Florence in Lauderdale County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
(1898 - 1971)
— America's First World War I Hero —
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.
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.. This marker is in the Seven Points area in North Florence, between North Wood Avenue and Chisholm Road, on the right. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Florence AL 35630, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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); Temple B’nai Israel (approx. 0.4 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
Also see . . .
1. 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.)
2. An unnoticed hero. A hundred years ago this month, on Nov. 1, 1917, at 1 a.m., Givens was wounded, but not until he had done damage to the German troops that attacked his unit. (Submitted on May 2, 2019, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.)
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