WWI Doughboy Statue, Goldsboro
W. H. Mullins Company, Foundry
Blackburn, Geo. L., Designer
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
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
July 4th, 1920
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Bronze statue, marble base
Survivors of the company E of the 11th Infantry (the Goldsboro Rifles)
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.
The monument is in the honor of the fallen soldiers of Company E and the beloved Capt. Edgar H. Bain.
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.
The memorial stands on the front lawn surrounded by mature trees and seasonal flowers.