Corporal John D. LaWall
Sixteen Months in the Philippines
—Served: 1899-1901 —
There is a time in the life of nearly every boy when he is obsessed with the desire to become a soldier. Some boys delight to read of great battles, they are never so happy as when they are in the possession of fire-arms, and they regard the Fourth of July as the holiday of holidays. They are thus cultivating, unconsciously, their warlike propensities; so when they have an opportunity later on in their lives practically to demonstrate their tastes, they sometimes take advantage of it by enlisting. But nothing takes the romantic ideas out of a boy’s head so thoroughly as eating moldy bacon and hardtack, and nothing dampens his enthusiasm for the glamour and glitter of war so much as lying all night in the heavy rain fighting mosquitoes.
In 1968 the Military History Institute of the Army Heritage and Education Center initiated the Spanish-American War Veteran Survey Project. Corporal John D. LaWall was the first to fill out a survey packet.
Since then, the Veteran Survey Project has gathered information from American soldiers from every conflict of the 20th century.
Erected by U.S. Army
Location. 40° 12.433′ N, 77° 9.61′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker can be reached from Army Heritage Drive. Touch for map. One of two markers at the head of the path leading to the main entrance of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Private First Class Willard Dominick (a few steps from this marker); Sergeant First Class Randall D. Shughart (was a few steps from this marker but has been reported missing. ); "Old Abe" (within shouting distance of this marker); Staff Sergeant Fred A. Rella (within shouting distance of this marker); Hesco Barriers (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Specialist (SPC) Charles Posey III (about 300 feet away); HESCO in Afghanistan (about 300 feet away); HESCO in Iraq (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
Categories. • War, Spanish-American •
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