There are three Military Remembrance features on the front
lawn of the county courthouse. Two are pictured here, the
third is a granite Korean War Memorial bench.
The oldest monument was dedicated on Memorial Day, May
30, 1971 by The American Legion Posts of Lincoln County.
It honors “…Those Who Served…” and “…Those Who Gave
The Black Granite Memorial Monument better fulfills the goals
of the VFW and Legion as it’s the duty of those military service
members who return from war and those who serve to maintain
the peace, to always remember the names of all of those who
Made The Supreme Sacrifice In Defense Of Liberty.
THE WORLD WAR Memorial Plaza
Southwest Corner of S. Central Ave. & Forsyth Blvd.
2 S. Central Ave. - 7903 Forsyth Blvd.
St. Louis County Police Headquarters
Dedicated to the 146 Men and 2 Women
from St. Louis County, Missouri:
"IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THOSE
WHO PAID THE SUPREME SACRIFICE
WHILE IN MILITARY SERVICE DURING
THE WORLD WAR OF 1917 - 1918”
“THEY GAVE THE LAST FULL
MEASURE OF DEVOTION”
U.S. Army American Expeditionary Forces ★ 1917 - 1918
Missouri State History Museum
This stone plaque mounted on a wall in the Museum is engraved with the names of
and “Dedicated to the memory of…” 257 members of the 35th Infantry Division of
the Missouri National Guard, 139th Infantry Regiment “…who fell In the service of
their country during the World War…” 1917 to 1918 “..by the Relatives Auxiliary of
the St. Louis National Guard A.E.F.”
“That these dead shall not have died in vain” MCMXX (Erected - 1920)
Mower County Government Comples
Main Street N. @ 2nd Avenue NE.
136 2nd Ave. NE
Austin, MN 55912
U.S. Army American Expeditionary Forces ★ 1917 - 1918
Missouri State History Museum
This stone plaque mounted on a wall in the Museum is engraved with the names of
and “Dedicated to the memory of…” 114 members of the 89th Infantry Division
“…from St. Louis & St. Louis County Missouri who died In the service of their country
during the World War… 1917 ~ 1918”
Division's Losses By Unit:
164th Depot Brigade - 3
314th Engineers - 3
340th Field Artillery - 1
353rd Infantry Regiment - 4
354th Infantry Regiment - 68
355th Infantry Regiment - 9
356th Infantry Regiment - 22
341st Machine Gun Battalion - 1
342nd Machine Gun Battalion - 3
“LEST WE FORGET” MCMXX (Erected - 1920)
This Memorial contains polished grey granite walls with the names of
all from Henry County who served this country. “Those Who Perished”
are noted with a star next to their name. WW1 Soldiers who Made the
Supreme Sacrifice are listed on these walls.
Washington County All Veterans Memorial
This beautiful Military Service Memorial is located just west of
downtown Washington. It includes four black granite walls will
dedications to local veterans. A stop at the County Courthouse in
Washington is well worth the time. Amazing example of late 19th
century American architecture.
Erected by: Daughters of the American Revolution
Red Cedar Chapter, Mower County, MO
Text below is quoted from the Historical Society brochure:
Members of the Red Cedar Chapter have been very diligent in the care of this
tribute to the Mower County men who gave their lives in World War I. Originally
placed in Todd Park at the edge of a grove of sixty-four elm trees, one planted
for each man named on the tablet, it has been moved to several locations over
the years since it was first placed. After the trees succumbed to age and Dutch
elm disease, the boulder was removed from the park to the court house square,
then to Main Street N and 5th Place NW, in the area of the city’s public swimming
pool. During 2014 construction of the area, the marker was again displaced to
a temporary site in another area near the pool and finally to it’s present and
permanent location on the grounds of the Mower County Historical Society.
Olympic Mountain Range
Olympic National Park & Wilderness
Jefferson Count, WA
19.5 Miles NE of Quinault, Washington
Named for Private Roy Muncaster
Killed In Action on February 5, 1918
U.S. Army - D Co., 6th Batn., 20th Engineers
Former District Forest Ranger, Olympic National Park
February the 5th 2018, the centenary of the sinking of the troopship Tuscania by a U-boat off the Oa killing more than 200 American soldiers and British crew. There was an enormous effort made by local people to rescue and tend the survivors of the disaster and to recover, identify and bury with honour the bodies of the dead.
Scotland’s Kilnaughton military cemetery has a particular significance. Not only are British crewmen from the Tuscania buried there, but the one American soldier remaining on Islay from both the sinking of the Tuscania and the Otranto still lies there. Private Roy Muncaster had worked for the National Forest Service before enlisting in the US Army shortly after America declared war on Germany. Born to parents who had emigrated to Colorado from England, Roy Muncaster was a tall, fit, blue-eyed, cheerful American doughboy.
