Each year on Memorial Day, since the park was called to attention on the April 9, 2015, a number of objects have been dedicated in the park to honor veterans including: benches, flag poles, a Memorial to the Citizens that gave the ultimate sacrifice and this past Memorial Day, the Park dedicated a replica of the Bell of the U.S.S. Iowa BB-61.

2020 will be the 75th Anniversary year of the end of World War II. The park has selected as its Memorial Day project for 2020, to have a Mural (8’x24’) of a scene that happened in Chariton on the 4th of July 1942. That event made front page of the Des Moines Register on the 5th of July, 1942. On the 4th of July, 1942, 16 young men stood on the Court House lawn were sworn into the United States Military.

They immediately boarded buses, headed for Des Moines to leave for the Great Lakes Naval training station, near Chicago, Ill.

What the artist is looking for is full body pictures of those young men, of what they looked like in July 1942. If a picture of them does not exist, would there be a descendent with similar body structure that could be photographed and used.

Contact Linda Comstock at 641-774-4406 and she will make arrangements to make a copy of your picture, or have one taken of the relative that has similar body structure.

The men’s names are, William Aitken Jr., Paul E. Kingsbury, Jr., Bill Carpenter, Mahlon Lain, Randal Willoughby, Bob Maxwell, Don Reid, Andy McRoberts, Charles Blakesmith, Don B. Kingsbury.

Read the December 19, 2019 edition of the Chariton Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

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