The 43rd Infantry Division was constituted on 19 October , with the division headquarters being organized and federally recognized in Hartford, Connecticut, on 21 March The 43rd Division consisted of two infantry brigades, the 85th in Connecticut, and the 86th in Vermont. The 85th Brigade included the nd and th Infantry Regiment , both based in Connecticut.
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The 43rd Division was mobilized for federal service on 24 February It was reorganized as a "triangular" division meaning that it had three infantry regiments, rather than four infantry regiments organized into two brigades. The 43rd was originally sent to Camp Blanding, Florida where it was based prior to participating in the Louisiana Maneuvers of and the Carolina Maneuvers later than same year.
The division relocated to Camp Shelby , Mississippi on 14 February and was officially re-designated as the 43rd Infantry Division on 19 February The Russell Islands were occupied without opposition, 21 February, and training continued.
Elements landed on Vangunu and Rendova Islands against minor resistance, 30 June. Rendova served as the major staging point for the assault on the Island of New Georgia.
The assault on New Georgia was met with determined enemy resistance. The Japanese fought fiercely before relinquishing Munda and its airfield, 5 August.
Vela Cela and Baanga were taken easily, but the Japanese resisted stubbornly on Arundel Island before withdrawing, 22 September. After training at Munda, the 43rd moved to Guadalcanal and thence to New Zealand for rest and rehabilitation. On 19 July , the Division assumed defensive positions at Aitape , engaged in patrols and reconnaissance at Tadji and along the Drinumor River , 25 July, and took the offensive, 8 August , ending organized resistance on the 25th.
Under enemy fire, the Division secured the beachhead and fought into the Lingayen Plain by 12 February. The offensive was resumed against the enemy north and west of Fort Stotsenburg , 27 February. On 6 May , the attack continued in the Bulacan area.
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Ipo Dam was secured and enemy opposition smashed in the Ipo area, 19 May. Mopping-up activities continued until 30 June The division began preparations for departure for home on 27 September , and officially began their departure on the 29 September.
The first ship arrived in San Francisco on 8 October , three years and seven days after the first ship had left on 1 October The division troops were then moved to Camp Stoneman near Pittsburg, California, and arrangements were made to send each man to the Army separation center nearest his home. In the Division was reorganized again, and was now made up of units from Connecticut, Vermont and Rhode Island. The division headquarters, nd and th Infantry Regiments, and rd Field Artillery and nd Field Artillery were organized in Connecticut.
In addition, Connecticut was also home to the rd Tank Battalion. Combat Support units were based throughout all three states. On 15 June , the 43rd Infantry Division was released and returned to state control.
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The 43rd Infantry Division was inactivated on 1 May as a result of National Guard restructuring. The 43rd Brigade was relieved from assignment to the 26th Division on 1 September , when the 26th Division was inactivated.
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