Huntington Woods in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
From September 4, 1918, to June 15, 1919, fifty-five hundred American Soldiers of the 339th Infantry regiment (with elements of the 310th Engineers and the 337th Ambulance and Hospital Companies) fought Bolshevic Russian forces under harsh Arctic conditions near Archangel, Russia. Since most of these soldiers came from Michigan, and of those, most were from Detroit, they were known as "Detroit's Own - Polar Bears". Of the "Polar Bear" Soldiers, 232 died and 307 were wounded. In 1929, five former "Polar Bears" returned to North Russia to recover the remains of those left behind. They recovered 86 bodies of which 56 were buried around a white marble Polar Bear sculpture at White Chapel Memorial Cemetery, Troy, Michigan.
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Location. 42° 28.641′ N, 83° 9.656′ W. Marker is in Huntington Woods, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker can be reached from Woodward Avenue near I-696. Touch for map. Marker is in the Detroit Zoological Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 25165 Woodward Avenue, Huntington Woods MI 48070, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Ridge Road (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fred A. Baker House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Royal Oak Woman's Club (approx. 0.8 miles away); Royal Oak Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); First Baptist Church of Royal Oak (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Royal Oak (approx. 1.8 miles away); Ferndale School (approx. 1.8 miles away); Royal Oak Township Cemetery / Saint Mary Catholic Cemetery (approx. 1.8 miles away).
Also see . . . Picture of the Polar Bear Monument at White Chapel Cemetery, Troy, MI. (Submitted on December 31, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
Categories. • Military • War, World I •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 5, 2008, by Al Barrera of Brownstown, Michigan. This page has been viewed 1,749 times since then and 42 times this year. Last updated on November 30, 2015, by David Belokonny of Bingham Farms, Michigan. Photos: 1. submitted on December 5, 2008, by Al Barrera of Brownstown, Michigan. 2, 3. submitted on December 31, 2008, by Al Barrera of Brownstown, Michigan. 4. submitted on January 1, 2009, by Al Barrera of Brownstown, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.