Friends and Patriots - the 169TH Regiment (RTI)
is looking for support to create and install a memorial bench at Camp Niantic, CT to honor the Soldiers past and present who have served this storied unit. The 169 traces its ancestry back to 1672 where it was first organized as a militia for the colony of Connecticut in Hartford county. First organized as infantry, the 169th saw action during the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, service on the Mexican Border, and World Wars I and II. The Regiment was deactived in 1945 and reactivated as a CT National Guard unit in 1946. The unit was mobilized during the Korean War deploying to Germany. It was deactivated in 1992. In 1997, the 169th Regiment (Regional Training Institute) was granted authorization to carry forward the heraldic items (coat of arms, distinctive unit insignia) previousy worn by the 169th Infantry Regiment.
As part of a recognition effort to showcase the lineage and honors of CT units, the CT Guard with support of the Heritage Committee has designed a memorial for fallen Soldiers surrounded by benches to showcase the dedication and sacrifice of unit members past and present. Friends of the 169th Regiment would request your support to add our bench to this proud display.