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  • Monument Name

    Cherokee County Veterans Memorial, Murphy

  • Type

    War Memorial

  • Subjects

    World War II

    Iraq War, 2003-2011

    Vietnam War, 1960-1975

    World War I

    Korean War, 1950-1953

  • City

    Murphy

  • County

    Cherokee

  • Description

    The memorial consists of three gray granite panels on a single granite base centered on a concrete pad and walkway. The center panel is several feet taller than those on its flanks with the total height estimated at six-feet. At the top of the center panel is an incised American eagle above two furled flags and a shield with 13 stars and 13 bars. Sets of three stars are above and to either side of the eagle. Between the dedication inscription at the top and the sponsor inscription at the bottom are incised coats of arms for the Marine Corps, Army, Air Force and Navy. The left panel holds the names of 11 World War One dead and 47 from World War Two. The right panel has additional 31 names from World War Two, 13 names from Korean War, 13 names from Vietnam and 1 from the Iraq War. Square granite planters with incised American flags rest on the memorial base to either side.

    A small black granite marker with a gable top is nearby. It is dedicated to 60 Sons of North Carolina who never returned from Vietnam.

  • Inscription

    DEDICATED TO VETERANS / WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES / FOR OUR COUNTRY / THEIR MEMORIES / WILL NEVER DIE

    THIS MEMORIAL ERECTED / BY CONTRIBUTIONS COLLECTED BY / CHEROKEE COUNTY VETERANS / AMERICAN LEGION POSTS 96 & 97 / V.F.W. POSTS NO. 10222 & 7620 / D.A.V. CHAPTER NO. 73 / DEDICATED NOV. 11, 1986

    Left panel: WORLD WAR I
    Bryson, Lon / Conley, Roy / Dockery, Andrew / Elkins, Joe Miller / Ferguson, Wilbur P / Hall, Charlie / McDougal, James E. / Morgan, Loran / Piercy, Robert / Spivey, Fred / Stilman, Leslie / Wyke, Charles
    WORLD WAR II
    Abernathy, Jacob L. / Adams, Lionel P. / Anderson, Willard C. / Boughman, L.S. Jr. / Brown, Clyde / Bryson, Boone / Bruce, Reid H. / Burgess, Duel / Coleman, Luther J. / Cooper, Harmon / Collins, James R. / Craig, Elisha / Crain, Horace C. / Crain, Loman B. / Crisp, James David / Davenport, James U. / Davis, Don H. / Davis, Joseph W. / Dockery, Donald H. / Dockery, James E. / Dockery, Marshall R. / Ellis, Don / Garrett, James / Garrett, Ross / Gladson, Clyde W. / Hamby, Hobert / Hardin, Edward / Hedrick, Mayford / Henry, William C. / Hogsed, William R. / Holland, Doyle A. / Holland, John E. / Johnson, Hoyt H. / Kimbrough, Lawrence / King, Marvin W. / Ledford, Cremial M. / Ledford, Troy L. / Lovingood, Willard J. / McLean, Edward / McMillan, Russell K. / Millsaps, Horace S. / Morgan, James E. / Morgan, Willard B. / Morris, Samuel R. / Newman, Hansel L. / Nicols, Burton K. / Nix, Francis

    Right panel: WORLD WAR II
    Ogle, Lee Roy / Palmer, Garland H. / Pinkerton, John H. / Postell, Clarence V. / Queen, Vinson / Radford, Charlie R. / Rattler, Mark J. / Roberson, A.J. / Robinson, James R. / Russell, Burt / Sparks, Clyde / Shields, Harold E. / Spivey, Charles P. / Stiles, Hoyt / Stiles, William / Taylor, Jack D. / Taylor, James R. / Taylor, Lewis H. / Totherow, Garland / Verner, Warren / Walker, Howard / Walls, Bill F. / Weaver, Maxwell F. / West, Quentin / Witt, John E. Wilcox, Audie J. / Wilhide, Robert M. / Wilhide, Wilfred W. / Wilson, George J. / Wilson, Vincent / Woods, Clyde
    KOREA
    Allen, Robert, Jr. / Amos, Charles G. / Carroll, Billy R. / Gaddis, Andrew J. / Gibby, Marvin / Goss, Linsey A. / Johnson, Russell S. / Maxey, Walter E. / Phillips, James K. / Sims, Claude T. / Stiles, Ray H. / Walker, Don / Denton, Max B.
    VIETNAM
    Brown, Thomas E. / Bryant, James C. / Garland, Michael L. / Graves, Wm. R. (Bill) Jr. / Hembree, Ronald G. / Jones, Loren C. / McClure, Billy J. / Mashburn, Raymond T. / Morrow, William D. / Nelson, Miles / Smith, Jimmy U. / Trantham, Raymond F. / Wilson, Richard
    IRAQ
    Parker, Saburant (SABE)

    Smaller black granite marker: DEDICATED TO 60 SONS / OF NORTH CAROLINA / WHO NEVER RETURNED / FROM VIETNAM. VETS M/B / AMERICAN WARRIORS M/B

  • Dedication Date

    November 11, 1986

  • Decade

    1980s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.087860 , -84.034250 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      “Cherokee County Veterans Memorial," The Historical Marker Database, HMdb.org, (accessed December 12, 2021) Link

      “Veterans Memorial -- Murphy, NC,” Waymarking.com (accessed December 12, 2021) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Granite

  • Sponsors

    Cherokee County Veterans, American Legion Posts 96 & 97, V.F.W. Posts No 10222 & 7620, D.A.V. Chapter No. 73

  • Location

    The memorial is located at the intersection of Unicoi Turnpike and Valley River Avenue in Murphy, NC. The memorial sits at an angle facing the street corner.

  • Landscape

    The memorial stands on a small lawn with several trees and commercial buildings to either side.

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