The Big Red One Takes Care of Its Own
The 1st Infantry Division Foundation is the
charitable and philanthropic arm of the Society
of the 1st Infantry Division. It was
established in 1966 during the Vietnam War as
the mechanism through which funds were
collected, both by Big Red One soldiers in
Vietnam and by 1st Infantry Division veterans at
home, to establish scholarships for children of
Big Red One soldiers killed in that war.
It is organized as a Charitable Trust and
chartered in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
It is non-profit, tax-exempt organization
pursuant to Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal
Revenue Code and to which your contributions are
"My heart aches for my three young sons. Eric,
the oldest who is four, one day will be told why
his father did not return to us. He left and
wanted to return so badly. They too will cry and
their hearts will ache."
The above paragraph is taken from a letter
written by Mrs. Rudolph A. Nunez to the 1st
Infantry Commanding General, MG William E.
DePuy, after learning that her husband, Sergeant
Rudolph Nunez had been killed on June 13, 1966
while serving with the Long Range Reconnaissance
Patrol of the Big Red One in Vietnam.
General DePuy sent the letter to all officers
and men of the Division asking how they felt
about establishing a fund to assist with the
educational costs for children of soldiers who
fought and died with the Big Red One. The
response was overwhelmingly positive.
Collections were immediately begun in Vietnam.
At the same time, General DePuy challenged the
Society of the First Infantry Division to
establish the fund and begin collections among
Big Red One veterans and friends of the Division
Thus the 1st Infantry Division Foundation was
Those interested in contributing to
the 1st Infantry Division Scholarship
Fund can send checks made out to the 1st
Infantry Division Foundation at the following
address. Please write ‘Scholarship Fund’ in the
memo portion of the check.
1st Infantry Division Foundation
1933 Morris Road
Blue Bell, PA 19422-1422
Phone: (888) 324-4733
More information on the Society of
the 1st Infantry Division can be
found on their website; www.bigredone.org.