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Letter from General Terry Allen - 23 April 1945  S1, I2 - Notes 
Camp Adair - Home of the 104th Inf Div and the 413th Seagull Regiment  [S5, p 17]
Summer 1942 - Activation of 104th Inf Div  [S5, p 17]

 

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John H. Gallagher, Sr Collection 1951-1973 - Oregon State University This collection consists of photographs of Camp Adair; engineering reports (with photographs) about Camp Adair, Camp White (Medford, Oregon), the Corvallis Airport, and McNary Field (Salem, Oregon); and property appraisals of two Corvallis Sand and Gravel Company sitesLink
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Terry Allen Papers - University of Texas at El Paso - Includes biography  .pdf   Link to UTEP Library Listing
TIMBERWOLF ARTIFACTS- COMMENTS BY/ABOUT 104TH DIVISION TIMBERWOLVES. http://timberwolf104.tripod.com/comments.html (OK 17 Mar 2007).
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Faces Beyond the Graves - 104th Infantry Division, World War II
Order of Battle:  104th Infantry Division (Timberwolf)  S8 p 261, S9,
   413th Infantry Regiment
   414th Infantry Regiment
   415th Infantry Regiment
   104th Reconnaissance Troop (Mechanized)
   329th Engineer Combat Battalion
   329th Medical Battalion
   Divisional artillery (3 x 105mm, 1 x 155mm battalions)
   Special Troops (Quartermaster, signal, et cetera)
   Armored attachments:  750th Tank Battalion, 692d Tank Destroyer Batttalion
 
Operations of the Timberwolf Division in Europe - Sept 44 - May 45 (Poster) - S13,
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Timeline  
Yellow Background relates directly to Walter C. Robbins
31 July 1942 The first officer assigned to the Division to report to Camp Adair was Capt. Clyde L. Pennington, Division Automotive Officer. The first enlisted man to report was S/S William E. Allen.  S4,
7 Aug 1942 Major General Gilbert R. Cook opened his headquarters as commanding general of the Division at Camp Adair, Oregon. The strength report for August shows a total of 31 officers and 8 enlisted men.  S4,
Sept 1942 Activated Camp Adair, Oregon  S3,
15 Sept 1942 The 104th Infantry Division formally activated with ceremonies at Camp Adair, Oregon. At 1000 hours, the 684 officers and 1,435 enlisted men, then in the division, marched to the central parade grounds, and stood at attention before the speakers platform - - As the first notes of a bugle sounded the Division Commander's party reached the platform and the troops in the field came to attention. - - Lt. Col. Frank Worthington, Division Chaplain, pronounced the invocation and Lt. Col. A.M. Button read the orders of activation  S2, S4,
14 Dec 1942 Basic training for the newly arrived recruits started and the soldiers soon learned why natives along the Willamette Valley hibernated each winter. The strength report showed a total of 819 officers and 15,112 enlisted men  S2, S4,  
13 March 1943 Basic Training ended  S4,
6-7 Aug 1943 The division moved out of Camp Adair to the Oregon desert in the vicinity of Sisters-Bend, Oregon. The strength report showed a total of 934 officers, 38 warrant officers, and 10,713 enlisted men.  S4
August to November 1943 Oregon Maneuvers S2,  
August 1943 To Bend, OR Maneuver Area  S3,
15 October 1943 Major General Terry de la Mesa Allen assumed command of the 104th Inf Div. S3S4
November 1943 to March 1944 California-Arizona Maneuvers S2, S3,
7 Nov 1943 The Division moved by train from Bend, Oregon, to Camp Hyder, Arizona in the California-Arizona maneuver area S2S4,
29 Nov 1943 The Division moved to Camp Horn, Arizona (6 miles to the west) S2S4,  
4 March 1944 Camp Granite, California S2S4,  
9 February 1944 To Yuma, AZ - more desert training - The arduous training in the Camp Horn area was completed and the Division moved northwest of Yuma for Corps maneuvers  S3S4,  
1944, March To Camp Granite, CA  S3,
March-August 1944 Camp Carson, Colorado:  Additional training S2, S3,
 

