The 1st Division is the U.S. Army’s oldest continuously serving regular division. The maximum strength of the division was set at 991 officers and 27,114 men. On June 14, 1917 the first contingents of the division sailed from New York City and Hoboken, N.J. for St. Nazaire, France. Once in France, components of the division traveled to the Gondrecourt training area in Gondrecourt, France. Here the division’s full force had assembled by December 1917.
The 28th Infantry Regiment of the First Division attacked and captured Cantigny on May 28, 1918 and repulsed fierce German counterattacks in the following days. Cantigny was the first major American battle and victory of the war.
The 1stDivision led in an attack that cleared the St. Mihiel Salient (a salient being an area that projects into the enemy’s defensive line) from September 12 to 16, 1918 and captured 15,000 prisoners. The division speedily redeployed and participated in the war’s climactic final offensive, the Meuse-Argonne, from September 29 through November 11, 1918. Here the division seized Fleville, Exermont, and the heights overlooking Sedan. The 1stDivision suffered 4,996 dead and 17,324 wounded; of these 2,823 are buried in or memorialized at ABMC cemeteries.
Constituent Units of the 1stDivision
1st Infantry Brigade
1stField Artillery Brigade