East Meadow in Nassau County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
77th Infantry Division Reserve Veterans Memorial
the men and women
77th Infantry Division
who served their
in war and peace
Erected by Family of Eugene J. McConnell.
Location. 40° 44.032′ N, 73° 34.669′ W. Marker is in East Meadow, New York, in Nassau County. Marker can be reached from Park Boulevard north of County Route 24. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: East Meadow NY 11554, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 82nd Airborne Division (here, next to this marker); American Legion Auxiliary (here, next to this marker); War Dogs Memorial (here, next to this marker); Francis Cardinal Spellman (here, next to this marker); Battle of the Bulge Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Still on Patrol (a few steps from this marker); The Four Immortal Chaplains (a few steps from this marker); The Silent Service (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in East Meadow.
More about this marker. The memorial is mounted atop a low retaining wall on the south side of the Veterans Memorial Tower in Memorial Plaza in Eisenhower Park.
Also see . . . History of the 77th (77th Infantry Division Reserve Officers Association Inc.). The 77th Division was organized at Camp Upton in Yaphank, New York on 25 August 1917. During their 68 days in combat, the division fought in four campaigns – Baccarat, Oise Aisne, Aisne-Marne and Meuse-Argonne. Most notable was the exploits of the “Lost Battalion” with elements of the 306th, 307th and 308th Infantry Battalions who for three days repulsed repeated German attacks. The battalion was not in fact lost but advanced into German territory far beyond any other American unit. When asked to surrender by the Germans, Major Charles S. Whittlesey responded: “Come and get us” or words to that effect. Of the 679 men in the unit, only 252 survived. (Submitted on August 3, 2017.)
Categories. • War, Korean • War, Vietnam • War, World I • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 3, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 59 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 3, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.