Delaware Veteran Memorials

Claymont. Three memorials stand as a tribute to war veterans from the area. The War
is at the Knollwood entranceway. A memorial for the Gold Star Mothers and
three flags – the United States, state of Delaware and POW/MIA – are at the intersection of
Governor Printz Boulevard and Philadelphia Pike. A small memorial on Commonwealth
Avenue in the middle of the island commemorates those from the area who were prisoners
of war or listed as missing in action.

Wilmington. The Washington Street Memorial Bridge, dedicated to Delaware's war dead,
was opened in Wilmington after rebuilding in 1920 and formally dedicated on Memorial
Day 1922 as the Washington Memorial Bridge. On the bridge are plaques with the names of
all of Delaware's dead from previous wars, and some of their battles.  Eagles and pylons
provide architectural emphasis. .

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial  is across Baynard Boulevard at Washington and 18th
Streets.  It is topped by a Charles Parks statue of a soldier bearing the body of a comrade.  It
was dedicated in 1983.

African-American Medal of Honor Statue at the same location pays homage to
African-American soldiers in all wars. It has two statues both by Charles Parks and honors
the 87 African Americans who are recipients of teh medal of Honor.  The two statues
represent a civil War soldier and a World War II parachutist.

Todd Memorial also known as the The Victory Monument honors those who fought
in World War I. It is a 35 foot granite sculpture paid for by the local shipbuilder with a
figure of Winged Victory at the top. It is located at 18th Street and Baynard Boulevard.

Churchman Memorial is located at 16th Street at the end of the Washington Street
Bridge.  A horse trough was dedicated in 1904 in memory of Lt. Clarke Churchman the
only Delawarean killed in the Spanish American War.  It has a basin for dogs and drinking
fountain for people.

The Soldiers and Sailors Monument, at Delaware and Broom streets near Trolley Square,
commemorates those who died in Civil War battles. The imposing column was purchased
from a demolished Wilmington Bank and topped with an eagle throttling a serpent and
dedicated in 1871.  It was rededicated on Decoration Day in 1880.

Sgt. James R. McCoy Sr. Park, at Sixth and Franklin streets, honors the first
Delawarean killed in the first Gulf war. On December 23, 1921.

Memorial to Rear
Admiral Samuel Francis DuPont in Rockford Park.
Samuel Francis DuPont began his naval career in 1815 when, at the age of twelve,
President James Madison appointed him a midshipman in the United States Navy.
Promoted lieutenant in 1826, Commander in 1842, Captain in 1855, and newly created rank
of Rear Admiral in 1862, he was among the leaders who organized the Naval Academy at
Annapolis in 1845. Admiral DuPont distinguished himself during the Mexican War,
commanding the Gulf of California blockade force. In 1861, President Lincoln declared a
naval blockade of the southern states. Samuel DuPont chaired the committee laying out the
blockade strategy and then took command, enforcing the blockade off South Carolina,
Georgia, and the Atlantic Coast of Florida. To recognize Admiral DuPont's service, in 1862,
Congress commissioned this statue - sculpted by renown artist Launt Thompson - and
placed it in DuPont Circle in Washington, DC. The statue was re-erected in Rockford Park
in 1920.

As in many places across the country, trees were planted for lost ones who did not come
home after the war.  Such was the case in Wilmington when in 1928 some twenty trees
were planted along Bayard Boulevard (now Bancroft Parkway) in memory of departed

New Castle. Veterans Memorial Park and the Delaware Memorial Bridge, Cherry Lane,
New Castle. The bridge honors veterans from Delaware and New Jersey who died fighting
during World War II. The 50-acre park also pays tribute to veterans from the Korean and
Vietnam wars and the first Persian Gulf war, recipients of the Military Order of the Purple
Heart, the Submariners of WW II and the five service branches.

Memorial to Lt Col David F. McCallister at New Castle Air National Guard Base.  A
Dining facility with a plaque and a static display of Colonel McCallister's F-86H
is on display to honor this airman who lost his life in a plane crash in 1961.

Newport.  The Frank Stern National Guard Armory memorializes this Delaware Air
National Guardsman who lost his life in a plane crash in 1954.

