Doughboy Foundation Home
previous arrow
next arrow

Monuments & Memorials

"The centennial of World War One offers an opportunity for people in the United States
to learn about and commemorate the sacrifices of their predecessors."

from The World War One Centennial Commission Act, January 14, 2013

DCWorldWarMonumen 1World War One was a watershed in American history. The United States' decision to join the battle in 1917 "to make the world safe for democracy" proved pivotal in securing allied victory — a victory that would usher in the American Century.

In the war's aftermath, individuals, towns, cities, counties, and states all felt compelled to mark the war, as did colleges, businesses, clubs, associations, veterans groups, and houses of worship. Thousands of memorials—from simple honor rolls, to Doughboy sculptures, to grandiose architectural ensembles—were erected throughout the US in the 1920s and 1930s, blanketing the American landscape.

Each of these memorials, regardless of size or expense, has a story. But sadly, as we enter the war's centennial period, these memorials and their very purpose—to honor in perpetuity the more than four million Americans who served in the war and the more than 116,000 who were killed—have largely been forgotten. And while many memorials are carefully tended, others have fallen into disrepair through neglect, vandalism, or theft. Some have been destroyed. Watch this CBS news video on the plight of these monuments.

The extant memorials are our most salient material links in the US to the war. They afford a vital window onto the conflict, its participants, and those determined to remember them. Rediscovering the memorials and the stories they tell will contribute to their physical and cultural rehabilitation—a fitting commemoration of the war and the sacrifices it entailed.

Memorial Hunters Club

We are building a US WW1 Memorial register through a program called the Memorials Hunters Club. If you locate a memorial that is not on the map we invite you to upload your treasure to be permanently archived in the national register.  You can include your choice of your real name, nickname or team name as the explorers who added that memorial to the register. We even have room for a selfie! Check the map, and if you don't see the your memorial CLICK THE LINK TO ADD IT.

100 Cities - 100 Memorials

Geolocalisation bp
  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Maggie Elliston Chatman
Fairview Park
62801 Centralia

Dedicated in 1920 by the Centralia & Clinton Co. Illinois Chapters of War Mothers

Description and photo from

This WW1 memorial is located in Section 34 of Arlington National Cemetery, near the graves of General John J. Pershing and many of his "doughboys." It is dedicated to the 116,516 Americans who died in World War 1.

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Robert Shay, PH3, USNR-R, 1964-70
104 - 110 West Atkins Street
55951 Le Roy

Twelve of the young men who left the Le Roy area in 1917 and 1918 for service in
World War 1 did not return home. In their memory the town planted 12 Memorial
Pine Trees in South Park. This type of memorial was created in many towns and
cities across America. In many of those places the trees died or were remove due
to road construction projects. Here in Le Roy, the small bronze plaques were lost
and went unseen and were nearly lost in the shadow of the tall trees until an alert
citizen found them and collected them. The town and American Legion decided
to restore the plaques and attach them to a large shadow box sign at the entrance
to the park so these brave sons of Le Roy who made The Supreme Sacrifice in The
World War would not be forgotten and would always be remembered for the price
they paid for our Liberty.

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Robert Shay, PH3, USNR-R, 1964-70
North Grand Ave. at 1st Street
62702 Springfield



An obelisk at First Street and North Grand Avenue that memorializes 113 Sangamon County residents who died in World War I.  

The memorial, about a seven-foot granite obelisk topped by a world globe, apparently was designed by the donor. Two small granite benches sit on either side of the obelisk. A vintage street light and flag pole are also in this mini street corner park.  This Monument is not vintage to the time period and was donated in approximately 2003, because it says World War 1 and not “The World War”.


