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Order of Battle of the US Army - WWII - ETO
17th AIRBORNE DIVISION

The division insignia is a golden talon on a circular black background. The black background signifies surprise. The talon signifies the seizing of golden opportunity through surprise.

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COMMAND AND STAFF

Commanding General

25 Aug 44 Maj. Gen. William M. Miley

Assistant Division Commander

25 Aug 44 Brig. Gen. John L. Whitelaw

Artillery Commander

25 Aug 44 Brig. Gen. Joseph V. Phelps

Chief of Staff

25 Aug 44 Col. Willard K. Liebel

Assistant Chief of Staff G-1

25 Aug 44 Lt. Col. Lewis R. Good

Assistant Chief of Staff G-2

25 Aug 44 Lt. Col. Lyle N. McAlister

Assistant Chief of Staff G-3

25 Aug 44 Lt. Col. Edwin J. Messinger

Assistant Chief of Staff G-4

25 Aug 44 Lt. Col. Charles W. Koester

Assistant Chief of Staff G-5

29 Sep 44 Lt. Col. Richard A. Norton

Adjutant General

25 Aug 44 Lt. Col. Gabe W. Lewis, Jr.

Commanding Officer, 507th Parachute Infantry

25 Aug 44 Col. Edson D. Raff

Commanding Officer, 513th Parachute Infantry

25 Aug 44 Col. James W. Coutts
9 Apr 45 Lt. Col. Ward Ryan

Commanding Officer, 194th Glider Infantry

25 Aug 44 Col. James R. Pierce

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STATISTICS

Chronology

Activated 15 April 1943
Arrived ETO 25 August 1944
Arrived Continent (D+201) 24 December 1944
Entered Combat 25 December 1944
Days in Combat 45

Casualties (Tentative)

Killed 564
Wounded 1,473
Missing 129
Captured  
Battle Casualties 2,166
Non-Battle Casualties 854
Total Casualties 3,020
Percent of T/O Strength 23.2

Campaigns


Individual Awards

Distinguished Service Cross 4
Legion of Merit 8
Silver Star 177
Soldiers Medal 5
Bronze Star 695
Air Medal 16

Prisoners of War Taken 17,344

COMPOSITION

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ATTACHMENTS

Armored

761st Tk Bn 15 Jan 45-27 Jan 45
Co C, 15th Tk Bn (6th Armd Div) 31 Jan 45-7 Feb 45
Br 6th Guards Armd Brig (Non-Div) 27 Mar 45-3 Apr 45

Field Artillery

802d FA Bn (105mm How) 3 Jan 45-5 Jan 45

Infantry

507th Parachute Infantry (Non-Div) 27 Aug 44-1 Mar 45 (when became organic part of division)
345th CT (87th Div) 15 Jan 45-16 Jan 45

Tank Destroyer

811th TD Bn (SP) 17 Jan 45-27 Jan 45

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DETACHMENTS

(Attached to)

Field Artillery

681st Gli FA Bn 95th Div 5 Apr 45-13 Apr 45

Infantry

193d Gli Inf 101st Abn Div 3 Jan 45-7 Jan 45
193d Gli Inf 101st Abn Div 14 Jan 45-18 Jan 45
507th Prcht Inf XIX Corps 31 Mar 45-2 Apr 45
194th Gli Inf 95th Div 5 Apr 45-13 Apr 45

ASSIGNMENT AND ATTACHMENT TO HIGHER UNITS

DATE CORPS ARMY ARMY GROUP
Assigned Attached Assigned Attached
30 Jul 44     Ninth ETOUSA  
12 Aug 44 XVIII Abn   (-)    
25 Dec 44 XVIII Abn     12th  
1 Jan 45 VIII   Third 12th  
26 Jan 45 III   Third 12th  
6 Feb 45 III First Allied Airborne Third (-)  
10 Feb 45 (-) First Allied Airborne      
15 Feb 45 XVIII Abn First Allied Airborne      
24 Mar 45 XVIII Abn First Allied Airborne     12th
30 Mar 45 XVIII Abn First Allied Airborne Ninth   12th
31 Mar 45 XIII First Allied Airborne Ninth   12th
4 Apr 45 XIII First Allied Airborne Ninth 12th (-)
6 Apr 45 XVI First Allied Airborne Ninth 12th  
7 Apr 45 XVI Ninth (-) 12th  
25 Apr 45 (-) Ninth Fifteenth 12th  
27 Apr 45 XXII Ninth Fifteenth 12th  

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COMMAND POSTS

DATE TOWN REGION COUNTRY
30 Aug 44 Camp Chiseldon Wiltshire England
24 Dec 44 Camp Mourmellon Marne France
28 Dec 44 Charleville Ardennes France
3 Jan 45 Morhet Luxembourg Belgium
15 Jan 45 Celli Luxembourg Belgium
17 Jan 45 Bertogne Luxembourg Belgium
19 Jan 45 Compegne Luxembourg Belgium
22 Jan 45 Lavigny Luxembourg Belgium
24 Jan 45 Steinbach Luxembourg Belgium
27 Jan 45 Eschweiler   Luxembourg
29 Jan 45 Enscherange   Luxembourg
11 Feb 45 Chalon-sur-Marne Marne France
24 Mar 45 Wesel (2 kilometers north) Rhineland Germany
28 Mar 45 Peddenburg Rhineland Germany
29 Mar 45 Vulffen Rhineland Germany
30 Mar 45 Haltern Rhineland Germany
1 Apr 45 Dulmen Westphalia Germany
3 Apr 45 Appelhulsen Westphalia Germany
4 Apr 45 Munster Westphalia Germany
6 Apr 45 Marxloh Rhineland Germany
8 Apr 45 Bottrop Rhineland Germany
10 Apr 45 Essen Rhineland Germany
21 Apr 45 Marxloh Rhineland Germany

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