The 104th Infantry Division was activated on September 15, 1942 as the United States Army expanded for World War II. The division trained extensively in the northwest United States through the summer of 1944, earning the nickname “Timberwolves”. They trained for combat in Europe and were one of the first Army units trained specifically for night fighting. They arrived in France for combat service in early September, 1944.
With them in the division’s 413th Infantry Regiment was Cecil Hamilton Bolton. Bolton was born in Crawfordsville, Florida on October 7, 1908 and was working as a “hotel and restaurant manager” when he was drafted in Alabama at age 33 on July 27, 1942.