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First Division War Memorial

 
 
First Division War Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, January 2, 2009
1. First Division War Memorial
Inscription. [Inscriptions on the original memorial (1924)]
First Division, United States Army, American Expeditionary Forces, June 1917 - September 1919.

Erected by the memorial association of the First Division and patriotic friends to the memory of the dead of the division who gave their lives in the World War that the liberty and the ideals of our country might endure.

Sommervillier: Oct 20 - Nov 20, 1917.
Ansauville: Jan 16 - April 3, 1918.
Cantigny April 19 - June 8, 1918.
Montdidier-Noyon: June 9 - 13, 1918.
Cantigny: June 14 - July 8, 1918.
Soissons-Aisne-Marne: July 18-23, 1918.
Saizerais: Aug 3-24, 1918.
Ansauville: Sept 2-11, 1918.
St. Mihiel: Sept 12-16, 1918.
Meuse-Argonne: Sept 30-Oct 12 - Oct 26-Nov 11, 1918.
Mouzon-Sedan Operation: Nov 5-7, 1918.
Goblenz Bridgehead: Dec 13, 1918 - Aug 21, 1919.

“The Commander-in-Chief has noted in this division a special pride in service and a high state of morale never broken by hardship nor battle.” G.O. 201 AEF, 1918.

The names of our immortal dead are here inscribed: [List of names]...

[Inscriptions on west wing (added 1957):]
The First Infantry Division, United States Army

To our heroic dead: 8 Nov
First Division War Memorial - south face Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, January 2, 2009
2. First Division War Memorial - south face
1924 inscriptions.
1942 - 8 May 1945

Algeria, Tunisia, Sicily, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe

Erected 1957 by members and loyal friends of the First Infantry Division and the Society of the First Division.

First Infantry Division, United States Army, World War Two.
Original Units:

Divisional Units:
Headquarters, Hq. Company, Artillery Hq., Artillery Hq. Btry, 1st Engineer Combat Bn., 1st Medical Bn., 1st Recon Troop, 1st M.P. Company, 1st Signal Company, 1st QM Company, 701st Ord. Lt. Maint. Co., Hq. Special Troops.
Infantry Regiments:
16th Infantry, 18th Infantry, 26th Infantry.
Field Artillery Bns:
5th Field Artillery, 7th Field Artillery, 32nd Field Artillery, 33rd Field Artillery.

Attached Units: Many units, while attached to the First Infantry Division, helped achieve victory for American arms. Their loyal service and inspiring sacrifices are hereby gratefully acknowledged.

[Inscriptions on east wing (added 1977):]
To the Soldiers of the First Infantry Division, United States Army Who Made the Supreme Sacrifice in Vietnam, 12 July 1965 to 3 April 1970.

Erected 1977 by the Society of the First Division and members and loyal friends of the First Infantry Division.

[Honor Roll, WWII: . . .]

First Infantry Division, United States Army,
First Division War Memorial - east face Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, January 2, 2009
3. First Division War Memorial - east face
1924 inscriptions.
Vietnam.

Organic Units:
Division Headquarters; Headquarters Company; 1st Engineer Battalion; 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry; 121st Signal Battalion; 1st Aviation Battalion; Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade; Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade; Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade; 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry; 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry; 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry; 1st Battalion, 16th Infantry; 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry; 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry; 2nd Battalion, 18th Infantry; 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry; 1st Battalion, 2nd Infantry; 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry; 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry; Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, Division Artillery; 1st Battalion, 5th Artillery; 1st Battalion, 7th Artillery; 2nd Battalion, 33rd Artillery; 8th Battalion, 6th Artillery; Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Support Command and Band; 1st Medical Battalion; 1st Supply and Transportation Battalion; 701st Maintenance Battalion; 1st Military Police Company; 1st Administration Company; 1st Military Intelligence Company (DET).

Attached Units:
6th Battalion, 15th Artillery; Company B, 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor; 35th Infantry Platoon (Scout Dog); 41st Infantry Platoon (Scout Dog); 44th PIO Detachment; F Company, 52nd Infantry (LRRP); 1st Infantry Platoon (Combat Tracker); I Company, 75th Infantry (Ranger).

