29th US Infantry Division "Blue and Gray"
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Divisional information

History
Activated 03.02.1941
Arrived ETO 11.10.1942
Arrived Continent (D-Day) 06.06.1944
Entered Combat (First Elements) 06.06.1944
Entered Combat (Entire Division) 07.06.1944

Statistic
Days in Combat 242
Prisoners of War Taken 38.912

Casualties (Tentative)
Killed 3.720
Wouded 15.403
Missing 462
Captured 526
Battle Casualties 20.111
Non Battle Casualties 8.665
Total Casualties 28.776
Percent of T/O Strength 204.2%

Individual Awards
Distinguished Service Cross40
Legion of Merit11
Silver Star856
Soldiers Medal25
Bronze Star5954
Air Medal176

Campaigns
Normandyin WWII
Northern Francein WWII
Rhinelandin WWII
Central Europein WWII

Commanding General (CG)

00.02.1941 Maj.-Gen. Milton A. Reckord
00.02.1942 Maj.-Gen. Leonard T. Gerow
22.07.1943 Maj.-Gen. Charles H. Gerhardt

Assistant Division Commander
11.10.1942 Brig.-Gen. George Alexander
13.10.1943 Brig.-Gen. Norman D. Cota
31.08.1944 Col. Leroy H. Watson
07.12.1944 Brig.-Gen. Leroy H. Watson

Artillery Commander
11.10.1942 Brig.-Gen. William H. Sands

Chief of Staff
11.10.1942 Col. James H. Hagan
10.01.1944 Lt.-Col. Karl W. Curtis
28.04.1944 Col. Godwin Ordway (Jr.)
13.06.1944 Lt.-Col. William G. Purnell (acting)
15.06.1944 Col. Edward H. McDaniel
05.10.1944 Lt.-Col. Louis G. Smith
26.11.1944 Col. Harry R. Warfield (acting)
13.12.1944 Lt.-Col. Louis G. Smith
10.01.1945 Col. Louis G. Smith

Assistant Chief of Staff G-1
11.10.1942 Lt.-Col. Cooper B. Rhodes
26.11.1944 Maj. George P. Page (acting)
10.12.1944 Lt.-Col. Cooper B. Rhodes
28.03.1945 Maj. James L. Hayes (acting)
05.05.1945 Maj. James L. Hayes

Assistant Chief of Staff G-2
11.10.1942 Lt.-Col. Norman C. Atwood (acting)
05.12.1942 Lt.-Col. Norman C. Atwood
14.02.1944 Maj. Paul W. Krznarich
15.07.1944 Lt.-Col. Paul W. Krznarich

Assistant Chief of Staff G-3
11.10.1942 Lt.-Col. Carey Jarman
17.12.1943 Maj. William J. Witte
01.05.1944 Lt.-Col. William J. Witte

Assistant Chief of Staff G-4
11.10.1942 Lt.-Col. Louis M. Gosorn
10.04.1945 Maj. Stanley W. Phillips

Assistant Chief of Staff G-5
23.02.1944 Capt. Asa B. Gardiner
13.10.1944 Capt. Walter D. Buttner
24.10.1944 Maj. Donovan P. Yeuell (Jr.)
16.12.1944 Lt.-Col. Donovan P. Yeuell (Jr.)
01.01.1945 Maj. Robert E. Walker
11.01.1945 Maj. J.P. Powhida (acting)
24.04.1945 Maj. Robert E. Walker (acting)

Adjutant General
11.10.1942 Maj. Robert H. Archer (Jr.)
01.11.1943 Lt.-Col. Robert H. Archer (Jr.)

Other information
Call sign Latitude


Divisional troops

Infantry

115th Infantry Regiment 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
116th Infantry Regiment 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
175th Infantry Regiment 00.00.0000-00.00.0000

Field Artillery (FA)
 
