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US 29th Infantry Division
June, 1944

Division Headquarters: (Major General Charles L. Gerhardt, Commanding General)
(Asst Division Commander: Brig. General Norman D. Cota)
Headquarters Company (3 57mm AT guns)

115th Infantry Regiment: (Col. Eugene N. Slappey)
Regimental HQ Company
1 Antitank Company (12 57mm AT guns)
1 Cannon Company (6 105mm Howitzers)
1 Service Company

3 Battalions Infantry (each):
Battalion Headquarters Company (3 57mm AT guns)
Battalion Weapons Company (6 81mm mortars, 8 .30 HMG)
3 Rifle Companies (each):
1 Captain
1 Lieutenant
1 First Sergeant
2 Staff Sergeants
1 Weapons Platoon. Weapons:
2 .30 Browning LMG
3 60mm Mortars
3 Bazookas
1 .50 Browning HMG
3 Rifle Platoons (each):
1 2nd Lieutenant
3 Staff Sergeants
2 Technical Sergeants
1 Radio Man
1 Runner
1 Medic
36 Men in:

3 Squads (12 men each). Composition:
1 Staff Sergeant
1 Sergeant
2 Corporals
8 Men. Squad weapons:
1 1903 Springfield Rifle (Most were replaced by the Normandy landings)
10 M-1 Garand Rifles

Rifle Companies were designated A,B,C,E,F,G,I,K,L in sequence.
Companies D, H, and M were the heavy weapons companies.
There was no company J.

116th Infantry Regiment: (Col. Charles D. W. Canham)

Organized as above.

175th Infantry Regiment: (Col Robert Harkins)

Organized as above.


29th Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop: (Capt. William H. Puntenney)
13 M-8 armored cars, 5 M3A1 half-tracks, 9 60mm mortars, 24 1/4 ton trucks,
5 1-ton trailers, 1 2 1/2 ton cargo truck, 6 officers and 149 enlisted men.

121st Engineer Combat Battalion: (Lt Col. Robert P. Ploeger)
30 officers and 617 enlisted men.
This unit was assigned to clear the D-1 exit to
Vierville-sur-Mer on Omaha at D-Day.

104th Medical Battalion: (Lt. Col. Arthur N. Ericksen)
36 officers and 429 enlisted men.

29th Military Police Platoon: (Major Vern E. Johnson)
3 officers and 70 enlisted men.

29th Quartermaster Company: (Capt. Frank B. Hines)
10 officers and 183 enlisted.

729th Ordnance Company: (Capt. Harold S. Price)
10 officers and 137 enlisted.

29th Signal Company: (Capt. Arba G. Williamson)
11 officers and 215 enlisted.

Division Artillery: (Brigadier General William H. Sands)
Headquarters & HQ Bty
Divisional Air Section (10 liaison aircraft)

110th Field Artillery Battalion (Light)
111th Field Artillery Battalion (Light)
224th Field Artillery Battalion (Light)
227th Field Artillery Battalion (Medium)

139 officers and 2021 enlisted men.
Each Battalion: HQ & HQ Bty, Service Bty, 3 Firing Batteries
Light Artillery: Battery of 4 105mm howitzers
Medium Artillery: Battery of 4 155mm howitzers

Attached Units:

Infantry: 2nd Ranger Infantry Battalion (7 June 44- 10 June 44)
5th Ranger Infantry Battalion (7 June 44- 10 June 44)

Each of six Ranger Companies of HQ and 2 Platoons each.

Chemical: Cos. B and D, 81st Chemical Mortar Battalion
(8 June 44- 1 July 44)

Each company: 12 4.2" Chemical Mortars

Cavalry: Headquarters and HQ Troop, 102nd Cavalry Group
(17 May 44- 10 June 44)
102nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron
(17 May 44- 10 June 44)

Field Artillery: 58th Armored Field Artillery Battalion
(17 May 44- 14 June 44)
230th FA Battalion (from 30th Division- 105mm Howitzers)
(11 June 44-14 June 44)
200th FA Battalion (One battery- 155mm Guns)
(11 June 44-14 June 44)

Antiaircraft Artillery: 459th AAA AW Battalion (Mobile)
4 Batteries
(9 June 44- 17 Aug 44)

Armored: 743rd Tank Battalion (Col. John Upham)
4 Tank Companies
(17 May 44- 14 June 44)

747th Tank Battalion
4 Tank Companies
(17 May- 17 Aug 44)

For the D-Day landing, B and C companies of the 743rd were
DD Shermans. A company was standard Shermans
(with 1/3 equippedwith bulldozer blades), and D company was
M5 Stuart tanks. The M5 tanks were not scheduled to land until
H+260 minutes. The 747th officially landed on June 7th.

1) 121st Engineer Combat Battalion was equipped with M-29
Weasels for the D-Day landing.

2) 29th Ranger Battalion: (Maj. Randolph Millholland)
(20 Dec 42- 18 Oct 43)

Four Ranger Companies of 2 Platoons each.

Several hundred of these trained Rangers were returned to
the 29th upon the disbanding of the battalion, greatly adding
to the combat proficiency of the Division.

3) Regimental Combat Teams (RCT) were formed by adding
an artillery battalion, a company of Combat Engineers, and a
Medical company to the Regiment. This formation was
standardized in the 29th. The 115th RCT was the 115th Rgt,
110th FA Bttn, and A companies of Engineers and Medical.
The 116th RCT was the 116th Rgt, 111th FA
Bttn, and B companies Engineers and Medical. The
175th RCT consisted of the 175th Rgt, 224th FA, and


John S. Allsup, Hedgerow Hell, Editions Heimdall, 1985, pp. 158,159.
Armes Militaria Magazine, Number 148, November 1997, pp.34-39.
Jonathan Gawne, Spearheading D-Day, Histoire & Collections,1998.
Joseph Balkowski, Beyond the Beachhead, Stackpole Books, 1989.
George F. Nafziger, The American Army in World War II, Vol. 1, 1st- 40th Infantry Divisions, The Nafziger Collection, Inc., West Chester, Ohio, 2000.

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