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Charles Daniel Curley Jr 1
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03 Sep 1921 1
Richmond, Independent Cities, Virginia, USA 1
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11 Dec 2009 1
Richmond, Independent Cities, Virginia, USA 1
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Jane Caroline Engleman "Curley" 1924–2007 BIRTH 22 OCTOBER 1924 • Rockbridge, Virginia, USA DEATH 12 JULY 2007 • Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia 1
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Anna McCabe Powers "Curley" 1896–1976 BIRTH 03 SEPTEMBER 1896 • Richmond, Virginia, USA DEATH 23 JANUARY 1976 • Richmond, Richmond (Ind. City), Virginia, USA 1
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Charles Daniel Curley Sr 1891–1965 BIRTH 23 MARCH 1891 • Girardville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, USA DEATH 22 APRIL 1965 • Richmond, Virginia, USA 1

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Birth: Sep. 3, 1921

Death: Dec. 11, 2009

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  Jane E. Curley (1924 - 2007)

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  Charles D. Curley (1953 - ____)*

 

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Created by: Ron Stewart

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U.S. 2nd Infantry Division Brief History by Kraig J. Rice (Website- http://www.7-star-admiral.com/0183_US_2nd_Infantry_Division_WW2.html)

U.S. 2nd Infantry Division (2ID)
World War Two

(A tribute to our brave combat veterans)
by
Kraig J. Rice
www.7-star-admiral.com

The division landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day + 1 (June 7, 1944) in Normandy, France. The 2ID was part of General Omar Bradley's First Army. Our brave men fought their way across Europe and were in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia, when the war against Germany was over with on May 8, 1945.

 

A Brief History of "the Indianhead Division" During World War 2
(copied from the division's history)

WORLD WAR II (1941 – 1945) Battle Legacy:

 

 

  • October 1943, transferred from Fort Sam Houston to Ireland
  • 10 months training as part of Operation Overload, the Normandy invasion
  • June 7, 1944 (D Day +1) the division stormed Omaha Beach
  • After 39 day battle, Division liberated vital port city Brest on September 18, 1944
  • From positions around St. Vith, Belgium, sized Roer River Dam on December 11, 1944
  • Division held key roads leading to Liege and Antwerp during Battle of the Bulge
  • February 6, 1945 resumed offensive against fleeing Wehrmacht
  • Transferred from First Army to Patton’s Third Army
  • Last days of war spent moving across Czechoslovakia, halting at Pilsen
  • Met Soviet allies in Pilsen

    THE EUROPEAN THEATER OF OPERATIONS:

    As part of the build up for operation Overload, the Normandy invasion, the 2d Infantry Division was transferred from fort Sam Houston to Ireland in October, 1943. There it spent ten months undergoing extensive training. On 7 June, 1944, D-Day + 1, the division stormed ashore at bloody Omaha Beach. While other units were stalled by the determined German resistance to the west, the Indianheads blasted through the hedgerows of Normandy. After fierce, 39-day battle, the 2d Division, fighting in the streets and alleyways, finally took their objective as the vital port city of Brest, which was liberated on 18 September, 1944. Once mop up operations were complete in the Normandy region, the division turned west and plunged headlong across France. From positions around St. Vith, Belgium, the Second was ordered, on 11 December, 1944, to attack and seize the Roer River dams. Having pierced the dreaded Siegfried Line, the division was advancing when Nazi Field Marshal Gerd Von Rundstedt unleashed a powerful German offensive in the Ardennes. Throughout this Battle of the Bulge the 2d Infantry Division held fast, preventing the enemy from seizing key roads leading to the cities of Liege and Antwerp.

    Resuming the offensive on 6 February, 1945, the division joined the race to annihilate the fleeing Wehrmacht. Transferred from the First Army to Patton’s Third Army, the Indianheads spent their last days of the European War in a dash across Czechoslovakia, finally halting in the town of Pilsen. This city became a meeting point between invading armies from east and from west. It was in Pilsen that the soldiers of the 2nd Infantry Division first met their Soviet allies who represented the forces of communism that they would face so often in the future, no longer as allies.

