General Orders of the 7th Armored Division 1944 November-December 1944 (go #71-136)




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General Orders of the 7th Armored Division - 1944

November-December 1944 (GO #71-136)
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. Transcribed by:

  • Lorraine Snipas, daughter of Anthony Snipas, Company “C” of 38th Armored Infantry Battalion – GO # 71-81

  • William H. Bell, nephew of Hoyt Bell of Company “C”, 40th Tank Battalion – GO #82-93,95, 97-100, 102-126, 127-132, 134, 136

  • Wesley Johnston, son of Walter Johnston, Company “B” of 38th Armored Infantry Battalion – all others not listed above

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 combat General Orders (#34-70) for August-October 1944 are in a separate file.

  3. The file that you are now looking at contains only the November-December 1944 General Orders (#71-136).

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 (#71-136), dated Nov-Dec 1944


Date

GO #

Pp

Subject

1944-Nov-01

71

1

Assumption of command by Brig. Gen. Robert W. Hasbrouck

1944-Nov-01

72

1

Announcement of Lt. Col. Richard D. Chappuis as CO of Combat Command “B”

1944-Nov-02

73

1

Announcement of Col. Bruce C. Clarke as CO of Combat Command “B”

1944-Nov-04

74

1

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

1944-Nov-10

75

2

Letters of Appreciation from CG British Second Army (Dempsey) and CG British 8th Corps (O'Connor)

1944-Nov-10

76

1

Award of Combat Infantryman Badge (Lt. Col. Robert L. Rhea, 23 AIB)

1944-Nov-12

77

1

Award: Silver Star (1st Lt. Donald E. Prentiss)

1944-Nov-12

78

1

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Herart

1944-Nov-13

79

1

Col. Church M. Matthews replaces Col. Andrew J. Adams as Chief of Staff

1944-Nov-13

80

5

Awards of Combat Infantryman Badge (38th Armored Infantry Battalion)

1944-Nov-13

81

9

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

1944-Nov-14

82

1

Awards: Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal

1944-Nov-15

83

2

Awards of Expert Infantryman Badge (Company “C”, 38th Armored Infantry Battalion), including Posthumous and Missing in Action

1944-Nov-15

84

10

Awards: Bronze Star Medal (includes oak-leaf clusters, MIA)

1944-Nov-16

85

4

Awards of Combat Infantryman Badge (48th Armored Infantry Battalion); Posthumous CIB; CIBs for MIAs

1944-Nov-16

86

4

Awards of Combat Infantryman Badge (23rd Armored Infantry Battalion); Posthumous CIB; CIBs for MIAs

1944-Nov-17

87

1

Award: Silver Star (Lt. Col. Robert Rhea)

1944-Nov-18

88

10

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

1944-Nov-20

89

1

Award: Silver Star (Col. John Ryan)

1944-Nov-21

90

1

Col. Andrew J. Adams replaces Col. Richard B. Evans as Division Trains CO

1944-Nov-21

91

2

Awards: Silver Star, Combat Infantryman Badge; Amend GO #89

1944-Nov-21

92

6

Awards of Combat Infantryman Badge (23rd Armored Infantry Battalion)

1944-Nov-21

93

1

Award: Bronze Star Medal (Maj. John A. Williams, Medical Corps)

1944-Nov-21

94

1

Awards of Combat Infantryman Badge (Headquarters Company, 38th Armored Infantry Battalion)

1944-Nov-22

95

7

Awards: Silver Star (including 2 posthumous), Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart

1944-Nov-23

96

1

Thanksgiving Message

1944-Nov-24

97

1

Award of Combat Infantryman Badge (Col. George Molony)

1944-Nov-25

98

9

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

1944-Nov-25

99

1

Award of Oak Leaf Cluster to Silver Star (Col. Orville Martin)

1944-Nov-26

100

9

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal (some oak-leaf clusters, some posthumous, some MIA)

1944-Nov-27

101

1

Awards of Combat Infantryman Badge

1944-Nov-28

102

1

Award of Silver Star (Col. George Molony)



Date

GO #

Pp

Subject

1944-Nov-28

103

1

Announcement of Lt. Col. Francis E. Carr as CO of Rear Echelon (Augmented), Capt. Fred O. Jackson as Headquarters Commandant Rear Echelon (Augmented)

1944-Nov-29

104

1

Awards of Bronze Star Medal

1944-Nov-30

105

7

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

1944-Dec-01

106

7

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

1944-Dec-02

107

7

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

1944-Dec -02

108

1

Awards of Expert Infantryman Badge (Company B, 48th Armored Infantry Battalion)

1944-Dec-03

109

3

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

1944-Dec-04

110

2

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

1944-Dec-05

111

2

Awards: Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart

1944-Dec-06

112

2

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

1944-Dec-06

113

2

Awards: Combat Infantryman Badge (A/38 AIB, B/38 AIB), Expert Infantryman Badge (C/38 AIB)

1944-Dec-06

114

2

Awards of Purple Heart

1944-Dec-06

115

1

Announcement of Headquarters Commandant (Capt. Fred Jackson)

1944-Dec-07

116

1

Announcement of Headquarters Commandant Rear Echelon (Augmented) (Capt. Dan Jennings)

1944-Dec-07

117

1

Awards: Combat Infantryman Badge (A/23 AIB, B/23 AIB)

