Merritt Island in Brevard County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
First Buffalo Hunt
Veterans Memorial Center
Over three years from 2013-16, Navy veteran Jim McDole, of part Choctaw and Cherokee Heritage, carved this magnificent first buffalo hunt from a large block of fallon Chinese tallow. McDole was a homeless veteran during most of his labors. The sculpture was donated to VMC in 2017. It serves as a lasting legacy of military service, American history, and cultural heritage.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Military • Native Americans.
Location. 28° 21.043′ N, 80° 40.966′ W. Marker is in Merritt Island, Florida, in Brevard County. Memorial can be reached from the intersection of South Sykes Creek Parkway and Fortenberry Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 S Sykes Creek Parkway, Merritt Island FL 32952, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Veterans Memorial Park (a few steps from this marker); America’s Women Veterans (within shouting distance of this marker); Sons of the American Revolution (within shouting distance of this marker); Operation Iraqi FreedomThe “Dixie Doughboy” (within shouting distance of this marker); Operation Enduring Freedom (within shouting distance of this marker); POW★MIA (within shouting distance of this marker); World War II (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Merritt Island.
Regarding First Buffalo Hunt. The Chinese tallow (Triadica sebifera) tree is a common shade tree. The word 'fallon' in the marker text should probably be 'fallen'.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 17, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 17, 2021, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.