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  • Monument Name

    Swain County War Dead Memorial, Bryson City

  • Type

    Common Soldier Statue

  • Subjects

    World War I

    World War II

    Vietnam War, 1960-1975

    Korean War, 1950-1953

  • City

    Bryson City

  • County

    Swain

  • Description

    A statue of a common WWII-era soldier stands atop a tall, six-sided pedestal. His left leg, knee bent, resting on a rock. He holds the strap of his rifle resting on his back. Three sides of the pillar have war inscribed with lists of Swain County citizens who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. The base of the monument is chained off with American flags. There are several benches nearby, and a flag pole lies NE of the monument.

  • Inscription

    West Face: WAR DEAD / WORLD WAR I / BARKER, WILLIAM H. / BATES, EVERETT R. / CATHY, CHARLIE / COCHRAN, JOHN T. / FRANKLIN, WALTER I. /FREEMAN, CARO N. / KINCAID, WILLIAM / LEATHERWOOD, JAMES L. / MASHBURN, ERNEST L. / MASON, WILLIAM / MATHIS, FRED / MOORE, GRADY / QUEEN, JAMES R. / SHULER, FINLEY M. / SHULER, WILLIAM A. / STEPHENSON, WILLIAM B. / STYLES, ANDY / TURNER, FLOYD C. / WIGGINS, JOHN W. / WINCHESTER, BENN

    South Face: OF SWAIN / WORLD WAR II / ALLEN, ROBERT H. / BARB, JAMES E. / BARKER, GRADY H. / BRADLEY, STUART / BREEDLOVE, JOSEPH L. / BROGDEN, JAMES M. / BUCHANAN, OMER A. / BURNS, WILLARD J. / BYRD, EARL L. / CAMBY, RAY / CATT, BOYD / CHILDERS, JULIUS W. / CLARK, EDWARD W. / CLINE, CLAYTON C. / COLE OTIS Q. / CONLEY, CHARLES / COOK, ARNOLD H. / DEHART, CLARENCE W. / DEHART, RANSON A. / DILLS, ADAM J. / DRIVER, ADAM W. / EARLS, NOAH W. / EDWARDS, JOSEPH C. / EDWARDS, WILLIAM A. / ELDERS, ORA L. / FRANKS, HARLEY / GIBSON, ROBERT E. / GRANT, ADAM S. / HAMILTON, RUSSELL / HAMMOCK, CHARLES E. / HARDIN, EDWARD / HYDE, HORACE L. / JENKINS, CLIFFORD C. / JONES, WAYNE / LAMBERT, JAMES R. / LEMONS, CLARENCE / LEQUIRE, WILLIE L. / MANEY, WALTER R. / MASON, JACKSON / MURPHY, CLARENCE A. / NATIONS, RUFUS D. / OTTER, SAMUEL W. / “GREATER LOVE HAT NO MAN / THAN THIS, THAT A MAN / LAY DOWN HIS LIFE / FOR HIS FRIENDS.” / ST. JOHN 15-13

    East Face: COUNTY / WORLD WAR II contd / PARRIS, EDWARD / PAYNE, ESTES E. /QUEEN, HUBERT / ROLLAND, EARL J. / ROSS, ISAAC / ROSSER, DAVID E. / SHELL, JOSHUA / SMITH, EARNEST / THOMASSON, JOHN / THOMPSON, ENOS / WAHNEETA, AUSTIN / WIGGINS, WILLIAM D. / WILSON, CLYDE H. / WILSON GEORGE J. / CUNNINGHAM, OLIN / MEADOWS, CLYDE / COCHRAN, JACK P. / GIBBY, GOLA G. / KOREAN WAR / GEORGE, CHARLES / ARCH, CHARLES E. / VIETNAM WAR / BREEDLOVE, CURTIS / JENKINS, WAYNE / LAKEY, JAMES E. / SUTTON, DOUGLAS R. / TUCK, JAMES W. / MORRIS, BILLY V.

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.427560 , -83.444970 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Swain County War Dead Memorial - Bryson City." Waymarking.com, (accessed July 18, 2015) Link

      "The Wall of Faces, Bryson City, NC." The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, www.vvmf.org, (accessed July 18, 2015) Link

      “War Dead of Swain County World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War,” The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed July 18, 2015) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Marble

  • Location

    In front of the Swain County Courthouse, at the intersection of Main and Everett Streets.

  • Landscape

    The monument rests on a concrete area in the middle of a landscaped green yard in front of the County Courthouse.

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