To Germany – P.1

 

Movement to Germany – Page 1

On March 15, 1955, the present history of the Spearhead Division was launched: the 3d Armored Division was reorganized as a combat division capable of fulfilling its assigned role in NATO defense of the Western World.

A few weeks later, the Department of the Army announced that the 3d Armored Division would become a part of the "new look" in the Army: "Operation Gyroscope," a policy of sending entire units, rather than replacements, abroad.

Events quietly but quickly began to shape themselves. Taking a glimpse at this new phase for the Spearheader's, one sees the fragments of the new picture become a part of the whole effort.

On April 15, 1955, Major General John Willems, from a post in Pentagon-level intelligence, assumes command and immediately sets the wheels in motion to begin the processing and training of the new members of the Division.

During early June, the cadre of the Division ready themselves for the mission of training new men as the 3d Armored Division is brought up to full strength in the months to come. Each who has the mission of instruction realizes he must first know his own job and the skills required, before he must pass it on to those about to join him.

On a certain Monday morning-July 17, an air of expectancy hangs over gathered men. Someone shouts: "Here they come!" The hustle and bustle is the arrival of chartered busses bringing in the first group of personnel to the new 3d Armored Division through induction by selective service.

A New York nation-wide radio-television program, August 4, marks the closing phase of the Spearheader's recruiting program. Stage and television star Martha Wright interviews the new Commanding General who appears with the Fort Dix Band and Soldier Chorus, and Fort Knox's ARTC Honor Guard.

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