2900th Reinforcement Company (Prov), completed their six-week training course. Upon completion of the course, the trainees were given three day passes after which they embarked upon an additional three weeks training course. This additional course is principally a refresher one with increased time devoted to athletics and physical hardening.”

            “The advent of VE-Day brought no undue disturbance or breakdown of discipline and control. The I and E program in the battalion has been increased considerably since VE day and company baseball teams have been started along with an augmented sports program.”

            “Memorial Day was observed in the battalion by following a Sunday schedule in as much as possible.”

 

The 6903, 6921, 6922, 6923, and 6924 Reinforcement Battalions (Prov.) and 2900, 2901, 2902, 2903, 2904, 2905, 2906, 2907, 2908, 2909, 2910, 2911, 2912, 2913, 2914, 2915, 2916, 2917,6910, 6911, 6912, 6913, 6914, and 6915 Reinforcement Companies (Prov), were transferred 20 June 1945 to the 14th Port Tidworth Staging Area, Tidworth, England, pursuant to Courier Message, Hq GFRC (REAR), Cite: FR-1553, dated 15 June 45.

 

  Source: 12th Reinforcement Depot History file from the National Archives. Reports for 1 April 1945, 1 May 1945 and 31 May 1945 were obtained.

6922nd Reinforcement Battalion

Attached to 12th reinforcement Depot.

The 6903, 6921, 6922, 6923, and 6924 Reinforcement Battalions (Prov.) and 2900, 2901, 2902, 2903, 2904, 2905, 2906, 2907, 2908, 2909, 2910, 2911, 2912, 2913, 2914, 2915, 2916, 2917,6910, 6911, 6912, 6913, 6914, and 6915 Reinforcement Companies (Prov), were transferred 20 June 1945 to the 14th Port Tidworth Staging Area, Tidworth, England, pursuant to Courier Message, Hq GFRC (REAR), Cite: FR-1553, dated 15 June 45.

 

 

6923rd REINFORCEMENT BATTALION (P)

 

The 6923rd Reinforcement Battalion was activated  25 February 1945 at Tidworth Barracks, Wilts, England, per Letter, Hq, 12th Reinforcement Depot, APO 551, file no. 322, Subject: “Reorganization”.

 

Cadre personnel were drawn from Detachment 521. Strength at activation was 2 officers and 20 enlisted men.

 

The Battalion was organized under T/O & E 12-46, dated 12 October 44, with columns 1 through 7, 9, 11, and 12 and column 8 less one officer.

 

The 6923rd was commanded by the following:

            THOMAS A. HOUSTON, Lt. Colonel, 1 March 1945 to 31 May 1945.

            LOUIS A. ZUKOR, 1st Lt., listed as Adjutant in the 4 April 1945, 1 May 1945 and 1 June 1945 reports.

             

The Battalion was attached to the following organizations:

            2nd Training Regiment (Prov), APO 551

             

The following units were attached to the 6923rd BN:

            2910th Reinforcement Company (P) since activation.

2911th Reinforcement Company (P) since activation.

2912th Reinforcement Company (P) since activation.

342nd Reinforcement Company since 27 February 1945.

519th Reinforcement Company since 27 February 1945.

 

  The 4 April 1945 report contained the following:

            “From 1 March 1945 to 31 March 1945, this provisional battalion has processed, trained and sent to the far shore a total of 7 packets of infantrymen, 745 qualified, an approximate total of 1400 men. During the same period, reception, processing and training of approximately 1600 men was going on unhalted.”

           

            “Inception of the committee system of instruction, 5 committees set up, tactics, M1, Weapons, Hand to Hand Combat and Bayonet.”

            “This battalion is proud to announce that the youngest organization within the unit, 2912th Reinforcement Company (P), commanded by A.B. LaBeau, was cited for excellency in barracks cleanliness and arrangement by the Regiment Commander and is authorized by the Regimental Commander to hear standard, “Best Company in Regiment.”         

 

The 1 May 1945 report contained the following:

            “From 1 April 1945 to 30 April 1945, this provisional battalion shipped 1 packet of infantrymen 745. During the past month all companies continued to process and train troops converted to Infantry.”

