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29th Marine Regiment (United States)

The 29th Marine Regiment (29th Marines) is a United States Marine Corps regiment.

29th Marine Regiment
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29th Marine Regiment Insignia
Country  United States of America
Branch Seal of the United States Marine Corps.svg United States Marine Corps
Part of 6th Marine Division

World War II

Victor Bleasdale
William J. Whaling


The regiment was activated at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina as a separate reinforced regiment on May 1, 1944. Its first commander was Colonel Victor Bleasdale, an expert instructor and decorated World War I veteran, who served as Chief of Staff of the training center in Camp Lejeune. The regiment was assigned to the 6th Marine Division under Major General Lemuel C. Shepherd Jr. on September 10, 1944.[1]

The regiment's first engagement in combat occurred during the Battle of Saipan on June 15, 1944. The regiment's 1st Battalion was attached to the 2nd Marine Division during the battle. Following Saipan, the regiment subsequently participated in the Battle for Sugar Loaf Hill in Okinawa, where it sustained substantial casualties.[2]

In popular cultureEdit

The novel Take China: The Last of the China Marines by Harold Stephens depicts the 29th Marine Regiment and takes place in China during its civil war.[3]


  1. ^ Clark, George B. (2006). The Six Marine Divisions in the Pacific: Every Campaign of World War II. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. p. 173. ISBN 978-0-7864-2769-7. Retrieved April 2, 2010.
  2. ^ Lowe, Rob. The Battle for Sugar Loaf Hill. Chatsworth, CA : Discovery Education, 2014.
  3. ^ Stephens, Harold (2002). Take China: The Last of the China Marines. Wolfenden. ISBN 096425218X. OCLC 52419528.