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Greenville in Butler County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Butler County World War I Memorial

 

—The United States World War One Centennial Commission —

 
Butler County World War I Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 31, 2018
1. Butler County World War I Memorial
Inscription. On August 28, 1917, Alabama National Guardsmen departed from Union Station in Montgomery for shipment to France as the 167th United States Infantry Regiment of the Rainbow Division. Men from Butler County killed in action during 1918 in that great service were:

Name and Rank · Residence · Unit · Date of Death
Chateau-Thierry Battle
PVT Rufus P. Hendrix · Greenville · Co K, 167th Inf · 15 July
PVT Bryant Price · McKenzie · 45th MG Co, 167th Inf · 16 July
PVT Claudie Caine · Georgiana · Co F, 26th Inf · 19 July
CPL William Alexander · Georgiana · Co I, 28th Inf 21 · July

Croix Rouge Farm Battle
CPL Amos Bush · Greenville · Co D, 167th Inf · 26 July
CPL William T. Cheatham · Greenville · Co D, 167th Inf · 26 July
SGT Worth Lewis · Greenville · Co D, 167th Inf · 26 July
PVT Elbert L. “Lee" Milton · Oakey Streak · Co B, 167th Inf · 26 July
PVT Horace Rigsby · Georgiana · Co D, 167th Inf · 26 July
CPL Walter Wallace · Garland · Co F, 167th Inf · 28 July
PVT Edgar W. Hall · Chapman · Co M, 167th Inf · 28 July
PVT Charles Hoomes · Chapman · Co M, 167th Inf · 6 Aug
PFC James L. Sampley · Spring Hill · Co D, 167th Inf · 18 Aug

St. Mihiel Battle
PVT Burie G. McCormick · Pigeon Creek · Co H, 167th
Butler County World War I Memorial on outer wall of former Greenville Train Depot. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 31, 2018
2. Butler County World War I Memorial on outer wall of former Greenville Train Depot.
Inf · 12 Sep
PVT Will Frank Williams · Greenville · Co A, 165th Inf · 12 Sep
PVT Eugene T. Brooks · Georgiana · Co A, 143rd Inf · 14 Sep

Argonne-Meuse Battle
CPL Burkley H. Cook · Georgiana · Co C, 16th Inf · 8 Oct
PVT Comer C. Caine · Georgiana · Co L, 165th Inf · 15 Oct
PVT George K. Ealum · McKenzie · Co G, 147th Inf · 11 Nov

Serving in the 84th Brigade, with their sister regiment, the 168th of Iowa, they distinguished themselves in four large operations: Champagne-Marne, Oise-Aisne, St. Mihiel, and Meuse-Argonne, especially at the battle of Croix Rouge Farm and at the capture of Cote de Chatillon.

Brigadier General Douglas MacArthur who commanded them in three operations as Chief of Staff of the Rainbow Division and then as Commander of its 84th Brigade, wrote: "Two battalions of the 167th Infantry assisted by the 168th Infantry on the left, with the greatest courage and most severe losses, seized Croix Rouge Farm on the point of the bayonet...The unexpectedness and violence, and the difficulty of this vital operation cannot be overestimated, the gallantry and courage of the assaulting troops has never been excelled in the Rainbow's history."

Having suffered 616 killed in action and more than a thousand wounded during the First World War, the 167th returned to Alabama in May of 1919. They were celebrated as the "immortals" by the largest crowd ever to assemble on the grounds of the State Capitol.
 
Erected 2018 by the Fort Dale Chapter of the National Daughters of the American Revolution.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 31° 49.752′ N, 86° 37.667′ W. Marker is in Greenville, Alabama, in Butler County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Depot Square and Bolling Street. Touch for map. Located at the Greenville Chamber of Commerce on the outside wall of the old train depot near the parking lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Depot Square, Greenville AL 36037, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. West Commerce Street Historic District/Historic Greenville Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); The Camellia City/Greenville (approx. ¼ mile away); Our Confederate Dead Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); Our Confederate Dead (approx. 0.3 miles away); Confederate Park/Greenville City Hall-Site of Public School (approx. 0.3 miles away); World War II Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); In Memory of Captain William Butler (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenville.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Another nearby WWI Memorial in Greenville.
 
Also see . . .  AlabamaNews article and video on the memorial dedication. (Submitted on July 31, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. War, World I
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 31, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 31, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 56 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 31, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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