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WWI memorial in Monroe to see additions

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A World War I memorial in Downtown Monroe is expected to see two-new additions after names of soldiers were discovered to have been left off the memorial.

James Floyd Staton of Marshville was killed in France on July 19, 1918. His body was not found until 1927, according to an article from the Monroe Journal at the time. The article says that it had been “eight long years” for his mother who did not know whether or not her son was alive.

Sgt. Roy Perry died overseas somewhere between Sept. 15, 1918 and July 15, 1919. Perry's grave in unknown, but his body was returned to the United States and is said to be located somewhere in Monroe – possibly in the “N. Monroe Colored Cemetery” which is now referred to as the original grounds of Hillcrest City Cemetery, according to findagrave.com.

The discovery of these two missing names came from the Genealogy and Local History Department of the Union County Public Library. The department was putting together clips for a World War I notebook when it first stumbled upon Staton's name in the Monroe Journal article from 1927.

The addition of the two names is on the Union County Commissioner agenda for Aug. 18.




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