Following the first World War, this was one of many monuments to local soldiers. The stone obelisk includes the names of Craven County men who were killed in the first World War. The names of Craven County who were killed in the second World War were added later on in the 1940s.


North Carolina played a significant role in the history of America's involvement in World War I, sending over 80,000 troops into the armed forces. Around 600 North Carolinians were killed and 3,600 were seriously wounded. North Carolina also served as the home to three military bases and a naval base in the duration of the war, including Camp Bragg.

Camp Bragg was constructed outside Fayetteville, and named in honor of Confederate general and North Carolina native, Braxton Bragg. Camp Bragg was initially built as an artillery training camp, but also included infantry training and an airfield. Following the war, Camp Bragg was one of the few training camps that was not closed thanks in part to the efforts of General Albert Bowley. Bowley made a strong case to the Department of War that Camp Bragg was unique because it could support experimental weapons. The camp was renamed Fort Bragg and became a permanent military installation. Currently, Bragg is one of the world’s largest military bases.

Shaeffer, Matthew. "Fort Bragg." North Carolina History Project. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Feb. 

2017.

Marshall III, R. Jackson. "North Carolina in WWI: An Introduction." North Carolina in WWI: An Introduction | NCpedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Feb. 2017. <http://www.ncpedia.org/nc-wwi>.