Mexico in Audrain County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Missouri Exercise Tiger Army & Navy Anchor Memorial
Ralph T. Earnest
D. Dean Ferguson
Wallace W. Smith
[Additional Honor Roll of Names]
This state memorial honors the men of the United States Army and Navy who fought and died on 28 April 1944 while conducting a large scale training exercise for the D-Day Invasion off Slapton Sands England. During the hour long battle of "Exercise Tiger" 8 US Navy LST's came under sudden attack by German naval torpedo boats and through enemy action the United States Navy and First Army units lost 749 men in combat.
This memorial is dedicated to the brave sailors from the LST's of Convoy T-4 and to the gallant boys of Missouri's 3206th US Army Quartermaster Company. Their courage and sacrifice will always be remembered.
This 5000 pound anchor comes from a USS Suffolk County Class LST, and is on permanent loan to the Tiger Foundation, Citizens of Audrain County and the State of Missouri by the US Navy Inactive Fleet.
Dedicated on 28 April 2000
WWII Battle of Exercise Tiger 60th Anniversary
In Memory of All Military Personnel
Who Have Fought To Keep Our Country Free!
Erected 2000 by Exercise Tiger Foundation and Concerned Citizens and Organizations of Audrain County.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: War, World II • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is April 28, 1944.
Location. 39° 10.37′ N, 91° 53.004′ W. Marker is in Mexico, Missouri, in Audrain County. Memorial is at the intersection of Monroe Street and Washington Street, on the left when traveling west on Monroe Street. Memorial is at the northwest corner of the county courthouse grounds. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 North Jefferson Street, Mexico MO 65265, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Audrain County Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); John Bingle Morris (within shouting distance of this marker); Rex McDonald 833 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Graceland (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hardin College Bell (approx. half a mile away); Old Courthouse Clock Bell (approx. half a mile away); Bean Creek German Evangelical Church and Littleby Methodist Church Bell (approx. half a mile away); Bonnot Combined Brick Machine (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mexico.
Also see . . .
1. Exercise Tiger Association. (Submitted on November 27, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Operation Tiger: D-Day's Disastrous Rehearsal. (Submitted on November 27, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 10, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 27, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 880 times since then and 96 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 28, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 6. submitted on January 8, 2020, by Michael E Sanchez, Jr. of Kansas City, Missouri.