Vietnam Center and Archive Collection Finding Aid

Collection Finding Aid

Title
First Infantry Division Collection
Collection Number
1699
Date(s)
Undated
Size
0.3 linear feet
Physical Location(s)
Newsletter Collection; Newsletter Collection-Oversize; D060.4B
Processed by
M. Ford, Nov. 2005[Updated: Oct. 2008 by L. Duy]

Scope and Content

Less than one linear foot of newsletters from the Vietnow Chapter in DuPage County and the Bridgehead Sentinel from the 1st Infantry Division detail both associations' events and interests. All materials date from the post-war period.

Biographical Note

The Division's history begins in 1917 when General John "Blackjack" Pershing arrived in France with the First American Expeditionary Force. The "Fighting First" led the way for American troops in World War I. Names like Cantigny, Soissons, St. Mihiel and the Argonne Forest tell the story of the gallantry of the soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division, now wearing the famous "Big Red One" patch on their left shoulder. During World War II, the 1st Infantry Division was the first to reach England, the first to fight the enemy in North Africa and Sicily, the first on the beaches of Normandy in D-Day and the first to capture a major German City – Aachen. The D-Day landings on June 6, 1944 provided the supreme test. In five days, the division drove inland and cleared a beachhead for supplies and troops. Driving eastward across France against fanatical resistance, the soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division spent nearly six months in continuous action with the enemy. After capturing Aachen, the 1st Infantry Division still faced months of bitter fighting at places like the Hürtgen Forest and the Battle of the Bulge. When the War ended, the Big Red One had rolled through Germany and into Czechoslovakia. The 1st Infantry Division remained in Germany until 1955, first as occupation troops, then as partners with the new Germany in NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. In 1955, the Big Red One redeployed to Fort Riley Kansas. In the summer of 1965, the Big Red One was the first division called to fight in Vietnam. For nearly five years, its soldiers battled the enemy while carrying out programs to aid the people of South Vietnam. In April 1970, the colors of the 1st Infantry Division returned to Fort Riley. Home again, the Big Red One became a dual based division with its 3rd Brigade in West Germany.

Rights and Access

Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research

Collection Inventory

Contents
Box
Folder
Location
pamphlet Still Fighting: Agent Orange
1
1
D060.4B
pamphlet VietNow: DuPage County Chapter
pamphlet VietNow: DuPage County Chapter
pamphlet VietNow: Poems

Separated Materials

Newsletters
Bridgehead Sentinel, Spring 1997, Fall 1997, Winter 1998, Summer 1998, Fall 1998, Winter 1999, Summer 1999, Fall 1999, Spring 2000, Summer 2000, Winter 2001, Summer 2001, Spring 2001, Fall 2001(2 copies), Spring 2002 (2 copies), Summer 2002 (2 copies), Fall/Winter 2002 (2 copies), Spring 2003 (2 copies), Summer 2003 (2 copies), Fall/Winter 2003 (2 copies), Spring 2004 (2 copies), Summer 2004 (2 copies), Fall/Winter 2004 (2 copies), Spring 2005 (2 copies), Summer 2005 (2 copies), Spring 2006 (2 Copies), Summer 2006 (2 copies), Fall 2007 (2 Copies).

Vietnow DuPage County Chapter, October 1987, November 1987, April 1988, May 1988, June 1988, December 1988, October 1990, November 1990, December 1990, January 1991, April 1991, May 1991, June 1991, July 1991, August 1991, September 1991, October 1991, November 1991, February 1992, April 1992, May 1992, June 1992, July 1992, August 1992, November 1992, December 1992, December 1993,February 1993, March 1993, April 1993, May 1993, June 1993, July 1993, August 1993 (2 copies), September 1993, November 1993, December 1993, January 1994, February 1994, March 1994, April 1994, June 1994, July 1994, August 1994, September 1994, November 1994, December 1994, March 1995, April 1996, June 1996, August 1995, September 1995, July 1997, January 1998, February 1998, March 1998, May 1998, June 1998, August 1998, July 1998, September 1998, October 1998, March 1999, April 1999, May 1999, June 1999, July 1999(2 copies), October 1999, November 1999.

Vietnow DuPage County Chapter December 1999, January 2000, February 2000, March 2000, April 2000, June 2000, July 2000, August 2000, September 2000, October 2000, November 2000, December 2000, January 2001, February 2001, March 2001, April 2001, June 2001, July 2001, August 2001, September 2001, October 2001, November 2001, December 2001, January 2002, February 2002, May 2002, June 2002, July 2002, August 2002, September 2002, October 2002, November 2002, December 2002, January 2003, February 2003, April 2003, May 2003, July 2003, June 2003, September 2003, October 2003, November 2003, December 2003, January 2004, February 2004, March 2004, April 2004, May 2004, June 2004, July/August 2004, November 2004, December 2004, January 2005, February 2005, March 2005, April 2005, May 2005, July 2005, August 2005, September 2005, October 2005, November 2005.

Vietnow Fox Valley Chapter March 1987, June 1987, October 1987, November 1987, December 1987, January 1988, February 1988, March 1988.

Voice of the Vanguards (Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division) September/October 2000.

VietNo National Newsletter 1st Quarter 1986, 2nd Quarter 1986.
Periodicals
VietNow Annual Edition (1988).

VietNow 1st Edition, Volume 1 (1985), March/April 1991, May/June 1991, November/December 1991.