General Orders of the 7th Armored Division 1944 August-October 1944 (go #34-70)




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General Orders of the 7th Armored Division - 1944

August-October 1944 (GO #34-70)
The original documents, from which the copies were made for this transcription, are at the National Archives, in the Adjutant General's Records (Record Group 407), with 7th Armored Division General Orders for 1942-1944 in Box 15547 and those for 1945 in Box 15548. This transcription was made by Wesley Johnston, son of Walter Johnston, Company “B” of 38th Armored Infantry Battalion, with the following exceptions:

  • Lorraine Snipas, daughter of Anthony Snipas, Company “C” of 38th Armored Infantry Battalion – GO # 67, 69-70

  • Michael Duby, son of Michael Duby, Company “C” of 38th Armored Infantry Battalion – GO # 68

  • Wesley Johnston, son of Walter Johnston, Company “B” of 38th Armored Infantry Battalion – all others

There are almost certainly transcription errors. So if you believe you have found an error, please contact Wesley Johnston (wwjohnston@aol.com) about it, in order to compare it to the image of the original document.


Keep in mind that General Orders were numbered starting from #1 on the first day of each year. So when referring to a General Order, it is always necessary to know not only the number of the General Order but also the year, in order to uniquely identify which General Order is meant.
In 1944, the General Orders ranged from #1 to #136, with the locations broken down as follows:

  • GO #1-20 – United States (all with location Fort Benning, Georgia)

  • GO #21-33 – England

  • GO #34 - 136 – Combat in Europe

In order to keep the file sizes manageable, the 1944 General Orders have been separated into three distinct documents:

  1. The pre-combat General Orders (#1-33) are in a separate file, which can be found as the 1944 General Orders in the pre-combat section of the 7th Armored Division Document Repository web site.

  2. The file that you are now looking at contains only the combat period GO's, from Autust through October 1944 General Orders (#34-70). Note that the only GO's issued in August 1944 were pre-combat and are thus in the previous document.

  3. The General Orders (#71-136) for November-December 1944 are in a separate file.

The following tables briefly summarizes the 1944 General Orders included in this transcription. It does not contain all of the names mentioned in the General Orders.


Since some of the General Orders refer to elements of the Division by code name (e.g. "Woody"), an Appendix contains the 7th Armored Division code names that I have thus far been able to identify.

Combat General Orders (#34-70)


Date

GO #

Pp

Subject

1944-Sep-01

34

2

Awards of Purple Heart

1944-Sep-02

35

1

Lt. Col. Charles E. Leydecker replaces Lt. Col. Alvin L. Mente, Jr. as G-3

1944-Sep-03

36

1

Awards: Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal

1944-Sep-04

37

3

Awards: Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart

1944-Sep-04

38

2

Awards: Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart

1944-Sep-05

39

4

Awards: Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart

1944-Sep-05

40

1

Col. Pete T. Heffner, Jr. as Acting Chief of Staff

1944-Sep-06

41

2

Awards of Purple Heart

1944-Sep-08

42

7

Awards: Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart

1944-Sep-09

43

2

Posthumous Awards of Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart

1944-Sep-10

44

8

Awards: Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart

1944-Sep-11

45

1

Brig. Gen. John M. Devine as CG of CCB; Lt. Col. Andrew J. Adams as CO of CCR

1944-Sep-12

46

6

Awards: Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart

1944-Sep-13

47

7

Awards: Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart

1944-Sep14

48

2

Awards: Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart

1944-Sep-15

49

1

Lt. Col. Andrew J. Adams as Chief of Staff; Col. Pete T. Heffner as CCR CO

1944-Sep-16

50

2

Posthumous Awards of Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal; Rescission

1944-Sep-17

51

5

Awards: Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart (some posthumous)

1944-Sep-18

52

3

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart

1944-Sep-19

53

3

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart (some posthumous)

1944-Sep-20

54

5

Awards: Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart

1944-Sep-21

55

7

Awards: Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart; Oak-Leaf Cluster

