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  • Monument Name

    Davidson County WWII and Korean Veterans Memorial, Lexington

  • Type

    War Memorial

  • Subjects

    World War II

    Korean War

  • City

    Lexington

  • County

    Davidson

  • Description

    A rectangular copper plaque contains a figure of an eagle and lists the names of those killed during WWII and the Korean War from the surrounding area. A smaller plaque just below it lists those killed in the Korean War.

  • Inscription

    Top plaque: IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO MADE / THE SUPREME SACRIFICE IN WORLD WAR II / AND THE EARLY DAYS OF THE KOREAN CONFLICT / [Three columns list the names of 178 local men.]

    Erected by the Joint Veterans Committee / American Legion, V.F.W., AmVets and D.A.V.

    Bottom plaque: KOREAN WAR
    ELMER LEE LYNN
    DEVIN FRANKLIN FISHER
    ELBERT S. SNIDER
    JAMES A. LATE
    BUDDY EUGENE VANHOY
    MARVIN M. ASHBY
    CARL B. JONES
    JAMES BARNEST FLOYD
    CARL VERNON HUNT
    JAMES CHARLES REECE
    WILLIAM COCKRANE
    GEORGE FURR, JR.
    CHARLIE F. CAGLE

  • Dedication Date

    Early 1950s.

  • Decade

    1950s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.824070 , -80.252960 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Davidson County WWII and Korean Veterans Memorial," Markeroni.com, (accessed June 24, 2012) Link

      "Lexington WWII & Korean War Memorial - Lexington, NC," waymarking.com, (accessed December 4, 2014) Link

      Borden, Sidney, Steven Chickos, and Daniel Jourdan. "The Korean War: North Carolina's Commemoration of the 'Forgotten War'," uploaded February 4, 2014, YouTube, (accessed February 4, 2014) Link

      Davidson County Historical Museum. "History of the Square, Lexington, North Carolina," (accessed December 4, 2014) Link

      Edwards, Deneesha. “Fallen Soldiers Honored at Ceremony, Two Local Names Placed on Memorials,” The Dispatch (Davidson, NC), May 29, 2011, (accessed July 1, 2011) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite marker, bronze tablet, brass plaque

  • Sponsors

    The Joint Veterans Committee (American Legion, V.F.W., AMVETS, and D.A.V.)

  • Location

    The monument lies in the center of Lexington, NC in the northeast quadrant of Lexington Square, formed by the intersections of Main and Center Streets. The northeast quadrant is also home to markers commemorating World War I and the Vietnam War. Other quadrants include markers to the county’s centennial, Benjamin Merrell, Daniel Boone, and Nathanial Greene. The County Courthouse is located in the southeast quadrant.

  • Post Dedication Use

    A brass plaque was added to the WWII monument sometime after the mid-1970s as a memorial to the veterans of the Korean Conflict, in which 12 Davidson County men were killed.

    On Sunday May 29th, 2011 the Davidson County Veterans Council's hosted the 66th Annual Davidson County Veterans Memorial Service at the Memorial. Two names were added to the monument of military personnel: Josh T. Harris and Charlie F. Cagle. Harris died in Afghanistan in 2008. Cagle had died in the Korean War, and his body was only recently found.

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