World War Two Dead Memorial, Kenansville
The monument to World War Two dead is made of three granite slabs on a single granite base. The gable top center slab is double the height of those on its flanks at approximately eight feet. The center slab has inscriptions on both sides. The front has an incised wreath tied with ribbon as the only decorative feature on the memorial. The flanking slabs list men from Duplin County who died in the war, 99 names in total. The man’s home community, rate or rank and branch of service and the dates of birth and death appear below their names.
Center slab, front: DEDICATED /TO THE / HONORED MEMORY / OF DUPLIN COUNTY’S SONS / WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES / IN WORLD WAR II
DONATED BY / DUPLIN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY / AND INGRAM & INGRAM ATTORNEYS
November 6, 2015
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Duplin County Historical Society and Ingram & Ingram Attorneys
Of the ninety-nine men listed on the memorial, 62 served in the Army, 12 served in the Army Air Forces, 17 served in the Navy, seven served in the Marine Corps, and one was a pilot with the North Carolina Civil Air Patrol. Eighty-eight were white, and 11 were black.
The World War II memorial along with World War I, Korean War, Vietnam, and Veterans Memorial are all located on the South Grounds of the Duplin County Courthouse in Kenansville. The courthouse address is 112 Duplin St, Kenansville, NC 28349.
The monument stands on the lawn of the Duplin County Court House.