Group DescriptionFor family members and friends of the those who bravely served our country during WWII as members of the Army's 102nd Infantry.
About the unit-
World War II
Activated: 15 September 1942. Overseas: 12 September 1944. Campaigns: Rhineland, Central Europe. Days of combat: 173. Distinguished Unit Citations: 4. Awards: DSC-8 ; DSM-1 ; SS-686; LM-15; SM-39 ; BSM-5,498 ; AM-91. Commanders: Maj. Gen. John B. Anderson (September 1942-4 January 1944), Maj. Gen. Frank A. Keating (8 January 1944-February 1946), Brig. Gen. Charles M. Busbee (February 1946 to inactivation). Returned to U. S.: 11 March 1946. Inactivated: 23 March 1946.
The 102d Infantry Division arrived at Cherbourg, France, 23 September 1944, and, after a short period of training near Valognes, moved to the German-Netherlands border. On 26 October, elements attached to other divisions entered combat and on 3 November the Division assumed responsibility for the sector from the Wurm River to Waurichen. A realinement of sectors and the return of elements placed the 102d in full control of its units for the first time, 24 November 1944, as it prepared for an attack to the Roer. The attack jumped off, 29 November, and carried the Division to the river through Welz, Flossdorf, and Linnich. After a period of aggressive patrolling along the Roer, 4-19 December, the Division took over the XIII Corps sector from the Wurm River, north of the village of Wurm, to Barmen on the south, and trained for river crossing. On 23 February 1945, the 102d attacked across the Roer, advanced toward Lovenich, bypassed Munchen-Gladbach, took Krefeld, 3 March, and reached the Rhine. During March the Division was on the defensive along the Rhine, its sector extending from Homburg south to Dusseldorf. Crossing the river in April, the Division attacked in the Wesergebirge, meeting stiff opposition. Wilsede and Hessisch-Oldendorf fell, 12 April 1945, and the 102d pushed on to the Elbe, meeting little resistance. Breitenfeld fell, 15 April, and the Division outposted the Elbe River, 48 miles from Berlin, its advance halted on orders. It patrolled and maintained defensive positions until the end of hostilities in Europe, then moved to Gotha for occupational duty.
My father, Clifford Rentz, served in the 102nd as an MP. A good friend of his was a photographer during the war so I have inherited many photos.
You are invited to share any of your photos- and their story.
- This group will count toward the photo's limit (60 for Pro members, 30 for free members)
- Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images, Art, Screenshots
- Accepted safety levels: Safe