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Monuments & Memorials

"The centennial of World War One offers an opportunity for people in the United States
to learn about and commemorate the sacrifices of their predecessors."

from The World War One Centennial Commission Act, January 14, 2013

DCWorldWarMonumen 1World War One was a watershed in American history. The United States' decision to join the battle in 1917 "to make the world safe for democracy" proved pivotal in securing allied victory — a victory that would usher in the American Century.

In the war's aftermath, individuals, towns, cities, counties, and states all felt compelled to mark the war, as did colleges, businesses, clubs, associations, veterans groups, and houses of worship. Thousands of memorials—from simple honor rolls, to Doughboy sculptures, to grandiose architectural ensembles—were erected throughout the US in the 1920s and 1930s, blanketing the American landscape.

Each of these memorials, regardless of size or expense, has a story. But sadly, as we enter the war's centennial period, these memorials and their very purpose—to honor in perpetuity the more than four million Americans who served in the war and the more than 116,000 who were killed—have largely been forgotten. And while many memorials are carefully tended, others have fallen into disrepair through neglect, vandalism, or theft. Some have been destroyed. Watch this CBS news video on the plight of these monuments.

The extant memorials are our most salient material links in the US to the war. They afford a vital window onto the conflict, its participants, and those determined to remember them. Rediscovering the memorials and the stories they tell will contribute to their physical and cultural rehabilitation—a fitting commemoration of the war and the sacrifices it entailed.

Memorial Hunters Club

We are building a US WW1 Memorial register through a program called the Memorials Hunters Club. If you locate a memorial that is not on the map we invite you to upload your treasure to be permanently archived in the national register.  You can include your choice of your real name, nickname or team name as the explorers who added that memorial to the register. We even have room for a selfie! Check the map, and if you don't see the your memorial CLICK THE LINK TO ADD IT.

 

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Spirit of the American Doughboyloupe
Winchester
KY
USA
40391
 
Spirit of the American Doughboy - Annistonloupe
Quintard Ave between 12th and 13th Sts
Anniston
AL
USA
36201
May 30, 1922
E.M. Viquesney

This bronze statue atop a concrete base was sculpted by E.M Viquesney (1876-1946).  It was erected by the Anniston Post of the American Legion in 1922 at a cost of $2,000.  It is dedicated to the Calhoun County men who served in the Great War.   The monument received conservation treatment in 2016.

 
Spirit of the American Doughboy - Axtellloupe
5th St and Maple St
Axtell
KS
USA
66403

This is an E.M. Viquesney Spirit of the American Doughboy statue, installed in May 1925, depicting a World War I infantryman advancing through the barbed wire and stumps of No Man's Land, while he carries a rifle and holds a hand grenade aloft. 

The plaque reads:

AXTELL BOYS
WHO SERVED IN
THE WORLD WAR
1914 – 1918                                                                                                                   
(Followed by 150 names in two columns. Two nurses are named first.  Four names have stars indicating they were killed).

The monument's acquisition was initiated by the R. R. Hendricks Post 214 of the American Legion. It was dedicated in the center of the intersection May 31, 1925 and relocated in 1960 to a small piece of land that had been leased from the railroad for that purpose in 1955. The total cost was about $1,850, of which $1,175 was for the sculpture and the rest for the base, the plaque and freight. Except for $150 paid from the town treasury, it was paid for by a public subscription project that took two years of raising funds by box-socials, raffles, and other events.

 
Spirit of the American Doughboy - Belmarloupe
Seventh Avenue & Route 35
Belmar
NJ
USA
07715
1930
EM Viquesney

This sculpture is one of many casts made from EM Viquesney's doughboy design. Monuments using this design are scattered around NJ & the United States.

The sculpture, set upon a granite base, 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 erected in honor and memory of those from Belmar who served in World War I.

The doughboy sculpture was damaged by vandals in 2017. 

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS)  inventory #47260066. 

