Repairs completed to WWI monument in Manhuelles, France
When the Monument & Memorial Committee received its 2014 annual report from the American Battle Monuments Commission we learned the bronze plaque on the Manhuelles monument had been vandalized. After much correspondence and suggestions, a contractor was selected to duplicate the monument's marker.
As background, in 1919 while the 4th Division was on occupation duty in Germany, immediately following the end of the war, it was recognized that the large Army raised to fight the war would soon be reduced to peacetime strength and the 4th Division might cease to exist.
A shared feeling arose from the ranks that some kind of organization should be formed that would forever bind together the men who served in the 4th Division. Thus the National 4th IVY Division Association was formed. A convention of Officers and Enlisted men from each unit was held adopting a constitution and bylaws including the establishment of The Ivy Leaves as the Association’s official publication.
It was decided that three monuments to the Division’s fallen in battle would be erected and dedicated in France while the Division was still overseas and its organic engineers, the 4th Engineer Regiment, could be utilized for their construction. One monument was emplaced near the Vesle River, one in the St. Mihiel area, and one in the Meuse-Argonne area, thus commemorating the three major engagements during the war in which the Division as a whole had participated. All monuments were finished and in place before the Division returned to the United States. All three still stand in France today. The Division owns the ground on which these monuments stand.
To replace the vandalized marker a ‘cast impression’ was made from one of the other monuments. A new bronze marker was then fabricated and installed on the monument while repairing the damaged masonry. This was all completed in time for Armistice / Veterans Day 2016.
Visit the sites of the WWI monuments at the links below
Brieulles, France – This monument marks the Meuse-Argonne campaign area of northern France
Fismes, France – This monument marks the Aisne-Marne campaign area of northeast France
Manhuelles, France – This monument marks the St. Mihiel campaign region of France