Of the many memorials worth mentioning, one at St. Mary’s College in the town of St. Mary’s has to be listed. While it is a tribute to those of the college that lost their life in the Great War, it specifically honors alumnus Lt. William Fitzsimons, the first American officer to die. Fitzsimons was mentioned and commented on in an earlier post (“World War I and KU: A Reflection the 100 year Anniversary,” Becky Schulte, 9/7/2016).
The monument was dedicated in 1923, and we have a good summary of the ceremony at this link, as well as a photo. Please note the continuing problem of how Fitzsimons name is spelled.
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