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Historical and Pictorial Review, 117th Infantry, 30th Infantry Division, Army of the United States: Fort Jackson, South Carolina

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3128

This collection contains a copy of Historical and Pictorial Review, 30th Infantry Division, Army of the United States: Fort Jackson, South Carolina, 1941, as presented to Sgt. Bill Purdom, 117th Infantry, 30th Division. It is a yearbook for the 30th Division and the 117th Infantry, and includes historical information.

Dates

  • 1941

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection contains a copy of Historical and Pictorial Review, 30th Infantry Division, Army of the United States: Fort Jackson, South Carolina, 1941, as presented to Sgt. Bill Purdom, 117th Infantry, 30th Division. It is a yearbook for the 30th Division and the 117th Infantry, and includes historical information.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Third Tennessee Volunteers began federal service on October 8, 1847, with the advent of the Mexican-American War and later served in the Spanish-American War. The Third Tennessee Infantry became the 117th Infantry on September 12, 1917, and served in France and Belgium at the Battle of Ypres-Lys and in the Somme Offensive during World War I. At the end of the war, the 117th Infantry became part of Tennessee's National Guard.

The unit's headquarters were located in Knoxville, Tennessee, until October 1, when they moved to Jackson, Tennessee. The regiment moved again, this time to to Fort Jackson, South Carolina, when it entered World War II on September 16, 1940. The regiment fought in the Battle of Normandy in 1944, landing on D-Day (June 6, 1944) at Omaha Beach. On September 4, the 30th Infantry Division became the first American Infantry Division to enter Belgium. Eight days later, the 117th Infantry became the first Allied Unit to enter Holland. They fought in the campaign at the Ardennes during the Battle of the Bulge, which along with their help in the liberation of Belgium, earned the 30th Infantry Division the Belgian Fourragere. The 117th Infantry remained active in federal service until November 24, 1945.

Arrangement

Collection consists of one folder.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated to Special Collections by Bill Purdom in 2006.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480