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West Virginia Veterans Memorialloupe
State Capitol Complex

The West Virginia Veterans Memorial was designed by Charleston native P. Joseph Mullins, and built in stages from 1990-1999. The monument honors the over 10,000 West Virginian soldiers who lost their lives in the service of their nation. The memorial was originally funded by private donations and completed with the support of the state legislature. Though the memorial honors all West Virginian veterans, inscribed names are limited to four twentieth century conflicts for which data on West Virginian service exists: World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The Veterans Memorial is a popular gathering place for events and ceremonies that involve veterans.

Elysian Park WWI Memorialloupe
1001 Hudson St

This bronze sculpture depicts two soldiers apparently being welcomed home in triumph. A young girl on the left embraces the first soldier. The second soldier holds his hat in the air with his left hand while a dog sits at his side.

The only inscription is a quote from General Pershing:


The work stands on an approximately 3 foot high white granite plinth, with two sidepieces intended to resemble a ship.
Approximately 90 names of the fallen appear on a bronze plaque at the base of the plinth.

The work is listed on the Smithsonian Inventory and informs us that the 1922 piece is also named "Embarkation and Debarkation" is by Charles Henry Niehaus.

Dimensions are listed as "Sculpture: approx. 8 ft. x 4 ft. 1/2 in. x 4 ft. 1/2 in.; Base: approx. 7 x 12 x 8 ft."

The Inventory's description:
"A bronze sculpture depicting a World War I Doughboy and a Marine walking side by side with a young girl and a small bulldog beside them. The young girl holding a doll and a noise maker reaches up to touch the Marine who places his proper right hand on her shoulders. He holds a bouquet of flowers in his proper left hand. The Doughboy waves his hat in his raised proper right hand and carries his overcoat over his proper left arm. A bulldog is seated by his proper left foot. On the ground behind the two soldiers is a cluster of oak leaves and a helmet. The sculpture rests atop a rectangular base adorned with winged female figures on either side."

Exeter Soldiers and Sailors Memorialloupe
Front and Linden Streets

This memorial is a statue of a uniformed World War I soldier standing erect with his left hand on his hip and his right holding his hat. Behind the soldier stands a classical female figure wearing a robe, she is holding an American flag in her left hand. The sculpture was created by renowned sculptor Daniel Chester French. The statues stand on a granite base inscribed:

Veneration For Those Who Died
Gratitude To Those Who Live
Trust In The Patriotism Of Those Who Come After
The Town Of Exeter Dedicates This Memorial
To Her Sons And Daughters Of The World War

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Flushing WWI Memorialloupe
137-58 Northern Blvd.

This is a lovely pink-granite memorial at a rather undignified location in the median of Northern Boulevard. Inscribed: "The World War - In memory of those who gave their lives".

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Wells World War Memorialloupe
1485 Post Road

The inscription on this monument reads:

A tribute of honor to
the Soldiers, Sailors and Marines
who served their country in the World War
from the Town of Wells, Maine
The Honor Roll
[Only those who died in service are transcribed]

Gorham World War I Memorialloupe
Green St and South St

The inscription on this memorial reads:

This tablet is dedicated to the Gorham men who served in the World War and in memory of those who died in service.

[followed by a listing of those who died in service during WWI]

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Unity WWI Memorial Honor Rollloupe
Depot St and Main St.

The inscription on this Honor Roll reads:

In memory of those
who served their country,
state and town in
The World War

Bacon, Cecil V. • Bartlett, Chas. H. • Bean, Fred O. • *Berry, Samuel B. • Chase, Hugh D. • Chase, Wallace B. • Dean, Ambrose W. • Dennett, Carl G. • *Douglass, Walter S. • Edgerly, Charles S. • Edgerly, Everett A. • Edgerly, Glenn E. • Fairbanks, William L. • Fuller, Orville J. • Furbish, Leland S. • Gerry, Clarence M. • Goodwin, Carl W. • Grand, Mark L. • Grant, Phillip B. • Grant, William H. • Hamlin, Clayton R. • Hamlin, Raymond D. • Hatch, Preble Del K. • Hubbard, Melvin H. • Irish, Arthur • Johnson, Ralph H. • Johnson, Zene E. • Jones, Clifford B. • Libby, Alton W. • Mills, Maurice M. • *Mills, Wilfred • Morse, Guy S. • Mosher, Paul L. • Nickless, Percy E. • Rand, Lynn T. • Reynolds, Clarence M. • Stevens, Walter O. • Taylor, Charles W. • Wellington, Robert R. • Whitaker, Preston W. • Whitehouse, Fred H. • Whitehouse, Robert R.

