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29th Infantry Division

The Major had wanted to lead his men into St.Lô, and his men saw that his wish came true. Killed just outside the city while the 29th was battering at its suburbs, the Major had distinguished himself for gallantry in the fierce attack on that key spot. And when, on July 18, the “Blue and Gray” Division finally took St.Lô, its victorious columns included a lone ambulance-containing the flag-draped body of the Major of St.Lô.

The 29th was a veteran division by July 18. For that matter, it was a veteran division on D-plus-1. The day before, June 6, 1944, it had assaulted the German shore positions at Omaha Beach along with the 1st Infantry Division. It had pushed its way inland through minefields and pillboxes and every kind of fortification the Nazis could devise. Its men had loudly an-swered their own battle cry “29th, Let’s go!”

Organized for World War I of National Guardsmen from New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, the 29th had selected as its shoulder patch the blue and gray colors of the rival armies in the Civil War—symbolizing the unity of the formerly embattled states. The colors were combined in a monad, Korean symbol for eternal life. The Blue and Gray Division played a prominent part in World War I, suffering more than 6,000 casualties, and in this war it has more than lived up to that record.

By V-E Day its casualties numbered more than 20,000.

Omaha Beach led to Isigny, and Isigny to St.Lô, and St.Lô to Vire, and Vire to Brest. There'the 29th, with the 2nd and 8th Infantry Divisions, laid siege to the German garrison, which finally capitulated on September 18. Swinging east, the Blue and Gray men were ordered to move on the Roer River. They launched an attack northeast of Aachen in November, and, brushing aside enemy defense, had soon taken Siersdorf, Stetterich, Durboslar, and Bettendorf. The stiffest opposition was at the Jiilich Sportspalats and at Hasenfeld Gut, but the 29th took both objectives and, by early December, held the west bank of the Roer. Next objective was the Rhine. The battle-hardened Division set off in February, and in five days had captured 48 occupied places. It swept across the Cologne plain, and fought its way into Julich, Broich, Immerath, Otzenrath, and Titz.

But these were all smallish places. The 29th had its eye on something bigger. On March 1, it marched victoriously into München-Gladbach, textile center of Germany and up to then the largest German city taken by the Allies. Then the 116th Infantry Regiment, which had been cited for its D-day actions, was assigned to mopping up in the Ruhr area, and the 175th Infantry Regiment, the 1st Battalion of which had been cited at St.Lô, moved into the Klotze Forest. By the war’s end, the 29th Division had joined hands with the Russians at the Elbe and was deep in Germany. Later, it was revealed to be part of our Army of Occupation, with its headquarters at the port of Bremen.

From Fighting Divisions, Kahn & McLemore, Infantry Journal Press, 1945-1946.

29th Infantry Division World War II Missing in Action

There are 73 soldiers of the 29th Infantry Division World War II still listed as missing in action.

