In the summer of 1946 veterans of the 84th Infantry Division “Railsplitters” met for their first reunion in Cincinnati.
Now, 65 years later, these remaining WWII veterans return to Cincinnati for the 65th annual reunion of this organization.
This year’s meeting will be held at Blue Ash Embassy Suites Aug. 27, 28, and 29. The program will include a Friday dinner cruise on the Ohio. The 1946 reunion included an Ohio River cruise on the very popular “Island Queen.”
That morning of Aug. 28 a special en's breakfast is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. in the hotel. A ladies brunch will be held at 9 a.m.
Sunday afternoon there will be a memorial service honoring those veterans who died the past year. That evening will be the annual banquet.
In WWI this was known as the Abe Lincoln Division. in 1942 it was resurrected as the 84th Division Railsplitters. following training in Louisiana, the division went into combat in November 1944 near Aachen, Germany, fighting in the Siegfried Line. in mid-December the 84th was quickly moved south to Belgium to help suppress the sudden German assault in the Belgium Ardennes.
At the completion of this mission the move was back North to participate in the Roer River Crossing. from there a combined infantry/tank task force moved to the Rhine river.
Easter Sunday was celebrated in numerous outdoor church services near the Rhine.
The next move was north and a crossing of the rhine at Weser. The final grand assault was as part of the 9th Army in a movement east to the Elbe River approximately 30 miles from Berlin. It was late in April and the fighting was over. The long awaited VE Day was celebrated in May.
For more information, contact Richard Jamieson at (513) 732-2317.