Our mission is to collect, preserve and make available for research the history of the Big Red One. In fulfilling its mission, the Colonel Robert R. McCormick Research Center has established a Digital Archives site. Consisting of digitized versions of original 1st Infantry Division materials from the Research Center, the Digital Archives site now makes these rich materials available online.
Our first collection consists of 1st Infantry Division 1944 battle records scanned from 86 microfilm reels from the 172 reel collection Historical Records of the First Infantry Division and its Organic Element, World War II. The scanned materials contain 424 discrete files which hold approximately 143,965 pages. Significant files include the divisional plans for Operation Neptune, the 16th Infantry Regiment’s documents regarding the D-Day landing on Omaha Beach, and divisional documents on the capture of Aachen.
Our second digitized collection consists of pages scanned from the newspaper, magazine and unit histories published by the 1st Infantry Division during the Vietnam War. A weekly publication, the American Traveler newspaper provides articles on both the division’s soldiers and combat actions. The periodical, Danger Forward, the Magazine of the Big Red One, Vietnam, was a monthly review of the division’s major operations and campaigns. The three unit histories, The First Infantry Division in Vietnam, Vols. 1-3, are nicknamed the “Yearbooks”. Based on when the veteran served with the division, the relevant volume provides an overview of the soldier’s tour of duty with the Big Red One in Vietnam. Hard to find in hard copy form, digitizing these publications now makes them available to all 1st Division Vietnam veterans and their families.
The Research Center will continue to digitize its rich holdings and add those scanned materials to the online Digital Archives.
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