6th Infantry Division (United States)

The 6th Infantry Division was an infantry division of the United States Army active in World War I, World War II, and the last years of the Cold War. Known as "Red Star", it was previously called the "Sight Seein' Sixth". Activated: November 1917 Subordinate Units: Headquarters, 6th Division 11th Infantry Brigade 51st Infantry Regiment 52nd Infantry Regiment 17th Machine Gun Battalion 12th Infantry Brigade 53rd Infantry Regiment 54th Infantry Regiment 18th Machine Gun Battalion 6th Field Artillery Brigade 3rd Field Artillery Regiment (75 mm) 11th Field Artillery Regiment (155 mm) 78th Field Artillery Regiment (75 mm) 6th Trench Mortar Battery 16th Machine Gun Battalion 318th Engineer Regiment 6th Field Signal Battalion Headquarters Troop, 6th Division 6th Train Headquarters and Military Police 6th Ammunition Train 6th Supply Train 6th Engineer Train 6th Sanitary Train 20th, 37th, 38th, and 40th Ambulance Companies and Field Hospitals The division went overseas in June 1918, and saw 43 days of combat. Casualties totalled 386 (KIA: 38; WIA: 348). The 6th Division saw combat in the Geradmer sector, Vosges, France, 3 September – 18 October 1918, and during the Meuse-Argonne offensive 1–11 November 1918. Separately the 11th Field Artillery Battalion became engaged earlier in the Meuse-Argonne offensive and fought from 19 October to the Armistice. The division returned to the U.S. in June 1919, and was demobilized, less the 12th Infantry Brigade and certain supporting units, on 30 September 1921 at Camp Grant, Illinois. During the interwar period, elements of the 6th Division were located within the Sixth Corps Area as part of the VI Army Corps. By mid-1927, most of the other elements of the division had been organized with Organized Reserve personnel as Regular Army Inactive units. Activated: 12 October 1939 at Fort Lewis, Washington State Overseas: 21 July 1943 Campaigns: Luzon, New Guinea Days of combat: 306 Distinguished Unit Citations: 7 Awards: MH: 2, DSC: 10, DSM: 3, SS: 697, LM: 18, DFC: 3, SM: 94, BSM: 3,797, AM: 45.
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