Infantry Division arrived in England, 22 February 1944, and trained until
June. It landed at Omaha Beach, Normandy, 15 June 1944, secured the
Vire-et-Taute Canal, crossed the Vire River, 7 July 1944.
Northern France (25
July 1944 - 14 September 1944)
Beginning on 25
July spearheaded the St. Lo break-through. The day after the Division relieved
the 1st Infantry Division near Mortain on 6 August, the German drive to
Avranches began. Fighting in place with all available personnel, the 30th
frustrated enemy plans and broke the enemy spearhead in a week of violent
struggle, 7 to 12 August. The Division drove east through Belgium, crossing the
Meuse River at Vise and Liege, 10 September. Elements entered Holland on the
12th, and Maastricht fell the next day.
September 1944 - 15 December 1944)
Taking up positions
along the Wurm River, the 30th launched its attack on the Siegfried Line, 2
October 1944, and succeeded in contacting the 1st Division, 16 October, and
encircling Aachen. After a rest period, the Division eliminated an enemy salient
northeast of Aachen, 16 November, pushed to the Inde River at Altdorf, 28
November, then moved to rest areas.
December 1944 - 25 January 1945)
On 17 December
the Division rushed south to the Malmedy-Stavelot area to help block the
powerful enemy drive in the Battle of the Ardennes. It launched a
counteroffensive on 13 January 1945 and reached a point 2 miles south of St.
Vith, 26 January, before leaving the Battle of the Bulge and moving to an
assembly area near Lierneux, 27 January, and to another near Aachen to prepare
for the Roer offensive.
January 1945 - 21 March 1945)
a well deserved rest, the Division resumed its Rhineland offensive and the
Roer River was crossed, 23 February 1945, near Julich. The 30th moved back for
training and rehabilitation, 6 March,
Central Europe (22
March 1945 - 11 May 1945)
24 March the Division made its assault crossing of the Rhine. The troops were
turn loose and pursued the
enemy across Germany, mopping up enemy pockets of resistance, took Hamelin, 7
April, Braunschweig on the 12th, and helped reduce Magdeburg on the 17th. The
Russians were contacted at Grunewald on the Elbe River.
Occupation Period ( 12 May 1945 - 9 August 1945)
After a short
occupation period, the 30th began moving for home, arriving 19 August 1945.
Return Home (10 August 1945
-18 August 1945)
Shortly after the end of their Occupation duties, in early August 1945, the 30th
Infantry Division returned to the United States on the Queen Mary and the USS
General Black. The 117th Regiment and 120th Infantry Regiment sailed on the
Queen Mary to New York while the 119th sailed on the USS General Black to
Deactivation (19 August
1945 - 25 November 1945)
30th Infantry Division deactivated at Ft. Jackson, S.C. on 25
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