Seeking Roster for 45th Inf Division WW2

Short version, I know that my father was transferred from the Army Air Corps to the infantry, I don't know to what division, in the winter of 1944, when the Allies were lined up along the Rhine.

His discharge papers list him as part of HQ & HQ Company 290 Infantry, which, if I'm right was part of the 75th Division, but they were farther to the north, involved in the Bulge. His old dress uniform has a 3rd Infantry Division shoulder patch.

Dad told us he was at Dachau. Just that, no other details. I know that the 45th, the 42nd, and the 3rd Divisions swept down through that area. The 3rd Division was not directly involved in the liberation of Dachau, but Dad, if he was with the 3rd Division, could have been sent over to see the camp. Eisenhower wanted as many as possible to witness the camps.

In his effects was a hard cover book, similar to school year books, of the 180 Infantry, 45th Division, published in Munich,1945. Dad's photo or name is not in the book. Circumstance may have prevented that. Possibly because he had enough points to be shipped home. I have to wonder why he would have that particular book.

Primarily I'm looking for a roster of the 45th Division, but also interested in the same for the 3rd Division.

I look forward to any and all replies.

Thank you.

Parents
  • Hi! 

    My grandfather enlisted in Lamar, CO in 1940  and from what I know of his service and where he was and a few photos from Germany, I believe he was a part of the 45th ID. His name was Lester Wayne Wyllys, ASN: 20 838 195. I’ve tried to find info through the National Archives, but I’m fairly certain his record were destroyed in the fire of 1973. Any help would be appreciated!

    Thank you for your time!

    Matthew

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  • Hi! 

    My grandfather enlisted in Lamar, CO in 1940  and from what I know of his service and where he was and a few photos from Germany, I believe he was a part of the 45th ID. His name was Lester Wayne Wyllys, ASN: 20 838 195. I’ve tried to find info through the National Archives, but I’m fairly certain his record were destroyed in the fire of 1973. Any help would be appreciated!

    Thank you for your time!

    Matthew

Children
  • Member 157th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division.

    From the incomparable Hugh Foster:

    "PVT in E Company upon induction as a member of the CO National Guard.

    "PFC in E Company at Pine Camp, NY (he's on the 1942 Christmas menu).

    "July 1944: Transferred from E to Service Co on 12 July (per Morning Report of 12 July).

    "July 1944: ASGD to SV Co 12 July with MOS of 521 per SV Co MR.

    "August 1944: EVAC SK to 11th Evac Hosp 25 August, Transferred to Detachment of Patients, Seventh Army same date, per MR same date.

    "November 1944: EVAC SK LOD 26 November to 56th Evacuation Hospital & EVAC to DofP Seventh Army same date per SV Co MR same date.

    "December 1944: Reassigned and joined from 71st Replacement Battalion 8 December, per MR same date.

    "May 1945: Promoted to T-5 from PFC on 26 May 1945 per MR of same date; Transferred to 2nd Reinforcement Depot 28 May with MOS of 345 for trans-shipment to Ft. Logan, CO, for discharge.

    "MOS 521: Cook's helper.

    "MOS 345: Light truck driver."

    My records:

    Induction Roster, Colorado National Guard, WW II, 1940-1941

    3 January 1944 Roster, E Company, 157th Infantry Regiment.

    According to General Orders 1, HQ, 157th Infantry Regiment, dated 24 April 1944, PFC Lester W. Wyllys, w/INCORRECT ASN 35099568, was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge, effective 1 January 1944, for "exemplary conduct in action against the enemy" (Image 9607, 13 March 2009).

    Hospital Admission Card data has four entries for him: 

    October 1944 (Malaria).

    November 1944 (Fever of unknown origin).

    April 1945 (Malaria).

    June 1945 (Malaria) . Screenshot below.

    Dave