1-29 holds memorial rededication ceremony

Retired Col. John Fuller, left, and the Harnois family pose at the memorial for Maj. Steven Michael Harnois (1951 – 1990) during a rededication ceremony at the headquarters of 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment, Nov. 6.

FORT BENNING, Ga. (Nov. 9, 2017) – The 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment held a memorial rededication ceremony Nov. 6 at the unit’s headquarters.

The regiment rededicated the memorial in honor of Maj. Steven M. Harnois, Oct. 18, 1951 to March 2, 1990.

Below is a description of Harnois, provided by the event program:

Maj. Steven Michael Harnois entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, July 1970, intent on going to Vietnam upon graduation. In the fall of 1973, he was diagnosed with cancer and released from West Point with a 50/50 chance of survival. Harnois fought back and beat the odds. Refusing a disability discharge, Steve battled to return to West Point. He prevailed and rejoined the Corps with the Class of 1975 as a member of A Company.

After graduating, Major Harnois completed the Infantry Officer Basic Course and Ranger School at Fort Benning, Georgia. His first assignment was to 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, in Hawaii. There he served as a rifle platoon leader, weapons platoon leader and company executive officer. This is also where he met his future wife Tina. Following the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Harnois remained at Fort Benning, where he worked on the Bradley Fighting Vehicle task force for two years as part of 1-29 Infantry before commanding an Infantry One Station Unit Training (OSUT) company for two years.

He next attended the University of Rhode Island for his Master of Business Administration, followed by a tour as an infantry systems analyst at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. Following completion of the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Harnois was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division in G3 Operations.

Diagnosed with a recurrence of cancer, Harnois went in for open-heart surgery to remove a tumor, but the surgery and disease were too much for even his fighter instinct, and Steve passed on March 2, 1990.

According to the memorial, Harnois was a “life member of the 29th Infantry Regiment” and was “instrumental in writing the present day training manuals for the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle.”

To learn more about the 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment, visit www.benning.army.mil/armor/316thCav/129.

One comment

  • Wanted to thank Colonel John Carson and his entire staff of the 1st Battalion 29th Infantry Regiment for their unwavering effort this past year in helping to move the original 1992 memorial from the abandoned Collins Training Center to its new location! The 25 year rededication of the 1/29th memorial was put together by them exceptionally well and I would like to thank everyone who attended!
    Michael Harnois

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