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Marion Albert Hill

Nov. 13, 1895 — Feb. 3. 1979

 
 
Marion Albert Hill Monument image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 28, 2017
1. Marion Albert Hill Monument
Inscription.
The Cullman County native was the first
man drafted in America for World War I. His
Selective Service number 258, was the first
one drawn in the U.S. Senate Building in
Washington D.C. on July 20, 1917. 10,500 men
were drafted that day. He fought many
battles in France and Germany.

 
Erected by the American Legion and V.F.W.
 
Location. 34° 11.549′ N, 86° 51.557′ W. Marker is in Cullman, Alabama, in Cullman County. Marker can be reached from Sportsman Lake Road NW 0.4 miles west of 2nd Avenue NW (Route 31). Touch for map. Located in the Cullman Veterans Memorial Park at Sportsman Lake Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1544 Sportsman Lake Road NW, Cullman AL 35055, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cullman County World War I Memorial
Veterans Memorial Park sign. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 28, 2017
2. Veterans Memorial Park sign.
(here, next to this marker); Cullman County WWII Memorial (a few steps from this marker); PFC Patrick Bates (a few steps from this marker); Combat Wounded Veterans (a few steps from this marker); Operation Iraqi Freedom - Afghanistan Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Cullman County Korean War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Cullman County Vietnam Memorial (a few steps from this marker); UDC Confederate Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cullman.
 
Regarding Marion Albert Hill. Secretary of War Newton D. Baker, after he had been blindfolded, plunged his hand into
Entrance to the Cullman Veterans Memorial Park. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 28, 2017
3. Entrance to the Cullman Veterans Memorial Park.
The monument can be seen through the left gate, to right of larger monument.
a large glass jar containing the 10,500 numbers enclosed in capsules. He drew one and passed it to a clerk who opened it and announced the number "258." Thus the World War One draft lottery drawing began. The date was July 20, 1917.
 
Categories. Notable EventsWar, World I
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 29, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 123 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 29, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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