Photos courtesy of:
Statue - NJ State Historic Preservation Office
Dedication on Memorial Day 1930 - EM Viquesney Doughboy Database & Nick Mihalic 

 
Spirit of the American Doughboy - Birmingham loupe
Linn Park
Birmingham
AL
USA
35203
November 11, 1923
E.M. Viquesney

This sculpture currently sits atop a limestone pedestal at the South entrance of Linn Park, flanking the later Memorial to the Spanish American War. It was dedicated on November 11, 1923, where it sat at the front entrance to Municipal Auditorium, now known as Boutwell Auditorium. The statue was moved to the entrance of Linn Park, probably sometime in 1957, after a renovation to the front of the auditorium that year. The memorial was commissioned by the Greek-American Citizens of Birmingham in honor of the American Legion Birmingham Post No. 1. Its plaque is inscribed "In memory of the comrades who gave their lives in the service of our country during the World War. Presented to Birmingham Post No. 1 of the American Legion by the Greek-American Citizens. Birmingham, Alabama. Armistice Day 1923."  The plaque was stolen from the statue's base at some time in late 2010.  

 
Spirit of the American Doughboy - Doverloupe
Hurd Park, Rt. 46 & Princeton Avenue
Dover
NJ
USA
07801
1922
EM Viquesney

This sculpture is one of many casts made from EM Viquesney's doughboy design. Monuments using this design are scattered around NJ & the United States.

The sculpture, set upon a concrete base, 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 donated in 1922 by Dover Township resident, Peter C. Buck.  

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System Inventory (SIRIS) inventory #47260068. 

Photo courtesy of:  EM Viquesney Doughboy Database & Frank Poolas 

 
Spirit of the American Doughboy - Fair Havenloupe
Memorial Park, Fair Haven & River Road
Fair Haven
NJ
USA
07704
1924
EM Viquesney

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

 
Spirit of the American Doughboy - Fort Smithloupe
4901 Midland Street
Fort Smith
AR
USA
72904

This is an E. M. Viquesney-sculpted pressed-copper figure of a WWI infantryman advancing through the stumps and barbed wire of No Man's Land, holding a rifle and grenade.  Originally located in Tillis Park, since approx. 1922, it was moved to the American Legion Post because of vandalism.  It is mounted on a fieldstone base and is dedicated to those who entered service from Fort Smith.

 
Spirit of the American Doughboy - Frenchtownloupe
Edith Ort Thomas Elementary School, 902 Harrison Street
Frenchtown
NJ
USA
08825
1926
EM Viquesney

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 bronze cast sculpture, set upon a base, 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 sculpture was erected in 1926 on the front lawn of Frenchtown High School (presently Edith Ort Thomas Elementary School) to honor Frenchtown & vicinity soldiers who served in World War I. The sculpture cost $2,700.

In the summer of 1995, the sculpture was refurbished and cleaned by the Easton Memorial Finishing Works of Easton, PA. The rifle end was refashioned and attached, and the sculpture was sandblasted and buffed. A new plaque honoring veterans of subsequent wars was added and the sculpture was rededicated on November 11, 1995.

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Infomration System (SIRIS) inventory #NJ000454. 

Photo courtesy of: Alan Edelson & Historical Marker Database

 
Spirit of the American Doughboy - Furman Universityloupe
Childers Plaza
Greenville
SC
USA
29617

In 1921, three years after the Armistice was signed, Furman University and Greenville paid tribute to the university's World War I veterans in a moving ceremony that unveiled a memorial statue of a doughboy. The copper soldier was one of numerous doughboy statues designed by E.M Viquesney - depicting a soldier rushing into battle, wielding a grenade in one hand and a rifle in the other - dedicated to honor veterans of World War I.  When the Furman Doughboy was first dedicated, hundreds of area residents turned out at the old campus in downtown Greenville. A bugler played taps as Mrs. T.J. Lyons, the mother of a Furman student who died in France during the war, gently loosened the fastening of the American flag that shrouded the statue.

An article in the July 1921 issue of the Furman Bulletin reported that the "handsome statue with splashes of molten gold and the youthful figure of an American Doughboy in France, preserved in lasting metal and stone, stood revealed to the eyes of the expectant throng." When the statue was uncovered, "applause broke forth. Tears filled the eyes of beholders. The base's rear reads: "More than 500 Furman men served in the World War." and ex-service men wept as they saw the figure, so life-like, emerge."

Five hundred and forty Furman men, almost the entire student body of the then all-male college, volunteered for service during the Great War. Six of them died during the war: Pvt. Thomas J. Lyons Jr.; Pvt. Otis Brodie; Lt. John H. David (the first South Carolina officer killed in action); Lt. Charles S. Gardner (who, though seriously wounded, refused to be removed from the battle); Sgt. Charles E. Timmons Jr. (who "went to death beyond the call of duty, while aiding men from another company"); and Cpl. Talmadge W. Gerrald (who gave his life trying to save a wounded comrade). Their names are inscribed at the base of the Doughboy.

