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Caruthersville in Pemiscot County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

General John M. Riggs

General John M. Riggs Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, August 31, 2010
1. General John M. Riggs Marker
Inscription. This memorial site was dedicated on November 11, 2000 to the honored veterans of all wars by Lieutenant General John M. Riggs, United States Army. LTG Riggs and his wife, Cathy, are natives of Caruthersville. At the time of the dedication, LTG Riggs was serving as the Commanding General, First United States Army, Fort Gillem, Georgia.

LTG Riggs, a 1964 graduate of Caruthersville High School entered the army as an enlisted man in 1965. Commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1969, he is a graduate of Infantry Officers Candidate School, Fort Benning, Georgia. He served a combat tour in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot. LTG Riggs commanded at company, battalion, brigade, division, and army levels serving in Vietnam, Germany, Korea, Belgium and numerous assignments throughout the United States. As of the date of this dedication, his general officer service included: Assistant Division Commander 3rd Infantry Division in Germany; Deputy Commanding General United States Army Aviation School, Fort Rucker, Alabama; Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff Operations and Plans, Washington, DC; and Commanding General 7th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado.

It is with a sense of humility and gratitude that we dedicate this sacred site to the honored memory of all who have served this nation in the name of liberty and freedom, and especially those
General John M. Riggs Veterans Park Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, August 31, 2010
2. General John M. Riggs Veterans Park
who gave their last full measure of devotion. May God bless their memory and their sacrifice for this great nation.
Location. 36° 11.651′ N, 89° 39.406′ W. Marker is in Caruthersville, Missouri, in Pemiscot County. Marker is at the intersection of West 3rd Street and Highland Avenue, on the right when traveling east on West 3rd Street. Click for map. Located in the General John Riggs Veterans Park. Marker is in this post office area: Caruthersville MO 63830, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sterling Price Reynolds (approx. mile away); Caruthersville (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lt. Col. John B. England (approx. 1.5 miles away); General Clifton Bledsoe Cates (approx. 15.9 miles away in Tennessee); Capture of Island No. 10 (approx. 16 miles away in Tennessee); Tiptonville Presbyterian Church (approx. 16.2 miles away in Tennessee).
Categories. Military
Inscription on Back of Veterans Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, August 31, 2010
3. Inscription on Back of Veterans Memorial
This park honors all American veterans who, although
separated by generations, shared a common, undeniable
goal -- to valiantly protect our country's freedoms.
The honor of the American veterans will continue to
live on whenever and wherever democracy exists.
The American veteran -- forever a symbol of heroism,
sacrifice, loyalty and freedom.
Back of General Riggs' Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, August 31, 2010
4. Back of General Riggs' Memorial
UH-1 Helicopter Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, August 31, 2010
5. UH-1 Helicopter
The park includes a Bell UH-1 helicopter on static display.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,459 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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