Montgomery in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
37th Division The Buckeye Division
World War I / World War II & Korea
World War I
Camp Sheridan was the site of the August 1917 organization of the Buckeye Division, made up of Ohio National Guardsmen who previously had been serving on the Mexican Border.
After training, the 37th went to France in June 1918, fighting in the Lorraine, Ypres - Lys, and Meuse - Argonne Campaigns. It took 5,387 casualties and won a Medal of Honor before returning to the U.S. in March 1919 to be demobilized.
2nd Lieutenant Albert E. Baesel, 148th Infantry, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously for conspicuous gallantry in action at Ivoiry, France, September 27, 1918.
World War II & Korea
The Buckeye Division was inducted into federal service in October 1940. Trained at Camp Shelby, Mississippi and Camp Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, it was deployed to the Pacific in May 1942 where it sustained 5,960 casualties in the Northern Solomons and Luzon Campaigns. Seven soldiers won the Medal of Honor, including Private Roger Young of the Infantry’s ballad.
The Division returned to the U.S. for demobilization in November 1945. The Division was given the mission of training replacements during the Korean Conflict. Members trained at Camp Polk, Louisiana and served in Korea as individuals rather than as a unit.
Location. 32° 25.591′ N, 86° 16.988′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Johnson Avenue east of Lower Wetumpka Road, in the median. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3 Johnson Avenue, Montgomery AL 36110, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Sheridan (a few steps from this marker); 167th Infantry / Alabama’s Own (a few steps from this marker); 9th Infantry Division / “The Old Reliables” (within shouting distance of this marker); Pickett Springs / “The Best Public Resort” (approx. half a mile away); Airman First Class John L. Levitow Monument (approx. 2˝ miles away); Award of Air Force Cross to Dustin H. Temple (approx. 2˝ miles away); Combat Skyspot (approx. 2˝ miles away); Award of Air Force Cross to Ivan M. Ruiz (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
Categories. • Military • War, Korean • War, World I • War, World II •
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