There is a World War I Memorial in my hometown. I thought it was a fitting Memorial Day Mississippi Mondays post. It’s not too far from another place I mentioned about 2 months ago – Closing of Triplett-Day Pharmacy will be the end of an era — Mississippi Business Journal. Triplett-Day Pharmacy is one block north of the old main Post Office which is where this memorial is next to. The memorial is in the median on the north side of the post office. I also mentioned this memorial a while back when talking about the USS Cyclops – Shipwreck Website.
Alfred Alleman was on the USS Cyclops when it went missing. There’s an update on the Cyclops – https://wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?136972. There was a story years ago that a diver over North Carolina saw a sunken ship off North Carolina’s shore. He didn’t recognize it, but when shown photos, he identified the Cyclops as the ship he saw. He had a rough area of where the ship was located, but the search teams couldn’t find it. The latest update was in March 2020 on the Wrecksite.eu link above. From the note left on the link, a bottle was found in 1922 that indicated the ship had been captured by a U-boat who ordered the crew aboard the U-boat. This appears to be a different note from an earlier note – https://thefacts.com/article_ae9ed1b8-a9e2-5b7a-b67d-b01f4349a780.html. I don’t know what’s true about the disappearance of the ship, but with new discoveries being made on a somewhat regular basis, it’s only a matter of time before the ship is found. It has a distinctive shape.
Here’s the Find-A-Grave link: https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/2388814/gulfport-world-war-i-memorial. The cenotaph has 7 names on it:
- Alfred Alleman https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/65651072/alfred-alleman
- Wayno Fernando Cochran https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/65650310/wayno-fernando-cochran
- Jos. L. Graham https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/65651210/jos-l-graham
- Theodore B. Hill https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/65653402/theodore-b-hill
- William Frederick Ladnier https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/65653582/william-frederick-ladnier
- William David Mims https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/65653807/william-david-mims
- Olly Clark Westbrook https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/65651956/olly-clark-westbrook
These were the names of those with a Gulfport connection who died during World War I.
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