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War Memorial - Gallipolis, OH
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
N 38° 48.409 W 082° 12.308
17S E 395360 N 4296028
Quick Description: This edition of Viquesney's "The Spirit of the American Doughboy," dedicated in 1931, is part of the historic war memorial located in the Public Square. In addition there are plaques honor vets of WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.
Location: Ohio, United States
Date Posted: 4/18/2012 9:28:58 AM
Waymark Code: WME8GT
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member 3am
Views: 4

Long Description:



There are actually several war memorials here added at different times, and the NRHP registration form mentions that there two war memorials, but specifies only Viquesney's "The Spirit of the American Doughboy," dedicated in 1931. It is also listed in the Smithsonian Sculpture Database.

Here is a description of the Doughboy from The E. M. Viquesney "Spirit of the American Doughboy" Database:

The inscription on the plaque reads:

DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF
THE VALIANT SONS OF GALLIA COUNTY
WHO SERVED IN THE WORLD WAR
1917 --- 1918
----------------
ERECTED BY
AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY
TO LAFAYETTE POST NO. 27
MAY 30, 1931

“GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS,

THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS.” ST. JOHN 15:13

The presentation of the Doughboy at the dedication ceremony was performed by Mrs. James Oliver, whose son, Johnny, had joined the service while still in high school. When his class graduated from high school in 1918, an empty chair had been draped with a flag to honor him and Mrs. Oliver accepted his diploma for him. He was later killed in the Meuse-Argonne Campaign in the Argonne Forest.

In the past, the Doughboy lost his left hand, rifle and bayonet, and was painted in acts of vandalism. The left hand and rifle have been replaced, and the paint has been removed, but the bayonet is still missing. The sculpture has some discoloring and could again benefit from restoration work.

The replaced rifle is not a replica of the Springfield 1903 found on most other Viquesney Doughboys, and looks quite different from them.


There are polished granite plaques forming a backdrop to the Doughboy and a landscaped mound in front with some additional plaques, including a bronze plaque with names of Gallipolis veterans of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.


IN MEMORIUM
GALLIA COUNTY'S SONS

WORLD WAR II

BARNABY, ALBERT J.
BEARD, DAVID W.
BORDEN, CHARLES A.
BREWER, KENNETH E.
BROWN, FLOYD
BURKE, CHARLES W.
CALL, WILBER E.
CALVERT, HAROLD W.
CANADY, EUGENE C.
CARNES, JOHN N.
CARROLL, HARLEY D.
CASTO, RAY R.
CASTO, STANLEY E.
CHARLES, EDWARD T.
CLAGG, SHELBY
CLARK, LEWIS V.
CLONCH, GEORGE R.
CLONCH, PHILLIP W.
COON, SAMUEL V.
CORVIN, CHARLES
COX, HASKEL J.
CRAIG, JOSEPH W.
EADS, JAMES E.
FARLEY, HORACE M.
FELLURE, LAWRENCE L.
FERGUSON, PAUL E.
FITCH, LONNIE
FONTANA, LEO A.
FOSTER, HOWARD W.
FRENCH, JOSEPH
GATEWOOD, JAMES M.
HAGER, LEONARD P.
HART, SAMUEL A.
HASKINS, CALVIN
HOBBS, ALAN W.
HUTCHINS, ROBERT K.
JACKS, WORLEY D.
JANKOWSKI, STANLEY F.
JEFFERS, VANCE K.
KELLER, CLYDE W.
KINDER, RICHARD C.
KRAUSE, CLYDE F.
LANIER, HAROLD J.
LONG, MARVIN V.
LONG, WALTER L.
McCALL, LEONARD E.
McCARLEY, ALFERED
McCARLEY, KENNETH R.
McCARLEY, OLEY E.
McCARLEY, ROBERT
McCAULEY, CARROLL
McGUIRE, CARL E.
MEACHAM, ROYCE E.
METCALF, DAVID
MILLER, JAMES E.
MORGAN, WENDELL J.
MOSS, JOHN
NIDAY, MERRILL E.
PEPPERS, LYMAN JR.
PHILLIPS, MERRILL R.
POLING, HERMON D.
PRICE, ROBERT F.
QUEEN, JAMES J.
RATLIFF, RUSSELL O.
REESE, LUTHER V.
REYNOLDS, ALVA C.
RICE, WILLIS C.
ROBERTS, ALBERT E.
ROBERTS, JAMES L.
ROTHGEB, JAMES T.
RUNION, EUGENE
RUPE, ORVILLE A.
SAUNDERS, ROBERT L.
SHAFFER, HARRY
SHAFFER, LEWIS A.
SHEETS, ALFRED E.
SHEETS, HOWARD C.
SHEETS, JOHN L.
SHEETS, MERRILL W.
SHUPE, WILLARD L.
SMITH, AUBREY H.
SMITH, CLAUDE N.
SORRELL, PHILLIP F.
SULLINS, CLIFFORD
SWISHER, WADE
TATE, HOMER M.
TATE, LUTHER
THIVENER, CHESTER L
THIVENER, EARNEST R.
THEVENIN, SHIRL B.
THOMAS, RAYMOND
THOMPSON, CHARLES C.
THOMPSON, WILLIAM B.
WARD, LLOYD E.
WARMAN, LEONARD D.
WAUGH, MAXON W.
WHITE, BRINTON P.
WILLIAMS, PAUL A.
WINTERS, DONALD N.
YEAGER, RICHARD
ZIMMERLY, EDWARD E.
ZOOK, CHARLES D.

KOREA

CLAGG, VAN EDWARD
CORDELL, THOMAS E.
DRUMMOND, HOMER D.
GLOVER, ROBERT T..
HAMPTON, BOYD
HARRISON, LOWELL G.
KERWOOD, WOODROW F.
McCLASKEY, ROBERT . L.
MONTGOMERY, IVAN L.
OILER, CLINE E.
SEE, CLELL O.
SHIFFLET, WILLIAM L.
SKAGGS, EDWIN
SMITH, CECIL J.
STEWART, RUSSELL D.
SHOEMAKER, WOODROW W.
TAYLOR, LEROY D.
VOREH, TONEY
WARD, COLUMBUS E.
WILSON, WOODROW W.

VIETNAM

BLANTON, RUSSELL L.
BRUCKER, LESLIE L.
CRINER, RICHARD L.
FINNICUM, JOHN O.
GRIFFIN, KEVIN R.
MOONEY, FRED
HAMILSTON, RUSSELL L.
HAWLEY, ROGER L..
HAYMAN, ARCHIE A.
HICKMAN, WILLIAM L.
NEAL, CHARLES M.
YOST, PAUL L.

Type of Memorial: Multi-War Memorial

Wars mentioned (Multi-war only):
World War I World War II Korean War Vietnam War


In Honor Of: Gallia County's Sons

Marker Text:
see description above


Who Put it Here?: unknownn

Description of Memorial:
see description above


Date of dedication: Not listed

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