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Van Kirk Park

 
 
Back of bench image. Click for full size.
1. Back of bench
Inscription.
In memory of
John Stewart Van Kirk
Lieutenant 141 Armored Signal Company
1st Armored Division
Killed in Action 30 November 1942
Djedeida, Tunisia

 
Erected by US Army.
 
Location. 40° 18.848′ N, 74° 2.574′ W. Marker is in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Marker is on Malterer Avenue near Saltzman Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located between Brewer and Malterer Avenues (opposite the post field house). Marker is in this post office area: Fort Monmouth NJ 07703, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dunwoody Park (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Army Signal Corps World War II Memorial (approx. mile away); Soldiers Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Centennial Time Capsule (approx. 0.4 miles away but has been reported missing); Battle of the Bulge Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Tribute to Combat Pigeons (approx. 0.4 miles away); This steam engine rim (approx. 0.6 miles away); This light stood (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Monmouth.
 
More about this marker. Note: Ft. Monmouth is closed and access to
Close-up of front of bench image. Click for full size.
2. Close-up of front of bench
the Post is restricted.
 
Regarding Van Kirk Park. It was dedicated on November 26, 1951, by General Orders Number 24, and is named in memory of John Stewart Van Kirk, a lieutenant with the 141 Armored Signal Company, 1st Armored Division. Prior to WWII, he had attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Monmouth. Van Kirk was killed in action on November 30, 1942 in Djedeida, Tunisia. A memorial granite bench was erected at Van Kirk park without ceremony in the early 1950s, pursuant to the wishes of his father, the donor.

The park is also the site of the Purple Heart Memorial.
 
Categories. MilitaryWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Chrissie Tate Reilly of Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,098 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Chrissie Tate Reilly of Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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