Spirit of the American Doughboy - Frenchtown

Spirit of the American Doughboy - Frenchtownloupe
Edith Ort Thomas Elementary School, 902 Harrison Street
USA 08825
EM Viquesney

This sculpture is one of many casts made from EM Viquesney's doughboy design. Monuments using this design are scattered around NJ & the US.

This bronze cast sculpture, set upon a base, depicts a World War I infantryman advancing through the stumps and barbed wire of "No Man's Land."  He holds a rifle in his left hand & a grenade in his raised right hand.

The sculpture was erected in 1926 on the front lawn of Frenchtown High School (presently Edith Ort Thomas Elementary School) to honor Frenchtown & vicinity soldiers who served in World War I. The sculpture cost $2,700.

In the summer of 1995, the sculpture was refurbished and cleaned by the Easton Memorial Finishing Works of Easton, PA. The rifle end was refashioned and attached, and the sculpture was sandblasted and buffed. A new plaque honoring veterans of subsequent wars was added and the sculpture was rededicated on November 11, 1995.

Narrative adapted from Smithsonian Institution Research Infomration System (SIRIS) inventory #NJ000454. 

Photo courtesy of: Alan Edelson & Historical Marker Database