79th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Divisions of World War II

Nickname:Cross of Lorraine
Source:Organized Reserves
Theater: European
Days of Combat:248
Activation Date:15 Jun 42
Date Sent Overseas:16 Apr 44 (United Kingdom)
Date Entered Combat:19 Jun 44 (Normandy)
Status June 1946:inactivated 11 Dec 45
Other Wars:WW I, Korea
Commanding General(s): Maj. Gen. Ira T. Wyche    (Jun 42 - May 45)
Brig. Gen. LeRoy H. Watson    (May 45 - Jul 45)
Maj. Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe    (Jul 45 - Aug 45)
Brig. Gen. LeRoy H. Watson    (Aug 45 - inactivation)
Campaign(s): Normandy    (6 Jun 44 - 24 Jul 44)
Northern France    (25 Jul 44 - 14 Sep 44)
Rhineland    (15 Sep 44 - 21 Mar 45)
Central Europe    (22 Mar 45 - 11 May 45)

Activation date is the date the division was activated or inducted into federal service (national guard units).
Casualties are number of killed, wounded in action, captured, and missing.
Other Wars are the wars in which the division was mobilized.
The dates after the campaign name are the dates of the campaign not of the division.

Sources: The Army Almanac: A Book of Facts Concerning the Army of the United States; , U.S. Government Printing Office. Army Battle Casualties and Nonbattle Deaths in World War II, Final Report, 1 December 1941 - 31 December 1946.

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