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Cresskill in Bergen County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Camp Merritt Memorial

 
 
Camp Merritt Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 30, 2008
1. Camp Merritt Memorial Marker
Inscription. In memory of those soldiers who gave their lives for their country while on duty in Camp Merritt.

This monument marks the center of the camp and faces the highway over which more than a million American soldiers passed on their way to and from the World War 1917-1919.

Erected by the State of New Jersey, the County of Bergen, The Bergen County Historical Society, Officers and men of Camp Merritt. Many patriotic citizens and the Camp Merritt Memorial Association.
 
Erected 1924 by State of New Jersey, the County of Bergen, The Bergen County Historical Society, Officers and men of Camp Merritt. Many patriotic citizens and the Camp Merritt Memorial Association.
 
Location. 40° 56.469′ N, 73° 58.61′ W. Marker is in Cresskill, New Jersey, in Bergen County. Marker is on Camp Merritt Memorial Circle, in the median. Touch for map. Marker is in the middle of the Camp Merritt Memorial Circle, at the intersection of Madison Ave and Knickerbocker Road. Marker is in this post office area: Cresskill NJ 07626, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Merritt (here, next to this marker); The Christie-Parsels House
North side of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 30, 2008
2. North side of Monument
(approx. 0.7 miles away); Derick Banta House (approx. 0.9 miles away); African American Baptist Church Cemetery (approx. 0.9 miles away); Old Slave Cemetery (approx. 0.9 miles away); Old North Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); In Grateful Remembrance (approx. 0.9 miles away); Schraalenburgh Road (approx. one mile away).
 
Regarding Camp Merritt Memorial. Total troop movement through Camp Merritt to and from overseas were as follows:
Troops going overseas ... 578,566
Troops from overseas ... 509,515
Total. . . . 1,088,081
This includes men from every State in the Union and our overseas possessions. At the time of this memorial's dedication, more troops had moved through Camp Merritt than in any camp in the history of our country.
 
Also see . . .  Camp Merritt. Bergen County Historical Society. (Submitted on April 30, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Camp Merritt
At the base if the monument, formed in the concrete floor, is an aerial view of the camp showing the
East side of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 30, 2008
3. East side of Monument
This side of the monument lists those who died while at Camp Merritt.
location of the barracks and roads. An interesting feature at the monument.
    — Submitted May 22, 2010.

 
Categories. Forts, CastlesMilitaryNotable PlacesWar, World I
 
West Side of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 30, 2008
4. West Side of Monument
This side of the monument also lists those who died while stationed here.
Camp Merritt Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 30, 2008
5. Camp Merritt Memorial Marker
This pink granite obelisk is approximately 50 feet high. It was sculpted by Robert Aitken (1878-1949).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 30, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,489 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 30, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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