           

“This battalion’s attached companies continued to capture the prize of best Company in the 2nd Regiment. During this month three of our companies won the award. They were the 2911th Reinf. Co. (P),  2912th Reinf. Co. (P) and the 342nd Reinforcement Company”

 

The 6903, 6921, 6922, 6923, and 6924 Reinforcement Battalions (Prov.) and 2900, 2901, 2902, 2903, 2904, 2905, 2906, 2907, 2908, 2909, 2910, 2911, 2912, 2913, 2914, 2915, 2916, 2917,6910, 6911, 6912, 6913, 6914, and 6915 Reinforcement Companies (Prov), were transferred 20 June 1945 to the 14th Port Tidworth Staging Area, Tidworth, England, pursuant to Courier Message, Hq GFRC (REAR), Cite: FR-1553, dated 15 June 45.

Source: 12th Reinforcement Depot History file from the National Archives. Reports for 4 April 1945, 1 May 1945 were obtained.

 

 

6924th REINFORCEMENT BATTALION (P)

 The 6924th Reinforcement Battalion was activated  

 

 The 6924th was commanded by the following:

            Lt. Col GEORGE C MARTIN, 0283962, Infantry, 1 March 1945 to 24 May 1945.

            Major VICTOR H VOGEL, 0309564, Infantry, 25 May 1945 to 31 May report date.

             

The Battalion was attached to the following organizations:

            2nd Training Regiment (Prov), APO 551

             

The following units were attached to the 6924th BN:

            2918th Reinforcement Company, ? to 13 March 1945.

            507th Reinforcement Company, 1 April 1945 to 14 May 1945.

            516th Reinforcement Company, 1 April 1945 to 14 May 1945.

            521th Reinforcement Company, 1 April 1945 to 14 May 1945.

            2917th Reinforcement Company, 1 April 1945 to 25 May 1945.

            513th Reinforcement Company, 1 April 1945 to 9 April 1945.

            513th Reinforcement Company, 1 May 1945 to 14 May 1945.

            341st Reinforcement Company, 15 May 1945 to 31 May 1945 report date.

            343rd Reinforcement Company, 15 May 1945 to 31 May 1945 report date.

            522nd Reinforcement Company, 15 May 1945 to 31 May 1945 report date.

2913rd Reinforcement Company, 15 May 1945 to 31 May 1945 report date.

2914th Reinforcement Company, 15 May 1945 to 31 May 1945 report date.

 

  The 5 April 1945 report contained the following:

                        “During the month of March five training companies completed training and were transferred to the far shore. The total number of men available for front line duty as trained NCO’s and riflemen was approximately 884, not including smaller miscellaneous packets during the month. During this same period three new training companies commenced their training, one of which is within the newly activated 2917th Reinforcement Company.”

                        “Outstanding items of interest in training were the inauguration of the 4-man buddy system and the reduction of training companies to one per company. This latter change has allowed greater officer and NCO supervision, higher morale among the trainees and a lower AWOL rate. There has also recently been initiated a committee system of instruction which it is believed will increase the efficiency of instruction methods.”

             

The 30 April 1945 report contained the following:

                        513th Reinforcement Company attached as training company, 9 April 1945. Prior to this the 513th had operated the Perham Down Stockade. “At this time this Stockade is limited to general prisoners, and this company handles a training company as well as the Stockade.”

                        One limited assignment packet of 135 EM was shipped to the far shore by the 513th.

 

The 31 May 1945 report contained the following:

                        “During the month, four training companies completed the six weeks training cycle with this battalion. Three companies now with this battalion completed training while attached to the 65th Reinforcement Battalion. Of the first four mentioned, together with one training company reported in April as being completed and available, 173 retrained infantrymen were subsequently transferred to the 52nd Reinforcement Battalion, 208 to the 6979 Reinforcement School Battalion, and 163 to th1 118th Infantry Regiment. At the present time, three training companies are in an additional training cycle, and one, having just completed the six week training cycle, is on a three day pass. Thus, there are now in this battalion a total of approximately 1125 retrained infantrymen now available for immediate reassignment. Two completed training companies were transferred to the 107th Reinforcement Battalion.”

