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History of Liberating Divisions

American Liberators


In 1985, the U. S. Center of Military History and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM0 recognized ten American army divisions as liberating units.


Within two years, this program generated so much interest from veterans' associations that the U. S. Center of Military History and the USHMM developed further guidelines and procedures for handling future requests for liberator status.  


It was decided to recognize units only at the divisional level; to accord the honor of liberator status on the basis of unit records housed at the National Archives and Records Administration, not oral testimony; to accord liberator status to those divisions arriving at the site within 48 hours of the initial divisions' encounter.  


To further facilitate this process, requests for recognition were to come through a formal petition to the Center of Military History or the USHMM from the divisional association or individual members of a division.


In the years since this program was inaugurated, 35 Army divisions have been recognized for their heroism, gallantry, and help in liberating prisoners from Nazi concentration camps and other sites of incarceration.

Click HERE for List of Liberating Divisions