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The Hawaiian Division was a division of the United States Army, dedicated to the defense of Hawaii. This division was named rather than numbered, as were the Philippine, Panama Canal Division and Americal Divisions. It was first activated under the peacetime Square Division Table of Organization and Equipment (TO&E) on 25 February 1921 as the Hawaiian Division using assets of the World War I era 11th Infantry Division. It, the Philippine Division, and the Americal Division were the last three U.S. Army divisions to be named rather than numbered. The division retained this TO&E until 1941, when it was reorganized under a triangular division TO&E, and part of its former organization became the core of the new 24th Infantry Division and 25th Infantry Division.
World War II[edit | edit source]
The 24th and 25th Infantry Divisions were among the first to see combat in World War II and among the last to stop fighting. The Divisions were on Oahu, with Headquarters at Schofield Barracks, when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941, and suffered minor casualties. Charged with the defense of Oahu and the Hawaiian Islands, they built an elaborate system of coastal defenses before deploying for further combat operations.
Inactivation[edit | edit source]
The Hawaiian Division inactivated in October 1941 to provide cadre and units for the 24th and 25th Infantry Divisions. These were triangular divisions with regiments of the Hawaii National Guard providing the third regiment of each division. The 299th Regiment went to the 24th and the 298th Regiment went to the 25th Infantry Division.
Lineage[edit | edit source]
- Constituted 1 February 1921 in the Regular Army as Headquarters, Hawaiian Division
- Activated 1 March 1921 at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
- Inactivated 1 October 1941 at Schofield Barracks
Commanders[edit | edit source]
- Charles D. Herron: 1937 - 1938
- James A. Woodruff: 1938 - 1939
- William H. Wilson: 1939 - 1940
- Maxwell Murray: 1940 - 1941
- Daniel Sultan: 1941
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- U.S. Army Order of Battle 1919–1941, Volume 1. The Arms: Major Commands and Infantry Organizations, 1919–41 by Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Steven E. Clay, Combat Studies Institute Press, Fort Leavenworth, KS, 2011
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- 24th Infantry Division Home Page – official site.
- 24th Infantry Division Association
- The 24th Infantry Division in Europe
- GlobalSecurity.org: 24th Infantry Division
- 25th Infantry Division Home Page – official site.
- Lineage and Honors of the 25th Infantry Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion
- GlobalSecurity.org: 25th Infantry Division (Light)
- 25th Infantry Division Association
- 35th Infantry Regiment before WW2
- COA at 
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