Divisional Artillery 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
CO: Brig.-Gen. William H. Sand 11.10.1942-00.00.0000
XO: Col. Harry R. Warfield 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
110th FA Battalion (105mm Howizter) 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
CO: Lt.-Col. John P. Cooper 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
XO: Maj. David G. McIntosh III 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
A Battery CO: Capt. William H. Beehler 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
B Battery CO: Capt. Charles C. Cole 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
C Battery CO: Capt. Arthur L. Flinner 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Service Battery CO: Capt. Charles H. Kinsey 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Headquarters Company CO: Capt. James R. McCarthy 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Battalion Surgeon: Capt. J.T.B. Ambler 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
111th FA Battalion (105mm Howizter) 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
CO: Lt.-Col. Thornton L. Mullins 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
XO: Maj. John Wales 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
A Battery CO: Capt. Jack R. Wilson 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
B Battery CO: Capt. John Hodges 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
C Battery CO: Capt. Louis A. Shufford 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Service Battery CO: Capt. Fredric E. Consolvo 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Headquarters Company CO: Capt. William L. Decamps 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Battalion Surgeon: Capt. Bernard J. Sabatino 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
224th FA Battalion (105mm Howizter) 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
CO: Lt.-Col. Clinton E. Thurston (Jr.) 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
XO: Maj. Sherwood E. Collins (Jr.) 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
A Battery CO: Capt. Arnold J. Young (Jr.) 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
B Battery CO: Capt. Delos H. Mathiesen 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
C Battery CO: Capt. Harry Olstler 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Service Battery CO: Capt. Robert H. Stone 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Headquarters Company CO: Capt. Harry J. Mathews 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Battalion Surgeon: Capt. Louis J. Bonanno 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
227th FA Battalion (155mm Howizter) 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
CO: Lt.-Col. Neal W. Harper 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
XO: Maj. Norman D. Aboosh 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
A Battery CO: Capt. Doyle E. Conrad 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
B Battery CO: Capt. George F. Weidl 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
C Battery CO: Capt. Walter J. Rakow 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Service Battery CO: Capt. Eli Gifford 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Headquarters Company CO: Capt. Robert M. Godber 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Battalion Surgeon: Capt. Harold Bacon 00.00.0000-00.00.0000

Special Troops
 
Special Troops Headquarters 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
CO: Lt.-Col. Lloyd M. Marr 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
29th Reconnaissance Troop (Mechanized) 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
CO: Capt. William H. Puntenney 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
29th Quartermaster Company 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
CO: Capt. Frank B. Hines 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
29th Signal Company 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
CO: Capt. Arba G. Williamson 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
729th Ordnance Light Maintenance Company 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
CO: Capt. Harold S. Price 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Military Police Platoon 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
CO: Maj. Vern E. Johnson 00.00.0000-00.00.0000

Other Units
 
121st Engineer Combat Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
CO: Lt.-Col. Robert P. Ploger 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
XO: Maj. Allan F. Olson 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
A Company CO: Capt. Christian L. Martin 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
B Company CO: Capt. Edward L. Humphrey 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
C Company CO: Capt. Svend A. Holmstrup 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Headquarters & Service Company CO: Capt. Henry E. Lewis 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Battalion Surgeon: Capt. Ross D. Dickson 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
104th Medical Battalion 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
CO: Lt.-Col. Arthur N. Ericksen 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
XO: Maj. George B. Faries 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
A Company CO: Capt. Raymond F. Conway 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
B Company CO: Capt. Lester N. Kolman 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
C Company CO: Capt. John S. Williams 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Clearing Company: Maj. Francis M. Mangold 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Band 00.00.0000-00.00.0000
Headquarters Company 00.00.0000-00.00.0000

Attachments

Anti-Aircraft Artillery (AAA)
 
1 detachment, Hq & Hq Battery, 49th AAA Brigade 17.05.1944-07.06.1944
Hq & Hq Battery, 18th AAA Group 17.05.1944-07.06.1944
110th AAA Gun Battalion (Mobile) 17.05.1944-07.06.1944
457th AAA AW Battalion (Mobile) 17.05.1944-07.06.1944
1 detachment, 413th AAA Gun Battalion (Mobile) 17.05.1944-07.06.1944
1 detachment, 320th AAA Battalion 17.05.1944-07.06.1944
459th AAA AW Battalion (Mobile) 09.06.1944-17.08.1944 & 28.09.1944-29.10.1944
1 Radar detachment RAF (British) 02.09.1944
18th AAA Group 14.04.1945-16.04.1945
141st AAA Gun Battalion (Mobile) 14.04.1945-16.04.1945
379th AAA AW Battalion (Mobile) 14.04.1945-16.04.1945
571st AAA AW Battalion (Mobile) 14.04.1945-16.04.1945

Armor
 
743rd Tank Battalion 17.05.1944-14.06.1944
747th Tank Battalion 17.05.1944-17.08.1944 & 28.09.1944-08.03.1945 & 29.03.1945-23.07.1945
A Company, 709th Tank Battalion 23.08.1944-21.09.1944
1 squadron, 141st Royal Armored Regiment, 79th Armored Division (British) 12.09.1944-18.09.1944
744th Tank Battalion (less A Company) 30.09.1944-03.11.1944
1 platoon Hq, 739th Tank Battalion 09.02.1945-26.02.1945

