The Doughboy Statue (#6)
Originally this memorial was placed in 1924 on the front lawn of the Marion County Courthouse in Salem. This 17,000 pound statue, showing a World War I infantryman, was moved to the ODVA’s grounds on May 18, 1991 and rededicated. Its purpose is to honor all Oregon WW I Veterans.
Included on the monument are the 88 names of Marion County men killed during WWI. These veterans, who whose average age in 1991 was 94, asked to have the Doughboy Statue moved to the grounds at ODVA.
Several of these statues are located throughout America helping to kindle the memory of 75,000 Americans who died during the war in France. The inscription on the base reads:
“Their country’s call answered, sons and daughters of Marion County made the supreme sacrifice in the World War, 1914-1918 — Greater love hath no man, John 15:13.”