1944-Dec-08

118

2

Awards: Purple Heart, Rescission

1944-Dec-08

119

1

Award: Oak-Leaf Cluster to Purple Heart

1944-Dec-08

120

1

Award: Silver Star

1944-Dec-09

121

1

Awards: Purple Heart, Oak-Leaf Cluster (Purple Heart)

1944-Dec-09

122

3

Awards: Silver Star (one posthumous), Bronze Star Medal

1944-Dec-10

123

3

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Oak-Leaf Cluster (Purple Heart)

1944-Dec-10

124

3

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

1944-Dec-11

125

1

Awards: Bronze Star, Oak-Leaf Cluster (Air Medal), Purple Heart

1944-Dec-13

126

4

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

1944-Dec-14

127

1

Awards: Purple Heart, CIB, Amendment to Bronze Star Medal

1944-Dec-16

128

3

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

1944-Dec-18

129

5

Awards: Combat Infantryman Badge (48 AIB, some posthumous, some MIA), Withdrawal of Combat Infantryman Badge

1944-Dec-19

130

1

Awards: Posthumous Silver Star, Purple Heart

1944-Dec-23

131

2

Awards: Purple Heart

1944-Dec-24

132

3

Awards: Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge (A/38 AIB, C/38 AIB)

1944-Dec-27

133

1

1st Lt. Frederick A. Pope as Aide-de-Camp to Gen. Bruce Clarke (CCB)

1944-Dec-29

134

2

Awards: Purple Heart, Rescissions

1944-Dec-29

135

1

Col. John L. Ryan, Jr. as Chief of Staff [per Col. Matthews KIA 17 Dec 1944]

1944-Dec-31

136

4

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

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

APO 257, U. S. ARMY /ejb


1 November 1944

GENERAL ORDERS)

:

NUMBER......71)


Under the provisions of Army Regulations 600-20, the undersigned herby assumes command of the 7th Armored Division, this date.
(signed)

R.W. Hasbrouck

Brigadier General, USA

Commanding




DISTRIBUTION "A" (plus)

5 – CG, AGF, Wash DC

2 – CG, 12th Army Gp, APO 655

2 – CG, Ninth US Army, APO 339


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 /ejb


1 November 1944
GENERAL ORDERS)

:

NUMBER......72) ANNOUNCEMENT OF COMBAT COMMANDER


DP announcement is made of appointment of LT COL CHAPPUIS,RICHARD D, 0 312 837, INF, as Commanding Officer, Combat Command "B", 7th Armored Division, effective 1 November 1944, vice BRIG GEN HASBROUCK, ROBERT W, 08 588 USA, reld. (Auth: Sec III, WD Cir 120, 1943)
By command of Brigadier General HASBROUCK:
A. J. ADAMS

Colonel, G.S.C.

Chief of Staff

OFFICIAL:

(signed)

FRANCIS E. CARR

Lt. Col., A.G.D.

Adjutant General


DISTRIBUTION "A" (Plus)

5 – CG, AGF, Wash DC

2 – CG, 12th Army Gp, APO 655

2 – CG, Ninth US Army, APO 339


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 /ejb


2 November 1944
GENERAL ORDERS)

:

NUMBER......73) ANNOUNCEMENT OF COMBAT COMMANDER


COL CLARKE, BRUCE C, 016 068, CE, is announced as Commanding Officer, Combat Command "B", 7th Armored Division, vice LT COL CHAPPUIS, RICHARD D, 0 312 837, Inf, reld.
By command of Brigadier General HASBROUCK:
A. J. ADAMS

Colonel, G.S.C.

Chief of Staff

OFFICIAL:

(signed)

FRANCIS E. CARR

Lt. Col., A.G.D.

Adjutant General


DISTRIBUTION "A" (Plus)

5 – CG, AGF, Wash DC

2 – CG, 12th Army Gp, APO 655

2 – CG, Ninth US Army, APO 339



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 /ejb


4 November 1944
GENERAL ORDERS)

:

NUMBER......74) ANNOUNCEMENT OF AIDE-DE-CAMP


2D LT FOX, JAMES H, JR, 0 535 900, Inf, is announced as Aide-de-Camp to BRIG GEN HASBROUCK, ROBERT W, 08 588, USA, Commanding General, 7th Armored Division.
By command of Brigadier General HASBROUCK:
A. J. ADAMS

Colonel, G.S.C.

Chief of Staff

OFFICIAL:

(signed)

FRANCIS E. CARR

Lt. Col., A.G.D.

Adjutant General


DISTRIBUTION "A" (Plus) 2 – CG, 12th Army Gp, APO 655

5 – CG, AGF, Wash DC 2 – CG, Ninth US Army, APO 339



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


10 November 1944
GENERAL ORDERS)

:

NUMBER......75)


1. The letter from the Commanding General, British Second Army quoted below and the attached Special Order of the Day from the Commanding General, British 8th Corps are the results of intelligent and tenacious fighting by personnel of this Division.
2. Letter from Commanding General British Second Army:
Hq Second Army
November 7
Dear Hasbrouck,
Before you leave Second Army I want to thank you and your Division for the work you have done for us.
In particular I congratulate you all on the splendid way in which you held off the strong enemy attack which came against you at Meijel. You were heavily outnumbered, but, by holding firm as you did, you gave my ample time to bring up the necessary reserves.

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