“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Florence in Lauderdale County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Homer Givens

(1898 - 1971)


—America's First World War I Hero —

Homer Givens Marker image. Click for full size.
By sandra Hughes, July 25, 2009
1. Homer Givens Marker
Inscription. The home of Homer Givens, America's first hero in World War I was located .4 of a mile north of this intersection. Following a bloody two-hour battle on November 1, 1917 Corporal Givens stood alone after his comrades had fallen.
He then managed to kill three enemy soldiers before being severely wounded by twenty-three pieces of shrapnel. Givens was decorated with France's highest military honor, the Croix De Guerre. His award ceremony was attended by General John J. Pershing, Commander of the American Expeditionary Forces.
Erected by Florence Historical Board Florence Alabama.
Location. 34° 49.044′ N, 87° 40.825′ W. Marker is in Florence, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker is at the intersection of North Wood Ave. and Chisholm Road on North Wood Ave.. Touch for map. This marker is in the 7 points area in North Florence, between North Wood Ave. and Chisholm Rd. on right. Marker is in this post office area: Florence AL 35630, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gilbert Elementary School (approx. ¼ mile away); College Place Historic District (approx. 0.3 miles away); Wesleyan Hall 1855 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Wesleyan Bell (approx. 0.6 miles away); Florence State Teachers College (approx. 0.6 miles away); The University of North Alabama (approx. 0.6 miles away); Jackson's Military Road (approx. 0.6 miles away); World War I Memorial Trees (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
Also see . . .  Homer Givens sends cross to mother - New York Times Article. First Hero Sends Cross to mother (Submitted on March 4, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.) 
Categories. HeroesNotable BuildingsNotable PersonsWar, World I
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 4, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 1,500 times since then and 59 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on March 4, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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