[Honor
First Division War Memorial - north face Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, January 2, 2009
4. First Division War Memorial - north face
1924 inscriptions
Roll, Vietnam: . . .]

[Inscriptions: "Desert Storm" Marker Panel (1991)]

To the Soldiers of the First Infantry Division (MECH) who made the supreme sacrifice in Desert Storm (Iraq and Saudi Arabia), 1991.

1st BRIGADE

5th Battalion, 16th Infantry:
Collins, Melford R.
Dougherty, Robert. L.
Miller, Mark A.

1st Battalion, 34th Armor: Douthit, David Q.

3rd Brigade, 2nd Armored Division (ATCHD):
Neberman, James F. (CIV)

3rd Battalion, 66th Armor:
Applegate, Tony R.

1st Battalion, 41st Infantry:
Crumby, David R.
Davila, Manuel M.
Kidd, Anthony W.
Kramer, David W.
Middleton, Jeffrey T.
Murray, James C. Jr.
Tally, Robert D.

4th BRIGADE

4th Battalion, 1st Aviation:
1Lt Tillar, Donaldson P. III
WO Morgan, John K.
WO Plasch, David G.
WO Swartzendruber, George R.
Belas, Lee A.
Carr, Jason C.
Kamm, Jonathan H.
O’Brien, Cheryl L. [first female soldier on honor roll]
Streeter Gary E.
Trautman, Steven R.
Wedgewood, Troy M.

121st Signal Battalion:
Damien, Roy T. Jr.

25th Field Artillery:
Kirk, Reuben G. III

12th Chemical Company:
Perry, Kenneth J.

 
Erected 1924 by
First Division War Memorial - west face Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, January 2, 2009
5. First Division War Memorial - west face
1924 inscriptions.
Memorial Association of the First Division.
 
Location. 38° 53.768′ N, 77° 2.323′ W. Marker is in Northwest, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on 17th Street, NW, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The First Division Memorial/Monument is accessible to pedestrians in President's Park, just south of the Old Executive Office Building and southwest of the White House - off 17th Street between New York Avenue and E Street, NW. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20500, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. National Headquarters, American Red Cross (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Winder Building (about 600 feet away); White House Kitchen Garden (about 700 feet away); Zero Milestone (about 700 feet away); The Octagon (about 700 feet away); The American Red Cross - Harvard Field Hospital Unit (about 800 feet away); The National Christmas Tree (approx. 0.2 miles away); Peace at Last! (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Northwest.
 
Also see . . .  First Division Monument. (Submitted on January 3, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional comments.
1. First Infantry Division Battle Casualties:
First Division War Memorial - Honor Roll, WWI Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, January 2, 2009
6. First Division War Memorial - Honor Roll, WWI
The "immortal dead."

World War I
4,411 Killed in Action
17,201 Wounded in Action
1,056 Missing or Died of Wounds

World War II
3,616 Killed in Action
15,208 Wounded in Action
664 Died of Wounds

Vietnam War
6,146 Killed in Action
16,019 Wounded in Action
20 Prisoner of War
    — Submitted January 4, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.

 
Additional keywords. "Big Red One"; First Division Monument.
 
Categories. 20th CenturyMilitaryPatriots & PatriotismWar, 1st Iraq & Desert StormWar, VietnamWar, World IWar, World II
 
First Infantry Division - WWII Units Panel Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, January 2, 2009
7. First Infantry Division - WWII Units Panel
First Infantry Division - WWII Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, January 2, 2009
8. First Infantry Division - WWII
inscriptions on memorial's west wing - addition, 1957.
First Infantry Division - Vietnam Units Panel Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, January 2, 2009
9. First Infantry Division - Vietnam Units Panel
First Infantry Division - Vietnam Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, January 2, 2009
10. First Infantry Division - Vietnam
inscriptions on memorial's east wing - addition, 1977.
First Division War Memorial - Desert Storm Panel Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, January 2, 2009
11. First Division War Memorial - Desert Storm Panel
 
 
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