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Lt. John Tillman Melvin War Memorial

Lt. John Tillman Melvin War Memorialzoom
Intersection of Lauderdale St. & Alabama Ave.

"Born in Selma, Alabama Oct. 16, 1887. Among the first to volunteer, and the first American Naval Officer killed in action in our war with Germany. Lost his life by a torpedo from a German submarine while aboard the U.S. ship ALCEDO off the coast of France Nov. 5, 1917. He gave his life that democracy and liberty might live." -Memorial text

Erected by the Citizens of Selma.


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$5 Million +

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