Six life size, historically accurate statues of soldiers representing the military branches in which South Dakotans served. From left to right:
- U.S. Marine Corps: tall marine in tattered uniform from the jungles of the South Pacific, carrying a slung Browning automatic Rifle.
- Woman Volunteer: a nurse with medical kit and stethoscope ready to assist the wounded worldwide. She represents the WACS, WAVS, and the SPARS.
- Sailor in his working uniform with bandaged hands from fighting an onboard fire. He also represents those who received the Purple Heart.
- Air Pilot dressed in flight gear and parachute, short stub of a cigar lit upon landing. He is armed with a .45 caliber pistol.
- Coast Guard and Merchant Marines: dressed in foul weather gear from duty in the North Atlantic and Pacific while watching the submarines or transporting war materials.
- U.S. Army GI, a Native American from the European Theatre. He was a 'code talker' and is equipped with open ammo pouches and a Garand M-1 rifle held by the sling.
The statues are set on a peninsula built into Capital Lake. In front of the memorial is a flowing artesian well. This warm water fountain flows into Capitol Lake. The fountain serves as a centerpiece for the Korean and Vietnam War Monument (north of the fountain) and the World War II Monument (south of the fountain on a peninsula)
World War II
Most statues are signed: lee leuning & S. Treeby, 2001
This is the first monument to World War II Veterans by any state in the Union.
- Lee Leuning and Sherri Treeby,
American sculptors who formed the art studio, Bad River Artworks in Aberdeen, South Dakota
Sources & Information
Location (N 44°22'0" - W 100°20'38")
Item Code: ussd57; Photograph: 20 October 2010
Of each statue we made photos from various angles and also detail photos of the various texts.
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