Photo provided by Jim Mitchell, Engineering Supervisor, City of Chambersburg
In a miniature triangular memorial area known as “East Point” at the intersection of East Queen and Lincolnway (U. S. Highway 30).
The inscription on a plaque under the Doughboy’s left side above the brick approach reads:
THEY SHALL LIVE
ERECTED TO THE GLORIOUS MEMORY OF THE
MEN AND WOMEN DEAD OF FRANKLIN COUNTY
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE WORLD WAR
(followed by 91 names in three columns, including four females who were in the nursing corps)
“GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS.
THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS.”
ERECTED BY THE CITIZENS OF FRANKLIN COUNTY
The memorial acquisition had its beginnings as early as March 1920 when a successful campaign was conducted to raise funds to acquire the plaque by public subscription. The original plan was to place it on a large boulder at the Franklin County Courthouse, but a state art commission rejected that plan. After considerable delay, the base shown in the above photograph was built and the Doughboy was dedicated at the current location on a rainy November 12, 1923 – Armistice (November 11) was on Sunday that year. The parade paused for a minute of silence at 11 a. m. to recognize the effective time of the armistice five years earlier. Numerous organizations, bands and speakers participated in the ceremony.
The Doughboy received a professional cleaning and sealing in the 1980s. It appears to be in good condition but could benefit from another cleaning and application of a preservative that would not damage the metal.
Shippensburg Veterans Memorial park is located on the southern edge of Shippensburg, PA in Franklin county along PA Route 11, or the "Molly Pitcher Highway," as it is locally called. As you enter the park, there are two columns with bronze memorials dedicated to the veterans of World War II. 3200 local residents served during that time.
Inside the park, a memorial dedicated to the Vietnam veterans can be seen on the right side of the park near the entrance. This plaque has approximately 1356 names inscribed.
Last but not least, at the bottom of the hill there is a memorial dedicated to the veterans of the Korean war with roughly 470 names inscribed on it.
Over 5000 men and women from the county have answered America's call to duty. Their names are preserved on these memorials as a tribute to their contribution to our nation and its history