Newark. Cooch’s Bridge, Old Baltimore Pike, near Newark. Cannons and a monument pay
tribute to the soldiers who died in the only battle of the Revolutionary War that took place
on Delaware soil. Another
Revolutionary War monument stands on The Green in Dover.

University of Delaware,
WWI Marker near Old College inscribed: 1917, 1918 In honor of
the rural men of New Castle County who entered the military service of their country on
this spot during the First World War. This tablet is erected by the University of Delaware
and the Community of Newark."

University of Delaware,
Memorial Hall, Book of the Dead
The Memorial Book honors Delaware's World War I dead, which is displayed in a glass-
covered case in the lobby of Memorial Hall. On each page is the name and biography of a
Delawarean who lost his or her life while serving in the military during World War I.
Memorial Hall (then Memorial Library) was conceived in 1918 at the end of World War I by
UD trustee H. Rodney Sharp as a living monument to “the memory of the men and women
in this state who took part in the war.” To emphasize that purpose, a book was compiled
with each page containing the names and biographies of those Delawareans who died in
“the World War.”

Newark Delaware marker at Academy Street and Main
War Monument Dedicated to the
men who gave their lives in the World Wars,  Inscribed:

Ralph E. Adams
Robert G. Allen
James R. Anderson
Harvey L. Baldwin        
George G. Barnett
Philip A. Beaman
Horace C. Brown
William H. Dean Jr.
Robert J. Donovan
John Freuvre
Woodrow W. Gravenor
Charles W. Greer Jr.
Thomas S. Ingham Jr.
Roland P. Jackson
William N. Jones Jr.
Harold D. Kirk
John W. O’Daniel Jr.
Harry W. Pierce
Frank Sanborn
Harold N. Schaeffer
Ralph R. Skillborn
George R. Thorn
Frank R. Thoroughgood
O. James Walker
Clarence E. Weible
Ferris L. Wharton
James R. Wilson
Homer B. Wooleyhan


John E. Walker


Douglas D. Alley
Francis B. Amoroso
Charles R. Anderson
Leonard A. Bird
Richard A. Bowman
Douglas D. Crowe
Richard J. Currey
Michael R. Dadisman
Robert W. Dieffenbach Jr.
Alan G. Geissinger
Jon J. Hayden
Laurence L. LaSalle
Arthur C. Morris Jr.
Robert S. Schettig
Robert N. Tanus
Daniel Ark Tressler
Earl R. Webb Jr.
Robert E. Williams

Delaware Route 1, the Korean War Veteran's Memorial Highway

Delaware City. The memorial, a UH-1 "Huey" helicopter that seems to hover above the
ground, pays tribute to Vietnam veterans. It is on Del. 9 about seven miles south of
Delaware City.

Middletown. Nov. 11, 1919, Town leaders in Middletown dedicated a monument at Four
Corners, or Cochran Square recalling four servicemen who died in
World War I.

Dover. POW/MIA monument, Loockerman Street and Legislative Avenue, Dover.

Vietnam War Memorial listing 28 Kent County war dead, and at the same location in
Veteran's Park the
Gold Star Mother's Memorial honoring the mothers and families lost in
the nations wars.  Of granite, inscribed in Lincoln's words, "I pray that our heavenly father
may assuage of your bereavement and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved
and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours, to have laid so costly a sacrifice on the
alter of freedom." Dover Delaware

War Dog Memorial honoring all generations of war dogs. "They protected and watched
over us at home and on the field of battle. We are forever grateful for their undying loyalty
devotion and faithful service. They are not forgotten." Veteran's Memorial Park S. Little
Creek Road, Dover

Korean War Veterans Memorial - Dover, Delaware
Quick Description: Located in the memorial garden at the Air Mobility Command Museum
1301 Heritage Rd., Dover AFB, DE 19902-5301

Delaware veterans cemeteries. The New Castle County cemetery is at 2465 Chesapeake
City Road,
Summit. The 52-acre site is the final resting place for veterans of all wars since
World War I. Fifteen markers represent the Delaware Medal of Honor recipients although
only one, James P. Connor, is buried there. The 62-acre Sussex County Cemetery is at
26669 Patriots Way in
Millsboro. A veteran of the Spanish-American War is buried there as
well as servicemen from World War II, the Korean, Vietnam and Iraq wars.

