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The Spirit of the American Doughboy - Belmar, NJ
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2
N 40° 10.937 W 074° 01.624
18T E 582828 N 4448442
Quick Description: This sculpture serves as a World War I Monument in Belmar, NJ.
Location: New Jersey, United States
Date Posted: 10/6/2010 10:19:03 PM
Waymark Code: WM9WTJ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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Long Description:
Located in a small park near 8th Avenue and River Road, this sculpture is a WWI Memorial. The artist, E.M. Viquesney, has scores of these statues, mostly serving as War Memorials, scattered around the USA. The Smithsonian Inventory succinctly describes the piece this way: "A figure of a World War I infantryman advancing through the stumps and barbed wire of No Man's Land. He holds a rifle in his proper left hand and a grenade in his raised proper right hand." (visit link)

The years "1914 - 1918" are raised on the cement pedestal with a plaque below which reads:

"Dedicated in honor of those who entered the service of their country from Belmar, New Jersey and in memory of those who gave their lives in the world war.

Presented by the citizens of Belmar, New Jersey

Joseph Mayer, Mayor
Thomas S. Dillon, Commissioner
Thomas D. Joeck, Commissioner"

A plaque on the back of the statue has two long columns of local military members who died in the War.
Name or use 'Unknown' if not known: The Spirit of the American Doughboy

Figure Type: Human

Artist Name or use 'Unknown' if not known: E.M. Viquesney

Date created or placed or use 'Unknown' if not known: 1924

Materials used: Sculpture: copper; Base: granite.

Location: Located in a small park near 8th Avenue and River Road in Belmar, NJ

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