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Public Service Veterans' Memorial
Bay County's Finest. Those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
  • By Marvin Kusmierz with contributions from ...
    Tom Birch, Leslie Hammond, Mary McManman, Fred Welsh, Jim Petrimoulx and Alan Flood. (July 2003)
  • Bay County Memorials
    Memorials (L-R) - Vietnam (1), Veterans (1), War Deaths (2), WWI (3), Police (4)
    (Click name to view larger image in new window.)
    Location - (1) Veterans Memorial Pk., (2) County Bldg., (3) Pershing Pk., (4) Police Station.
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    Obtaining Copy of Data
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    Veterans That Died In Service
    Arm Forces - Fire Department - Law Enforcement
    (As of July 2003)

    May Their Souls Be At Peace and Their Sacrifices Never Fade In Our Memory.

    "The mystic cords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave
    to every living heart... should swell into a mighty chorus of remembrance.
    Gratitude and rededication on this solemn occasion."
    -- Abraham Lincoln (Gettysburg)

    Abbreviations: S-Amer. (Spanish-American), POW (Prisoner of War), KIA (Killed in Action)

    Database notes/sources:

    • Data: This listing is intended to help promote awareness of those who died in service of their community and country. It should not be considered official or complete in any way. We favor inclusion rather than exclusion. If you can help us add or correct information, please contact us.
    • Townships: In viewing "community" data for the "Civil" or the "Spanish-American War" one needs to understand the township boundaries at that time. Map History for assistance.
    • Civil War: Transcribed from War Memorial Monument, Bay County Building, 515 Center Avenue, Bay City, MI 48708.
    • Fire Departments: From posting on website (see below).
    • Korean War: Library document, National Archives and Records Admin. (June 1, 1999) - Pages 1 & 2 of 27 pages listing Michigan personnel who died in service by county.
    • Police Departments, Sheriff & State: From Memorial Monument at Police Station on Third & Madison streets in Bay City.
    • Vietnam War: Library document (no date) - It lists 19 who died in service.
    • World War I (WWI): Bay County listing of Army soldiers transcribed by Tom Birch (July 2003) from "Soldiers of the Great War", Vol. 2, Soldiers Record Publishing Association and transcriptions added from War Memorial of Bay County (see Civil War).
    • World War II (WWII): Bay City Times, August 15, 1945 - Lists 250 (including 19 missing in action) who died in service. Reports 8,066 Bay County men in service and 1,324 discharged as of July 31, 1945 according to state records.
    • Additions to data:
      [A] Transcribed from Bay County War Memorial
      [B] WWI List with Date of Deaths, Fred Welsh of the Bay County Historical Society.
      [C] Bay City Times, Mar 1, 1982, Civil War article by Dave Rogers.
      [D] Bay City Times, Feb 23, 1937, Many Bay Cityans Paid Supreme Sacrifice in World War.
      [E] Up dated supplied by relative.
    • Individual Contributors:
      Michael B. Merrin

    This memorial board includes names from a number of sources (see below). We do not represent that it is complete or "official" in any way. Rather, it is a work in progress as we attempt to identify and recognize those individuals who were either born or lived in Bay County, Michigan, and paid the ultimate price in service of their country. The board has multiple sorting capabilities.

    Relatively few individuals are willing to put their life in harm's way in order to protect others. Those who serve day-in and day-out, whether as members of the armed forces, law enforcement, fire department, or other emergency agencies, and whether or not they become casualties, command our utmost gratitude and respect.

    Would you like a copy of this data as of Aug. 2003?

    1. A copy can be made using the print feature of the board.
    2. For an Adobe Acrobat Reader file click {bco-memorial.pdf} and save to your computer.
    3. Digital file (semi-colon delimited) for importing into spreadsheet, click (memorial.txt} - File and does note contain source data.

    - Sources of Further Information -

    Facts & Figures - Americans in War
    (Source: www.infoplease.com)
    Event Participants Theater
    American Revolution (1775-1783)---------4,435
    War of 1812 (1812-1815)---------2,260
    Mexican War (1846-1848)---------13,283
    Civil War (1861-1865)2,212,363140,414224,097364,511
    Spanish-American War (1898-1902)306,7603852,0612,446
    World War I (1917-1918)4,734,99153,40263,114116,516
    World War II (1940-45)16,112,566291,557113,842405,399
    Korean War (1950-1953)5,720,00036,51617,73054,246
    Vietnam War (1964-1975)9,200,00058,19832,00090,198
    Gulf War (1990-01)2,322,3323839141,297

    Related Resources
      [-] Arlington Cemetary (www.arlingtoncemetery.org)
      [-] Camp Custer, MI, 1924 Bay Co. Men (www.mifamilyhistory.org)
      [-] History of Sacrifice, lists all conflicts (www.remember.gof/history)
      [-] National Remembrance Day, Memorial Day (www.remember.gov)
      [-] Video Presentation (5.81MB - Windows Media Player)
      [-] No Greater Love Org. (www.ngl.org)
      [-] United States Org. (www.uso.org)
      [-] Veterans Administration [-] History of Veterans Day. (www.va.gov)
      [-] Veterans Day History Project (Library of Congress)
    Internet Resources
  • Civil Services:
    Fire Departments:
    [-] Bay City (www.inet.baycitymi.org/fire)
    [-] Frankenlust (www.frankenlust.freehomepages.com)

  • Wars:
    Civil War:
    [-] Bay County Burials (www.mifamilyhistory.org)
    [-] Bay County Penisoners 1883 (www.mifamilhistory.org)
    [-] (sunsite.utk.edu)
    [-] Grand Army of the Republic(GAR)
    [-] Michigan G.A.R.
    [-] Music of Civil War period (pdmusic.org)
    Gulf War:
    [-] (www.ngwrc.org)
    Korean War:-
    [-] (www.koreanwar.org)
    Spanish-American War:
    [-] Volunteers from Bay County (www.mifamilyhistory.org)
    [-] (Library of Congress)
    Vietnam War:
    [-] (www.pbs.org)
    World War I:
    [-] Stars & Stripes newpaper (Library of Congress)
    [-] (www.ku.edu)
    World War II:
    [-] (members.aol.com/teachernet)
  • Civil War Records
    A formal Bay County casualty list didn't exist for 120 years until 1888, when citizens Gerald Pergande and Eurdine Ringwelski after extensive research came up with their names.
    Missing Canons
    Canons were a common in many parks at one time. They disappeared during WWII when they were melted down for the war effort.
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