Kiwanis Park, Seaford. The parks and recreation department unveiled a 10-foot-tall stone
memorial in 1987 that lists the names of Seaford residents who died in World War I, World
War II, Vietnam and Iraq. The park is on Stein Highway.

Korean War memorial, Georgetown Circle, Georgetown. The memorial, in the shape of the
first state, sits in front of the town hall. The
Vietnam Memorial is in front of the County
Building. Both are dedicated to fallen veterans of Sussex County.

World War II Memorial, Blades, is in the town park between East Sixth and East
Seventh streets. The marble monument features the helmets of all the service branches with
a family in the background.

May 12, 2007  A monument with 70 soldiers' and sailors' names who served in the
Confederacy during the Civil War was dedicated on the grounds of the Nutter Marvil
museum in

Lewes Delaware, Fallen Heroes Memorial Garden, honoring all who have died in all
wars and conflicts as well as those who will die to protect the United States. In front of
City Hall, an Eagle project for boy scout Colin Sullivan erected 2016.

Out of State Monuments

March 5, 1850 Primarily through the efforts of John Jones, Sr., of Middletown, a War of
1812 veteran, Delaware's memorial stone was placed in the unfinished
in the nation's capital.

Greenwood Cemetery,
Brooklyn New York, Monument to Haslet's First Delaware
Battle of Long Island. "In this spot, they stood against the cream of the British
army, one of the greatest armies in the world at that time," according to Timothy Slavin,
Delaware's state archivist, standing before the granite monument, near the site of the Red
Lion Inn, a landmark during the battle.

Guilford Courthouse Revolutionary War battle site, North Carolina
Delaware and Maryland regiments made up the bulk of the Southern Continental Army at
the Battle of Guilford Courthouse. The Delaware Monument marks the grave of three
unknown American soldiers who fell on the battlefield. Their remains were discovered in
1888 and identified by coat buttons stamped "U.S.A." The Maryland Monument was erected
by members of the Maryland Historical Society in memory of the soldiers of the Maryland
line. Both monuments were dedicated in 1892.

On the road nearby, Cornwallis, during the climactic phase of the battle, ordered two
cannon charged with grapeshot to be fired into the hand-to-hand fighting being waged in
the vale below. This desperate measure killed a number of his own troops as well as
Americans, but it was effective in breaking up the fighting.

Commodore Thomas MacDonough
September 11, 1914  A monument was erected in Plattsburg, New York at Lake Champlain
commemorating Odessa's
Commodore Thomas MacDonough and his critical victory
against the British in the War of 1812.

Delaware State Monument, Gettysburg Pennsylvania
The First and Second Delaware Infantry Regiments arrived on the battlefield early on July 2 and took
positions in the Federal line along Cemetery Ridge. That day, both units distinguished themselves in
fierce fighting. The First defended the Bliss Farm, and the Second helped to hold the Wheatfield against
the Confederate attempt to turn the Federal left flank. On July 3, the two regiments played key roles in
repulsing Lee's assault. They each lost nearly a quarter of their men at Gettysburg and were
commended for distinguished service. Three soldiers received the Medal of Honor. One for heroism under
fire and two for the capture of regimental colors. On July 5, The First and Second Delaware, with the
Army of the Potomac, left Gettysburg in pursuit of Lee's army.

This memorial is dedicated to all Delawareans
Who fought at Gettysburg both Union and Confederate

The State of Delaware monument is south of Gettysburg on Taneytown Road near the old
Cyclorama building. (39.8161° N, 77.23247° W; see map) It was dedicated in 2000 by the
State of Delaware.

The granite monument was designed by W. Barksdale Maynard. It holds a 5' x 6' bronze
bas-relief depicting the 1st and 2nd Delaware counter-attcking Pickett's Charge that was
created by sculptor Ron Tunison.

