Abilene in Taylor County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Fort Babe Shaw Memorial
Who Have Served Their Country in War
Roll of the Dead of World War I
Chester A. Adams • Jack Blount • Kenneth Burns • Ennis Camp • Robert Embry • Aubrey Fisher • Allister Goodnight • O.A. Keele • Reed Morris • Frank Martin • Dennis Pumphrey • Stephen D. Rainey • Clyde Shaw
Location. 32° 28.544′ N, 99° 44.073′ W. Marker is in Abilene, Texas, in Taylor County. Marker can be reached from Hickory Street north of Ambler Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is located on the campus of Hardin-Simmons University east of Reflection Pond; the above directions are to the university. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2200 Hickory St, Abilene TX 79601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hardin-Simmons University Student Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Albert G. Maroscher Memoriam (a few steps from this marker); The Hardin-Simmons Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); Hardin-Simmons University (within shouting distance of this marker); William G. and Shirley Swenson Home (approx. Site of Old Headquarters of the Hashknife Ranch (approx. 0.8 miles away); Morgan Jones (approx. 1.2 miles away); Abilene Municipal Cemetery (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Abilene.
More about this marker. The cannon is named “Arizona Bill” in honor of one of the war dead, Kenneth (Arizona Bill) Burns. He was killed during World War I as he carried a message through a thick stream of fire. The memorial is dedicated to Clyde “Babe” Shaw of Ovalo, a small town 20 miles south of the campus. Shaw, who was a volunteer, was also killed during World War I as he was cutting barbed wire in front of his trenches so that his comrades may go over the top at less peril.
(Source: HSU History, Traditions and Landmarks. Abilene, Texas: Hardin-Simmons University.)
1. Artillery Piece
This is a pre-war US 3.2" Model 1883-1897 field gun. It was the first breech loading field gun in the US Army and went through a number of minor changes during its period of use. As it had no recoil mechanism it was vastly outclassed
— Submitted December 8, 2015, by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas.
Categories. • War, World I •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 270 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 12, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.