The monument was conceived by the Society of the First Division to honor the valiant efforts of the soldiers who fought in World War I. Later additions to the monument commemorate the lives of First Division soldiers who fought in subsequent wars. The World War II addition on the west side was dedicated in 1957, the Vietnam War addition on the east side in 1977, and the Desert Storm plaque in 1995.
Each conflict contains the names of those killed in action while serving with the First Infantry Division. Names are listed by unit for each conflict.
- World War I: 5,516 First Division soldiers
- World War II: 4,325 First Infantry Division Soldiers
- Vietnam: 3,079 First Infantry Division Soldiers
- Desert Storm: 27 First Infantry Division Soldiers, to include one female soldier and one contract civilian
A total of 12,947 names are now on the Monument
The National Park Service has overall responsibility for the maintenance of the Monument. However, the Foundation funds selected maintenance costs that cannot be borne by the National Park Service, such as changes to the name plaques that are on the monument.
The Society of the First Infantry Division is developing a plan to add the names of First Division Soldiers killed in action since Desert Storm, and also facilitate space for those who might be killed in action in future conflicts. Several actions are required to support this plan: Develop the Architectural Design for modifying the existing Monument Obtaining National Park Service approval of the design and construction Employing a contractor to complete the work Adding the names for Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
Goal: Dedicate the Monument updates at the Society of the First Infantry Division Reunion in August 2019.
Click here to visit the National Park Service's 1st Division Memorial web site and learn more about the history of this monument to our honored dead.