29th Infantry Colors- Targeted for Possible Deletion For Ties to Confederacy

Faye Higbee
29th Infantry

The 29th Infantry Division has a storied past. Now their colors, their patch is being reviewed by the Naming Commission for possible removal because of its history. The 29th Infantry Division colors- patch and flag have ties to the Confederacy. So naturally, the woke military and our government want to destroy that history.

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The blue and gray YinYang symbol in the center came about because the 29th Infantry division had elements who fought both for the Union and the Confederacy during the Civil War. As brother fought against brother, family against family in a bloody conflict that left hundreds of thousands dead, the 29th Infantry adopted the blue and gray symbol to show unity in WWI.

“Heraldry is indeed part of the Naming Commission’s review, which includes patches such as the 29th Infantry Division patch. This is part of the commission’s duty,” Stephen Baker, a spokesperson for the commission, told Military.com in a statement.

The 29th Infantry, a National Guard division created during the World War I era, makes up the lion’s share of the Virginia Guard. Units that would eventually make up the division were key players in colonial-era wars, from states scattered across the East Coast. Because of that, almost a century before those units’ legendary battle in France, elements of what would become the 29th Infantry fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War. Even today, the division’s 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team is known as the “Stonewall Brigade” after being led by rebel Gen. Stonewall Jackson…

Yet the division’s history is complicated, with a legacy in most major American conflicts, as its infantry based out of Maryland was one of the first Army units ever stood up. The so-called Stonewall Brigade also recently saw one of the Army’s first Black female infantry commanders. Today, the 29th Infantry has one of the most recognizable insignias in the National Guard and fought in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Early next year, the division plans to set its largest deployment since World War II to Africa, where U.S. operations against terrorist groups have largely reorientated.

Military.com

The 29th Infantry Division formed on paper as of July 18, 1917. Made up of elements from Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey and DC, the first 29th had just 319 troops. In WWII, they stormed the beaches of Normandy, and today the patch is synonymous with their WWII heroism, brought to the big screen by “Saving Private Ryan.” The 29th Infantry Division was formally created in 1941 for WWII. Today it is based out of Fort Meade and contains multi-state elements.

The 116th Infantry Regiment belonging to the 29th Division is chosen to form the first assault wave. This unit is made up mainly of soldiers of National Guard, an army corps rarely used during a first frontal assault. But the 116th Infantry will be supported by “classical” units (the 16th Infantry Regiment and elements of the 2nd Rangers Battalion).

The landing beach is named Omaha Beach (Vierville-sur-Mer) and the 29th Infantry Division is responsible for attacking to the west of the beach. She is accompanied on her right flank by the 1st Infantry Division. The assault is expected on June 6, 1944 at dawn, after a violent bombing of the German positions of the Atlantic Wall. At 6:30 on D-Day, the first elements of the 116th Infantry landed on Omaha: they were greeted by an extremely deadly fire and very quickly, the situation escaped the American soldiers.

D-Day Overlord.com

After losing 3,000 men on Omaha Beach, the 29th Infantry Division elements moved forward in the fight for freedom across France. By 1945, 28,776 soldiers of the 29th were either killed, wounded, captured or missing. The “blue and gray,” as they are known, fought valiantly for months under horrific conditions.

Veterans of the Division are fighting to keep their patch, and vow to educate the government of its history.

“We are currently preparing historical documentation and letters of support to educate the Commission about the importance of 29th ID patch. We want them to understand what it means to the thousands of veterans who have worn the patch in service to our country, as well as how it serves as a symbol of liberation to our Allies in France.”

Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the adjutant general of the Virginia Guard

This Division’s Blue and Gray patch is one of the most recognizable in the Military. This pattern of “wokeness” across our military destroys morale, denies history, and is not only NOT “inclusive” it EXCLUDES anyone whose history disagrees with the Marxist plans.

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Featured screenshot via Military.com: The color guard presents their unit’s colors during the 29th Infantry Division’s transfer-of-authority ceremony Dec. 19, 2016 at Camp Arifan, Kuwait. (Angela Lorden/U.S. Army)

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