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WWII 35th Infantry Division

WWII 35th Infantry Division

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CONNECTICUT MEN
35th - Santa Fe - Division
October
1945
 
35th
DIVISION
COMES HOME
Br in gin g
h om e
the
m illion t h
soldier toreach the U . S. since V - E Da y, t he 35t h(SantaFe) In fa n t r y Divis ion a r r ived inN ew Yor k a boa r d the super-liner Queen
M a r y ,
Sept. 10. Th e m a in
body
h a d
beenpreceded
by one of its u n it s, the 137thIn fa n t r y Regimen t , wh ich la n ded at C om m on wea lt h
P ier ,
Bost on , Au gu st 31.
H er
sides
covered
w it h
ga u dy banners,the Queen
M a r y
was far fr om her usual
p r im
self as she steamed in t o N e w Yor k .She carried men of the 134th a n d 320thIn fa n t r y Regim en t s; the 127th, 161st,216th, 219th
F ie ld Ar t iller y
Ba t t a lion s;the 60t h E n gin eer
B a t t a lion ;
the 110th
Medica l
B a t t a lion ;
the 35th Ca v. Recon .Tr oop ; the 35t h C I C Det a ch m en t ; the194th P .I . Te a m ; H q .
B t r y.,
35t h
A r t i l -
lery.
Also a boa r d the Queen
M a r y
werethe 35th M e d . Co., Q . M . Co., Sign a l Co.,the 735th Or d . M t n . Co., M P Co., a n dHea dqu a r t er s a n d Special Tr oops.Th e 137th Regim en t , after la n din g atBost on , staged t h r ou gh Ca m p Myles
St andish,
near Ta u n t on , Ma s s . F r om thereCon n ect icu t men were sent to F or tDeven s, Ma ss.Th e m a in
body
a r r ivin g
on the Queen
M a r y
was sent for staging to Ca m p
K ilm e r ,
N ew
Br u n swick,
N .
J . ,
fr om where Con n ect icut
troops
were r out ed to F or t Devens.Th e poin t
score
for discharge was lowered while the division was enroute tothe U n it ed States. Consequent ly, at F or tDeven s the m en went t h r ou gh a screening
process.
Those
w it h
h igh point
scores
wereprepared for discharge. Th e remainderwere grant ed their 30 da y furloughs,wh ichwere to expire fr om Oct . 4 to 15.Th e 35th, as President Tr u m a n 's old
D ivis ion ,
received a gala reception in N ew
Yor k .
On h a n d to serenade the fightingmen were T om m y Dor sey a n d his orchestra a n d singing star
M a r t h a
Ra ye,as well as a service ba n d.Aboa r d the Queen
M a r y
on the
t r ip
across
the At la n t ic was a group of 
Br it is h
dignitaries,
headed by F leet
Ad m i r a l
SirJ ames Somer ville, chief of the
Br it is h
m ilit a r y
mission to the U . S., a n d Gen er a l
Sir
H a r t in gs Isma y, personal
m ilit a r y
a d viser to P r im e
M in is t e r
Clem en t At lee.
I n
contrast to the t ime r equir ed by slow-m ovin g t r anspor t s, the Queen
M a r y
made the
voya ge
fr om Sou t h a m pt on toN e w Yor k in four a n d a half days.
Un der
plans or igin a lly announced bythe Ar m y, the 35t h Divis ion was to reassemble, after the men h a d completed
their
furloughs, at Ca m p
Br eckinr idge,
K y .
CONNECTICUT SERVICEMEN'SCOMMEMORATIVE BOOKLET 
Vol.
I Oct. 1, 1945 No. 17
C A R L E T O N
B. CLYMA
,
Editor 
This
booklet on the homecoming of the 35th (Santa Fe) Division from the
European
war was prepared for the menby the Office of the Governor, as an addi
tion
to the souvenirs and memorabiliaof 
those
who served in the Eur opeanTheater of Operations.The courtesies and assistance of publicrelationsofficers, at the ports and at the
For t
Devens' Reception Station greatly
facilitated
the gathering of the materialfor this booklet. The group pictures arefrom Signal Corps photographs. The
cover
picture is from the New Yor
Da ily
News.Th e Ba t t le Log herein was prepared bythe Office of Technical Information, Ar m y
Gr ound
Forces.
A
limit ed number o
copies
are availablefor distribution to Connecticut men of the
Division .
Th ey can be secured by writtenrequest to the Office of the Governor, State
Ca pit ol,
H a r t for d.Reproduction of original material ispermissible only
wit h
written authorization.2
 