  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Robert Shay, PH3, USNR-R, 1964-70
New Calvary Cemetery
62069 Mount Olive

Private Sam Yurkovich’s memorial, chosen by his family when his
remains were returned home is one of many of this statue that seems
to have been purchased from a regional artist. There are several
more in the area and others have been destroyed in the past 100
years. Another example is pictured in the photo gallery. This is the
best example and the most well maintained of this type of individual
soldiers memorial I have seen

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Robert Shay, PH3, USNR-R, 1964-70
2900 Sheridan Road
63125 St. Louis

Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery

- motto of the National Society of 1917 World War Registrars

The Rollo-Calcaterra American Legion Post No.15 of St. Louis, Missouri preserved a
vital piece of St. Louis history. In the early 1920’s, at the same time that Post 15 was
being formed, the Gold Star Mothers of St. Louis and the National Society of 1917
World War Registrars were organizing an effort to construct a memorial to honor the sons
and daughters of St. Louis who had lost their lives serving their country in the World War.
The memorial included 1,185 round bronze plaques that were set into the boulevard of
Kingshighway, each with a sycamore tree planted by the City of St. Louis. In the 1980’s,
significant changes were made to Kingshighway and the bronze plaques were in jeopardy
of being thrown away.
Rollo-Cancaterra American Legion Post No. 15 saved 752 of the bronze plaques and
documented the 433 that were lost forever. Since that time, the Post has had a single
missionto find an appropriate permanent home for the plaques and on September 20,
2012 at 1:30PM, their mission was fulfilled. For on that Sunday, which was also National
Gold Star Mothers’ Day, The World War 1 Court of Honor Memorial was officially dedicated
at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.

Riverview Dr and 5th Ave South
52732 Clinton

World War I Veterans Memorial 

100 Cities / 100 Memorials

100c 100m wwi centennial plaque The World War 1 Veterans Memorial is located in the Clinton Riverfront Park and includes a bronze sculpture cast by French-born American sculptor Leonard Crunelle in 1930. The sculpture is part of the memorial which also includes a granite pedestal and a metal flagpole.

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Robert Shay, PH3, USNR-R, 1964-70
E. Ionia St. and Isabella St.
50230 Radcliffe

This monument was placed in what was designated as Memorial Park in Radcliffe, Iowa.
Now this park is referred to as Radcliffe City Park on current maps.
The Monument appears to on the Northeast corner of E. Ionia St. and Isabella St.

The bronze plaque lists the names of all area residents who served in The Wold War,
including Nurses. Those who made the Supreme Sacrifice are noted with a star
preceding their name.

  • Dedication Date: 1919
270 S. Black Horse Pike
08012 Gloucester

This monument is made of a granite block with a triangular side elevation.  The words, "Our Honor Roll" appear on the front in raised letters.  Placed on each of the two sloping angles of the top of the monument are identical bronze plaques listing the names of Gloucester Township soldiers & sailors who served in WWI. 

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office

  • Gaetano Federici
Haledon Public School, 91 Henry Street
07508 Haledon

The Haledon World War I Honor Roll memorial is a large, rectangular bronze plaque mounted to the side wall of the vestibule of the former, formal entrance to Haledon Public School. 

The plaque is bordered by a simple molded frame, marked by a central, bare-chested, classical male figure holding a horizontal, sheathed sword in his crossed arms.  His arms rest on a stele covering the left side of his body.  An eagle with outstretched wings sits at its base.  The figure stands atop a plinth which carries these words:  "Erected by the residents of Halendon in memory of those who fought and swerved in the World War  1917-1918"  Below the plinth, a base panel honors two Haledon residents who died in the war.  The names of the other Haledon residents who served are listed in flanking columns around the figure. 

 The plaque was designed by the noted Italian American sculptor, Gaetano Federici.  Federici was a Paterson, NJ resident; he was responsible for several WWI memorials in the state. 

Photos courtesy of:  NJ State Historic Preservation Office 

  • Neo-classical structure
30334 Atlanta
455 E. Huron St
54923 Berlin

This is a granite arch, erected as a tribute to the Berlin veterans of World War I.

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Eric McGee
N. Front St. and Cumberland St.
17102 Harrisburg

The World War I Buddy Monument at North Front and Cumberland Streets in Riverfront Park was dedicated Nov. 11, 1922. The doughboy stands atop a 7-ton boulder from the base of Round Top at Gettysburg National Military Park.

1019 Main St
06405 Branford

This memorial was designed by J. Andre Smith, a World War I veteran, artist, architect and constructed by stone cutter William Keast. It was installed in 1923 and moved slightly to this spot when the new town hall was built in 1966.  Plastered in the Stony Creek granite reads “Pro Patria 1917-1918” just below a Distinguished Service Cross.  President Woodrow Wilson commissioned Smith, the admired World War I artist, to create the monument, according to the plaque that sits to its left. It was dedicated to those World War 1 servicemen who gave their lives for their country and are buried in a foreign land.