    Division Order of Battle in WW II:

    9th Infantry Regiment 23rd Infantry Regiment 38th Infantry Regiment Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2nd Infantry Division Artillery 12th Field Artillery Battalion (155 Mm) 15th Field Artillery Battalion (105 Mm) 37th Field Artillery Battalion (105 Mm) 38th Field Artillery Battalion (105 Mm) 2nd Engineer Combat Battalion 2nd Medical Battalion Headquarters Special Troops, Headquarters Company, 2nd Infantry Division 2nd Infantry Division 702nd Ordnance Company 2nd Quartermaster Company 2nd Reconnaissance Troop 2nd Signal Company 2nd Military Police Platoon 2nd Infantry Division Band Headquarters 2nd Infantry Division Units Attached Throughout Combat: 612th Tank Destroyer Battalion 741st Tank Battalion 462nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion 2nd Counterintelligence Corps Detachment Photo Interpretation Team No. 6 Order Of Battle Team No. 8 Military Intelligence Interpreter Team No. 415 Interrogation Prisoner of War Team No. 25 Interrogation Prisoner of War Team No. 27 Interrogation Prisoner of War Team No. 28 Detachment "I", 165th Signal Photo Company Air Support Party, IX Tactical Air Command

    The division participated in the Normandy, Northern France, the Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and the Central Europe Campaigns of World War Two. The Division suffered 3,031 killed in action and 12,785 wounded in action during the war.

    The Second Infantry Division arrived back home at Ft. Swift, Texas on July 22, 1945.

 

Major Charles Daniel Curley Jr Book

How a Ninety-Day Wonder Survived the War:
The Story of a Rifle Platoon Leader in the Second Indianhead Division During WWII.

by Major Charles D. Curley, Jr. USA (Ret.)

This book chronicles the author's experience as a WWII draftee that received appointment to OCS at Ft Benning, GA in 1943. After his commission as Lieutenant, (A 90 Day Wonder) the first assignment was with the 97th Inf. Div. then in Louisiana. Shortly there after, he shipped overseas, and attached to the 2nd Inf. Div. in Wales. He recounts the crossing of the English Channel, then landing on Omaha Beach after D-day, seeing the carnage of war. His next assignment was with the 38th Regt. as 1st platoon leader of E Co. replacing its former wounded officer. From this point forward, he details the intense training with tanks used to breach hedge rows in France. His documentation on the attacks on Hill 192 in Normandy are vividly written. His platoon's encounters German paratroopers defending the hill are incredible [sic]. The fight continues through Normandy, then Brittany, and Brest, France. His platoon gains valuable combat experience, and is counted on for more difficult tasks. The author and his men take part in breaking the "little known Parisian Black Market," a gang of thieves, robbing train shipments of goods to allied forces. Later his platoon moves back into the thick of fighting, in the Schnee-Eifel. The men of E Co. were in the maelstrom of the German attack, known as the Battle of the Bulge. Historian will likely say, "The 2nd Inf. Div. was vital in thwarting the German march to Liege." E Co. moved rapidly across the Rhine river, then through Germany. Many interesting stories are related to command decisions, of which the author had part in, because of his position out front. As the story climaxes, with the author and his men in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia, where they met our Russian allies. Finally the trip home. It is hoped these details will enlighten some little known facts for following historians.

Posted in "TAPS" (Website: http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/67014-charles-d-curley-jr/)

I am really sad today because I have just learned that Major (ret.) Charles D. Curley Jr has passed away on December 11, 2009.
He was a well known veteran and author of the book : How a ninety-day wonder survived the war, the story of a platoon leader in the 2nd indianhead division during WWII.

Charles was born in Richmond (VA) in 1921. He was drafted into the Army in December 1942, attended the Infantry Candidate School at Ft. Benning, Ga., commissioned as a 2nd Lt. July 1943. He trained with the 97th Infantry Division Louisiana Maneuvers and was sent overseas April 1944 and assigned as a Rifle Platoon Leader, 38th Infantry, 2nd Infantry Division. He served in Normandy, Brittany, Central Europe, The "Bulge," Germany and on into Czechoslovakia. After the war he served in the 80th Infantry Reserve Division and retired as Deputy Chief of Staff as a Major after serving 24 years. 

May you rest in peace Charlie.

Dan

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