[Civil Affairs] A brief history behind the 29th ID

One of the arms in the United States Army is the 29th Infantry Division, with it's creation being in 1917 during World War I. The 29th Infantry Division was stationed in Fort Belvoir, Virginia with men from Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. The 29th ID has participated in many conflicts throughout history including the Allied victories in the Great War (WWI), both theaters of World War II, The Iraq war and Afghanistan along with current affairs.
The unit wasn't really known until propaganda made the unit famous for their actions at the battle of Omaha Beach and Normandy, France. With this, the 29th ID would come to be a very well-known and famous unit for its outstanding performance in bloody combat. At the outbreak of WWII, the unit was revisited and brought back to duty, but this time the division was more focused on three Infantry units; 115th, 116th, and 175th Infantry Regiments. Later, the division added an additional seven more units, which out of the seven were four units of field artillery, a medical battalion, and the 151st Engineer Battalion and with this, the 29th ID was finally complete. The 29th ID's extensive campaigning throughout World War II came with it a bloody price of 28,776 casualties during 242 days of combat. In exchange for all of this, they took 38,900 German prisoners of war. After 6 bloody years of fighting, the 29th Infantry Division would not see action for another 40 years.
In January 17, 1946 the 29th ID would not be active but continue to train and train; they would not even see action even in the Vietnam War. It wasn't until 1984 that they would be re-commissioned as a light infantry division. The unit continued training and went so far that in 2008 the division set up a camp in Tokyo, Japan to train with the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force, which included a simulated invasion of Japan. Aside from all of that, the unit would finally see action again but only 72 soldiers of the unit would see it in Afghanistan on December 2010 to October 2011. Even after that, a new group of "29thers" replaced them on November 2011. Only 65 soldiers were deployed this time, but with one casualty which was Maj. Robert Marchanti on February 25, 2012. Too years later, 29th ID soldiers were sent to Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany to aid in the training of Americans preparing for Kosovo. Much has not happened after that until the 29th ID came under new leadership in 2015 by Brig. Gen. Blake C. Ortner. The unit has come a long ways around and hopefully will stay for as long as it can. This unit holds a large amount of history and secrets behind it having fought all the way from the World War I to Afghanistan.
"Twenty-nine, let's go!"

Written by: PFC Marquez
Edited by: WO1 Brewer and Cpl. Langford
Approved by: CoCA and Bn. S1


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