30 John St
12477 Saugerties

World War I Centennial Room at the American Legion Post 72

100 Cities / 100 Memorials

100c 100m wwi centennial plaqueIn lacking a physical WWI monument in our town, the American Legion Post 72 has created a memorial exhibition space telling the stories of the town's soldiers through their WWI possessions. Of particular note are the letters and correspondence of the soldiers and their families that relate the humanity of World War I in their own words. Artifacts have been cataloged and stories curated around the objects and their owners. Also, letters have been digitized and narrated to better understand the men behind the soldiers and how the war impacted their sense of identity, their families and the community.

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Paul Osman
62634 Elkhart

World War I Doughboy in Veterans Park

100 Cities / 100 Memorials

100c 100m wwi centennial plaque Located in historic downtown Elkhart on Governor Oglesby Street in the current Veterans’ Park, Elkhart’s historic “Order Arms” design WWI Doughboy statue was presented to the Village of Elkhart by the returning veterans of World War I in honor of the soldiers who did not return from the Great War. Eighty-eight citizens from the Village served in WWI and three were killed in action, according to the Village of Elkhart Sesquicentennial record book. The names of those who served in the Great War are on a plaque on the Doughboy. Since then, plaques have been added to the statue with the names of Village veterans from WWII, the Korean War and all veterans killed in action from Elkhart during past wars. 

100 Court St
63755 Jackson

World War I Doughboy Memorial

100 Cities / 100 Memorials

100c 100m wwi centennial plaqueThe 16' tall World War I Doughboy statue, crafted from Vermont white marble, is a tribute to those men and women from Cape Girardeau County who gave their all in the Great War. It was erected on Memorial Day, 1925. Forty individuals' names are etched in bronze on the monument base. More recently, research has revealed another seven veterans who earned a place with their brothers and sisters, and a second plaque honors them as well.  Of the forty-seven people mentioned, twenty-three were KIA, two were young women and four were African-Americans. 

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: Robert Shay, PH3, USNR-R, 1964-70
Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza
85007 Phoenix

World War I Fallen Heroes Monument

100 Cities / 100 Memorials

100c 100m wwi centennial plaque As the centennial of the Versailles Treaty ending WWI was rapidly approaching, the Arizona World War I Memorial, which honors the state’s fallen heroes, needed restoration. Since its dedication in 1969, it has been repeatedly vandalized and marred by disrepair. Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society members, beginning with Terry Araman and David Lucier, actively raised awareness and advocated for a restoration plan. Ahead of the November 11, 2018 centennial, the people of Arizona answered the call and donated the funds needed to replace the missing bronze emblem of the Veterans of World War I of the U.S.A. 

6th Street and 2nd Street
55616 Two Harbors

Presented to the City of Two Harbors by the Oscar Anderson Post No. 109,
the American Legion, September 1929.

This 250 mm German Minenwerfer howitzer was captured by the Americans in World War I at St. Mihiel, France, September 16, 1918.

This WWI German cannon was presented to the City of Two Harbors in 1929 by the American Legion.

The community of Two Harbors and Lake County have always maintained close relations with its military veterans. Anderson Claffy Post #109 of the American Legion has been contributing to this community since it was organized in 1919. The post was organized honoring the name of Two Harbors native Oscar Anderson who was lost in action at Ypres, France in 1917. The Charter was amended in 1945 to honor the memory of Charles Claffy a sailor lost off the Bataan Peninsula in 1941.

  • Memorial Hunters Club Submission: The Wanderer
500 Forest St.
54403 Wausau

A granite exedra bench supports two bronze figures, a winged angel about to embrace a uniformed soldier.  Sculptor Carl Augustus Heber (1875-1956) of New York created this memorial which was dedicated on May 30, 1923 on Courthouse Square to honor the 132 from Marathon County who died in service in World War I; it was moved in 1954 to the grounds of the present courthouse. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Burns Post 388 raised $20,629 from the community to build the statues. 

"Erected by the people of Marathon County and Burns Post No. 388 Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. in grateful appreciation of the noble sacrifices of those from this county who gave their lives in the World War 1917–1918."