2 Replies Latest reply on Nov 23, 2020 10:46 AM by Shannon Kerner

    Seeking military information about Valdo Virgil Peterson


      I am looking for any duties, activities of the 9th Division Artillery, European Middle Eastern Theater in Europe (France, Germany) 1945-1946. My dad's enlistment paper shows he was in H Company, 9th Division Artillery. I know he arrived in Germany the day before the WWII ended. He did guard duty escorting the German prisoners to and from work detail (after the war), and helped to rebuild many buildings. I want to know if anyone has more information on this. His name was Valdo Virgil Peterson.

        • Re: Seeking military information about Valdo Virgil Peterson
          Elliot Schneider Ranger



          Here is some information. Also may want to try requesting unit histories, morning reports to follow your dads service. When looking at unit histories it shows what the unit was doing and where they were stationed during the war. The 9th Division Artillery consisted as the following. He may have been stationed with one of these battalions. Please copy and paste link into your web browser. https://history.army.mil/documents/ETO-OB/9ID-ETO.htm


          9th Division Artillery

          • 26th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)
          • 60th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)
          • 84th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)
          • 34th Field Artillery Battalion (155mm Howitzer)


          He may have been awarded the The Army of Occupation Medal is a military award of the United States military which was established by the United States War Department on 5 April 1946. The medal was created in the aftermath of the Second World War to recognize those who had performed occupation service in either Germany, Italy, Austria, or Japan.

          Army of Occupation of Germany Medal - Wikipedia


          Also may want to look into this this college seems like they have lots of archives on the unit and maybe able to help you. https://www.holycross.edu/sites/default/files/files/libraryarchives/ninth_infantry_division_associatin_records_web.pdf


          Highpoint of its World War II record was the crossing of the Rhine early in 1945. By the morning of March 7th, all bridges across the Rhine had been blown, except for one. This was the “Ludendorff Bridge” below the small town of Remagen. After a forced march, the 47th Infantry Regiment’s 2nd Battalion deployed over the bridge. Crossing against heavy artillery it became the first Infantry Regiment to battle across the Rhine barrier since the Napoleonic Wars. Soon the 60th Regiment made a daring dash across the battered bridge, followed by Division support units. Meanwhile the 9th Military Police Platoon, despite artillery and air attacks, kept traffic moving and doubled as medics and evacuation men. By March 11th, all combat teams of the 9th Division were across the Rhine. On March 17th the bridge collapsed and all further crossings by Allied troops in the central sector had to be made on pontoon bridges erected by engineers. By March 20th the 9th Division had conquered the entire central bridgehead area between the Rhine and Wied Rivers, securing a front from which the final blow was struck at the heart of Germany. The Old Reliables (a nickname given to them for actions around the Schwammenauel Dam in February) worked constantly on the shrinking Ruhr Pocket in the closing days of war, freeing approximately 900 slave laborers from five different countries with the capture of Sinu on the Dill River. On April 21st, 1945, the Division relieved the 3rd Armored Division along the Mulde River near Dessau and held that line until V-E Day (Victory in Europe Day), May 8th 1945.

          Following the war the Division was assigned to Ingolstadt, Germany. Here it performed occupational duties until January 15th, 1947, the day the Division was inactivated. The 9th Infantry Division was reactivated again later in 1947 and served as a part of the Nato Forces in Goepingen, Germany from 1954 to 1956. It was then reorganized and the three Infantry Regiments became five Infantry Battle Groups. The 9th Infantry Division participated in many battles during the Vietnam War.






          Hope this helps,


          Elliot Schneider

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          • Re: Seeking military information about Valdo Virgil Peterson
            Shannon Kerner Adventurer

            Dear Ms. Yeager,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled Unit Histories, 1943 - 1967 in the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) ( Record Group 338) that includes 8 file units of the 9th Infantry Division Artillery during the 1940s. We also located the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917-1985 (Record Group 407) that includes records of the 9th Infantry Division Artillery during and after WWII. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


            If you have not already requested it, we suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for enlisted men of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after October 1912 and prior to 1958 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. In many cases where personnel records were destroyed in the 1973 fire, proof of service can be provided from other records such as morning reports, payrolls, and military orders, and a certificate of military service will be issued. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail it to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.


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            We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!