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  • Monument Name

    Davie County War Memorial, Mocksville

  • Type

    War Memorial

  • Subjects

    Civil War, 1861-1865

    Spanish-American War, 1898

    World War I

    World War II

    Korean War, 1950-1953

    Vietnam War, 1960-1975

    Other Wars

    Veterans of Multiple Wars

  • Creator

    Winecroff Memorials, Statesville NC, Builder

  • City

    Mocksville

  • County

    Davie

  • Description

    The monument is constructed of three large granite blocks on a low two tier base surrounded by a brick patio. The bottom base piece is 162 inches long, 30 inches wide by 9 inches high. The upper base block is 126 inches long, 20 inches wide by 6 inches high. All parts of the monument are gray granite except for the center block which is black granite, standing 37 inches long by 85 inches high. It has a Department of Defense emblem above the inscription. An incised border with a ribbon and wreath at the bottom outline the inscription. The back of the center block has crossed North Carolina State and Confederate Battle flags incised above the inscription which has a border mirroring that on the front. The granite blocks flanking the center block are 32 inches long, 97 inches high and 14 inches wide. Three hundred ninety one names of those who lost their lives from the Civil War up through the peace keeping mission to Lebanon were listed at the time of dedication, November 11, 1987. As of July 2015, the list includes 411 names.

    Images: Center front panel | Back panels

  • Inscription

    [List of names on both sides of granite blocks]

    Center panel, front: DEDICATED / IN HONOR OF ALL / DAVIE COUNTY VETERANS / AND TO THE MEMOMRY OF / THOSE WHO MADE THE / SUPREME SACRIFICE / FOR OUR FREEDOM / DEDICATED NOVEMBER 7, 1987
    Left side panel, front: SPANISH AMERICAN WAR [no names listed] / WORLD WAR I [18 names listed] / VIETNAM [9 names listed]
    Right side panel, front: WORLD WAR II [53 names listed] / KOREAN WAR [2 names listed] / BEIRUT [1 name listed]

    Center panel, back: “…THEY GAVE THE / LAST FULL MEASURE / OF DEVOTION…” / 1861-1865
    Left side panel, back: CIVIL WAR 1861-1865 [132 names listed]
    Right side panel, back: CIVIL WAR 1861-1865 [131 names listed]

    Right panel, side: CIVIL WAR 1861-1865 [56 names listed]
    Left panel, side: WORLD WAR 1 [11 names listed]

  • Custodian

    Town of Mocksville

  • Dedication Date

    November 7, 1987

  • Decade

    1980s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.893710 , -80.562020 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Davie County War Memorial - Mocksville, NC," Waymarking.com, (accessed August 13, 2015) Link

      "Davie County War Memorial," The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed October 27, 2015) Link

      'Remember the Brave on Memorial Day," Davie County Enterprise Record, www.ourdavie.com, June 6, 2013, (accessed August 13, 2015) Link

      McCulloh, Tom. “Veterans Memorial,“ in “Digital Davie” by Davie County Public Library and Digital NC, (accessed August 13, 2015) Link

      Roth, Marie Benge Craig, transcribed by. "Names on the Davie County War Memorial on the Square in Moscksville, North Carolina," (accessed January 24, 2014) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Georgia granite

  • Sponsors

    Volunteer committee

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    After posting of the colors the ceremony began with an invocation by Captain Jimmy Myers Chaplin, United States Naval Reserve. Opening remarks were by Jack G. Koontz followed by “Reveille”, the Pledge of Allegiance and the “National Anthem.” Several local politicians gave remarks. World War II veteran Raymond McClamrock introduced the keynote speaker Colonel Thomas W. Ferebee, U.S.A.F. Ferebee, a Mocksville native, was the bombadier aboard the B-29 Superfortress, Enola Gay, who dropped the atomic bomb, Little Boy, on Hiroshima in 1945. In a 30 minute speech he recounted his mission. Flying away from Hiroshima, “all you could see was a mushroom form and all different colors,” he told those in attendance.

    After Ferebee’s address the dedication service was performed by Colonel Leland Richardson, Chaplin U.S.A.F. The memorial was then unveiled by five ex-POW’s: Harold Franks, Bob Swindler, Norman Gaddis, Cecil Robertson and Thomas Howard. A 21 gun salute was given by the Advance VFW Post 8719 Firing Squad followed by the playing of “Taps”, the singing of “God Bless America” and the benediction by Captain Jimmy L. Meyers.

  • Subject Notes

    More about Thomas W. Ferebee (1918-2000) see "Thomas Ferebee: Colonel in U.S. Air Force - Born on Nov. 9, 1918, and died March 16, 2000"

  • Location

    The monument is located on the town square, downtown Mocksville, NC at the right corner of the Davie County Register of Deeds (US-158.) Also on the front lawn of the same building is a memorial to law enforcement and fire fighters who died in the line of duty. Across the street in front of the old court house is the Boone Trail Highway (#15) / Squire and Sarah Boone memorial marker.

  • Landscape

    The memorial sits on the brick pathway in a small landscaped plaza.

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