51st Infantry Division (United States)

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51st Infantry Division
51st Infantry Division shoulder sleeve insignia
Active 1946–63
Country  United States
Branch  United States Army
Type Infantry
Size Division
Nickname(s) Rattlesnake Division

The 51st Infantry Division was an infantry division of the United States Army, composed of units from the Florida National Guard and the South Carolina National Guard.[1]


Original Organization Date: 11 September 1946 with headquarters at Tampa, Florida. In the post-World War II restructuring of the National Guard a number of new divisions were organized. Among these was the 51st Infantry Division, composed of National Guardsmen from Florida and South Carolina.

Organization on September 11th, 1946[2]

Unit Headquartered Commander
Division Headquarters Tampa, Florida Maj. Gen. Sumter L. Lowry
211th Infantry Regiment Miami, Florida Col. Robert A. Ballard
116th Field Artillery Battalion Tampa, Florida Lt. Col. George N. Sagin
Band Florida

The 51st Infantry Division never served on active federal duty and was inactivated in 1963.

Source: Wilson, John B. (1997). Maneuver and Firepower: The Evolution of Divisions and Separate Brigades. Washington, DC: Center of Military History.


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