following pages tell very briefly the story of our division during its
twenty months of combat. The heroism and courage of the individuals of the
division have been recounted in the thousands of citations which they won.
Greater than any individual feat, however, was the division spirit which
kept it a fighting outfit from Salerno to Austria in spite of
overwhelming odds, bitter weather conditions, seemingly interminable
campaigns, and heavy losses. It was a great outfit. I am proud that I had
the privilege of wearing the T-Patch.
John E. Dahlquist
STORY OF THE
Dec. 13, 1944: The 36th Infantry Division, fighting desperately in the Colmar Pocket, was cut off.
A fierce, fanatical enemy had smashed back the point of the Texas Divisionís lines, sliced hard through the flanks, cut rear communications.
First Bn., 142nd Regt., holding the left bank in Selestat, withstood vicious assaults of two Russia-hardened enemy divisions, sent them reeling back and heavy casualties.
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