• Craven County WWI Heroes to be Honored Sept 16

    Craven County WWI Heroes to be Honored Sept 16
    American Legion & New Bern Historical Society Join in Research
    NEW BERN, NC, The American Legion was founded by WWI veterans, and chartered 100 years ago on September 16th. In celebration and remembrance, the American Legion Post 539 and the New Bern Historical Society have partnered with the Craven County Department of Recreation and Parks on a special WWI Memorial Project. Their goal is to update the WWI monument that has stood on the courthouse grounds since 1944.  The update has two parts. First, to clean the 75-year-old obelisk.  The second is to add the names of Craven County residents who gave their lives in “The Great War,” but were not originally listed on the stone.
    The project is now nearing completion and the renewed monument will be unveiled and all the heroes celebrated on the afternoon of Monday, September 16, at 4:00 P.M. on the Craven County Courthouse grounds. The public is invited to attend. The organizations all want to extend a special invitation to the families of those whose names are added to the monument, and whose deeds will be acknowledged for the first time.  A complete list of those who perished in WWI, is at the end of this article, as well as on 
    www.NewBernHistorical.org and https://newbernpost539.com/.  Please look and see if your family’s ancestors are listed.
    Research on this project has largely been done by Legionnaire, historian and Society member, Mark Sandvigen and by New Bern Historical Society Historian, Claudia Houston. They have 
    pored through records, lists and family histories in an effort to make sure no one is missed.  They would like to hear from families who have information to share on any of these WWI veterans. Following the completion of the monument, their next goal is to publish a book that lists all the Craven County veterans who served in World War I and as many of their stories as possible. 

    Please contact Claudia or Mark at WWIMemorial@yahoo.com if you have photos, memorabilia or family stories you are willing to add to the collection.

    The mission of the New Bern Historical Society is to celebrate and promote New Bern and its heritage through events and education.  Offices are located in the historic Attmore-Oliver House at 511 Broad Street in New Bern.  For more information, call 252-638-8558 or go www.NewBernHistorical.org or www.facebook.com/NewBernHistoricalSociety.
    A century ago, there were variations in spelling for some names. Due to old, incomplete records, we have tried to ensure that the spellings we have are correct based on service member's available birth, service, and death records.

    On Monument                                                                      
      Adams, Daniel Marven
      Bennett, John Frank
      Civils, Bennie Ormond
      Daugherty, John Ephraim
      Daugherty, John Clen
      Donerson, William Van
      Evans, John C.
      Everington, David Ruffin
      Havens, Alonzo
      Hawkins, Raymond William
      Henry, Castillia
      Hill, James Arthur
      Ipock, Jodie Francis
      Jenkins, Emmett Joshua
      Lancaster, Herman Gardner
      Mitchell, William Roy
      Parrott, Samuel
      Price, Milan Gray
      Rea, Kenneth Meredith
      Rowe, Depp
      Skinner, George T.
      Sprill, Joseph
      Stallings, Washington Wyatt
      Stilley, Burton “Bert” E.
      Tilly, Franklin Leach
      Toler, William Harvey
      Weatherly, William Jesse
      Wilson, George Felton
      Wise, Sherman
    To Be Added to Monument
     Bissett, Wiley Clifton

     Cavanaugh, Macon Earl
     Coley, Thomas
     Hawes, Dr. Stephen James
     Higgins, Elmer J.
     King, James
     Lofton, Solomon
     Merritt, John
     Pumphrey, Charles Tilden
     Simmons, Peter N.
     Stanley, Ernest
     Taylor, John Thomas
     Thomason, Jasper W.
     Thompson, Lawrence E.
     Wallnau, Maurice
     Wilson, Joseph Powell


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