29th Infantry Division Archives

29th Infantry Division Archives We're the official repository of historical documents and artifacts related to the 29th Infantry Division since 1917. NOTE: Visitation by appointment only!
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The 29th Infantry Division Archives contains one of the most valuable collections in the United States of historical material related to a US Army division in World War II. It is located in the Fifth Regiment Armory in Baltimore MD.

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Eighty years ago today, on February 3, 1941, President Roosevelt called the 29th Division into federal service for a per...
02/03/2021

Eighty years ago today, on February 3, 1941, President Roosevelt called the 29th Division into federal service for a period that was not supposed to exceed one year. It turned out to be nearly five. No one yet realized it, but for those men leaving their civilian jobs and reporting to local armories that morning, it would be the pivotal event of their lives. In Maryland, the "February 3" men, as they used to be known, gathered annually in the Pikesville Armory to commemorate their 1941 mobilization, but now, as far as I know, there is not a single one left. They certainly left us a better world. 29, Let's Go!

Eighty years ago today, on February 3, 1941, President Roosevelt called the 29th Division into federal service for a period that was not supposed to exceed one year. It turned out to be nearly five. No one yet realized it, but for those men leaving their civilian jobs and reporting to local armories that morning, it would be the pivotal event of their lives. In Maryland, the "February 3" men, as they used to be known, gathered annually in the Pikesville Armory to commemorate their 1941 mobilization, but now, as far as I know, there is not a single one left. They certainly left us a better world. 29, Let's Go!

We have lost another great 29er. Arden Earll, a D-Day veteran of Company H, 116th Infantry, and a native of Erie PA, die...
11/29/2020

We have lost another great 29er. Arden Earll, a D-Day veteran of Company H, 116th Infantry, and a native of Erie PA, died yesterday. He was a wonderful friend and a dedicated veteran, who traveled back to Normandy several times and was a regular attendee at 29th Division reunions. He will be greatly missed. 29, Let's Go.

We have lost another great 29er. Arden Earll, a D-Day veteran of Company H, 116th Infantry, and a native of Erie PA, died yesterday. He was a wonderful friend and a dedicated veteran, who traveled back to Normandy several times and was a regular attendee at 29th Division reunions. He will be greatly missed. 29, Let's Go.

Please join me on Sunday, July 18, 2020 at 0830 (Eastern Time) for a discussion on the 76th anniversary of the liberatio...
07/11/2020
Battle for Saint-Lô - Part 1

Please join me on Sunday, July 18, 2020 at 0830 (Eastern Time) for a discussion on the 76th anniversary of the liberation of my "home away from home," the lovely French city of St. Lo. The event will include livestreaming with cameras at all the key battle sites related to the liberation of the city.

https://youtu.be/Nuwz0k_xRp8

On the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Saint-Lô we bring you two shows. Part 1 will cover the assault towards the town in early-mid July. For Part 1 we...

04/28/2020

Despite the museum and archives' temporary closing, the staff continues its work behind the scenes, writing articles and conducting digital cataloguing from home. Although our access to physical records has been removed, we encourage you to send info requests and we will do our best to answer with what has been digitized.

Regards,
-Maryland Museum of Military History Staff.

04/20/2020
Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours

Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours

On Week Five of #HistoryHappyHour, Christopher Anderson and @RRick Beyer had a terrific interview with @Joseph Balkoski, who USA Today calls "The top Living D-Day historian." They talked about D-Day, the 29th Division, Battle of Brest, and even got a little Ghost Army in there. Check it out! Stackpole Books #WWII #History #DDay

03/23/2020

The 29th Infantry Division Archives is currently closed to visitors due to the COVID-19 emergency. Thank you for your understanding and The 29th Infantry Division Archives staff look forward to seeing you all healthy and ready to resume research at the end of the emergency.

