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Rainbow Soldier

Rainbow Division - Croix Rouge Farm - 167th Alabama Infantry Regiment - July 26, 1918

 
 
Rainbow Soldier Marker (front) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 28, 2017
1. Rainbow Soldier Marker (front)
Inscription.
Front
On August 28, 1917, 3,677 Alabama National Guardsmen departed
from Montgomery's Union Station for shipment to France as the
167th United States Infantry Regiment of the Rainbow Divison.

Serving in the 84th Brigade, with their sister regiment,
the 168th of Iowa, they distinguished themselves in four operations:

Champagne - Marne | Oise - Aisne | St. Mihiel | Meuse - Argonne

and especially at the battle of Croix Rouge Farm and at the the capture
of Côte de Châtillon under the leadership of Douglas MacArthur who later wrote:

"Two battalions of the 167th Infantry assisted by the 168th Infantry on the left, with
the greatest courage and most severe losses, seized Croix Rouge Farm on the point
of the bayonet. The unexpectedness and violence, and the difficulty of this vital
operation cannot be overestimated; the gallantry and courage
Dedication plaque at rear of statue. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 28, 2017
2. Dedication plaque at rear of statue.
of the assaulting
troops has never been excelled in the Rainbow's history."

Having suffered 616 killed in action and more than a thousand wounded
during World War I, the 167th returned to this station on May 12, 1919.
They were celebrated as the "Immortals" by the largest crowd ever to assemble
on the grounds of the State Capitol.

Colonel William Preston Screws, a native of Montgomery and a regular
army officer, organized, trained and led the regiment in combat in World War I.

The United States
World War One
Centennial Commission.


Rear small dedication plaque
Dedicated on August 28, 2017,
the Centennial of the 167th United States Infantry Regiment of
the Rainbow Division leaving this Union Station destined for France.

This sculpture is a gift from the Croix Rouge Farm Memorial Foundation to the city of
Montgomery through the generosity of
Rainbow Soldier sculpture. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 28, 2017
3. Rainbow Soldier sculpture.
Sculpture by James Butler M.B.E., RA | Cast by Black Isle Foundry Ltd.
Nimrod Thompson Frazer, Silver Star, whose
father Sergeant William Johnson Frazer was a Purple Heart veteran of the 167th Infantry
Regiment and served in France with the regiment throughout World War One.

 
Erected 2017 by the Croix Rouge Farm Memorial Foundation and Nimrod Thompson Frazer.
 
Location. 32° 22.839′ N, 86° 18.817′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Water Street west of Commerce Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located right in front of the Montgomery Union Station. Marker is at or near this postal address: 210 Water Street, Montgomery AL 36104, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Train Shed 1897 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Domestic Slave Trade/Slave Transportation to Montgomery (within shouting
Rainbow Soldier Sculpture (other sides). image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton
4. Rainbow Soldier Sculpture (other sides).
distance of this marker); Encanchata (within shouting distance of this marker); Struggle For Colonial Empire (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); High Red Bluff (about 500 feet away); Major Charles W. Davis, Infantry United States Army / "Above and Beyond" (about 500 feet away); Montgomery's Panel Project (about 600 feet away); Marquis de Lafayette (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
 
Regarding Rainbow Soldier. A previous, exact replica of the statue, made by the same sculptor, also stands in Fère-en-Tardenois (Aisne) France as a symbol of the ties between Alabama and France.

 
Also see . . .  167th (Alabama) Infantry Regiment – History
Dedication ceremony on August 28th, 2017 in Montgomery. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton
5. Dedication ceremony on August 28th, 2017 in Montgomery.
A member of the 151st Army Band (on far right) singing the George M. Cohan WWI song "Over There."
. By the Croix Rouge Farm Memorial Foundation. (Submitted on August 28, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.) 
 
Categories. War, World I
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 28, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 71 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 28, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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