6th INFANTRY DIVISION - Sight Seein' Sixth

Activated 10 Oct 1939  •  Entered Combat 14 Jun 1944  •  Days of Combat 306  •  Casualties 2,370

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Commanding Generals

Brig. Gen. Clement A. Trott   (Oct 39 - Oct 40) 
Brig. Gen. Frederick Uhl   (Oct 40 - Dec 40) 
Maj. Gen. Clarence S. Ridley   (Jan 41 - Aug 42) 
Maj. Gen. Durward Wilson   (Sep 42 - Oct 42) 
Maj. Gen. Franklin C.Sibert   (Oct 42 - Aug 44) 
Maj. Gen. Edwin D. Patrick   (Aug 44 - Mar 45) 
Maj. Gen. Charles E. Hurdis   (Mar 45 - Apr 45)

 

Campaigns

New Guinea (24 Jan 43 - 31 Dec 44)

Luzon (15 Dec 44 - 4 Jul 45)

Campaign Route Map

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DIVISION CHRONICLE

The Division moved to Hawaii in July and August 1943 to assume defensive positions on Oahu, training meanwhile in jungle warfare. It moved to Milne Bay, New Guinea, 31 January 1944, and trained until early June 1944. The Division first saw combat in the Toem-Wakde area of Dutch New Guinea, engaging in active patrolling 14-18 June, after taking up positions 6-14 June. Moving west of Toem, it fought a bloody battle with the enemy at Lone Tree Hill, 21-30 June, and secured the Maffin Bay area by 12 July. After a brief rest, the Division made an assault landing at Sansapor, 30 July, on the Vogelkop Peninsula. The 6th secured the coast from Cape Waimak to the Mega River and garrisoned the area until December 1944. The Division landed at Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, on D-day, 9 January 1945, and pursued the Japanese into the Cabanatuan Hills, 17-21 January, capturing Munoz, 7 February. It then drove notrheast to Digalan Bay and Baler Bay, 13 February, isolating enemy forces in southern Luzon. The 1st Infantry Regiment operated on Bataan, 14-21 February, cutting the peninsula from Abucay to Bagac. The Division shifted to the Shimbu Line northeast of Manila, 24 February, took Mount Mataba, 17 April, Mount Pacawagan, 29 April, Bolog, 29 June, Lane's Ridge of Mount Santo Domingo, 10 July, and Kiangan, 12 July. The 6th remained in the Cagayan Valley and the Cordilleras Mountains until VJ-day, then moved to occupy Korea. The division occupied the southern half of the United States zone of occupation until inactivated.

Notes and sources:
Date Activated is the date the division was activated or inducted into federal service (national guard units).
Casualties are number of killed, wounded in action, captured, and missing.
The dates after the campaign name are the dates of the campaign not of the division.
The Army Almanac: A Book of Facts Concerning the Army of the United States; , U.S. Government Printing Office. Army Battle Casualties and Nonbattle Deaths in World War II, Final Report, 1 December 1941 - 31 December 1946. US Army Center of Military History at http://www.history.army.mil/ Various divisional histories