Recreating History

2nd Infantry Division

World War I

Activated: October 1917.

Overseas: October 1917.

Major Operations: Aisne, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, Aisne-Marne.

Casualties: Total-11,746 (KIA-1,964 ; WIA-9,782).


Brig. Gen. C. A. Doyen, USMC (26 October 1917)
Maj. Gen. Omar Bundy (8 November 1917)
Maj. Gen. James G. Harbord (15 July 1918)
Maj. Gen. John A. Lejeune, USMC (26 July 1918).

Returned to U.S.: September 1919.

In World War I, the 2d Division included the 4th Marine Brigade, which consisted of the 5th and 6th Marine Regiments. The Navy furnished the hospital corpsmen for the Marine Brigade, and made a special uniform change which allows hospital corpsmen of this organization to wear a shoulder strap on the left shoulder of the “Dress Blues” so that the French Fourragere could be worn. This is the only Navy unit to wear the Fourragere.

World War II

Overseas: 10 October 1943.

Campaigns: Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland.

Days of Combat: 303.

Distinguished Unit Citations: 16.

Awards: MH-6 ; DSC-34 ; DSM-1 ; SS741; LM-25; SM-14 ; BSM-5,530 ; AM-89.


Maj. Gen. John C. H. Lee (6 November 1941-8 May 1942)
Maj. Gen. Walter M. Robertson (9 May 1942-June 1945)
Brig. Gen. W. K. Harrison (June-September 1945)
Maj. Gen. Edward M. Almond (September 1945-June 1946)
Maj. Gen. Paul W. Kendall (June 1946 to 24 May 1948)
Maj. Gen. Harry J. Collins (30 June 1948- ).

Returned to U.S.: 20 July 1945.

Combat Chronicle

After training in Ireland and Wales from October 1943 to June 1944, the 2d Infantry Division crossed the channel to land on Omaha Beach on D plus 1, 7 June 1944, near St. Laurent-sur-Mer. Attacking across the Aure River, the Division liberated Trevieres, 10 June, and proceeded to assault and secure Hill 192, the key enemy strongpoint on the road to St. Lo. With the hill taken 11 July 1944, the Division went on the defensive until 26 July. Exploiting the St. Lo break-through, the 2d Division advanced across the Vire to take Tinchebray 15 August 1944. The Division then moved west to join the battle for Brest, the heavily defended fortress surrendering 18 September 1944 after a 39-day contest. The Division took a brief rest 19-26 September before moving to defensive positions at St. Vith. The German Ardennes offensive in mid-December forced the Division to withdraw to defensive positions near Elsenborn, where the German drive was halted. In February 1945 the Division attacked, recapturing lost ground, and seized Gemund, 4 March. Reaching the Rhine 9 March, the 2d advanced south to take Breisig, 10-11 March, and to guard the Remagen bridge, 12-20 March. The Division crossed the Rhine 21 March and advanced to Hadamar and Limburg, relieving elements of the 9th Armored Division, 28 March. Advancing rapidly in the wake of the 9th Armored, the 2d Division crossed the Weser at Veckerhagen, 6-7 April, captured. Gottingen 8 April, established a bridgehead across the Saale, 14 April, seizing Merseburg on the 15th. On the 18th the Division took Leipzig, mopped up in the area, and outposted the Mulde River; elements which had crossed the river were withdrawn 24 April. Relieved on the Mulde, the 2d moved 200 miles, 1-3 May, to positions along the GermanCzech border near Schonsee and Waldmunchen, and attacked in the general direction of Pilsen, reaching that city as the war in Europe ended.

Assignments in the ETO

22 October 1943: Attached to First Army.
24 December 1943: XV Corps, but attached to First Army.
14 April 1944: V Corps, First Army.
1 August 1944: V Corps, First Army, 12th Army Group.
17 August 1944: XIX Corps.
18 August 1944: VIII Corps, Third Army, 12th Army Group.
5 September 1944: VIII Corps, Ninth Army, 12th Army Group.
22 October 1944: VIII Corps, First Army, 12th Army Group.
11 December 1944: V Corps.
20 December 1944: Attached, with the entire First Army, to the British 21st Army Group.
18 January 1945: V Corps, First Army, 12th Army Group.
28 April 1945: VII Corps.
1 May 1945: V Corps.
6 May 1945: Third Army, 12th Army Group.


