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Report of Casualties in the Argonne—Meuse Operation


November 1-11, 1818.
 
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OPERATIONS REPORT OF THE 2ND DIVISION WEST OF THE MEUSE
NOVEMBER 1 to NOVEMBER 11, 1918.
Inclusive.
(Cont'd from last page)
 

The following letter, addressed to the Commanding General, 2nd Division, was received on November 16, 1918, from Major General C. P. Summerall, Commanding 5th Corps. This letter will serve to show further what the Corps Commander thought of the work of the 2nd Division during the action: November 1 to November 11, inclusive:

 

"Upon the departure of the Second Division from its brilliant service with the Fifth Army Corps, I desire to express to you my admiration for the Division; my gratitude for the great service that it has rendered, and my profound regret at its separation from the Fifth Army Corps.

"Especially, I desire to commend the Division for the crowning feat of its advance in crossing the MEUSE river in face of heavy concentrated enemy machine gun fire, and in driving the enemy's troops before it, and in firmly establishing itself upon the heights covering the desired bridgehead. This feat will stand among the most memorable of the campaign.

"My good wishes will accompany you in the new fields of activity of the Division, where, I am sure, further glory awaits it."

The following citation was published in General Orders, No. 26, Headquarters, Fifth Army Corps, November 20, 1918:

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"The 2nd Division, in line at the launching of the attack, broke through the strong enemy resistance, and, leading the advance, drove forward in a fast and determined pursuit of the enemy, who, despite new divisions hastily thrown in, was driven back everywhere on its front. This diVision drove the enemy across the MEUSE, and under heavy fire and against stubborn resistance, built bridges and established itself on the heights. The cessation of hostilities found this Division holding strong positions across the MEUSE and ready for a continuation of the advance."

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The following Appendices and enclosures to this report are attached hereto:

 
I.
II.
III.
IV.
V.
VI.
Maps.
Orders Received and Issued.
Brief of Orders, and Manoeuver Plan.
Report of Casualties.
Copy of Messages Received and Sent.
Report of Operations from:
  2nd F. A. Brigade,
3rd Brigade,
9th Infantry,
23rd Infantry,
4th Brigade,
5th Marines,
6th Marines,
4th M. G. Bn.
5th M. G. Bn.
6th M. G. Bn.
1st Field Signal Battalion,
2nd Engineers,
Division Surgeon.
1st Provisional Tank Co.
VII. Project for Use of Gas Troops, 1st Gas Regiment.
December 31, 1918.  
(Sgd) John A. Lejeune,
John A. Lejeune,
Major General, U.S.M.C.
Commanding
Official:
Hu B. Myers.
Colonel, General Staff
Chief of Staff.
 
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Organization Killed & Died Wounds Missing Severely Wounded Slightly Wounded Gassed Totals
  Off Men Off Men Off Men Off Men Off Men Off Men
9th Infantry 2 125   123 11 293 8 428   10 21 979
23rd Infantry 3 71   165 3 59 7 397   16 13 708
5th M.G. Bn.   19   11 4 54 2 54   6 6 144
5th Marines 1 99 1 42 6 104 6 324 1 9 15 578
6th Marines 2 35   45 3 81 19 242 2 39 26 442
6th M.G. Bn. 1 19   29 2 19 3 94   2 6 163
12th F. A.   2     1 5 2 7     3 15
15th F. A.   3       10   6   1   20
17th F. A.           1   4       5
2nd Engineers   10   12   7 2 54   2 2 85
4th M. G. Bn.   1   5   4 1 9     1 19
1st Fld. SigBn   2   3   2   5       12
2ndMil. Police 1           1 2     2 2
Ambulance Sec.   2       3   4       9
2nd Amm. Tn. 1 2       1 1 5     2 8
2nd SupplyTn.   1           1       2
Accidental           1   8       9
Self—Inflicted           1            
TOTALS 11 391 1 435 30 646 52 1,644 3 85 97 3,201
 
December 31, 1918.  
(Sgd) John A. Lejeune,
John A. Lejeune,
Major General, U.S.M.C.
Commanding
Official:
Hu B. Myers.
Colonel, General Staff
Chief of Staff.
 
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