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Federal Grain Inspection Service

United States Department of Agriculture

 
 
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By Craig Swain, January 23, 2010
1. Federal Grain Inspection Service Marker
Inscription.
United States Department of Agriculture
Federal Grain Inspection Service
During December 1977, a series of devastating grain elevator explosions resulted in the death of thirteen USDA employees working for the Federal Grain Inspection Service. On this 25th anniversary of their sacrifice, we dedicate this Bradford Pear Tree to the memory of those who lost their lives in the line of duty.
December 22, 1977
Westwego, Louisiana
Robert M. Dehl
Wilma M. Hendricks
Steven L. North
Nicholas S. Owens
Gary A. Purvis
Horace C. Williams
Kenneth R. Woods

December 27, 1977
Galveston, Texas
David C. Belluomini
Nick A. Dipeso
Mark L. Earhart
Annette Figaro
Alvin W. Lueders
Eugene A. Stokke

Dedication Courage Sacrifice Honor

Donna Reifschneider, Administrator
Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administation

Ann M. Veneman, Secretary of Agriculture

December 11, 2002

 
Erected 2002 by U.S. Department of Agriculture.
 
Location. 38° 53.3′ N, 77° 1.699′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 12th Street SW and Jefferson Drive, on the right when
Federal Grain Inspection Service Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, January 23, 2010
2. Federal Grain Inspection Service Marker
traveling north on 12th Street SW. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20024, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. USDA Holocaust Memorial Tree (a few steps from this marker); Bald Cypress (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); Bradford Pear Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); Steven Thomas Stefani IV (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Enid A. Haupt Garden (about 700 feet away); Original Smithsonian Institution Building (about 700 feet away); Joseph Henry (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
 
Also see . . .
1. Westwego, LA Grain Elevator Explosion, Dec 1977. Article detailing the disaster at Westwego, Louisiana. (Submitted on February 6, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Galveston Texas Grain Elevator Explosion 1977. Article detailing the disaster. (Submitted on February 6, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Agriculture
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 6, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,701 times since then and 38 times this year. Last updated on September 12, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 6, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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