35th Infantry Division (United States)

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35th Infantry Division
35th Infantry Division SSI.svg
35th ID Shoulder Sleeve Insignia
Active 1917–1919
Country  United States
Branch  United States Army
Type Infantry
Size Division
Part of Seal of the United States Army National Guard.svg Army National Guard
Headquarters Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Nickname(s) "Sante Fe Division"
Campaigns World War I

World War II

Website 35th Infantry Division
Michael Navrkal
William Wright,
William Simpson,
Maxwell Murray,
Paul Baade

The 35th Infantry Division (Santa Fe Division) is an infantry unit in the Army National Guard, and is currently commanded by Major General Michael Navrkal.[1][2] It was reactivated and, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, federally recognized on 25 August 1984 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.[3]


The 35th Division was organized 25 August 1917 at Camp Doniphan, Oklahoma as a unit of the National Guard with troops from Missouri and Kansas.[4][5]

Shoulder sleeve insignia

The division's shoulder patch, a white Santa Fe cross on a blue disc with a green border, was originally approved for the 35th Division on 29 October 1918.

The Santa Fe cross was a symbol used to mark the Santa Fe Trail, an area where the unit trained, and was designated as an identifying device for the unit by Headquarters, 35th Division General Orders 25, dated March 27, 1918. The organization is referred to as the Santa Fe Division.[6]


World War I

  • Activated: 5 August 1917 (National Guard Division from Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska)
  • Overseas: 7 May 1918
  • Major Operations: Meuse-Argonne Offensive
  • Casualties: Total 7,296, (KIA 1,018, WIA 6,278)
  • Commanders: Maj. Gen. William M. Wright (25 August 1917), Brg. Gen. L. G. Berry (18 September 1917), Maj. Gen. William M. Wright (10 December 1917), Brg. Gen. Nathaniel F. McClure (15 June 1918), Maj. Gen. Peter E. Traub (2 November 1918), Brg. Gen. Thomas B. Dugan (25 November 1918), Maj. Gen. Peter E. Traub (7 December 1918), Brg. Gen. Thomas B. Dugan (27 December 1918)
  • Returned to U.S. and inactivated: April 1919.

Actions during World War I

On 11 May 1918, the 35th Division arrived at Le Havre, France and served first, a brigade at a time, in the Vosges between 30 June and 13 August. The whole division served in the Gerardmer sector, Alsace, 14 August to 1 September; Meuse-Argonne, 21 to 30 September; Sommedieu sector, 15 October, to 6 November. Men of the division were ninety-two days in quiet sectors and five in active; advanced twelve and one half kilometres against resistance, captured 781 prisoners, and lost 1,067 killed and 6,216 wounded.[7] The 35th Division had, as an officer, Captain Harry Truman, 33rd President of the United States.[8]

World War I order of battle

Units of the 35th Division included:

  • Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 35th Division
  • Headquarters, 69th Infantry Brigade
  • Headquarters, 70th Infantry Brigade
    • 139th Infantry
    • 140th Infantry
    • 130th Machine Gun Battalion
  • Headquarters, 60th Field Artillery Brigade
    • 128th Field Artillery (75 mm)
    • 129th Field Artillery (75 mm)
    • 130th Field Artillery (155 mm)
    • 110th Trench Mortar Battery
  • 128th Machine Gun Battalion
  • 110th Engineers
  • 110th Field Signal Battalion
  • 110th Train Headquarters and Military Police
    • 110th Ammunition Train
    • 110th Supply Train
    • 110th Engineer Train
    • 110th Sanitary Train[4][9][10]

World War II

  • Activated: 23 December 1940 (National Guard Division from Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska)
  • Arrived ETO: 25 May 1944
  • Landed Omaha Beach: 5-7 July 1944
  • Campaigns: Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe
  • Days of combat: 264
  • Distinguished Unit Citations: 6
  • Awards: Medal of Honor-1 ; Distinguished Service Cross-44 ; Distinguished Service Medal-1 ; Silver Star-688 ; Legion of Merit-10; Distinguished Flying Cross-1 ; Soldiers Medal-22 ; Bronze Star Medal-3,435 ; Air Medal-133.
  • Commanders: Maj. Gen. Ralph E. Truman (December 1940 – October 1941), Maj. Gen. William H. Simpson (October 1941–April 1942), Maj. Gen. Maxwell Murray (May 1942 – January 1943), Maj. Gen. Paul W. Baade (January 1943 to inactivation.)
  • Returned to U.S.: 10 September 1945.
  • Inactivated: 7 December 1945.

