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South Haven in Van Buren County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

A Home of Heroes

 
 
A Home of Heroes Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, August 13, 2022
1. A Home of Heroes Marker
Inscription.  
Patriotism and community service has always been alive in South Haven, from supporting our soldiers to services provided by the Coast Guard, police officers, firefighters, and first responders.

Many public service organizations were created in the late-1800s. The town jail was constructed in 1869 and the police station in 1885. The beginning police department consisted of a small band of men and a police chief. The U.S. Life Saving Station was established in 1887. Members of the Coast Guard helped with any distress on Lake Michigan and the Black River. A primitive fire department was established in 1888 and was later reorganized in 1906 with improved fire wagons.

Soldiers from South Haven served in all major wars throughout the town's history, from the Civil War to World War I and World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and more. The Michigan National Guard Armory was built in 1923, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion were organized in 1919 and 1921. The American Legion Post 49 is named afer Major Edward E. Thompson, a local mailman who lost his life in France during World War I. The community banded together
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in support of our soldiers during these trying times, from volunteering efforts to lining the streets while the soldiers paraded before deployment.

Medal of Honor recipients from South Haven include William Wilcox for his service in the Civil War, Duane Dewey for his service in the Korean War, and James McCloughan for his service in the Vietnam War.
 
Erected 2022 by City of South Haven, Historical Association of South Haven, South Haven Van Buren County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Kayski Creations. (Marker Number 11.)
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkLaw EnforcementMilitary. A significant historical year for this entry is 1869.
 
Location. 42° 24.41′ N, 86° 16.498′ W. Marker is in South Haven, Michigan, in Van Buren County. Memorial is on Dyckman Avenue west of Black River Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is in Stanley Johnston Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 202 Dyckman Avenue, South Haven MI 49090, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Time Capsule (a few steps from this marker); Local Pioneers (within shouting distance of this marker); Coastal Crossroads (within shouting distance of this marker); A Historic Harbor (within shouting distance of this
A Home of Heroes Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, August 13, 2022
2. A Home of Heroes Marker
marker); Resort Industry (within shouting distance of this marker); Commercial Fishing (within shouting distance of this marker); Catskills of the Midwest (within shouting distance of this marker); Evelyn S (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in South Haven.
 
More about this marker. Marker is part of South Haven's Sesquicentennial Trail.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 25, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 23, 2022, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 102 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 23, 2022, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.

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