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Sibley Park World War I

 
 
Sibley Park World War I Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 20, 2013
1. Sibley Park World War I Marker
Inscription. On Flag Day in 1926, two German 105mm howitzer field guns were dedicated at this Sibley Park site as war trophies and memorials to the sacrifice made by those who served from Blue Earth County in the First World War. These artillery pieces were captured by the U.S. 1st Division at a battlefield near Soissons in France on or about July 20, 1918.

Four soldiers from Blue Earth County were in the battle in which these guns were captured and 77 officers and 1,637 enlisted men gave up their lives.

The Flag Day dedication program was jointly sponsored by the American Legion Lorentz Post 11 and Elks Lodge. A parade preceded the program from the park entrance to the flag staff where the program was held. The permanent concrete emplacements for the weapons were poured a month later by a number of Mankato dignitaries and veterans.
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In 1942, when the drive for scrap metal went into high gear during World War II, many of Mankato’s relics were scrapped and sold for the war effort. The two World War I field guns were not spared from the scrap pile. The first gun was removed in 1942 as a kick‐off to the city’s one‐million pound scrap collection drive; the other was recycled in 1943.

The plaque and photograph mounted
Sibley Park World War I Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 20, 2013
2. Sibley Park World War I Marker
east side of marker
here serve as a reminder of the original monument that stood for those who served from Blue Earth County in World War I.

Dedicated on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month two thousand eleven by the Walter Strand Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 950 and auxiliary, with assistance from the city of Mankato and the Blue Earth County Historical Society.
 
Erected 2011 by Walter Strand Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 950 and auxiliary.
 
Location. 44° 9.623′ N, 94° 1.837′ W. Marker is in Mankato, Minnesota, in Blue Earth County. Marker can be reached from Mound Avenue west of Spence Street. Touch for map. Marker is in Sibley Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 900 Mound Avenue, Mankato MN 56001, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sibley Park (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ott Cabin (approx. 0.3 miles away); Geology of Minnesota (approx. half a mile away); The First Mahkato Memorial Wacipi (approx. half a mile away); Ho-Chunk / Winnebago (approx. 1.1 miles away); Lincoln Park (approx.
Sibley Park World War I Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 20, 2013
3. Sibley Park World War I Marker
1.2 miles away); Civil War Monument (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Lorin & Lulu Cray Home (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mankato.
 
Also see . . .  Sibley Park. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on July 16, 2013.) 
 
Categories. War, World I
 
Sibley Park World War I Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 20, 2013
4. Sibley Park World War I Marker
Sibley Park and World War I Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 20, 2013
5. Sibley Park and World War I Marker
Plaque on Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 20, 2013
6. Plaque on Marker
These guns were captured by the Fifth Field Artillery First Division A.E.F. near Soissons, France July 19-21, 1918.
Photo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 20, 2013
7. Photo on Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 16, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 368 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on July 16, 2013, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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