Cavalry
 
Hq & H Troops, 102nd Cavalry Group 17.05.1944-10.06.1944
102nd Cavalry Recon Squad 17.05.1944-10.06.1944
113th Cavalry Group 18.06.1944-20.07.1944 & 30.09.1944-03.11.1944 & 05.02.1945-07.02.1945
102nd Cavalry Recon Squad (less A Troop) 14.08.1944-17.08.1944
102nd Cavalry Group (less 102nd Cavalry Recon Squad) 16.08.1944-17.08.1944
A & E Troops, 86th Cavalry Recon Squad, 6th Armored Division 23.08.1944-10.09.1944
17th Cavalry Recon Squad 17.12.1944-24.12.1944
125th Cavalry Recon Squad 05.02.1945-07.02.1945
113th Cavalry Recon Squad 05.02.1945-07.02.1945
15th Cavalry Group 14.04.1945-16.04.1945
15th Cavalry Recon Squad 14.04.1945-16.04.1945
175th Cavalry Recon Squad 14.04.1945-16.04.1945

Chemical

 
B & D Companies, 81st Chemical Mortar Battalion 08.06.1944-01.07.1944
92nd Chemical Mortar Battalion 06.07.1944-13.07.1944 & 08.02.1945-28.02.1945
A & D Companies, 81st Chemical Mortar Battalion 12.08.1944-17.08.1944
81st Chemical Mortar Battalion (less A & D Companies) 16.08.1944-17.08.1944
A Company, 86th Chemical Mortar Battalion 23.08.1944-16.09.1944
B Company, 86th Chemical Mortar Battalion 11.09.1944-18.09.1944
Hq & A & B Companies, 92nd Chemical Mortar Battalion 06.11.1944-21.12.1944
83rd Chemical Mortatr Battalion 20.12.1944-12.01.1944
1st Platoon, C Company, 92nd Chemical Mortar Battalion 11.01.1945-15.01.1945
83rd Chemical SG Company 06.02.1945-23.02.1945
89th Chemical Mortar Battalion 20.04.1945-30.04.1945
C Company, 3rd Chemical Mortar Battalion 30.04.1945-03.05.1945

Engineer

992nd Engineer Treadway Bridge Company 17.05.1944-07.06.1944
503rd Engineer Light Ponton Company 17.05.1944-07.06.1944
5th Engineer SP Brigade

17.05.1944-07.06.1944

6th Engineer SP Brigade 17.05.1944-07.06.1944
Hq & Hq Company, 1171st Engineer Combat Group 17.05.1944-07.06.1944
1340th Engineer Combat Battalion

17.05.1944-07.06.1944

502nd Engineer Light Ponton Company 17.05.1944-07.06.1944
1 detachment, 996th Engineer Treadway Bridge Company 17.05.1944-07.06.1944
234th Engineer Combat Battalion 17.05.1944-07.06.1944
Hq & Hq Company, 1121st Engineer Combat Group 17.05.1944-07.06.1944
254th Engineer Combat Battalion 17.05.1944-07.06.1944
610th Engineer Light Equipment Company 17.05.1944-07.06.1944
C Company, 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Infantry Division 17.05.1944-07.06.1944
246th Engineer Combat Battalion 30.09.1944-01.10.1944
B Company, 82nd Engineer Combat Battalion 30.09.1944-02.10.1944
B Company, 234th Engineer Combat Battalion 30.09.1944-04.10.1944
C Company, 234th Engineer Combat Battalion 06.10.1944-07.10.1944 & 11.10.1944-02.11.1944
1 detachment, 234th Engineer Combat Battalion 22.02.1945-23.02.1945

Field Artillery (FA)

Hq & Hq Battery, V Corps Artillery 17.05.1944-07.06.1944
1 detachment, 17th Observation Battalion 17.05.1944-07.06.1944
Hq & Hq Battery, 190th FA Group 17.05.1944-07.06.1944
190th FA Battalion (155mm Gun) 17.05.1944-07.06.1944
186th FA Battalion (155mm Howitzer) 17.05.1944-07.06.1944
200th FA Battalion (155mm Gun) 17.05.1944-07.06.1944
187th FA Battalion (155mm Howitzer) 17.05.1944-07.06.1944
33rd FA Battalion, 1st Infantry Division (105mm Howitzer)

