Company B, 180th Infantry - Oklahoma City, OK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member hamquilter
N 35° 30.477 W 097° 28.378
14S E 638483 N 3930447
Memorial to two Company B heroes
Waymark Code: WM9D9V
Location: Oklahoma, United States
Date Posted: 08/04/2010
Published By:Groundspeak Regular Member the federation
Views: 6

This gray granite monument sits in an area to the east of the 45th Infantry Division Museum in Oklahoma City.

The monument is engraved:
"Company B
180th Infantry"

Atop the monument are plaques honoring two of its war heroes.

One plaque reads:
"First Sergeant James Tilden McLeroy
This plaque is dedicated to the memory of James Tilden McLeroy, who served in World War II as First Sergeant of Company B, 180th Infantry, from Atoka. First Sergeant McLeroy was a dedicated, loyal soldier, motivated by personal devotion to the 45th Infantry Division. During the campaign up the Italian coastline in September 1943, disregarding his personal safety and concerned only for the men of his unit and the accomplishment of the mission, First Sergeant McLeroy led a platoon attack on a fortified machine gun position. Because of his personal leadership and through courage far beyond the call of duty, the machine gun position was destroyed at the cost of the First Sergeant's life. The superior leadership and bravery of this citizen-soldier caused General George Patton, Seventh Army Commander, later to say, "I would like to have ten Divisions of this caliber."

The second plaque reads:
"Technical Sergeant Curtis W. Garner
Company B, 180th Infantry, 45th Infantry Division
In grateful memory of Sergeant Curtis W. Garner 20828027, who died in the service of his country at Anzio, Italy in May 1944. He stands in the unbroken line of patriots who have dared to die that freedom might live, and grow and increase its blessings. Freedom lives, and through it, He lives - in a way that humbles the undertaking of most men."
List if there are any visiting hours:
This memorial is located on the east side of the 45th Infantry Division Museum, 2145 N.E. 36th Street, Oklahoma City, OK. The museum is open: Tues - Fri: 9:00 - 4:15 Sat: 10:00 - 4:15 Sun: 1:00 - 4:45

Entrance fees (if it applies): Free, however, donations are appreciated

Type of memorial: Monument

Website pertaining to the memorial: Not listed

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