Muncaster served with the 20th Engineers, a forestry regiment that would manage French forests and turn trees into the timber necessary for barracks, bridges and duck boards for trenches. He was a graduate in forestry from University of Washington. The twenty-five-year-old had left his job as a ranger in Washington State’s Olympic National Forest to join up.
On the evening of February 4th, he and the rest of the SS Tuscania’s passengers were treated to an on-board entertainment, at which a Sergeant from Oregon sang the popular song, ‘Asleep in the Deep.’ It was an uncannily prophetic choice.
After the torpedo struck, the practical forester, Roy Muncaster, and his fellow forester Sergeant Everett Harpham from Oregon, spent more than an hour struggling with the rope pulleys to launch lifeboats from the stricken ship for other men. Eventually they slid down a rope into what they believed to be the last boat to leave the foundering liner. They pulled away as fast as they could for fear of being sucked into the whirlpool that the Tuscania would create as she plunged to the bottom of the sea.
Many of those in the lifeboats were picked up by destroyers and naval trawlers – they were the lucky ones. A destroyer slid past the lifeboat that Everett Harpham and Roy Muncaster shared with as many as 60 others. A Royal Naval officer shouted to them: ‘Float around a while boys. We’ll pick you up later.’ But the destroyer never came back. It was pitch black, the sea was rough and, as that bitterly cold February night wore on, the hopes of survivors who had not been picked up by destroyers or trawlers were fading. None of the men were dressed to withstand the cold, or the perishing waves that broke over them. They had no idea where they were heading.
By about 1.00 am – nearly six hours after the Tuscania was torpedoed – Everett Harpham and Roy Muncaster were desperately trying to row their frail lifeboat away from the seething waves that were smashing into the rocks of the Oa. When they had first glimpsed land through the darkness they thought they were heading for a wooded island, before realising what they were seeing were cliffs. An officer hurled his flashlight ashore, and the men on board could see white foam dashing high on the rocks.
Harpham described the fight with the sea. ‘We tried to row away, but we had drifted so near that the breakers were taking us in faster than we would row in the overcrowded boat. Muncaster was handling the oars when the boat struck the rocks and was very cool and courageous all through the terrible experience. I was very sick in the lifeboat myself and could do nothing but dip water to keep us from foundering. Just before we struck Roy slapped me on the back and said, “Cheer up Harp, we will get the Kaiser yet.” That was the last I heard him say. Finally our boat struck a rock with a terrific crash and broke in a dozen pieces and after that it was every man for himself.’
Later that day, Muncaster was found drowned.
In 1920, most of the bodies of Americans buried on Islay were exhumed and repatriated to the USA, or buried in the American Cemetery at Brookwood in Surrey. However, one American still lies buried in Islay soil – Private Roy Muncaster. His family’s wishes were that their son and brother remained where the people of Islay buried him with respect and sorrow, and to the sound of a lament played on the Highland pipes as a homemade American flag fretted in the wind. Roy Muncaster is commemorated in the Olympic National Forest in Washington State, where a mountain is named after him in the area he once served as forest ranger.
Built by Tufts University (then Tufts College) in 1929, the Memorial Steps commemorate members of the Tufts community who died in military service from the Civil War to Post 9/11 conflicts. The steps feature multiple prominent inscriptions carved into black granite, circled by insets of green granite cut to resemble wreaths of ivy. Each inscription recognizes those who gave their lives in a different conflict. The inscription for World War I, located on the fourth landing from the bottom reads: "Dedicated to those members of Tufts College who by taking part in the Great War answered a challenge to the ideals of their generation". Largely built with funds donated by alumni, the steps were refurbished in 2015.
At this one quiet spot, you have a living connection with the battle of Verdun, the conquest of Palestine, the greatest military victory in Italian history, and the charge up San Juan Hill. So after a paragraph on the park and its birds, this review will focus on telling you where this spot is, why military leaders from around the world came to it, and who they all were.
). The Roll of Honor is on an irregular polygon: bronze panels six columns wide alternate with narrower ones that are three columns wide. Most columns bear about 60 names of Louisianans who died in the war (see Corner of Memorial photo). The vast majority were Army personnel, although the last Army plaque lists 40 Marines and 108 Sailors who were killed (see USMC and Navy Plaque photo). Some Army casualties may have been aviators, but there was no Air Force then, and nothing indicates that someone was an aviator rather than an artilleryman or infantryman.
World War I was the largest war in human history, up till then. So New Orleans wanted a memorial to the Louisianans who’d lost their lives in the Great War, within a ring of live oak trees. Why live oaks? Live oaks can live for over a thousand years, and I assume the idea was that in 2918 the trees would still be a living reminder of the sacrifice of the state’s own in the greatest war of all time.
