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Michigan in WW1 Places

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Kalamazoo Aviation History Museumloupe
6151 Portage Rd
Portage
MI
USA
49002

Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum

The Air Zoo, founded as the Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum, is an aviation museum and indoor amusement park next to the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport in Portage, Michigan.

 
Lakeview Cemetery WWI memorial - Quincyloupe
Quincy
MI
USA
49082

 Lakeview Cemetery WWI Memorial - Quincy

This Stone and brass memorial commemorates the WWI soldiers from Quincy. There is a flagpole, but no flag.

The plaque reads:
In Honor of the Boys who wore a uniform in the great world war. Erected July 4, 1919

 
Lenawee County War Memorialloupe
Monument Park, E. Church and S. Center Sts.
Adrian
MI
USA
49221

In gray granite is a relief scene modeled after the Iwo Jima Mon­ument sculpted by Felix George Weihs de Weldon. It depicts five Marines and one Navy corpsman thrusting an American flag into the ground on Mt. Suribachi. It is a monument to the Lenawee County soldiers who died in service in the Spanish-American War and WWI.

 
Livingston County WWI Honor Roll loupe
Howell
MI
USA
48843

 Livingston County WWI Honor Roll

A tribute to 656 heroic ones who served their country 
1914 * World War * 1919

In memoriam

[a list of 25 heros]

"In a righteous cause they have won immortal glory and have nobly served their nation in serving mankind"

 
Major General George O. Squierloupe
4725 South Mill Road
Dryden
MI
USA
48428

Major General George O. Squier Monument

Major General George Owen Squier (1865-1934) was a noted soldier and scientist. Graduating from West Point in 1887, he subsequently led the United States Signal Corps. He was also Chief of the Army Air Service during World War I and military attache in London during the postwar period. Working in the capacity of science, he discovered the multiplex telegraph system, which made him world renowned. The general held membership in the National Academy of Sciences, London Physical Society and the Royal Institute of Great Britain. Although he was denied royalties because of his army affiliations, Squier continued to contribute to the world of invention and discovery. He perfected much of his work at his country estate, which he opened as this free public park for the people of the community.

Major General George Owen Squier (1865-1934) was a noted soldier and scientist. Graduating from West Point in 1887, he subsequently led the United States Signal Corps. He was also Chief of the Army Air Service during World War I and military attache in London during the postwar period. Working in the capacity of science, he discovered the multiplex telegraph system, which made him world renowned. The general held membership in the National Academy of Sciences, London Physical Society and the Royal Institute of Great Britain. Although he was denied royalties because of his army affiliations, Squier continued to contribute to the world of invention and discovery. He perfected much of his work at his country estate, which he opened as this free public park for the people of the community.

 

 
Manchester Soldiers Monumentloupe
Oak Grove Cemetery, 120 S. Clinton
Manchester
MI
USA
48158

This is a life-size Statue of a uniformed Spanish-American War or Civil War soldier standing at parade rest, holding the barrel of a rille whose butt rests on the ground in front of his right foot. He has a bayonet and ammunition pack, and his boots are untied. He is painted in a variety of colors and stands on a seven-tiered base bearing a marble dedication plaque. It was first dedicated on May 30, 1907, to honor the veterans of the Civil and Spanish-American Wars. Later plaques were added to honor the veterans of WWI, WWII and the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

 
Memorial Grove of the Great Warloupe
25 Beal St.
East Lansing
MI
USA
48825
June 11, 1919

Memorial Grove of the Great War

The West Circle neighborhood is known for its beautiful Collegiate Gothic dorms, with beautifully sculpted gardens and peaceful stands of trees. One grove of trees though holds exceptional significance in the legacy of our university. Just east of Williams Hall is a grove of thirty-three oak trees overlooking Michigan Avenue. Few students notice the nondescript fieldstone slab nestled within the small park space.

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A brass plaque explains that this grove of trees is a memorial to the thirty-three students and graduates of the college who gave their lives in World War One. Back then our school was still the Michigan Agricultural College (M.A.C.), and contained few of the buildings that now dominate our campus. Next year will mark the hundredth anniversary of the start of what would become known as the Great War. The conflict exploded the world into the modern era, where industrialized warfare clashed with outdated military doctrine creating tragic consequences. In all some 8,500,000 soldiers would die in the conflict that pitted the Allied Powers (France, Russia, America, and the United Kingdom) against the might of the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, and the Ottoman Empire).

America would not enter the war until 1917, when German U-boat attacks on commercial vessels would compel the nation to declare war on the Central Powers. America would mobilize over four million men to fight in Europe as part of the American Expeditionary Force. American soldiers would play a pivotal role in the battles of the Second Battle of the Marne and Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Ultimately America’s contribution would play a key part in bringing about the end of the war, but with a cost of 116,516 soldiers killed in action and a further 204,000 wounded.

Among the men who would never return home were students and alumni of the Michigan Agricultural College. In all thirty-three students and graduates of the college would give their lives in service to their country. Ten of the young men would never live to see their graduation from M.A.C. Their sacrifice would not be forgotten though.

1922 memorial service at the grove. Via the Michigan State University Archive flikr. 



The college community decided a memorial grove overlooking the Red Cedar River and Michigan Avenue would be a fitting way to pay respect for their fallen brothers. The planning for the memorial was headed by the Forestry Department lead by faculty chair Professor Alfred K. Chittenden (for whom Chittenden Hall is named after). An oak tree would be planted for each of the soldiers and a large fieldstone would bear a plaque listing the soldier’s names.

The dedication took place on the college’s Commencement Day of 1919. Following a parade and a review of the college’s R.O.T.C. unit, Lieutenant Colonel A. H. Gansser of the 125th infantry formally dedicated the memorial grove. Gansser was well known in Michigan for the published letters he would send from the front, and was well regarded as a skilled speaker and critical analyst of politics and the war. The day was especially meaningful to Gansser, as many of the memorialized men were fellow members of the 125th infantry.

The thirty-three oak trees still shade the sidewalks west of Wilson Hall and the memorial is right off the sidewalk following Beal Street. This quite corner of MSU’s campus may remain largely unknown to the student body, but it remains a somber and beautiful reminder to the sacrifices made by our fellow Spartans.

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Memorial Honor Roll World War I

A bronze eagle with wings spread sits atop a 24 foot tall column of polished granite. Beneath is a three section base of unpolished granite with a plaque bearing the names of the 52 Ottawa County men who fought in WW1.

 
Michigan History Museumloupe
702 W Kalamazoo St
Lansing
MI
USA
48915

Michigan History Center

  • www.michigan.gov/museum

    The flagship of the Michigan History Museum System, the Michigan History Museum offers you Michigan's rich past, from the time of the state's earliest peoples to the late 20th century.

 
Michigan Military Heritage Museumloupe
153 N. Union St.
Grass Lake Charter Township
MI
USA
49240

Michigan Military Heritage Museum

Michigan Military Heritage Museum group had formed to develop a museum to tell the stories of Michigan veterans through the development of dynamic and informative exhibits. This partnership has truly lit a strong flame of interest local and statewide as projects develop to move to the establishment of a regionally significant museum project. Current projects include preparing an 18th century British cannon on extended loan from the Detroit Historical Society for exhibit. Locally donated burr oak will be used to build an authentically reproduced carriage for this cannon which was rescued from the Detroit River in the 1990s. Also underway is a project to replicate a World War I ambulance, using a 1917 Model T body with a wooden bed, just as those used in that war.

 

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