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15 March 1944 Camp Carson S2S4,   
June 1944 Infantry Day - 15,000 men in review  S3,
16 July 1944 Lt. Col. Wm. Summers, 3rd Bn, 413th Inf., received the following directive, "Stop your problem and move your troops to the barracks at once, the Division has been alerted for movement overseas."   S4
10 August 1944 Advance party left Camp Carson S2,   S4
17 August 1944 Advance party sailed for Europe from New York aboard SS Ile de France - Landed in Greenoch, Scotland  S2S4,  
15 & 17 August The remainder of the Division, in 24 trains, moved out of Camp Carson, closing on camp Kilmer, NJ on 20 Aug. S2S4,  
20 August 1944 Camp Kilmer, New Jersey S2,
25-26 Aug 1944 The Division filed into coaches at Camp Kilmer and rode to New York harbor. Marching onto ferry boats, the men heavily loaded, rode silently to the piers.  S4,
27 Aug 1944 Embarked for Overseas from New York aboard USS LeJeune, USS George Washington, USAT Cristobal and USS Ocean Mail (The Largest convoy of WWII and the first to proceed directly from the US to France) S2S4
7 September  1944 We passed Portland Cape, England, on Monday night and woke up in the harbor of Cherbourg on Tuesday morning, 7 Sept. (Our 415th Regiment, aboard the U.S.A.T Cristobal, landed on the famous Utah Beach)  S2, S3S4
- Valognes, France - Manche Region S2,
7 Oct 1944 At 1030 Division Headquarters received the following warning order from III Corps: "Be prepared to move the Division by rail and motor forward on or about 15 October."  S4,
10 Oct 1944 Barneville, France - Manche Region S2,
14 Oct 1944 At 0600 the advance party composed of officers and men from all Division units, moved out and the Division was informed that it would move to the vicinity of Vilvorde, Belgium, north of Brussels  S4,
15-16 Oct 1944 6,523 troops of the 413th, 414th, 415th & Div Special Troops boarded dilapidated "40 & 8" freight cars at La Haye du Puits.  S4,
16 Oct 1944 Brig. Gen. Bryant E. Moore, Assistant Div. Commander, and the Division G-3 reported to Headquarters, First Canadian Army at Antwerp.  S4,
18 Oct 1944 At 1750 the Division was informed by SHAEF that the 692nd Tank Destroyer Battalion, 555th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons (Mobile) Battalion and the 750th Tank Battalion were attached to the Division  S4,
20 Oct 1944 Malines, Belgium - Brabant Region S2,
 

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22 Oct 1944 The I British Corps directed that the 104th Inf Div relieve the 49th Inf Division (British) during the period 23-25 Oct.  S4,
22 Oct 1944 Westmalle, Belgium - Antwerp Region S2
23 Oct 1944 5 May 1945 - Combat Service (195 consecutive days) - (Reportedly more consecutive days of combat thatn any other division in the ETO)  S2,
23 Oct 1944 In the early hours, Regimental Combat Team 413 [th Inf Reg] moved from its bivouac area completing the relief of the 56th Brigade (British) at 1700   S4,
23 Oct 1944 Entered combat at Wuustwezel, Belgium S2,
23 Oct - 8 Nov 1944 Holland -  Battle of the Dykes   S2,
25 Oct 1944 Oostmalle, Belgium - Antwerp Region S2,
25 Oct 1944 At 1030 0n 25 Oct a patrol of Company E, 414th Inf Regt gained contact with the enemy in the vicinity of the Custom House on the Wuustwezel-Breda highway just north of the Holland frontier.  S4,
October 1944 To Belgium  S3,
Oct-Nov 1944 "Move To Germany"  S14, Page 12
November 1944 To Germany  S3,
1 Nov 1944 Ruephen, Netherlands - North Brabant Region S2,
3 Nov 1944 Hoeven, Netherlands - North Brabant Region S2,
5 Nov 1944 The 104th Div Headquarters received a TWX from Headquarters First United States Army, directing it to move to the vicinity of Aachen, Germany  S4,
7 Nov 1944 Grenhof, Germany - Rhineland Region S2,
7 Nov 1944 At 0100 tactical reconnaissance parties from all units left for Germany. By 2200 the Division (less the 414th) closed in its assembly area south of Aachen, Germany   S4,
8 Nov 1944 The 1600 relief of the 16th Inf (1st Inf Div) began by the 415th and completed by 0025 9 Nov.   S4,
9 Nov - 14 Dec 1944 Beyond the Seigfried Line (Aachen to the Roer River)
Ordered to clear the west bank of the Inde River (a small tributary of the Roer River) - S2, S8 p103,
10 Nov 1944 Brand, Germany - Rhineland Region S2,
10 Nov 1944 Shortly before noon General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Commander of all Allied Forces in the European Theater, General Omar Bradley, Commander Twelfth Army Group, and Lt General J. Lawton Collins, Commander of the VII Corps, called on the Division Commander at Grenzhof, Germany.   S4,
 