35th
DIVISION
FACTS
N ick n am e
Sa nt a F e, name given it
in
Wor ld Wa r
because
its members, from
Ka n sa s,
Missou r i and Nebr a ska
descended
fr om pioneers who blazed old Sa n t a F e
Tr a il.
S h ou lder Patch
& Origin
Sant a
F e
Cross, employed in the old days formarkers along Sa nt a F e
T r a i l ;
pa t ch
com posed
of white
cross
wit h in outer circle oblue, divided into quarters, a n d inner circleof white.
Source
of 
Division
N a t ion a l Gu a r d(Ka nsa s, Missou r i a n d Nebr a ska ).
History
Division or iginally formedAu gu st , 1917 fr om unit s
whose
traditionsdate
ba ck 
to 19th Cen t u r y and In dia n Wa r .Th e division was organized for Wor ld Wa rat F t .
S ill,
Ok la .,
fr om N a t ion a l Gu a r d
unit s
of 
Mis s ou r i
and Ka n sa s.
F ir s t
element
a r r ived
in Fr ance M a y
11,1918.
Aft er
t r a in 
in g
in F r a n ce; du r in g Meuse-Ar gonne
offen
sive, the division a t t a cked fr om Sept. 26,to Oct . 1, 1918, t a k in g towns of Va uquois,Varennes, Ch eppy, Ch a r pen t r y a n d
Baul¬
ny.
I n
Oct ober
it was relieved by 1st I n fa n t r y Division a n d
proceeded
to Vavin¬court
Ar ea ,
relieved 15th F r en ch Colon ia l
D ivis ion
in Sommedieue, a n d later relieved8ls t In fa n t r y Division . Ret u r n ed to U .S .
Ap r i l
20, 1919.Wh en the 35th was fighting in Fr ance
du r in g
the Wor ld Wa r , it h a d as a
F ieldAr t ille r y
officer, Ca pt . H a r r y S. Tr u m a n .
J u s t
27 years afterward, President
T r u 
ma n
stopped
in An t wer p, enroute to a
Ber lin
parley wit h P r im e Min ist er Ch u r ch -
h ill
a n d Ma r sh a ll
St a lin ,
a n d inspected agu a r d of 
honor
of his old outfit, the 137thIn fa n t r y.
R eactivation
Date
Decem ber ,
1940.
Training
Aft er t r a in in g at Ca m pRobin son , Ar k ., division
t ook 
par t in
Louisiana
maneuvers, then was assigned toguard Southern Ca lifor n ia . Un der
Second
Ar m y
it was reorganized as a t riangular
division
Ma r ch 1, 1942; it was assigned to
Ar m y
Gr ou n d Forces in J a n u a r y, 1943,under II Ar m or ed Corps, San
Lu is
Obispo,
C a l.,
assigned to the I I I Cor ps, Ca m pRu cker , Ala ., from
Ap r il
to November ,1943, then part icipat ed in
Tennessee
m a neuvers a n d later
m oved
to Ca m p Bu t n er ,
N . C .
wit h XI I I Corps.
Left 
Th is
Country
M a y , 1944 for
E T O .
Com m an din g
General
Maj. Gen .
P a u l
W. Baade (then
Br ig.
Gen.) J a n . 1943.
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
President Tr u m a n sent a radiogram ocongratulations to his old outfit, the 35thInfantry Division , as it neared New Yor on its homeward
t r ip.
The President said:
"Sligh t ly
over
twenty-six years ago the
original
35th Division returned to the
U n it ed
States after doing what we knewwas a
good
job and a permanent one. Thecountry acclaims the present 35th Divisionas it acclaimed the original. You haveearned the everlasting gratitude of us a ll.God grant that we may make better useof this crusade than we did of the other."Ma jor General
P a u l
W. Baade, Com mander of the 35th, replied:"Th e
officers
and men of your old Divisionjoin me in expressing their appreciationfor your
message.
We, too, pray that thesuffering and
bloodshed
endured by our
comrades
shall not have
been
in va in ."
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