Soldiers of the 32nd Division WWI 32nd 1 1100x825Soldiers of the 32nd Division prepare for the battle of Juvigny on Aug. 29, 1918. The 32nd Division, made up of Wisconsin and Michigan National Guard units that included troops from the Upper Peninsula, became one of the best of divisions of the American Expeditionary Force that served in France during World War I, but it sacrificed many soldiers. 

Michigan-Wisconsin division had major role in World War I 

By Graham Jaehnig
via The Daily Mining Gazette newspaper (MI) web site 

Romagne-sous-Montfaucon is a tiny community in the Lorraine District of France, with a population of about 200 residents.

It is an ancient town but known by few Americans, even though it is of great significance and historical value to the United States.

The reason for its significance is because Romagne-sous-Montfaucon is home to the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, which is about 25 miles northwest of Verdun. It contains the graves of 14,246 American soldiers, making it the largest of all the World War I American cemeteries.

Among those buried there are soldiers from Michigan. They lost their lives in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive of 1918 and lay now in an area of approximately 130 acres. The Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery is, of course, not the only cemetery dedicated to American soldiers who fell in the now nearly forgotten war — but it is the largest.

Among the U.S. military organizations who participated in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive was the U.S. 32nd Division, which was comprised of militia units from both Michigan and Wisconsin.

The French allies called the 32nd “Red Arrow” Division the “Les Terribles,” or The Terrible Division. It had earned that reputation in the year or so it was in France.

The “Red Arrow” Division was organized at Camp MacArthur, Texas, in August and September 1917. The organization of the 32nd Division was completed Oct. 15, 1917.

On Sept. 11, the division’s 63rd Infantry Brigade was organized from the 31st, 32nd and 33nd Michigan Infantry Regiments, which were then reorganized. 

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