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Spirit of the American Doughboy - Aberdeen, Washington
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Queens Blessing
N 46° 58.598 W 123° 48.762
10T E 438187 N 5202887
Quick Description: This Spirit of the American Doughboy statue is located in Aberdeen's Zelasko Park.
Location: Washington, United States
Date Posted: 5/25/2013 8:57:00 PM
Waymark Code: WMH5CZ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
Views: 5

Long Description:
This Doughboy statue is located in Zelakso Park in Aberdeen, Washington, at the corner of Wishkah and F Street.

The engraving on the marble base reads:

THE SPIRIT OF THE
AMERICAN DOUGHBOY,
WHO IN PEACE REPRESENTED THE
IDEALS OF A NATION OF FREEMEN, AND IN THE
WORLD WAR FEARLESSLY FACED DEATH IN DEFENSE
OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND LIBERTY.

CHERISHING THE MEMORIES OF
THOSE WHO FELL, AND WITH GRATITUDE TO THE
SURVIVORS OF THE NATION’S CONFLICTS, THIS STATUE
WAS ERECTED BY THE VETERANS AND PATRIOTIC
ORGANIZATIONS OF ABERDEEN WASHINGTON.
JULY 4, 1926

This statue was originally placed in another park in Aberdeen, a small triangular park at the corner of North Park Street and Simpson, but was moved here and rededicated on March 4, 1961. The weight of the statue and it's base was causing the ground at the former location to give way, so several local civic groups (including The VFW and Auxiliary, American Legion and Auxiliary, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Gold Star Mothers and others) banded together to have it moved to Zelakso Park. The statue was cleaned and the bayonet was replaced before the rededication.

In 2000, the base of the statue was hit by a car, but thankfully only the base was broken and the statue was unharmed. The statue was removed temporarily while the base was being repaired.

The park also includes a World War II pack howitzer. There are two large wood carvings, some benches, flag pole and lots of room for roaming around.

For the location of additional Viquesney's Doughboy statues, visit the archived "locationless" geocache: GC5B3C link: (visit link)


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Copyright version 1920, pressed copper.

Smithsonian Art Inventory Control Number: 47260121
Where is this statue located?: Public Park

Which branch of the Military does this statue depict?: Army

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