101st Airborne Division


............. Gen Anthony McAuliffe's reply to the German Commander
........ requesting the surrender of Bastogne    -    December 22,1944

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MG William C Lee
General William C Lee


Gen Maxwell D Taylor

Gen William C Lee

Gen Matthew B Ridgway

Lt Gen Lewis H Brereton

Gen Dwight D Eisenhower

Gen George S Patton

Maj Gen Omar N. Bradley

FM Bernard L Montgomery

101st Airborne WW II
Medal of Honor Recipients

  Lt Col Robert G Cole

Pfc Joe E. Mann


Battle of the Bulge (CMH)



The Drop Zone: Fractured - Normandy Remembered

Securing the Douve Line (CMH)

The Ardennes: Battle of the Bulge

The 101st Abn Division's Defense of Bastogne

The 101st Airborne during World War II
Order of Battle

"Eagle Division"
The division insignia is a white eagle's head with a gold beak on a black shield. The design is based on an American Civil War tradition. The black shield recalls the "Iron Brigade", one of the forerunners of the 101st Division. One regiment of the brigade possessed the famous war eagle, "Old Abe", pictured on the shield, that went through 36 battles as a fierce, screaming mascot and was wounded twice. When the division was activated in 1942, the word "Airborne", in gold letters, was placed on a crescent-shaped black background and added to the top of the insignia. (picture left)


Commanding General
15 September 1943 Maj. Gen. William C Lee
14 March 1944 Brig. Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor
31 May 1944 Maj. Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor
5 December 1944 Brig. Gen. Anthony C McAuliffe
27 December 1944 Maj. Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor

Assistant Division Commander
15 September 1943 Brig. Gen. Don F Pratt
13 December 1944 Brig. Gen. Gerald J Higgins

Artillery Commander
15 September 1943 Brig. Gen. Anthony C McAuliffe
5 December 1944 Col. Thomas L Sherbourne
27 December 1944 Brig. Gen. Anthony C McAuliffe
9 February 1945 Col. William N. Gillmore
1 May 1945 Brig. Gen. William N. Gillmore

Chief of Staff
15 September 1943 Col. Gerald J Higgins
11 August 1944 Lt. Col. Raymond D. Millener
21 October 1944 Col. Raymond D. Millener
8 December 1944 Lt. Col. Ned D. Moore (Acting)
28 December 1944 Col. John H Michaelis
10 February 1945 Lt. Col. Ned D. Moore
8 March 1945 Col. Ned D. Moore

Assistant Chief of Staff G-1
15 September 1943 Lt. Col. Ned D. Moore
14 December 1944 Maj. Frank R. Brower Jr. (Acting)
28 December 1944 Lt. Col. Ned D. Moore
10 February 1945 Maj. Frank R. Brower Jr.
16 April 1945 Lt. Col. Frank R. Brower Jr.

Assistant Chief of Staff G-2
15 September 1943 Lt. Col. Ralph M. Neal
17 April 1944 Maj. Arthur M. Sommerfield
7 July 1944 Maj. Paul A. Danahy
11 November 1944 Lt. Col. Paul A. Danahy

Assistant Chief of Staff G-3
15 September 1943 Lt. Col. Raymond D. Millener
1 July 1944 Lt. Col. Harold W. Hannah
30 September 1944 Lt. Col. Harry W. O. Kinnard, Jr.
8 March 1945 Lt. Col. Charles H. Chase (Acting)
16 April 1945 Col. Harry W. O. Kinnard, Jr.

Assistant Chief of Staff G-4
15 September 1943 Lt. Col. Carl W. Kohls

Assistant Chief of Staff G-5
6 May 1944 Maj. Glen C. Eberle
18 June 1944 Maj. Charles H. Stephens
30 August 1944 Maj. Ralph L. Blanchard
9 January 1945 Capt. Robert S. Smith
7 March 1945 Maj. George R. Dessaussure
7 May 1945 Maj. Robert S. Smith

Adjutant General
15 September 1943 Lt. Col. Edward Schmitt

Commanding Officer, 501st Parachute Infantry
1 February 1944 Col. Howard R. Johnson
7 October 1944 Col. Julian J. Ewell
9 January 1945 Lt. Col. Robert A. Ballard
30 April 1945 Col. Robert A. Ballard

Commanding Officer, 502nd Parachute Infantry
15 September 1943 Col. George V. H. Moseley
9 June 1944 Col. J. H. Michaelis
23 September 1944 Col. Steve A. Chappius

Commanding Officer, 506th Parachute Infantry
15 September 1943 Col. Robert F. Sink

Commanding Officer, 327th Glider Infantry
15 September 1943 Col. George S. Wear
10 June 1944 Col. Joseph H. Harper


15 August 1942 Activated
15 September 1943 Arrived ETO
6 June 1944 Arrived Continent (D Day)
6 June 1944 Entered Combat
214 Days in Combat

Individual Awards
Medal of Honor 2
Distinguished Service Cross 47
Legion of Merit 12
Silver Star 516
Soldiers Medal 4
Bronze Star 6,977
Air Medal 46
Prisoners of War Taken 29,527

Command Posts

15 Sep 43 Liverpool Lancashire England
15 Sep 43 Newbury (Greenham Lodge) Berkshire England
6 Jun 44 Hiesville Manche France
12 Jun 44 Carentan Manche France
27 Jun 44 St-Saveur-le-Vicomte Manche France
29 Jun 44 Cherbourg (5 mi S) Manche France
15 Jul 44 Newbury (Greenham Lodge) Berkshire England
17 Sep 44 Zon Noord Brabant Netherlands
20 Sep 44 St-Oedenrode Noord Brabant Netherlands
24 Sep 44 Veghel Noord Brabant Netherlands
5 Oct 44 Slijk Ewjik Gelderland Netherlands
1 Dec 44 Mourmelon Marne France
18 Dec 44 Mande St-Etienne Luxembourg Belgium
19 Dec 44 Bastogne Luxembourg Belgium
7 Jan 45 Isle-le-Pre Luxembourg Belgium
21 Jan 45 Drulingen Bas-Rhin France
25 Jan 45 Hochfelden Bas-Rhin France
28 Feb 45 Mourmelon Marne France
1 Apr 45 Glehn Rhineland Germany
24 Apr 45 Merchingen Wurttemberg Germany
27 Apr 45 Memmingen Bavaria Germany
1 May 45 Kaufbeuren Bavaria Germany
2 May 45 Wolfratshausen Bavaria Germany
4 May 45 Miesbach Bavaria Germany

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