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26th Division - The Yankee Division

To honor their New England origins, the 26thDivision—a National Guard Division—adopted the nickname the “Yankee Division.” This division formed at Camp Greene, N.C. on August 5, 1917. After receiving 900 additional men from the 76thDivision, the 26thDivision sailed for Europe starting on September 20, 1917. Once in France, the “Yankee Division” continued training alongside the French Army. The infantry regiments moved to the training area at Neufchâteau, where they remained until February 1918.

Members of the 26th Division with their official mascot, Sgt. Stubby, the war dog, at the Yale Field Training Camp in 1917.

The 26th Division resided at the Châtilion training area from August 16 to 25, 1918  before moving to the Rupt and Troyon sector north of St. Mihiel. They attacked from September 12 to 16, 1918  in the St. Mihiel Offensive, and pushed the enemy out of St. Remy, Dommartin, and Cöte de Muse. The division eventually reached Hattonchatel and Vigneulles.

The 26th Division entered the Meuse-Argonne Offensive on October 19, 1918 when they relieved the French 18th Infantry Division. As part of the 17th French Army Corps, the “Yankee Division” advanced the line by one kilometer on October 23, 1918 and continued attacking until they reached Belleau Bois on October 27, 1918. On November 6, 1918 the division joined the 2nd French Colonial Corps, with whom they advanced almost two kilometers on November 1918. When the Armistice ended hostilities on November 1918 the 26th Division had successfully extended the line from Ville-devant-Chaumont to Les Fosses.

Constituent Units of the 26th Division

51stInfantry Brigade

  • 101stInfantry Regiment
  • 102ndInfantry Regiment
  • 102ndMachine Gun Battalion

52ndInfantry Brigade

  • 103rdInfantry Regiment
  • 104thInfantry Regiment
  • 103rdMachine Gun Battalion

51stField Artillery Brigade

  • 101stField Artillery Regiment
  • 102ndField Artillery Regiment
  • 103rdField Artillery Regiment
  • 101stTrench-Mortar Battery

Divisional Troops

  • 101stMachine Gun Battalion
  • 101stEngineer Regiment
  • 101stField Signal Battalion
  • Headquarters Troops Trains
26th Division Insignia stained glass in the memorial chapel of the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery.