Leavenworth in Leavenworth County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Leavenworth County War Memorial
The Doughboy statue was first erected at Victory Junction in 1921 in memory of the members of the military who died in World War I. It was dedicated November 11, 1928.
In 1941 the statue was moved to its present location. Extensive deterioration of the figure was repaired, and our gratitude is owed to the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 75 for their help in the restoration. On July 4, 1985 it was rededicated to the memory of the military who died in all wars, especially those of World War I, World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
Plaque erected July 4, 1985
Recognition for the Refurbishing
of the Leavenworth County
Spirit of American Doughboy
Erected 1985 by Leavenworth County Board of Commissioners.
Location. 39° 18.86′ N, 94° 54.73′ W. Marker is in Leavenworth, Kansas, in Leavenworth County. Marker is on Walnut Street near 4th Street (U.S. 73), on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Markers are near the main entrance to the county courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 Walnut Street, Leavenworth KS 66048, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 Leavenworth County (here, next to this marker); World War and All War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Quartzite Boulder (within shouting distance of this marker); Leavenworth County World War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); First Presbyterian Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Leavenworth Public Library (about 600 feet away); Cyclone Carry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Manufacturing Metropolis of the Midwest (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Leavenworth.
Regarding Leavenworth County War Memorial. (Statue is actually Over the Top to Victory by John Paulding, not Spirit of American Doughboy.)
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. .
1. The new plaque added in 2001
Unfortunately the plaque added in 2001 honors the wrong statue (and by extension, the wrong sculptor). Leavenworth's statue is "Over the Top to Victory", by John Paulding, not the "Spirit of [the] American Doughboy" [by E. M. Viquesney]. So pervasive was Viquesney's influence over the genre that many communities, Leavenworth among them, believe to this day their Doughboy statue is a Viquesney.
— Submitted May 22, 2013, by Les Kopel of Oxnard, California.
Categories. • War, Korean • War, Vietnam • War, World I • War, World II •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 664 times since then and 130 times this year. Last updated on , by Les Kopel of Oxnard, California. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.