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29th Infantry Regiment

The 29th Infantry Regiment accesses and trains soldiers and infantry leaders, demonstrates infantry tactics, provides subject matter expertise, develops doctrine and supports the USAIS in order to provide the Army with soldiers and leaders prepared to fight and win.

The 29th Infantry Regiment is perhaps best known for its long association with the U.S. Army Infantry School. During the time between the World Wars, the 29th Infantry Regiment trained Infantry Soldiers and Leaders, demonstrated tactics and tested innovations in Infantry warfare at Fort Benning including providing Soldiers for the first parachute unit in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Today, the 29th Infantry Regiment is Headquartered at Building 74, main post. The 1,300 Soldiers and Civilians assigned provide instruction in courses that train Privates to Colonels on and in a wide variety of subjects and equipment; subject matter expertise for the development and evaluation of new doctrine and equipment; support Reserve Component units in their periodic training; provide troops, vehicles, and equipment to support Infantry School resident instruction; and have proponency for a variety of Field Manuals; and through the 30th Adjutant General Battalion (Reception), accesses new soldiers into the United States Army.

The first 29th Infantry was constituted on 29 January 1813, and saw service in the War of 1812. Following this, the Regiment was merged with the 6th Infantry. The second 29th Infantry was constituted on 3 May 1861, as the 3rd Battalion, 11th Infantry; this unit was reorganized and redesigned the 29th Infantry in September of 1866, it was later disbanded, and the present 29th Infantry was created by Congressional order on 2 February 1901. The Regiment actually formed on 3 March 1901 at Fort Sheridan, Illinois under the command of Colonel W.M. Van Horn.

One year after its organization, the 29th set sail from San Francisco for the Phillipines. The Regiment served with distinction on the islands of Cebu, Panay, and Negros. After quelling the insurgency, the Regiment remained to suppress bandits until its departure in April, 1904. The 29th performed garrison duties in Utah and Arizona until 1907, when it returned to the Phillipines. In 1909 it was transferred in garrison duties in upstate New York, where it remained until 1915, when it was dispatched to Panama for duty guarding the Panama Canal. The Regiment participated in a number of jungle exercises, and also guarded German prisoners of war.

The 29th left Panama in September 1918 and arrived at Camp Beauregard, Louisiana shortly thereafter. The Regiment was assigned to the newly-formed 17th Division, which was preparing to sail to Europe. In late September an epidemic of influenza struck which delayed preparations. By the time the epidemic was over, the Armistice of 1918 had been signed, ending the war in Europe. The Regiment remained in Camp Shelby, Mississippi demobilizing troops returning from overseas.

In 1919, the 29th arrived at Camp Benning and immediately assumed the duties of the Demonstration Regiment for the then-new Infantry School. In addition, it was given the mission of actually building the post. For eight years the men of the 29th lived in tents while they built the Cuartel Barracks, Gowdy Field, and Doughboy Stadium, among other things. During this time the Regiment adopted the motto "We Lead The Way" in light of its mission as Demonstration Regiment and trainers for the Infantry School.

When the United States entered World War II, the 29th Infantry moved to Iceland, where it defended the rocky coastline until shipped to England in preparation for the invasion of Europe. In December, 1944 the Regiment deployed to France where it provided security to the "Red Ball Express", the supply route which kept the armored thrust rolling into Germany. During the "Battle of the Bulge", the Regiment secured and defended river crossings along the Meuse River in the vacinity of Namur and Liege, Belgium. The Regiment saw heavy combat near Jemelle and Rochefore, Belgium and was then deactivated in October, 1946.

Reactivated on the island of Okinawa in May, 1949, the 29th Regiment was attached to the 24th and 25th Divisions from 24 July 1950 to 5 September 1950. The 1st and 3rd Battalions suffered heavy losses during fighting in the vacinity of Chinju, Masan, and during the establishment of the Pusan perimeter. The Regiment returned to Okinawa in September 1950 where it remained until it returned to Fort Benning in November 1954.

Through a number of designation changes and parent unit shuffles, the mission of the 29th Regiment remains a demonstration, support, and instructional unit for the United States Army Infantry School. The Regiment has proponency for manuals and instruction ranging from small arms to the Bradley Fighting Vehicle and map reading and land navigation. Students of all ranks are taught by instructors of the 29th Regiment, taking the skills and knowledge they learned back to their units.

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