The 65th Infantry Division was an infantry division of the United States Army that served in World War II. Its shoulder patch is a white halberd on a blue shield

65th Infantry Division

Nicknamed the Battle-Axe

Kampf um Saarlouis


gefallene Soldaten in     Saarlouis



"Zitadelle von Saarlautern" von Dezember                     1944 bis März 1945

Combat Chronicle:

The 65th Infantry Division landed at Le  Havre, France, 21 January 1945, and proceeded to Camp Lucky Strike, where training continued until 1 March, when the Division moved forward  to relieve the 26th Infantry Division. First elements entered the line, 5 March 1945, and the Division as a whole took over aggressive defense of the sector along the Saar, from Orscholz to Wadgassen, on 8 March 1945. On 17 March, the Division attacked across the Saar, crossing the river at Dillingen and captured Saarlautern, 19 March, as Siegfried Line defenses cracked. Capturing Neunkirchen, 21 March 1945, the Division raced to the Rhine, crossed the river at Oppenheim, 30 March, and ran  into heavy Germany resistance and counterattacks. Langensalza fell on 5  April, Struth on the 7th, and Neumarkt on the 22d.


260th Infantry Regiment

Private First Class Frederick C. Murphy

259th Infantry Regiment

Private First Class

Oscar Levi Ibach

261st Infantry Regiment

Private First Class

Francis (Frank) V. Hilley

HHB Division Artillery:



720th Field Artillery Battalion [155mm] 

1st Lieutenant

Robert W. Houston

867th Field Artillery Battalion [105mm]

Staff Sergeant

Ralph Warren Jackson

868th Field Artillery Battalion [105mm]


Edward Charles

Christl, Jr.

869th Field Artillery Battalion [105mm]

Joseph A. Buck Craton

65th Reconnaissance Troop Mechanized

Al Brazle

707th Tank Battalion


748th Tank Battalion



749th Tank Battalion

George Mathosian, Radio Operator

691st Tank Destroyer Battalion

 Tony Latoche

808th Tank Destroyer Battalion

265th Engineer Combat Battalion


T-4 Charles H.Johnson 13. Mar 45 Saarlautern

365th Medical Battalion


65th Quartermaster Company



565th Signal Company



This typical Ordnance Dept. poster was intended not only to boost morale but arms production as well. An Army platoon leader (below) fires his Ml Rifle during the fierce street fighting in Saarlautern, Germany, in February 1945.

by Pete Dickey