The 65th Infantry Division was a specially created division of the US Army in World War II. Nicknamed "the battle axe" from the Halberd that graces the blue shoulder patch, the 65th Infantry Division was activated in July 1943 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi and de-activated August 1945. Although many of the 65th soldiers came home to the USA, some went on to serve in other WWII units.
Please note: The 65th Infantry Division should not be confused with the 65th Infantry Regiment (from Puerto Rico) who served in the South Pacific.
The Association was formed not long after the veterans returned from the war, to continue friendships that the men of the 65th had begun. Reunions occurred throughout the United States and included spouses and occasionally family.
Over the years, the Legacy Group was introduced to include family and friends of the 65th. We now have a growing Legacy Group keeping the heritage of the 65th Infantry Division alive and strong.
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Welcome to the 65th Infantry Division Association!
Just a few of our veterans...
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SAVE THE DATE! 2019 Annual Reunion
October 3-7, 2019
Crowne Plaza – Dayton, Ohio
Thursday: registration and executive meetings in the evening
Friday: tour and evening mixer
Sunday: membership meeting and evening banquet
Help us grow our web page and archive of historical information for the 65th.
Do you have photos of a relative that served? Are you a 65th member and want to share your photo history? Send us a CD, or post them on Facebook. We'll add them to our records.
Is your relative one of the KIA or DOW listed? We'd like to add those photos to our archives as well as remembering their names. Share your memories of the 65th or your relative who left stories behind.
Visit our Family Stories page for tips to begin your family history research!
PLEASE, PLEASE...don't let 65th memorabilia end up in the garbage, Goodwill or an online auction...
Have 65th memorabilia, photos, stories or veteran information that your family no longer wants? Please consider donating them to the association rather than giving them away or destroying them. They will be digitized and the history preserved for the association.
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