Since that dedication day, the Furman Doughboy has become one of the university's most enduring landmarks. When Furman moved to its current location, so did the Doughboy. It was erected near the south end of the lake in 1957 and is one of the few surviving remnants of the old campus.

Over the last forty years, the Doughboy has lost its luster. The weather has taken its toll, and on two occasions it has been vandalized. The statue was moved for refurbishing to the Upcountry History Museum and the Furman University Library, and in 2004 a completely new replacement was cast in bronze by sculptor Maria J. Kirby Smith and placed back on campus at Childers Plaza.

The plaques that were with the Doughboy at its former location were also moved to Childers Plaza.

Two new plaques read: (on the low left brick column)

DOUGHBOY
ARTIST: E. M. VIQUESNEY
STATUE ORIGINALLY INSTALLED IN 1921 AT
THE DOWNTOWN GRENVILLE MEN’S CAMPUS
AND RECONSTRUCTED IN 2004 BY ARTIST
MARIA KIRBY-SMITH.
THE DOUGHBOY FACES EAST TOWARD
THE BATTLEFIELDS OF FRANCE.   
and on the low right brick column:

CHILDERS PLAZA
PROVIDED BY
ELAINE DUFFY CHILDERS ’43
WACO F. CHILDERS, JR. ’47
AND
FRIENDS OF
FURMAN UNIVERSITY

 
Spirit of the American Doughboy - Jamestownloupe
48 N. Main St. - Monument Square
Jamestown
KY
USA
42629

This E.M. Viquesney Doughboy, a life-sized figure of a WWI soldier advancing through No Man's Land, was dedicated on November 11, 1937.  The engraving across the left, front, and right ledge of the concrete base reads:

IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO DIED FOR GOD AND COUNTRY 

A plaque inscription on the rear of the base reads:

DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY
OF THE PATRIOTIC CITIZENS
OF RUSSELL COUNTY, KENTUCKY
WHO ENTERED THE SERVICE
OF THE COUNTRY
DURING THE WORLD WAR
PRESENTED BY
RUSSELL POST NO. 133
AMERICAN LEGION
NOVEMBER 11, 1937

At some time a new plaque was added to the front of the base which reads:

FOLLOWING IS A LIST OF SERVICE
MEN FROM RUSSELL COUNTY WHO LOST THEIR
LIVES WHILE SERVING THEIR COUNTRY DURING
ONE OF THE WARS AS LISTED.

(Followed by 3 columns of names from WWI, WWII, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars)

On the night of February 19, 2008, the monument was struck and severely damaged by a pickup truck driven by an alleged drunk driver. The statue was knocked off its pedestal, and the right arm and left hand and rifle were broken off. The pieces of the statue were recovered and were housed inside the fire department for safekeeping. As the original zinc statue was considered too heavily damaged, replacement with a bronze duplicate was completed by Innocast Execuline, the same firm that replaced the New Ulm, Minnesota Doughboy in 1995. The insurance company that covered the vehicle involved in the accident contributed $25,000 to the cost of replacing the Doughboy. The new Doughboy was erected on September 19, 2008, and a rededication ceremony was held on November 11, the 71st anniversary of the original dedication. Sergeant Alvin York, the most decorated U.S. soldier in WWI, was present for the original dedication in 1937. His sons, Andrew and George York, were present at the 2008 rededication, with George York presenting some remarks. Sadly, in a virtual repeat of 2008, the statue was again hit by a vehicle on December 23, 2018, and once more knocked off its pedestal. 

 
Spirit of the American Doughboy - Libertyloupe
625 Campbellsville St.
Liberty
KY
USA
42539

This statue was sculpted by E.M. Viquesney and dedicated on November 11, 1935.  It depicts a WWI infantryman advancing through the barbed wire and stumps of No Man's Land.  It was shattered on July 4, 1982 in a truck accident and recast the following year, and again dedicated on November 11, 1983. A 1935 plaque honors the memory of the citizens of Casey County who died in service in WWI.