Today is the 75th anniversary of the tragic death of this great 29er, PFC Henry Slade Harrell, who died on a lonely foot...
02/23/2020

Today is the 75th anniversary of the tragic death of this great 29er, PFC Henry Slade Harrell, who died on a lonely footbridge spanning the Roer River near Julich, Germany on February 23, 1945. George Silk, one of the most renowned photographers of WWII, followed close behind Harrell on the footbridge, and the subsequent photo Silk snapped of Harrell's lifeless body, published in the March 12, 1945, edition of Life Magazine, became one of the most iconic photos of WWII. For 65 years, the anonymous soldier lying on the bridge was unidentified, but with the help of 29th Division veterans and the voluminous records of the 29ID Archives, I figured out Harrell's identity in 2010. A 20-year-old native of Sunflower, Alabama, the red-headed Slade Harrell was a high school standout academically and athletically. His "II-C" draft classification - "men necessary for farm labor" - could have kept him out of uniform, but he chose to serve, and ended up a key member of Company C, 175th Infantry, the first 29ID unit to storm over the Roer on February 23, 1945. He died exactly one year after he entered military service and is buried in his hometown of Sunflower. He embodies the selfless spirit of his generation, who sacrificed everything for a better world. A great soldier and an even greater human being who will never be forgotten.

Holiday crawl at the Fifth Regiment Armory
12/18/2019

Holiday crawl at the Fifth Regiment Armory

12/06/2019
Maryland National Guard

New video released on the Maryland Museum of Military History, which has an entire wing on the 29th Infantry Division!

ICYMI: The Maryland Museum of Military History has been working hard over the years to expand and refine it's exhibits. This world-class museum has expanded to eight rooms with historical treasures depicting Maryland's military history from 1634 to present!

You can find this hidden gem in the heart of Baltimore at the Fifth Regiment Armory. Admission is always free.

Watch this video to learn more!

Maj. Warner was a member of the 110th Field Artillery of the 29th Division for many years before he left the Maryland Na...
09/21/2019

Maj. Warner was a member of the 110th Field Artillery of the 29th Division for many years before he left the Maryland National Guard to join the Regular Army. Although he never served a day in combat with the 29th Division, he was one of the greatest soldiers in the history of the division. 29, Let's Go!

Today on #NationalPOWMIARecognitionDay, we honor and remember the hardships endured by our nation's POW and those identified as MIA.

U.S. Army Maj. Everett L. Warner, who served in the Maryland National Guard for 14 years and was a Johns Hopkins University alumni, led American and Filipino units against Japanese forces during WWII with amazing ingenuity and cunning guerrilla warfare tactics.

In 1942, he was forced to surrender after being cut off from the rest of the Army. He was held as a POW until 1945, when he died aboard a Japanese vessel that was attacked repeatedly by American bombers.

Thank you to Maj. Everett for your sacrifice and service to this great country. #YouAreNotForgotten

To learn more about Maj. Everett's story and the history of the #MDNG, visit the newly opened Maryland Museum of Military History at the Fifth Regiment Armory in Baltimore.

Please take a look at this announcement from the 29th Division Association. Anyone who cares about the history of this g...
08/25/2019
David

Please take a look at this announcement from the 29th Division Association. Anyone who cares about the history of this great military unit should join the Association. It is open to anyone, and costs only 12 bucks a year. The Association was formed exactly 100 years ago by 29th Division doughboys returning from France, and has existed continuously since. 29, Let's Go!

The 29th Division Association is very proud to launch The 29th Division Timeline in World War II. It is an 80 entry timeline that details the Division from its activation in 1941 through the final ceremony for its fallen heroes in 1947. It is free to all members of the 29th Division Association. If you wish to be included in the distribution, please join the 29th Division Association at www.29thdivisionassociation.com. It is only $12 to be a member and family members of 29ers are eligible as full members.

Here is a snapshot:

7 June 1944 – 175th RCT lands as Corps Reserve, 115th and 116th expand beachhead. Additional division assets continue landing.

