Army 9th Armored Division - 52nd Armored Infantry Battalion - The Armored Doughboy
52d Armored Infantry on 15 July 1942 as an element of the 9th Armored Division at Fort Riley, Kansas. They would deploy with the 9th Armored Division to France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and Germany after a two-month train up in England. The company served in Europe with the 9th Division from 31 July 1944 to 6 May 1945, including a weeklong attachment to the 8th Infantry Division from 23 October 1944 to 30 October 1944.

The Armored Doughboy 1945 02 17 nr 08
The Armored Doughboy 1945 02 17 nr 08
UNIT CITATION AWARDED TO 52 AIB, 9TH ARMORED DIVISION ..... (This unit distinguished itself in combat against powerful and aggressive enemy forces during the period from 10 December to 27 December 1944, by extraordinary heroism and gallantry in defense of key communications center of Bastogne, Belgium. Essential to a large scale exploitation of his breakthrough into Belgium and northern Luxembourg, the enemy attempted to seize Bastogne by attacking constantly and savagely with the best of his armor infantry. Without benefit of prepared defenses, facing almost overwhelming odds and with very limited and fast dwindling supplies, this unit maintained a high combat morale and an impenetrable defense, despite extremely heavy bombing, intense fire, and constant attacks from infantry and armor on sides of their completely cut off and encircled position. This masterful and grimly determined defense denied the success in an operation for which the pace clearly in men, material and eventually morale. The outstanding courage and resourcefulness determination of the gallant force is in keeping with the highest traditions of service. By order of Lieutenant General")




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