“Perhaps even greater demands must yet be made, but whatever they may be, we know that there will ever be in the Division that special pride of service and high state of morale which cannot be broken by hardship or battle… With deepest reverence we mourn our dead; with full hearts we sympathize with our wounded; and with inordinate pride we salute the victorious living of the immortal First Division.”
— Gen. C.P. Summerall in a congratulatory message to Gen. C. R. Huebner, 1944. (Source: http://ht.ly/brQy9)
The 1st Infantry Division (more commonly known as the “Big Red One”) is the oldest division in the United States Army. 1st ID was organized on 8 June 1917, at Fort Jay, on Governors Island in New York harbor under the command of Brigadier General William L. Sibert.
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Read more about the great history of the 1st Infantry Division at: http://www.lonesentry.com/gi_stories_booklets/1stinfantry/.
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