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East Hartford WWI Monumentloupe
Main St and Central Ave
East Hartford

East Hartford honors its World War I heroes with a 1929 statue called "Ready," or "Doughboy." The statue commemorates the eighteen East Hartford residents who lost their lives during the conflict. A dedication on the statue's west face reads: "In honor of the men and women of East Hartford who answered their country's call to service in the World War. To the dead a tribute, to the living a memory, to posterity a token of loyalty to the flag of their country." Approximately four million Americans served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War I from April 6, 1917 – November 11, 1918. Connecticut supplied nearly 63,000 soldiers to the cause (roughly five percent of its total population), including many from East Hartford. The bronze statue honors the eighteen East Hartford residents who died during the war. However, it is important to note that not all the names on the statue served in the U.S. military. Several people, including in East Hartford, had ties to Canada, Britain, and other nations. Thus, before the U.S. broke its neutrality, some joined the war effort by enlisting with other nations already engaged in the war. The figure stands 7 feet, 4 inches x 4 feet x 4 feet, and rests on a sizable, multi-layered base. The "doughboy" term stems from the nickname given to U.S. World War I troops. Though few know precisely how the name arose, many believe it came from soldiers crossing the Mexican border in 1916 who received the doughboy nickname because they were covered in white dust. Regardless of its true origin, the doughboy reference attached to World War I troops during the conflict and throughout history. The formal dedication transpired on October 5, 1929, twenty-four days before the infamous stock market crash that ultimately marked the start of the Great Depression. Nearly ninety years later, in 2018 (the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I), the statue benefited from a small restoration project to maintain its well-being. All told, the statue directly honors those East Hartford residents who died fighting in World War I. Indirectly, the statue serves as a reminder of a profound change for Americans, who sent troops overseas to fight in a war for the first time. Meanwhile, the world effectively transitioned from the "long nineteenth century" to a much different twentieth century. Still, millions died in the process during "the war to end all wars," or so it was believed in 1918. The eighteen people of East Hartford were part of that profound change.

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Honor Roll 1918 - Union Townshiploupe
11 N. Mill St
Milford Center

The inscription on this memorial reads:

Honor Roll 1918
In honor of the boys of Union Township
who answered the call of their country in the World War

(60 names are listed - see pictures gallery)

Erected 1919.

Honor Roll 1918 - Franklin Townshiploupe
718 N. Market St.

The inscription on this marker reads:

Honor Roll 1918
Dedicated as a lasting tribute to the memory of our men who answered the call of their country in the World War. erected by the citizens of Franklin Township, Clermont County
(68 names are listed)

Cherry Tree Grove WWI Memorialloupe
Heekin Ave.

The inscription on this memorial bench reads:

In memory of the citizens of Hamilton County who gave their lives in the country's service. 1917 - 1918. These cherry trees were planted by the Garden Club of Cincinnati. 1920

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166th Inf. 42nd Div. WWI Memorialloupe
1238 N. Columbus St.

The inscription on this memorial reads:

“In Memoriam”
This plot dedicated to the
Boys of the Rainbow Division
166th Inf. World War 42nd Div.

A list of names is included on the memorial. It is unclear whether this list includes all members from the Lancaster Chapter who served, or those members killed while in service to their country.

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Bradner World War Memorialloupe
Church St. and Plin St.

The inscription on this memorial reads:

In memory of those who served in World War I, Apr. 6, 1917 to Nov. 11, 1918

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West Liberty WWI Memorialloupe
Zanesfield Rd. and N. Detroit St.
West Liberty

The inscription on this memorial reads:
This memorial is dedicated to the men from West Liberty and community who have served our nation in its conflicts .The aristocracy of today is not one of birth or wealth but of those who do things for the welfare of their fellowmen.