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16 Nov 1944 At 0325 the G-3 at Division Headquarters received the following message from VII Corps: "This is D-Day, H-Hour is at 1245" (Operation Queen).   S4,
24 Nov 1944 Eschweiler, Germany - Rhineland Region S2,
12 Dec 1944 Weisweiler, Germany - Rhineland Region
6 February 1945 The Division was directed to prepare plans for the crossing of the Roer River.  S3S4,
23 Feb 1945 7 March 1945 Objective Cologne (Roer River to Rhine River) S2,
23 Feb 1945 At 0245 in the black of the night, the Roer River line burst into a ball of fire - the thunderous battle flamed along a 22 mile front. At 0330 the barrages shifted to the east and the Timberwolves commenced crossing the flooded Roer (Operation Grenade).    S4,
24 Feb 1945 Langerwehe, Germany - Rhineland Region S2,
25 Feb 1945 Duren, Germany - Rhineland Region S2,
27 Feb 1945 Buir, Germany - Rhineland Region S2,
March 1945 Crossed Rhine River  S3,
3 March 1945 Sindorf, Germany - Rhineland Region S2,
5 March 1945 Brauweiler, Germany - Rhineland Region S2,
5 March 1945 At 0923 the Timberwolves drove into Cologne and by 2100 four battalions had a firm grip on the great industrial center ("the third largest rubble pile in Germany").   S4,
8 March 1945 Cologne, Germany - Rhineland Region S2
9 March - 1 April 1945 Encirclement of the Ruhr (Remagen to Lippstadt) S2,
21 March 1945 The Division was directed by VII Corps to move to the Remagen bridgehead in the vicinity of Honnef   S4,
22 March 1945 Honnef, Germany - Rhineland Region S2,
25 March 1945 Herborn, Germany - Hessen-Nassau Region S2,
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The 3rd Armored Division, with the 414th attached was directed to pass through the 1st Div & the 104th at 0400 to seize Altenkirchen, 25 miles to the east, and to be prepared to continue its advance to the Dill River   S4,
26 March 1945 Flammersfeld, Germany - Hessen-Nassau Region S2,
27 March 1945 Hachenburg, Germany - Hessen-Nassau Region S2,
28 March 1945 Herborn, Germany - Hessen-Nassau Region S2,
 

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29 March 1945 Friedensdorf, Germany - Hessen-Nassau Region S2,
30 March 1945 Medebach, Germany - Westphalia Region S2,
31 March 1945 Nieder Marsberg, Germany - Westphalia Region S2
April 1945 To Pretzsch to meet Red Army  S3,
1 Apr - 8 May 1945 Paderborn to Torgau S2,
1 April 1945 At 1400 units of the 3rd Armored, with the 1st Battalion, 414th Infantry, mounted on its tanks, linked up with the 2nd Armored Division of the Ninth Army at Lippstadt. The iron ring of infantry and tanks was locked around the Ruhr. Over 335,000 German troops had been encircled and the great industrial area could no longer support the Hitler war machine   S4,
6 April 1945 Warburg, Germany - Westphalia Region S2,
7 April 1945 Trendelburg, Germany - Hessen-Nassau Region S2
9 April 1945 - Adelebsen, Germany - Braunschweig Region S2,
- At 0400 the 3rd Battalion, 413th Inf, crossed the Weser River in assault boats and was quickly followed by the 2nd Battalion   S4,
10 April 1945 Duderstadt, Germany - Graunschweig Region S2,
11 April 1945 Patrols of the 2nd Battalion, 414th, with the 3rd Armored had reached Nordhausen & found a large German concentration camp for political prisoners, discovering 5,000 corpses among the 6,000 inmates in various stages of decay   S4,
12 April 1945 Nordhausen, Germany - Thuringia Region S2,
14 April 1945 Ober-Teutschenthal, Germany - Saxony-Anhalt Region S2,
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After bitter fighting, units of the 413th clinched the city of Bad Lauterberg   S4,
15 April 1945 The battle for Halle raged from 0800 to 1055 19 April during which time General De Witt's troops resisted, house to house from the northern to the southern extremities   S4,
16 April 1945 Landsberg, Germany - Saxony-Anhalt Region S2,
21 April 1945 A message was received from VII Corps directing the Division to remain along the west banks of the Mulde until further orders. The offensive action of the Timberwolf Division in World War II had ended. Since 25 March the 104th had advanced 375 miles, had captured 19,152 prisoners, & played a vital role in trapping the 335,000 Germans troops in the Ruhr pocket and the 65,000 Nazis in the Harz Mountains.   S4,
22 April 1945 Delitzsch, Germany - Saxony Region S2,
 

