27th Division in World War Two

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27th Division in World War Two
Cover of the pictorial history, Twenty-Seventh Division, United States Army, 1940-1941 - Image Source

Collection Facts

Dates of Original:
c. 1940 - 1950

Historical Context

The 27th Infantry Division was federalized for service on October 15th, 1940, and initially commanded by Major General William Haskell. At this time it still retained its WWI organization of two brigades and four regiments. The 53rd Brigade consisted of the 105th and 106th Infantry regiments while the 54th Brigade contained the 108th and 165th Infantry regiments. Following a lengthy period of maneuvers and training, the 27th was ordered to California in December following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. While in California the 27th awaited orders to ship out and concentrated on bringing itself up to the authorized field strength of 1,012 officers and 21,314 enlisted men. The Division’s strength had been reduced by discharges to around 14,000 men. The first elements of the Division boarded ships bound for Hawaii on February 27th 1942, the first Infantry Division to leave the states following Pearl Harbor. This Division served in the Pacific at Makin, Eniwetok, Saipan, Okinawa and finally was garrisoned in Japan as part of the occupation forces.

Scope of Collection

This collection contains images of each page of a yearbook for the 27th Division of New York State. This yearbook was published in 1941 by the now defunct Army-Navy Publishers. It chronicles the year the 27th Division, The New York Division, spent training at Fort McClellan, Alabama.

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Publisher of Digital:
New York State Military Museum

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