Since I get the feeling that there are many people who are biased amateur historians, I am going to dedicate a string of posts to an event always overlooked.
Men of the 36th Infantry Division “T-Patchers”, wade toward the beach at Paestum, south of Salerno on September 9, 1943. The 36th was the first American combat division to land on the continent of Europe.
They fought in grueling combat in such notable actions as Mt. Lungo, San Pietro and the Rapido River. In the Rapido River action, the Division lost the better part of two of its three regiments, ultimately decimated.
A good month before ‘D-DAY’ (as referred to by everyone as June 6th) they again made an amphibious assault on Anzio.
The 36th had spent 400 days in combat, accepted the surrender of Field Marshal Hermann Goering, won seven campaign streamers for its colors, taken part in two assault landings and 14 of its members had won the Medal of Honor. The Division had the ninth highest casualty rate of any Army Division in WWII.