8 June 1944 – 116th and 175th push west to relieve Rangers at Point du Hoc. Technical Sergeant Frank Perigory of Company K 116th Infantry, earns Medal of Honor for actions at Grandcamp.

09 June 1944 – 29th Division links with units from Utah beach. Omaha and Utah beachheads now linked.

09 June 1944 -115th Infantry moves south toward St. Lo.

10 June 1944 – elements of the 115th Infantry ambushed at Le Carrefour.

The horse favored to win the Kentucky Derby this Saturday is named "Omaha Beach." Please cheer him on!
05/01/2019

The horse favored to win the Kentucky Derby this Saturday is named "Omaha Beach." Please cheer him on!

Witte Memorial Archive, Spring 2019.
03/20/2019

Witte Memorial Archive, Spring 2019.

1:25,000 map of Omaha Beach carried by 29th Division troops on D-Day. Pointe du Hoc is visible on the left.
03/05/2019

1:25,000 map of Omaha Beach carried by 29th Division troops on D-Day. Pointe du Hoc is visible on the left.

02/27/2019

David Ginsburg
Today at 8:26 AM
All of us in this group love the 29th Division and the sacrifices they made to this country. One of the best ways to ensure their story always gets told is to be a member of the 29th Division Association. The Association is literally the brotherhood for veterans, soldiers, descendants and friends of the 29th to ensure their story always gets told. It takes 5 minutes to join. Joe Balkoski has been the National Historian for the Association for years. The Association creates documentaries, holds ceremonies, performs Final Salutes for fallen veterans and donates to organizations like the 29th Archives, the 116th Museum, and the National D-day Memorial. Please help us keep the story of the 29th alive. It is literally $12 per year and the Twenty-Niner magazine (three times per year) is worth far more than that. 29THDIVISIONASSOCIATION.COM

Then and Now... In the black and white photo, you can see members of Baltimore's Own 175th Infantry (5th Maryland), 29th...
02/14/2019

Then and Now... In the black and white photo, you can see members of Baltimore's Own 175th Infantry (5th Maryland), 29th Division, marching down to the shore in Cornwall, England, to board ships for the D-Day invasion, just a few days in the future. The color photo shows what this exact site looks like today.

01/03/2019

Last week one of our interns, Ethan Freeman, discovered a Great War 29er's copy of Battery E of the 110th Field Artillery whilst cataloguing our library. Printed in Baltimore in 1919, the volume's owner inscribed his name and left some snaps of his home and ship overseas, the S.S. Keemun. 18 year old Pvt. Gordon T. Schwamb of 1728 Poplar Grove St. Baltimore enlisted in the MDNG in August 1917 served abroad from June 1918 - May 1919 with the 29th Div AEF, and was honourably discharged on 6 June 1919.

29th Infantry Division soldiers, past and present (including some D-Day veterans), standing on V***n Tor, the famous roc...
12/16/2018

29th Infantry Division soldiers, past and present (including some D-Day veterans), standing on V***n Tor, the famous rocky hill on Dartmoor, UK, for which the division commander's jeep (currently on display at the Maryland Museum of Military History) was named.

Maryland National Guard
10/16/2018
Maryland National Guard

Maryland National Guard

On Sunday, October 14, at the Fifth Regiment Armory in Baltimore, family and friends gather to give a special thanks to Joe Balkoski who retires after more than 34 years of service. He has been the Maryland National Guard’s Command Historian and Director of the Maryland Museum of Military History. During his remarks Joe reminisced about his work in the museum and all the artifacts that he has helped to document and preserve. He but he will mostly miss the four generations of soldiers he has had the joy to get to know over the many years. He first meet World War I soldiers gathering at the Fifth Regiment Armory. Then got to know the World War II and Cold War veterans and those that are currently serving. He ended his remarks by saying that everyone who he has had the pleasure to know that serves shares the title of greatest generation.

