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Troy in Miami County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Junior Girls Canteen 1943-1946

 
 
Junior Girls Canteen 1943-1946 Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 27, 2008
1. Junior Girls Canteen 1943-1946 Marker
Inscription.  During World War II, forty of Troy's teenage girls, their mothers, and volunteers operated a free canteen service for troops on the platform of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad station. The group began as a few neighborhood girls providing magazines to soldiers while trains were stopped. With support and donations from Miami County communities and six additional counties, thousands of food baskets and countless drinks were given to approximately 600,000 soldiers trackside. Books, games, cigarettes, and other sundries were made available to soldiers on their trips to and from Europe or the Pacific. The volunteers of the Junior Girls Canteen served every train and soldier that came through the station, whether it was in the dead of night or the coldest day of winter. Throughout World War II, many other canteens were created across the nation, including eleven other canteens in Ohio.

(Lower Plaque):
Canteen Girls

Mary Jane Attenweiler
Margaret Attenweiler
Eileen Burgin
Marilyn Chase
Nancy Chronaberry
Thelma Dohm
Patty Fox
Katherine Hartzell
Alice Hobbs
Jeannine Kendall
Kathleen
Canteen Girls Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 27, 2008
2. Canteen Girls Marker
Dedicated 2007
Kendall
Patty Kirkland
Doris McMath
Lois McWilliams
Phyllis McWilliams
Mary Lee Mumford
Jackie Ovenshire
Eleanor Priest
Marlene Pour
Patricia Pour
Nanette Rudisill
Rosemary Rudisill
Mary Margaret Rush
Mary Lou Scott
Phyllis Shane
Charlene Strome
Hazel Sturgeon
Betty Tooley
Helen Turner
Patricia Wray
MASCOT Mickey Attenweiler

Donated by the American Legion Post 43, VFW Post 5436 and AM VETS Post 88
 
Erected 2006 by Troy Historical Society and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 13-55.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkWar, World IIWomen. In addition, it is included in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O), and the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series lists.
 
Location. 40° 1.964′ N, 84° 12.109′ W. Marker is in Troy, Ohio, in Miami County. Marker is on West Street, on the left when traveling east. Marker is between Crawford and Union Streets, in Herrlinger Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Troy OH 45373, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dilts Warehouse Plant No. 1 (a few steps from this marker); Troy Presbyterian Church
Junior Girls Canteen 1943-1946 Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 27, 2008
3. Junior Girls Canteen 1943-1946 Marker
Herrlinger Park in background
(approx. 0.4 miles away); WACO (approx. 0.4 miles away); Troy's Public Square & Third Courthouse (approx. half a mile away); Engine Storage Location (approx. half a mile away); Overfield Tavern (approx. half a mile away); Courthouses and Jail (approx. half a mile away); Sheriff’s House and Jail (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Troy.
 
Herrlinger Park Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 27, 2008
4. Herrlinger Park Sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 7, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,016 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 7, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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