Birmingham in Jefferson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Alabama Veterans Memorial
May 31, 1941
I hope all is well with you. I am doing well but due to the present state of emergency the Pacific Fleet is held in a place known as Hawaiian Territory.
Would you do me a great favor? Whenever you are in town get me some info on our class ring. I missed out on getting one due to the lack of funds. Now that I am away from everything that reminds me of the good old days I would like very much to have that ring. I would be glad to pay any price.
Thank you very much
Location. 33° 29.762′ N, 86° 42.361′ W. Marker is in Birmingham, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Liberty Parkway. Click for map. Exit Liberty Park from I-459 (toward Tuscaloosa) Turn west and look for the entrance to the Memorial. from I-65 or Hwy. 280 Exit I-459 North (toward Atlanta) Take Liberty Park exit. Turn left, cross overpass and look for entrance to the Memorial. Marker is in this post office area: Birmingham AL 35223, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wallace S. McElwain / Irondale Furnace Ruins Oldest House In Shades Valley / Irondale Furnace Commissary (approx. 2 miles away); Canterbury United Methodist Church (approx. 2.9 miles away); Mountain Brook (approx. 2.9 miles away); Birmingham Water Works Company (1887) / Cahaba Pumping Station (1890) (approx. 3.2 miles away); Robert Jemison, Jr. (1878-1974) / The Old Mill (1927) (approx. 3.2 miles away); New Hope Cemetery (approx. 3.4 miles away); Forest Park (approx. 3.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Birmingham.
Regarding Alabama Veterans Memorial. Julius Ellsberry (1922 — December 7, 1941) was the first Alabama man to die in the Pacific during World War II. Ellsberry was born in Birmingham, Alabama and was a 1938 graduate of Industrial (later renamed Parker) High School. He was serving as a Mess Attendant First Class aboard the USS Oklahoma when it was bombed by Japanese planes in the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941. He and 413 other crewmen were killed aboard the battleship. He was awarded
The Birmingham World referred to Ellsberry as "the Crispus Attucks of World War II." Crispus Attucks was the first American to be killed in the revolutionary war. Like Julius Ellsberry, Attucks was of African ancestry. The inscription on the column is an edited version of a letter written to his classmate and friend Dodson M. Curry. The original letter is in the archives of the Birmingham Public Library.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. A memorial to Julius Ellsberry, first Alabamian to be killed in WWII.
Also see . . . The Alabama Veterans Memorial. .. is a message from all Alabamians, recognizing the price of freedom and peace.
Amid peaceful Alabama woodlands, you can peruse the names of Alabamians lost to war. A time line in the Memorial walkway outlines historic events of the 20th century, visitors will find descriptions of Alabama's 23 Medal of Honor recipients of the 20th century, and in the courtyard, Medal of Honor stories appear on columns with artwork and letters. (Submitted on February 11, 2010.)
Additional keywords. Julius Ellsberry
Categories. • African Americans • War, World II •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dodson M. Curry of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,766 times since then and 10 times this year. Last updated on , by Dodson M. Curry of Birmingham, Alabama. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Dodson M. Curry of Birmingham, Alabama. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.