Spirit of the American Doughboy Monument - Winchendon, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 41.044 W 072° 03.350
18T E 741208 N 4729935
Quick Description: A Spirit of the American Doughboy Monument is dedicated to all those who fought in all wars of the United States. It is located in the Hyde Park triangle bordered by School, West and Park Streets in Winchendon, MA
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 9/16/2017 10:01:21 AM
Waymark Code: WMWKRC
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz
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Long Description:

E. M. Viquesney's sculpture Spirit of the American Doughboy was placed by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2158 in the north end of what was formerly known as VFW Park in Winchendon, MA. The sculpture was copyrighted in 1934, cast 1940 and dedicated on September 15, 1940.

The 88" by 22" by 22" cast zinc figure of a World War I infantryman stands on top of a 76" by 48" by 48 granite base. He holds a grenade in his raised right hand and a rifle by his side in his left hand.

The front of the sculpture is inscribed:

SPIRIT OF THE AMERICAN DOUGHBOY

A plaque on the front of base has the emblem of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and is inscribed:

WINCHENDON POST NO. 2158
VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS
OF THE UNITED STATES
IT'S AUXILIARY & SONS OF THE V.F.W.
DEDICATE THIS MONUMENT
IN MEMORY OF ALL THOSE WHO FOUGHT
IN ALL WARS OF THE UNITED STATES
THAT THIS COUNTRY
MIGHT FOREVER ENJOY FREEDOM

On the back of the sculpture a plaque is inscribed:

COPYRIGHTED 1934 BY
E. M. VIQUESNEY - SCULPTOR
SPENCER INDIANA

Type of Memorial: Non-Specific Memorial

In Honor Of: All those who fought in all wars of the United States.

Marker Text:
see long description


Date of dedication: September 15, 1940

Who Put it Here?: Winchendon Post #2158; Veterans of Foreign Wars & Ladies Auxiliary, Sons of V.F.W.

Description of Memorial:
Spirit of the American Doughboy sculptures depict an American World War I soldier. However World War I is not mentioned and the plaque on the base dedicated the monument to all those who fought in all wars of the United States. This is the 1934 version of the E. M. Viquesney sculpture that can be found in many places around the United States.


Wars mentioned (Multi-war only): Not listed

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