Actions during World War II

The 35th Infantry Division arrived in England on 25 May 1944 and received further training. It landed on Omaha Beach, Normandy July 5–7, 1944 and entered combat on 11 July, fighting in the Normandy hedgerows, north of St. Lo. The Division beat off twelve German counterattacks at Emelie before entering St. Lo on 18 July. After mopping up in the St. Lo area, it took part in the offensive action southwest of St. Lo, pushing the Germans across the Vire on 2 August, and breaking out of the Cotentin Peninsula. While en route to an assembly area, the Division was "flagged off the road," to secure the Mortain-Avranches corridor and to rescue the 30th Division's "Lost Battalion" August 7–13, 1944.[8]

Then racing across France through Orleans and Sens, the Division attacked across the Moselle on 13 September, captured Nancy on 15 September, secured Chambrey on 1 October, and drove on to the German border, taking Sarreguemines and crossing the Saar on 8 December. After crossing the Blies River on 12 December, the Division moved to Metz for rest and rehabilitation on 19 December. The 35th moved to Arlon, Belgium December 25–26, and took part in the fighting to relieve Bastogne, throwing off the attacks of four German divisions, taking Villers-laBonne-Eau on 10 January, after a 13-day fight and Lutrebois in a 5-day engagement. On 18 January 1945, the Division returned to Metz to resume its interrupted rest.[8]

In late January, the Division was defending the Foret de Domaniale area. Moving to Holland to hold a defensive line along the Roer on 22 February, the Division attacked across the Roer on 23 February, pierced the Siegfried Line, reached the Rhine at Wesel on 10 March, and crossed 25–26 March. It smashed across the Herne Canal and reached the Ruhr River early in April, when it was ordered to move to the Elbe April 12. Making the 295-mile dash in two days, the 35th mopped up in the vicinity of Colbitz and Angern, until 26 April 1945 when it moved to Hanover for occupational and mopping-up duty, continuing occupation beyond VE-day. The Division left Southampton, England on 5 September, and arrived in New York City on 10 September 1945.[8]

World War II order of battle

Units of the 35th Infantry Division included:

  • Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 35th Infantry Division
  • 134th Infantry
  • 137th Infantry
  • 320th Infantry
  • Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 35th Division Artillery
    • 127th Field Artillery Battalion (155 mm)
    • 161st Field Artillery Battalion (105 mm)
    • 216th Field Artillery Battalion (105 mm)
    • 219th Field Artillery Battalion (105 mm)
  • 60th Engineer Battalion
  • 110th Medical Battalion
  • 35th Reconnaissance Troop
  • Headquarters, Special Troops, 35th Infantry Division
    • 735th Ordnance Company
    • 35th Quartermaster Company
    • 35th Signal Company
    • 35th Military Police Platoon
    • 35th Division Band[11][12][13]

Assignments in the ETO

  • 5 May 1944: XV Corps, Third Army.
  • 8 July 1944: Third Army, but attached to the XIX Corps of First Army.
  • 27 July 1944: V Corps.
  • 1 August 1944: Third Army, Twelfth United States Army Group, but attached to the V Corps of First Army.
  • 5 August 1944: Third Army, 12th Army Group.
  • 6 August 1944: XX Corps.
  • 9 August 1944: Third Army, 12th Army Group, but attached to the VII Corps of First Army.
  • 13 August 1944: XII Corps, Third Army, 12th Army Group.
  • 23 December 1944: Third Army, 12th Army Group.
  • 24 December 1944: XX Corps.
  • 26 December 1944: III Corps.
  • 18 January 1945: XX Corps.
  • 23 January 1945: XV Corps, Sixth United States Army Group.
  • 30 January 1945: XVI Corps, Ninth Army, attached to the British 21st Army Group, 12th Army Group.
  • 4 April 1945: XVI Corps, Ninth Army, 12th Army Group.
  • 13 April 1945: XIX Corps for operations, and the XIII Corps for administration.
  • 16 April 1945: XIII Corps.

