McCracken County World War I Memorial

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McCracken County World War I Memorial


Paulding, John, 1883-1935, sculptor.


Dedicated 1928.


The McCracken County World War I memorial, located in Paducah's Oak Grove Cemetery, was erected and dedicated in 1928 by Paduke Post 31 of the American Legion. Standing atop a granite base, sculptor John Paulding's doughboy -- a model entitled "Ready," of which there are at least 11 examples at World War I memorials across the country -- is the memorial's central element. It was cast by the American Art Bronze Company, and erected by the Beasley Monument Company. The inscription on the front of the monument reads: 1928, Erected and dedicated by the American Legion to our comrades of the World War who sleep the long sleep. One of the monument’s sides has the inscription: When to the last assault our bugles blow: reckless of pain and peril we shall go. Heads high and hearts aflame and bayonets bare, and we shall brave eternity as though eyes looked on us in which we would seem fair. The other two sides of the monument recognize the Paducah Mayor, City Commissioners, McCracken County Judge, and County Commissioners.


1613 Park Ave
Paducah, KY



Contributing Institution

Marty Nemes