100th anniversary of Pvt. Henry Costin's Medal of Honor! Henry (known by his family as Gilbert) was a member of Company ...
10/10/2018

100th anniversary of Pvt. Henry Costin's Medal of Honor! Henry (known by his family as Gilbert) was a member of Company H, 115th Infantry, 29th Division.

The Maryland Military Department took time yesterday to honor Pvt. Henry Costin, 115th Infantry, 29th Division, with a wreath laying ceremony at Medal of Honor Park, in Baltimore, on Oct. 9, 2018. Laurel Costin Bodie, the niece of Costin, laid the wreath at the monument honoring Medal of Honor recipients.

On Oct. 8, 1918, while serving with Company H, 115th Infantry, 29th Division, in action at Bois-de-Consenvoye, France. When the advance of his platoon had been held up by machine gun fire and a request was made for an automatic rifle team to charge the nest, Private Costin was the first to volunteer. Advancing with his team, under terrific fire of enemy artillery, machine guns, and trench mortars, he continued after all his comrades had become casualties and he himself had been seriously wounded. He operated his rifle until he collapsed. His act resulted in the capture of about 100 prisoners and several machine guns.

29th Division Association
10/01/2018
29th Division Association

29th Division Association

Why Join The Association? Here are a few things we have done over the past 2 years.

We have made major donations to the Major Marchante Scholarship Fund at Towson University - in honor of the last 29er to die during a deployment. Major donations to the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, the 29th Room of the Maryland Military Museum in Baltimore and the 116th Museum in Staunton.

We tell our history (previous wars and current units) in our Chin Strap (monthly) and our award-winning Twenty-Niner Magazine.

We created a 35 minute documentary on the history of the 29th, built around 3 of our veterans and narrated by Joseph Balkoski.

That on top of the dozens of events that our Posts run at the local level all year round.

If you want the history of the Blue and Gray to never be forgotten, take 5 minutes out of your day and only $12 and JOIN THE ASSOCIATION!!!

http://29thdivisionassociation.com/Membership.html

In yesterday's Lexington (Kentucky) Herald Leader, there was a story about the recent Duck Boat disaster in Missouri tha...
07/23/2018
How World War II amphibious ‘Duck’ vehicle evolved into a tourist staple

In yesterday's Lexington (Kentucky) Herald Leader, there was a story about the recent Duck Boat disaster in Missouri that quoted parts of my first book, "Beyond the Beachhead." I described in some detail the catastrophe that occurred on D-Day at Omaha Beach when the Duck Boats (actually "DUKWs") attempted to operate in rough seas when landing the 111th Field Artillery Battalion of the 29th Division. Eleven of the twelve guns belonging to the 111th were lost when the DUKWs swamped, with some loss of life. The DUKWs were known to be dangerous to operate when carrying heavy loads in rough water. https://www.kentucky.com/news/nation-world/article215332175.html

The history of the ‘Duck’ boat reaches back to the 1940s, when U.S. troops needed a vehicle that could handle both water and land. Duck boats have a history of safety issues dating from that time. Thirteen people were killed when one sank in Hot Springs, Arkansas, in 1999.

A famous sculpture in memory of some World War I 29ers...
06/26/2018

A famous sculpture in memory of some World War I 29ers...

In March 2016, we used a bucket truck to examine Han Schuler's famous 1923 sculpture, which sits 30 or 35 feet above the main entrance of Baltimore's historic Fifth Regiment Armory. It is considered one of the finest World War I sculptures in the U.S. and is dedicated to the men of the 5th MD Infantry (later 175th) of the 29th Division. Over the last week, scaffolding has been erected at the main entrance, and major restoration work has begun on the Schuler sculpture. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for 1LT Lyons and I to climb the scaffolding and examine the sculpture up close. You can see Schuler's 1923 signature and the name of the Limerick foundry. Also visible is the name of PFC Henry G. Costin, one of only two Marylanders to earn the Medal of Honor in WWI. The work will be complete in a week or two, and we'll post photos of the finished product

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29th Division St, Fifth Regiment Armory
Baltimore, MD
21201

Maryland Transit Administration Light Rail "Cultural Center" stop; or Metro (subway) "State Center" stop.

