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Winfield in Putnam County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)

Putnam County War Memorial

Swords to Plowshares Monument

Putnam County War Memorial Monument Dedication Plaque image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, July 13, 2019
1. Putnam County War Memorial Monument Dedication Plaque
Inscription.  Dedicated to the G.I. — P.O.W. — M.I.A. — and K.I.A. We will remember you.
Erected 1991 by Boilermakers Union # 667 Winfield, W.V. — Presented to the people of Putnam County. Sculptured by Charles Bradley.
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: Military.
Location. 38° 32.027′ N, 81° 53.544′ W. Marker is in Winfield, West Virginia, in Putnam County. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Winfield WV 25213, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Winfield / Battle of Winfield (a few steps from this marker); The Civil War in Putnam County (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Historic Hoge House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Red House Shoals / Civil War Action (approx. 0.9 miles away); Red House (approx. 1.8 miles away); Coal Mining in Putnam County (approx. 1.9 miles away); A Park for the Coal Miner
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(approx. 1.9 miles away); Andrew & Charles Lewis March (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winfield.
More about this memorial. Acronyms used on the dedication plaque.
• G.I. — Initials used to describe the soldiers of the United States Army and airmen of the United States Army Air Forces. Also has been used to describe any personnel of any of the United States Armed Forces.
• P.O.W. — Prisoner of war
• M.I.A. — Missing in action
• K.I.A. — Killed in action

Regarding Putnam County War Memorial. Description in the Inventory of American Painting and Sculpture, Smithsonian American Art Museum:
An abstract sculpture made of what appears to be stainless steel polished to a highly reflective finish. The main shape is similar to a ship's bow. One side of the main shape has a sharp curve which is cantilevered beyond the edge of the base. The other side tapers gradually to a sharp point where it merges with the plinth. The main shape is pierced at the mid-point with a representation of a sword. The handle forms a cross and is ribbed and textural with round knob ends. The blade of the sword is flat and tapers downward to the point. Near the handle the blade expands into a diamond shape. The sword blade intersects the main shape at the upper and lower edges and then appears to extend into the ground.
Swords to Plowshares Monument image. Click for full size.
1991 sculpture by Charles Bradley, Photograph by J.J. Prats, July 13, 2019
2. Swords to Plowshares Monument
1991 sculpture by Charles Bradley is approximately 8 feet tall and 7½ feet wide on a 4 inch base.
Putnam County War Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dan Reynard, September 8, 2021
3. Putnam County War Memorial
Credits. This page was last revised on March 14, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 31, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 230 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 31, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   3. submitted on March 12, 2022, by Dan Reynard of Bellevue, Wisconsin.

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