The "Polar Bears" American North Russian Expedition
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member GT.US
N 42° 28.610 W 083° 09.638
17T E 322399 N 4704982
Quick Description: This Historical Marker is at the Arctic Circle of Life Exhibit at the Detroit Zoo
Location: Michigan, United States
Date Posted: 2/24/2008 5:58:47 PM
Waymark Code: WM3874
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member S5280ft
Views: 46

Long Description:
Dedicated to the American North Russian Expiditionary forces known as the "Polar Bears".

From September 4, 1918 to June 15, 1919 fifty five hundred American soldiers from the 339 Infantry Regiment (with elements of the 310th Engineers and the 337th Ambulance and hospital companies) fought Bolshevic Russian Forces under harsh Arctic conditions near Archangle, Russia. Since most of these soldiers came from Michigan, and of those most were from Detroit, they were known as "Detroit's own Polar Bears". Of the "Polar Bear" Soldiers, 232 dies and 307 were wounded. In 1929, five former "Polar Bears" returned to North Russia to recover the remains of those left behind. They recovered 86 bodies of which 56 were buried around a white marble polar bear sculpture at White Chapel memorial cemetery, Troy Michigan.

Presented by White Chapel Memorial Cemetery and Matthes International Corporation.
Historical Date: 09/04/1918

Historical Name: Polar Bears

A Bronze marker

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Registered Site #: Not Offical Marker

website: Not listed

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