VIQUESNEY'S WW I DOUGHBOY STATUE

(CORNER OF WASHINGTON AVE AND VINE ST)

Dedicated on 04 July 1925, this is one of four Ernest Moore Viquesney’s Doughboys with a copyright marking of Walter Rylander, 1920. Due to legal and financial problems, Viquesney sold all rights to his Doughboy to Rylander, but regained the rights in 1926. The Doughboy is said to be a composite of at least 50 different WW I veterans. Doughboys with the Rylander copyright are not known by its true title, “the Spirit of the American Doughboy.”

In St. Bernard, the statue is known by such names as Veterans’ Memorial Statue, Soldiers and Sailors Monument, WW I Doughboy and St. Bernard War Memorial. Names of eight St. Bernard men who died in WW I are engraved on the front of the base. Nearby are plaques with names of veterans who sacrificed their lives in wars following WW I. Memorial service is held each year at this statue. KHP

Source: The E. M. Viquesney Database

 

Photo c. 1940’s: John Russell

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