Wednesday, July 23, 2014

North Carolina's "Old Hickory" Division

From the Encyclopedia of North Carolina.

The largest group of North Carolinians  involved in one organization during the war were in the Thirtieth Division, nicknamed the "Old Hickory" Division after President Andrew Jackson.  It was composed of troops from North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, states which have Jackson connections.

The division had fought during World War I and then served as a National Guard unit in the interim until recalled into service in 1940.

Under the command of General Leland S. Hobbs, it took part in the invasion of Normandy and engagements throughout France and Belgium before meeting the Russian forces at the Elbe River on 8 May 1945.

The division earned many medals and citations.


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