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Sandersville in Washington County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Pvt. Willie Lee Duckworth Sr.

1924 — 2004

 
 
Pvt. Willie Lee Duckworth Sr. Monument image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, April 30, 2017
1. Pvt. Willie Lee Duckworth Sr. Monument
Inscription.  
In 1944, at Ft. Slocum, N.Y., Duckworth, an ordinary buck private
from Sandersville, Georgia, authored one of the most popular
marching cadences in military history. At first, it was known as the
"Duckworth Chant." It later gained fame as "Sound Off".

Sound Off
Ain't no use in goin' home
Jody's got your gal and gone
Ain't no use in feeling blue
Jody's got your sister, too.

Sound Off
One. Two
Sound Off
Three. Four.

With those words, Willie Lee Duckworth made the journey from
foot soldier to footnote in military history.

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicWar, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1944.
 
Location. 32° 59.011′ N, 82° 48.68′ W. Marker is in Sandersville, Georgia, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of West Haynes Street and Stacer Avenue. Located at the Washington County Courthouse Veterans Memorials. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 132 West Haynes Street, Sandersville GA 31082, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Washington County Korean War Memorial (here, next to this marker); Washington County Korean Monument (here, next to this marker); Washington County World War II Memorial (here, next to this marker); Washington County Viet Nam War Monument (a few steps from this marker); Washington County World War II Monuments (a few steps from this marker); Washington County World War I Monument (a few steps from this marker); Washington County Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Washington County Court House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sandersville.
 
Also see . . .  Blog on Willie Duckworth -Sandersville Man Marched to A New Tune. (Submitted on May 5, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Duckworth monument at Veterans memorials image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, April 30, 2017
2. Duckworth monument at Veterans memorials
Monument can be seen next to Courthouse wall, behind the white urn monument.
Pvt. Willie Lee Duckworth Sr. marker, on right. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, April 30, 2017
3. Pvt. Willie Lee Duckworth Sr. marker, on right.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 5, 2017. It was originally submitted on May 5, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 2,715 times since then and 946 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 5, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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