The inscription on the plaque on the front of the concrete base reads:

DEDICATED TO
THE MEMORY OF OUR COMRADES
WHO ENTERED THE SERVICE
OF THEIR COUNTRY
FROM CASEY COUNTY, KENTUCKY
AND WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE WORLD WAR.
ERECTED BY THE CITIZENS OF
CASEY CO. AND ELSEWHERE
UNDER AUSPICES OF
CASEY POST NO. 78, AMERICAN LEGION
NOVEMBER 11, 1935

An inscription on a plaque on the back of the base reads:

THOSE WHO MADE
THE SUPREME SACRIFICE
DURING THE WORLD WAR
1917-1918
CASEY COUNTY, KENTUCKY
(followed by list of 32 names in two columns)

The plaque on the near side honors, by name, those who made the supreme sacrifice in Vietnam (7) and Korea (6), and a plaque on the far side honors those who made the supreme sacrifice in World War II (75).

 
Spirit of the American Doughboy - Matawanloupe
Memorial Park, Main & Broad Streets
Matawan
NJ
USA
07747
1927
EM Viquesney

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 bronze cast sculpture, set upon a granite base, 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 Memorial Day 1927. The base contains a bronze plaque with a Matawan World War I honor roll.

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) inventory #47260070. 

Photo courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

 
Spirit of the American Doughboy - Perth Amboyloupe
Arneson Square, Madison, Fayette & New Brunswick Avenue
Perth Amboy
NJ
USA
08861
1930
EM Viquesney

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 bronze cast sculpture, set upon a granite base, 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 Armistice Day 1930. The base contains a bronze plaque dedicating to Perth Amboy residents who served in wars prior to & including WWI. 

Originally installed on the corner of Amboy Avenue & Pfeiffer Boulevard, the statue was moved to its current site around 1979.

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) inventory #47260070.

Photo courtesy of: EM Viquesney Doughboy Database & Perth Amboy Public Library

 
Spirit of the American Doughboy - Roselle Parkloupe
Clay Avenue & Chestnut Street
Roselle Park
NJ
USA
07204
1923
EM Viquesney

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 bronze cast sculpture, set upon a granite base, 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 September 3, 1923. The base contains a WWI honor roll plaque on the front, & an honor roll for subsequent conflicts on other sides.

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) inventory #47260071. 

Photo courtesy of:  EM Viquesney Doughboy Database & Nick Pagnetti

 
Spirit of the American Doughboy - Secaucusloupe
Police Station, John Street & Paterson Plank Road
Secaucus
NJ
USA
07094
1927
EM Viquesney

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 bronze cast sculpture, set upon a granite base, 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 erected in memory of Joseph Hassendorder, who made the supreme sacrifice, and in honor of the boys of Secaucus who served their country in the World War.

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS) inventory #NJ000238. 

Photo courtesy of:  Michael Herrick & Historical Marker Database

 
Spirit of the American Doughboy -- Bolivar, MOloupe
102 E Broadway St
Bolivar
MO
USA
 
Spirit of the American Doughboy -- Charlotteloupe
600 East 4th Street
Charlotte
NC
USA
28202
1923
E.M. Viquesney

This E.M. Viquesney Doughboy statue is dedicated to servicemembers from Mecklenburg County who served in WWI. It is inscribed:

Front: FOR GOD AND COUNTRY / IN HONOR OF / THE MEN OF MECKLENBURG COUNTY, / NORTH CAROLINA / WHO SERVED THEIR COUNTY / DURING THE WORLD WAR / 1917-1919

Rear: THIS MEMORIAL / ERECTED BY / CITIZENS OF THIS COMMUNITY / IN APPRECIATION OF / WAR SERVICE IN THE CAUSE / OF WORLD-LIBERTY AND JUSTICE

Left side: THERE IS NO HIGHER SERVICE / TO ONE’S COUNTRY / THAN DUTY WITH THE FLAG

Right side: THEIR MANHOOD PREVAILED: / THEIR CAUSE TRIUMPHED.

