Elmore County World War I Memorial
Backstory and Context
Owen S. Tilley planned the creation of this monument to honor local men who lost their lives in World War I as his Eagle Scout project. The monument is placed near other monuments and memorials near the courthouse and bears the names of each soldier from the county who perished. The local scout explained his reasons for selecting this project to the local newspaper as a way to provide "a lasting memorial to those who made the ultimate sacrifice." The monument is composed of granite and stands about five feet tall.
World War I began in the summer of 1914 as Germany invaded France and Russia fought both Germany and Austria-Hungary. England soon entered the war, but the United States did not enter the war until 1917 and did not have a sizable army in Europe until April of 1918. U.S. troops endured heavy fighting as Germany attempted a fighting retreat before seeking an armistice in November 1918.
Tilley conducted local history research and found the names of 43 men who were killed in action, died from wounds, or went missing in action. The names of each soldier are engraved in the memorial.
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