Donald Spurr (Deceased)
U.S. Army, 112th Cavalry Regimental Combat Team
Tuesday, February 20th
The 112th Regimental Combat Team
Don Spurr joined the 112th as a replacement on 22 June 1944 after the unit had suffered 62 percent casualty while
fighting the Japanese 18th army on the Driniumor River for 51 days.
Known as the "Little Giant of the Pacific," the 112th Calvary Regiment, part of the 56th Calvary Brigade,
Texas National Guard, was mobilized for active duty on 18 November 1940. . The regiment shipped overseas on 8 July
1942 and disembarked at Noumea, New Caledonia, on 11 August 1942, where it was attached to the Americal Division.
After turning in its horses, the regiment landed on Woodlark Island without opposition and provided security for
Navy Seabees while the Seabees built an airstrip.
In November 1943 the regiment plus the 148th Field Artillery Battalion was designated Director Task Force under
Brigadier General Julian W. Cunningham. The first action of the regiment was the landing at Arawe, New Britain.
After linking up with the 1st Marine Division, the regiment was sent to Aitape, New Guinea, and attached to the
32nd Infantry Division, where it fought in many battles along the Driniumor River. The new activated (1 October
1944) 112th RCT departed Aitape for Leyte, Philippine Islands on 31 October 1944 and immediately attached to the
1st Calvary Division. On 16 January 1945, the 112th RCT moved from Leyte to Luzon in the Philippines, where it
fought until the end of the war.
The 112th Calvary Regiment saw occupation duty in Japan beginning on 3 September 1945, and then was deactivated
on 17 January 1946 at Tateyama, Japan. The Regiment was reactivated in the Texas National Guard on 2 July 1946.