17.05.1944-07.06.1944

1 detachment, Hq & Hq Battery, 1st Infantry Divisional Artillery 17.05.1944-07.06.1944
58th Armored FA Battalion 17.05.1944-14.06.1944
230th FA Battalion, 30th Infantry Division (105mm Howitzer) 11.06.1944-14.06.1944
1 Battery, 200th FA Battalion (155mm Gun) 11.06.1944-14.06.1944
967th FA Battalion (155mm Howitzer) 10.07.1944-27.07.1944 & 08.11.1944-21.12.1944
283rd FA Battalion (105mm Howitzer) 11.10.1944-02.11.1944 & 06.11.1944-26.01.1945
70th FA Battalion (105mm Howitzer) 17.12.1944-02.03.1945
692nd FA Battalion (105mm Howitzer) 27.01.1945-30.01.1945
83rd Divisional Artillery 08.02.1945-26.02.1945
323rd FA Battalion, 83rd Infantry Division (105mm Howitzer) 08.02.1945-28.02.1945

Infantry

 
26th CT, 1st Infantry Division 17.05.1944-07.06.1944
2nd Ranger Infantry Battalion 07.06.1944-10.06.1944
5th Ranger Infantry Battalion 07.06.1944-10.06.1944
1st Battalion, 110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division 31.07.1944
D, E & F Companies, 2nd Ranger Infantry Battalion 23.08.1944-11.09.1944
2nd Ranger Infantry Battalion (less D, E & F Companies) 26.08.1944-18.09.1944
5th Ranger Infantry Battalion (less A, C & E Companies) 31.08.1944-18.09.1944
A, C & E Companies, 5th Ranger Infantry Battalion 04.09.1944-18.09.1944
2, 3 & 4 Companies, Royal Stoot Troepen (Netherlands) 08.10.1944-11.10.1944
407th Infantry Regiment, 102nd Infantry Division 28.10.1944-03.11.1944
330th Infantry Regiment, 83rd Infantry Division 23.02.1945-28.02.1945

Tank Destroyer (TD)

 
635th TD Battalion (T) 17.05.1944-07.06.1944
823rd TD Battalion (SP) 26.06.1944-03.07.1944
821st TD Battalion (SP) 28.06.1944-13.07.1944
803rd TD Battalion (SP) 30.06.1944-01.07.1944
B Company, 803rd TD Battalion (SP) 17.07.1944-20.07.1944
803rd TD Battalion (SP) (less C Company) 28.07.1944-30.07.1944
C Company, 803rd TD Battalion (SP) 28.07.1944-03.08.1944
A Company, 803rd TD Battalion (SP) 02.08.1944-03.08.1944
A Company, 644th TD Battalion (SP) 23.08.1944-21.09.1944


Assignments
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Date Assigned to Corps Assigned to Army Attached to Army Assigned to Army Group Attached to Army Group
29.11.1942 V Corps     ETOUSA  
22.10.1943 V Corps First Army      
14.06.1944 XIX Corps First Army      
01.08.1944 XIX Corps First Army   12th Army Group  
12.08.1944 V Corps First Army   12th Army Group  
19.08.1944 VIII Corps First Army Third Army 12th Army Group  
05.09.1944 VIII Corps Ninth Army   12th Army Group  
21.09.1944 XIX Corps First Army   12th Army Group  
22.10.1944 XIX Corps Ninth Army   12th Army Group  
20.12.1944 XIX Corps Ninth Army   12th Army Group 21st Army Group (British)
23.12.1944 XIII Corps Ninth Army   12th Army Group 21st Army Group (British)
04.02.1945 XIX Corps Ninth Army   12th Army Group 21st Army Group (British)
29.03.1945 XVI Corps Ninth Army   12th Army Group 21st Army Group (British)
04.04.1945 XVI Corps Ninth Army   12th Army Group  
05.04.1945   Ninth Army   12th Army Group  
12.04.1945 XVI Corps Ninth Army   12th Army Group  
17.04.1945 XIII Corps Ninth Army   12th Army Group  
04.05.1945 XVI Corps Ninth Army   12th Army Group  

