On this day in Alabama history: Roosevelt orders ‘Dixie’ Division into service

On this day in Alabama history: Roosevelt orders ‘Dixie’ Division into service
President Roosevelt signing the Declaration of war against Japan, December 1941. (Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)

November 25, 1940

President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the Thirty-first “Dixie” Division into active service. Originally created as a National Guard division during World War I, the division served to train personnel from January 1941 to March 1944. From there, the division deployed to the South Pacific to fight under the command of Gen. Douglas MacArthur in New Guinea and the Philippines.

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