Officers of the First Division


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About the Logo

While traveling on a road in Normandy right after the breakout, in the vicinity of Contances during WW II, Orwin C. Talbott noticed a sign at an intersection that said "Danger Forward" with an arrow pointing down a small road to the right. He told his driver that it is his dream to one day be a member of the Big Red One. In 1968, his dream came true as BG Orwin C. Talbott was assigned as Assistant Division Commander of the BRO in the Republic of South Vietnam.

When the Division Commander, MG Keith Ware, was tragically killed in September of that year, General Talbott assumed command of the Big Red One. In an attempt to boost division morale after the death of MG Ware, MG Talbott remembered that sign in Normandy and had the First Division patch and Danger Forward logo combined and erected in Lai Khe, first in front of the headquarters building. It looked so good he had a large version - about 8 feet tall - erected along side Vietnam Highway 13 pointing in the direction of the headquarters.

After the departure of the BRO from Vietnam, the successor South Vietnamese Division destroyed that monument. However, several smaller versions have been erected at Fort Riley, Kansas.

 

 

 

Officers of the First Division

1637 Hiddenbrook Drive

Herndon, VA 20170-2915

Tom Branz
Tel: (703)707-9299

Email: branztl@cox.net