History of the 9th Infantry Division, 60th Infantry Regiment in World War II

History of the 9th Infantry Division, 60th Infantry Regiment in World War II

U.S. 60th Infantry Regiment


The U.S. 60th Infantry Regiment is a regimental unit in the United States Army. Its 2nd Battalion conducts Basic Combat Training.

The battalion is a part of a regiment that holds one of the most illustrious battle records in the U.S. Army during the twentieth century. During three bloody wars on three continents, the 2nd Battalion has played a conspicuous part in the division achievements of the Regiment and the 9th Infantry Division. 
Regimental History
The 60th Infantry was organized in June 1917 at the outset of World War I from cadre furnished by the 7th U.S. Infantry. In November 1917 it was assigned to the 5th Infantry Division and underwent its baptism of fire on the Western Front. The 60th Infantry participated in the campaigns of St. Mihiel, Alsace and Lorraine and finally in war ending campaign of the Meuse-Argonne. During this battle, 1LT Woodfill, later called by General Pershing "the outstanding doughboy of the war", won the Congressional Medal of Honor for his single-handed destruction of a German company (with all available weapons from a machine gun to pick ax) as the Battalion made an epic crossing of the Meuse River under ferocious enemy fire to help break the back of German resistance.

After the First World War the 60th Infantry was inactivated in South Carolina in 1921. A generation later, in August 1940, war in Europe resulted in a rapid expansion of the US Army. The 60th Infantry was reactivated and assigned to the 9th Infantry Division.

The 60th Infantry spearheaded the November, 1942, invasion of French Morocco at Port Lyautey, winning the arrowhead assault landing device in an action which laid the basis for its distinctive nickname 'Scouts Out'. The regiment culminated its successful North African campaigns with a defense on April 18, 1943 (Easter Sunday) against a massive German attack, and earned a Presidential Unit Citation.

In 1943 during the battle of Dedjenane Valley along the Tunisia-Algeria border, it was during the fanatical drive by the 60th Regiment that a captured German Generals' diary was to give the regiment its nickname. In a German Generals' account of American actions against the Germans, he wrote "Look at those devils go", and thus the 60th Infantry Regiment became the "GO DEVILS".

In Sicily the Regiment continued its winning ways, culminating in the famous Ghost March where the unit infiltrated enemy lines and broke open the last of the German resistance.

On 11 June 1944, the 60th Regiment debarked at Utah Beach on the Cotentin Peninsula, Normandy, France. On 12 June, 1944, driving hard toward the St. Colombe in France, the 2nd Battalion, 60th Regiment completely outdistanced the rest of the 9th Division. For a time, the unit was even believed to be lost, but actually the battalion had overrun the German defenses in the face of murderous fire and had cut the main highway to the northwest. Instead of withdrawing, the battalion set up a bridgehead on the Douve River and held the position for seven hours until the rest of the Division caught up to them, facilitating the cutting of the peninsula. Due to this demonstration of rapid penetration and maneuver, the "Scouts Out" motto originated for the battalion. "Scouts Out" is the official greeting of the battalion.

In France during the heroic days of June 1944, the Regiment once again led the way for the division as it spearheaded the American advance out of the beachhead that cut the Contentin Peninsula and secured the vital Port of Cherburg. At the pivotal crossing of the Douve River, 1LT John Butts won the Medal of Honor and the Battalion gained another Presidential Unit Citation.

The "Go Devil"

The most recognizable of unit logos the "Go Devil". Painted on helmets of the 60th Infantry Regiment followed the path of the men who proudly wore him on the helmet through hell and back. 

Kilroy Was Here

Kilroy is an American popular culture expression that became popular during World War II; it is typically seen in graffiti. Often seen painted on walls, crates, and any assortment of government issued equipment. Wherever the GI went, so did Kilroy.