First Division Museum at Cantigny Park
May 25 - September 2, 2013
1S151 Winfield Rd
Wheaton, IL 60189
Marlin Burns enlisted in May 1917, and trained in the States and France before joining the fight. His unit served in the trenches, and his job was to put up barbed wire entanglements across the front line. Despite this risky job, he was the only man in his squad not killed or wounded during the war.
Warren Ransom only served with the division for a year, but remained committed to the Big Red One for the rest of his life. He led an artillery platoon, and he fought during the division’s first solo engagement at Cantigny. Following the war, he joined the Society of the First Division and remained an active member until his death.
George Nestor served for 34 months with the Division in North Africa and Europe. As a forward observer with a mortar platoon, he took part in every major campaign in the European theater. He received various awards for his actions, including the Distinguished Service Cross.
Fred Randall joined the Division in Europe in March 1945. Following the war, he was sent to Wurzburg, Germany for occupation duty. A professional drummer, Randall was asked to put together a band and open a night club. Café Society served beer and popcorn and the band played popular songs.
Leroy Stewart was in high school when he was drafted in 1943. He joined the Division in 1944 and was part of the D-Day landings on Omaha Beach. He always walked point on patrols, risking being shot first. Remarkably, he was the only man from his company not killed or wounded.
Fred Green served with the Division in Germany from 1977-1980. His unit’s primary mission was to stop the Soviets at the Fulda Gap if war broke up. Although often put on alert, the Big Red One did not have to fight.
John Parmenter served at the height of the Cold War when war with the Soviet Union seemed inevitable. His unit nearly deployed during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962. The following year he served three months in Germany with the Berlin Brigade.
Thomas Barnes spent 21 months serving in Vietnam as an operator/repairman of electronic equipment on the OV-1 aircraft. He liked his work so much, he voluntarily extended his enlistment. Throughout his tour, Barnes took hundreds of photographs, creating a unique record of his service.
Ron Campsey joined the Division in Vietnam in July 1967. He took on a leadership role and became a platoon sergeant. He usually walked point on patrols, and never asked another soldier to do something he would not.
Wes Geary served as a Chaplain in Vietnam from 1966-1967. On Sundays he might travel more than 100 miles and perform five services. He also served in the field ministering to soldiers. This earned him tremendous respect from the soldiers of the Big Red One.
Steven Goligowski joined the 1st Infantry Division as the plans officer for the Division Support Command just before Desert Storm. He deployed to Saudi Arabia in December 1990 and served as the logistics planner for all the division’s operations on the Arabian Peninsula.
Ed Rivera was preparing to be discharged when Iraq invaded Kuwait. During Desert Storm he served as a gunner on an Abrams tank. On their first day of the ground war, his unit overran the Iraq 110th Brigade’s Command Post and captured their commander. They continued to press through Kuwait before moving into Northern Iraq.
On March 31, 1999, Christopher Stone and two other soldiers were taken prisoner near the Macedonia-Yugoslavia border. Part of the NATO peacekeeping force in the Balkans, their Humvee was ambushed by Serbian forces who claimed the Americans had crossed the border. After 32 days as prisoners, the three men were released.
Jim Champagne was a career soldier. In 2005 he joined the 1st Infantry Division as the Sergeant Major of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. The 4th IBCT was a new unit and Champagne made them combat ready in only a year. They deployed to Iraq during the 2007 surge. He retired from the army in 2011 as the Division’s Command Sergeant Major.
Jody Schroeder was the first Division Brigade Nurse assigned to the 1st Infantry Division. She deployed to Iraq in September 2003. As the only nurse and person with critical care experience, she was responsible for the care of over 3,000 soldiers and marines and handled all trauma patients.
Richard Trapp was the 1st Infantry Division’s first canine handler to deploy with a Navy Seal Team. He and his dog Chris served in Afghanistan from March 2011-April 2012. They went on daily patrols with the Seals. On July 4, 2011, the vehicle they were in ran over an IED. They survived, but the heat from the explosion burned Trapp’s uniform and melted his boots.