Private Andrew J. Barle 110th Field Artillery Battalion 10/23/1943
Private Seferino Bernal 115th Infantry Regiment 10/19/1945
Private Roy J. Bilbao 115th Infantry Regiment 01/04/1946
Private George J. Bingham 175th Infantry Regiment 03/07/1945
Private First Class William Blake 116th Infantry Regiment 08/06/1945
Private Fred A. Blattner 115th Infantry Regiment 08/02/1945
Private Frank Boersema 115th Infantry Regiment 10/30/1945
Private Burley R. Booe 175th Infantry Regiment 05/06/1945
Private First Class Henry O. Burnett 116th Infantry Regiment 12/03/1944
Technician Fifth Grade Jack L. Buskirk 115th Infantry Regiment 02/23/1945
Sergeant George L. Chagouris 175th Infantry Regiment 06/20/1945
Technical Sergeant Robert Cohen 175th Infantry Regiment 06/14/1945
Private First Class Ralph E. Croston 115th Infantry Regiment 06/13/1945
Staff Sergeant James K. Desper 116th Infantry Regiment 06/06/1944
Private Alexander Dominguez 116th Infantry Regiment 06/06/1944
Private First Class William P. Dugan 115th Infantry Regiment 07/13/1944
Staff Sergeant Harry Evensky 175th Infantry Regiment 06/14/1945
Private Phillip Fechuch 116th Infantry Regiment 12/06/1945
Second Lieutenant Henry Feil 116th Infantry Regiment 08/25/1944
Private Leonard D. Francois 175th Infantry Regiment 06/27/1945
Private Vernon L. Goodwin 175th Infantry Regiment 08/07/1944
Second Lieutenant William W. Harris 175th Infantry Regiment 06/18/1944
Sergeant Charles W. Hartigan 116th Infantry Regiment 07/17/1945
Private First Class James G. Hickey 115th Infantry Regiment 06/21/1944
Staff Sergeant Raymond S. Hoback 116th Infantry Regiment 06/06/1944
Sergeant Vincent Hunnefeld 121st Engineer Combat Battalion 12/01/1945
Staff Sergeant Raymond Hurd 115th Infantry Regiment 10/04/1944
Private First Class Gene A. Ingraham 175th Infantry Regiment 06/19/1945
Private Carl S. Johnson 116th Infantry Regiment 06/07/1945
Private First Class William J. Kasperwicz 116th Infantry Regiment 06/17/1944
Private Archie T. Ketchum 175th Infantry Regiment 10/13/1944
Staff Sergeant Michael Kozar 115th Infantry Regiment 11/27/1944
Private First Class Joseph E. Kukucka 116th Infantry Regiment 11/23/1945
Private Paul W. Kutz 175th Infantry Regiment 10/13/1944
Private Edward A. Labuz 116th Infantry Regiment 11/23/1944
Technical Sergeant Noble P. Lamascus 115th Infantry Regiment 06/25/1945
Private First Class Rufus E. Lane 115th Infantry Regiment 10/04/1944
Private First Class Edward M. Lanza 116th Infantry Regiment 11/23/1944
Private Glen A. Lincoln 115th Infantry Regiment 10/30/1945
Second Lieutenant Louis E. Linsley 111th Field Artillery Battalion 06/16/1944
Private William Litton 175th Infantry Regiment 10/14/1945
Private First Class William J. Maffe 116th Infantry Regiment 06/07/1945
Private Richard J. Martin 175th Infantry Regiment 07/13/1944
Private Washie J. Masterson 175th Infantry Regiment 06/18/1944
Private First Class Roy C. Meier 116th Infantry Regiment 11/26/1944
Corporal Charles A. Miner 175th Infantry Regiment 06/07/1944
Corporal James W. Mitcheltree 110th Field Artillery Battalion 10/23/1943
Private First Class Elmer F. Mlinaric 116th Infantry Regiment 07/02/1944
Private First Class John Molesky 175th Infantry Regiment 06/19/1945
Private Vernand R. Murray 115th Infantry Regiment 10/04/1944
Private First Class Willie S. Owens 110th Field Artillery Battalion 10/23/1943
Staff Sergeant Earl L. Parker 116th Infantry Regiment 06/07/1945
Private James B. Pawlik 116th Infantry Regiment 10/18/1944
Sergeant Walter Pete 175th Infantry Regiment 10/30/1945
Private Ralph A. Peyton 116th Infantry Regiment 06/28/1945
Private Edward J. Ransom 116th Infantry Regiment 06/28/1945
Private Edwin L. Renoff 110th Field Artillery Battalion 10/23/1943
Private Alfred R. Ricke 116th Infantry Regiment 08/25/1944
Technical Sergeant Leo S. Scarlett 115th Infantry Regiment 12/08/1944
Private First Class Robert W. Seeger 175th Infantry Regiment 10/30/1945
Private First Class Frank A. Sessa 115th Infantry Regiment 10/04/1944
Staff Sergeant Junior J. Shelton 115th Infantry Regiment 10/04/1944
Private First Class Harry L. Short 121st Engineer Combat Battalion 05/02/1945
Private N. R. Spillman 116th Infantry Regiment 06/06/1944
Private First Class James L. Stuart 116th Infantry Regiment 06/28/1945
Private First Class Anthony Szabanowski 116th Infantry Regiment 11/21/1944
Private First Class Edward Tambascia 115th Infantry Regiment 10/05/1945
Sergeant Ivor D. Thornton 116th Infantry Regiment 06/07/1945
Sergeant John R. Weakley 116th Infantry Regiment 08/26/1944
Private First Class Louis J. Weber 115th Infantry Regiment 07/19/1944
Private First Class Dennis J. Wiley 116th Infantry Regiment 06/06/1944
Technician Fifth Grade Paul J. Wisniewski 115th Infantry Regiment 12/12/1944
Private Fred C. Wolz 175th Infantry Regiment 10/04/1944

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