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111th Quartermaster Regiment

The 111th Quartermaster Regiment, Texas National Guard, was organized in July, 1917, as the Texas Supply Train, Texas National Guard, drafted into the Federal service for the World War, August 5, 1917, and became the 117th Supply Train of the 42nd Division. It served overseas during the World War and in the Army of Occupation in Germany from October 31, 1917, to April 29, 1919, and participated in combat as follows:

Champagne-Marne, July 15 to July 18, 1918; Aisne-Marne, July 25 to August 6, 1918; St. Mihiel, September 12 to September 16, 1918; Meuse-Argonne, October 5, to November 10, 1918; Luneville Sector (Lorraine), February 22 to March 22, 1918; Baccarat Sector (Lorraine), March 28 to June 21, 1918 Esperance-Sousin Sector (Champagne), July 5 to July 14, 1918; Essey-Pannes Sector (Lorraine), September 17 to October I, 1918.

The 117th Supply Train was demobilized at Camp Bowie, Texas, in May, 1919.

In October, 1917, there was organized in the Texas National Guard, which was then in the Federal service, the 111th Supply Train of the 36th Division. This unit served overseas during the World War from July 21, 1918, to June 3, 1919, and participated in combat as follows: Meuse-Argonne, October 3-27, 1918.

The 111th Supply Train was demobilized at Camp Bowie, Texas, in June, 1919.

The 36th Division Quartermaster Train was organized in the Texas National Guard during the years 1923-1937, and in 1926 the 117th Supply Train and the 111th Supply Train were reconstituted and consolidated with it. It was redesignated as the 111th Quartermaster Regiment, Texas National Guard, April 1, 1936.

Under the provisions of the AR 260-10, the HIM Quartermaster Regiment is entitled to silk streamers in the colors of the Victory ribbon, embroidered as follows:

Champagne-Marne, Aisne-Marne, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, Lorraine, Champagne.

Buff identifies the organization as a Quartermaster unit. Blue represents infantry division assignment. World War service in the 42nd Division is indicated by the rainbow.

Shortly after the entry of the United States into the World War, certain units of the 15th National Guard Infantry Division were allotted to the Texas National Guard, including one divisional supply train. Shortly after the draft of August 5, 1917, the Texas Supply Train was designated to be the 42nd (Rainbow) Division Supply Train. It became the 17th Supply Train, 42nd Division, sailing for France October 31, 1917, and arriving at Brest, November 12.

The 42nd Division (less artillery) trained in the Vaucoouleurs, Rimaucourt and Rolampont areas. To complete its training, the 42nd Division was attached to the French Seventh Army Corps in the Luneville Sector, February 21, 1918, and participated in raids and routine trench warfare.

On March 31 the division took over the Baccarat Sector. On June 21 the division was withdrawn and proceeded to the east of Rheims, taking part in the Champagne-Marne defensive as part of the Fourth French Army. The division occupied the support line, but the German attack on July 15 penetrated the front-line positions, enabling the division's artillery and part of the infantry to become actively engaged.

On July 17 the division was withdrawn to the ChateauThierry vicinity. From July 25 to August 3, the division participated in the Aisne-Marne offensive as part of the First Army Corps, capturing Croix Rouge Ferme and Sergy, and engaging in severe fighting at the crossing of the Ourq River. In the St. Mihiel offensive, September 12 to 16, 1918, the division was in the attacking line of the Fourth Army Corps. It remained in the front line positions until September 30, when it was withdrawn and moved to the region south of Verdun as part of the reserve of the First Army.

In the Meuse-Argonne offensive, the division relieved the First Division, Fifth Army Corps, in the front line north of Exermont, October 13, 1918. During the last of October the division was relieved by the Second Division and passed to the reserve of the First Army Corps. On November 5 the division again attacked. By November 10 the division was relieved.

After the Armistice, the division was assigned to the Army of Occupation and began its march into Germany. Headquarters were established at Ahrweiler until the return of the division to the United States. The 117th Supply Train landed on April 29, 1919, and was demobilized at Camp Bowie May 15.

Upon the assignment of the Texas Supply Train to the 42nd Division as the 117th Supply Train, it became necessary to reorganize a supply train for the 36th Division. By October 1, 1917, the 111th Supply Train was organized by transfer of suitable men from the entire division. It sailed for France in July and arrived August 12, 1918. It was sent with other units of the 36th Division to the 13th Training area near Bar-sur-Aube. On September 26 it was moved by rail to Epernay and Chalons with division headquarters at Pocancy, Department of the Marne. Here the 111th Supply Train remained for about 10 days as a reserve of the French Group of Armies of the Center, servicing the Fifth French Army with supplies.

On October 3, 1918, the 36th Division was transferred to the Fourth French Army, the 111th Supply Train participating in the Meuse-Argonne offensive (Champagne) October 7-28. The relief of the 36th Division began on October 26, and was completed several days later. After assembling in the Suippes-Sommes-Suippes area, the division moved to the Tricourt area, then to the 16th Training area around Tonnerre.


111th Quartermaster Regiment

Headquarters Company
Band Section
First Battalion
Company A
Company B
Second Battalion
Company C
Company D
Third Battalion
Headquarters Detachment
Company E
Company F

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