Caswell County Veterans Memorial, Yanceyville
The Caswell County Veterans Memorial is formed from seven connected black granite panels standing on a base made of three pieces of gray granite. Three flat top panels form the center section. Two panels each form the right and left sections and slope downward. These outside sections and their base section also angle forward. Inscriptions appear on all panels and the base. Coats of arms of branches of the military bracket the inscription on each base section. From left to right: United States Space Force, Coast Guard, Navy, Army, Marine Corps and Air Force. The image of an American flag flanked by images of eagles appears on the back.
An open courtyard of concrete and brick pavers fronts the memorial. Two memorial benches of black granite are to each side of the courtyard. Centered in front of the memorial is a Battle Cross consisting of a M1 Garand rifle standing upright between a pair of combat boots with a World War II style helmet on the rifle’s stock. Around the cross's bases are the words HONOR, SERVICE, VALOR, SACRIFICE. Three flag poles stand behind the memorial and lighting provides for night time viewing.
A plaque listing the donors was installed in the Town of Yanceyville Municipal Building.
Images: Rear View | View of the Battle Cross
Center Panels: CASWELL COUNTY / VETERANS MEMORIAL
WORLD WAR II / KILLED IN ACTION / [Far left column] BOWES, ROBERT HENRY / BRANDER, CLAUDE / BRADSHER, JAMES FRANKLIN / COBB, WESLEY LINDSEY / DABBS, JULIUS LEMUEL / DABBS, LAWRENCE RALSTON / FARRAR, ETHEN ALLEN / [Left center column] FARRAR, JAMES ALFRED / FOWLKES, CHARLIE JENNINGS JR. / GEORGE, MARSHALL LEE / HARRIS, BAINE / HOOPER, DEWEY GLEN / JONES, CECIL OWEN / [Right center column] JORDAN, PERRY ROBERT / LEA, WILLIAM THOMAS JR. / LOFTIS, BRYANT MONROE / MCMILLAN, JOHN CLARENCE / MOORE, GEORGE HERMAN / POINTER, JAMES CECIL / [Far right column] SHOTWELL, WILLIAM BRADSHER / SWANSON, JAMES WARREN / WARE, RALPH DAVID / WARREN, RAY DENNY / WILKINS, OWEN MITCHELL / WILSON, GEORGE WILLIAM JR. / WRENN, JOSEPH EARL
DIED NON-BATTLE / [Far left column] GAMMON, LEVI DREWEY / GARRETT, ELMO LOVE / HARRISON, JOHN EDWARD / [Center left column] HOLLEY, EARLE CLEMENT / MATKINS, JOHN NORRIS / NEAL, HENRY THOMAS / [Center right column] ROBERTSON, JOHNNIE WESLEY / SMITH, WALTER LEE / STEPHENS, IVORY LRR / [Far right column] TRAVIS, JOHN WELSEY / TURNER, WALTER EDWARD
Left Center Panel: WORLD WAR ONE / [Left Column] KILLED IN ACTION / NEAL, ALGERNON SIDNEY / SIMPSON, ED / SMITH, GURNEY MATHEW / WARREN, GEORGE THOMAS / [Right column] DIED NON-BATTLE / BROOKS, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN / EVANS, JOHN / FULLER, BYRD EDWARD / HARRIS ALEXANDER / JEFFREYS, MOSES / LEA, JOHN JUNIUS / LEA, RUFFIN / PATTILLO, ROY ANNISON / PHELPS, TON ABNER / WARREN, WILLIAM EARNEST
LOST AT SEA / JOHNSTON, JULIUS III
Far Left Panel: PRISONERS OF WAR / WORLD WAR II / [Left Column] BRANDON. DUDLEY WILSON / BYRD, BOYD BYRANT / GREGORY, PAUL ALLEN / GRUBBS, JOSEPH ELLIOT / [Right Column] HARRELSON, JAMES BASLEY JR. / PAYNE, RALPH LEON / WHITLOW, EVELYN BARBARA / YEATS, LESLIE CLARENCE
Right Center Panel: KOREAN WAR / KILLED IN ACTION / FORD, ALVIS LAYTON / MOORE, BENNY ALLEN / OWEN, CLAUDE
VIETNAM WAR / [Left Column] KILLED IN ACTION / MITCHELL, RALPH / RICHARDS, JAMES MICHAEL / WADE, KENNETH EARL / WEBSTER, JOHN THOMAS / [Right Column] DIED NON-BATTLE / BLACKWELL, JOHN WILLIE / SNIPES, BILLY LEE
Far Right Panel: WAR ON TERROR / AFGHANISTAN-KILLED IN ACTION / RICHMOND, COLBY LEE
Base Inscription, left to right: IN MEMORY AND HONOR / OF ALL THOSE WHO SERVED / FROM CASWELL COUNTY
Rear, Center Panel: CASWELL COUNTY / VETERANS MEMORIAL
November 11, 2020
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Black and gray granite, concrete and brick pavers
A rainy day saw approximately 300 people attend the dedication ceremony. The National Anthem was sung by Naomi Totten. Presenting were NC State Senator Phil Berger, Sr. and Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Larry Hall. The dedication was ended with the laying of a wreath by David Kirby, a rifle salute by the Marine Corps League Detachment 1209 from Burlington, NC, and Taps played by Brandon Smith.
The memorial is located at the corner of East Church Street and North Avenue in Yanceyville, NC.
Streets are on two sides and a paved parking lot fronts the memorial with an open lawn to the left.