Hoke County War Memorial, Raeford
This war memorial complex includes several markers dedicated to citizens of the Hoke County who fought in WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. The center granite slab stands approximately five feet tall and two feet wide, with dates of four wars carved into its sides. At the top of each side there is a seal for American Ex-prisoner of War and for each of the different service branches. Seals are carved above inscription on each side. A bronze eagle spreads wings atop the central monument.
There is a ground plaque in front of the center marker with the dedication date and the five names of the Veterans Monument Committee. Two small markers with angled front face stand on the right and two similar markers stand on the left of the central marker. Two markers (far right and far left) are dedicated to soldiers killed in action. This memorial complex is located in front of the Hoke County Courthouse.
Images (courtesy of Rusty Long): WWI War (front side) | WWII War | Korean War (back of the main granite slab) | Vietnam War | "Killed in Action" marker [far right] | "Killed in Action" 2nd marker [far left] | "In Memory of" | Special Appreciation
Center marker, front: WORLD WAR I / APR. 6 1917 / NOV 11 1918
Center marker, East/back face: KOREA / JUNE 27 1950 / JAN. 31 1955
Center marker, North/left face: VIETNAM / JULY 1 1958 / MAY 7 1975
Center marker, South/right face: WORLD WAR II / DEC 7 1941 / DEC 31 1946
Ground plaque in front of the central marker: VETERANS MONUMENT COMMITTEE / V.F.W. POST #7930 CHAPTER #17 D.A.V. / GUY S. MORRIS, LARRY BROWN JR. / WILLIE McDOUGAL, GEORGE BLACH / WILLIE WOODS / NOVEMBER 11, 1995
Ground marker, far left: KILLED IN ACTION / OIF – MCARN, MONTREL S. / JOHNSON, DONNA
Ground marker, center left: SPECIAL APPRECIATION / [Left column] D.A.V. CHAPTER #17 / CRUMPLER FUNERAL HOME / FLORENCE MURPHY / YARBOURGH & HANDCOCK ATT. / JOHN GARST ENVIROCHEM CO. / MR. & MRS. L.L. LYONS E-4 / MRS. SARAH F. CURRIE / R.W. HAYNES BROKER / HOKE CO. FIREFIGHTERS ASSO. / MRS. C.P. KINLAW / IRISH B. PICKETT / LAWRENCE R. WILSON EX POW / [Center column] LARRY BROWN JR. / MARIE FLOWER / WALL CHAPEL CH. / RAY MURPHY / B.M. BANDURE / NINA DAVIS / WESLEY DAY / G.M. MURCHISON / MAMIE CAMPBELL / H.G. TAMER / C.E. SHOCKLEY/ [Right column] V.F.W POST #7930 / V..F.W. LADIES AUX. / SFC E.V. JATTAN / ROCK HILL M.B. CHURCH / FLOSSIE ROBINSON MIN. / ROCK FISH F.W.B CHURCH / BOB LEWIS BIBLE CLASS / LAFAYETTE MEM. PARK / WFMA 1400AM / HOKE BOARD OF COMM. / TIMS MEMORIAL CO. INC.
Ground marker, center right: IN MEMORY OF / [Left column] SGM VIRGIL MURHPY / MSG ARNE FOWLER / SGT JOHN DAVIS / COL BOB LEWIS / LEROY G. MURCHISON / WILLIAM D. GIBSON / KINLAW, CLARENCE P. S.I.C. / ROBERT L. HARRELL / THOMAS G. HARRELL SR. / WILLIE E. HARRELL / [Right column] SP5 JOSEPTH M.L. BROWN / SFC RALPH PANDURE / E5 LINDA A DAVIS / GLEN DUDLEY / JAMES D. STEPHENS / E8 ALPHONSO PICKETT / SGM PAUL BURNETT / CPL JOHN T. HAIRE / SGT WILEY MCDOUGALD / PFC JAMES D. KEMP
Ground marker, far right: KILLED IN ACTION / WWI – ELLISON, E.B. MCMILLAN, CHARLES G. / WWI – MCLEAN, JOHN A. – MCDOUGALD, CHARLES A. – CHASON, CARSON B. - / WWII – CAPPS, PERCY E. – HELTON, LAWRENCE L. – MARKS, CHARLES F. - / MCCAIN, PAUL P. – MCGILL, ROBERT F. - MCNEIL, WILLIE A. – SNIPES, JAMES E. - / SMOAK, RUSSELL A., JR. – WATSON, EUGENE – WILLIAMS, HORACE A. - / HANCOCK, JOSEPH S. – LILLY, CLAY N. – MCBRIDE, MALLIE – MCFADYEN, W.N. / JR. – MCMINIS, LESTER E. – TEAL, JESSE L., JR. – WEST, LACY B. – WILLIAMS, RALPH / CHASON, DANIEL E. – CHASON, DANIEL L. / KOREA – MCCRAE, CLINTON – NIVEN, FRANKLIN – MCKINNON, VANDERBE - / VIETNAM – CAMPBELL, JAMES – FLOYD, KENNETH W. – NUGENT, HENRY F., JR. - / WARLICK, SAM D. – DEW, ROBERT E. – MCCORMICK, JEROME L. – PRATT, JOHN M.
November 11, 1995
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Catharine Shepard. “Service remembers veterans' sacrifices.” The News-Journal (Raeford, NC), No. 12 Vol. 109, May 28, 2014, p. 1 Link
Hoke County Courthouse and the War Memorial monument in Raeford, North Carolina. Photo by Christopher Ziemnowicz, courtesy of Wikimedia, (accessed July 16, 2015) Link
‘WWI Memorial, Raeford, NC.," Waymarking.com, (accessed July 16, 2015) Link
“Hoke County Killed In Action Memorial," Waymarking.com Link
“Raeford, NC Korean War memorial.” Waymarking.com, (accessed July 16, 2015) Link
Veterans Monument Committee, Veterans of Foreign Wars (V.F.W.) and Disabled American Veterans (D.A.V.).
The memorial is located in front of the Hoke County Court House, to the right at the intersection of E Edinborough and Main Streets.
Memorial markers stand on the lawn of the courthouse building.
Veterans Day and Memorial Day celebrations take place in front of the Hoke County War Memorial. In 2014, according to the local news, "organizations placed wreaths at the service monument in honor of veterans. The presenters read off the names of all the Hoke County veterans who passed away since last Memorial Day. American Legion Post 20, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 17 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10 presented the program, and Hoke County Veterans Service Officer Jackie Halliburton gave in support."