This sculpture is one of many casts made from EM Viquesney's doughboy design. Monuments using this design are scattered around NJ & the US.
This copper cast sculpture, set upon a pink Maine granite base with beveled corners, depicts a World War I infantryman advancing through the stumps and barbed wire of "No Man's Land." He holds a rifle in his left hand & a grenade in his raised right hand.
The monument was dedicated on August 16, 1924, in honor of Fair Haven residents who served in WWI. The base contains a bronze plaque with a Fair Haven World War I honor roll. It cost approximately $1,000 with an undisclosed sum for the base. The Memorial Park Committee financed it by holding several events including a boxing tournament feature Gene Tunney.
In the late 1960s, vandals stole the rifle and broke the figure’s left hand. In 1995, the sculpture was refurbished.
Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) inventory #NJ000436.
Photos Credit: NJ State Historic Preservation Office