1944-Sep-22

56

1

Brig. Gen. Robert W. Hasbrouck as CCB CG

1944-Sep-23

57

1

Col. Richard B. Evans as Division Trains CO

1944-Sep-26

58

1

2nd Lt. James H. Fox, Jr. as Aide-de-Camp to Gen. Hasbrouck

1944-Sep-27

59

2

Awards of Combat Infantryman Badge (23 AIB) (some posthumous)

1944-Oct-1

60

8

Awards: Silver Star (some posthumous), Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart and Oak-Leaf Cluster to Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart

1944-Oct-10

61

8

Awards: Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart

1944-Oct-11

62

9

Awards: Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart (some MIA); Rescission

1944-Oct-12

63

1

Redesignation of Civil Affairs Section as Military Government Section

1944-Oct-13

64

12

Awards: Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart (some posthumous, some MIA)

1944-Oct-19

65

7

Awards: Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal and Oak-Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart (some posthumous, some MIA)




Date

GO #

Pp

Subject

1944-Oct-20

66

5

Awards of Combat Infantryman Badge (23 AIB, 48 AIB)

1944-Oct-26

67

5

Awards: Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, Purple Heart and Oak-Leaf Cluster (some MIA) ; Rescission

1944-Oct-27

68

2

Awards of Combat Infantryman Badge (C/38 AIB)

1944-Oct-28

69

3

Awards: Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal

1944-Oct-31

70

8

Awards: Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, Purple Heart (some oak-leaf clusters, some MIA)


R E S T R I C T E D
HEADQUARTERS SEVENTH ARMORED DIVISION

APO 257, U. S. ARMY /ues


1 September 1944
GENERAL ORDERS)

:

NUMBER......34) ANNOUNCEMENT OF DIVISION HISTORIAN


By direction of the President, and under the provisions of AR 600-45, as amended, the Purple Heart is awarded to:
Staff Sergeant Maurice F. Pillatsch (Army Serial Number 36313686), Infantry, ***** Tank Battalion, for wounds received as a result of enemy action on 16 August 1944, in the Epernon Area, France. Entered the military service from Illinois.
Sergeant Benjamin W. Rafuse (Army Serial Number 31064383), Cavalry, ***** Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, Mechanized, for wounds received as a result of enemy action an 18 August 1944, in the Essard Area, France. Entered the military service from Massachusetts.
Technician 4th Grade Silas A. Boyd (Army Serial Number 34179222), Infantry, ***** Tank Battalion, for wounds received as a result of enemy action on 16 August 1944, in the St. George Area, France. Entered the military service from North Carolina.
Technician 4th Grade Elmer L. Goode (Army Number 36313676), Cavalry, ***** Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, Mechanized, for wounds received as a result of enemy action on 14 August 1944, in the Fontaine Area, France. Entered the military service from Illinois.
Corporal Barney J. Lamb (Army Serial Number 14012270), Cavalry, ***** Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, Mechanized, for wounds received as a result of enemy action on 14 August 1944, in the La Loupe Area, France. Entered the military service from Georgia.
Corporal LaVerne L. Prill (Army Serial Number 16053271), Cavalry, ***** Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, for wounds received as a result of enemy action on 14 August 1944, in the Courville Area, France. Entered the military service from Illinois.
Technician 5th Grade James L. McGaughy (Army Serial Number 36313896), Infantry, ***** Armored Infantry Battalion, for wounds received as a result of enemy action on 17 August 1944, in the Chartres Area, France. Entered the military service from Illinois.
Private First Class Henry F. Brophy (Army Serial Number 32227322), Cavalry, ***** Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, Mechanized, for wounds received as result of enemy action on 14 August 1944, in the Fontaine Area, France. Entered the military service from New York.
Private First Edward H. McCraine, Jr. (Army Serial Number 34138812), Infantry, ***** Armored Infantry Battalion, for wounds received as a result of enemy action on 15 August 1944, in the Courville Area, France. Entered the Military Service from Mississippi.

