To all the men who served in the U.S. 29th Infantry Division during WWII.
This site is in honor of all that served in the "Blue and Gray" during World War II. Over the past ten years I have been collecting World War II militaria. My passion is the 29th Infantry Division as I am from Virginia and served in the 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division during the late 1990's.
The 29th Infantry Division was inducted into 1 year of Federal service on 3 February 1941 at Fort Meade, MD. It was a Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. National Guard unit. Formed in 1917, the division quickly gained the nickname "Blue and Gray," reflecting on the fact that it comprised soldiers from states on both sides of the American Civil War. Called up for service in World War II, the division was sent to England where it trained for two years, before participating in Operation Overlord, the landings in Normandy, France. The division is best known for being among the first wave of troops to the shore at Omaha Beach, suffering massive casualties in the process. It then advanced to St. Lo, and eventually through France and into Germany itself.
The links above will take you to pages in which I have displayed some of my collection. These items, especially the Purple Heart Groupings, are reminders to all of us of the sacrifice made by men and women during World War II.
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