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Huntington Woods in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Polar Bears

 
 
Polar bears Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Grobbel
1. Polar bears Marker
Inscription. Dedicated to the American North Russian Expeditionary Forces known as the "Polar Bears".

From September 4, 1918, to June 15, 1919, fifty-five hundred American Soldiers of the 339th Infantry regiment (with elements of the 310th Engineers and the 337th Ambulance and Hospital Companies) fought Bolshevic Russian forces under harsh Arctic conditions near Archangel, Russia. Since most of these soldiers came from Michigan, and of those, most were from Detroit, they were known as "Detroit's Own - Polar Bears". Of the "Polar Bear" Soldiers, 232 died and 307 were wounded. In 1929, five former "Polar Bears" returned to North Russia to recover the remains of those left behind. They recovered 86 bodies of which 56 were buried around a white marble Polar Bear sculpture at White Chapel Memorial Cemetery, Troy, Michigan.

Presented by White Chapel Memorial Cemetery and Matthews International Corporation.
 
Erected 2003.
 
Location. 42° 28.641′ N, 83° 9.656′ W. Marker is in Huntington Woods, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker can be reached from Woodward Avenue near I-696. Click for map. Marker is in the Detroit Zoological Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 25165 Woodward Avenue, Huntington Woods MI 48070, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
"Detroit's Own" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Barrera, December 30, 2008
2. "Detroit's Own" Marker
"Detroit's Own" marker at the Michigan's Own military museum in Frankenmuth, Michigan.
At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ridge Road (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fred A. Baker House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Royal Oak Woman's Club (approx. 0.8 miles away); Royal Oak Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); First Baptist Church of Royal Oak (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Royal Oak (approx. 1.8 miles away); Ferndale School (approx. 1.8 miles away); Royal Oak Township Cemetery / Saint Mary Catholic Cemetery (approx. 1.8 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Picture of the Polar Bear Monument at White Chapel Cemetery, Troy, MI. (Submitted on December 31, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
 
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Polar Bear Mascot image. Click for full size.
By Al Barrera, December 30, 2008
3. Polar Bear Mascot
Polar bear donated by the city of Detroit to the Regiment in 1930, nicknamed "Sasha", at the Michigan's Own military museum in Frankenmuth, Michigan.
"Detroit's Own" Polar Bears Memorial,White Chapel Cemetery, Troy, Michigan image. Click for full size.
By Mike Grobbel
4. "Detroit's Own" Polar Bears Memorial,White Chapel Cemetery, Troy, Michigan
This work, by sculptor Leon Hermant, was dedicated on May 30, 1930.
 
 
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