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This is the official website for the National Association of the 6th Infantry Division, Inc.  We are a charitable private-non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation. Donations to our organization are, therefore, tax deductible. Our primary purpose is education and preservation of the history of the United States Army’s 6th Infantry Division. Our membership is open to the public. Many of our members are the surviving veterans of the 6th Infantry’s battles in the Southwest Pacific during World War II.  We have a wealth of history, rare photographs, after action reports and other information.  We hope you learn something and that you enjoy your experience here.

Board Members

National Officers, Sept. 2015 to Sept. 2016

  • President: Clifford Kessen
  • Vice President:  Roger Copinger Jr.
  • Jr. Vice President: (Vacant)
  • Secretary:  Catherine S. Wilson
  • Treasurer: Danny Thomas
  • Chief of Staff and Historian: (Vacant)
  • Editor, Website and Historian: Thomas E. Price
  • Chaplain:  Russell McLogan
  • Surgeon General:  Robin Groff
  • Sargent-at-arms: Kelly Groff

Trustee Committee

  • Two-Year (2014-16): Virgil E. Halberg
  • One-Year (2014-2015): Wm. Lee DuPriest

Executive Committee

  • An advisory function to the current president, consisting of active past presidents:
    Joseph L. Wessely (Deceased)

Association Documents

Corporate Planning Documents for the National Association of the 6th Infantry Division Posted January 16, 2008.

6th Infantry Division History in WW II

The 6th Infantry Division of World War II holds the unchallenged record for consecutive days of continuous combat in the Pacific Theater, 219 days of continuous combat, set by the Division on the Island of Luzon, the Philippines. At the end of World War II, the Division’s men were the most heavily engaged troops in the United States Army still fighting Yamashita’s men in the Cagayan Valley of Northern Luzon. During the War, the men of the 6th Division fought a total of 306 days of combat. Casualties for the 6th Division totaled 1,174 dead, 3,876 wounded and 9 missing. Japanese casualties fighting the Division totaled 23,000 dead and 1,700 captured.

Before the long battle for Luzon, the Division’s baptism of fire came in a battle at Maffin Bay, New Guinea, known as the battle for “Lone Tree Hill.” It was to prove to be “the bloodiest ten days in the entire New Guinea campaign to take a stubbornly defended hill from a determined and well-entrenched enemy.” The battle took place in a larger campaign better known as the Wakde-Sarmi Operation West of Hollandia, in then, Dutch New Guinea, now Iryan Jaya. The Battle for Lone Tree Hill, which the Division Spear-Headed, included the type of merciless fighting, against an elite and heavily entrenched Japanese Infantry, only encountered elsewhere in New Guinea by the 32nd Infantry Division at Buna and the 41st Infantry Division on the Island of Biak.

 
Read the complete Brief History of the 6th Infantry Division.

 

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7 Comments

  1. I served, briefly, in the 4th Bde, 6th Inf, during the period of Feb 68 until Jun 68, in Jungle Warfare Tng, at Schofield Bks, where it was disbanded due to LBJ’s commencement of Vietnam War de-escalation. I was thereupon assigned to USARHAW.

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  2. My dad, James O. Anderson Jr (friends called him Andy, my grandmother called him Owen) served in the 51st FA BN in both New Guinea and Luzon, continuing on with them on occupation duty in Korea. Dad passed away in 1978 while I was serving in the Mediterranean. While I was growing up, he said remarkably little about his 219 days of continuous combat with the 6th, but talked about the unit and his friends all the time. He told me he’d tell me about “all that” sometime when I was home on leave. Unfortunately, that never happened, so I was particularly happy to come upon the Division Association’s website and FB page. If anyone knows in which battery he served, I’d love to know. He told me, but I’ve long since forgotten.

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    • Jim:
      Thanks for sharing. Unfortunately, there are very few vets from WW II remaining to share their memories. Most of our stories come from sons and daughters. There is a great deal of information on the site and we hope to improve what is available. Still, you should try to zero in on what we do have about the 51st FA. Also, you might consider requesting a complete copy of your father’s service record if you have not done so already.

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    • Jim,
      Is 18 Nov 1923 – 8 May 1978 his dates?
      If so, his Army Serial Number was 38416685
      This will help a little if you start a search for his service records.

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  3. I’ve been sorting through some boxes this evening and came across my dad’s discharge papers. He was Sgt Jacob Leo Wissbaum, squad leader with Company F, 1st Inf, 6th Div. I really appreciate all the work you put into this website. 🙂

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  4. My father William Dalton was in the 6th infantry CO. D medical unit. After the war ended he entered into the Kentucky National Guard where he served a total of twenty eight years retiring as a Lt. Colonel. He passed away August 14, 2008 at the age of 84. I did not realize until after his services August 14 was the end of the Pacific War.

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  5. Always good to hear from anyone who served.

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