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Memorial Grove

Van Cortlandt Park

 
 
Memorial Grove Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 23, 2012
1. Memorial Grove Marker
Inscription.
Memorial Grove was created to honor Bronx men who served in World War II and Korea. The grove is shaded by Pin oaks (Quercus palustris), Red oaks (Quercus rubra), and Norway maples (Acer platanoides). Memorial Grove was first planted in 1949 to honor Bronx Men who served in World War II. It was later dedicated to those who served in Korea as well. In 1949, a plaque measuring 7 by 10 inches was placed at the base at each of the 39 trees. The plaques were later replaced with plaques on 12 by 14 inch granite bases. Of those only 18 are left.

Of the remaining plaques, those honored are Lieutenant Jerome Sheppard, Corporal Vincent Marzano, Lieutenant Peter G. Lehman, Sergeant John Basilone, Private Emil T. Pensas, Private First Class Rodman Wanamaker, Private Warren W. Bergoffen, Private First Class Harold L Aborn, Private Melvin Singer, Private First Class Warren W. Jacobs, Sergeant Donald S. Candlyn, Lieutenant Frank A. Carpucci, Corporal Peter D.J. Beekman, Private Stanley Katz, Lieutenant William H. Forman, Sergeant Edward L. Bressler, and Private Dominick Masiello. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945) also has a plaque at the base of a Pin oak tree.

The men in the Memorial Grove died in Europe, Africa, and the Pacific theater of World War II. Many received important awards for their valor and bravery. Sergeant
Memorial Grove Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 23, 2012
2. Memorial Grove Marker
John Basilone, a Marine, earned the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross. The Medal of Honor dates back to the Revolutionary War, and is the highest honor one can receive in the armed forces. Congress created the Navy Cross on February 4, 1919, and it is the second-highest Naval award a soldier can receive.

Lieutenant Peter G. Lehman and PFC Warren W. Jacobs both earned the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross in their service in the Army Air Force. The Distinguished Flying Cross is the second-highest award one can receive in the Air Force before the Medal of Honor. Congress established the award with the Air Corps Act on July 2, 1926, and it is given to a person who accomplishes an exceptional act of heroism in an aerial flight. The Air Medal, a lesser but still important award, was created by Executive Decree of President Roosevelt on May 11, 1942. The medal is awarded to a person who exhibits meritorious achievement in an aerial flight. Oak leaf cluster pins on a uniform represent subsequent Air Medals.

Memorial Grove is located in Van Cortlandt Park, near West 246 Street between Broadway and the Van Cortlandt Mansion. In celebration of the Bicentennial of the Constitution, Parks planted 13 American linden trees (Tilia Americana) between the Van Cortlandt Mansion and the Memorial Grove in 1987.
 
Erected
Memorial Grove Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 23, 2012
3. Memorial Grove Marker
2007 by City of New York Parks & Recreation.
 
Location. 40° 53.503′ N, 73° 53.803′ W. Marker is in Bronx, New York, in Bronx County. Marker can be reached from Broadway (U.S. 9), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in Van Cortlandt Park, west of the Van Cortlandt mansion. Marker is in this post office area: Bronx NY 10471, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sgt. John Basilone (a few steps from this marker); Van Cortlandt House Museum (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Major General Porter (about 500 feet away); Van Cortlandt House (about 500 feet away); Van Cortlandt Mansion (about 600 feet away); Cortlandt House (about 600 feet away); Adoption of the Constitution (about 600 feet away); Prison Window (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Bronx.
 
Categories. War, KoreanWar, World II
 
Marker in Van Cortlandt Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 23, 2012
4. Marker in Van Cortlandt Park
Plaque Honoring Sgt. John Basilone image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 23, 2012
5. Plaque Honoring Sgt. John Basilone
As mentioned on the marker, Sgt. John Basilone earned the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross.
Plaques in Memorial Grove image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 23, 2012
6. Plaques in Memorial Grove
Plaques honoring others who served in World War II and Korea are seen at the base of the trees in this photo.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 429 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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