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R E S T R I C T E D

R E S T R I C T E D

(GO #34, Hq 7th Armd Div, APO 257, U.S. Army, 1 Sep 44, Cont 'd)


Private Ozell R. Gibbs (Army Serial Number 34192139), Cavalry, ***** Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, Mechanized, for wounds received as a result of enemy action on 18 August 1944, in the Essard Area, France. Entered the military service from Tennessee.
Private Wesley H. Gilliam (Army Serial Number 34254575), Infantry, ***** Armored Infantry Battalion, for wounds received as a result of enemy action on 16 August 1944, in the Matlowe Area, France. Entered the military service from North Carolina.
By command of Major General SILVESTER:
GEORGE H. MOLONY

Colonel, G.S.C.

Chief of Staff

OFFICIAL:


(signed)

FRANCIS E. CARR

Major, A.G.D.

Adjutant General


DISTRIBUTION "A" (Plus)

1 - CG TUSA APO 404 (Attn: G-1 Misc Sec)

1 - CG XX Corps APO 340

1 - CG 12th Army Group APO 655 (Attn: G-1)

2 - CG ETOUSA APO 887

3 - TAG (Attn: Awards and Decorations Branch,

AG Military Personnel)
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R E S T R I C T E D

R E S T R I C T E D
HEADQUARTERS SEVENTH ARMORED DIVISION

APO 257, U. S. ARMY /ues


2 September 1944
GENERAL ORDERS)

:

NUMBER......35) ANNOUNCEMENT OF ASSISTANT CHIEF OF STAFF, G-3


LT Cot LEYDECKER, CHARLES E, 019 227 GSC, this headquarters, is announced as Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3, vice LT COL MENTE, ALVIN L JR, 019 974 Inf reld.
By command of Major General SILVESTER:
GEORGE H. MOLONY

Colonel, G.S.C.

Chief of Staff

OFFICIAL:


(signed)

FRANCIS E. CARR

Major, A.G.D.

Adjutant General


DISTRIBUTION "A" (Plus)

1 - CG TUSA APO 404 (Attn: G-1 Misc Sec)

1 - CG 12th Army Group APO 655 (Attn: G-1)
R E S T R I C T E D

R E S T R I C T E D
HEADQUARTERS 7TH ARMORED DIVISION

APO 257, U. S. ARMY /ues

3 September 1944

GENERAL ORDERS)

: I. AWARD OF SILVER STAR

NUMBER......36) II. AWARDS OF BRONZE STAR MEDAL


I. AWARD OF SILVER STAR: By direction of the President, and under the provisions of AR 600-45, as amended, and Letter, Headquarters XX Corps, file AG 200.6, subject, "Delegation of Authority to Award Decorations", dated 1 September 1944, the Silver Star is awarded to:
FIRST LIEUTENANT M. V. HOOK (Army Serial Number 01016836), Infantry, ***** Tank Battalion, for distinguishing himself by gallantry in action in France from 28 to 31 August 1944. Entered the military service from Ohio.
II. AWARDS OF BRONZE STAR MEDAL: By direction of the President, and under the provisions of AR 600-45, as amended, and Letter, Headquarters XX Corps, file AG 200.6 subject, "Delegation of Authority to Award Decorations", dated 1 September 1944, the Bronze Star Medal is awarded to:
CAPTAIN OWEN E. WOODRUFF JR. (Army Serial Number 01010796), Cavalry, Combat Command "B", for distinguishing himself by meritorious service in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States in France from 14 to 18 August 1944. Entered the military service from New York.
CAPTAIN JOHN T. KERRIGAN (Army Serial Number 01010847), Infantry, Combat Command "A", for distinguishing himself by meritorious service in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States in France from 14 to 18 August 1944. Entered the military service from New York.
Technician 5th Grade William A. Taylor (Army Serial Number 33143903), Infantry, Combat Command "A", for distinguishing himself by meritorious service in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States in France from 14 to 18 August 1944. Entered the military service from Pennsylvania.

Private John H. Hipsher (Army Serial Number 34499337), Infantry, Combat Command "B", for distinguishing himself by meritorious service in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States in France from 14 to 18 August 1944. Entered the military service from Tennessee.


By command of Major General SILVESTER:
GEORGE H. MOLONY

OFFICIAL: Colonel, G.S.C.

Chief of Staff

(signed)


FRANCIS E. CARR

Major, A.G.D.