 

The 6903, 6921, 6922, 6923, and 6924 Reinforcement Battalions (Prov.) and 2900, 2901, 2902, 2903, 2904, 2905, 2906, 2907, 2908, 2909, 2910, 2911, 2912, 2913, 2914, 2915, 2916, 2917,6910, 6911, 6912, 6913, 6914, and 6915 Reinforcement Companies (Prov), were transferred 20 June 1945 to the 14th Port Tidworth Staging Area, Tidworth, England, pursuant to Courier Message, Hq GFRC (REAR), Cite: FR-1553, dated 15 June 45.

 

Source: 12th Reinforcement Depot History file from the National Archives. Reports for 5 April 1945, 30 April 1945, 31 May 1945, were obtained.

 

 

 

 

 

  6979TH GFRC SCHOOL BATTALION

                The following report was compiled from data contained in copies of the original reports submitted Headquarters, 12th Reinforcement Depot, in 1945.  The reports were obtained from the Declassified Holdings of the National Archives in the fall of 2017. The file only contained reports for March – July 1945.

Headquarters

            The 6979th Ground Reinforcement Command School Battalion (Provisional) was established at 2400 hours, 6 May 1945 at the 12th Reinforcement Depot, located at Tidworth Barracks, APO 551. The Battalion was established by authority contained in Letter, Hq., 12th Reinforcement Depot, AG 322, Subject: “Provisional Organization of 6979 GFRC School Battalion”, and further pursuant to authority contained in letter, Hq, ETOUSA, AG 322 OPCC, Subject: “Provisional Organization of Ground Force Reinforcement Command School Battalions”, dated 1 May 1945, and letter, GFRC, AG322OPCC, Subject: “Provisional Organization of GFRC School Battalion, dated, 1 May 1945.

            Personnel for the battalion came from two sources. 345 enlisted men and 21 officers, limited assignment, were relieved from 1st Battalion, 118th Infantry, and were attached unassigned to Detachment 579, GFRC, and placed on detached service with the 6979 GFRC School Battalion (provisional). 646 enlisted men were drawn from five training companies of the 12th Reinforcement Depot and were attached unassigned to Detachment 579 GFRC, and were placed on Detached Service with this Battalion. 24 officers that had been attached unassigned to the 9th Reinforcement Depot, were placed on detached service with the 6979 BN.

            Lt. Colonel Robert E. Reed, 0355021, infantry, assumed command of the Battalion on 9 May 1945.  On 27 June Colonel Reed was hospitalized and Major Smith L. Myers, 0197968, Infantry, assumed command (according to 3 July 1945 report).

            At the time of establishment one company, “A”, was located at Ogborne St. George, with a strength of 125 enlisted men and 5 officers. Company “B” was located at Tilshead Camp, with a strength of 125 enlisted men and 5 officers. Company “C” was located at Tidworth Barracks, with a strength of 590 enlisted men and 55 officers. The Truck Company was also located at Tidworth Barracks with 141 enlisted men and 2 officers.

            The 2 June reports stated that in order to accomplish the future inclusion of 57 enlisted men and one officer from the Tank Team,  and the immediate inclusion of 23 required medical personnel, 96 enlisted men were relieved from detached service with Company C. On 29 May 57 enlisted men and one officer, formerly of the Tank Team, were placed on detached service with Company D.

            On 28 May, two new units were established. Company “D” was established with a strength of 276 enlisted men and 10 officers, drawn from Company C, except 41 enlisted men and one officer of Tank Team. A Headquarters Detachment consisting of 16 enlisted men and 10 officers was established on 28 May 1945, and drawn from Company C. Also on 28 May 16 enlisted men were transferred from Company C to Truck Company.

