Reactivated 1 August1940, the 9th Infantry Division was comprised of the following units: 39th, 47th and 60th
infantry Regiments, 26th and 34th Field Artillery Regiments, 15th Engineer (Combat)
Battalion, Division HQ &
HQ and Military Police Company. 9th Signal Company and
9th Reconnaissance Troop.
Added later were: 9th Quartermaster
Battalion, 26th, 34th, 60th and 84th Field Artillery Battalions and
Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, Ninth Division Artillery, Ninth Division
Artillery Band and 709th Ordnance Company.
The first 93 Regular Army men
arrived at Fort Bragg by August 2nd, “building” to 1,881men in 3 weeks.“Building” was chopping down pine trees and
establishing a tent city on the sand to be shared with the current residents,
insects.Roads and sanitary
facilities were “built” as well. But no hot water was to be had, the nearest
hot water showers being 3 miles away at a CCC camp. That problem was resolved
expeditiously, however, and by Thanksgiving they had hot water showers.
The 15th Engineers constructed
roads and clearings.Soon there
were 5000 men burning tents down at a rate of a one a day and having their
enjoyable quarters blown away and drenched in lightening storms.
The Selective Service Act was
passed in the fall of 1940 to select 630,000 men for 1 year of training to
augment a projected Regular Army of 500,000 men and a National Guard of 270,000
In mid November of 1940 someone
reached his hand into a fishbowl and drew a number.The lucky recipients received a notice, “... you are hereby notified
that you have now been selected for training and service therein”.The newly “selected” only shared the sand with the
insects for a short while; the 9,600 man 9th Infantry marched to their new
barracks on 16 December 1940.
Dumped or Dumped on?
The first anniversary of the
9th, 1 August 1941, was celebrated with a parade of the whole Division.The 15th Engineers apparently were proud to display their
newly acquired dump trucks.One of
the drivers pulled or pushed the wrong lever and the riding Engineers were
unceremoniously dumped in front of the reviewing stand. Where were you, when
At the convenience of the...
arrived and partying was in vogue on Saturday night, particularly by those over
age 28, because these “Selective Service Act” gentlemen were to be
discharged on Monday.On Sunday,
however,the radios beganreporting:
“Ladies and Gentlemen, I have an important announcement to make,The Japanese have justbombed Pearl Harbor!”
Discharge orders were rescinded
for those looking forward to Monday, 8 December 1941.War time type activities were instituted.
Mc Fayden’s Pond became one of
numerous sites for practicing amphibious operations.A spry 67 year old Marine Colonel Biddle instructed man to man bayonet
drill.5 May 1942 Corregidor fell.Field Marshall Erwin Rommel was unleashing the Afrika Korps.Suez, Cairo and Alexandria were subject to being overcome.Russia had suffered tremendous losses with Stalingrad and
Moscow being threatened.
25 September 1942 the 39th, the
Fighting Falcons, boarded 5 ships and sailed out of New York harbor.6 October 1942 and about 4,000 miles later the convoy dropped
anchor in Belfast Harbor.The 39th
movedto Scotland and await the
departure of the 47th and 60th Infantry Regiments from the US and their first
14 October 1942, the Go-Devils, the 60th Regimental Combat Team, moved to
Norfolk, VA and the Raiders, the 47th Combat Team, followed on 17 October
1942.23 October 1942 found a large
armada of ships starting their almost 4,000 mile voyage across submarine
infested Atlantic Ocean.