Waycross in Ware County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Vereen Bell Highway
Born in Cairo, GA., Oct. 5, 1911; Davidson College A.B., 1932; home later, Thomasville; wife and two children; died Oct. 26, 1944.
His brilliant but brief literary career included two novels, many short stories and articles. He wrote mostly of nature and outdoor life, including the Okefenokee, which he loved and made the locale of several stories. Two separate motion pictures were made from “SWAMP WATER,” (20th C. Fox, 1942, 1952).
Volunteering for the Navy 1943, he became Intelligence Officer of Air Combat Squadron VC-10 on aircraft carrier GAMBIER BAY.
This valiant ship was sunk in the Battle for Leyte, Oct. 23, 1944. VEREEN BELL was injured, died the next day and was buried at sea of Samar Island, P.I. He dies nobly and unafraid.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Roads & Vehicles • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1911.
Location. 31° 7.776′ N, 82° 16.032′ W. Marker is in Waycross, Georgia, in Ware County. Marker is at the intersection of Okefenokee Swamp Park Road (Georgia Route 177) and Jacksonville Highway (U.S. 1), on the right when traveling west on Okefenokee Swamp Park Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Waycross GA 31503, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Okefenokee Swamp (approx. 6.8 miles away); Methodism Came To Waycross (approx. 7.6 miles away); The Wildes Massacre (approx. 7.7 miles away); Ware County Georgia World War I Memorial (approx. 7.8 miles away); Waycross Confederate Monument (approx. 7.8 miles away); Senator Nicholas Ware (approx. 7.8 miles away); Ware Court House (approx. 7.8 miles away); Trail Ridge (approx. 11.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waycross.
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