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of 31 May 1945, the strength of the 6979 GFRC School Battalion (Provisional) was as follows:

            UNIT               STRENGTH on 31 May 1945              STRENGTH ON 30 JUNE 1945

            Co. A               127 EM              5 Officers                  208 EM                        8 Officers

            Co. B               127 EM              5 Officers                  202 EM                        8 Officers

            Co. C               276 EM             12 Officers                 196 EM                        8 Officers

            Co. D               261 EM                        10 Officers                 225 EM                        10 Officers

            Truck Co.        157 EM                        5 Officers                  

            HQ Det.           16 EM              10 Officers                  88 EM              12 Officers

            Medical Det                                                                 39 EM              1 Officer

 

            The 2 June report states: “The mission of the Battalion has been to assist in the conduct and improvement of training at the three camps referred to previously. It is charged with preparation and maintenance of a large supply of training aids, the staffing and operation of a large operations center, concerned with the supply and cleaning of training weapons, ammunitions, explosives and other necessary training needs. Its units furnish the permanent range details which have operated the thirty ranges at Tidworth, the sixteen at Tilshead, and the twelve at Ogborne St. George. It has assisted in the construction of new ranges. It has provided personnel for certain demonstrations, and has been charged with the provision for amplifying systems where necessary.”

            “These phases of the principal mission have been accomplished by an intensive training of the new personnel of the Battalion, utilizing the experiences of those men formerly of the 118th Infantry.”

            On 6 June 1945 per SO 18, Hq, GFRC School Battalion, dated 5 June 1945, a provisional Medical Department was organized with 39 enlisted men and 1 officer.

            The battalion was stationed at Tidworth, Wilts, England. On 19 June 1945 movement was made by motor to Camp Ogbourne St. George, which included the Medical Detachment, Hq Detachment, Truck Company and C Company. D Company was left at Tidworth until 28 June, at which time D Company also moved to Camp Ogbourne St. George with a strength of 217 enlisted men and 9 officers. 50 enlisted men formerly of Truck Company were attached to Company D until 28 June, when they also were transported to Camp Ogbourne.

            On 17 June 1945, 127 enlisted men and 5 officers of B Company moved by motor from Tilshead Camp to Camp Ogbourne St. George.

            By 20 June companies B, C, Truck, Hq, and the medical detachment had all joined A Company at Camp Ogbourne. Also on 20 June 1945, Truck Company was disestablished. The 157 enlisted men and 5 officers were placed on detached service with Hq Detachment, Company A and Company B (per SO 22, dated 20 June 1945).

            On 22 June 1945 22 enlisted men were released from detached service for Co’s A, B and C and placed on detached service with the Hq Detachment for duties and battalion MP’s, and wend on S/D with the 12th Reinforcement Depot on 30 June 1945, to work in conjunction with Depot MP’s.

 

            The 3 July 1945 report states that the mission of the School Battalion changed on 13 June 1945 when the last range was fired. The BN then demolished and cleaned up the ranges, in accordance with instructions from the 12th Reinforcement Depot. After moving to Camp Ogbourne St. George, a training program was followed with heavy emphasis on organized athletics and discussion phases of the orientation program. Physical training periods and short periods of close order drill were scheduled daily. The training program was an attempt to maintain the physical standard and the morale of the men in the absence of a defined Battalion mission.

Headquarters Detachment

Headquarters Detachment 6979 GFRC School Battalion was established 28 May 1945, by authority of paragraph 3, Special Order number 14, HQ, 6979 GFRC School BN, dated 28 May 1945.  The unit was established 12th Reinforcement Depot, APO 551, located at Tidworth, Wiltshire, England.

Personnel for the Headquarters, consisting of 10 officers and 16 enlisted men was drawn from Company C, 6979 GRFC School Battalion. No T/O was complied with. The 3 July 1945 reports list the strength of the detachment at 88 enlisted men and 12 officers, including the setting up of the Truck and MP sections, as of 30 June.   

1st Lt. Jacob J Slager, 01115418, Infantry, was Detachment Commander at inception and was still in command as of the 3 July report.

As of the 3 July report, no units had been attached, nor had the unit been attached to other units. 

The Detachment moved from Tidworth Camp to Camp Ogbourne St. George on 19 June 1945.

APO was changed from 551 to 518B on 1 July 1945.