Nickname: Indian head; Slogan: Second to none. Shoulder patch: An Indian head on a white star superimposed on black shield. Association: Second Division Association, New Colonial Hotel, Fifteenth and M Streets NW.. Washington 5, D. C.; Mr. Ralph C. Lundgren, treasurer. Publications: Second Division- Summary of Operations in the World War (WW I) ; prepared by the Battle Monuments Commission; Government Printing Office. History of the Second Division (WW I); 1930. The Indian Head, monthly publication of the 2d Division Association. From D+1 to 105; by unit members; TI&E, ETO-USA ; Distributor, 2d Division Association; 1945. D+105 to VE; by unit members; D. A. Clegg Co., San Antonio, Tex.; 1945. History of the 2d Infantry Division, by Capt. Henry S. Hopkins; Army & Navy Publishing Co., Baton Rouge 1, La.; 1947.

2nd US Infantry Division "Indianhead"

Divisional troops



9th Infantry Regiment 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
23rd Infantry Regiment 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
38th Infantry Regiment 00.00.0000-00.00.0000

Other troops

2nd Medical Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
2nd Engineer Combat Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
2nd Infantry Division Hq Company 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
2nd Quartermaster Company 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
2nd Signal Company 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
702nd Ordnance Light Maintenance Company 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
2nd Reconnaissance Troop (Mechanized) 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
2nd MP Platoon 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
2nd Divisional Band 00.00.0000-00.00.0000

102nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squad (less C Troop) 11.06.1944-29.07.1944
C Troop, 102nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squad 14.06.1944-29.07.1944
102nd Cavalry Group 16.07.1944-29.07.1944 & 02.08.1944-05.08.1944 & 09.08.1944-14.08.1944
38th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squad (less B Troop) 16.07.1944-29.07.1944
102nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squad 02.08.1944-05.08.1944
38th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squad 02.08.1944-05.08.1944 & 09.08.1944-15.08.1944
102nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squad (less A Troop) 09.08.1944-14.08.1944 & 10.03.1945-13.03.1945
A Troop, 102nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squad 09.08.1944-15.08.1944 & 09.03.1945-13.03.1945
18th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squad 22.10.1944-11.12.1944
D Troop, 89th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squad, 9th Armored Division 28.10.1944-08.11.1944
99th Recon Troop, 99th Division 13.12.1944-22.12.1944

A, C & E Companies, 5th Ranger Infantry Battalion 29.08.1944-04.09.1944
27th Armored Infantry Battalion, 9th Armored Division 26.10.1944-08.11.1944
99th Division 18.12.1944-07.01.1945
39th CT, 9th Division 08.02.1945-12.02.1945 & 18.02.1945-22.02.1945
271st CT, 69th Division 18.04.1945-19.04.1945


2nd Reconnaissance Troop 99th Division 11.12.1944-13.12.1944
B Company, 2nd Engineers (C) Battalion 1st Infantry Division 14.01.1945-24.01.1945
38th FA Battalion 9th Armored Division 02.04.1945-05.04.1945
38th CT VIII Corps 21.08.1944-30.08.1944
38th FA Battalion VIII Corps 21.08.1944-30.08.1944
C Company, 2nd Engineers (C) Battalion VIII Corps 21.08.1944-30.08.1944
2nd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment Com Z 27.09.1944-13.11.1944
1st & 3rd Battalions, 23rd Infantry Regiment 99th Division 16.12.1944-18.12.1944
23rd CT 1st Infantry Division 13.01.1945-24.01.1945
37th FA Battalion 1st Infantry Division 13.01.1945-24.01.1945
2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment 9th Division 12.02.1945
38th CT 78th Division 08.03.1945
38th FA Battalion 78th Division 08.03.1945
C Company, 2nd Engineers (C) Battalion 78th Division 08.03.1945
38th CT 9th Armored Division 25.03.1945-05.04.1945
C Company, 2nd Engineers (C) Battalion 9th Armored Division 23.03.1945-05.04.1945
1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment 9th Armored Division 02.04.1945-05.04.1945
3rd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment 9th Armored Division 09.04.1945-21.04.1945


Sources & links: US Army Center of Military History - 2nd Infantry Division