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1941 · Honor Roll · 1945

Baggage Dept., Pennsylvania Station, N.Y.

 
 
1941 · Honor Roll · 1945<br>Baggage Dept., Pennsylvania Station, N.Y. Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. C., November 22, 2007
1. 1941 · Honor Roll · 1945
Baggage Dept., Pennsylvania Station, N.Y. Marker
Inscription. In honor of the men from this department who served their country in the Armed Forces of the United States during World War II and in lasting tribute to the ten who gave their lives in the service of their country.

Carey, Richard F. • Crowley, John F. • Fitzgerald, William J. • Leo, James E. • Lercher, Robert • Manzolillo, Michael • Metz, Charles B. • Muller, Thomas • Murtha, John J. Jr. • Pierluca, Mario J.

[The names of approximately 200 World War II veterans follow.]
 
Erected 1948 by Fellow workers of the Penn Station Baggage Handlers.
 
Location. 40° 45.031′ N, 73° 59.665′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker can be reached from W. 31st Street near 8th Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 W 31st Street, New York NY 10001, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Samuel Rea ( about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nikola Tesla ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Charles James ( approx. ¼ mile away); Koster and Bial's Music Hall ( approx. ¼ mile away); Giorgio Di Sant’Angelo
Penn Station Baggage Handler WW II Memorial Plaque image. Click for full size.
By R. C., February 6, 2011
2. Penn Station Baggage Handler WW II Memorial Plaque
( approx. ¼ mile away); Bonnie Cashin ( approx. 0.3 miles away); Anne Klein ( approx. 0.3 miles away); Mainbocher ( approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
More about this marker. Plaque has been relocated from the outside platforms of the original Penn Station to a wall next to the Amtrak baggage window on the main concourse level of the new (late 1960s) Penn Station (behind the Amtrak Police booth). A photo showing a wider view of the plaque is not available due to security restrictions.
 
Regarding 1941 · Honor Roll · 1945. The sheer number of veterans, just from this station's baggage handling department, is a small indication of the effort the United States needed to run its national rail system in the mid-twentieth century.
 
Also see . . .  40 Years After Wreckage, Bits of Old Penn Station; Ghosts of a New York Marvel Survive. The marker is noted in this article by Glenn Collins, originally published by the New York Times on October 28, 2003. (Submitted on March 12, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. The Original Penn Station
The original Pennsylvania Station, completed in 1910, was a masterpiece of Beaux-Arts style and one of New York City's architectural jewels. The above-ground portion of the original structure was demolished in 1964 and replaced by the present Pennsylvania Plaza complex, including the fourth and current Madison Square Garden. Many historians believe that failure to prevent Penn Station's demolition launched a nationwide effort to preserve other historic buildings through stronger local and state laws.

This 1948 bronze marker was mounted on the original Penn Station's exterior walls. It was remounted and remains on prominent display inside the new Penn Station as renewed testimonial to the dedication of its baggage handlers.
    — Submitted March 12, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.

 
Categories. 20th CenturyRailroads & StreetcarsWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 12, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,334 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 12, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey.   2. submitted on February 8, 2011, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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