The first tree was planted by General “Blackjack” Pershing, the American commander-in-chief during WWI, who officially broke ground for the memorial in 1920.
At Audubon Park, the same year that Pershing planted one live oak, a second one was planted by the French General de Division Robert Nivelle. Nivelle, an artillery officer, took over command of Verdun halfway through that year-long battle, and promised the French troops “they (the Germans) shall not pass”.
In 1921, two more generals planted live oaks at Audubon Park: Ferdinand Foch and Armando Diaz.
Foch was Marshal of France and the supreme commander of the Allies in 1918 (basically, the Eisenhower of the first war). Foch was the foremost military strategist in the French Army. Armando Diaz was the Italian general who defeated the Austro-Hungarians, precipitating the collapse of the Hapsburg Empire, and thereby the collapse of Germany. In 1935, Japanese military representatives planted one last tree. The records all say that they were “Gen. Takashita and Lt General Niomiya” . THis information is subject to verification.
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
“SOME DEEDS MUST NOT DIE, SOME NAMES MUST NOT WITHER”
- motto of the National Society of 1917 World War Registrars
The Rollo-Calcaterra American Legion Post No.15 of St. Louis, Missouri preserved a
vital piece of St. Louis history. In the early 1920’s, at the same time that Post 15 was
being formed, the Gold Star Mothers of St. Louis and the National Society of 1917
World War Registrars were organizing an effort to construct a memorial to honor the sons
and daughters of St. Louis who had lost their lives serving their country in the World War.
The memorial included 1,185 round bronze plaques that were set into the boulevard of
Kingshighway, each with a sycamore tree planted by the City of St. Louis. In the 1980’s,
significant changes were made to Kingshighway and the bronze plaques were in jeopardy
of being thrown away.
Rollo-Cancaterra American Legion Post No. 15 saved 752 of the bronze plaques and
documented the 433 that were lost forever. Since that time, the Post has had a single
missionto find an appropriate permanent home for the plaques and on September 20,
2012 at 1:30PM, their mission was fulfilled. For on that Sunday, which was also National
Gold Star Mothers’ Day, The World War 1 Court of Honor Memorial was officially dedicated
at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.
I found the memorial by accident while was out grave hunting for a WW I veterans grave. This memorial is unique in that it names two recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross from this very rural Alabama County one each from WW I and WW II.
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This triangle park, just south of downtown North Woodstock, contains Monuments
and Memorials to the soldiers from this community who served and those who
Made The Supreme Sacrifice in “The World War”, World War 2, Korean War and
the Vietnam War. It also has an MIA Plaque on the reverse side of the Vietnam
Memorial Monument and a plaque In Memory of an Army Air Corps crew killed in
the crash of a B-18 Bomber on a training flight during WW2.
IN HONOR OF 1917-1918
WORLD WAR SOLDIERS
DEDICATED MAY 30, 1921
Followed by the names of 25 residents who served, followed by the names of those
who, to quote Abraham Lincoln, “…gave their last full measure of devotion…”
KILLED IN FRANCE
JOSEPH N. SMITH
GORDON B. CANN
The words on the name tag of Ryan C. Garbs’ bronze bust at the Edwardsville City Park read “Our Sons”.
The monument was inspired by the life and death of the U.S. Army Ranger Specialist who was killed In
Action on February 18, 2007 in Afghanistan at the age of 20. His parents, Douglas and Jill Garbs, wanted
to memorialize all Edwardsville’s sons who died in wars since 1900. There are 77 names listed on granite
stones on each side of the bust.
Douglas Garb said the idea to include others came the day of his only son’s funeral when he encountered
the parents of a college buddy, 1st LT. David Boyle, USMC, who was also a fallen soldier. Dave’s mom and
dad came up through the visitation line. When our eyes met, I was like: I hadn’t thought of Dave since '83.
And right then I knew I was going to do something so we wouldn't forget. And I was not only going to honor
Dave, my friend, I'm going to find some of the other guys.”
The result of Garbs’ quest is the Ryan C. Garbs Gold Star Monument, a memorial that stands in front of the
Edwardsville Public Library. A dedication ceremony took place on Saturday, April 21, 2012.
Garbs said the monument is a testimony to the generosity of the Edwardsville community. Countless individuals,
businesses and organizations have helped the Garbs family raise $75,000 to erect the monument, from the
$10,000 donation from the Edwardsville Rotary Club to an 86-cent donation from an Alton woman who taped the
coins to an index card with a note saying it was all she could afford."This journey has been extraordinary and so
many people have stepped up to help," Garbs said. “As time went on, it evolved into what it is today — just
remarkable.”Garbs said Ryan was a special man, who represents so many others.
- Edited from St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Suburban Journals article dated April 19, 2012
Hampton Falls Common
4 Lincoln Ave. - Route 1
From the Junction of Lincoln Ave. & Exeter Rd./SR88 to Lafayette Rd.
