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"Over the Top to Victory" -- Manitou Springs

   
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502 Manitou Ave
Manitou Springs
CO
USA
80829
John Paulding

John Paulding's "Over the Top to Victory" is located in Manitou Springs's Memorial Park and was dedicated on Memorial Day, 1924.  It honors all veterans of World War I and, in particular, Marine Pvt. George Eber Duclo, who lived in Manitou Springs and was killed in France on June 15, 1918 during the Battle of Belleau Wood.  Pvt. Eber Duclo was buried on the battlefield but brought home in September 1921.  The local American Legion Post, named in his honor, raised the money to fund the 7-ft statue and placed it on a 20-ton boulder of native granite. Eber Duclo is buried in Crystal Valley Cemetery in Manitou Springs.

For additional background on Marine Pvt. Duclo see: https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-fallen-and-forgotten-doughboys-legacy-1527201526

We have included an image from the foundry that cast the original "Over the Top".

 
Single figure -- soldier
Memorial Hunter: Robert Shay, PH3, USNR-R, 1964-70