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24 April 1945 Visual contact between the 104th Div and the Russian forces was first made on this day at 1305   S4,
26 April 1945 Contact with the Russian Army at Torgau, Germany - between the Mulde and Elbe Rivers S2,
6 May 1945 When the Russians closed up to the east bank of the Mulde River, it was announced that the Division had officially broken contact with the enemy, after 195 consecutive days of arduous combat (reportedly more consecutive days than any other division in the ETO).   S4,
7 May 1945 A representative of the German high command signed the unconditional surrender   S4,
8 May 1945 Prime Minister Churchill announced "V-E Day".   S4,
11 June 1945 The Division began its movement from Germany to Camp Lucky Strike near Dieppe, 25 miles from Le Havre, France   S4,
26 June 1945 To United States aboard SS Monterey S2S3,
2 July 1945 To United States aboard SS Ericsson S2
3 July 1945 SS Monterey arrives New York
11 July 1945 SS Ericsson arrives in New York S2,
June 1945 Deactivated  S3,
26 June & 2 July 1945 Embarked for US from France S2,   S4,
1 Aug 1945 Camp San Luis Osbispo, California S2S4,
5 Aug 1945 The first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima   S4,
9 Aug 1945 The second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki   S4,
15 Aug 1945 Japan Surrenders   S4,
2 Sept 1945 The President of the United States announced "V-J Day".    S4,
15 Sept 1945 Last review of the 104th Infantry Division - The 104th Infantry Division on its third birthday passed in final review before its commander, Major General Terry de la Mesa Allen  S2S4
20 Dec 1945 Division deactivated - The War Department ordered the inactivation of the 104th Infantry Division. Its mission in World War II had been accomplished S2,   S4
1945 Timberwolf Scrapbook  S11,
December 1946 Reactivated, Portland, OR - Organized Reserves  S3,
   
   
   

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S1 Letter from General Terry Allen, Headquarters 104th (Timberwolf) Infantry Division, Office of the Commanding General, APO 104, US Army.  To All Timberwolves.  23 April 1945.  Acc000327.  I2, Transcription and Notes  
S2 Major Dates - Training Camps List - Battlefields - Units Lists - Div Command Posts List - Re-deployment home  
S3 Original Source:  - http://home.teleport.com/~eewilson/campadair.html (link not working 6 Feb 2010)   
S4 Key Timberwolf Dates   
S5 BookHistory of the 413th Infantry Regiment. Los Angeles: Warren F Lewis, 1946. Acc000328  
S6 "The Trail of the Timberwolves:  104th Infantry Division".  Major General Terry Allen.  Camp San Luis Obispo, California, 1945. 
Acc000563/Doc0367.pdf
Reading Notes:  Doc3847.txt
Doc0367.pdf
S7 Map:  "Touring Europe with the Timberwolves!"  Map -  
S8 Book:  Yeide, Harry. The Longest Battle: September 1944 to February 1945, from Aachen to the Roer and Across. Zenith Imprint, 2005. Bk3341  
S9 U.S. Army Center of Military History, www.army.mil/cmh-pg  
S10 Letter, News Article, Envelope - National Timberwolf Association, Aug 1987 - Talking about the Chicago, Illinois Convention to be held in Sept 1987.  Acc002280/Doc0961.pdf Doc0961.pdf
S11 BookTimberwolf Scrapbook - Acc000666/Doc0672.pdf Doc0672.pdf
S12 Book:  Clark, Katherine P. War Stories of WWII: Written by the Soldiers of the 104th Infantry Division, Timberwolves. National Timberwolf Association, 2011. Bk3769  
S13 Map. "Operations of the Timberwolf Division in Europe - Sept 44 - May 45" Reproduced by 663rd Engineer Co., U.S. Army, 1945. Walt Robbins, Sr. ID0005 PapersAcc002789/Doc1721.pdf  
S14 "Timberwolf Tracks in History:  Move To Germany"  Timberwolf Howl, Vol. 4, No. 1, Jan-Feb 2015 - Link,  
S15 Book:  Hoegh, Leo A., Howard J. Doyle. Timberwolf Tracks:  The History of The 104th Infantry Division 1942-1945. Washington, DC: Infantry Journal Press, first edition July 1946, 2014 Edition.  Bk3945  
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Notes - Letter from Gen Terry Allen
Timberwolf Battle Slogan:  "Nothing in Hell must stop the Timberwolves"
23 Oct to 8 Nov 1944 - Fought with the First Canadian Army
Crossing of the Mark River
Aachen Sector - Germany - Relieved 1st Inf Div - VII Corps - 1st Army
16 Nov 1944 - Drive to the Roer River
    -- Part of the 7th Corps with 1st & 4th Inf Div and the ??? Div
    -- Seized Industrial areas Escheiler, Weisweiler and Stolberg
    -- Crossing of the Inde River and the advance to the Roer River
    -- Seizure of Lamersdorf, Inden and Lucherberg
16 Dec 1944 - 23 Feb 1945
    -- Occupied defensive sector on the Roer opposite Duren
23 Feb 1945 - Drive to Cologne which was captured 7 March 1945
22 March 1945 - Crossed the Rhine at Honnef in the Remagen bridgehead
31 March 1945 - Reached Paderborn area
14 or 15 April 1945
    -- Cross Weser & Saale Rivers
    -- Capture of Halle, Bitterfeld and Delitzsch
    -- Seizure of objectives on Mulde River
    -- Contact expected soon with Russians
 
 

 

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