The City of Eufaula, in cooperation with the Barbour County Chapter of the NAACP, the Eufaula Heritage Association, Eufaula-Barbour County Chamber of Commerce, Lewis Chapter DAR, Historic Chattahoochee Commission, American Legion, VFW, Ozark Chapter of the DAV, Buffalo Soldiers and the Alabama National Guard will dedicate a granite stone addition to the World War I Doughboy Memorial at the intersection of Orange Avenue and East Broad Street. The current memorial was erected on January 11, 1925 under the sponsorship of the Service Star Legion, Porter Doughtie Chapter.
The new stone will include the names of six additional soldiers, with Eufaula connections, who died during the war. Names of five white soldiers are inscribed on the original monument. The new names will include an additional white soldier and five African American soldiers who died in the service of their country. A total of eleven soldiers, all sons of Eufaula who made the supreme sacrifice, will be remembered during this dedication ceremony.
The ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. CDT on May 28. which is Memorial Day. 2018 is also a centennial year for World War I so this remembrance event will have special significance for the families of these soldiers as well as all residents of the City of Eufaula.
Names currently inscribed on the 1925 Doughboy Memorial are: James Asbury Boswell, Robert W. Brannon, Hinton W. Holleman, Porter R. Doughtie and Daniel T. Tully. The additional names to be included on the granite stone addition are: Pat Lenard Brown, Zachariah Lewis, Howard Hill, William Loach, John H. Thompson and Ulysses Persons. The granite stone addition is being funded by an anonymous donor and manufactured by Jaxon Monument Company.
Mayor Jack Tibbs will be the master of ceremonies. The keynote address will be given by Doug Purcell, Executive Director Emeritus, Historic Chattahoochee Commission and project coordinator. Purcell, with the assistance of Steve Murray, Director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History, did the research which resulted in the identification of these six additional soldiers who perished during World War I. A brief bio sketch will be given for each of the eleven soldiers during Purcell’s presentation.
The event is open to anyone who wishes to participate in this remembrance ceremony.