Hampton Fall, NH 03844
HAMPTON FALLS HONOR ROLL
DEDICATED TO THOSE WHO SERVED
THEIR COUNTRY IN WORLD WARS I AND II
This bronze plaque lists the names of 87 Hampton Falls residents
who served in both World Wars. Including four names that were added
after the initial dedication and two service members who “Made The
Supreme Sacrifice” in World War 2.
Erected by: The Tobias Bilyeu American Legion Post 710
DEDICATED TO THE BOYS FROM THIS COMMUNITY
WHO ANSWERED THEIR COUNTRY’S CALL
IN THE WORLD WAR 1917 ♢ 1918
There are two similar pictures of the monument here and when comparing both it appears that the older picture shows the monument at a different location in town. The school building behind it in the new photograph was built in 1905 and does not appear in the older photo. The dedication plaque which is placed on the ground in front of the monument in the old photo was not there when the new, color, photo was taken in August of 2018.
United States Army Private Tobias “Tobey” Bilyeu was attached to the
Student Army Training Corps at Eureka College and was a ministry student,
which gave him an exception from military service, but to quote his obituary
"…but he disdained the idea of taking advantage of such exemption and
chose rather to go in the service of his country as other men are obliged
to do. He has now paid the supreme sacrifice and no hero in France
ever laid down his life more willingly than he.” Private Bilyeu succumbed
to influenza on October 12, 1918 just six days after he was reported ill.
Because of Private Bilyeu’s forthright determination to serve his country,
the high admiration he received from other students, the utmost
confidence the faculty had in him, noting that he was “One of the finest
men that ever attended Eureka College…”, the founding members of the
New Douglas American Legion chose him as Post 710’s Namesake.
Private Bilyeu is buried at the New Douglas Cemetery under a white
marble military headstone.
This is a M1905, U.S. Army 3 Inch Field Gun designed by Watervliet Arsenal. Field artillery of this type were in service from 1905 through the 1920s. During World War 1 the Army primarily used the French 75MM gun instead of the M1902/5s, which were mostly kept in the United States for training. Although this weapon appears in World War I-era very few of the M1902/5s were used in combat in Europe. They were gradually phased out of active service in the 1920s.
This cannon now on the front court house lawn was installed October 6, 1979, a gift of Sherwood “Ozzie” Gann and Edward G. Behrens of New London, donated to the citizens of Ralls County in memory of its military veterans and those who Made the Supreme Sacrifice in all wars. Mr. Gann was a World War 2 U.S. Navy veteran. He attained the rank of Boatswains Mate 1st Class and served in the South Pacific. Mr. Behrens, served in the U.S. Army at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO during the Korean War.
After military service, this Model 1905 3 Inch Army Field piece was placed in front of the Admiral Coontz’ Armory in Hannibal. It was given to the Hannibal Boy Scouts who moved it to the Vernon Maple farm, about 10 miles NW of New London. The Maple farm was used for a time as a Boy Scout retreat and camping site. Edward Cunningham, son-in-law of Vernon Maple, sold it to Gann and Behrens in September 1977.
When purchased by Gann and Behrens, the wooden wheels were decaying. In locating a carpenter who could duplicate the wheel spokes, the management at Silver Dollar City was consulted; John Corbin of Hollister made the new spokes. Behrens and A. Wells Pettibone of Hannibal flew to Branson and picked up the spokes in 1978. The felloes (the wood sections which make up the outer rim of the wheel, in which the spokes are placed) were replaced with new ones made by Adam Bontreger of the Amish Colony at Curryville. To remove the spokes from the hub where they were attached by bolts for reinforcement, the bolts had been cut in two. These were re-welded by Gary Fishback of Hannibal. Sam Schwartz of the Amish Colony, the wheelwright, was employed to assemble the restored wheels.
Three New London men completed the job of installation: Bob Schoeneman painted it khaki brown; Bob Byers made the concrete pad on which it rests, and Rex Fitzpatrick welded the cannon in place.
This is the second cannon which has been displayed in front of the court house, another which was on a gun emplacement for years was donated to the scrap iron drive in World War II. Later a prairie schooner wheel memorializing the Gold Rushers was displayed there.
“DEDICATED TO THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES WHILE IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY”
DESIGNED AND ERECTED BY AN ANONYMOUS DONOR
An obelisk at First Street and North Grand Avenue that memorializes 113 Sangamon County residents who died in World War I.
The memorial, about a seven-foot granite obelisk topped by a world globe, apparently was designed by the donor. Two small granite benches sit on either side of the obelisk. A vintage street light and flag pole are also in this mini street corner park. This Monument is not vintage to the time period and was donated in approximately 2003, because it says World War 1 and not “The World War”.