San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
This grove is dedicated to the memory of the members of the San Francisco Parlors, Native Sons of the Golden West, who gave their lives in the World's Wars I and II.
Erected 1951 by Grove of Memory Association, Native Daughters of the Golden West and Native Sons of the Golden West.
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: War, World I • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series list.
Location. 37° 46.327′ N, 122° 28.477′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Memorial is on John F. Kennedy Drive, on the right when traveling west. The Doughboy is located in Golden Gate Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 495 John F Kennedy Drive, San Francisco CA 94118, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Trees (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Japanese Tea Garden Gates (approx. 0.3 miles away); Japanese Tea Garden (approx. 0.3 miles away); The California Midwinter International Exposition (approx. 0.4 miles away); Golden Gate Park: A Brief HistoryThe Music Concourse (approx. 0.4 miles away); The California Academy of Sciences (approx. 0.4 miles away); The de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
More about this marker. The original Grove of Memory was planted along Junνpero Serra Boulevard at Ocean Avenue in 1920. A tree was planted for each Native Son from the San Francisco Parlors who were killed in WW I. By 1927 a road widening project had resulted in the removal of the original grove and a new Grove was planted in Golden Gate Park. It was at this new Grove of Memory that the Doughboy statue was erected and a plaque to honor the WW I dead was installed. In 1951 a new plaque replaced the old one, now with WW II dead listed as well. By this time, the number of known WW I dead had, grown from 39 to 41.
Regarding The Doughboy. The bronze sculpture is by M. Earl Cummings (1876-1936). Cummings was a professor of architecture at UC Berkeley and a member of the San Francisco Board of Park Commissioners. The sculpture was dedicated in 1930 to honor soldiers killed in WW I. The plaque was changed in 1951 to also honor soldiers killed in WW II.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 11, 2014. This page has been viewed 585 times since then and 17 times this year. Last updated on February 26, 2021. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 11, 2014, by Alvis Hendley of San Francisco, California. 5. submitted on February 25, 2021, by James King of San Miguel, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.