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  • Monument Name

    Marietta-Oakdale World War II Memorial, Marietta

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    World War II

  • City

    Marietta

  • County

    Robeson

  • Description

    The memorial is a bronze plaque attached to a concrete shaft with a slanted front. The shaft rests on a concrete pad with concrete posts at each corner linked by chain. The plaque has a leaf design decorative border. An eagle with spread wings clutching arrows in its claws is above the inscription. Rare for a monument from this time period (1947), the plaque also lists women who served in the military. At least six names are clearly recognizable as those of women. Two local men died in combat and their names appear at the top of the left and right columns denoted with a star.

    Images: Memorial in front of the Marietta-Oakdale Community building | Plaque

  • Inscription

    ERECTED BY CITIZENS OF / MARIETTA – OAKDALE / IN HONOR OF THOSE / WHO SERVED IN / WORLD WAR II /
    [Left Column] JASPER M. GRATHAM, JR. ☆ / VAN BUREN ARNETTE / RALPH ATKINSON / HENRY W. BARNES / CLAYTON BASS / DAVID BASS / EDDIE C. BASS / FULTON BASS / HOMER BASS / HOOVER BASS / HOWARD BASS / JETHRO BASS / LACY BASS / WILMER BASS / WOODROW BASS / JOHN W. BYRD / ROSCOE BYRD / WILLIAM C. BYRD / ALTON COOK / DALLAS COOK / DOUGLAS COOK / EMERSON COOK / FLOYD COOK / HAL COOK / JESSE COOK / MAJOR COOK / PERRY COOK / VERNON DUDLEY / JESSE L. EDWARDS / A.C. EVANS / BURNEY N. EVANS, JR. / GILBERT EVANS / HAL EVANS / LESTER EVANS / RALPH EVANS / WOODROW EVANS / HAL FLOYD / ALTON FLOYD /
    [Center Column] BRUCE FORD / CHARLES T. FORD, JR. / GASTON FORD / DOC GRAY / SIMPSON GRAY / JAMES L. HAYES, JR. / LOTTIE MAE HAYES / MARY LEE HAYES / WILLIAM A. HAYES / W.J. HERRING / CHARLES T. HILL, JR. / CONLEY HILL / DAYTON HILL / ELWOOD HILL / LUTHER HILL / MERIDITH HILL / TEMPLE H. HILL / ROSA LEE HUGGINS / AUBREY IVEY / CHARLES IVEY / DEWEY IVEY / GUTHRIE IVEY / HARVEY IVEY / HENRY IVEY / MARSHALL IVEY / TILGHMAN IVEY / WADE IVEY / J. POE JENRETTE / CHARLES F. JONES / GEORGE JONES / SIMMS LEWIS / HOYT MCCORMICK / LINWOOD MCCORMICK / H.M. MEARS / HAMILTON MILLER / V.J. MILLER / LYDIE MISHEU /
    [Right Column] CLYDE LEWIS ☆ / BILLIE MORGAN / CECIL MORGAN / C. ROGER MORGAN / ELBERT MORGAN / JAMES MORGAN / KENNETH T. MORGAN / RUDOLPH MORGAN / W. NORRIS MORGAN / AVERETTE NANCE / HERBERT NANCE / JAMES E. OLIVER / PAUL S. OLIVER, JR. / R. CARL OLIVER, JR. / ROBERT M. OLIVER / G. SHEPHERD PAGE, JR. / JAMES T. PAGE / ROGER W. PAGE / WILIAM F. PAGE / THADDUES T. PARHAM, JR. / J.E. POWELL / J.R.PRICE / J.T. PRICE / GARLAND W. SCOTT / CHARLES SIMMOMS / HOYT SIMMOMS / IVEY SIMMOMS / R.C. SIMMOMS / W.C. SPARKMAN / BYRANT SPIVEY / BYRON SPIVEY / RUPERT SPIVEY / W. CAROL SPIVEY, JR. / WILLIAM B. SMITH / BURWELL L. TEMPLE, JR. / BEAMON WALTERS / GEORGE WATSON / MILLARD WATSON / STACY WATSON / J.P. WATSON

  • Custodian

    Marietta-Oakdale Community Center

  • Dedication Date

    September 30, 1947

  • Decade

    1940s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    34.367760 , -79.121050 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      “Marietta-Oakdale Communities Erect Plaque To 118 Service Men and Women,” The Robesonian (Lumberton, NC), October 1, 1947, 1

      “Service Plaque Unveiled At Ceremonies Tuesday,” The Robesonian (Lumberton, NC), October 1, 1947, 7

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze, concrete

  • Sponsors

    Marietta-Oakdale Grange

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    The monument was unveiled by Miss Artye Grantham and Mrs. Dora Bell Ivey relatives of the two men who died in combat. Paul S. Oliver master of the Grange presented the plaque to the two communities. It was accepted on behalf of Marietta by Mrs. Paul S. Oliver and for Oakdale by E.C. Morgan. Lt. Colonel R. Knox Andrews of Lumberton made a brief address.

  • Location

    The memorial is located in front of the Marietta-Oakdale Community building, at 2189 Marietta Rd, Marietta, NC. It stands to the right of the main entrance.

  • Landscape

    The WWII memorial stands on the front lawn with tall bushes behind it.

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