August 12, 2008

Doughboy no more

Filed under: Historic District, Markers, & Flags — lessie @ 3:44 pm

IMG_3601 by you.

Broken and torn. Ripped from its base. I feel regret and disgust when I see this statue’s plinth, located at the American Legion Hut on Greenville Street. Regret for not getting a photograph before the statue was vandalised. Disgust that someone or someones would destroy a public memorial. I’m guessing the vandals took the statue for its metal? It was made of pressed copper, from one account. There is a $5,000 reward for information about the culprits.

The plaque at the base reads “Spirit of the American Doughboy.” Doughboys — a nickname for U.S. World War I soldiers. More pictures here of the statue’s desecration and info about its sculptor.



  1. I would think that this sort of thing will attract a fair punishment. They don’t take to people who damage war memorials here in Australia, I would think that the US would be the same.

    Comment by Kris McCracken — August 12, 2008 @ 10:57 pm

  2. That’s really disgusting to steal a monument.

    Comment by Elsa — August 21, 2008 @ 8:30 pm

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