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Quantico Marine Corps Base in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Gracias

 
 
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By Robert Sites USMC (ret), April 20, 2011
1. Gracias Marker
With the widening of Russell Road the Marker has had a bit of a facelift. New photo shows how it appears as of 2011, at the same location.
Inscription.
Captain
Courageous
Puddin
1935 – 1962
Quantico’s Pride

 
Erected 1962.
 
Location. 38° 31.097′ N, 77° 20.696′ W. Marker is in Quantico Marine Corps Base, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on Russell Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Quantico VA 22134, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Prince William County / Stafford County (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Kings Highway ~ Road to Yorktown (approx. 1.4 miles away); Lieutenant General John Archer Lejeune (approx. 1.7 miles away); Once a Marine .... Always a Marine (approx. 1.8 miles away); Soldiers of the Sea (approx. 1.8 miles away); Second Battalion, 4th Marines (approx. 1.8 miles away); HMM-362 Ugly Angels Vietnam Memorial “Wing” (approx. 1.8 miles away); The ‘Striking Sixth’ Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away).
 
Regarding Gracias. This puzzling monument along Russell Road marks the last resting place of General Lemuel Shepherd's favorite horse "Captain Courageous," also called "Puddin," to whom he is saying "Gracias". General
Gracias Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., October 8, 2007
2. Gracias Marker
Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr. (1896 – 1990) was the 20th Commandant of the Marine Corps.

Signs near this marker identify the area as being a Loblolly Pine plantation.
 
Also see . . .  General Lemuel Cornick Shepherd, Jr., 20th Commandant of the Marine Corps. On the Who's Who in Marine Corps History web site, hosted by the United States Marine Corps History Division. (Note: There is no mention of the horse or this marker.) (Submitted on July 2, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. 20th CenturyAnimalsCemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Gracias Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., October 19, 2007
3. Gracias Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,417 times since then and 108 times this year. Last updated on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Robert Sites USMC (ret) of Quantico, Virginia.   2, 3. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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