First Delaware Infantry monument, Gettysburg Pennsylvania
Inscription: Position held by the First Delaware Volunteer Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 3rd
Division, 2nd Army Corps, July2, 1863. Erected by the State of Delaware to commemorate the
gallantry of her sons A.D. 1885

2nd Delaware Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg

The monument to the Second Delaware Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg is on Brooke
Avenue southeast of the Rose Farm. (39.79485° N, 77.2468° W; see map) It was dedicated in
1885.A marker showing the position of the regiment's skirmish line during Pickett's Charge
is on Hancock Avenue southwest of the Brian Farm. (39.81499° N, 77.23546° W; see map) It
was dedicated in 1886.The regiment was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Colonel
William P. Baily until he was wounded on July 2nd. Captain Charles H. Christman then
took over.The 2nd Delaware brought 280 men to Gettysburg. Eleven men were killed, 61
wounded and 12 missing.

First Delaware Infantry Regiment at Antietam (Sharpsburg MD)

The monument to the First Delaware Infantry Regiment is located on the north Side of
Bloody Lane. It was dedicated on May 26, 1962.

The regiment suffered heavily in what was its first battle. In three hours of fighting,
Colonel John W. Andrews, Lt. Colonel Oliver Hopkinson, and all but two company
commanders became casualties, along with almost one third of the men.

Second Lieutenant Charles B. Tanner was awarded the Medal of Honor for rescuing the
regimental colors, which had fallen within twenty yards of Confederate lines at the Sunken
Road, in spite of being three times wounded during the attempt.

From the monument:


1st Delaware Volunteers
Colonel John W. Andrews
3rd Brigade 3rd Division II Corps

On the morning of September 17, 1862 this regiment crossed Antietam Creek
forming right of first line of French's Division. Advanced with heavy skirmishing
through Roulette Farm and became fiercely engaged immediately, in front of Sunken
Road. Withdrew to stronger position 100 yards north of here. 8 of 10 Company
Commanders and entire color-guard killed or wounded.

Losses   Officers   Men
          3         26
          10         172
Total 230 of 708 engaged

Erected by the
Delaware Civil War Centennial Commission
May 26, 1964

Second Delaware Infantry Regiment at Antietam (Sharpsburg MD)

The monument to the Second Delaware Infantry Regiment at Antietam is on the north side
of the Sunken Road (Bloody Lane), off Richrdson Avenue. (see map) It was dedicated on
May 10, 1964.

From the monument:

2nd Delaware Volunteers
Capt. David L. Stricker
3rd Brigade, 1st Division, II Corps

This regiment of Richardson's reserve brigade crossed Antietam Creek. Advanced with
division and came under heavy artillery fire while holding position immediately beyond
crest of the ridge. It moved to right and helped repulse counterattack in gap between
French and Richardson's divisions. In final assault on Bloody Lane, the regiment crossed
here and took possession of Piper Farm buildings until ordered to retire.

                  Officers    Men
Killed                           12
Wounded        2           42
Total 58

Erected by Delaware Civil War Centennial Commission May 10, 1964

Third Delaware Infantry Regiment at Antietam (Sharpsburg MD)

The monument to the Third Delaware Infantry Regiment at Antietam is the West Woods in
the Philadelphia Brigade Park. It was dedicated on May 30, 1964

The 3d Delaware was commanded at the Battle of Antietam by Colonel Arthur Maginnis.
He was wounded, and Captain William J. McKaig took over. The regiment had suffered
heavily at the Second Battle of Bull Run two weeks prior to Antietam, and brought only
125 men to the field.

From the monument:

3rd Delaware Volunteers
Major Arthur Maginnis
3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, XII Corps

This regiment, worn down from active service in the second Manassas Campaign, went
into action Sept. 17, 1862 with only five officers and 120 men. It started out on the right of
the Union line in front of the West Woods. After heavy action along the Hagerstown Pike,
it helped repulse Confederate counter attack following rout of Sedgewick's Division. Final
position of the regiment, 65 yards North of this point.

                Officers  Men
Killed                 1         5
Wounded           2         9
Total  17 of 125 engaged

Erected by the Delaware Civil War Centennial Commission May 30, 1964

Sources: Roman Alexander, director of Parks and Recreation, city of Wilmington; Scott Coleborn,
Seaford Parks Department; Tony Davila; Estelle Tucker and J.J. Jones, Delaware Veterans Cemeteries;
Lou Walls, quartermaster of VFW Post 5447; Julie Chelton; Robert Stickles; Gary Morris, chairman of
the Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs
Delaware Military History