Most units within the Division began vocational courses to assist in the upcoming transition of practically all Centurymen to civilian life. Fortunately, as former enemy installations were closed out, security force requirements could be reduced to about 750 men, total; this enabled virtually all who wanted to participate in course work to do so. A few officers and enlisted men were even able to study at universities in France and England.
From shortly after V-E Day on, Hollywood entertainers showed their appreciation for the Division's efforts through their shows and autograph sessions. Among those to perform for the men of the 100th were Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Ingrid Bergman, and Marlene Dietrich. General Eisenhower was honored with a review, and remained afterward to shake the hands of thousands of his men. Inter- and intra-unit sports programs continued as well. Many soldiers received the opportunity to take passes to Paris, Switzerland, and even the Riviera. In Paris and Nice, deluxe hotels had been commandeered by the US Army, and soldiers stayed in places like the George V (Paris) and the Negresco (Nice) for three dollars a day -- including meals prepared in their world-class kitchens, by Army cooks.
A darker side of the post-war sightseeing regiment also included trips to Dachau concentration camp for some units. Few of the Centurymen who visited the camp will ever forget the pure horror of the experience, or the perspective it afforded. It certainly helped all understand what it was they had been fighting against. . .
shows were gratifying and entertaining, and
helped pass the time until Century soldiers could
finally go home.