8th Armored Division (United States) - Division Commander

Division Commander

Major General William Grimes 1942–1944

  • Grimes left the division on 6 October 1944 just prior to the divisions shipment overseas. Grimes went on to serve as Commandant of the Cavalry School at Fort Riley, Kansas.

Major General John Devine (Commander in Combat) 1944–1945

  • Devine was personally selected by Gen. Eisenhower to command the 8th Armored. His prior assignment was Commanding General, Combat Command B, 7th Armored Division. He had been in combat continuously from D-Day plus 2 (8 June 1944) when he landed at Normandy as artillery commander of the 90th Infantry Division.

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