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Birmingham in Jefferson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Julius Ellsberry Memorial Park
 
Julius Ellsberry Memorial Park Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Anita Curry Nyambo, January 23, 2010
1. Julius Ellsberry Memorial Park Marker
 
Inscription.
In honor of Julius Ellsberry of Birmingham
World War II Hero
First Jefferson County Citizen to die for his country at Pearl Harbor while serving aboard the U.S.S. Oklahoma December 7, 1941
 
Erected 1999.
 
Location. 33° 32.324′ N, 86° 49.902′ W. Marker is in Birmingham, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Finley Avenue North one mile east of 13th Place North, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Small plot of land, triangular in shape, about the area of 1/2 city block. Marker is in this post office area: Birmingham AL 35204, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. North Birmingham (approx. 1.3 miles away); Smithfield (approx. 1.7 miles away); Jefferson County Courthouses (approx. 1.8 miles away); Sixteenth Street Baptist Church (approx. 1.8 miles away); Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Birmingham Public Library / The Linn - Henley Research Library (approx. 1.8 miles away); Police Presence (approx. 1.8 miles away); Jim Crow on the Books (approx. 1.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Birmingham.
 
Regarding Julius Ellsberry Memorial Park. Julius Ellsberry (1922 — December 7, 1941) was proclaimed the first Alabama serviceman to die during World War II, his identity being among the first revealed to the American public in casualty reports following the Battle of Pearl Harbor. Ellsberry was born in Birmingham, Alabama where he attended Kingston School, later Thomas School and was a graduate of Industrial (later renamed Parker) High School. A member of the class of 1938, he had the reputation of being a brilliant student. He was serving as a Mess Attendant First Class aboard the USS Oklahoma when it was torpedoed by Japanese aircraft in the surprise attack of December 7, 1941. He and 413 other crewmen were killed aboard the battleship. He was awarded a posthumous Purple Heart...

On May 31, 1941 he wrote his classmate and friend Dodson Curry a letter requesting a class ring. The full content of the letter was photographed and included here. The original letter is in the archives at the Birmingham Public Library.
 
Marker off Finley Blvd. Photo, Click for full size
By Anita Curry Nyambo, January 22, 2010
2. Marker off Finley Blvd.
 

 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Additional keywords. WWII Purple Heart
 
Julius Ellsberry Memorial Park Photo, Click for full size
By Anita Nyambo, January 22, 2010
3. Julius Ellsberry Memorial Park
 
 
Julius Ellsberry Photo, Click for full size
By 1938 Class photo, 1938
4. Julius Ellsberry
 
 
Julius Ellsberry Letter (page1) Photo, Click for full size
By Dodson Moore, August 3, 2009
5. Julius Ellsberry Letter (page1)
 
 
Julius Ellsberry Letter (page2) Photo, Click for full size
By Dodson Moore, August 31, 2009
6. Julius Ellsberry Letter (page2)
 
 
Julius Ellsberry Envelope from U.S.S Oklahoma Photo, Click for full size
By Dodson Moore, August 3, 2009
7. Julius Ellsberry Envelope from U.S.S Oklahoma
 
 
Thomas School (now converted to a shelter) Photo, Click for full size
By Anita Curry Nyambo, January 23, 2010
8. Thomas School (now converted to a shelter)
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on January 31, 2010, by Dodson M. Curry of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,113 times since then. Last updated on November 17, 2013, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on January 31, 2010, by Dodson M. Curry of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
 
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