World War One "Doughboy" memorial in Funkstown, Maryland

Pictures and text by Mark R. Hatlie

These pictures were taken in Funkstown in June, 2006. The memorial is right on the main drag through the town.

The memorial includes the flags of the United States and the state of Maryland as well as the POW Vietnam flag. It also includes a small artillery piece.
The plaque on one side depicts some men firing artillery and the dedication of the land for this memorial by the people of Funkstown. The names of those who served are listed below the dates of the war (1914-1919) even though the United States did not join until 1917. Note that the last name on the plaque is not in the alphabetically ordered list with the rest, but separated under "colored." That man, Charles E. Clark, presumably served in one of the "colored" units. Right below that, the quote at the bottom reads, "These gallant men of our armed forces have fought for the ideals which they knew to be the ideals of their country." It is hard to make out on the photo, but I think it is Woodrow Wilson, 1919.
The plaque on the other side of the pedestal shows a kneeling soldier and a kneeling sailor. Below that are listed the names of the seven men of Funkstown who fell in battle. They are listed alphabetically with rank, unit, location and date of death. At the base, there is the often-used quote from Cor. ******: "Greater love hath no man this, that a man lay down his life for his friends"
The men who served in World War Two and Korea are listed on the white sign. Those killed in action in extra groups at the top.
The statue was made in Salem, Ohio. It was probably mass produced and sold to communities all over the United States.

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