Killed In Action 2,950
Wounded In Action 13,392

Along base are etchings of locations in France in which the 42nd saw action  

South Facing Side 
 
Rainbow at top 
 
Large etched figure of a solitary bugler with crosses of a cemetery at his feet. 
 
Along the base are locations in France in which the 42nd saw action 

West Facing Side
 
inscriptions
 
The 42nd Infantry Division
 Rainbow Division
 
Then a detailed list of all of its individual units that comprised the 42nd

Under the list is the following inscription:
 
The Division consisted of approximately 27,000 men from the National Guard Regiments of 26 states and the District of Columbia. 

Etchings along the bottom of the monument
show scenes from the following locations:

 
North:  Camp Mills 
  
West: Luneville, Baccarat, Souain-Champagne
 
South: Champagne-Marne, Aisne-Marne, St. Mihiel
 
East: Essey-Pannes, Argonne-Meuse, Army of Occupation.  
 

 
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Information

Title

42nd (Rainbow) Division Memorial (NY)

Date

dedicated 1941

Description

The 42nd Division World War I Memorial is located in Garden City, New York. It stands in a small park directly across from an old Long Island Rail Road freight station on the rail spur that went to Camp Mills, where the 42nd Division was mobilized. The triangular parcel is bordered by Clinton Road, St. James St. South, and Rainbow Place. 

The 17-ft tall obelisk is made of Rainbow granite from Minnesota, and was erected in 1941. It weighs more than 30 tons. Each side of the base depicts a phase of Rainbow Division history in maps and words. 
 The carvings of figures and the locations where the 42nd served during WW I are etched into the stone and are shallow. Some seem to have been weather eroded. The word inscriptions are carved deeper into the stone and are in very good shape.

Monument description using compass points:

North Facing Side

Rainbow at top.

Large solitary soldier at present arms that take ups most of the space on the north side.

Inscription below the soldier:
TO THOSE WHO FOUGHT FOR THEIR COUNTRY

Inscription near base:
Camp Albert Mills Birthplace of the Rainbow Division

On base on monument is an etched scene of Camp Mills

East Facing Side

This side is mostly smooth stone 

Lower down are the following inscriptions:
 
1917-1919

To The Rainbow Division
 
Which first occupied Camp Mills, and which went forth to glorious victories on the battlefields of France. This moment is erected by its veterans. 
 
Its mission fulfilled it vanished to appear no
More but its name and fame will live to hearten future generations to answer their country's call. 
 
Killed In Action 2,950
Wounded In Action 13,392

Along base are etchings of locations in France in which the 42nd saw action  

South Facing Side 
 
Rainbow at top 
 
Large etched figure of a solitary bugler with crosses of a cemetery at his feet. 
 
Along the base are locations in France in which the 42nd saw action 

West Facing Side
 
inscriptions
 
The 42nd Infantry Division
 Rainbow Division
 
Then a detailed list of all of its individual units that comprised the 42nd

Under the list is the following inscription:
 
The Division consisted of approximately 27,000 men from the National Guard Regiments of 26 states and the District of Columbia. 

Etchings along the bottom of the monument
show scenes from the following locations:

 
North:  Camp Mills 
  
West: Luneville, Baccarat, Souain-Champagne
 
South: Champagne-Marne, Aisne-Marne, St. Mihiel
 
East: Essey-Pannes, Argonne-Meuse, Army of Occupation.  
 

 

Location

Clinton Road, St. James St. South, and Rainbow Place
Garden City, Nassau County, New York

Contributing Institution

Bert Cunningham