1776 – 1918
Dedicated Nov. 12, 1933

Erected in 1933 by American Legion Post #426.

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42nd Rainbow Division Honor Rollloupe
Jefferson St and Washington St.

The inscription on this memorial reads :



WORLD WAR I 1917-18

[Followed by an Honor Roll listing the 49 men from Greenfield, Ohio who served in the 42nd "Rainbow" Division during World War I].

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Pleasant Ridge World War I Markerloupe
Montgomery Rd and Lester Rd

This Honor Roll lists the residents from Pleasant Ridge who served during the First World War.  The inscription reads:


Let Us Hold in Honored Memory Those Who Served Their Country in the Great War * 1917 - 1918 *

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Wyoming Doughboyloupe
Springfield Pike at Worthington Ave.

The inscription on this memorial reads:


Not long after World War I, in 1923, the Wyoming Women’s Club decided that Wyoming should erect a memorial honoring those who had served in that war. They formed a testimonial committee that included members of the village council. The committee selected local sculptress Mary L. Alexander to create the statue and raised $5,000 to commission the work. During this period, it was decided that the statue should honor all who served - the idealistic spirit of America’s youth. It shows a young man rolling up his sleeves ready to work without a rifle or the uniform of a traditional doughboy. The statue was dedicated on November 11, 1926, the 7th anniversary of Armistice Day. It was unveiled by Mayor Frank Bonham on the lawn of what was then the Wyoming Women’s Club where it stands today. This plaque is presented by the Wyoming Women’s Club on the occasion of their 100th Anniversary

Evanston World War I Honor Rollloupe
Montgomery Rd. and Rutland Ave.

The inscription on this memorial reads:



1917 - World War Honor Roll - 1918

And when the storm of war was gone, enjoyed the peace your valor won.

[followed by a listing of names]

L'Ecole Polytechnique/Cadet Monumentloupe
U.S. Military Academy
West Point

Erected in 1919, the inscription on this monument reads:

L'Ecole Polytechnique
de France
alcole – sceur
des Etas – Unis
d Amerique
entres dans la lutte
pour la liberte du monde
le 6 Avril 1917

[English Translation]
The Polytechnique school of France thanks the United States of America for entering into the fight for liberty of the world April 6 1917.

Additional background:

