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299th INFANTRY REGIMENT (Hawaiian Army National Guard)


Constituted as the 2d Infantry, National Guard of Hawaii; organized and Federally recognized 12 October 1915 with Headquarters at Hilo. (3d Infantry, 4th Infantry, and lst Separate Company of Infantry, National Guard of Hawaii [all organized during 1915 and 1916] consolidated with the 2d Infantry, National Guard of Hawaii 1 July 1917.) Redesignated as the 2d Hawaiian Infantry and drafted into Federal service 1 June 1918. Demobilized 14 February 1919 at Schofield Barracks, Oahu. Reconstituted 29 June 1921 as the 2d Infantry, National Guard of Hawaii. Redesignated 17 August 1923 as the 299th Infantry; organized and Federally recognized 1 January 1927 with Headquarters at Hilo. Headquarters relocated to Honolulu, oahu 28 February 1934. Inducted into Federal service 15 October 1940 at Honolulu. Assigned to the 24th Infantry Division 1 October 1941. Relieved from the 24th Infantry Division and inactivated in Hawaii on 21 July 1942. Assigned to the 299th Regimental Combat Team 4 August 1946. Reorganzied and Federally recognized 8 October 1946 at Hilo. Relieved from the 299th Regimental Combat Team 15 February 1959. Consolidated 15 February 1959 with the 487th Field Artillery Battalion (see ANNEX 1) and the 298th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion (see ANNEX 2) and consolidated unit designated as the 299th Infantry, a parent regiment regiment under the Combat Arms Regimental System, to consist of the lst and 2d Battle Groups, elements of the 29th Infantry Brigade. Reorganized 1 April 1963 to consist of the 1st, 2d, and 3d Battalions, elements of the 29th Infantry brigade (lst and 2d Battalions ordered into active Federal service 13 May 1968 at home stations; released 12 December 1969 from activce Federal service and reverted to state control.) Withdrawn 1 May 1989 from the Combat Arms Regimental System and reorganized under the United States Army Regimental System. Reorganzied 1 October 1985 to consist of the 2d Battalion, an element of the 29th Infantry Brigade. ANNEX 1 Constituted 19 May 1944 in the Army of the United States as the 532d Field Artillery Battalion. Activated 31 May 1944 at Schofield Barracks, Territory of Hawaii. Inactivated 23 December 1945 at Seattle Port of Embarkation, Washington. Redesignated 4 August 1946 as the 487th Field Artillery Battalion and allotted to the Hawaii National Guard. ANNEX 2 Constituted and partially organized 27 January 1893 in the Hawaii National Guard as the 1st Regiment. Organization completed 1893-1895 with Headquarters in Honolulu. Redesignated 1 June 1907 as the 1st Infantry. Drafted into Federal service 1 June 1918 as the 1st Hawaiin Infantry. Demobilized 7 July-2 August 1917 at Fort Shafter, Territory of Hawaii, Reconstituted 1 October 1919 in teh Hawaii National Guard; concurrently consolidated with the 5th Hawaiian Infantlry (partially organized in the fall of 1918 as a Home Guard regiment) and consolidated unit redesignated as the 1st Infantry. Redesignated 17 August 1923 as the 298th Infantry; Headquarters Federally recognized 26 June 1924 at Honolulu. Inducted into Federal service 15 October 1940 at Honolulu. Assigned 1 October 1941 to the 25th Infantry Division. Relieved 23 July 1942 from assignment to the 25th Infantry Division and assigned to the 24th Infatnry Division. Regiment (less 1st Battalion) inactivated 10 April 1945 at Schofield Barracks, Territory of Hawaii (1st Battalion inactivated 22 January 1946 at Schfield Barracks, Territory of Hawaii). Reorganized and Federally recognized 14 October 1946 with Headquarters at Honolu. Heavy Mortar Company, Medical Company, and Companies B, D, G, adn L converted and redesignated 7 Janury 1957 as the 298th Antiaircraft Artilleryh Battalion (remainder of 298th Infantry - hereafter separate lineage). CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDITS: (World War II): Central Pacific Western Pacific Leyte Ryukyus DECORATIONS: Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, Stremer embroidered 17 OCTOBER 1944 TO 4 JULY 1945. BLAZON SHIELD: Per fess wavy artgent and azure, in chief the feather was helmet of Kamehameha the Great gules. CREST: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Hawaii Army National Gurad: On a wreath of the colors (argent and azure) a dolphin embowed hauriant artgent, in his mouth a key fesswise or. MOTTO: E Makaala Kakou (Let's be alert). SYMBOLISM The shield is white and blue for Infantry. The participation line suggests the ragged rough waves of the Pacific Ocean. The feather war helmet is a distinctive Hawaiian charge. (Approved 4 May 1936.) DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA: The distinctive unit insignia is the shield and motto of the coat of arms.



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