Lima in Allen County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Servicemen's Free Canteen
The Lima Chapter of the American Women's Voluntary Services Organization established a community-based, free canteen during World War II for troops traveling on the Pennsylvania Railroad and adjacent Baltimore & Ohio-Nickel Plate Railroads. Meeting as many as forty trains a day, the ladies served 2.5 million troops between 1942-1945. Food, coffee, and other items were donated to the canteen from a twelve county area. The "AWVS" disbanded in 1945, but succeeding volunteers continued to provide service throughout the Korean Conflict and Viet Nam War. Lima's "Servicemen's Free Canteen" was the longest, continuously operated service canteen in the United States. An estimated four million soldiers, sailors, and marines were served between 1942-1970.
Erected 2007 by Allen County Historical Society, Lima Community Foundation, City of Lima Utilities Department, Downtown Lima, Inc., and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 6-2.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 40° 44.691′ N, 84° 6.14′ W. Marker is in Lima, Ohio, in Allen County. Marker is on Central Avenue, in the median. Click for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Allen County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site Of Lima's First Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Allen County, Ohio (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Old Bell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Historic House (approx. ¼ mile away); Faurot Opera House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ohio's First Electric Street Car Line (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Interurban Era (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lima.
Also see . . . A Brief History. Courtesy "Canteen Books" this link has many excellent old photos and detailed data that is well worth the view. (Submitted on January 14, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
Categories. • 20th Century • Charity & Public Work • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • Military • Patriots & Patriotism • War, Korean • War, Vietnam • War, World II •
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