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Administered by Joseph Balkoski, Historian, MDNG

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(410) 576-1496

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My father, Charles Allen Adair, is on the far right, second row.
Followers of this group may be interested to know that the Stories Behind the Stars project to write stories of all the Americans who died on D-Day is more than have done. When the accompanying smartphone app is ready, anyone will be able to scan the fallen's name from any gravesite or memorial and get an immediate link to read his story. This will include all the 29th ID D-Day fallen.
My Dad, Major Merl1098 (TD) teaming up with the Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Norfolk-based 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery Regime… See Moree Preble served in the 29th Infantry in WWII. His CO was Col Bagby. I have a number of pictures of his group in Iceland in 1943 and later in France. I would like to locate the group which makes these photos of history available to others. I have a few names for some of the pictures; Capt, Tucker, Capt. Shilling, Capt Mitchmer (although i am not sure i am spelling them correctly) . I also have a 29th Infantry book my Dad obtained in the 1940's Press Enter to post. 29th Infantry Division Association, Norfolk Post 5
Final found this on my Dad's computer been looking for months now
Can anyone shed any light about Master Sargeant Toby Watson of Baltimore who was stationed at Bodmin Cornwall in 1944 with the 29th.I knew him well in 44 but after I heard nothing.I only just found your site. TNX
I'm wanting to locate any soldier who served in the 115th Infantry, Company K in Normandy. My Dad was in that unit and was wounded August 7, 1944. Just south of Vire, France. They were on their way to take St. Germain.
Hello, I am hoping you can help me! My grandfather, PFC: William Macuga was part of the 115th Regiment, C company, in the 29th Division. Also on the Honorable Discharge Separation papers was when he joined the army (March 24, 1943) and reported to base a week later for training (3/31). Also, he didn’t depart for overseas until June 7, 1944 and didn’t land in Normandy until June 19. He always said he would have been there for the invasion but was held back because one man in his barracks had the measles and they were put under quarantine so it wouldn’t spread to more troops! BUT...Pictures of him before he left for battle show him with a 75th Regiment patch. I looked it up and found the Wikipedia’s page that corresponded (75th Innovation command) and took from it that they were reserves? This regiment he had a patch for did go on to fight overseas, but not until November and had a completely different mission. So my question is, when/why was he reassigned to the 29th Division? I know that D-Day brought enormous casualties, but his measles story leads me to believe he would have been part of the 115th Regiment for the invasion. There is no date I can find but I believe it was decided pre D-Day that he would be fighting in the 29th, but I’m not completely certain. And also would be cool if anyone else heard of the measles thing happening but that’s a bit harder to confirm. I believe my grandfather though! I have more information about him but don’t want the post to be any longer! Wish I could ask him myself but he passed away in 2004 before I could really question him, although he never talked much about his time in WWII. I’ve attached the picture before he left for the war with the other patch as a reference.
A thought for Private Bedford Hoback. Sad not to be present this year but on this day of June 6 I think a lot about you and all your brothers in arms
Seeking info on liberation of Neuilly-la-Forêt (Normandie) 9 June 44.
Hi everyone 🌺 I am hoping to lay a wreath on 6th June at Tolverne in Cornwall - where the American 29th division left for Omaha beach on D-Day. Are there any members on here who’s family would’ve been there? If so, would they like me to write a message or say a few words on their behalf? I have asked permission to do so (as it’s on private property) 🌺
I am so glad we chose to name our little girl Slade Harrell. I wish she could've known her great great uncle Slade. His name carries greatness and bravery.