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  • Monument Name

    World War Two Gold Star Mothers Memorial, Monroe

  • Type

    War Memorial

  • Subjects

    World War II

  • City

    Monroe

  • County

    Union

  • Description

    The World War Two Gold Star Mothers Memorial is made of granite and consists of a large center slab with two smaller slabs on each side on a single base. The center slab contains the primary inscriptions, front and back. Near the top of both sides appear an incised eagle holding an American Shield and olive branches. Scrolls are carved into the top of each corner and a carving of the earth sits on top. The smaller slabs have raised panels with the names of Union County war dead. Carved into the panels are coat of arms, from left to right, of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines with a star incised on either side of each coat of arms. Fluting several inches tall is carved near the top between each of the raised panels. Five flag poles stand behind the monument. Flags flown are of the four branches of service represented on the monument and that of the Coast Guard. A low stone retaining wall surrounds the memorial.

    Images: Far-off view | Rear view | Front inscription | Rear inscription | Left center column | Left column | Right center column | Right column

  • Inscription

    Front inscription: DEDICATED / TO THE MEMORY OF OUR SONS / WHO FOUGHT AND DIED IN / WORLD WAR II / ERECTED BY / THE GOLD STAR MOTHERS / OF / UNION COUNTY

    Rear inscription: IN MEMORIAM / 1941-1945 / [Break with three incised stars] “LET NONE FORGET / THEY GAVE THEIR ALL / AND FALTERED NOT / WHEN CAME THE CALL”

    Front left column: ALEXANDER, KERMIT W. / AUSTIN, ERNEST LEE / AUSTIN, HARRY LEE / AUTRY, HEATH R. / AUTRY, MARK S. / BAKER, HENRY ADAM / BARBEE, SAMUEL S. / BAUCOM, HOOVER CLEVELAND / BAUCOM, MARVIN DEWEY / BELK, BRAXTON C. / BLACK, THOMAS BOYCE / BROOKS, LINWOOD COHN / CARPENTER, JESSE GLEN / COOK, PARKS W. / COPELAND, JAMES H. / CONNEL, NORMAN S. / CROW, WILLIAM HALL / CROWELL, GROVER BERNARD / CUTHBERTSON, JOHN HENRY / DAVIS, JOHN HAYNE / DEAL, FRED F. JR. / DEESE, WARD T. / DICKERSON, EDWARD RAY / DUNCAN, HEATH / EURY, LACY W. / FETHERSON, LEROY COL. / FINCHER, REUBEN J. / FOWLER, ROY F. / FUTCH, JOHN D. / GARLAND, ROBERT FRANKLIN / GILL, BARNEY W. / GODWIN, WARREN S. / GOODMAN, BENNIE / GRANTLAND, JAMES WILLIAM

    Front center left column: GRIFFIN, JOHN B. / HAIGLER, GEORGE WASHINGTON / HAIGLER, HARRY / HARGETT, JACK / HARTIS, THOMAS B. / HASTY, WILLIAM DAVID, JR. / HAYWOOD, WORTH, JR. / HELMS, HASKEL / HELMS, MARVIN H. / HELMS, SEAB F. / HELMS, THOMAS L. / HERRING, RODERICK J. / HILL, BOYD C. / HILL, FLOYD E. / HILL, WILLIAM MARSH / HUBBARD, LEE S. / HUEY, JAMES CALVIN / HUNTER, HERSCHEL W. / INGRAM, JULIUS NEAL / IVEY, CHARLES J. / JAMES, BROADUS F. / JENKINS, TALMADGE CLINTON / KEELS, ISAAC WESLEY, JR. / KEISLER, JAMES H. / KEZIAH, MONROE, JR. / KILPATRICK, JAMES T. / KISER, DEWEY J. / KNIGHT, HERBERT D. / KRIMMINGER, HERMAN BRUCE / LANEY, THOMAS PERCY / LANEY, WILLIAM HURLEY / LEMMOND, JAMES WARREN / LINGLE, RAY LITTLE / LITTLE, DOCK / HOUGH, JAMES ROGERS

    Front center right column: LOCKHART, ROBERT VERNON, JR. / LONG, ROY HAMILTON, JR. / LOVE, HAROLD / MCCAIN, HUEY B. / MCCAIN, JAMES BOYD / MCCRAY, LEE DOUGLAS / MCDOWELL, JAMES TILLMAN / MCWHORTER, AUBREY FRED / MEDLIN, BROADUS C. / MEDLIN, JOHN L. / MILLS, HEATH C. / MILLS, HOMER E. / MILTON, HENRY HARRISON / MONTGOMERY, DOYLE DAVID / MONTGOMERY, JAMES RAY / MOORE, THOMAS K. / MORGAN, JAMES P. / MULLIS, OSCAR W. / MULLIS, WILLIAM P. / NANCE, J. LEE / NASH, VANN B. / NEWELL, SAMUEL HOWARD / O’LEARY, JAMES EDWARD, COL. / OUTLAW, STEWART C. / PARKER, JACK C. / PARKER, JOHNNIE H. / PENEGER, FRANK P. / PIERCE, CHARLES ROLAND / PLOTT, J.B. / PYLER, COLE L. BLEASE / POPE, WADE H. / PRESSLEY, JOHNNY P. / ROBINSON, WILLIAM HAZEL / RORIE, JOHN B. JR.

    Front right column: RUSHING, VANCE / SEYMOUR, WILLIAM OREN / SIMPSON, JAMES CRAFTON / SIMPSON, J.C. / SMITH, THOMAS R. / SNYDER, JASON E. / SOEDER, CLYDE E. / SQUIRES, THOMAS / STACK, REUBEN JAMES / STARNES, SAMUEL W. / STEELE, GASTON N. / STEGALL, PAUL / STOGNER, BENJAMIN, H. / SUTTON, FRANK / TAYLOR, ROBERT E. / THOMAS, JOSEPH HUBERT / THOMAS, MELVIN / THOMAS, RAYFORD C. / THREATT, RAY / TRAYWICK, LEE P. / TUCKER, GEORGE W. / VANN, JOHN C.M. / WATKINS, JARVIS B. / WATKINS, PASCAL / WILLIAMS, GROVER / WILLIAMS, JOHN H. / WILLIAMS, ROLAND C. JR. / WILLIAMS, HORACE / WOLF, LEE WILLIAMSON / WOLF, RALPH V. / WOOD, ROY / YOW, LAWRENCE ELLIS

  • Custodian

    Carolinas HealthCare System Union Hospital

  • Dedication Date

    1953

  • Decade

    1950s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    34.973990 , -80.522510 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., http://www.goldstarmoms.com/, (accessed December 1, 2016) Link

      “Gold Star Mothers Today,” Union County Library, http://history.union.lib.nc.us, (accessed August 15, 2016) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite

  • Subject Notes

    American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. organization was founded in 1928 and eligible to mothers whose sons or daughters died in the line of duty in the armed forces during World Wars I. Their goal is to inspire patriotism and a sense of individual obligation to the community, state, and nation; assist veterans and their dependents with claims made to the Veterans Administration; perpetuate the memory of individuals who died in our wars; promote peace and good will for the U.S. and all other nations.
    The Gold Star Mothers of Union County also sponsored a memorial plaque that is displayed on the outside front wall of the Old Union County Courthouse.

  • Location

    The memorial is located on the left as one enters the main parking lot of the Carolinas HealthCare System Union hospital, at the intersection of E. Franklin Street and 600 Hospital Drive in Monroe.

  • Landscape

    The memorial stands on the parking lot lawn surrounded by scattered shady trees.

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