Fort Monmouth in Monmouth County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Tribute to Combat Pigeons
Courage • Loyalty • Endurance
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Military • War, World I • War, World II.
Location. 40° 18.926′ N, 74° 2.124′ W. Marker is in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Marker is on Gosselin Ave near Murray Drive. Marker is on the front of the Ft. Monmouth Museum located just in side the main gate. Visitors must obtain permission through the Ft. Monmouth Security Office to enter onto the military reservation. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Kaplan Hall Building 275, Fort Monmouth NJ 07703, 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. This steam engine rim (approx. ¼ mile away); This light stood (approx. ¼ mile away); Army Signal Corps World War II Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Van Kirk Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dunwoody Park (approx. 0.4 Soldiers Park (approx. ¾ mile away); Battle of the Bulge Monument (approx. 0.8 miles away); Eatontown, New Jersey Fire Department and World War II Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Monmouth.
More about this marker. While the museum is open to the public for special tours and lectures, visitors must call to schedule and arrange for access to the facility. Fort Monmouth is a closed post with restricted access. Please call to schedule your visit: 732-532-1682.
Regarding Tribute to Combat Pigeons. This plaque recognized the U.S. Army Pigeon Service and the thousands of pigeons that gave their lives in service during World Wars I, II, and Korea.
Ft. Monmouth was home to the Army pigeon-breeding and training center. The procurement, training, and doctrine for pigeon use fell under the control of the U.S. Army Pigeon Service.
Also see . . . Pigeons in the Army?. Over 90 percent of all messages sent by the US Army using pigeons were received. The birds are credited with saving thousands of lives. (Submitted on February 7, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
1. Location of the original marker.
Information is from the publication “Fort Monmouth History and Place Names 1917- 1961,” Fort Monmouth, NJ, 1961. All materials cited are maintained in the C-E LCMC Archives,
"The birdbath Pigeon Memorial was located on the East side of Malterer Ave. near Buildings 550 and 551. It stood in what was then a wooded area in commemoration of the winged couriers who “got the message through” during WWI, WWII, and Korea. Fort Monmouth dedicated the memorial on July 14, 1960, as a part of the post’s celebration of the U.S. Army Signal Corps
Centennial. The Memorial has subsequently been removed."
— Submitted May 8, 2012, by Edmund T. Tognola of Shrewsbury, New Jersery.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 7, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,477 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 7, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. 3. submitted on February 7, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 4. submitted on February 24, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. 5. submitted on February 7, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 6. submitted on February 24, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.