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Military History/121st Infantry Regiment, 8th Div., 1st Army


Ben Phelps wrote at 2010-02-04 22:16:13
Have you found the information you were looking for?  If not, my father was in 1/121st of the 8th ID and I have his unit history book from pre-D-Day though WWII.  In the back of the book is a list of all those in the unit and their home towns broken down by company.  It also lists those who received awards.  My father annotated those names that died during the war that he knew.  If you would like for me to check the book for PFC Norman just let me know.

Jason Royal wrote at 2010-02-23 18:40:07
There are two books that would be helpful.First is "The Grey Bonnet" a history of the 121st that is kept in most Georgia libraries since the 121st was based out of Georgia. In that book you will find complete list of each Battalions with names of each solider.

One other book of interest is "combat History of the 8th infantry Division in WWII". First published after the war reprints are published by Battery press in Nashville.

The 121st was spread out around taking several villages/towns around the Rhine at that time. Knowing the Battalion would be needed to try to pinpoint the town.  

jason royal wrote at 2011-02-06 02:11:18
I Know this topic has been going a while and the poster might not be following.

here is an after action report with info that will be helpful.

Tom Earley wrote at 2011-02-18 03:19:36
The World War 2 Infantry Regiment had a Regimental Headquarters Company (HHC), and a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Battalion. Each battalion had a Battalion HHC, and 4 Infantry Companies. 1st Battalion had HHC, A,B,C,D companies; 2nd Battalion had HHC, E,F,G,H companies, and 3rd Battalion had HHC, I,K,L,M companies. Inside the Infantry companies there was a command section, infantry rifle platoons (usually 3 numbered 1st, 2nd, 3rd) weapons platoon (mortars and machine guns), plus any attachments.

SSG Maddox wrote at 2012-08-22 10:46:17
This is to Mr Ben Phelps, if you still monitor this thread, could you check for CPT Morris G. Swain.  I have been tracking 121st unit members, for an upcoming trip to ST Lo and Periers.  

jalaniz wrote at 2013-10-01 03:09:07
8th Division was in the town of Bergerhausen on March 2nd 1945. This region was called Rhineland in Germany. The next note in the record shows March 28th they were in the town of Hachburg in the Hessen-Nassau Region of Germany.

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