The tablet at the county courthouse is inscribed, “This tablet is placed to perpetuate the memory of Burke County (Ga) men who, in the service of their country in the World War, lost their lives in the sinking of the S.S. OTRANTO, October 6th 1918.” The names of seven local victims are listed.
City memorial park consisting of inscribed black granite. Names of service members who died in service are inscribed on main tablets. Eight names from WW1 are listed here. Names and information of others that served are inscribed on adjacent tablets.
Inscription: “All Gave Some, Some Gave All….In This Hallowed Place We Remember The Sons and Daughters of Butts County Who Died So That Liberty Might Live”
On the grounds of the now closed old Camden County Courthouse, this is a unique “cross” made of finish concrete cubes with granite plaques listing those who died the the wars. Four names are listed for WW1.
Fort Benning, today home to the U.S. Army Infantry, began in 1917 as Camp Benning. Now the world’s premier school of arms, it has trained many of the infantry who fought in America’s wars, including noted generals such as Omar Bradley, George Marshall, Dwight D. Eisenhower, George Patton and Colin Powell. At the outbreak of World War I, as the nation faced inadequate infantry training facilities, a board chose Columbus, Georgia, for a new, larger infantry school based on its climate, terrain and transportation. The first camp was established in fall 1918, and named (at the request of the Columbus Rotary Club) for Confederate brigadier general Henry L. Benning, who lived in Columbus until his death in 1875. Troops began arriving in October 1918, and the camp was made permanent and the name changed to Fort Benning in 1922.
Camp Forrest of World War I should not be confused with the much larger Camp Forrest of World War II, which was located northwest of Chattanooga near Tullahoma, Tennessee. During World War I, Camp Forrest was co-located with Camp Greenleaf and Camp McLean at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. Its wooden barracks were erected among the monuments honoring Union and Confederate dead in the Battle of Chickamauga. Its primary purpose was to train infantry engineers. It was as short-lived as its colleague camps, and was decommissioned in December 1918.