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Tribute to Combat Pigeons

 
 
Tribute to Combat Pigeons Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. C., October 12, 2007
1. Tribute to Combat Pigeons Marker
Inscription.
A Memorial
to
Homing Pigeons
In Combat

Courage • Loyalty • Endurance

 
Erected 1960.
 
Location. 40° 18.926′ N, 74° 2.124′ W. Marker is in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Marker is on Gosselin Ave near Murray Drive. Click for map. Marker is on the front of the Ft. Monmouth Museum located just in side the main gate. Visitors must obtain permission through the Ft. Monmouth Security Office to enter onto the military reservation. Marker is at or near this postal address: Kaplan Hall Building 275, Fort Monmouth NJ 07703, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Centennial Time Capsule (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing); This steam engine rim (approx. 0.2 miles away); This light stood (approx. 0.2 miles away); Army Signal Corps World War II Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Van Kirk Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dunwoody Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Soldiers Park (approx. 0.8 miles away); Battle of the Bulge Monument (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Monmouth.
 
More about this marker. While the museum is open to the
U.S. Army Communication Electronics Museum image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
2. U.S. Army Communication Electronics Museum
Marker is located on the left front of the building immediately next to the bricked-in doorway.
public for special tours and lectures, visitors must call to schedule and arrange for access to the facility. Fort Monmouth is a closed post with restricted access. Please call to schedule your visit: 732-532-1682.
 
Regarding Tribute to Combat Pigeons. This plaque recognized the U.S. Army Pigeon Service and the thousands of pigeons that gave their lives in service during World Wars I, II, and Korea.

Ft. Monmouth was home to the Army pigeon-breeding and training center. The procurement, training, and doctrine for pigeon use fell under the control of the U.S. Army Pigeon Service.
 
Also see . . .  Pigeons in the Army?. Over 90 percent of all messages sent by the US Army using pigeons were received. The birds are credited with saving thousands of lives. (Submitted on February 7, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Location of the original marker.
Information is from the publication “Fort Monmouth History and Place Names 1917- 1961,” Fort Monmouth, NJ, 1961. All materials cited are maintained in the C-E LCMC Archives, Office of the Command Historian, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. NOTE: Ft. Monmouth is closed and the Office may have been transferred to Aberdeen MD.


"The birdbath
Tribute to Combat Pigeons Marker image. Click for full size.
Fort Monmouth Historical Office
3. Tribute to Combat Pigeons Marker
Marker has since been moved to the location described above. The fate of the fountain is unknown.
Pigeon Memorial was located on the East side of Malterer Ave. near Buildings 550 and 551. It stood in what was then a wooded area in commemoration of the winged couriers who “got the message through” during WWI, WWII, and Korea. Fort Monmouth dedicated the memorial on July 14, 1960, as a part of the post’s celebration of the U.S. Army Signal Corps
Centennial. The Memorial has subsequently been removed." Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted May 8, 2012, by Edmund T. Tognola of Shrewsbury, New Jersery.

 
Categories. MilitaryWar, World IWar, World II
 
"Mocker" - One of the Hero Pigeons of World War II image. Click for full size.
By R. C., December 18, 2007
4. "Mocker" - One of the Hero Pigeons of World War II
-Ft. Monmouth Communications and Electronics Museum
Newspaper article on Pigeon Memorial Dedication Ceremony image. Click for full size.
Fort Monmouth Historical Office, July 14, 1960
5. Newspaper article on Pigeon Memorial Dedication Ceremony
Pigeon Service School Training Material image. Click for full size.
By R. C., December 18, 2007
6. Pigeon Service School Training Material
-Ft. Monmouth Communications and Electronics Museum
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,343 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey.   3. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey.   5. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   6. submitted on , by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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