101st Airborne Division

....... "The soldier is the army."

................................. ......General George S. Patton

Unit History
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    502nd PIR
    506th PIR 
    327th GIR
    401st GIR
    326th AEB
    377th PFAB
    463rd PFAB
    321st GFAB
    907th GFAB
    81st AAA
    326th Med Co
    426th QM Co 
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    Co C 1/327 GIR
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Major William E Barfield Commanding Officer 326th Airborne Medical Company
Major William E Barfield CO 326th Med Co

Distinguished Service Cross(DSC) Recipient
Pvt George A Whitfield

Bronze Star Recipient
Pfc Robert H Breth
Capt Jacob Pearl
1/Lt George V Evans
1/Lt Everett C Vogt

The 326th Medical Company - 101st Airborne Division
Unit History

he 326th Medical Company was initially constituted 23 July 1918 as the 326th Sanitary Train, an element of the 101st Division, National Army.  It was demobilized 11 December 1918, then reconstituted in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on 24 June 1921 as the 326th Medical Regiment, again as part of the 101st Division but allotted to the organized reserves.

On 30 January 1942, the Regiment was redesignated the 326th Medical Battalion, 101st Division.  On 15 August 1942, the battalion was withdrawn from the organized reserve and allotted to the army of the United States, with the current reorganization and redesignation as the 326th Airborne Medical Company.

The unit was activated at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, as element of the newly organized 101st Airborne Division and deployed with the division in 1943, in preparation for the invasion of Europe in 1944.

The 326th Airborne Medical Company was the organic medical unit that supported the 101st Airborne Division during its operations in World War II.  As the size and structure of the airborne division changed during the war, the airborne medical company grew from a strength of  20 officers and 195 enlisted men in September 1942 to 27 officers and 273 enlisted men in December 1944.  The company was organized into a company headquarters, several service sections, and three platoons which carried out the same functions as the clearing and collecting companies in the medical battalion of an infantry division.  Each platoon had litter bearer, ambulance, and treatment sections and supported one of the division's parachute or glider infantry regiments during operations.

On 18 December 1944, the Division was hastily transported to Bastogne, Belgium, to help stop the German Ardennes Offensive, " The Battle of the Bulge". On 19 December 1944, 18 officers and 125 Enlisted Men of the Division Clearing Company were captured by elements of the German 1st SS Panzer. Even with this loss the 326th provided medical support throughout the division's magnificent defense of Bastogne against four German Divisions and elements of three others.

Afterward, the 326th supported the division during the remainder of the conflict in Europe, until it was deactivated on 30 November 1945 at Auxerre, France.

(* For a comprehensive history of the 326th Airborne Medical Company see WW 2 Medical Research Center )
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