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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Merritt Island, Florida

 
Clickable Map of Brevard County, Florida and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Brevard County, FL (204) Indian River County, FL (29) Orange County, FL (103) Osceola County, FL (13) Seminole County, FL (106) Volusia County, FL (324)  BrevardCounty(204) Brevard County (204)  IndianRiverCounty(29) Indian River County (29)  OrangeCounty(103) Orange County (103)  OsceolaCounty(13) Osceola County (13)  SeminoleCounty(106) Seminole County (106)  VolusiaCounty(324) Volusia County (324)
Location of Merritt Island, Florida
    Brevard County (204)
    Indian River County (29)
    Orange County (103)
    Osceola County (13)
    Seminole County (106)
    Volusia County (324)
 
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1Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — A-7E Carrier-based attack-bomberVeterans Memorial Center
Manufacturer: LTV Aerospace Corporation, Dallas TX. Power plant: One 14,250lb Allison TF41-A-2 turbofan. Wing Span 38 ft 9; length, 46 ft 1 ½ in; Height, 16 ft 0 ¾; wing area, 375 sq. ft. Weights: Empty, 19,490 lb; max take off . . . Map (db m164645) HM
2Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — America’s Women VeteransVeterans Memorial Center
Dedicated by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution with deepest appreciation for the tremendous sacrifices made by America’s Women Veterans Map (db m164618) WM
3Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — American Revolutionary WarVeterans Memorial Center
1776 Dedicated to all our Patriot Ancestors who Sacrificed their Lives, Families and Fortunes to secure our “Freedom” Map (db m164676) WM
4Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — F-713 — Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Merritt Island & Community Cemetery"White Lilly Cemetery" — 1892 —
Established in 1892, the Bethel A.M.E. Church of Merritt Island was the first African Methodist Episcopal church on North Tropical Trail, located on land James R. Ragan originally acquired through the Homestead Act in 1895. The wooden church sat on . . . Map (db m101067) HM
5Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — Combat Wounded VeteransVeterans Memorial Center
Dedicated to the recipients of the nation’s oldest military decoration “The Purple Heart” My stone is red for the blood they shed. The medal I bear is my country’s way to show they care. If I could be seen by all mankind . . . Map (db m164817) WM
6Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — First Buffalo HuntVeterans Memorial Center
Over three years from 2013-16, Navy veteran Jim McDole, of part Choctaw and Cherokee Heritage, carved this magnificent first buffalo hunt from a large block of fallon Chinese tallow. McDole was a homeless veteran during most of his labors. The . . . Map (db m164840) WM
7Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — F-607 — Georgiana Railway: 1892-1894
In 1892, Frank Cass Allen, a Georgiana merchant, began building a 0.6-mile standard-gauge railway with steel rail and wood ties across Merritt’s Island at this location, connecting docks on the Indian and Banana Rivers. It was part of his private . . . Map (db m94408) HM
8Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — F-547 — Georgianna United Methodist Church
Georgianna United Methodist Church was built in the community of Georgiana on Merritt's Island in 1886. The ringing of the church bell still marks the beginning of worship as it has for many decades. Franklin C. Allen, Jr., a local homesteader, . . . Map (db m102267) HM
9Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — F-575 — John H. Sams Homestead
The Sams family came to Brevard County from South Carolina in 1875 to take advantage of the 1860 Homestead Act. The family consisted of John Hanahan Sams, his wife Sarah, their five children, Johns brother William Sams, and his sister, Catherine . . . Map (db m101410) HM
10Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — F-1048 — John R. Field Homestead
In 1868, the Field family landed on Merritt Island to start a new life. A year later, much of the family returned to Macon, Georgia, but the two eldest brothers John R. (J.R.) and Samuel J. (Sam) Field remained. Using the Homestead Act of 1862, they . . . Map (db m140801) HM
11Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — Korean Veterans MemorialVeterans Memorial Center
Has been erected to Honor and Remember All Veterans Who Died and Served in the Cause of Freedom, Preserving Democracy of South Korea 1950 – 1953 – and on Against Communist Aggression Freedom is Not Free . . . Map (db m164614) WM
12Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — M41 Walker Bulldog American light tankVeterans Memorial Center
Wt: 24 tons 46 mm cannon 45mph Use: reconnaissance Crew: 4 Replaced World War II M24 Chaffee Tank Manufacturer: Cadillac Motor Car Division of GM Production: Cleveland, Ohio 1951-1954 Total Manufactured: 5,467 Worldwide Service . . . Map (db m164643) HM
13Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — Medal of HonorVeterans Memorial Center
Awarded by the United States of America for “Conspicuous” Gallantry and Intrepidity at the Risk of His or Her Life above and beyond the Call of Duty while engaged in an action against any enemy of the United States. . . . Map (db m164675) WM
14Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — Operation Desert StormVeterans Memorial Center
Timeline 1990 Aug. 2: Iraq Invades Kuwait Aug. 7: F-15’s Depart to Persian Gulf Aug. 7: USS Independence to Persian Gulf Nov. 8: 200,000 Troops Depart U.S. Nov. 29: U.N. Authorizes Force 1991 Jan. 12: U.S. Congress . . . Map (db m164667) HM WM
15Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — Operation Enduring FreedomVeterans Memorial Center