 
Spirit of the American Doughboy Grayson World War I Memorialloupe
Grayson
KY
USA
41143

It honors the "Doughboy" and soldiers like him of World War I. The leftmost bronze plate beneath the Doughboy states as follows:

DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF
OUR COMRADES FROM CARTER COUNTY
WHO ENTERED THE SERVICE
OF THEIR COUNTRY.
THOSE WHO WERE WOUNDED AND
THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE WORLD WAR OF 1917 - 1918

Sponsored by
Moore-Armstrong Post No. 138, American Legion
Willie C. Lewis Post No. 156, American Legion
Carter County Fiscal Court

Committee
Jerry Carroll, Co-Chairman
Richard Cox, Co-Chairman
Hubert Counts, Secretary
Joe Wheeler, Treasurer
James P. Carpenter, Owen Fielding
Bill Wollin, W. H. Roe
D. V. Kibbey

The 3 additional plates bear the names of the servicemen being honored

 
Spirit of the American Doughboy, Chambersburg, Pennsylvanialoupe
In small triangular memorial area known as “East Point” at the intersection of East Queen and Lincoln Way (U. S. Highway 30).
Chambersburg
PA
USA
November 12, 1923
E.M. Viquesney, sculptor

The memorial acquisition had its beginnings as early as March 1920 when a successful campaign was conducted to raise funds to acquire the plaque by public subscription. The original plan was to place it on a large boulder at the Franklin County Courthouse, but a state art commission rejected that plan. After considerable delay, the base shown in the above photograph was built and the Doughboy was dedicated at the current location on a rainy November 12, 1923 – Armistice (November 11) was on Sunday that year. The parade paused for a minute of silence at 11 a. m. to recognize the effective time of the armistice five years earlier. Numerous organizations, bands and speakers participated in the ceremony.

 
Spirit of the American Doughboy, Fort Smith, Arkansas loupe
4901 Midland Blvd
Fort Smith/Sebastian County
AR
USA
72904
07/04/1930
Ernest Morre Viquesney
Originally dedicated July 4, 1930 at the entrance to Lewis Tilles Park, but placed in storage in 1979 after substantial vandalism, including destruction of the rifle. After refurbishment by Ralph Irwin of Van Buren, Arkansas, it was rededicated at its current location on Memorial Day, 1998.

The Fort Smith Doughboy is one of only two specifically designated Viquesney Doughboys on the National Register of Historical Places.  The other is at Helena, Arkansas. However, at least three more Viquesney Doughboys (Spencer, Indiana, Meridian, Mississippi, and Columbia Falls, Montana) are on the grounds of locations included on the Register (close, but no cigar, as they say).

There is a very substantial roll of coiled razor-wire placed around the feet to discourage attempts to climb the monument.
The following history of Post 31's involvement with the acquisition, placement, and dedication of the Ft. Smith Doughboy was kindly provided by Flickr.com member sunnybrook100 (she has also logged an entry for this sculpture at the Historical Marker Database):

Ellig-Stoufer American Legion Post 31 (named in part after Victor Ellig, the first soldier from Fort Smith, Arkansas to be killed in WWI) was always heavily involved with creating and promoting parks and playgrounds in Fort Smith. In 1928, the Commander Henry Armstrong was named permanent chairman of the city's parks and playgrounds commission. A committee was formed then, "investigating the immediate needs of Lewis Tilles children's park."
It was at about this time that the post began a drive to install a World War I memorial at Tilles Park. That effort came near fruition in April of 1930, when the Arkansas Legionnaire announced that an "announcement has been made that with the city park board paying $500 of the $1,000 necessary, a lifesize bronze statue of a Doughboy will be erected at the entrance to the Lewis Tilles Children's park, Grand Avenue, as a memorial to the men who served in the World War." The statue had already been ordered, and dedication was planned that summer.

Appropriately, the dedication was scheduled for July 4, 1930. More than 2,000 people gathered at Tilles Park that evening for a ceremony that "including the unveiling and dedication of 'The Spirit of the American Doughboy', the first night tennis match ever held in the city, and a band concert." Mr. and Mrs. O.C. Ellig, Victor Ellig's parents, and several Gold Star mothers were in attendance. Dr. W.R. Brooksher, who led the committee that since 1928 had worked to acquire a World War I memorial, presented the statue to Post 31 Commander John Coley, who in turn presented it to Henry Armstrong of the parks and playgrounds commission. Armstrong then formally presented the monument to Mayor Fagan Bourland. The statue was unveiled by "two little misses," Jo Ann Carroll and Nancy Mae Connor, and the ceremony ended with the singing of "America". The sculpture was described by the Helena World as "the only true representation of the real Doughboy and his indomitable spirit."

