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Overton Park War Memorial

Investigation  We took a 15 minute walk around the grounds and received a couple Class C EVP’s.

Date Friday 06/21/2012

 12:30 pm Investigation.

Time at location: 15 minutes.

 Voice recorder.

Personnel Steve Sanderson and Steve Vernon.

History  Veterans Plaza contains memorials to the veterans of Memphis and Shelby County who were killed defending the freedom of the United States. It is located in Overton Park just to the south of the Memphis Zoo and to the west of the Greensward. The 2 acre (0.8 ha) area is home to a collection of memorials: World War I (established 1926 and 1932), World War II (2001), Korean War (2003), Vietnam War (2003), and Desert Storm (2003). A plaque providing the history of Veterans Plaza states that “… through these memorials we pay honor to 1,525 Shelby County veterans who were killed in the 20th and 21st century wars.” An adjoining plaque provides commendation for Pete Dugan,[32] a WWII veteran, “… honoring his steadfast commitment to the cause of Veterans Plaza in Overton Park.”

The Doughboy statue, which is the hallmark of the area, is one of the World War I memorials; it was made in 1926 of copper from pennies that were collected by local school children.[33] The statue was designed and constructed by sculptor Nancy Hahn[34] at a cost of $15,000; it was sponsored by Daughters of the American Revolution.[35] The “Memory Grove” Memorial was created in 1932 by theAmerican War Mothers (Memphis Chapter No. 1) to honor their sons killed in World War I. The bronze plaque has 27 names, which also appear in the Shelby County list on the pedestal of the nearby Doughboy statue. The Memory Grove Memorial was initially located on the south boundary of Overton Park within view of Poplar Avenue; it was later moved to Veterans Plaza.[36] A statue of Margaret Polk, the namesake of the Memphis Belle, honors the B-17 bomber and its crew; the memorial was unveiled in October 2011 and was sponsored by The Memphis Belle Memorial Association.[37]

Memorials for World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and Desert Storm consist of two white limestone walls with bronze panels bearing the names of the Shelby County war dead. In addition, a series of five bronze panels provide detailed information on the Korean War. Flags displayed in Veterans Plaza include the American Flag, the Tennessee State Flag, and the POW/MIA Flag.

Memorial services are often held in Veterans Plaza in observance of notable dates, such as Memorial DayVeterans Day, and Pearl Harbor Day.

Evidence Class C EVP’s.  We recorded no EMF spikes.

EVP Note: All Class C EVP’s are open to what you think the sound is.


See Him – What  A woman and a mans voice.

EMF  None above a 1 MilliGauss.




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