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  • Monument Name

    WWI Doughboy Statue, Goldsboro

  • Type

    Common Soldier Statue

  • Subjects

    World War I

  • Creator

    W. H. Mullins Company, Foundry

    Blackburn, Geo. L., Designer

  • City

    Goldsboro

  • County

    Wayne

  • Description

    The life-size statue depicts a World War One American Doughboy. He wears a helmet and boots and carries his rifle with a bayonet in both hands. His right foot rests on a rock. The monument is atop an marble base, with an inscription honoring the members of company E of the 11th Infantry (the Goldsboro Rifles) who died in WWI.

    Images: East face inscription | North face inscription | West face inscription | View of the WWI Doughboy statue and John Lawson memorial

  • Inscription

    Base, west face: ERECTED BY MEMBERS OF COMPANY E 119TH. / INFANTRY GOLDSBORO RIFLES, IN MEMORY OF / THEIR COMRADES WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE / WORLD WAR. / G. L. BLACKBORO. / GOLDSBORO, N.C.

    Base, north face: WILLIAM J. BRICKWELL / JOHN W. THOMPSON, JR. / CHAS. R. BRADFIELD / WILLIAM M. MCCULLOUGH / CHAS. R. DUNLAP

    Base, east face: WM. C. LOGAN JAMES D. STEELMAN HENRY C. LINEBERGER / NOAH L. HARDAN RAYMOND C. SWEET DAVID M. PRINCE / THO. V. BEVINS WILLIE F. EDWARDS HOPE W. MASEY / ROBERT L. ANDREWS JOHN DAVIS SAM HUMMELL / DAVID H. BOYD FLAVOUS J. MERROW GASTON DORTCH / JARVIS L. BRITT THOMAS J. NEAL / JOSEPH S. WOOTEN / WILSON P. CUNNINGHAM SAM WHITE RALEIGH T. WEST / MARION L. DANIELS WILLIE S. TOWERY JAMES A. CARTER / GEORGE T. DICKSON JAMES I. FULFORD EARL E. OLSON / ROW W. PROSSER FRANK HOPKINS CLYDE BAKER / JOHN S. RIVAS HENRY C. POPPELL

  • Custodian

    Wayne County

  • Dedication Date

    July 4th, 1920

  • Decade

    1920s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.381990 , -77.994040 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Company E, 119th Infantry, Goldsboro Rifles World War I Monument. (WWI Doughboy), The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed November 8, 2016) Link

      "WWI Doughboy," Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museum, (accessed February 13, 2011) Link

      Folder 96_G62_C863: Goldsboro, Wayne County: Courthouse: Scan 3, in the North Carolina County Photographic Collection #P0001, North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Link

      Steve Rajtar, Frances Elizabeth Franks. War Monuments, Museums and Library Collections of 20th Century Conflicts: A Directory of United States Sites, (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2010), p. 182

      “Goldsboro Rings True In Patriotic Celebration of Natal Day of the Nation.” Goldsboro Daily Argus (Goldsboro, NC), July 6, 1920, 1 (accessed July 29, 2015)

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze statue, marble base

  • Sponsors

    Survivors of the company E of the 11th Infantry (the Goldsboro Rifles)

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The unveiling ceremony of the monument started at 10 a.m. as part of Goldsboro’s 4th of July celebration. The mother and sister of Sgt. Marion Daniels, who was the first man from Wayne County to give his life in WWI, conducted the unveiling. At 11 a.m. the members of the Goldsboro fire department gave an exhibition fire drill, under the leadership of Chief Leslie Yelverton. In the afternoon, several contests for the young people took place at Herman Park.

  • Subject Notes

    The monument is in the honor of the fallen soldiers of Company E and the beloved Capt. Edgar H. Bain.

  • Location

    The monument is positioned directly in front of the Wayne County Courthouse, looking north-northeast, away from the courthouse toward E. Walnut Street. John Lawson memorial stands right next to is, on the left if facing the courthouse building. Across East Walnut Street is the Wayne County Veterans Memorial complex which includes the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Veterans Memorial and the Wayne County Vietnam War Memorial.

  • Landscape

    The memorial stands on the front lawn surrounded by mature trees and seasonal flowers.

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