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The first units sailed from New York City and Hoboken , New Jersey on 14 June 1917.  Throughout the remainder of the year, the rest of the division followed, landing at St. Nazaire , France, and Liverpool , England. After a brief stay in rest camps, the troops in England proceeded to France, landing at Le Havre. The last unit arrived in St. Nazaire 22 December. Upon arrival in France, the division, less its artillery, was assembled in the First (Gondrecourt) training area, and the artillery was at Le Valdahon.
On 4 July (Independence Day in the United States), the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry ,  paraded through the streets of Paris to bolster the sagging French spirits. At Lafayette 's tomb, Captain C.E. Stanton of the 16th Infantry Regiment stepped forward and said, "Lafayette, we are here!" Two days later, 6 July, Headquarters, First Expeditionary Division was redesignated as Headquarters, First Division.
On 8 August 1917, the 1st Division adopted the Square Table of Organization and Equipment, which included two organic infantry brigades of two infantry regiments each; one engineer regiment; one signal battalion; one machine gun battalion; one field artillery brigade of three field artillery regiments, and a complete division train. The total authorized strength of this new TO&E was 27,120 officers and enlisted men.