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The First Division

What is the Big Red One?

The 1st Infantry Division of the United States Army, nicknamed “The Big Red One,” was the first unit to deploy and engage in battle during WWI, WWII, and Vietnam. Established on June 8, 1917, the First Division has taken part in nearly every American War and is the longest continuously-serving division of the US Army.

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First Division Education Resources

Excite, enlighten, and educate students and groups through guided tours in First in War and Duty First. Explore America’s military history with life-size dioramas, interactive exhibits, and rentable classroom resources.

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