Cold War to present

After several activations and reactivations in the immediate postwar years, the 35th Infantry Division (Mechanized) was reactivated on 25 August 1984 from the 67th Infantry Brigade (Mechanized) of Nebraska, the 69th Infantry Brigade (Mechanized) of Kansas, and the 149th Armored Brigade from Kentucky.[14] It continues in service today.

In 1984-85, the 69th Infantry Brigade was reported to comprise the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the 137th Infantry Regiment, the 1st Battalion, 635th Armored Regiment, 1st Battalion, 127th Field Artillery Regiment, E Troop, 114th Cavalry, and the 169th Engineer Company.[15]

On 1 October 1987 the division's aviation units were reorganized, and the 135th Aviation was established. Two battalions of the regiment joined the division's aviation component.


The 35th Infantry Division Headquarters commanded Task Force Eagle's Multi-National Division North in Bosnia and Herzegovina as part of SFOR-13 (Stabilization Force 13) with the NATO peacekeeping mandate under the Dayton Peace Accords. The headquarters were located at Eagle Base in the town of Tuzla. Brigadier General James Mason was the commander. He later went on to command the division. The division headquarters received the Army Superior Unit Award for its service in Bosnia. Division liaison officers served in the towns of Mostar, Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Zenica and Doboj.

Hurricane Katrina

The division provided headquarters control for National Guard units deployed to Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.[16] while the 38th Infantry Division did the same for Mississippi.


A detachment of the 35th Infantry Division was the headquarters element for Task Force Falcon of Multi-National Task Force East (MNTF-E) for the NATO Kosovo Force 9 (KFOR 9) mission. The 35th provided command and control from 7 November 2007 until 7 July 2008, when they were succeeded by the 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Missouri Army National Guard.[citation needed]

Current structure

35th Infantry Division, 2008

35th Infantry Division exercises training and readiness oversight of the following elements, but they are not organic:[17]

In popular culture

See also


  1. "35th Infantry Division"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Tafanelli 2014, p. 48.
  3. Wilson 1999, p. 346.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Clark, pp. 9-22.
  5. Wilson 1999, pp. 345-346.
  6. Wilson 1999, p. 345.
  7. Wyllie, pp. 224-225.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 The Army Almanac, pp. 536-538.
  9. Heavey, pp. 95 & 99.
  10. Wilson 1998, pp. 47-78.
  11. Presenting the 35th Infantry Division in World War II, 1941-1945, pp. 222-23
  12. Stanton, pp. 117-118
  13. Wilson 1998, pp. 180-206.
  14. David Isby and Charles Kamps Jr., Armies of NATO's Central Front, Jane's Publishing Company, 1985, p.383. The 149th Armored Brigade traces its recent history to the activation of XXIII Corps Artillery on 1 October 1959. It was then converted and redesignated HHC 149th Armored Brigade on 1 November 1980. http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/agency/army/149ar-bde.htm.
  15. Isby and Kamps, 1985, 383.
  16. Maj. Les A. Melnyk, News analysis: Guard transformation taking shape, Army News Service, 13 January 2006
  17. AUSA, Torchbearer Special Report, 7 November 2005; http://www.ausa.org/SiteCollectionDocuments/ILW%20web-ExclusivePubs/Torchbearer/TBearComp1v12.pdf



  • Kenamore, Clair (1919). From Vauquois Hill to Exermont: A History of the Thirty-Fifth Division of the United States Army. St. Louis, Mo.: Guard Publishing.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

Further reading

  • Faubus, Orval Eugene (1993) [1st pub. River Road Press:1971]. In This Faraway Land: A Personal Journal of Infantry Combat in World War II (Revised ed.). Little Rock, Ark.: Pioneer Press. ISBN 0-0960225-3-1. LCCN 93-85871.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Huston, James A. (2003) [Orig. pub. Courier Press:1950]. Biography of a Battalion: The Life and Times of an Infantry Battalion in Europe in World War II (1st ed.). Mechanicsburg, Pa.: Stackpole Books. ISBN 0-8117-2694-0.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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