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.
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
- Two-Year (2014-16): Virgil E. Halberg
- One-Year (2014-2015): Wm. Lee DuPriest
- An advisory function to the current president, consisting of active past presidents:
Joseph L. Wessely (Deceased)
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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