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The first 29th Infantry was constituted on 29 January 1813, and saw service in the War of 1812. Following this, the Regiment was merged with the 6th Infantry. The second 29th Infantry was constituted on 3 May 1861, as the 3rd Battalion, 11th Infantry; this unit was reorganized and redesigned the 29th Infantry in September of 1866, it was later disbanded, and the present 29th Infantry was created by Congressional order on 2 February 1901. The Regiment actually formed on 3 March 1901 at Fort Sheridan, Illinois under the command of Colonel W.M. Van Horn.
One year after its organization, the 29th set sail from San Francisco for the Phillipines. The Regiment served with distinction on the islands of Cebu, Panay, and Negros. After quelling the insurgency, the Regiment remained to suppress bandits until its departure in April, 1904. The 29th performed garrison duties in Utah and Arizona until 1907, when it returned to the Phillipines. In 1909 it was transferred in garrison duties in upstate New York, where it remained until 1915, when it was dispatched to Panama for duty guarding the Panama Canal. The Regiment participated in a number of jungle exercises, and also guarded German prisoners of war.
The 29th left Panama in September 1918 and arrived at Camp Beauregard, Louisiana shortly thereafter. The Regiment was assigned to the newly-formed 17th Division, which was preparing to sail to Europe. In late September an epidemic of influenza struck which delayed preparations. By the time the epidemic was over, the Armistice of 1918 had been signed, ending the war in Europe. The Regiment remained in Camp Shelby, Mississippi demobilizing troops returning from overseas.
In 1919, the 29th arrived at Camp Benning and immediately assumed the duties of the Demonstration Regi
Presidential Unit Citation: Awarded 24 February 1967 for actions at the Nam River.
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