Adjutant General
DISTRIBUTION "A" (Plus)

1 - CG TUSA APO 404 (Attn: G-1 Misc Sec) 3 - TAG (Attn: Awards and Decorations

1 - CG XX Corps APO 340 Branch, AG Military Personnel)

2 - CG ETOUSA APO 887 R E S T R I C T E D

1 - CG 12th Army Group APO 655 (Attn: G-1)

R E S T R I C T E D
HEADQUARTERS 7TH ARMORED DIVISION

APO 257, U. S. ARMY /ues

4 September 1944

GENERAL ORDERS)

: I. AWARDS OF SILVER STAR

NUMBER......37) II. AWARDS OF BRONZE STAR MEDAL



III. AWARDS OF PURPLE HEART
I. AWARDS OF SILVER STAR: By direction of the President, and under the provisions of AR 600-45, as amended, and Letter, Headquarters XX Corps, file AG 200.6, subject, "Delegation of Authority to Award Decorations", dated 1 September 1944, the Silver Star is awarded to:
LIEUTENANT COLONEL LESLIE ALLISON (Army Serial Number 024509), Infantry, ***** Armored Infantry Battalion, for distinguishing himself by gallantry in action in France from 16 to 18 August 1941. Entered the military service from Kentucky.
MAJOR THEODORE L. JOHANSEN (Army Serial Number 0354528), Infantry, ***** Armored Infantry Battalion, for distinguishing himself by gallantry in action in France from 16 to 18 August 1944. Entered the military service from Connecticut.
FIRST LIEUTENANT DONALD R. HEMERSON (Army Serial Number 01170002), Field Artillery, ***** Armored Field Artillery Battalion, for distinguishing himself by gallantry in action in France on 23 August 1944. Entered the military service from Iowa.
Staff Sergeant Mitchel D. Lee (Army Serial Number 34272903), Infantry, formerly ***** Armored Infantry Battalion, for distinguishing himself by gallantry in action in France on 15 August Entered the military service from Mississippi.
Private First Class Lloyd A. Fritts (Army Serial Number 34191110), Cavalry, ***** Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, Mechanized, for distinguishing himself by gallantry in action in France on 24 August 1944. Entered the military service from Tennessee.
Private Stanley E. Cox (Army Serial Number 38079507), Field Artillery, ***** Armored Field Artillery Battalion, for distinguishing himself by gallantry in action in France on 28 August 1944. Entered the military service from Texas.
Private Leo S. Johnson (Army Serial Number 34273297), Infantry, formerly ***** Armored Infantry Battalion, for distinguishing in action In France on 15 August 1944. Entered the military service from Alabama.
II. AWARDS OF BRONZE STAR MEDAL: By direction of the President, and under the provisions of AR 600-45, as amended, and Letter, XX Corps, file AG 200.6, subject, "Delegation of Authority to Award Decorations", dated 1 September 1944, the Bronze Star Medal is awarded to:
CAPTAIN MORRIS A HOCHBERG (Army Serial Number 0424197), Corps of Engineers, ***** Armored Engineer Battalion, for distinguishing himself by heroic achievement in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States in France on 17 August 1944. Entered the military service from Illinois.
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R E S T R I C T E D

R E S T R I C T E D
(GO #37, Hq 7th Armd Div, APO 257, U S Army, 4 Sep 44, Cont'd)
FIRST LIEUTENANT JUDSON B. DOUGLAS, JR. (Army Serial Number 01173588), Field Artillery, ***** Armored Field Artillery Battalion, for distinguishing himself by heroic achievement in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States in France on 28 August 1944. Entered the military service from Nebraska.
FIRST LIEUTENANT DONALD J. STELMA (Army Serial Number 01166190), Field Artillery, ***** Armored Field Artillery Battalion, for distinguishing himself by heroic achievement in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States in France on 23 August 1944. Entered the military service from Michigan.
Corporal Ellis Boalbey (Army Serial Number 36037745), Medical Department, ***** Armored Infantry, Battalion, for distinguishing himself by heroic achievement in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States in France on 26 August 1944. Entered the military service from Illinois.
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