Detachments
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Unit Attached to  
116th CT 1st Infantry Division 17.05.1944-07.06.1944
111th FA Battalion 1st Infantry Division 17.05.1944-07.06.1944
1 detachment, 29th Recon Troop 1st Infantry Division 17.05.1944-07.06.1944
1 detachment, 121st Engineer Combat Battalion 1st Infantry Division 17.05.1944-07.06.1944
115th CT 1st Infantry Division 02.06.1944-07.06.1944
227th FA Battalion 30th Infantry Division 14.06.1944-15.06.1944
29th Divisional Artillery 35th Infantry Division 20.07.1944-27.07.1944
1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment 30th Infantry Division 30.09.1944-25.10.1944
3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment 2nd Armored Division 04.10.1944-28.10.1944
2nd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment 2nd Armored Division 08.10.1944-11.10.1944
111th FA Battalion XIII Corps 03.11.1944-06.11.1944
175th Infantry Regiment Ninth Army 17.03.1945-24.03.1945
29th Recon Troop Hq XVI Corps 30.03.1945-05.04.1945
29th Divisional Artillery 79th Infantry Division 01.04.1945-06.04.1945
116th Infantry Regiment 75th Infantry Division 01.04.1945-07.04.1945
1 platoon, B Company, 121st Engineer Combat Battalion 75th Infantry Division 01.04.1945-07.04.1945
1 platoon, A Company, 115th Infantry Regiment XVI Corps 02.04.1945-04.04.1945
1st Platoon, A Company, 115th Infantry Regiment XVI Corps 02.04.1945-04.04.1945
1st Platoon, C Company, 115th Infantry Regiment XVI Corps 04.04.1945-06.04.1945
1st Battalion, 115th Infantry Regiment (less 1 platoon) Ninth Army 04.04.1945-17.04.1945
175th Infantry Regiment XIII Corps 20.04.1945-26.04.1945
1st Platoon, C Company, 121st Engineer Combat Battalion XIII Corps 20.04.1945-26.04.1945

Command Posts
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Date Town Region Country
11.10.1942 Firth of Clyde   Scotland
18.10.1942 Tidworth Barracks Wiltshire England
27.05.1943 Tavistock Devon England
20.05.1944 Bodmin Barracks Cornwall England
22.05.1944 Fort Tregantle Cornwall England
02.06.1944 Aboard LCI 414, LST 511*    
* LCI 414 (as stated in this After Action Report) and not LST 414 as mentioned on several pages. LST 414 was already sunk in 1943. We're not entire sure about the LST 511, only one source is mentioning this.
06.06.1944 Stone Quarry (road to Vierville-sur-Mer) Calvados France
08.06.1944 Vierville-sur-Mer Calvados France
09.06.1944 Longueville Calvados France
10.06.1944 Castilly (vic) Manche France
15.06.1944 Foose aux Loups Manche France
17.06.1944 Govin Manche France
19.06.1944 Vessie Manche France
30.06.1944 Les Mieux (vic) Manche France
13.07.1944 La Fossardiere Manche France
28.07.1944 Le Mesnil Herman (vic) Manche France
02.08.1944 La Denisiere (vic) Manche France
03.08.1944 Montabot (vic) Manche France
04.08.1944 Tillaux (vic) Manche France
05.08.1944 La Bocagnerie Manche France
12.08.1944 La Pinsonniere Manche France
14.08.1944 La Cour Manche France
15.08.1944 Le Fresne Poret (vic) Manche France
22.08.1944 Plouguin Finistere France
25.08.1944 Treleon Finistere France
29.08.1944 Lorcornan (vic) Finistere France
30.08.1944 Kergouvel (vic) Finistere France
15.09.1944 Plouzane (vic) Finistere France
17.09.1944 Questel Finistere France
19.09.1944 Kerdivichen (vic) Finistere France
27.09.1944 Sibbe Limburg Netherlands
29.09.1944 Oorsbeck Limburg Netherlands
06.10.1944 Niederbusch (Staatsforst) Limburg Netherlands
30.10.1944 Eygelshoven (vic) Limburg Netherlands
10.11.1944 Merkstein-Plitschard Rhineland Germany
19.11.1944 Basweiler Rhineland Germany
23.11.1944 Aldenhoven Rhineland Germany
28.12.1944 Schaufenberg Rhineland Germany
06.02.1945 Siersdorf Rhineland Germany
26.02.1945 Julich Rhineland Germany
28.02.1945 Titz Rhineland Germany
02.03.1945 Rheydt Rhineland Germany
01.04.1945 Dinslakener Bruch Rhineland Germany
03.04.1945 Huls (vic) Westphalia Germany
06.04.1945 Sendenhorst Westphalia Germany
09.04.1945 Ludinghausen Westphalia Germany
19.04.1945 Uetze Hannover Germany
21.04.1945 Bodenteich Hannover Germany
24.04.1945 Luchow Hannover Germany
04.05.1945 Warendorf Hannover Germany

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  Beyond the Beachhead: The 29th Infantry Division in Normandy
  American D-Day
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  29th Infantry Division Historical Society
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