World War Two Memorial, Oakdale Cemetery, Hendersonville
The memorial listing Henderson County World War Two dead is a tall narrow tablestone on a triple base. It stands roughly 11-feet tall with the tablestone holding the list of names being 8-feet by 30-inches. The tablestone has step like shoulders leaving a square at the top which holds a deeply incised Cross of Malta, the emblem of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Directly beneath this emblem are the words LEAST WE FORGET and then two columns of 114 names total.
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Top: LEAST WE FORGET
Left Column: ADAMS, UDELL I. / ALKEN, TALMADGE A. / AKERS, CHARLES, JR. / ALLEN, GLEN L. / ANDERS, CHARLES / ANDERSON, GEORGE E. / ARNETT, KENNETH R. / BRADLEY, LEE R. / BROTHERS, WALTER E., JR. / BURGESS, JACK L. / CANTRELL, JAHUE R. / CAPPS, EDWARD O. / CATE, ROY D. / CECIL, CHARLES P. / CLAYTON, JOHNNY W. / COCHRAN, JESS W. / COLLIER, ROBERT B. / CORN, WID R. / COSTANZA, CHRISTIE P. / COX, EVERETT I. / DILL, JOSEPH G. / DILLARD, THOMAS E. / DODSON, JAMES L. / DRAKE, HAROLD B. / DUNCAN, CLARENCE A. / DUNCAN, MARVIN M. / GAMBS, GILMAN E. / GIBBS, GLLEN P. / GIBBS, HORACE J. / GIBBS, JAMES A. / GREEN, CLLEO / GREENWAY, JULIAN T. / GUY, GEORGE F. / HAMILTON, CLARENCE J. / HANEY, MONROE I. / HARBERSON, CHARLES, JR. / HARTNETT, THOMAS M. / HEATHERLY, ROBERT V. / HEATON, WILLIAM M. / HEDGE, CHARLES R. / HEDRICK, PAUL / HEFNER, CHARLES M. / HEGGIE, RICHARD L. / HENDERSON, GLEN W. / HENDERSON, JERRY M. / HESTER, CHARLES M. / HIGGINS, ROBERT E. / HILL, JOHN F. / HOLLINGSWORTH, JOE P. / HOWARD, THOMAS D. / HUDSON, JAMES C. / HYDER, HUBERT J. / JACKSON, FLOYD H. / JACKSON, GEORGE E. / JACKSON, GLOVER E. / JOHNSON, LEWIS F. / JOHNSON, MORRIS L., JR.
Right Column: JONES, JOSEPH N. / KING, JUDGE D. / LAMB, JENNINGS G. / LANNING, B.M., JR. / LEDBETTER, EDWARD H. / LEVI, J.C. / LEVI, ROBERT G. / LONG, GRADY E. / LOVE, LOWELL E. / LOWE, NOEL L. / MATTHEW, ANDREW W. / MIDDLETON, WILLIAM W. / MCCARSON, ALVIN S. / MCCARSON, ROY M. / MCCARSON, PATRICK A. / MCCRAW, BRACK B. / MCGINNIS, BILL M. / MCGRAW, RAY W. / MCKINNEY, SAM W. / MCMINN, GEORGE R. / OSTEEN, CHARLES H. / PACE, MARION H. / PERTILLER, WILLIAM G. / PRAYTOR, HOWARD / PRESSLEY, VANCE M. / RANET, CHARLES P. / REED, JAMES C. / REED, JOHN H. / REESE, FRANK / RHODES, LUTHER L. / RHODES, MARK A. / RHYMER, HARRY C. / RHYMER, JOSEPH H. / RICE, CLAYTON D. / ROGERS, THEAWELL / ROGERS, THOMAS R. / RYMER, ANDREW M. / SHERMAN, HORACE / SHORT, LLOYD H. / SHYTLE, CHARLES F. / SHYTLE, JOSEPH E. / SMITH, CHARLES R. / SMITH, MARVIN P. / SMITH, RALPH C. / SPIEGEL, MORRIS / STATON, ROY E. / STEPP, GORDON J. / TATE, JULE / THOMPSON, ROYAL W. / THOMPSON, WILLIAM B. / TIDD, GEORGE W., JR. / WARD, WILLIAM J. / WATTS, JOHN W. / WILLIAM, ROY J. / WILLIAMS, AARON E. / WILLIAMS, FRED T. / WORLEY, WOFFORD G.
Rear: DEDICATED BY / HEDRICK RHODES / POST 5206 / 1951
Oakdale Cemetery, City of Hendersonville
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Hedrick Rhodes Post 5209 Veterans of Foreign Wars
Oakdale Cemetery in Hendersonville, NC, is home to a marble angel statue which may have served as inspiration for Thomas Wolf’s first novel Look Homeward Angel. Historians have documented almost a dozen angels carved at the monument shop owned by Wolf’s father. The Oakdale Cemetery angel is the one that most resembles the angel described in the novel.
Oakdale Cemetery is a historic city of Hendersonville cemetery. In December 1885, the city purchased 5.5 acres and physically established the cemetery, devoting the larger portion for the white section on the south side of Shaw's Creek Road and the African American section on the north side.
The memorial stands in Oakdale Cemetery that is located at Old US Hwy 64, Hendersonville, NC 28792.
The memorial is surrounded by gravestones and shady trees.