The following Officers were promoted per SO 167, HQ, ETO, effective 16 June 1945:

            Siat Joseph H., 02041128, 1st Lt., Infantry

            Rider, Ira W., 01319016, 1st Lt., Infantry

            Wendt, Donald A., 01319370, 1st Lt., Infantry

 

Company “A”, 6979th School Battalion

Company A of the 6979th School Battalion was activated on 7 May 1945, at Ogbourne St. George, per letter, Hq, 12th Reinforcement Depot, AG 322, subject: Provisional Organization of 6979th Ground Reinforcement Command School Battalion, dated 5 May 1945.

Company personnel, 124 enlisted men and 3 officers, was drawn from Detachment 579, GFRC. No T/0 organization.

The company was commanded by 1st Lt. Carl L. Hester, Infantry from 7 May through 28 May 1945, per 28 May 1945 report. The 2 July report lists Captain Charles R. Miller, Infantry, as commanding from 21 June to 30 June 1945.

No units were attached and the unit has not been attached to any other organization.

Company “B”, 6979th School Battalion

Company B of the 6979th School Battalion was activated on 6 May 1945, 2400 hrs, at Tilshead, Wilts, per letter, Hq, 12th Reinforcement Depot, AG 322, subject: Provisional Organization of 6979th Ground Reinforcement Command School Battalion, dated 5 May 1945.

Company personnel, 124 enlisted men and 1 officer, was drawn from Detachment 579, GFRC. No T/0 organization.

The company was commanded by 1st Lt. Charles T. Durham, 0-1309353, Infantry from  6 May through 21 June 1945. 1st Lt. John B. Ketchem commanded from 22 June to 30 June 1945.

No units were attached. The unit was attached unassigned to Det 579 GFRC.

            On 8 May 1945, two days after activation, VE day was announced. The news was received with elation and behavior was excellent with no excessive exuberance.

            On 20 May 1945, Sgt Robert E (?). Stilling was killed by a vehicle which failed to stop after hitting him. Identity of vehicle unknown.  Sgt Stilling was very popular member of the company and the news of his death was received with solemnity by all. (per 31 May 1945 report)

            On 19 June 1945 the company moved from Tilshead to Ogbourne St. George.

            On 22 June, 60 enlisted men were attached from Truck Company, 19 enlisted men were attached [from] Company C.  11 enlisted men were attached from Company D, making a total strength of 213 enlisted men. Lt Castle was transferred to Hq detachment, Lt. Ketchem, Lt. Beaney, Lt. Havard and Lt. Russell were attached to company. Unit strength on 30 June was 202 enlisted men and 8 officers.

Company “C”, 6979th School Battalion

Company C of the 6979th School Battalion was activated on 6 May 1945, per SO 1, Hq, 6979 GFRC School BN, APO 551, dated 9 May 1945, at the 12th Reinforcement Depot, APO 551.

Company personnel, 592 enlisted men and 15 officer, was drawn from Detachment 579, 12th Reinforcement Depot. No T/0 organization.

The company was commanded by 1st Lt. Tyrus L. Mizer, Infantry, from 6 May to 20 June 1945. Captain John S. Anderson commanded from 20 June to present (per 2 July 1945 report).

No units were attached. The unit was not attached to any other organization.

             The company moved from Tidworth to Ogbourne St. George on 19 June 1945 by motor transport. 265 enlisted men and 10 officers made the move.

            The APO changed from 551 to 518-B on 1 July 1945.

            Strength as of 1 July 1945 was 197 enlisted men and 8 officers.

The following information was in the 29 May 1945 report.

45 enlisted men transferred to the 2909th Reinforcement Company per par 14, SO 132, HQ 12th RD.

25 enlisted men transferred to the 2901st Reinforcement Company per par 14 SO 132, Hq 12th RD.

24 enlisted men transferred to the 118th Inf Regt per par 11, SO 132, Hq, 12th RD.

2 enlisted men attached to this org. from 118th Inf Regt per par 45, SO 125, Hq, 12th RD.

21 enlisted men attached to this org. from Det and Reinf Company indicated on orders par 10, SO132.

