• Heroes’ Histories Sought Researchers Requesting Family Help

    Heroes’ Histories Sought
    Researchers Requesting Family Help
    NEW BERN, NC, Are any of these heroes in your family? Wiley Clifton Bissett,
    Macon Earl Cavanaugh, Thomas Coley, Dr. Stephen James Hawes, Elmer J. Higgins,
    James King, Solomon Lofton, John Midgett, Charles Tilden Pumphrey, Peter N. Simmons, Ernest Stanley, John Thomas Taylor, Jasper W. Thomason, Lawrence E. Thompson, Maurice
    Wallnau, Joseph Powell Wilson.  If so, you have a special invitation to attend the re-dedication of the World War I monument at Craven County Courthouse on Monday, September 16 at 4pm. 
    These 16 men died in service to our country during WWI, but their names were not on the monument, until now. American Legion Post 539 and The New Bern Historical Society, in partnership with the Craven County Department of Parks and Recreation, have worked to update the Craven County WWI monument, making sure all Craven County residents who perished during the war are honored. On September 16 the updated monument will be revealed in a special re-dedication ceremony to which all are invited.

      It is 100 years since the end of World War I. That special anniversary brings our attention back to those who served and died in that conflict. In Craven County, the 45 men who died in the war are remembered on a monument on the courthouse grounds. All 45 are listed at the end of the article. Now that they have a definitive list, the researchers want to make sure they preserve the stories of those heroes. Legionnaire, historian, and Historical Society member, Mark Sandvigen New Bern Historical Society Historian, Claudia Houston; are working on a book that will capture Craven County’s Great War History based on their research. It will list all Craven

    County’s sons who died during World War I, and as much of their stories as possible.  They would like to hear from any family members who still have memories, information or memorabilia. If you can help, please contact either Claudia or Mark by email:  
    WWIMemorial@Yahoo.com.   They are asking for your help in preserving this slice of history that touched so many families in Craven County even as it connected them to events on the world stage.

    Join the American Legion and the New Bern Historical Society as the renewed WWI monument is unveiled and celebrated on September 16th at 4:00 PM at the Craven County Courthouse grounds. The public is invited, with a special invitation to those whose family members were recently added to the monument. Come help celebrate and remember those who fought, those who died, and those who came home, but are now gone. The list of those who gave their lives  can be found at the end of this article and at www.NewBernHistorical.org and at https://newbernpost539.com/

    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. All of these men are now honored on the monument.

    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
    Added to Monument
      Bissett, Wiley Clifton
     Cavanaugh, Macon Earl
     Coley, Thomas
     Hawes, Dr. Stephen James
     Higgins, Elmer J.
     King, James
     Lofton, Solomon
     Midgett, 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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