History of The United States Army's 117th Infantry Regiment

3rd Battalion - K Company

30th Infantry Division

     

Significant Combat Events of the 117th Infantry Regiment


 

February 11, 1944

Main elements of the 117th Infantry Regiment leaves Boston POE for Europe, aboard the SS Argentina, SS Brazil & SS John Ericsson

February 22, 1944

The 117th Infantry Regiment arrives in Liverpool, England, and proceeds to south coast of England by train.

February - June 6, 1944

Intensive training period in England.

June 8-15, 1944

The 117th Infantry Regiment crossed the English Channel.

June 15, 1944

30th Division went into combat south of Isigny, relieving elements of the 101st A. B. Division and the 29th Infantry Division.

June 17, 1944

Col. Hammond D. Birks, Commanding Officer of the 120th Regiment, awarded a Silver Star Medal. The first man in the Division to receive this high award.

July 7, 1944

Liberated St. Jean-de-Daye, the 1st major town in Normandy to be liberated by the 30th Infantry Division.

July 12-13, 1944

Designated as the lead unit in Operation Cobra, to spearhead the breakthrough at St. Lo.

July 15, 1944

Col. Edwin M. Sutherland assumes command of the 119th Regiment

July 24, 1944

Bombed by the 8th Air Force, in error, killing 25 men and wounding 131 men. Delayed jump-off for one day.

July 25, 1944

Bombed again, in error, by 8th Air Force, killing 111 men, including Lt. Gen. Leslie Mc Nair, and wounding 490 men. Operation Cobra took off despite these two tragic errors and losses.

July 26, 1944

Brigadier General Raymond S. McLain relieved of duty as CO of the 30th Division Artillery, to assume command of the 90th Infantry Division

July 26, 1944

Brigadier General  James M. Lewis assumes command of the 30th Div. Arty.

July 29, 1944

Col. Walter M. Johnson assumes command of the 117th Regiment

August 6-12, 1944

Battle of Mortain - 2nd Battalion of the 120th Regiment surrounded on Hill #314 for 5 days. German High Command declared this Battle to be the major turning point of the war, leading to the ultimate defeat of the German Army.

August 14, 1944

Started the 'Rat-Race' across northern France.

August 17, 1944

First contact made with the King's Own Scottish Battalion, 3rd Division, 2nd British Army, was made at Flers, France, at 1630.

August 23, 1944

Evreux, France, is liberated.

August 27, 1944

First troops of the 30th crossed the Seine River at Mantes-Gassicourt, France.

September 4, 1944

The 117th Infantry Regiment enter Belgium.

September 10, 1944

30th Division crossed the Meuse River at Vise and Liege, Belgium.

September 12, 1944

The 117th Infantry enters the Netherlands.

September 14, 1944

Liberated the City of Maastricht, Provincial Capital. 1st City in The Netherlands to be liberated.

September 19, 1944

The 117th Infantry Regiment enters into Germany near Horsbach.

September 24, 1944

Evacuation of Kerkrade begins.

October 2, 1944

Attack on Siegfried Line at Aachen, Germany begins.

October 6, 1944

Col. Birks transferred to 9th Inf. Div. as Assistant Division Commanding Officer

October 16, 1944

Captured the City of Aachen, Germany, in conjunction with the 1st Inf. Div. First City in Germany to fall to the Allies.

October 18, 1944

Maj. Gen. Raymond S. Mc Lain assumes command of the XIX Corps.
October 22, 1944 XIX Corps transferred into the newly formed Ninth Army under Lt. Gen. William H. Simpson.

December 18, 1944

The 117th Infantry Regiment leaves Germany to join in the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes Forrest at Malmedy, Belgium. Along with other elements of the 30th Division,  the penetration of the 1st SS Panzer Division was stopped and forced back at Stavelot-Stoumont-La Gleize, Belgium.

December 27, 1944

Col. Russell A. Baker assumes command of the 119th Inf. Regiment

January 13, 1945

30th Division launched the counteroffensive to return the front line to original position as of December 16, 1944.

January 30, 1945

Line of the Breakthrough returned to original line.

February 2, 1945

30th Division returns to original Roer River position in Germany.

February 23, 1945

The Roer River was successfully crossed near Julich, Germany.

March 24, 1945

30th Division crossed the Rhine River.

April 12, 1945

30th Division reached the Elbe River, 40 miles SW of Berlin.

April 18, 1945

Captured the City of Magdeburg, Germany, one of the easternmost penetrations in the Ninth Army sector.

May 4, 1945

Russians were contacted by 120th Infantry Regiment at Grunewald, Germany near the Elbe River. In a few days, the 117th Infantry Regiment makes contact with the Russians

May 8, 1945

Victory in Europe

May 9, 1945

30th Infantry Division starts Occupation duties in Germany along the Czech Boarder.

June 1945

30th Infantry Division was alerted for deployment for action in Japan.

August 16-21, 1945

The 117th Infantry Regiment returns to the U.S.A. aboard the HMS Queen Mary

November 25, 1945

The 117th Infantry Regiment is deactivated at Ft. Jackson, S.C.

 

 


 

Additional Pages (Click Below)

Dedication

117th Infantry Regiment's Military Personnel Records Destroyed

Order of Battle for the 30th Infantry Division

Campaigns in European Theater of War

Significant Combat Events of the 117th Infantry Regiment

Capture of Lieutenant General Kurt von Dittmar
From Normandy to the Elbe Booklet
Sgt. Frank DeClerck - Prayer Going Into Battle

K Company Roster - 117th Infantry Regiment - June 1944 - August 1945

117th Infantry Regiment at the Battle of the Bulge
117th Infantry Regiment World War II Photos
 
 

 


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