2 officers placed on detached service this org from 3rd Regt (P) oer par 21, SO 128.

17 officers AU and joined from 9th Repl Depot, APO 545 per par 12, SO 128, Hq, 12th RD.

1 officers AU and joined from 9th Repl Depot, APO 545, per par 13, SO 128.

9 officers and 15 enlisted men transferred to Hq Detachment this BN per par 19, SO 148, Hq, 12th RD.

3 officers transferred to Truck Company this BN per par 20, SO 148, Hq, 12th RD.

2 enlisted men transferred to Company A this BN per par 21 SO 148, Hq, 12th RD.

1 officer and 3 enlisted men transferred to Company B this BN per par 23 SO 148, Hq, 12th RD.

9 officers and 46 enlisted men transferred to Company D this BN per par 33, SO 148, Hq, 12th RD.

37 enlisted men transferred to Company D this BN per par 33, SO 148, Hq, 12th RD.

121 enlisted men transferred to Company D this BN per par 18, SO 148, Hq, 12th RD.

 

Company “D”, 6979th School Battalion

Company D of the 6979th School Battalion was activated on 29 May 1945, per SO 14, Hq, 6979 GFRC School BN, APO 551, dated 28 May 1945, at the 12th Reinforcement Depot, APO 551.

Company personnel, 204 enlisted men and 9 officers, were drawn from Company C, 6979th Sch BN, and GFRC. No T/0 organization.

The company was commanded by 1st Lt. Aubrey J. Gibs, Infantry, from 29 May to 18 June 1945(?). Captain Alvin J Wilcox, Infantry, commanded from 18 June to present (per 3 July 1945 report).

No units were attached. The unit was not attached to any other organization.

             The company began moving from Tidworth to Ogbourne St. George on 26 June 1945 and completed the move on 2 July 1945. 198 enlisted men and 9 officers made the move.

             

Truck Company

            The following unit history narrative was filed by Delos A. Neese, 1st. Lt. Commanding, on 28 May 1945. It was not in the standard form used by other companies in the BN.

 

            “The unit was activated 7 May 1945, under authority of Letter, Hq, 12th Reinforcement Depot, APO 551, dated 5 May 1945, subject: “Provisional Organization of 6979th GFRC School Bn., file 322. The unit was originally designated TRUCK COMPANY, 6979TH SCHOOL BATTALLION.

            The men of this unit came from T-128, T-129, T-130, T-131, T-132 – Training Companies at the 12th Reinforcement Depot.  The officers came from the 118th Infantry Regiment, as well as the 9th Reinforcement Depot. The strength at activation was 138 enlisted men, 2 officers. Shortly after activation 3 officers joined the unit, attached unassigned from Co. “C”, 6969 School Bn. The commander at activation was DELOS A. NEESE, 1st Lieut., Inf. He assumed command on 7 May 1945. At the date of activation the unit was stationed at APO 551, Tidworth, United Kingdom Base, ETOUSA.

            As of the 28th May 1945, the unit was operating 33 – ¼ ton 4 x 4, 1 - ¾ ton 4x4, 5 – 2 ½ ton, and 4 – 1 ½ ton 6x6. The trucks were used to haul range personnel and equipment from the garrison area, and likewise to haul staff officers assigned to the 12th Reinforcement Depot, GFRC”.

 

Medical Department – 6969 School Battalion

                The Medical Department was activated on 6 June 1945, by authority of SO 18, Par 1, Hq, Medical Det 6979 GFRC School Bn, APO 551, US Army, dated 6 June 1945.

            32 enlisted men and 1(?) officer were drawn from Det 579, 12th Reinforcement Depot.

            The detachment was commanded by 1st Lt., Jacob J. Slager from 11 June to 21 June 1945. Captain Curt M. Nemrow(?) M.C. commanded from 22 June to present (as of 3 July report).

            The detachment moved from Tidworth to Ogbourne St. George on 19 June 1945 by motor transport, with 1 officer and 33 enlisted men.

            APO changed from 551 to 518-B, 1 July 1945.

            Strength as of 1 July 1945, 1 officer and 39 enlisted men.