Columbia in Richland County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
“The Spirit of the American Doughboy “
E. M. Viquesney
World War I was largly fought in trenches six feet deep along the Western Front which extended nearly four hundred miles, from Northern France to the French-Swiss border. Enemy trenches were close by and seperated from allied positions by barbed wire and open fields.
By Armistance Day, November 11, 1918, the American forces commanded eighty-three miles of the Western Front, more than the Belgian, British, and British Commonwealth forces.
"Lafayette, we are here!"
The first American troops in World War I arrived in France in June, 1917. Under the command of General John J. Pershing, they were officially called the American Expeditionary Force, but they were nicknamed and known evermore as the Doughboys of The Great War.
"The American soldiers were superb. That is a fact which is acknowledged, not only by their friends
David Lloyd George
British Prime Minister
“The Spirit of the American Doughboy” Original Sculpture by E. M. Viquesney Reproduced by Frank Colson
The creation of E. M. Viquesney of Spencer, Indiana (1876-1946), this sculpture is a representation of and tribute to the veterans of the American Expeditionary Force who served in World War I.
This statue was reproduced from molds of the original work and erected on November 11, 2002 on behalf of the citizens of South Carolina in memory of the 64,739 South Carolinians who served and the 2,085 who were killed in action or died of disease or other causes during the Great War.
“Soldier rest! Thy warfare o’er
Sleep the sleep that knows no breaking.
Dream of battle fields no more,
Days of danger, nights of waking.”
- Sir Walter Scott
Over there, over there,
Send the word, send the word over there-
That the Yanks are coming,
The Yanks are coming...
So prepare, say a pray'r
Send the word sent the word to beware,
We'll be over, we're coming over,
And we won't
George M. Cohan
American composer and producer George M. Cohan's song "Over There" inspired Americans at home and abroad in The Great War. For his musical contribution to the war effort, Cohan was awarded the † Congressional Medal of Honor.
Erected 2002 by Santee Cooper, City of Columbia, SCANA , John and Anne Rainey, NBSC, Allen Marshal,Wachovia, Julia and Charles T. Ferillo, Jr., Bank of America, BlueCross and BlueShield of SC.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Spirit of the American Doughboy - E. M. Viquesney marker series.
Location. 34° 0.106′ N, 81° 2.562′ W. Marker is in Columbia, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker is on Washington Street near Wayne Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Located in Memorial Park at the corner of Wayne and Washington Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Columbia SC 29201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. USS Columbia CL-56 (a few steps from this marker); China - Burma - India Veterans (within shouting distance of this marker); A Tribute To All U.S. Military Personnel On This Day Of Infamy (within shouting The Columbia (S.C.) Holocaust Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); South Carolina State Vietnam War Memorial (about 300 feet away); Korean War Memorial (about 300 feet away); Zion Baptist Church (about 500 feet away); Seaboard Air Line Passenger Station (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
Regarding "The Spirit of the American Doughboy ". On the "Yanks Are Coming" Plaque...†> Congressional Medal of Honor is an error here.
Cohan is arguably one of the most honored American entertainers.On June 29, 1936, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt presented him with The Congressional Gold Medal for his contributions to World War I morale, in particular the songs "You're a Grand Old Flag" and "Over There."
Not to be confused with Medal of Honor.
A Congressional Gold Medal is an award bestowed by the United States Congress and is, along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. The decoration is awarded to an individual who performs an outstanding deed
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Other Doughboys around the U.S.
Also see . . . The E. M. Viquesney "Spirit of the American Doughboy" Database. (Submitted on June 29, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Categories. • War, World I •
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