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  • Monument Name

    World War Two Memorial, Oakdale Cemetery, Hendersonville

  • Type

    Column

  • Subjects

    World War II

  • City

    Hendersonville

  • County

    Henderson

  • Description

    The memorial listing Henderson County World War Two dead is a tall narrow tablestone on a triple base. It stands roughly 11-feet tall with the tablestone holding the list of names being 8-feet by 30-inches. The tablestone has step like shoulders leaving a square at the top which holds a deeply incised Cross of Malta, the emblem of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Directly beneath this emblem are the words LEAST WE FORGET and then two columns of 114 names total.

    Images: List of names | Rear view | Wide angle view | View with flag

  • Inscription

    Top: LEAST WE FORGET

    Left Column: ADAMS, UDELL I. / ALKEN, TALMADGE A. / AKERS, CHARLES, JR. / ALLEN, GLEN L. / ANDERS, CHARLES / ANDERSON, GEORGE E. / ARNETT, KENNETH R. / BRADLEY, LEE R. / BROTHERS, WALTER E., JR. / BURGESS, JACK L. / CANTRELL, JAHUE R. / CAPPS, EDWARD O. / CATE, ROY D. / CECIL, CHARLES P. / CLAYTON, JOHNNY W. / COCHRAN, JESS W. / COLLIER, ROBERT B. / CORN, WID R. / COSTANZA, CHRISTIE P. / COX, EVERETT I. / DILL, JOSEPH G. / DILLARD, THOMAS E. / DODSON, JAMES L. / DRAKE, HAROLD B. / DUNCAN, CLARENCE A. / DUNCAN, MARVIN M. / GAMBS, GILMAN E. / GIBBS, GLLEN P. / GIBBS, HORACE J. / GIBBS, JAMES A. / GREEN, CLLEO / GREENWAY, JULIAN T. / GUY, GEORGE F. / HAMILTON, CLARENCE J. / HANEY, MONROE I. / HARBERSON, CHARLES, JR. / HARTNETT, THOMAS M. / HEATHERLY, ROBERT V. / HEATON, WILLIAM M. / HEDGE, CHARLES R. / HEDRICK, PAUL / HEFNER, CHARLES M. / HEGGIE, RICHARD L. / HENDERSON, GLEN W. / HENDERSON, JERRY M. / HESTER, CHARLES M. / HIGGINS, ROBERT E. / HILL, JOHN F. / HOLLINGSWORTH, JOE P. / HOWARD, THOMAS D. / HUDSON, JAMES C. / HYDER, HUBERT J. / JACKSON, FLOYD H. / JACKSON, GEORGE E. / JACKSON, GLOVER E. / JOHNSON, LEWIS F. / JOHNSON, MORRIS L., JR.

    Right Column: JONES, JOSEPH N. / KING, JUDGE D. / LAMB, JENNINGS G. / LANNING, B.M., JR. / LEDBETTER, EDWARD H. / LEVI, J.C. / LEVI, ROBERT G. / LONG, GRADY E. / LOVE, LOWELL E. / LOWE, NOEL L. / MATTHEW, ANDREW W. / MIDDLETON, WILLIAM W. / MCCARSON, ALVIN S. / MCCARSON, ROY M. / MCCARSON, PATRICK A. / MCCRAW, BRACK B. / MCGINNIS, BILL M. / MCGRAW, RAY W. / MCKINNEY, SAM W. / MCMINN, GEORGE R. / OSTEEN, CHARLES H. / PACE, MARION H. / PERTILLER, WILLIAM G. / PRAYTOR, HOWARD / PRESSLEY, VANCE M. / RANET, CHARLES P. / REED, JAMES C. / REED, JOHN H. / REESE, FRANK / RHODES, LUTHER L. / RHODES, MARK A. / RHYMER, HARRY C. / RHYMER, JOSEPH H. / RICE, CLAYTON D. / ROGERS, THEAWELL / ROGERS, THOMAS R. / RYMER, ANDREW M. / SHERMAN, HORACE / SHORT, LLOYD H. / SHYTLE, CHARLES F. / SHYTLE, JOSEPH E. / SMITH, CHARLES R. / SMITH, MARVIN P. / SMITH, RALPH C. / SPIEGEL, MORRIS / STATON, ROY E. / STEPP, GORDON J. / TATE, JULE / THOMPSON, ROYAL W. / THOMPSON, WILLIAM B. / TIDD, GEORGE W., JR. / WARD, WILLIAM J. / WATTS, JOHN W. / WILLIAM, ROY J. / WILLIAMS, AARON E. / WILLIAMS, FRED T. / WORLEY, WOFFORD G.

    Rear: DEDICATED BY / HEDRICK RHODES / POST 5206 / 1951

  • Custodian

    Oakdale Cemetery, City of Hendersonville

  • Dedication Date

    1951

  • Decade

    1950s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.319860 , -82.476610 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Dirks, Mike. “What Is That-Angel In Oakdale Cemetery, BlueRidgeNow.com, May 6, 2015, (accessed November 27, 2016) Link

      “National Register f Historic Places Program: Oakdale Cemetery,” National Park Service, www.nps.gov, (accessed November 27, 2016) Link

      “Oakdale Cemetery War Memorial - Hendersonville, NC,” Waymarking.com, (accessed November 27, 2016) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite

  • Sponsors

    Hedrick Rhodes Post 5209 Veterans of Foreign Wars

  • Subject Notes

    Oakdale Cemetery in Hendersonville, NC, is home to a marble angel statue which may have served as inspiration for Thomas Wolf’s first novel Look Homeward Angel. Historians have documented almost a dozen angels carved at the monument shop owned by Wolf’s father. The Oakdale Cemetery angel is the one that most resembles the angel described in the novel.

    Oakdale Cemetery is a historic city of Hendersonville cemetery. In December 1885, the city purchased 5.5 acres and physically established the cemetery, devoting the larger portion for the white section on the south side of Shaw's Creek Road and the African American section on the north side.

  • Location

    The memorial stands in Oakdale Cemetery that is located at Old US Hwy 64, Hendersonville, NC 28792.

  • Landscape

    The memorial is surrounded by gravestones and shady trees.

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