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Near Quantico in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Gracias

 
 
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By Robert Sites USMC (ret), April 20, 2011
1. Gracias Marker
With the widening of Russell Road the Marker has had a bit of a facelift. New photo shows how it appears as of 2011, at the same location.
Inscription.  
Captain
Courageous
Puddin
1935 – 1962
Quantico’s Pride

 
Erected 1962.
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsCemeteries & Burial SitesMilitary.
 
Location. 38° 31.097′ N, 77° 20.696′ W. Marker is near Quantico, Virginia, in Prince William County. Memorial is on Russell Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3500-B Russell Rd, Quantico VA 22134, 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. Prince William County / Stafford County (approx. 0.8 miles away); Road to Yorktown (approx. 1.4 miles away); America's 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines Battalion (approx. 1˝ miles away); Hotel Company 2nd Battalion 7th Marine Regiment (approx. 1˝ miles away); Second Battalion First Marines Vietnam Memorial (approx. 1˝ miles away); Firefighter Marines 9/11 Memorial (approx. 1˝ miles
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By Kevin W., October 8, 2007
2. Gracias Marker
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away); Marines of the 1st 155 Gun Battery SP (approx. 1˝ miles away); The Lieutenants of The Base School Class 3-67 and 41st OCC (approx. 1.6 miles away).
 
Regarding Gracias. This puzzling monument along Russell Road marks the last resting place of General Lemuel Shepherd's favorite horse "Captain Courageous," also called "Puddin," to whom he is saying "Gracias". General Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr. (1896 – 1990) was the 20th Commandant of the Marine Corps.

Signs near this marker identify the area as being a Loblolly Pine plantation.
 
Gracias Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., October 19, 2007
3. Gracias Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 19, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,575 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on December 28, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on April 20, 2011, by Robert Sites USMC (ret) of Quantico, Virginia.   2, 3. submitted on October 19, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.

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