OOSI Sculpture

Spirit of the American Doughboy

7/5/1926 / E. M. Viquesney / Swanton

Spirit of the American Doughboy of Swanton Memorial Park 1.jpg

This E. M. Viquesney Doughboy depicts a WWI soldier gallantly striding forward with a rifle held low in his proper left hand and a grenade raised high above his head in his proper right hand.

This monument is the only WWI memorial one presented to an American town by a foreign government. It was a gift of the French people in recognition of the proportionately high number from Swanton who gave their lives (12 of the 250 who served). The Doughboy’s rifle was removed in 1983 after continuous vandalism. After the statue was restored in 2015 the gun was replaced. A coat of gold paint was applied at that time of original installation, but after most of it had worn away the rest of the paint was removed during restoration. The restoration took place by Georgio Gikas of Venus Bronze Works, Detroit, MI.
The cannon on a base in front of the Doughboy is a captured German World War mortar that was a gift of the U. S. government prior to the Doughboy’s arrival.

Two plaque inscriptions on the front of the base read:

Upper:

SWANTON
REMEMBERS

Lower:

TO THE MEMORY
OF THE
VALIANT SONS OF
SWANTON & COMMUNITY
------------------
WORLD WAR
1917-1918
-----------------
THIS MEMORIAL IS
LOVINGLY DEDICATED
------------------
WE HOLD THEM IN OUR
GREATFUL [sic] HEARTS WITH
REVERENCE AND HONOR
FOREVER
* * * * * * * * * *
ERECTED 1926
(While it has been known from the outset that “Grateful” was misspelled in the inscription, the people of Swanton have become used to it and would not think of correcting it after all these years.)

Location: Memorial Park, 300 S. Main Street

County

: Fulton County

Citation

: E. M. Viquesney, “Spirit of the American Doughboy,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture Inventory, accessed October 23, 2018, http://oosi.sculpturecenter.org/items/show/1548.

Dublin Core

Title

Spirit of the American Doughboy

Description

This E. M. Viquesney Doughboy depicts a WWI soldier gallantly striding forward with a rifle held low in his proper left hand and a grenade raised high above his head in his proper right hand.

This monument is the only WWI memorial one presented to an American town by a foreign government. It was a gift of the French people in recognition of the proportionately high number from Swanton who gave their lives (12 of the 250 who served). The Doughboy’s rifle was removed in 1983 after continuous vandalism. After the statue was restored in 2015 the gun was replaced. A coat of gold paint was applied at that time of original installation, but after most of it had worn away the rest of the paint was removed during restoration. The restoration took place by Georgio Gikas of Venus Bronze Works, Detroit, MI.
The cannon on a base in front of the Doughboy is a captured German World War mortar that was a gift of the U. S. government prior to the Doughboy’s arrival.

Two plaque inscriptions on the front of the base read:

Upper:

SWANTON
REMEMBERS

Lower:

TO THE MEMORY
OF THE
VALIANT SONS OF
SWANTON & COMMUNITY
------------------
WORLD WAR
1917-1918
-----------------
THIS MEMORIAL IS
LOVINGLY DEDICATED
------------------
WE HOLD THEM IN OUR
GREATFUL [sic] HEARTS WITH
REVERENCE AND HONOR
FOREVER
* * * * * * * * * *
ERECTED 1926
(While it has been known from the outset that “Grateful” was misspelled in the inscription, the people of Swanton have become used to it and would not think of correcting it after all these years.)

Creator

Date

7/5/1926

Subject

Source

https://siris-artinventories.si.edu/ipac20/ipac.jsp?uri=full=3100001~!299205!0

Type

Sculpture Item Type Metadata

Location City

Location County

Location Site

Memorial Park

Location Street

300 S. Main Street

Installation Date

7/4/1926