The 79th Division, National Army, was established on August 5, 1917 at Camp Meade, Md. Draftees from Maryland (7,069), Pennsylvania (32,643), and the District of Columbia (929) originally composed the division. All units arrived in Europe by August 3, 1918.
On September 8, 1918, the division was ordered to cease training and start movement to the front for participation in the war’s final offensive, Meuse-Argonne. On September 26, 1918, the first day of the offensive, the 79thparticipated in a general attack and captured the towns of Haucort and Malancourt.
The next day the formidable position of Montfaucon fell.
The division then advanced through the Bous de Beuge. It made three attacks on the Madeleine Farm, a German stronghold on the southern edge of the Bois de Cunel, before turning that battle over to the 3rdDivision. The final major push of the Meuse-Argonne was launched on November 2, 1918 and the 79thDivision was in the first wave of the attack.
At 0600 hours on November 9, 1918 the division attacked to seize Crepion, Wavrille, Gibercy, Etraye, and Moirey. By nightfall on November 10, 1918 Chaumont-devant-Damvillers and Hill 319 had also fallen to the 79th. On November 11, 1918 the division took Ville-devant-Chaumont, and was advancing up the west slope of Cote de Romange when the Armistice took effect.
Constituent Units of the 79thDivision
154thField Artillery Brigade