The 41st Division had more jungle fighting than any other American unit, including a brutal 76 straight days of non-stop combat in New Guinea and the Philippines. The Division, nicknamed the “Sunset” Division or “Jungleers” earned their nickname the hard way, recording more jungle fighting than any other American unit, including a brutal 76 straight days of non-stop combat. In the campaigns for New Guinea and the Philippines, they took on veteran Japanese troops with tank support, faced fanatical suicide attacked, and pulled diehard Japanese soldiers from caves while demonstrating the full meaning of the word “valor.”
The 41st was activated on Sept. 16, 1940, and trained at Camp (“Swamp”) Murray in Washington before being rushed to defense of the Oregon and Washington coastline after the attack at Pearl Harbor. They were then sent overseas, arriving as the first American Infantry Division in Australia, and fought under General MacArthur through New Guinea, the Philippines and on to occupation duty in the Hiroshima District of Japan.
Alisha Hamel of the Historical Outreach Foundation directed “The Jungleers in Battle.”
“This is one of the oldest and proudest divisions. Its achievements have been of the first order. I have the greatest affection for and pride in the 41st Division.” General Douglas MacArthur – June 15, 1945