29th Infantry Division
Posted 02 November 2006 - 03:18 PM
Twenty-Nineth Infantry Division / 29th Division
"Blue and Grey"
World War I
World War II
July 26, 1917
Feb 3, 1941
June 6, 1984
“World War I
On 26 July 1917 Virginia's troops joined guardsmen from New Jersey, Maryland and the District of Columbia in the 29th Division which activated on 25 August 1917. The 29th Division adopted the nickname "Blue and Gray," which reflected the coming together of Civil War adversaries in a single organization.
The Blue and Gray finally started overseas in 1918. Its advance detachment reached Brest, France, on 8 June. In late September the 29th received orders to join the First Army's Meuse-Argonne offensive as part of the French XVII Corps. During its 21 days in combat, the 29th Division advanced seven kilometers, captured 2,148 prisoners, and knocked out over 250 machine guns or artillery pieces. It paid a high price for this success. One-third of its members became casualties-170 officers and 5,691 men.
Brigadier General Charles W. Barber (28 July–25 August 1917)
Major General Charles G. Morton (25 August–24 September 1917; 6 December–11 December 1917; 26 December 1917–23 March 1918; 26 March 1918 to demobilisation)
Brigadier General William C. Rafferty (24 September–6 December 1917; 11 December–26 December 1917; 23 March–26 March 1918)
World War II
The 29th Division was reactivated on 3 February 1941 and departed for the United Kingdom on 5 October 1942 where it continued training in Scotland and England from October of 1942 up to June 1944 in preparation for the invasion of France.
Teamed with the U.S. 1st Infantry Division, the 116th Infantry Regiment of the 29th Division was in the first assault wave to hit the beaches at Normandy on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The division itself landed on Omaha Beach on the same day in the face of intense enemy fire but soon secured the bluff tops and went on to occupy Isigny on 9 June. The division cut across the Elle River and advanced slowly toward St. Lo, fighting bitterly in the Normandy bocage (hedge rows).
After taking St. Lo on 18 July, the division joined in the battle for Vire, capturing that strongly held city on 7 August. Turning west, the 29th took part in the assault on Brest from 25 August to 18 September.
After a short rest, the division moved to defensive positions along the Teveren-Geilenkirchen line in Germany and maintained those positions through October. (In mid-October the 116th Infantry took part in the fighting at the Aachen Gap.) On 16 November the division began its drive to the Rur, blasting its way through Siersdorf, Setterich, Duerboslar, and Bettendorf, reaching the Rur by the end of the month.
On 8 December, heavy fighting reduced Julich Sportplatz and the Hasenfeld Gut. From 8 December 1944 to 23 February 1945, the division held defensive positions along the Rur and prepared for the offensive. The attack jumped off across the Rur on 23 February and carried the division through Julich, Broich, Immerath, and Titz to Mönchengladbach on 1 March. The division was out of combat in March, however in early April the 116th Infantry helped mop up in the Ruhr area and on 19 April the division pushed to the Elbe River and held defensive positions until 4 May. Meanwhile, the 175th Infantry Regiment cleared the Kloetze Forest. After VE Day, the division was on military government duty in the Bremen enclave.
The 29th Infantry Division had spent 242 days in combat during campaigns in Normandy, Northern France, the Rhineland and Central Europe, earning four Distinguished Unit Citations in the process. Two soldiers of the division were awarded the Medal of Honor. Also awarded were 44 DSCs, one DSM, 854 Silver Stars, 17 Legion of Merit, 24 Soldier's Medal and 6,308 Bronze Stars.
The 29th Division returned to the United States on January 4, 1946 and was demobilized two weeks later.
Major General Milton A. Reckord (1934-January 1942)
Major General Leonard T. Gerow (February 1942-July 1943)
Major General Charles H. Gerhardt (July 1943 to demobilization.)
115th, 116th and 175th Infantry Regiments
110th, 111th, 224th and 227th Field Artillery Battalions
121st Engineer Combat Battalion
Attached unit: 821st Tank Destroyer Battalion
Assignments in Europe
22 October 1943: V Corps, First Army
14 June 1944: XIX Corps
1 August 1944: XIX Corps, First Army, 12th Army Group
12 August 1944: V Corps
19 August 1944: First Army, 12th Army Group, but attached to the VIII Corps, Third Army, 12th Army Group
5 September 1944: VIII Corps, Ninth Army, 12th Army Group
21 September 1944: XIX Corps, First Army, 12th Army Group
22 October 1944: XIX Corps, Ninth Army, 12th Army Group
20 December 1944: XIX Corps, Ninth Army (attached to British 21st Army Group), 12th Army Group
23 December 1944: XIII Corps
4 February 1945 : XIX Corps
29 March 1945: XVI Corps
4 April 1945: XVI Corps, Ninth Army, 12th Army Group
5 April 1945: Ninth Army, 12th Army Group
12 April 1945: XVI Corps
17 April 1945: XIII Corps
4 May 1945: XVI Corps
Post World War II
In 1968 the Army retired the flag of the 29th Infantry Division due to re-organization of the National Guard divisions. For the next twenty years the various regiments of the division were organized either as separate infantry brigades or as parts of other division, most notably the 28th Infantry Division from the Pennsylvania National Guard.