 
Spirit of the American Doughboy, Helena, ARloupe
in the middle of the intersection of Cherry and Perry Streets
Helena-West Helena
AR
USA
72342
07/10/1927
Ernest Morre Viquesney

This memorial was dedicated July 10, 1927, sponsored by the Phillips County Memorial Association, the 7-Generals Chapter of the UDC, and the City of Helena.  It is a E.M. Viquesney-designed doughboy, depicting a WWI infantryman advancing through the stumps and barbed wire of No Man's Land, holding a broken rifle and grenade.  The Helena Doughboy is one of only two specifically designated Viquesney Doughboys on the National Register of Historic Places.  The other is at Fort Smith, Arkansas. 

 
Spirit of the American Doughboy, Kingman, Arizonaloupe
310 N 4th Street
Kingman
AZ
USA
05/30/1928
Ernest Moore Viquesney

Dedicated May 30, 1928.  A goldfish pond that was once at the base is now filled in and planted with flowers. A machine gun was originally mounted on the raised part of the base between the two figures. Its disappearance has been the subject of news articles containing speculations about when it vanished. While it was missing in a 1997 picture that appeared in the Daily Miner, it was reported as being present at the time of a 1993 survey of outdoor sculptures.

The color picture at the left above is included to show more details of the sailor, who appears to be standing on a dock by a rope enwrapped stanchion (between his feet) as he waves his small round cap at some offshore object. Other metal "Spirit of the American Navy" sculptures accompany Doughboys at Clearwater
, Florida; Naperville, IllinoisFort Wayne, Indiana; Granite and Hobart, Oklahoma; and a stone version at Crowell, Texas. A similar Viquesney tribute to the Navy, titled "Sailor", occurs at Palatka, Florida. 

Kingman, Arizona is the only known location where two Viquesney statues occur on the same pedestal (Fort Worth, Texas has a Viquesney Doughboy and a WWII G.I. on the same base, but the latter is by a different sculptor, Giordano Grassi, and was placed in 1980).

 

Photo credit: https://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=29398

Description credit: http://doughboysearcher.weebly.com/kingman-arizona.html

 
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Spirit of the American Navyloupe
Burlington Square
Naperville
IL
USA
60540

E, M. Viquesney's "Spirit of the American Navy", the companion piece to his famous "Spirit of the American Doughboy", was discovered in a Pentwater, Michigan marine supply store. For 35 years it had been there, hiding in plain sight, until it was purchased and dedicated on October 13, 2013 in Burlington Square Park in downtown Naperville.

 
Spirit of the Doughboy - Berkleyloupe
Royal Oak
MI
USA
48067

Spirit of the Doughboy - Berkley

This Viquesney Spirit of the Doughboy statue is located in the Roselawn Cemetery in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Section, in Berkley, Michigan.

Dedidcated to the Memory of our Comrades who served their country on foreign soil or hostile waters in time of war.

Wayne County Veterans of Foreign Wars of the USA May 1941

The Smithsonian Art Inventories Catelog at (visit link

Tells us this in part:

Spirit of the American Doughboy, (sculpture). 

Artist: Viquesney, E. M., 1876-1946, sculptor. 

Title: Spirit of the American Doughboy, (sculpture). 

Dates: Copyrighted 1934. Dedicated May 1941. 

Medium: Sculpture: metal; Base: granite. 

Dimensions: Sculpture: approx. 7 x 2 1/2 x 3 ft.; Base: approx. 7 x 5 x 5 ft. 

Inscription: (On front of metal base:) SPIRIT OF THE AMERICAN DOUGHBOY (On back of metal base:) COPYRIGHTED 1934 BY/E.M. VIQUESNEY-SCULPTOR/SPENCER - INDIANA (On front of granite base:) DEDICATED/TO THE MEMORY OF/OUR COMRADES/WHO SERVED THEIR COUNTRY/ON FOREIGN SOIL OR/HOSTILE WATERS IN TIME OF WAR/WAYNE COUNTY COUNCIL/VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS/OF THE U.S.A./MAY 1941 signed 

Description: Standing figure of soldier, dressed in World War I uniform of jacket, leggings, helmet, ammunition belt at waist, and front and back packs. Proper right arm is raised overhead with grenade in hand. Proper left hand holds rifle at side. Proper right leg is bent, proper left leg is forward. Two tree stumps wrapped in barbed wire at his feet. Set on flaring stone base. Plaque on base has emblem of Veterans of Foreign Wars above inscription. 

Owner: Roseland Park Cemetery Association, Roseland Park Cemetery, Woodward Avenue & Twelve Mile Road, Berkley, Michigan 48072 


 

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