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Polk County Gold Star Memorial

   
Polk County Gold Star Memorialloupe
Burke Memorial Park
Des Moines
IA
USA
50307

Polk County Gold Star Memorial

100 Cities / 100 Memorials

100c 100m wwi centennial plaque The Polk County Gold Star Monument, located in John Burke Memorial Park, is a fitting tribute to Iowa's World War I soldiers and includes a magnificent bronze relief created by noted sculptor Charles Henry Niehaus.  It was designed in 1925 and dedicated in 1926.  John H. Burke was born in 1896, enlisted in the army, and served in the Medical Unit of the 168th Infantry (42nd Division).  He was hit by shrapnel in a charge on on October 14, 1918 and died on November 9, two days before the end of the war.