Organisation of the 29th Infantry Division (Light)
On 6 June 1984, the 40th anniversary of the D-Day Normandy landings, the 29th Division was re-activated as a National Guard light infantry division. At that time it was composed (primarily) of the 116th Infantry Regiment from Virginia, 111th Field Artillery from Virginia, the 115th Infantry Regiment and 175th Infantry Regiment from Maryland, and the 110th Field Artillery from Maryland. In 1995 the 26th Infantry Division from New England was also incorporated into the 29th Division, becoming the 26th Brigade, headquartered in Massachusetts.
The 29th was the second National Guard division to provide a division headquarters for the SFOR mission in Bosnia. Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, many elements of the 29th participated in the Global War on Terror, including Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
The 29th Division started transitioning to the new structure shown below, adding brigades from North Carolina and Puerto Rico, in late 2006.
Major General H. Steven Blum (August 1999-August 2002)
Major General Daniel E. Long, Jr. (August 2002-November 2004)
Major General Arthur H. Wyman (November 2004-Present)
30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team (NC NG)
1-120th Infantry Battalion (Combined Arms) (NC NG)
1-252nd Armor Battalion (Combined Arms) (NC NG)
1-150th Cavalry Squadron (Armed Recon) (WV NG)
1-113th Field Artillery Battalion (NC NG)
230th Support Battalion (NC NG)
30BCT Special Troops Battalion (NC NG)
58th Infantry Brigade Combat Team((MD NG)
1-175th Infantry Battalion (MD NG)
2-200th Infantry Battalion (NM NG)
1-158th Cavalry Squadron (RSTA) (MD NG)
1-110th Field Artillery Battalion (MD NG)
729th Support Battalion (MD NG)
58BCT Special Troops Battalion (MD NG)
92nd Brigade Combat Team (PR NG)
1-65th Infantry Battalion
1-296th Infantry Battalion
1-192nd Cavalry Squadron (RSTA)
2-162nd Field Artillery Battalion
192nd Support Battalion
92BCT Special Troops Battalion
116th 'Stonewall' Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Virginia ARNG
1st Battalion, 116th Infantry
3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry
1st Squadron, 183rd Cavalry
1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery
429th Support Battalion
116BCT Special Troops Battalion
29th Aviation Brigade
1-111th General Support Aviation Battalion (FL NG)
1-130th Aviation Battalion (Attack) (NC NG)
Other combat support and combat service support units
Divisional history from: http://en.wikipedia....fantry_Division
Guest_Alfred Ed Moch Cota_*
Posted 25 December 2006 - 05:20 PM
Though the 29th. Division was de-activated after World War II, much would be contributed toward all Ranger Divisions by the 29th..
During the importance of "Operation Overlord" aka: The D-Day Invasion of Normandy. The brave and gallant 29th. fighting on the Normandy beach called "Omaha Beach", Brig. Gen. Norman Daniel "Dutch" Cota, Assistant Commander of The 29th at the time of "D-Day Operations" would be credited with some famous military mottos... One being the Motto "RANGERS LEAD THE WAY". In Gen. Cota's encouragement and troubleshooting on the the beach of Omaha, he would recieve promotion as "Commander of The 28th. Division" (see 28th, Division Rangers) and later promoted to the rank of Major General.
In the World War II movie epic, "The Longest Day", Gen. Cota is played by actor, Robert Mitchum. In the movie "Saving Private Ryan", though Gen. Cota is not directly credited, actor, Ted Dansen portray's Gen. Cota for a brief cameo in the film. Though "Saving Private Ryan" depicts The 29th. Division during D-Day, the film has some historic flaws, but it does have "Historic Drama" and should be studied for it's high points still the same.
Alfred "Ed Moch" Cota
Posted 07 January 2007 - 05:57 PM
EARLY WAR WOOL AND STANDARD GREEN BACK WITH BUFF BORDER
Posted 07 January 2007 - 06:00 PM
(NOTICE THE DESIGN DIFFERENCES WITH BLUE AND GRAY)
Edited by GLM, 07 January 2007 - 06:01 PM.
Posted 07 January 2007 - 06:04 PM
Edited by GLM, 07 January 2007 - 06:04 PM.
Posted 07 January 2007 - 06:06 PM
Posted 19 October 2007 - 11:37 AM
Posted 28 December 2007 - 06:04 PM
It appears to be an original patch to me, but if anyone has additional information I'm certainly open to it. For what it's worth, it doesn't glow under a blacklight.
What is the intel on this one? It looks like the repros sold at the D-Day Memorial and a few shops in the Bedford area and I'm sure at many other places as well.
Posted 29 December 2007 - 11:08 AM
hi bill sorry for that one but its a repro that is the new generation of repros
from day 2 day better
blacklight is a tool and on the new fakesnot helpfull they all glow not!!!!
i have posted in the patch section an 101st airborne patch
same fake manufacture
the 101st is going for 80 euro i think and that is many learn money!!!
these sold in ciney belgium and other military markets here in europe
its a modern fake from europe
please post your patch in the patch section
Edited by GERMAN-PATCH-HUNTER, 29 December 2007 - 11:15 AM.
Posted 01 June 2008 - 02:48 PM
Posted 22 September 2013 - 04:37 PM
Out of curiosity where did you go to get the institute of heraldry drawing?
Posted 24 March 2018 - 05:10 PM
At TIOH yesterday, I found in the file for the 29th Infantry Div SSI the telegram from the division to the AEF adjutant general proposing the design for approval as the division patch, dated 20 Oct 1918. It describes the design as "Korean lucky symbol which is the same trade mark used by the Northern Pacific Railway, colors blue and gray, was adopted by this division one year ago in the United States."
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