Previously it had graced old Diagonal Walk, before the near doubling of the size of the Corps of Cadets in the mid-sixties forced the movement onto The Plain of that esteemed walk. It now stands next to the 1st Division of Old Central Barracks, the only portion of that ancient structure to survive the expansion of Washington Hall and the addition of the MacArthur and Eisenhower wings of barracks necessitated by the larger Corps. It officially is known as The French Monument, but in an earlier day it was nicknamed “The Gold Tooth” because it was coated in gold leaf. Unfortunately, it was not immune to a midshipman’s prank that doused the statue in Navy blue paint prior to an Army-Navy football game many years ago. It, like the original in France, now boasts a blue-green patina. (Note since this publication the Statue has been painted)Many older graduates recall, as plebes, being required to cite the mistakes attributed to the sculptor of the statue: the cadet’s saber is curved but his scabbard is straight; the wind is blowing his coat tails in one direction and the flag in another; the cannon balls at the base are larger in diameter than the bore of the cannon behind the cadet; and, horror of horrors, the brave cadet has a button unbuttoned! And in combat, no less. And thereby hangs a tale.For the original statue of the staunch little French cadet, proudly holding his colors and bravely brandishing his saber, was created by Corneille Theunissen and dedicated in July 1914 to mark the centennial and commemorate the courage of the cadets of L’Ecole Polytechnique in France when they were mobilized to help defend Paris in 1814. The motto upon the statue reads, “Pour la Patrie, les sciences et la glorie” In the end, Paris fell, and Napoleon was forced to abdicate. Nevertheless, the 1814 statue stands proudly on the Court of Honor at L’Ecole Polytechnique. The cadets, however, again would play a role in the Revolution of July 1830 that deposed Charles X.In December 1830, no less a personage than the aged Marquis de Lafayette visited L’Ecole Polytechnique to present a letter of fraternal congratulations from the West Point cadets to the Twenty-ninth of July cadets “our brothers in arms and our co-partners in the defence of that sacred Liberty”. The French cadets sent an equally cordial and respectful reply. Sometime in 1918, the discovery of these letters in the papers of Marshall Bosquet, one of the French cadets who signed the 1830 letter, led to two independent actions.In May of 1918, the cadets of L’Ecole Polytechnique sent a letter of gratitude confirming the ties between France and the United States in the Great War. They also had a miniature of the 1814 statue created for presentation to the cadets of West Point. The Corps sent a warm letter back, citing the historic links between the two countries. Both letters were published in the Howitzer, along with a photograph of the statuette. The West Point cadets who answered the letter on behalf of the Corps, however, soon graduated a year early in June 1918 and were preparing to assist France in battle. The next two classes were combined into a mega class and graduated soon afterwards, on 1 November 1918 – just ten days before the Armistice. After a tour of the European battlefields, the younger class was recalled to West Point for additional academic training, graduating again on 11 June 1919.Also in 1918, Les Amis de l’Ecole Polytechnique (equivalent to our Association of Graduates) determined that they would raise funds to present a full-size casting of the statue to West Point. On 21 October 1919, after Douglas MacArthur had arrived as Superintendent (12 June 1919), France sent a military mission to help dedicate the statue at West Point. Among the delegation was Marshal Foch. The base is said to be of stone from Verdun, with relics from the Marne battlefield inside. When the Washington Hall mural was painted in the thirties, represented in the lower right corner is Joffre at the Marne. An earlier proposal depicted Foch at the Marne.The Class of 1920 that presided over the dedication of the statue had not yet reported to West Point when the letter of May 1918 and the miniature statue had been received. The installation of the full-sized statue evidently was considered a minor event in the great sweep of things and received only a mention, sans photo, in their 1920 Howitzer. No specific date, no mention of dignitaries in attendance – although much was made of the autumnal visits by King Albert and Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium and the Prince of Wales. Of course, these personages were able to grant amnesty to the Corps, and the statue was not. While King Albert was the first reigning monarch to have visited West Point, the Prince of Wales took the added step of joining the Corps of Cadets for dinner in the mess hall. After delivering a short address, he was honored with a Long Corps Yell.Looking deeper into the 1920 Howitzer, however, one finds another mention of the statue in the History of the Class of 1922. It is a facetious reference to upper classmen “crawling” the French cadet for not wearing a B-plate until a plebe informs them that the statue represents a “French soldier, Revolution of 1830, sir.” Of course, the plebe is wrong, but there is a reason (not an excuse) for his confusion. It was the letters regarding the Revolution of 1830 that prompted two separate groups to provide statues commemorating the 1814 defense of Paris to West Point. Fortunately, this 1922 class history does include a photograph of the installed statue, beneath a tree and facing the barracks, with The Plain, the flagpole, and Battle Monument in the background.

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Curwensville Doughboyloupe
State St. and Locust St.

This memorial was dedicated by the American Legion Auxiliary on June 14, 1925 and was rededicated after repair and refurbishing on May 3, 1988. The inscription reads:

This memorial is dedicated to the everlasting memory of the heros of all the wars who by their heroism and sacrifice have made the United States of America the foremost country of the world.

Erected in honor of the World War Veterans of Curwensville, Pennsylvania by the American Legion Auxiliary, John E. Sipes Post No. 505.

1927 -- Their names we lovingly inscribe -- 1918

[Followed by a listing of names]

Those who made the supreme sacrifice
Di Pasquali, Alfonzo • Ferguson, Robert • Haddon, Clair. • Pistilli, Mariano • Predellini, Ferdinando • Salvatore, Mingnoui • Sipes, Joshua Earl
In a righteous cause they have won immortal glory and have nobly served their nation in serving mankind.


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