Military History/Information on 359th Infantry Co. D
Hello: I am looking for any information on the 359th Infantry Texas Brigade. My grandfather was part of that and I know very little about him. He was from Emhouse, Texas and I do have a copy of his Registration Card A - (5 June 1017). Anything you can send me concerning this Infantry will be greatly appreciated.
The 359th Infantry Regiment was formed at Camp Barkeley, Texas and assigned to the 90th Infantry Division (Tough Ombres). It was re-designated as the 359th Infantry Regiment (Motorized) on 15 September 1942 and then moved to the La Mnvr Area on 28 January 1943. It returned to Camp Barkeley, Texas on 1 April 1943 where it was again re-designated the 359th Infantry Regiment on 1 May 1943 and then transfered to Camp Young, California on 12 September 1943 and then to Fort Dix, New Jersey on 5 January 1944. A Cannon Company was activated and added on 10 August 1943. The 359th then staged to Camp Kilmer, New Jersey on 14 March 1944 until it departed New York Port of Embarkation on 24 March 1944 and arrived in England on 5 April 1944 (attached temporarily to the 4th Infantry Division from 6 June 1944 to 10 June 1944). It assaulted Normandy, France on 6 June 1944 (attached to the 9th Infantry Division from 16-17 June, 1944) and entered Germany on 25 November 1944 but returned to France on 22 December 1944 and then crossed into Luxembourg on 7 January 1945 and then into Belgium on 22 January 1945. It returned to Luxembourg on 23 January 1945 and then to Belgium on 31 January 1945 where it advanced back into Germany on 31 January 1945 (attached to the 4th Armored Division from 16-19 March 1945 and from 29 March to 3 April 1945) (attached to 26th Infantry Division from 6-10 April 1945) and advanced into Czechoslovakia on 7 May 1945. Its August, 1945 location was Amberg, Germany and it returned to New York Port of Embarkation on 24 December 1945. It was inactivated at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey on 26 December 1945. Its campaign participation was as follows: Normandy (with arrowhead), Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe. Unit decoration awarded to the 359th Infantry Regiment was the following: French de Guerre with Palm for Moselle-Sarre Rivers while the 1st Battalion, 359th Infantry Regiment was additionally awarded the U.S. Army Presidential Unit Citation for Pret ot, France and another U.S. Army Presidential Unit Citation for Northern France. May God Bless-Lt. Colonel Robert A. Lynn, Florida Guard