HEADQUARTERS
ARMY GROUND FORCES
OFFICE OF THE COMMANDING GENERAL
WASHINGTON 25, D.C.

10 January 1946

SUBJECT:      Letter of Appreciation
TO:              Commanding General, 41st Infantry Division

  The 41st Infantry Division which contributed splendidly to our glorious victory over Japanese tyranny and aggression, will forever be honored and cherished by a grateful nation.

  Your division was committed to action in January 1943, when the 163d Infantry Regiment plunged into combat at Sanananda, Papua. Lacking naval support, and relying on supplies flown in over the Owen Stanley Mountains, the regiment emerged bearing the marks of jungle fighting at its worst. This action, which helped stem the Jap tide threatening Port Moresby, won for the Regiment the Distinguished Unit Citation.

  Storming ashore at Salamaua in June 1943, the 162d Infantry Regiment began 76 days of unrelieved fighting, a record in jungle warfare. Your division's 1000 mile campaign through the New Guinea jungles, which included assault landings at Aitape, action at Hollandia, Toem-Wakde, and Biak Island in the Schoutens, will forever be a bright chapter in the history of your organization.

  Now, upon the inactivation of the 41st Infantry Division, it is a privilege for me to commend you, your officers, and your men for your outstanding accomplishments on the field of battle.

                                                                                                                              JACOB L. DEVERS
                                                                                                                              General, USA
                                                                                                                              Commanding