World War I Monument - Tyrone, OK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 36° 57.278 W 101° 04.159
14S E 315759 N 4091840
Quick Description: This is misidentified as a Viquesney statue, which it is not
Location: Oklahoma, United States
Date Posted: 2/2/2015 7:43:29 AM
Waymark Code: WMNARF
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Norfolk12
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Long Description:

County of statue: Texas County
location of statue: Main St. & Florence St., Tyrone
Erected by: The People of Tyrone & The American Legion
Installed May 30, 1921

Monument text: This monument erected by the people of Tyrone for the American Legion
In honor of the veterans of the World War both living and dead

Lower base is etched J. B. '57

I could find no other marking on the statue or the base. No artist signature, nor founders mark

Proper Description: "Full-length figure of a male soldier from World War I, stands with legs together and arms down at his side, with rifle in ground arms position. He is dressed in full overseas gear." ~ Smithsonian American Art Museum

"TYRONE - The soldier's silent, stone face says it all about this tiny Texas County town.

His nose is missing, chipped to nothing. His lips are rough beyond easy repair.

Vandals have chiseled off the rim of his helmet, and they have battered away all but the barrel of his rifle . His left boot, where his big toe should be, is notched.

"When we were kids, you didn't mess with that statue," said Bob Booth, who has lived all but four of his 71 years in Tyrone. "You didn't climb around on it. People respected it."

The fortunes of the soldier parallel those of the town over which he stands sentinel: Boom to bust to bankruptcy.

When Bob Booth and his wife, Henriella, were kids, Tyrone's slide already had begun, but the World War I soldier, erected in 1919, still had his nose." ~ Jay C. Grelen • Published: October 11, 2000 - NewsOK

Date the Monument or Memorial was built or dedicated: 5/30/1921

Private or Public Monument?: Private

Name of the Private Organization or Government Entity that built this Monument: Citizens of Tyrone & American Legion

Geographic Region where the Monument is located: North America

Physical Address of Monument:
Florence St. & Main St.,
2 blocks N. of US 54
Tyrone, OK USA

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Website for this Monument: Not listed

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