AAAO : The story of a warrior slogan!

If you have an interest in the history of the 9th Infantry Division during World War II, you have surely heard of the 39th Infantry Regiment slogan: AAAO. “Anything, Anytime, Anywhere – Bar Nothing” has officially been chosen by the colorful Colonel Harry A. Flint while he was the Regimental commanding officer in Sicily, 1943.  Colonel Harry A. Flint in front of the Regimental HQ sign. When the vast majority of the infantry regiments have […]

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« We blocked the Bulge », story of the 39th Infantry Regiment in the Ardennes (December 1944)

Speaking about the Battle of the Bulge in the 9th Infantry Division history is quite incorrect. The official name for their actions fits better, since it is called the Ardenne Campaign. On the early morning of 16 December 1944, the U.S. Army encountered a massive German offensive with as northern limit the Elsenborn ridge, and as the southern limit the town of Diekirch. At that time, the northern part of the U.S. defense was the […]

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November 8th, 1942: When the 9th Infantry Division entered War

Context On 8 November 1942, the first American ground troops started the fight against Nazism in the European-Middle Eastern Theater of Operation. A large scale landing is planned to happen on the coasts of North Africa, from the western coast of Morocco to the eastern part of Algeria. This coordinated operation has never been tempted before, on such a large scale. Approximately 2,000 km separate the most distant points, and three task forces are to […]

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Charles Scheffel

Charles Scheffel Jr. was born on 17 June 1919 in Enid, Oklahoma. His father, Charles Sr., emigrated from Germany in the end of 19th Century, and enlisted the U.S. Army to earn the American citizenship. He took part to the Spanish-American War. After his discharge, he settled down in Oklahoma in 1918. A year when thousands of young Americans were dying in the trenches of Europe, and he met his wife, Selma Amelia Ekdol, a grand-daughter […]

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Peter J. Dalessandro (MoH)

Peter J. Dalessandro was born on 19 May 1918 and passed away on 15 October 1997. He was Technical-Sergeant (Platoon Sergeant) of 1st Platoon – Easy Company – 39th Infantry. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions of 22 December 1944, near Kalterherberg, in Germany. Peter when in Fort Bragg, photo taken from the Yearbook As Platoon Sergeant, he was given the task to secure an important crossroad on the high ground […]

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Sidi-bel-Abbes, May 1943: The 39th Infantry was not ready to suffer the shameful diseases…

On November 8th, 1942, the U.S. Army jumped into game along with the British and French in North Africa. Today, it is well known and not disrespectful to say that the U.S. Army at that time, was not ready to fight the strong German Army, and the American success in North Africa were partly gained thank to some incredible leadership characters more than the nearly nonexistent combat experience. But at the U.S. Army Staff Branch […]

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Sprimont, Belgium – 9 Sep. 1944

Often mistaken for 60th Infantry Regiment men, these soldiers are members of « Paddy’s Gang » entering in Belgium. The exact location is in Sprimont, on September 9th, and this shot became very well-known and a symbol of the liberation of Belgium. Then, if you look closely, you can see the organization of a infantry rifle squad, covered by a Sherman Medium Tank. Check the helmets as well : AAAO painted on the sides ! Share

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Lawrence « Larry » Faulkner

Enlistment and first campaigns Faulkner was born on June 9th, 1921 in Kentucky. At 17 (1938), he enlisted in the Army at Fort Thomas, and was assigned to Item company, 10th Infantry Division. In 1940, he is transferred to Fort Bragg and is affected to Fox Company, 39th Infantry Regiment as a rifle squad leader. Soon, he earned the function of platoon sergeant. He is then transferred at Easy Company because of some trouble he […]

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Deadlock in Hürtgen Forest – Vossenack, October 1944

From 11 to 14 October 1944, 3rd Battalion – 39th Infantry – lost nearly 350 men in the fights conducted to seize the village of Vossenack, in the Hurtgen Forest, Germany. Vossenack and Germeter are villages located aside the road leading to Düren, main objective of the division during the battle of Hurtgen Forest. This road focused impressive combats during nearly two months (September-October). Then located north-west of Germeter, third Battalion of Lt. Col. Robert […]

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“The Killers”: The Intelligence Section of the 1st Bn, 39th Infantry

Mission The Intelligence Section – also called the Battalion Reconnaissance Platoon – when operating in the field was to perform the job of any reconnaissance unit. Reconnaissance capabilities were available at each tactical level, from the squad to the army corps. The general job is the same. Its main mission is to serve as a special intelligence agency to the battalion commander, under the supervision of the battalion intelligence officer (S-2). The section is also […]

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