Their valor and sacrifice took the fight to the enemy likely saving many American lives at home. They gave the Afghan people their best chance in history to be free of fear and oppression. “All Gave Some Some Gave All” . . . Map (db m164673) WM
16Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — Operation Iraqi FreedomVeterans Memorial Center
"Operation Iraqi Freedom" U.S. Served in Iraq 1.5 mil. WIA 32,226, 4 MOH Awarded, KIA 4,491 Brevard County Service Members killed while serving in Iraq Army PFC Michael Creighton Weldon, 20 Palm Bay, KIA 29 Mar 2003 . . . Map (db m164824) WM
17Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — POW★MIAVeterans Memorial Center
This memorial honors all Prisoners of War, remembering the tremendous hardships endured at the hands of their ruthless enemies as they braved captivity. The resilience and strength of the American service men and women showed great devotion and . . . Map (db m164845) WM
18Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — F-571 — Provost Hall
Provost Hall was originally constructed in 1910 as the Georgiana Club house on land provided by Charles D. Provost and his wife Gertrude Breese Provost. Until their grandchildren, Charles D. Provost and his sister, Mary Virginia Provost Katz, gave . . . Map (db m94407) HM
19Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — SATAN Tracking Antenna
The primary function of the SATAN tracking antenna was to receive radio signals in the Ultra High Frequency (UHF) range of 136 to 137 megahertz from orbiting unmanned spacecraft. In service from 1964 until 1979 the . . . Map (db m13923) HM
20Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — Saturn V
Saturn V, the United States’ largest and most powerful launch vehicle, was designed to hurl American astronauts in an Apollo capsule to the Moon. Composed of three stages and an instrument unit, the Saturn V, which stood 111 meters (363 feet) tall, . . . Map (db m105211) HM
21Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — September, 11th, 2001Veterans Memorial Center
In Memory of September, 11th, 2001 These two pieces of steel recovered from ground zero, stand in honor of all of those who lost their lives that day in a coordinated terrorist attack on the “World Trade Center” . . . Map (db m165351) HM WM
22Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — Sons of the American RevolutionBrevard Chapter — Liberty Tree —
"We descendants of the heroes of the American Revolution who, by their sacrifices established the United States of America …” dedicate this Liberty Tree in their honor.Map (db m164622) WM
23Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — F-574 — St. Luke's Episcopal Church
St. Luke's Episcopal Church of Courtenay was formed by the Porcher, LaRoche, Sams and other families that settled on north Merritt Island after leaving the Charleston, South Carolina area in 1875 due to the loss of their homes and plantations during . . . Map (db m101022) HM
24Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — The “Dixie Doughboy”Veterans Memorial Center
There were 33,331 soldiers from Florida who served in World War I. Many served in the 31st Infantry Division. A division composed of soldiers primarily from Georgia, Alabama and Florida. Nicknamed the “Dixie Division”. This . . . Map (db m164625) WM
25Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — F-557 — The Clifton Colored School1890-1891
Before the Clifton Schoolhouse was built, Butler Campbell and Andrew Jackson’s children were home schooled by a black teacher, Mr. Mahaffey. The teacher was paid five dollars for each student, after examination by the County School Superintendent. . . . Map (db m107986) HM
26Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — F-583 — The Last Naval Battle of the American Revolutionary War
The last naval battle of the American Revolutionary War took place off the coast of Cape Canaveral on March 10, 1783. The fight began when three British ships sighted two Continental Navy ships, the Alliance commanded by Captain John Barry . . . Map (db m94406) HM
27Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — U.S. Military Chaplain CorpsVeterans Memorial Center
Humanity In War This monument honors all military members of the Chaplain Corps. Remember those who serve our troops be they Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist or any other religion. The first chaplain was commissioned on . . . Map (db m164838) WM
28Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — F-659 — Ulumay
The Ais were one of the most influential and powerful tribes in Florida when Spanish Army Lt. Alvaro Mexia mapped Ulumay Lagoon in 1605. He wrote in his diary “Here is the town of Ulumay, the first one of the province of Ais. In back of and . . . Map (db m72602) HM
29Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — Veterans Memorial ParkVeterans Memorial Center
Dedicated to those who have served in the Armed Services of the United States Board of County Commissioners Carol Senne, Chairman District III Truman Scarborough, Jr. District I Roger W. Dobson District II Sue Schmitt . . . Map (db m164826) WM
30Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — Vietnam 1959-1975Veterans Memorial Center
To Honor All Men & Women Who Served in Vietnam Together Then Together Again All Gave Some Some Gave All Map (db m164612) WM
31Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — War DogsVeterans Memorial Center
Dedicated to war dogs and their handlers, past, present & future. Your deeds and sacrifices will always be remembered.Map (db m164732) WM
32Florida (Brevard County), Merritt Island — World War IIVeterans Memorial Center
Lest We Forget European Theater Morocco , Algeria, Tunisia, Sicily, Salerno, Naples, Corsica, Anzio, Cassino V.E. Day 8 May 1945 Pacific Theater Pearl Harbor, Philippines, Wake Island, Guam, Bataan, Battle of . . . Map (db m164687) WM
 
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