Memorial Grove 2018-02-13T21:16:47+00:00

Memorial Grove

100 Year Anniversary Memorial Grove
Fundraiser Project

Our Memorial Grove is a longstanding institution honoring fallen Dragon Soldiers. The Grove was relocated to Fort Leonard Wood from Fort McClellan in 1999 and is in close proximity of our Museum. Our goal is to complete several Grove improvement projects in preparation for our the Chemical Corp’s 100th anniversary in the summer of 2018.

The Memorial Grove was built to be part of the Chemical Corps Museum Complex at Fort McClellan, Alabama.  When the Museum was finished, the grove was designed and completed by Lieutenant Colonel John Schmidt.  At the time, he was the Executive Officer of the Chemical School.  The initial grove was built using U.S. Army Chemical School Staff and Faculty volunteer Labor.

Veterans Associations of the individual chemical units who have memorials there now provided the memorials initially placed within the park.  The park was expanded in the early 1990’s under the direction of Lieutenant Colonel Stanley H. Lillie, the Executive Officer of the school.  The designer of the expansion part was Mr. T. K. Miller, the museum curator.

The Chemical Corps Regimental Association placed the memorials to America’s wars and to the soldiers of the Chemical Corps honored on the memorials in the new extension of the grove.

The Base Realignment and Closure Commission paid to move the memorials from its McClellan location to a new location near the Fort Leonard Wood World War II museum complex.  The initial design – the basic way you see the grove now – was developed by the then curator Mr. T. K. Miller.

The Memorial Grove is now used for a “Rite of Passage” Ceremony where new members of the Chemical Corps perform a ceremony where they become members of the Chemical Corps Regiment.  The grove contains enough area for further enlargement of by Chemical Corps Veterans Associations.

  1. Memorial Brick Walkway

    This memorial walkway will line the existing concrete sidewalk with individual bricks containing the names, the unit, and the date of death of more than 1400 Dragon Soldiers that gave their lives in the line of duty. The bricks will be laid along the walkway in chronological order. Blank bricks will be placed in the formation as well for future use if required.
    $305.00 donated of $35,000.00 goal
  1. Crossed Retorts

    Bronzed Crossed retorts will be constructed on top of the entrance columns with a 9’ clearance.
    $0.00 donated of $23,000.00 goal
  1. Entrance Columns

    Red brick columns (2’ x 2’ bases) approximately 6’ in height will be constructed at the Grove’s entrance on either side of the main walkway. There will be 36” between the columns and the existing walkway where a memorial pathway will be constructed with individual bricks Memorializing CBRN Soldiers killed in the line of duty
    $9,900.00 donated of $9,900.00 goal
  1. Tree Trunk

    This will be the centerpiece of the Memorial Grove. The War Torn Tree Trunk will sit on a concrete base. The tree trunk itself is 3’ wide by 4’ tall and will have a 12” to 18” diameter. The 1st Gas Regimental Monument currently sitting there will be relocated and remain in the Memorial Grove.
    $12,000.00 donated of $12,000.00 goal
  1. Lion Bn on the Memorial Grove

    “Alumni of the 23d Chemical Battalion are on a mission to erect a memorial in honor of all KIA/MIA of the Lion Battalion at the Chemical Corps Memorial Grove at Fort Leonard Wood. The goal is to have the dedication ceremony performed during the Chemical Corps 100th anniversary this summer. The memorial will consist of a replica of the 23d Chemical Battalion Lion that currently sits with the unit in South Korea. The replica will be mounted on a granite pedestal base and will have brass memorial plates honoring those who have given the ultimate sacrifice and 23d Chemical Battalion Lineage and Honors.”
    $0.00 donated of $25,000.00 goal
  1. General Memorial Fund Donations

    Donations to this fund will be used cover costs for any project that doesn’t reach its fundraising goal, for later improvements, and/or for maintenance to the Chemical Memorial Grove.
    $160.00 donated of $10,000.00 goal

CCRA is a nonprofit corporation established pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 355 RSMo i the State of Missouri and IRC 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax deductible. Donors are to receive no material benefit in consideration of this donation making the donation tax deductible.

Any funds donated in excess of the total cost for any listed project will be used as General Fund Donations. Any excess funds above all will be used for future maintenance to the Chemical Memorial Grove.