USM now home to extensive archival collection of WWII Infantry Division

USM now home to extensive archival collection of WWII Infantry Division

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hundreds of thousands of documents, photographs, letters, maps and books from a decorated World War Two Infantry unit have been donated to the University of Southern Mississippi.

The archival collection of the 103rd Infantry Division Association has been given to the University Libraries' Special Collections.

The unit fought in late 1944 and 1945 in Europe and it also participated in the liberation of Kaufering Concentration Camp near Landsberg, Germany.

About one dozen veterans of the unit and their families toured the USM campus for the first time Thursday as part of an annual reunion. Many of the veterans were also interviewed for Southern Miss' oral history research.

The 103rd was activated in November of 1942 and trained at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana and Camp Howse, Texas.

The unit was deactivated in September of 1945.