Downtown Washington in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
First Division War Memorial
[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
[Inscriptions on west wing (added 1957):]
The First Infantry Division, United States Army
To our heroic dead: 8 Nov 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.
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.
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
[Honor Roll, WWII: . . .]
First Infantry Division, United States Army, Vietnam.
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).
6th Battalion, 15th Artillery; Company B, 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor; 35th Infantry
[Honor 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.
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 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:
25th Field Artillery:
Kirk, Reuben G. III
12th Chemical Company:
Perry, Kenneth J.
Erected 1924 by Memorial Association of the First Division.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Military • Patriots & Patriotism • War, 1st Iraq & Desert Storm • War, Vietnam • War, World I • War, World II.
Location. 38° 53.768′ N, 77° 2.323′ W. Marker is in Downtown Washington in Washington, District of Columbia. Memorial is on 17th Street Northwest south of New York Avenue Northwest, on the right when traveling north. 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 Northwest between New York Avenue and E Street Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 535 17th Street Northwest, Washington DC 20500, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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); White House Kitchen Garden (about 700 feet away); Jane Delano (about 700 feet away); Zero Milestone (about 700 feet away); In Memory (about 700 feet away); The Octagon (about 700 feet away); Riggs Bank Medallions (about 800 feet away); The American Red Cross - Harvard Field Hospital Unit (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Downtown Washington.
Also see . . . First Division Monument. (Submitted on January 3, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
1. First Infantry Division Battle Casualties:
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
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.
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